The Best British TV Shows: A Compelling Lineup of Industry, Drama, and Unforgettable Characters

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the captivating realm of television? Prepare to be enthralled as we delve into the world of the best British TV shows, where gripping dramas, mysterious thrillers, and hilarious comedies await. From the gripping obsessions of "The Office" to the heart-stopping suspense of "Luther," these shows promise to ignite your imagination and keep you on the edge of your seat. Join us as we explore a diverse range of must-watch series that will leave you craving for more.


best british tv showsNick StrasburgHBO's Industry brings us into the intense and competitive world of Pierpoint & Co, a fictional investment bank in London. The show follows new recruits as they battle for employment while navigating complicated personal lives. The highly anticipated third season of the show welcomes Kit Harington to the cast.



Dreaming Whilst Black

Adjani Salmon and Dani Moseley star in "Dreaming Whilst Black".

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Co-created by and starring Adjani Salmon, Dreaming Whilst Black is a brilliant comedy that pays homage to the challenges faced by independent filmmakers in a predominantly white industry. The show cleverly explores microaggressions in the workplace. Originally a web series, it was commissioned by BBC Three and has received critical acclaim. Dreaming Whilst Black is a collaboration between the BBC, Big Deal Films, and A24.

Over six episodes, Adjani Salmon shines as the lead character Kwabena Robinson. Kwabena's job in recruitment is surrounded by awful coworkers, and his side gig delivering food is far from fulfilling his dreams of making movies. His film school friend Amy (Dani Moseley) proves to be the key in getting his vision off the ground, but funding and rent money are still challenges. The entire cast delivers exceptional performances, from Moseley as Amy dealing with workplace challenges and microaggressions, to Kemi Lofinmakin as the vibrant Aunty Lola, Demmy Ladipo as Kwabena's dramatic cousin Maurice, and Rachel Adedeji as his grounded wife Funmi, who is also pregnant. The writing in this series is remarkably realistic and compelling, balancing moments of humor and drama. And with A24's involvement, there is a touch of surrealism too. — S.C.

How to watch: Dreaming Whilst Black is now available for streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK, with the release in the US yet to be confirmed.

The Office

best british tv shows©BBC/Courtesy Everett CollectionThe Office is a legendary British show that gave us the unforgettable character of Michael Scott. We are grateful for this iconic series brought to us by Ricky Gervais, who portrays David Brent, the obnoxious and embarrassing boss of a fictional paper company. Although it only ran for two seasons, it has made a lasting impact on popular culture.





best british tv showsAna Blumenkron/NetflixObsession may not be considered one of the "best" British TV shows, but it has certainly generated a lot of buzz. Richard Armitage stars in this series that delves into a 50 Shades of Grey-esque relationship between a man and his son's girlfriend, with disastrous consequences. The show's explicit sex scenes have sparked widespread discussion.


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The Shadow Line

The Shadow LineBefore The Honourable Woman and Black Earth Rising, Hugo Blick created The Shadow Line, a thrilling seven-part series centered around a murder investigation that puts the establishment at risk. The show features an exceptional cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, and Stephen Rea, and is regarded as one of the greatest modern thrillers from the UK.

Where to stream? UKTV Play

The Prisoner

Sometimes the classics are simply the best. The cult Sci-Fi mystery drama The Prisoner originally aired in 1967 and stars Patrick McGoohan as Number Six, a secret agent who is kidnapped and imprisoned in a bizarre and nightmarish village. Although it only has one season, it remains a standout series.

Where to stream? ITVX

The Missing

James Nesbitt in The MissingThe Missing is where the story of Julien Baptiste, the French detective played by Tcheky Karyo, originally began before he starred in his own spin-off series. The first season of this gripping BBC thriller follows Baptiste as he helps Tony Hughes (James Nesbitt) search for his missing son. In the second season, Baptiste investigates a case involving a missing teenager who returns to her family after years of abduction. The series is filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Where to stream? Netflix


best british tv shows©BBC America/Courtesy Everett CollectionOlivia Colman and David Tennant lead the cast of Broadchurch, a gripping drama that follows the investigation of a young boy's death in a coastal town. The shocking conclusion of the first season left viewers stunned, and the performances of Colman and Tennant were widely praised. The show continued with two more seasons and even inspired an American remake.




I May Destroy You

best british tv showsHBOWriter and creator Michaela Coel delivers a compelling performance as Arabella Essiedu in I May Destroy You. The show follows Arabella, a millennial novelist who faces challenges in writing her second book after experiencing a sexual assault. As she recalls the events and confronts her trauma, Arabella embarks on a potentially dangerous journey.



