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The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made 

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Updated October 11, 2019 701 votes 139 voters 4.4k views 42 items

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

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 55

Network: E4

Skins (E4, 2007) is a British teen comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain. The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and ...more
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The End of the F***ing W... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan

Premiered: 2018

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) 3 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 21

Network: E4

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) 4 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD

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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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 150

Network: Nickelodeon

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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Grange Hill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes

Premiered: 1978

Network: CBBC, BBC One

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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The Story of Tracy Beake... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Craig Roberts, Dani Harmer, Lisa Coleman

Premiered: 2002

Network: CBBC, BBC One

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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In the Flesh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Luke Newberry, Harriet Cains, Marie Critchley

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

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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Free Rein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Jaylen Barron, Céline Buckens, Kerry Ingram

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

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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Byker Grove is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Charlie Hunnam, Jill Halfpenny, Donna Air

Premiered: 1989

Number of Episodes: 344

Network: Living TV Group, Carlton Kids, BBC One

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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Sugar Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Lenora Crichlow, Sara Stewart, Sarah-Jane Potts

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: Channel 4

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
12
The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
The Evermoor Chronicles Naomi Sequeira, Finney Cassidy, Georgia Lock

Premiered: 2014

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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Hex is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Jemima Rooper, Jamie Davis, Amber Sainsbury

Premiered: 2004

Number of Episodes: 19

Network: Sky1

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
15
Beautiful People is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Beautiful People Meera Syal, Olivia Colman, Aidan McArdle

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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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Hollyoaks Later is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Bonnie Tyler, Emma Rigby, Gemma Merna

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: E4

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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EastEnders: E20 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Samuell Benta, Emer Kenny, Sam Attwater

Premiered: 2010

Number of Episodes: 37

Network: BBC Red Button

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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Hollyoaks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Gemma Atkinson, Roxanne McKee, Emma Rigby

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 16

Network: Channel 4

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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Britannia High is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Britannia High Adam Garcia, Mitch Hewer, Mark Benton

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: TV2, CITV, ITV, UTV, STV, + more

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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Damon and Debbie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Michelle Holmes, Gillian Kearney, Simon O'Brien

Premiered: 1987

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: Channel 4

Damon and Debbie was a three-part 'soap bubble' from Brookside, broadcast late on Wednesday evenings on Channel 4 in November 1987, with an omnibus edition over the Christmas period of that ...more
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The Fades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Lily Loveless, Daniel Kaluuya, Iain De Caestecker

Premiered: 2011

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC HD, BBC Three

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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Becoming Human is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Dark Season is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Kate Winslet, Jacqueline Pearce, Cyril Shaps

Premiered: 1991

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC One

Dark Season is a British science-fiction television serial for adolescents, screened on BBC1 in late 1991. Comprising six twenty-five minute episodes, the two linked three-part stories tell the ...more
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Haunting of Cassie Palme... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Haunting of Cassie Palmer
The Haunting of Cassie Palmer is a British television drama for children produced in 1981 by TVS for the ITV network and first broadcast on 26 February 1982. The series was based on a novel by ...more
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The Owl Service is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
The Owl Service Edwin Richfield, Gillian Hills, Raymond Llewellyn

Premiered: 1969

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: ITV Granada, ITV

The Owl Service was an eight-part television series based on the fantasy novel of the same name by Alan Garner. Produced in 1969 and televised over the winter of 1969-1970, the series was ...more