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The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked 

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Updated November 11, 2018 948 votes 191 voters 10.5k views 17 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite shows with the most talented, most entertaining contestants (and judges).

Talent shows allow everyday people to become superstars in any number of fields. The top British talent shows find contestants singing, dancing, and baking their way to the top prize. This is a list of the best British talent shows, including everything from The Voice UK to Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model to Strictly Come Dancing.

What series will you find on this list of the greatest British talent shows? Following the success of the American edition of the dance competition series, the UK version of So You Think You Can Dance launched to great success in 2010. The X Factor is another popular British talent show. The Great British Bake Off highlights contestants' talents in the kitchen as they are judged on cooking techniques as well as presentation. Other good British talent shows featured on this list include Opportunity Knocks, Pop Idol, and Last Choir Standing.

Which English talent show is the best? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them towards the top of the list, and please add any great series that are missing.

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Britain's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Britain's Got Talent Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Amanda Holden

Premiered: 2007

Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 2007), often abbreviated to BGT, is a televised British talent show competition, and part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell. Contestants ...more

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The X Factor (UK) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Talent 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) 3 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth

Premiered: 2004

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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The Voice UK is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
will.i.am, Jessie J, Tom Jones

Premiered: 2012

The Voice UK is a British television talent show created by John de Mol and based on the concept The Voice of Holland. It began airing on BBC One on 24 March 2012. There are five different ...more
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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Premiered: 2010

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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Eurovision Song Contest ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Terry Wogan

Premiered: 1956

The Eurovision Song Contest is a TV program broadcasting the annual song competition of the same name.
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New Faces is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Marti Caine

Premiered: 1973

New Faces is a British television talent show that aired in the 1970s and 1980s. It was presented originally by Derek Hobson. It was produced by ATV for the ITV network.
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Opportunity Knocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Bob Monkhouse, Les Dawson, Hughie Green

Premiered: 1949

Opportunity Knocks is a British television and radio talent show originally hosted by Hughie Green, with a late-1980s revival hosted by Bob Monkhouse, and later by previous winner Les Dawson. ...more
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Pop Idol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman, Sam Nixon

Premiered: 2001

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Fame Academy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Cat Deeley, Robin Gibb, Patrick Kielty

Premiered: 2002

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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So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

Premiered: 2005

So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance ...more

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Last Choir Standing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Jonathan Barrington, Tiarnan Branson, Sharon D. Clarke

Premiered: 2008

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Over the Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Over the Rainbow Stephanie Davis

Premiered: 2010

Over the Rainbow was a British television talent series that aired on BBC One from March to May 2010. It documents the search for a new, undiscovered musical theatre performer to play the role ...more
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Britain & Ireland's ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Elle Macpherson, Abbey Clancy, Lisa Snowdon

Premiered: 2005

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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Popstars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Popstars Daniel Hill
Popstars is a UK talent show series that was broadcast on ITV in early 2001. It was the first UK series of the international Popstars franchise, and was billed as a documentary on the formation ...more
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The Big Painting Challen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
The Big Painting Challenge Richard Bacon (2015), Una Stubbs (2015), Richard Coles (2017–2018)

Premiered: 2015

The Big Painting Challenge is a television program first broadcast on BBC One on 22 February 2015. It is a contest in the style of The Great British Bake Off but with the craft of painting ...more
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Move Like Michael Jackso... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked
Move Like Michael Jackson Jermaine Jackson, Jamelia, Reggie Yates

Premiered: 2009

Move Like Michael Jackson is a British talent show made by independent production company Fever Media and Gogglebox Entertainment and transmitted on BBC Three, which aims to find people who can ...more