This Is Going to Hurt

best british tv showsEverettBased on Adam Kay's memoir, This Is Going to Hurt offers an unfiltered look into the life of a junior doctor working in a UK hospital. Ben Whishaw stars as Adam, a young doctor in the obstetrics and gynecology department, navigating the horrors and politics of the medical field.



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Happy Valley, Season 3

Sarah Lancashire returns in the final season of "Happy Valley".

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Seven years after the events of Season 2, Sally Wainright's dark crime drama brings us back to the story of Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) and her ongoing connection to Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), the man responsible for her daughter's death, who is now imprisoned but still casts a shadow over her family.

"If you've seen the first two seasons, you'll probably already know that Happy Valley isn't for everyone," I wrote in my Mashable review. "The combination of Wainright's unflinching scripts, the raw emotion in the acting, and the dark themes being dealt with mean that Happy Valley can be a tough watch at the best of times. It's a depressing and disturbing show, and Season 3 — with its themes of domestic violence — is no exception.

"But, like the first two seasons, there is light in there too. Wainright does an impressive job of sprinkling in moments of humor and levity throughout her scripts, and the actors have no problem introducing a few laughs alongside the tears and the pain. Ultimately, despite how heavy it is overall, the show's core message is one of durability." — Sam Haysom, UK Deputy Editor

How to watch: Happy Valley is now available for streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK, and on Acorn TV, AMC , and BBC America in the US.

Everyone Else Burns


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This year, Channel 4 delivers a comedic gem with Everyone Else Burns, which follows the Lewis family. The Lewises are deeply immersed in a puritanical religious congregation called the Order of the Divine Rod, and they adhere strictly to its ancient rules. With the imminent threat of doomsday, the family focuses on securing heavenly brownie points, including participating in nightly apocalypse drills led by patriarch David, played with melodramatic stubbornness by Simon Bird from The Inbetweeners.

Written by Dillon Mapletoft and Oliver Taylor, the series' script is sharp and filled with witty quips. Kate O’Flynn shines as the dead-eyed matriarch Fiona, who gradually realizes she desires more freedom from the order's strict gender roles. This sentiment is shared by their teenage daughter Rachel (Amy James-Kelly), who contemplates going to university but is warned about the moral hazards. The Lewises' young son Aaron (Harry Connor), sporting a Pugsley Addams vibe, must confront secular bullies. The supporting cast is exceptional, featuring Lolly Adefope as teacher Miss Simmonds, Morgana Robinson as neighbor Melissa, Kadiff Kirwan from This Way Up as order favorite elder Andrew, and Ali Khan from Red Rose as shunned order member Joshua.

How to watch: Everyone Else Burns is now available for streaming on All4 in the UK, with the release in the US yet to be confirmed.

Rain Dogs

best british tv showsHBOAuthored by British-Irish writer Cash Carraway, Rain Dogs explores the unexpected friendship between a working-class author and her wealthy gay best friend. Daisy May Cooper delivers an unforgettable performance as Costello, a single mother striving to be taken seriously as a writer while navigating the realities of life in England.




Suranne Jones and Eve Best in "Maryland"

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Maryland stands out as one of the year's most compelling dramas. Created by and starring Suranne Jones, the series follows two estranged sisters, Becca (Jones) and Rosaline (Eve Best), who reunite following the death of their mother on the Isle of Man. As they piece together their mother's final days, they uncover a deeper connection she had to the island. Over three gripping episodes directed by Sue Tully from Line of Duty, Maryland explores the emotional upheaval and practical challenges of losing a loved one, while questioning how well we truly know the people closest to us. Suranne Jones and Eve Best deliver outstanding performances as two very different sisters dealing with grief, reconnecting with one another, and attempting to understand their mother's choices. Their quest for answers leads them to the remarkable Stockard Channing, who portrays Cathy and may offer some insight. — S.C.

How to watch: Maryland is now available for streaming on ITVX in the UK, with the release in the US yet to be confirmed.

The Hour

Romola Garai, Dominic West, Ben Whishaw in The HourThe cancellation of Abi Morgan’s period drama The Hour after its second season garnered immense disappointment from fans. The series offers an engaging exploration of the creation of a current affairs television program in 1950s London. With a talented cast including Romola Garai, Dominic West, and Ben Whishaw, The Hour provides a captivating glimpse into British history.

Where to stream? Amazon Prime Video UK


It's Matthew Macfadyen! And Keeley Hawes!

