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The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the best British teen dramas that are for and star teenagers.

British dramas might be some of the most compelling shows on either side of the pond. The popularity of British television dramas means that there are also lots of great British teen drama TV shows. If you’ve been looking for the best British teen dramas that show even The CW what drama is, this list of the best British teen drama series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue and what older shows you might need to hunt down and watch immediately.

Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, many newer British dramas for teens are available to watch even in The States. Both the more recent The End of the F***ing World and Sex Education are Netflix Originals of British origin. Other series, such as Grange Hill, are a BBC teen drama that managed to be not only one of the best TV dramas of the '80s but didn't end until 2008!

Which British teen shows bring the drama? Vote up the best British teen dramas, then vote down the shows that don't bring the drama, and add any teen dramas from England that are missing.

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie
Skins is a British teen drama that followed the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Each episode generally focuses on a particular ...more
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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey
Sex Education (Netflix, 2019) is an British comedy-drama web television series created by Laurie Nunn. A socially awkward high school virgin (Asa Butterfield) living with his sex therapist ...more
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The End of the F***ing World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan
The End of the F***ing World (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-part British absurdist dark comedy-drama television series, based on the comic series by Charles S. Forsman. 17-year-old James (Alex ...more
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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon
Misfits is a British science fiction comedy-drama television show, on E4, about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service program, where they obtain supernatural powers ...more
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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James
Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television programme, created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps and starring Colin Morgan in the title role. It was broadcast on ...more
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The Story of Tracy Beaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Craig Roberts, Dani Harmer, Lisa Coleman
The Story of Tracy Beaker is a British television programme adapted from the book of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson. It ran on CBBC for five series, from 2002 to 2006 and also contained a ...more
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Grange Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes
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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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh
House of Anubis is a jointly Nickelodeon British, American, and Belgian mystery television series based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis aired in the Netherlands and ...more
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Byker Grove is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Charlie Hunnam, Jill Halfpenny, Donna Air
Byker Grove is a British television series which aired between 1989 and 2006 and was created by Adele Rose. The show was broadcast at 5.10pm after Newsround on CBBC on BBC One. It was aimed at ...more
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Britannia High is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Britannia High Adam Garcia, Mitch Hewer, Mark Benton
Britannia High is a British musical drama television series co-produced by Granada Television and Globe Productions for the ITV network. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenagers ...more
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Free Rein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Jaylen Barron, Céline Buckens, Kerry Ingram
Free Rein (Netflix, 2017) is a British children's television series created by Vicky Lutas and Anna McCleery. After befriending a mysterious horse during a summer in the English countryside, ...more
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The Fades is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Lily Loveless, Daniel Kaluuya, Iain De Caestecker
The Fades (BBC Three/BBC HD, 2011), is a British supernatural drama television miniseries created and written by Jack Thorne. In the six-episode limited series, Paul (Iain De Caestecker), a ...more
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Sugar Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Lenora Crichlow, Sara Stewart, Sarah-Jane Potts
Sugar Rush is a British television comedy-drama series developed by Shine Limited and broadcast by Channel 4, based on the Julie Burchill novel of the same name. It is centred on the life of a ...more
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In the Flesh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Luke Newberry, Harriet Cains, Marie Critchley
In the Flesh is a BAFTA award-winning BBC Three supernatural drama series starring Luke Newberry. Written and created by Dominic Mitchell, the show began airing on BBC Three on 17 March 2013 ...more
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The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, Guy Pearce
The Innocents (Netflix, 2018) is a British supernatural television series created by Hania Elkington and Simon Duric. After running away from her repressive family to be with her lover Harry ...more
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The Evermoor Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
The Evermoor Chronicles Naomi Sequeira, Finney Cassidy, Georgia Lock
The Evermoor Chronicles (Disney Channel, 2014) is a British television series created by Diane Whitley and Tim Compton. A young girl and her blended family move to the small cottage town of ...more
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Becoming Human is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Becoming Human Craig Roberts, Leila Mimmack, Josh Brown
Becoming Human is a British supernatural drama webisode series and a spin-off from the TV series Being Human. Created by Toby Whithouse, it was directed by Alex Kalymnios, written by Brian ...more
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Hex is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Jemima Rooper, Jamie Davis, Amber Sainsbury
Hex is a British television programme developed by Shine Limited and aired on the Sky One satellite channel. The story is set in a remote English boarding school with a mysterious past. Series ...more
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Hollyoaks Later is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Bonnie Tyler, Emma Rigby, Gemma Merna
Hollyoaks Later is a British television spin-off of the Channel 4 television series Hollyoaks. The series began in 2008 and since then has become an annual event for the soap. The series returns ...more
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Beautiful People is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Beautiful People Meera Syal, Olivia Colman, Aidan McArdle
Beautiful People was a British comedy drama television series based on the memoirs of Barneys creative director Simon Doonan. The series takes place in Reading, Berkshire, in 1997, where ...more
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EastEnders: E20 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Samuell Benta, Emer Kenny, Sam Attwater
EastEnders: E20 is a British Internet soap opera, which began airing on 8 January 2010. A spin-off from the established BBC soap EastEnders, it is set in EastEnders '​ regular setting of Albert ...more
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Born to Kill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Jack Rowan, Romola Garai, Lara Peake
Born to Kill (Channel 4, 2017) is a British thriller television miniseries. The four-part limited series follows Sam Woodford (Jack Rowan), a seemingly ordinary 16-year-old schoolboy who harbors ...more
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Hollyoaks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Gemma Atkinson, Roxanne McKee, Emma Rigby
Hollyoaks is a British soap opera, first broadcast on Channel 4 on 23 October 1995. It was originally devised by Phil Redmond, who had also devised the Channel 4 soap Brookside. The programme is ...more
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Beaver Falls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Beaver Falls Alison Doody, Todd Boyce, Jon Cor
Beaver Falls is a British comedy-drama that follows a trio of Oxford Brookes University graduates who managed to deceitfully get jobs at Beaver Falls, an elitist American summer camp for the ...more
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The Sparticle Mystery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Emily Sanderson, Grace Mandeville, Karim Zeroual
The Sparticle Mystery is a returning British science fiction television series written and created by Alison Hume and produced by Sparticles Productions for CBBC. The series follows a group of ...more