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The Best TV Shows Set In London 

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Updated April 13, 2020 281 votes 59 voters 4.5k views 48 items

List Rules Vote up the best scripted television shows that take place in London.

London is calling and it says that it is a marvelous setting for a television series. Whether it's a British show or an American one, the history and distinctive settings that fill London, England, makes it a favorite (or favourite) location for telling UK stories. If you've ever thought of visiting London or are curious about how The City is portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in London can be your tour guide.

From classic British detective series like The ABC Murders to modern police procedurals such as Manhunt - and even modern takes on classic tales such as Sherlock - shows set in London love a good mystery. If you like things a little strange, London has that on hand, and the city's particular quirks are the backbone of fantasy shows like Neverwhere. But it's not all serious, with sitcoms such as Absolutely Fabulous and Black Books, there's plenty to laugh at.

Which shows about London should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best TV shows set in London, then vote down the shows that don't deserve to be set in such a great place and add any great London shows that are missing.

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective ...more
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Luther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

Premiered: 2010

Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered on 4 ...more
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Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee

Premiered: 2018

Bodyguard (Netflix, 2018) is a British television political thriller drama series created by Jed Mercurio. Police Sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden), a heroic British Army war-veteran ...more
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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Laura Main

Premiered: 2012

Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The lives of a group of midwives living in East London are documented in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.
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Black Books is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig

Premiered: 2000

Black Books is a British sitcom created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2004. Starring Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig, the series is set in ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...more
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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh

Premiered: 1971

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London Weekend Television and revived by the BBC. It ran on ITV in 68 episodes divided into five series from 1971 ...more
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Mr Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill

Premiered: 2013

Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his department store, Selfridge & Co, in London, set in the 1910s. It is co-produced by ITV Studios ...more
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Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

Premiered: 1992

Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by Jennifer Saunders, based on an original idea by her and Dawn French, and written by Saunders, who plays the ...more
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Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton

Premiered: 1972

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC. The series follows the ...more
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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark

Premiered: 2018

Collateral (BBC Two, 2018) is a four-part British television drama serial created by David Hare. While investigating the seemingly random murder of a pizza delivery man in London, a detective ...more
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created by John Logan. Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh ...more
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Chewing Gum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Chewing Gum Michaela Coel, Robert Lonsdale, Susan Wokoma

Premiered: 2015

Chewing Gum (E4, 2015) is a British television sitcom created by Michaela Coel. Growing up as a restricted, religious virgin, 24-year-old shop assistant Tracey Gordon (Coel) wants to have sex ...more
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Hard Sun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess

Premiered: 2018

Hard Sun (Hulu, 2018) is a pre-apocalyptic British television drama series created by Neil Cross. While investigating a death of a hacker in London, two police officers stumble upon proof that ...more
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Spooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Lara Pulver

Premiered: 2002

Spooks is a British television drama series that originally aired on BBC One from 13 May 2002 to 23 October 2011, consisting of 10 series. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the ...more
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The IT Crowd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson

Premiered: 2006

The IT Crowd (Channel 4, 2006) is a British sitcom created by Graham Linehan. In the basement office of a corporation, the three staff members of its IT (Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, and ...more
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Paddington Bear is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Tim Curry, Georgia Brown, Charlie Adler

Premiered: 1989

Paddington Bear was the second television adaptation of the children's animated series and made by Hanna-Barbera in association with Central Independent Television. The character of an American ...more
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EastEnders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Steve McFadden, Adam Woodyatt, Pam St. Clement

Premiered: 1985

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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Hotel Babylon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Emma Pierson, Tamzin Outhwaite, Dexter Fletcher

Premiered: 2006

Hotel Babylon was a British television drama series based on the book of the same name by Imogen Edwards-Jones, that aired from 19 January 2006 to 14 August 2009, produced by independent ...more
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The ABC Murders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot, with Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan

Premiered: 2018

The ABC Murders (BBC One, 2018) is a British television serial based on Agatha Christie's novel of the same name. Hercule Poirot (John Malkovich), receives a mysterious letter, signed ...more
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Grange Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes

Premiered: 1978

Grange Hill is a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in 1978 on BBC1 and was one of the longest-running programmes on British television when it ended its ...more
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London's Burning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
London's Burning Ross Kemp, James Bourne, Sam Callis

Premiered: 1986

London's Burning is a British television drama programme produced by London Weekend Television for the ITV network that focused on the lives of members of the London Fire Brigade, principally ...more
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Man About the House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Richard O'Sullivan, Yootha Joyce, Sally Thomsett

Premiered: 1973

Man About the House is a British sitcom starring Richard O'Sullivan, Sally Thomsett, and Paula Wilcox with Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy, that was broadcast for six series on ITV from 15 August ...more
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Neverwhere is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Gary Bakewell, Laura Fraser, Hywel Bennett

Premiered: 1996

Neverwhere (BBC Two, 1996) is a British urban fantasy miniseries created by Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry. Richard Mayhew (Gary Bakewell) brings in an injured girl named Door (Laura Fraser) that ...more
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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber

Premiered: 1981

Only Fools and Horses is a British television situation comedy created and written by John Sullivan. Seven series were originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom from 1981 to 1991, ...more