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If you're missing your weekly dose of Matthew Macfadyen in Succession, he shines with political pomposity in ITV's Stonehouse. Directed by Stan and Ollie's Jon S. Baird, the three-part series is a dramatisation of the life and times of Labour MP John Stonehouse, who suddenly vanished in 1974, faking his own death by swimming into the sea. Why? Although the series itself is a wild ride, fueled by a Pink Panther-style score, the truth is actually stranger than fiction. "What happened to John Stonehouse is the stuff of legend," McFadyen said in a press statement. "I’ve always been intrigued by what motivated him to fake his own death, and leave behind the family he loved and doted upon and a promising political career. John Preston’s script truly captures the man and his colorful life." McFadyen shares the screen with his wife, Keeley Hawes, as Barbara Stonehouse.

How to watch: Stonehouse is now streaming on ITVX in the UK, BritBox in the U.S..


luther best british tv showJohn Wilson/NetflixIdris Elba stars as DCI John Luther in this gritty police drama, which sees him forced to choose between his personal relationships and his talent for solving bloody crimes. The Affair's Ruth Wilson plays a wonderful nemesis. Most recently, the detective returned in Netflix film Luther: The Fallen Son.




Best Interests

Michael Sheen and Sharon Horgan in "Best Interests".

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If you want to watch two of Britain's best actors absolutely obliterate your heart, watch Best Interests. Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen are at the top of their game in Jack Thorne's BBC series, following the devastating experience of parents whose child's health depletes considerably. Set in Cheltenham, the series hinges on Nicci (Horgan) and Andrew (Sheen), whose daughter Marnie (Niamh Moriarty) has muscular dystrophy. From their other daughter Katie (Alison Oliver) to Marnie's doctor Samantha (Noma Dumezweni), Best Interests brings complexity and humanity to the characters as they navigate the awful practicalities ahead. Horgan gives one of the most profound performances of her career, as does Sheen, as the series keeps one unimaginable question at its heart: When your child's illness reaches unfathomable depths, who decides what happens? — S.C.

How to watch: Best Interests is now streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK, U.S. release TBC.


Vigil Suranne Jones Episode 6Suranne Jones is one of those names that add a certain promise of quality to any drama she appears in, and her starring role in Vigil is the perfect example of why this holds up. In this six-part series, she plays a DCI sent aboard Royal Navy submarine HMS Vigil to investigate a suspicious death on board, only to find herself embroiled in an increasingly dangerous mystery involving murder, MI5 and a missing fishing trawler. At times breathtakingly tense and claustrophobic, with an excellent supporting cast including Paterson Joseph, Rose Leslie and Line of Duty‘s Martin Compston, this is well worth watching.

Where to stream? BBC iPlayer


Nicola Barker and Sanjeev Bhaskar in UnforgottenThe only UK crime drama that remembers to be kind as well as gripping and filled with twists, Chris Lang’s Unforgotten is cleverly plotted and built around an excellent double-act. Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar are Cassie and Sunny, detectives working cold murder cases who attempt to bring closure to families who’ve lost loved ones and never known where, how, why or who to blame. Read more here.

Where to stream? ITVX


best british tv showsBen MeadowsApple TV 's Trying follows Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall), a couple who decide to adopt when they're unable to have a baby. Trying follows the ups and downs of their decision to expand their family, and remains one of the most heartfelt shows on the streaming platform. A fourth season is in the works.



Black Mirror

black mirror best british tv showsNetflixCharlie Brooker's dystopian TV series only gets darker the long it runs. The dark anthology show has explored everything from our voracious desire for true crime narratives to the frivolous way we share our personal information online. Season 6 stars everyone from Salma Hayek to Aaron Paul.



Jerk Season 3

Tim Renkow, Sharon Rooney, and Rob Madin in "Jerk".

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Written by and starring comedian Tim Renkow, Jerk is a hilarious comedy all about dalliances with discomfort. Renkow plays a version of himself as Tim, an American in London who has cerebral palsy and loves to make others squirm while getting himself into ridiculous hijinks. Co-written by Stu Richards, the series follows Tim, his eye-rolling friend and nonchalant carer Ruth (an excellent Sharon Rooney), his tough and adoring mother (the impeccable Lorraine Bracco), and his buddy Idris (a wonderfully geeky Rob Madin). Three seasons in, Jerk is still as face-palm funny as ever. — S.C.

How to watch: Jerk is now streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK, U.S. release TBC.


Genesis Lynea and Déja J. Bowens in "Champion".

