Reality TV The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked  

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Reality programs have become a favorite genre among UK viewers and television fans around the world. The top British reality shows come in many forms: maybe you thrill to the competitions, or perhaps you prefer the romance and heartbreak (and humiliation) of dating shows. This is a list of the best British reality TV shows, including everything from Britain's Got Talent to Strictly Come Dancing to The Only Way Is Essex.

What series will you find on this list of the best British reality shows? Big Brother has proven to have remarkable staying power. The long-running series follows a group of housemates as they participate in a series of competitions and evict each other from the home they share. The X-Factor is another popular British reality series. The Great British Bake Off has been praised all over the world for its warm-hearted take on cooking competitions. Other good British reality series include Geordie Shore, Made in Chelsea, and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.

Which British reality show is the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc
The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other ...more

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Britain's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Amanda Holden
{{Infobox television | show_name = Britain's Got Talent | image = | genre = Reality | creator = Simon Cowell | director = Jonathan Bullen | presenter = Ant & Dec | judges = Simon Cowell ...more

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The X Factor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began in 2004 and ...more

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Strictly Come Dancing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth
Strictly Come Dancing is a British television show, featuring celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin dances. The title of the show suggests a continuation ...more

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Celebrity Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Lucy Pinder, La Toya Jackson, Coolio
Celebrity Big Brother is a television reality game show based on the Dutch show Big Brother, created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The show follows a number of celebrity contestants, known as ...more

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First Dates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Ashleigh Brennan added

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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Love Island is a daily British reality television programme. In the show, twelve single celebrities spent five weeks on an island in Fiji. Viewers would vote for the couple they would like to ...more

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Wife Swap is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Wife Swap is a British reality television programme produced by independent television production company RDF Media and created by Stephen Lambert for Channel 4, first broadcast in 2003. In the ...more

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Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Paddy McGuinness
Single women searching for love hope to find a match in this fast-paced and unpredictable dating series hosted by entertainer George Lopez. Each week, in front of a studio audience, brave ...more

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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice is a 2008 TV Program created by Mark Burnett.

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (Channel 4, 2004) is a reality television program. In each episode, chef Gordon Ramsay visits a failing restaurant and acts as a troubleshooter to help improve the ...more

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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey
Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more

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The Only Way Is Essex is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Amy Childs, Billie Faiers, Candy Jacobs
The Only Way Is Essex is a BAFTA award-winning "scripted reality" television soap opera based in Essex, England. It shows "real people in modified situations, saying unscripted ...more

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Big Dreams Small Spaces is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
JulieWittelsberger added Big Dreams Small Spaces Monty Don

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Geordie Shore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Charlotte-Letitia Crosby, Gaz Beadle, Greg Lake
Geordie Shore is a British reality television series broadcast on MTV. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, it was first broadcast on 24 May 2011, and is the British spin-off of the American show ...more

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Made in Chelsea is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Agne Motiejunaite, Alexandra "Binky" Felstead, Amber Atherton
Made in Chelsea is a BAFTA award-winning, structured-reality television series broadcast by E4 in the United Kingdom. Made in Chelsea chronicles the lives of affluent young people in the West ...more

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The 1900 House is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
The 1900 House is a historical reality television programme made by Wall to Wall/Channel 4 in 1999. In the show, a modern family tries to live in the way of the late Victorians in 1900 for three ...more

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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Bear Grylls, Kelly Holmes, Jamelia

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Tudor Monastery Farm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Tudor Monastery Farm Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Tom Pinfold

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Ex on the Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Ex on the Beach Cory Wharton, Paulie Calafiore, Welborn Ferrene
Ex on the Beach (MTV, 2018) is an American reality series inspired by the British show. Cast members from various reality television shows and first time reality participants live together in ...more

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Pop Idol is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman, Sam Nixon
Pop Idol was a British television music competition created by Simon Fuller which ran on ITV from 2001 to 2003. The aim of the show was to decide the best new young pop singer in the UK based on ...more

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Don't Tell the Bride is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Ruth Jones, Rebekah Staton, Zoƫ Ball
Don't Tell The Bride is a British reality TV series aired on BBC Three since 8 November 2007. It is also aired on BBC America in the United States and The LifeStyle Channel in Australia. In ...more

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Secrets of the Castle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Secrets Of The Castle Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Tom Pinfold

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Dance Mums is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Dance Mums Jennifer Ellison

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Britain & Ireland's Next Top M... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Elle Macpherson, Abbey Clancy, Lisa Snowdon
Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model, often abbreviated as BNTM, BINTM, or Top Model, is a British reality television show in which a number of women compete for the title of Britain's Next ...more