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The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made 

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Updated July 31, 2020 903 votes 200 voters 6.8k views 46 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

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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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey

Premiered: 2019

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 W... is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon

Premiered: 2009

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
Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the Arthurian legends. Merlin (Colin Morgan), a young and powerful wizard, sets out to fulfill his destiny: ...more
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Normal People is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Eliot Salt

Premiered: 2020

Normal People (Hulu, BBC, 2020) is a television drama series based on the novel of the same name by Sally Rooney. The series follows Marianne and Connell, best friends from different backgrounds ...more
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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

Premiered: 2011

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 Story of Tracy Beake... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Craig Roberts, Dani Harmer, Lisa Coleman

Premiered: 2002

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) 9 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes

Premiered: 1978

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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In the Flesh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Luke Newberry, Harriet Cains, Marie Critchley

Premiered: 2013

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) 11 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Jaylen Barron, Céline Buckens, Kerry Ingram

Premiered: 2017

Free Rein (Netflix, 2017) is a British drama 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 Sparticle Mystery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
The Sparticle Mystery Emily Sanderson, Grace Mandeville, Karim Zeroual

Premiered: 2011

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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Byker Grove is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Charlie Hunnam, Jill Halfpenny, Donna Air

Premiered: 1989

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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The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, Guy Pearce

Premiered: 2018

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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Sugar Rush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Lenora Crichlow, Sara Stewart, Sarah-Jane Potts

Premiered: 2005

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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Britannia High is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Britannia High Adam Garcia, Mitch Hewer, Mark Benton

Premiered: 2008

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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The Evermoor Chronicles ... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Hollyoaks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Gemma Atkinson, Roxanne McKee, Emma Rigby

Premiered: 1995

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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Becoming Human is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Hollyoaks Later is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Bonnie Tyler, Emma Rigby, Gemma Merna

Premiered: 2008

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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Hex is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Jemima Rooper, Jamie Davis, Amber Sainsbury

Premiered: 2004

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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Girls in Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Zaraah Abrahams, Olivia Hallinan, Adam Paul Harvey

Premiered: 2003

Girls in Love is a British teen drama series produced by Granada Television which aired on CITV. It is based on the book of the same title, both created by UK author Jacqueline Wilson. The show ...more
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Get Even is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Kim Adis, Jessica Alexander, Bethany Antonia

Premiered: 2020

Get Even (Netflix, 2020) is a British teen thriller television series created by Holly Phillips based on the novel series of the same name by Gretchen McNeil. Kitty Wei, Bree Deringer, Margot ...more
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The Fades is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Lily Loveless, Daniel Kaluuya, Iain De Caestecker

Premiered: 2011

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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Beautiful People is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Teen Dramas Ever Made
Beautiful People Meera Syal, Olivia Colman, Aidan McArdle

Premiered: 2008

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