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Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams helms the BBC/Netflix drama series Champion, "a love letter to Black British music set in south London," following rapper Bosco Champion (Top Boy's Malcolm Kamulete), who just got home from prison ready to rebuild his life and career. While he's reestablishing himself in the music industry, his talented sister and manager, Vita (the incredible Déja J. Bowens in her TV debut), is scouted by his rival, Bulla (Corey Weekes). Tension in the Champion family rises, and the siblings find themselves at odds, along with the rest of their nearest and dearest. The cast also includes singer-songwriter Ray BLK, Small Axe's Nadine Marshall, His Dark Materials' Ray Fearon, Doctor Who's Jo Martin, Everything I Know About Love's Adeyinka Akinrinade, Genesis Lynea, and many more. And the music in this series? The work of champions. — S.C.

How to watch: Champion is now streaming on BBC iPlayer, U.S. release TBC.


Idris Elba in "Hijack".

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Set over seven real-time hours, Hijack is something you could finish on a flight but should absolutely not watch on one. With Jim Field Smith and Mo Ali directing, and Idris Elba in the lead, this Apple TV series is about a plane hijacked on its way to London. Elba plays Sam Nelson, a corporate negotiator who tries to bargain with flight KA29's villains all the way to the final humdinger of an episode. As Mashable's Belen Edwards writes in her review, "Hijack is the perfect show to watch if you want to get sucked into a mildly ridiculous, yet totally engrossing scenario. You'll squeal as our heroes brave danger, swoon at Elba's charisma, and even chuckle at some choice one-liners." — S.C.

How to watch: Hijack is now streaming on Apple TV .

The Gallows Pole


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Whenever writer/director Shane Meadows is involved in a project, you know two things: 1) The quality is going to be high, and 2) The contents are probably going to be bleak. The Gallows Pole, adapted by Meadows from Ben Myers' 2017 novel of the same name, ticks both of these boxes but adds in plenty of humor too, telling an 18th-century tale of a gang of coin clippers (people who create new coins by "clipping" the edges off old coins) who pull off a heist in an attempt to save their poverty-stricken village. The writing is top-notch, the acting — including performances from Meadows' regulars Michael Socha and Thomas Turgoose — is raw, and the direction is beautiful. — S.H.

How to watch: The Gallows Pole is now streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK, U.S. release TBC.

The Rig

Iain Glen plays rig boss Magnus.

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It's not exactly John Carpenter's The Fog but there's plenty of it in David Macpherson's six-episode Prime Video series. Set entirely on the Kinloch Bravo oil rig in the North Sea, the series is a tense mystery survival thriller with a strong set-up and nail-biting scenes. The titular rig's communications are on the fritz and a power malfunction means the crew's return to land is delayed, sparking unrest. But they've got bigger problems, as a mysterious fog rolls in, engulfing the structure and leaving it stranded. As supplies dwindle, tensions rise among the crew, and people start turning up dead, it becomes apparent there's something afoot in the mist and the drilled depths below. It's like an extreme workplace-based Poseidon Adventure meets 1899 and it's deeply compelling.

The Rig's cast is strong too, from Schitt's Creek's Emily Hampshire as Rose, the rep for the rig's overlord, Pictor Energy Company, to Game of Thrones' Iain Glen and Owen Teale, as practical rig boss Magnus and aggressive, mutinous head driller Hutton, respectively. There's Line of Duty alumni Martin Compston and Rochenda Sandall as communications operator Fulmer and medic Cat. Meanwhile Calvin Demba carries the mystery as shit-talking crew member Baz, whose experience connects the practicalities of the rig's plight with something more sinister. — S.C.

How to watch: The Rig is now streaming on Prime Video.

Heartstopper Season 2

Prom time.

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Netflix's adaptation of Alice Oseman's beloved webcomic and graphic novel returned for a second season, reuniting you with Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor), who decided to make it official at the end of Season 1. Season 2, which aligns with Oseman's third and fourth volumes, feels like a natural maturation of its characters. Charlie, Elle (Yasmin Finney), Tao (William Gao), and Isaac (Tobie Donovan) are no longer the "borderline outcasts'' they felt like in Season 1, but are now part of a larger group of LGBTQ buddies, a gorgeous, supportive found family that make up the core cast. And together, they explore new relationships and crushes, dreaded school exams, an overseas excursion, the end of year prom, endure their complicated home lives, and navigate the complexities of coming out.* — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor

How to watch: Heartstopper is now streaming on Netflix.

Ted Lasso Season 3

Plenty to celebrate.

