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The Very The Best ITV Shows 

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List of popular ITV shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled ITV TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best ITV TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on ITV, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

List includes Inspector Gadget, Mr. Bean and more.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with ITV on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite ITV TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top ITV television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the ITV network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Period drama

Downton Abbey (PBS, 2010) is a British historical drama television series created by Julian Fellowes. A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in ...more

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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action

This is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by Anthony ...more

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#358 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #19 of 100 The Best British Detective Series, Ranked #293 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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Vera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

Vera is a British detective television series based on the works of crime author Ann Cleeves. It stars Brenda Blethyn and is broadcast on ITV and in the United States on public television

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#587 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #6 of 100 The Best British Detective Series, Ranked #2 of 42 The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked

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Doc Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Doc Martin is a British television medical comedy drama series starring Martin Clunes in the title role. It was created by Dominic Minghella after the character of Dr Martin Bamford in the 2000 ...more
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Agatha Christie's Poirot... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Crime, Drama, Adventure film

Agatha Christie's Poirot is a British television drama that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie's fictional ...more

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#392 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #3 of 100 The Best British Detective Series, Ranked #194 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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Scott & Bailey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, Amelia Bullmore

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama

Scott & Bailey is a British detective drama series that debuted on ITV on 29 May 2011. The programme's main characters are Detective Constable Janet Scott and Detective Constable Rachel ...more

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Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Rachel Weisz

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Crime fiction

Inspector Endeavour Morse is a fictional character in the eponymous series of detective novels by British author Colin Dexter. On television, he appears in the 33-episode 1987–2000 drama series ...more

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Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

This series is a British detective drama television series set during and shortly after WWII, created by screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by ITV after the long-running ...more

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Detective fiction

Sherlock Holmes is the name given to the TV series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations produced by British television company Granada Television between 1984 and 1994, with the first two series ...more

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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, Animated series

Mr. Bean is an animated television series by Varga Studio based on the British live-action series of the same name. Characters from the original live action series included Mr. Bean, Irma Gobb, ...more
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Endeavour is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Endeavour is a British television detective drama series. It is a prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse and—like that series—is set primarily in Oxford. Shaun Evans portrays a young ...more

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Coronation Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Ian McKellen, Michelle Keegan, Helen Flanagan

Premiered: 1960

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Chivalric romance, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on ...more

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Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Reality television

Got Talent is a talent show television format conceived and owned by Simon Cowell's SYCOtv company. A pilot was made in the United Kingdom in 2005, hosted by Paul O'Grady, but after O'Grady's ...more
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Mr Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama

Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his department store, Selfridge & Co, in London, set in the 1910s. It is co-produced by ITV Studios ...more
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Britain's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Britain's Got Talent Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Amanda Holden

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Entertainment, Talent show, Reality television

Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 2007), often abbreviated to BGT, is a televised British talent show competition, and part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell. Contestants ...more

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You've Been Framed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Harry Hill, Jeremy Beadle, Lisa Riley

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Comedy

You've Been Framed! is a British television series where viewers can contribute to the programme with their humorous home videos for the entertainment of others. It is produced by Granada ...more
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This Morning is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Lorraine Kelly, Anthea Turner, Fern Britton

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Entertainment, Talk show

This Morning is a British daytime television programme that has been broadcast on ITV since 1988. The show was devised by Granada Television and was first broadcast from studios at the Albert ...more
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Benidorm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Benidorm Sheridan Smith, Leslie Jordan, Sherrie Hewson

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Benidorm is a British sitcom written by Derren Litten and produced by Tiger Aspect for ITV. The series features an ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff at the Solana all-inclusive hotel in ...more
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Law & Order: UK is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Bradley Walsh, Robert Glenister, Harriet Walter

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama

Law & Order: UK is a British police procedural and legal television programme, adapted from the American series Law & Order. The programme is financed by the production companies Kudos ...more

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The Chase is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
The Chase Bradley Walsh

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Game show

The Chase is a British television quiz show, broadcast on ITV and hosted by Bradley Walsh. Contestants play against an opponent, known as the "Chaser", who plays for the bank. The ...more

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DCI Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Lowe

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, + more

DCI Banks is a British crime drama series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the ITV network. The series is based on Peter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks novels and stars Stephen Tompkinson as ...more

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Agatha Christie's Marple... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Adventure film

Agatha Christie's Marple is a British ITV television series based on the books and short stories by British crime novelist Agatha Christie. The title character was played by Geraldine McEwan ...more

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Chasing Shadows is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Chasing Shadows
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The Darling Buds of May ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Jason, Pam Ferris

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

The Darling Buds of May is a British comedy drama first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of H. E. Bates' novel The Darling Buds of May, published in 1958, and ...more
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Quiz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very The Best ITV Shows
Matthew Macfadyen, Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime

Quiz (AMC, ITV, 2020) is a British drama television series created by David Briggs. The three-part limited series based on the cheating scandal where Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen), his wife ...more

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