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The Best British War Series Ever Made

Updated March 29, 2019 778 votes 123 voters 6.7k views30 items

List RulesVote up the best British shows, both comedies and dramas, about war that have aired on television.

Due both to existing a bit longer than The States and often finding themselves physically in the middle of conflict, British TV shows about war include everything from dramas about ancient Rome to modern war stories. The popularity of British television series now extends well beyond the BBC and ITV broadcast areas and there are many American-British joint projects available on streaming services like Netflix. If you’ve been looking for how Britan tells its tales of conflict, this list of the best British war series of all time will help you figure out what newer shows need to go into your queue and what older shows you might need to hunt down and watch immediately.

What are the best British war TV shows ever? Shows about war range from documentaries to dramas, and not all British war series are set in England or the rest of the United Kingdom are usually set historical dramas (though there are some satires!) and feature period piece flourishes such as era-specific costumes, sets, and dialogue. The history of Britan as part of the Roman Empire is reflected in television series such as Troy and Rome. But, despite the storied history, British shows still know how to keep things light. The BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo,  set in a small-town café in German-occupied France during the Second World War, is itself based on another BBC war drama, Secret Army.

Which British war series win the battle? Vote up the best entries and add any war television series from England that are missing.

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    Foyle's War
    65
    19

    Foyle's War

    Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks

    Premiered2002

    This series is a British detective drama television series set during and shortly after WWII,... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    'Allo 'Allo!
    51
    9

    'Allo 'Allo!

    Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera

    Premiered1982

    'Allo 'Allo! is a BBC television sitcom broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 to 1992, comprising... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Dad's Army
    35
    8

    Dad's Army

    Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier

    Premiered1968

    Dad's Army is a BBC television sitcom about the British Home Guard during the Second World... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The World at War
    26
    8

    The World at War

    Laurence Olivier, Adolf Hitler

    Premiered1973

    The World at War is a 26-episode British television documentary series chronicling the events... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Tudors
    30
    13

    The Tudors

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill

    Premiered2007

    The Tudors (Showtime, 2007) is a historical fiction television series created by Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Rome
    23
    13

    Rome

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson

    Premiered2005

    Rome (HBO, 2005) is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Great War
    19
    9

    The Great War

    Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson

    Premiered1964

    The Great War is a 26-episode documentary series from 1964 on the First World War. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Danger UXB
    19
    15

    Danger UXB

    Judy Geeson, Anthony Andrews

    Premiered1979

    Danger UXB was a 1979 British ITV television series about World War II developed by John... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The White Queen
    17
    14

    The White Queen

    Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale

    Premiered2013

    The White Queen (BBC One, 2013) is a British historical drama television miniseries based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Manhunt
    16
    14

    Manhunt

    Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons

    Premiered2019

    Manhunt (ITV, 2019) is a British television drama based on the true story surrounding the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years
    9
    6

    Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years

    Robert Hardy, Tim Pigott-Smith

    Premiered1981

    Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years is an 8-part 1981 drama serial based on the life of... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    It Ain't Half Hot Mum
    13
    13

    It Ain't Half Hot Mum

    Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes

    Premiered1974

    It Ain't Half Hot Mum is a BBC television sitcom, about the adventures of a Royal Artillery... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ultimate Force
    11
    12

    Ultimate Force

    Ross Kemp, Miles Anderson

    Premiered2002

    Ultimate Force is a British television Action series that was shown on ITV, which deals with... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Wish Me Luck
    10
    12

    Wish Me Luck

    Jeremy Northam, Jane Asher

    Premiered1988

    Wish Me Luck is a British television drama about the exploits of British women undercover... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Wings
    9
    13

    Wings

    John Hallam, Tim Woodward

    Premiered1977

    Wings is a drama series about the Royal Flying Corps that ran on BBC television from 1977 to... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Pathfinders
    8
    10

    The Pathfinders

    Julian Orchard, Jack Watling

    Premiered1972

    Pathfinders is a 1970s ITV drama set in the Second World War, telling the story of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Troy: Fall of a City
    6
    9

    Troy: Fall of a City

    Louis Hunter, Bella Dayne
    Troy: Fall of a City (Netflix, 2018) is a British-American miniseries directed by Owen Harris... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Generation Kill
    8
    12

    Generation Kill

    Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone

    Premiered2008

    This series is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    10
    16

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan
    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (BBC, 2015) is a seven-part British fantasy television series to... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    A Family at War
    8
    13

    A Family at War

    Patrick Troughton, John Nettles

    Premiered1970

    A Family At War is a British drama series that aired on ITV from 1970 to 1972. It was created... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    I Remember Nelson
    4
    8

    I Remember Nelson

    Geraldine James, Kenneth Colley
    I Remember Nelson is a UK's adventure biography drama TV series.
  • 22
    Secret Army
    8
    15

    Secret Army

    Anthony Head, Christopher Neame

    Premiered1977

    Secret Army is a television drama series made by the BBC and the Belgian national broadcaster... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    We'll Meet Again
    5
    10

    We'll Meet Again

    Susannah York, Christopher Malcolm

    Premiered1982

    We'll Meet Again is a British television drama set in the Second World War. It was produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Devil's Whore
    5
    13

    The Devil's Whore

    Michael Fassbender, Peter Capaldi

    Premiered2008

    The Devil's Whore is a four-part television series set during the English Civil War, produced... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Our Girl
    8
    20

    Our Girl

    Our Girl is a BBC drama that was first broadcast on 24 March 2013 on BBC One. Set in modern... more on Wikipedia