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Yes, Ted Lasso is technically a U.S. Apple TV production, but it's filmed in the UK, written by Brett Goldstein, and has a largely British cast, so you'd better believe we're counting it. With AFC Richmond in the Premier League, Ted Lasso Season 3 marks the beginning of its final season with the Greyhounds as the subject of derision and taunts. Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis), Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt), and the team are pitted against West Ham United and their new coach Nate (Nick Mohammed) — but let's not declare Nate the real villain of the season, alright? That'd be his co-conspirator, all-round jerk Rupert (Anthony Head), whose ex-wife Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) wants to finally claim her own victory. You'd better believe all your favorites are here for the final round, including Keeley (Juno Temple) and Roy Kent (Goldstein). — S.C.

How to watch: Ted Lasso is now streaming on Apple TV.

Downton Abbey

downton abbey best british tv shows

Jaap BuitendijkThe world instantly fell in love with Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes' fictional series about an aristocratic family living on a country estate in the early 20th century. The immense charm of the series comes from the relationships formed between the family and their employees, from butlers to kitchen aids. Two movies followed.





Wolf Hall

Mark Rylance in Wolf HallMark Rylance did a lot by doing very little in the BBC’s Wolf Hall adaptation. Playing crown advisor and treasurer Thomas Cromwell in this beautifully pitched adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning trilogy, Rylance’s performance was all about understatement. Claire Foy and Damian Lewis are also great in this political period drama.

Where to stream? BBC iPlayer

The Crown

Claire Foy in The CrownQueen Elizabeth II and her lot are the focus of Peter Morgan’s glossy Netflix period drama following the UK’s royal family from Liz’s coronation all the way through the decades. With five series available and a sixth and final one on the way, it’s a look at a changing Britain and the rulers reluctantly forced to change alongside it. Exemplary casting and very fine storytelling.

Where to stream? Netflix UK

Good Omens Season 2

David Tennant and Michael Sheen in the second season of "Good Omens".

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Good Omens, Amazon's adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's co-written 1990 fantasy novel, returned for a second season of apocalyptic escapades this year — and it was just as excellent as the first. Created, written, and executive produced by Gaiman, the series sees David Tennant and Michael Sheen return as eternal frenemies: the demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale. This time, they're not chasing the antichrist child around the world, but instead, a returning Jon Hamm as the overtly pompous angel Gabriel, who turns up stark naked, memory-less, holding an empty box, and needing to be hidden from Heaven and Hell.

Frances McDormand is back as the voice of God and our glorious narrator, as is Miranda Richardson as new demon Shax, Hell's new representative on Earth (Richardson played Madame Tracy in Season 1). It's a rollicking script in absurd circumstances and a bloody good time as always. — S.C.

How to watch: Good Omens is now streaming on Prime Video.

Vanity Fair

vanity fair best british tv showsEverettWilliam Makepeace Thackeray's 1848 novel has been adapted on many occasions. 2018's seven-part series is a spritely adaptation, featuring modern flair and an incredible cast. The show follows Becky Sharp (Olivia Cooke) as she attempts to rise the social classes by snagging a rich man, amongst other things.


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The Last Kingdom

Alexander Dreymon in The Last KingdomThe fifth and final series of this meaty Vikings and Saxons drama aired in 2022, an adaptation of books from Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Saxon Stories’ saga, and a feature-length Netflix film will round off the show in April 2023. It’s the tale of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a Saxon raised by Vikings who returns to England to reclaim the birthright his scheming uncle stole from him, but who has countless other adventures on the way. Great fights, great characters, and a superlative third run with a beating political heart.

Where to stream? Netflix UK

The Witcher Season 3

There's a whole trippy desert episode in Season 3.

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Two years after The Witcher's second season made a magical, monstrous upgrade to the series, Season 3 plunges fans right back into the turmoil of the Continent, where the powerful Princess Ciri of Cintra (Freya Allan) is being relentlessly hunted by…everyone. Released as two volumes and with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich back at the helm, The Witcher's third season sends our heroes Ciri, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), and Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Charlotra) on the run. Over eight episodes, the show severely ups the gruesome monster game, delivers those complex politics and way more magic, and lets Ciri kick some serious ass while developing her potentially world-saving/world-ending magic. Throw in two season-stealing episodes (one entirely set at the Met Gala of the Continent, and one entirely following Ciri through what feels like a bad acid trip in the Korath desert), and parallels to the most popular Witcher game, and you're in for a treat on Cavill's last ride.* — S.C.

How to watch: The Witcher is now streaming on Netflix.

The Demon Headmaster

This continuation of the 1990s The Demon Headmaster TV adaptation is an apt satire of modern educational trends, while also being a roaring, intrigue-filled sci-fi-fantasy adventure. Based on Gillian Cross’ latest additions to her ongoing book series, it’s a treat of an update that features more than a few Easter Eggs for fans of the original. Read our creator interview here.

