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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
The Great British Bake Off Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc The fourth series of The Great British Bake Off began airing on 20 August 2013. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins again presented the show and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges. As ...more

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Britain's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Britain's Got Talent 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
The X Factor 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
Strictly Come Dancing 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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Geordie Shore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Geordie Shore 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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Celebrity Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Celebrity Big Brother 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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Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Take Me Out 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 Only Way Is Essex is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
The Only Way Is Essex 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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First Dates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Ashleigh Brennan added first dates

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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Big Brother 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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Made in Chelsea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Made In Chelsea 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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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive Bear Grylls, Kelly Holmes, Jamelia

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Secrets of the Castle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Secrets Of The Castle Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Tom Pinfold

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Don't Tell the Bride is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Don't Tell The Bride 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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Tudor Monastery Farm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Tudor Monastery Farm Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Tom Pinfold

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Pop Idol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Pop Idol 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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The Valleys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
The Valleys Aron Williams, Carley Belmonte, Darren Chidgey The Valleys is a British reality television series based in Cardiff, Wales and broadcast on MTV. The show premiered on 25 September 2012. It follows youngsters from the South Wales Valleys as ...more

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Fame Academy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Fame Academy Cat Deeley, Robin Gibb, Patrick Kielty Fame Academy was a televised competition to search for and educate new musical talents. The winner received a chance to become a successful music artist and part of the international franchise ...more

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Dance Mums is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model 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

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Bollywood Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Bollywood Star Sharon Johal, Sarah Roberts, Andrew Carlton

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Project Catwalk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Project Catwalk Julien Macdonald, Ben de Lisi, Elizabeth Hurley Project Catwalk is the Netherlands version of the reality show Project Runway. It was shown in 2007 and was won by Django Steenbakker.