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The Best TV Shows Set In London

Updated November 20, 2020 477 votes 64 voters 5.6k views49 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Sherlock
    26
    12

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Luther
    17
    2

    Luther

    Idris Elba, Warren Brown

    Premiered2010

    Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Bodyguard
    16
    2

    Bodyguard

    Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

    Premiered2018

    Bodyguard (Netflix, 2018) is a British television political thriller drama series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Black Books
    11
    4

    Black Books

    Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey

    Premiered2000

    Black Books is a British sitcom created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan that was broadcast... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Paddington Bear
    10
    2

    Paddington Bear

    Tim Curry, Georgia Brown

    Premiered1989

    Paddington Bear was the second television adaptation of the children's animated series and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Call The Midwife
    11
    4

    Call The Midwife

    Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart

    Premiered2012

    Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Black Mirror
    10
    4

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Upstairs, Downstairs
    8
    1

    Upstairs, Downstairs

    Gordon Jackson, David Langton

    Premiered1971

    Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Hotel Babylon
    10
    5

    Hotel Babylon

    Emma Pierson, Tamzin Outhwaite

    Premiered2006

    Hotel Babylon was a British television drama series based on the book of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Mr Selfridge
    10
    5

    Mr Selfridge

    Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven

    Premiered2013

    Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Hard Sun
    9
    4

    Hard Sun

    Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess

    Premiered2018

    Hard Sun (Hulu, 2018) is a pre-apocalyptic British television drama series created by Neil... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Absolutely Fabulous
    9
    4

    Absolutely Fabulous

    Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley

    Premiered1992

    Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by Jennifer... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Forsyte Saga
    8
    2

    The Forsyte Saga

    Damian Lewis, Ioan Gruffudd

    Premiered2002

    In 2002, the first two books and the first interlude of John Galsworthy's trilogy The Forsyte... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Penny Dreadful
    6
    2

    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

    Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Knock
    8
    5

    The Knock

    Anthony Valentine, Andrew Dunn

    Premiered1994

    The Knock is a British television drama series, created by Anita Bronson and broadcast on ITV... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Collateral
    8
    5

    Collateral

    Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White

    Premiered2018

    Collateral (BBC Two, 2018) is a four-part British television drama serial created by David... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Are You Being Served?
    7
    5

    Are You Being Served?

    Mollie Sugden, John Inman

    Premiered1972

    Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Chewing Gum
    9
    8

    Chewing Gum

    Michaela Coel, Robert Lonsdale

    Premiered2015

    Chewing Gum (E4, 2015) is a British television sitcom created by Michaela Coel. Growing up as... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Spooks
    6
    5

    Spooks

    Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo

    Premiered2002

    Spooks is a British television drama series that originally aired on BBC One from 13 May 2002... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The IT Crowd
    6
    5

    The IT Crowd

    Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade

    Premiered2006

    The IT Crowd (Channel 4, 2006) is a British sitcom created by Graham Linehan. In the basement... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    House of Cards
    5
    5

    House of Cards

    Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker
    House of Cards (BBC, 1990) is a British political thriller television serial based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The ABC Murders
    5
    5

    The ABC Murders

    John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot, with Rupert Grint

    Premiered2018

    The ABC Murders (BBC One, 2018) is a British television serial based on Agatha Christie's... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    EastEnders
    5
    6

    EastEnders

    Steve McFadden, Adam Woodyatt

    Premiered1985

    EastEnders is a British soap opera; the first episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom on... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Grange Hill
    5
    2

    Grange Hill

    Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell

    Premiered1978

    Grange Hill is a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    London's Burning
    5
    2

    London's Burning

    Ross Kemp, James Bourne

    Premiered1986

    London's Burning is a British television drama programme produced by London Weekend Television... more on Wikipedia