Where to stream? BBC iPlayer (1 series)


Spooks castAll 10 series of this British intelligence thriller about a bunch of MI5 officers getting into espionage-based mischief/being horribly injured were recently made available on iPlayer. Revisit the noughties with Keeley Hawes, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicola Walker, and the gang. Here’s our review of the 2015 feature film, starring Kit Harrington.

Where to stream? BBC iPlayer

The Worst Witch

The Worst WitchJill Murphy’s The Worst Witch book series was given another TV adaptation in 2017, with terrific results. Adapted by The Demon Headmaster‘s Emma Reeves (see above), it tells the story of hapless witch-in-training Mildred Hubble and her adventures at Cackle’s Academy, with Game of Thrones‘ Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) in the lead role.

Where to stream? BBC iPlayer (4 series), Netflix UK (4 series)

Save Me

Lennie James and Stephen Graham in Save MeCreated by and starring Lennie James, with an enviable ensemble cast including Stephen Graham and Suranne Jones, Save Me is a six-part UK thriller that went down a storm on release in 2018. (Here’s why we loved it.) Set in London, it’s the story of a teenage girl’s disappearance and her estranged father’s search for her. The second series arrived in April 2020 and was just as strong as the first.

Where to stream? NOW TV

Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia

Trollhunters: Tales of ArcadiaGuillermo del Toro’s first Netflix children’s series, this animated fantasy adventure show sees teenager James discover a land of magical creatures when he stumbles into a secret realm after finding a mysterious amulet. Soon, he and his friends are tasked with protecting their small town from the mystical menace.

Where to stream? Netflix UK (3 series)


best british tv showsEd Miller//EverettCatastrophe explores what happens when a fling leads to pregnancy. Throughout four seasons, Sharon and Rob attempt to build a life after unexpectedly welcoming a child together. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney created, wrote, and star in the hilarious show, while Carrie Fisher makes a wonderful guest appearance.


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fleabag best british tv showsAmazon PrimePhoebe Waller-Bridge burst on to the scene with Fleabag, a TV series adapted from her stage show of the same name. While dealing with grief, Fleabag muddles through life and love with a unique wit and a penchant for breaking the fourth wall.


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Killing Eve

killing eve best british tv showsEverettViewers quickly fell in love with the cat and mouse chase between investigator Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and dangerous assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Based on the Villanelle novel series by Luke Jennings, this unexpected and often-volatile relationship was explored for four seasons.



Red Riding

Andrew Garfield in Red RidingThis three-part adaptation of David Peace’s bleak and gritty ‘Red Riding’ novel quartet about a series of murders taking place in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 1980s may be the opposite of the sunny escapism many are after in these troubling times, but it remains gripping drama. Andrew Garfield and David Morrissey among the casts of these three feature-length films about conspiracy, abuse, and a fight for the truth.

Where to stream? BritBox


Skins original castThis drama-comedy, which revolves around the lives of hedonistic teenagers, made a significant impact when it first premiered. However, it went beyond the surface to explore deeper themes. Featuring a talented cast including Nicholas Hoult, Daniel Kaluuya, Jack O’Connell, Hannah Murray, Joe Dempsie, and Kaya Scodelario, Skins offered heart, romance, and plenty of laughs. Check out our top 30 moments from the show.

Where to stream? Watch on Amazon Prime Video UK.


Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in SherlockSteven Moffat and Mark Gatiss brought us this modernized version of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. It became a massive hit and needs no introduction. Revisit Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in their iconic roles as Holmes and Watson at 221B Baker Street.

Where to stream? Watch on BBC iPlayer.

The Amazing World of Gumball

The Amazing World of GumballThe animated show on Cartoon Network, The Amazing World of Gumball, showcases the adventures of 12-year-old Gumball, his younger brother, and their goldfish friend. It combines various animation styles to create engaging and colorful stories filled with humor.

Where to stream? Watch on NOW (5 series).

Black Ops

Hammed Animashaun and Gbemisola Ikumelo in "Black Ops."

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From the creators of Famalam, Gbemisola Ikumelo and Akemnji Ndifornyen, Black Ops is an entertaining buddy cop comedy consisting of six 30-minute episodes. It follows the misadventures of Met Police officers Dom and Kay, who go undercover to infiltrate the Brightmarsh gang in East London. With its chaotic and humorous storyline, the show guarantees a fun and exciting ride.

