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The Best British TV Shows on HBO Max 

Dave Schilling
Updated July 30, 2020 156 votes 35 voters 17 items

List Rules Vote up the British TV shows and miniseries that are worth a watch.

HBO Max is one of the newest entries into the streaming TV marketplace, with countless shows from the vast WarnerMedia vault. One of the more exciting, overlooked aspects of HBO Max is the wealth of television shows from the United Kingdom, some of which have never seen an American release before. Series starring big names like James Corden, Steve Coogan, and Ricky Gervais are all available - but which of them are the most worth your time? We combed through the HBO Max content library to pick out the British TV shows on HBO Max: the best British detective shows, the best British comedies, and the best British documentaries.

Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British TV Shows on HBO Max
Photo:  BBC

Initial Release: 2005-Present

Seasons: 12

Genre: Sci-Fi Action-Adventure

Starring: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker

For years, the modern iteration of Doctor Who, the whimsical sci-fi show about a quirky time-traveling alien with an infinite number of lives, could be found on the BBC America cable channel and services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Now, Doctor Who's home is HBO Max. It features all 12 seasons of the show, including the latest seasons starring Jodie Whittaker. 

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British TV Shows on HBO Max
Photo:  BBC
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Initial Release: 2010-2019

Seasons: 5

Genre: Drama

Starring: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson

Idris Elba stars as haunted Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, a man who lives life on the edge and is always in danger of succumbing to the darkness around him. His world is forever changed when he comes into the orbit of the nefarious Alice Morgan, played by The Affair star Ruth Wilson. Luther nabbed Elba Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win for his work.

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Scott & Bailey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British TV Shows on HBO Max
Photo:  ITV

Initial Release: 2011-2016

Seasons: 5

Genre: Crime Drama

Starring: Lesley Sharp, Suranne Jones

Manchester cops Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey solve mysteries and navigate their complicated personal lives. The gritty series was created by Diane Taylor and Sally Wainwright. Wainwright has since gone on to create the HBO/BBC co-production Gentleman Jack, which is also available on HBO Max and stars Scott & Bailey's Suranne Jones.

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British TV Shows on HBO Max
Photo:  BBC

Initial Release: 2001-2003

Seasons: 2 

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis, Mackenzie Crook

One of the most seminal works of British comedy ever, The Office spun off an American remake that's, well... on another streaming service that hasn't launched yet. But if you're an Anglophile who prefers the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant-created original, the entire run of 12 episodes (and the climactic two-part Christmas special) are available to stream.

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