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Best British TV Shows of All Time

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As the title says, has to be British and has to be a TV show! I am sure I have missed off whoever you think is the best.

Rated 4 points - posted 9 years ago by felix01 in category Television.
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The Young Ones Report Abuse
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Benny Hill Report Abuse
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Blakes 7 Report Abuse
Early 80's sci-fi at its best. I know the sets were poor, but the characters and scripts were brilliant. I cried when this ended.
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The Avengers Report Abuse
Can't get more British, well English, than Steed and Emma...
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Sherlock Report Abuse
Sherlock Holmes influenced by The Mentalist which was itself influenced by Sherlock Holmes.
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Miss Marple Report Abuse
The version starring Joan Hickson - the best.
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Dr Who Report Abuse
Needs no introduction. Not sure if the best Dr was Tom Baker or David Tennant.
33 points - added 9 years ago by felix01 - 1 comment
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Should be DOCTOR Who
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Foyle's War Report Abuse
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Life on Mars Report Abuse
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Brideshead Revisited Report Abuse
Don't watch the film, get the TV series on DVD. A fantastic cast in this adaptation of one the best novels of all time.
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Prime Suspect Report Abuse
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Monty Python's Flying Circus Report Abuse
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The Office Report Abuse
Ricky Gervais - top guy.
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Minder Report Abuse
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Pride and Prejudice Report Abuse
The version with Colin Firth in. Comfort TV for women of a certain age.
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Fawlty Towers Report Abuse
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Match of the Day Report Abuse
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Luther Report Abuse
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Blackadder Report Abuse
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Survivors Report Abuse
The original and best 70s version and not the remake...
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Have I Got New For You Report Abuse
One of Britains best panel shows, it combines two of britains greatest wits, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton making light of the weeks news. Gone through rough patches in its 20 years on air but came through, like all of the best TV shows do!
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Ashes to Ashes Report Abuse
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Torchwood Report Abuse
A spin off from Dr Who featuring the wonderful Captain Jack.
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One Foot in the Grave Report Abuse
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Extras Report Abuse
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The Fixer Report Abuse
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The New Statesman Report Abuse
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The Professionals Report Abuse
2 points - added 9 years ago by felix01 - 1 comment
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Had a memorable theme tune.
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The Crystal Maze Report Abuse
1990s Channel 4 game show where a group of six adventurers including the captain collect as many crystals as possible across four zones. Each crystal they win represent five seconds inside the Crystal Dome. Should one of them gets locked in, it costs them a crystal so the captain or vice captain decide whether or not to 'buy' someone out. Inside the Crystal Dome, they need to score one hundred gold credits or more to win a big prize. Any silver ones collected will be taken away from the original score e.g 101 gold - 2 silver = 99 gold = no prize.
1 point - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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As of 2018, it has been revived since the days of Richard O'Brien and Ed Tudor Pole.
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The Sweeney Report Abuse
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Shameless Report Abuse
If you are ever thinking of visiting Manchester, watch this show first.
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The South Bank Show Report Abuse
Long running arts programme, a mix of music, film, theatre, that kind of thing. Originally shown on ITV for many years but now shown on Sky Arts. Has a memorable opening theme tune and quite catchy.
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London's Burning Report Abuse
One of London Weekend Television's most famous programmes that started in the 1980s and ran into the early 2000s. It follows a group of firefighters and their day to day issues at a London based fire station.
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Watching Report Abuse
Forgotten comedy series I think made during the early 1990s made by Granada Television.
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Heartbeat Report Abuse
Yorkshire Television made this drama series in a 1960s based setting and its music of the time. Had a memorable theme tune of the title.
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Tales Of The Unexpected Report Abuse
This programme is best remembered for its memorable theme tune. Anglia Television made the programme.
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Spooks Report Abuse
This was a long running recent spy series made partly by the BBC at a London based setting called Thames House.
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Treasure Hunt Report Abuse
Originally shown on Channel 4 in the 1980s that the makers of the Carling advert inspired from. Remade in the 2000s by the BBC.
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Woof! Report Abuse
ITV/Central Television/Carlton children's drama series about a boy who turns into a dog.
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The Bill Report Abuse
One of ITV's longest running programmes that had its final episode in 2010. It features a force at a fictional London police station called Sun Hill.
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Keeping Up Appearances Report Abuse
It was a 1990s BBC comedy series starring Patricia Routledge.
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Press Gang Report Abuse
This was an ITV award winning drama series that launched the careers of Julia Sawalha and Dexter Fletcher. Future soap star Lucy Benjamin was in this. It was filmed in Uxbridge but the editing I think was based at the Central Television studios (that partly made the programme) either in Nottingham or Birmingham.
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The first series screened in 1989 with the fifth and final season ended in 1993.
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A Touch of Frost Report Abuse
One of the best "real life" detectives on British TV ever (yes, including Morse)
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Hercule Poitot Report Abuse
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Blue Peter Report Abuse
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Upstairs, Downstairs Report Abuse
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Tizwas Report Abuse
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Inspector Morse Report Abuse
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Biker Grove Report Abuse
-1 point - added 9 years ago by felix01 - 2 comments
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Notable members including Ant and Dec and Donna Air.
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Used to watch this BBC children's drama filmed in a Newcastle youth club.
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Waking the Dead Report Abuse
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Grange Hill Report Abuse
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Eastenders Report Abuse
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Only Fools and Horses Report Abuse
I personally hate this show but I know I am in the minority here.
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Coronation Street Report Abuse
Personally its a no-no.
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