How to watch: Watch on BBC iPlayer in the UK, U.S. release TBC.

Ripper Street

Cast of Ripper StreetRipper Street is a crime drama set in the 19th century that was initially canceled but later revived for three more seasons. Set in Whitechapel, it revolves around a group of detectives and their investigations into gruesome crimes. With its gripping storytelling and talented cast, including Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn, Ripper Street provides an engrossing viewing experience.

Where to stream? Watch on Amazon Prime Video UK.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Based on the book and blog by Brooke Magnanti, Secret Diary of a Call Girl follows the life of high-end escort Hannah, portrayed by Billie Piper. It delves into the challenges and complexities of Hannah's double life and offers a unique perspective on sex work.

Where to stream? Watch on ITVX.

This Life

This Life cast Andrew LincolnThis Life is a 90s drama that revolves around a group of lawyers who share a house and navigate their personal and professional lives. It explores themes of relationships, addiction, and the challenges of adulting. Starring Andrew Lincoln, the show offers a humorous and realistic portrayal of young adulthood.

Where to stream? Watch on BritBox.


Torchwood castTorchwood is a spin-off of Doctor Who and presents a darker and more mature side of the Doctor Who universe. It follows the adventures of Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper as they deal with alien encounters and protect Earth. Created by Chris Chibnall, the show offers a thrilling blend of sci-fi, action, and character-driven storytelling.

Where to stream? Watch on BBC iPlayer.


Wolfblood CBBCWolfblood is a CBBC show that offers a unique twist on the werewolf genre. It combines Celtic legend and supernatural elements to tell the story of teenage characters who navigate their way through the challenges of life while dealing with their wolf-like powers. With its strong writing and cohesive world-building, Wolfblood stands out as one of the top shows on CBBC.

Where to stream? Watch on BBC iPlayer (5 series).


TwirlywoosTwirlywoos is a stop-motion animated series that offers delightful and relaxing viewing. The show follows a family of four creatures who live on a boat and venture into the live-action world, causing playful mayhem wherever they go. It's a charming and light-hearted series that is enjoyed by both kids and adults.

Where to stream? Watch on BBC iPlayer (4 series).

Thunderbirds are Go!

Thunderbirds are Go!This 2015 revival of Thunderbirds brings the beloved supermarionation series back to life with CGI animation. It captures the spirit of the original show and follows the thrilling adventures of the Tracy brothers in their mission to save the world. Fans of the original series and newcomers alike can enjoy this action-packed remake.

Where to stream? Watch on Amazon Prime UK (2 series), ITVX (3 series).

The Legend of Korra

The Legend of KorraThe Legend of Korra is the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender and expands on the beloved fantasy world. Set in a world where people can harness the power of the elements, the series follows the adventures of Korra as she embraces her role as the Avatar. With its stunning animation and compelling storytelling, The Legend of Korra is a must-watch for fans of the original series.

Where to stream? Watch on Netflix (4 series).

The Smurfs

The Smurfs original cartoonRelive the nostalgia with the original American-Belgian animated episodes of The Smurfs from the 1980s. This classic series, based on the Belgian comic by Peyo, features over 250 episodes that take viewers into the magical world of the Smurfs.

Where to stream? Watch on Amazon Prime (9 series).

Teen Titans Go!

Teen Titans Go!This spin-off of Teen Titans brings a comedic twist to the superhero genre. Teen Titans Go! follows the Titans during their downtime from saving the world, offering self-deprecating humor, nerdy DC cameos, and fun in-jokes. With the original voice cast reprising their roles, the series delivers a lighthearted and entertaining experience.

Where to stream? Watch on Netflix UK (5 series), NOW (7 series).

Steven Universe

Steven UniverseCreated by Rebecca Sugar, a former writer and storyboard artist for Adventure Time, Steven Universe is a delightful animated series. It follows the adventures of Steven, a boy who lives with three powerful aliens as they protect Earth. With its inventive storytelling and kind-hearted themes, Steven Universe has become a beloved show.

Where to stream? Watch on NOW (3 series).

Star Trek: the Animated Series

Star Trek: The Animated SeriesStream both seasons of the original 1970s animated Star Trek series on Netflix. This continuation of The Original Series takes viewers on further missions of the USS Enterprise in the 23rd century. It maintains the spirit of the original show while offering new adventures for fans to enjoy.

Where to stream? Watch on Netflix UK (2 series).


best british tv showsObsession, available on Netflix, has gained a lot of attention for its provocative storyline. Richard Armitage stars as a man who becomes entangled in a complex relationship with his son's girlfriend, causing chaos in his life. The show's sex scenes have generated significant discussion and intrigue.



