Entertainment The Best TV Shows Set In London  

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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
Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more
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Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton
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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear
Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more
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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main
Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. It stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Bryony ...more
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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
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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Chewing Gum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Michaela Coel, Robert Lonsdale, Susan Wokoma
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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Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha
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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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh
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) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill
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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Hard Sun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess
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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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark
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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Paddington Bear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Tim Curry, Georgia Brown, Charlie Adler
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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Luther is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley
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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror TV series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The title refers to ...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
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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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley
Manhunt (ITV, 2019) is a British television drama based on the true story surrounding the initial investigation into the death of French student Amélie Delagrange. Led by Detective Chief ...more
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Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee
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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Upstairs Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Upstairs Downstairs Jean Marsh
Upstairs Downstairs is a British drama series, broadcast on BBC One from 2010 to 2012 and co-produced by BBC Wales and Masterpiece. Created and written by Heidi Thomas, it is a continuation of ...more
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EastEnders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
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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Hotel Babylon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Emma Pierson, Tamzin Outhwaite, Dexter Fletcher
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) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot, with Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan
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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The IT Crowd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson
The IT Crowd is a British sitcom by Channel 4, written by Graham Linehan, produced by Ash Atalla and starring Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry. The "IT" ...more
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The Knock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Anthony Valentine, Andrew Dunn, Malcolm Storry
The Knock is a British television drama series, created by Anita Bronson and broadcast on ITV from 1994 to 2000, which portrayed the activities of customs officers from Her Majesty's Customs and ...more
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Catastrophe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney
Catastrophe (Channel 4, 2015) a British sitcom created by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan. Sharon Morris (Horgan) and Rob Norris (Delaney) get together after she becomes pregnant following a brief ...more
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Harlots is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In London
Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Lesley Manville
Harlots (Hulu, 2017) is a British period drama television series inspired by "The Covent Garden Ladies" by Hallie Rubenhold. Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) runs a brothel in 18th ...more