Entertainment 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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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 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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Skins is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Evermoor Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Story of Tracy Beaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
The Story of Tracy Beaker 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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In the Flesh is listed (or ranked) 9 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 Fades is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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 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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Hollyoaks Later is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Hollyoaks is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Sparticle Mystery is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Moondial is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Jacqueline Pearce, Arthur Hewlett, Joanna Dunham
Moondial is a British television six-part serial made for children by the BBC and transmitted in 1988, with a repeat in 1990. It was written by Helen Cresswell, who also wrote the novel on which ...more
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Ackley Bridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Poppy Lee Friar, Amy-Leigh Hickman, Jo Joyner
Ackley Bridge (Channel 4, 2017) is a British drama television series. Set in the fictional Yorkshire mill town of Ackley Bridge and the multicultural academy school of the same name, the show ...more
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Becoming Human is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Byker Grove is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Dubplate Drama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Dubplate Drama Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, Darragh Mortell
Dubplate Drama is a British television series that aired on Channel 4 between 11 November 2005 and 3 July 2009. The premise of the series involved a group of young musicians, leading role played ...more
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Class is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins
Class is a British science fiction drama programme, and a spin-off of the long-running programme Doctor Who. The story focuses on five of the students and staff at Coal Hill Academy, a longtime ...more
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Sugar Rush is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Spirit Warriors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Spirit Warriors
Spirit Warriors is a BBC children's adventure series, broadcast on BBC Two, BBC HD and CBBC. It is the first British television drama series to have a predominantly East Asian cast. Very loosely ...more
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Damon and Debbie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Michelle Holmes, Gillian Kearney, Simon O'Brien
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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After Hours is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
James Tarpey, Georgina Campbell, Rob Kendrick
After Hours (Sky 1, 2015) is a British comedy drama broadcast. The show follows an 18-year-old boy Willow (James Tarpey) and how he learns to cope after being dumped by his girlfriend Jasmine ...more