Teachers cast Andrew LincolnTeachers, a comedy-drama from Channel 4, features Andrew Lincoln in a pre-The Walking Dead role. Set in a Bristol Secondary School, it explores the chaotic lives of a group of teachers and their hilarious interactions. The show offers a down-to-earth sense of humor and an entertaining portrayal of staff room dynamics.

Where to stream? Watch on Channel 4.

The Office

best british tv shows©BBC/Courtesy Everett CollectionThe Office is an iconic British show that served as the inspiration for the American version. Ricky Gervais stars as David Brent, the obnoxious and cringe-worthy boss at a paper company. Although it only ran for two seasons, The Office left a lasting impact on popular culture.



best british tv showsAna Blumenkron/NetflixObsession, available on Netflix, has become a topic of conversation due to its provocative nature. Richard Armitage plays a man who becomes involved in a complicated relationship with his son's girlfriend, leading to disastrous consequences. The show's sex scenes have sparked significant discussion.


I Hate Suzie

best british tv showsTom Beard/HBOMaxI Hate Suzie stars Billie Piper as Suzie Pickles, a former child star whose life is turned upside down when explicit photos of her are leaked. The revelation threatens her career and personal life, creating a chaotic and dramatic journey. Co-created by Piper and Lucy Prebble, writer of Succession, this show offers a unique exploration of celebrity and its consequences.



Helena Bonham Carter as Noelle Gordon in "Nolly."

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From the creator of It's a Sin and Years and Years, Russell T. Davies, comes Nolly. Starring Helena Bonham Carter as Noelle Gordon, a famous '70s soap star, this three-part miniseries explores Gordon's rise to stardom and her abrupt departure from the popular Crossroads soap. With talented co-stars and a captivating storyline, Nolly offers an intriguing journey into the world of television.

How to watch: Watch on ITVX in the UK, U.S. release TBC.

Derry Girls

best british tv showsSet in Northern Ireland during the early '90s, Derry Girls follows the lives of five young adults attending an all-girls Catholic high school. Against the backdrop of the Troubles, the series explores real-life political events while delving into the experiences of its female characters. With its nostalgic pop soundtrack, Derry Girls offers a unique and engaging look at a pivotal period in history.



Yonderland promo image SkyAll three series of the fantasy puppet comedy Yonderland are available to stream on NOW TV. Created by and starring the original Horrible Histories cast, this hilarious show follows the adventures of Debbie, the chosen one, in a mystical land filled with magical creatures and memorable characters.

Where to stream? Watch on NOW TV (3 series).

In the world of British TV shows, the options are endless, from captivating dramas to hilarious comedies and everything in between. Whether you're a fan of gripping crime thrillers like "Broadchurch" and "Happy Valley," or prefer thought-provoking series like "Black Mirror" and "Sherlock," there is truly something for everyone. And let's not forget the beloved classics like "Downton Abbey" and "The Crown," which have stolen the hearts of millions. From the moment you press play, these shows will transport you to a world of excitement, mystery, and pure entertainment. So, grab your popcorn, get comfy on the couch, and let the binge-watching begin!

The Ultimate Guide to the Best TV Series on Amazon Prime in 2018: From Harlem to Jungle
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Discover the top TV series on Amazon Prime in 2018, ranging from captivating stories set in Harlem to thrilling adventures in the jungle. Uncover the ultimate guide to binge-worthy shows that will keep you glued to your screen. Updated and carefully curated, explore the best that Amazon Prime has to offer. Start streaming now!

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Discover the comedy/musical series that are sure to tickle your funny bone as the network secures not just one, but two nominations for the top honors. Get ready to double the laughs and Dive into the hilarious world of these must-watch shows!

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Unveiling the Prime Picks: The Best TV Series on Amazon Prime that Will Leave You Hooked
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Discover the ultimate binge-worthy TV series on Amazon Prime that will keep you glued to your screen. Unveiling the prime picks, this curated list showcases the best of the best, promising captivating storylines, thrilling plot twists, and unforgettable characters. Get ready to be hooked and embark on a binge-watching journey like no other.

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Optimizing Your Viewing Experience: Mastering the Ideal Picture Settings for Samsung UHD TV Series 7
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Unlock the best viewing experience with expert tips on optimizing picture settings for Samsung UHD TV Series 7, ensuring stunning visuals that bring your favorite shows and movies to life. Master the ideal settings that make colors pop, depth come alive, and details crystal clear, taking your TV viewing to new heights. Click now for a breathtaking visual journey.

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