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Heightened drama and ridiculously long feuds keep viewers coming back for more in the best British soap operas. The top British soap opera shows tell ongoing stories about characters who would do anything for each other - and others who would betray their own families to get ahead. This is a list of the best British soap operas, including everything from Doctors to Take the High Road.

What series will you find on this list of the greatest British soap operas? EastEnders has been broadcast on BBC One since 1985, making it one of the longest-running British soaps. The show is set in the fictional borough of Walford, and features stories surrounding several members of the community. Miracles Take Longer is another popular British soap opera. Coronation Street has featured several amazing actors over the years, including Ben Kingsley and Ian McKellen. Other good British soap operas featured on this list include The Newcomers, Weavers Green, and Starr and Company.

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EastEnders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
EastEnders Steve McFadden, Adam Woodyatt, Pam St. Clement EastEnders is a British soap opera; the first episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 19 February 1985. EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the ...more

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Coronation Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Coronation Street Ian McKellen, Michelle Keegan, Helen Flanagan Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on ...more

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Hollyoaks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Hollyoaks Gemma Atkinson, Roxanne McKee, Emma Rigby Hollyoaks is a British soap opera, first broadcast on Channel 4 on 23 October 1995. It was originally devised by Phil Redmond, who had also devised the Channel 4 soap Brookside. The programme is ...more

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Emmerdale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Emmerdale Jenna Coleman, Patsy Kensit, Sammy Winward Emmerdale, known as Emmerdale Farm until 1989, is a long-running British soap opera set in Emmerdale, a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales. Created by Kevin Laffan, Emmerdale Farm was ...more

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Take the High Road is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Take The High Road James Cosmo, Natalie J. Robb, Eileen McCallum Take the High Road was a British soap opera produced by Scottish Television, set in the fictional village of Glendarroch, which started in February 1980 as an ITV daytime soap opera, and was ...more

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Brookside is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Brookside Anna Friel, Jennifer Ellison, Claire Sweeney Brookside was a British soap opera set in Liverpool, England. The series began on the launch night of Channel 4 on 2 November 1982, and ran for 21 years until 4 November 2003. Originally ...more

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Family Affairs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Family Affairs Sasha Pieterse, Cyril Nri, Antony Booth Family Affairs was a British soap opera that was aired on Channel 5. It debuted 30 March 1997 and screened as five thirty minute episodes each week. The series never achieved high ratings, so ...more

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Doctors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Doctors Robert Cavanah, Ian Kelsey, Chris Walker Doctors is a British medical soap opera which first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 27 March 2000. Set in the fictional Midlands town of Letherbridge, defined as being close to the ...more

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Starr and Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Starr And Company Arnold Ridley, Philip Ray, George Roderick

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The Newcomers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
The Newcomers Wendy Richard, Judy Geeson, J. G. Devlin The Newcomers was a late 1960s BBC soap opera which dealt with the subject of a London family, the Coopers, who moved to a housing estate in the fictional country town of Angleton. It was ...more

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Miracles Take Longer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Miracles Take Longer John Salthouse, Patsy Byrne Miracles Take Longer was a United Kingdom drama series broadcast on ITV from January 1984 to May 1984 made by Thames Television. The drama depicted the life and cases dealt with by a branch of ...more

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The Cut is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
The Cut Samuell Benta, Matthew Kane, Lara Goodison The Cut is a BBC television Teen drama for teenagers, first broadcast in September 2009. The series was developed by Geoffrey Goodwin and Holby City writer, Al Smith in collaboration with ...more

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United! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
United! David Lodge, Michael Billington, Finlay Currie United! was a British television series which was produced by the BBC between 1965 and 1967, and was broadcast twice-weekly on BBC1. The series followed the fortunes of a fictional second ...more

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River City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
River City Sam Heughan, Louise Jameson, Barbara Rafferty River City, is a television soap opera, which was first broadcast on BBC Scotland on 24 September 2002. River City features the lives of the people who live and work in the fictional district of ...more

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The Grove Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
The Grove Family Christopher Beeny, Ruth Dunning, Peter Bryant The Grove Family is a British television soap opera, generally regarded as the first of its kind broadcast in the UK, made and transmitted by BBC Television from 1954 to 1957. The series ...more

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Weavers Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Soap Operas, Ranked
Weavers Green Kate O'Mara, John Moulder-Brown, Megs Jenkins Weavers Green was a British television soap opera, made in 1966 for ITV by Anglia Television. It was notable for being one of the first television programmes to be shot on location using ...more