Best British TV shows

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best British TV shows" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, serious, captivating, stylized, suspenseful and atmospheric. Plot: society, british, murder, family relations, friendship, danger, police, police officer, secret and police investigation. Genre: Drama, Crime and Thriller. Country: UK and USA.
Best British TV shows
Best British TV shows
TOP TV shows: Peaky Blinders (2013), Sex Education (2019), Black Mirror (2011), The Crown (2016), Game of Thrones (2011), The Last Kingdom (2015), The End of the F***ing World (2017), Downton Abbey (2010), Fleabag (2016), Merlin (2008), Bodyguard (2018), Taboo (2017), Luther (2010), Skins (2007), Chernobyl (2019), The IT Crowd (2006), After Life (2019), Misfits (2009), Broadchurch (2013), A Discovery of Witches (2018).

List of Best TV shows

 8.8
 351K
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, tense, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, organized crime, gang war, power struggle, mob boss, crimes, determination, cruelty, mafia, rivalry, society ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: england, ireland
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 8.3
 159K
Sex Education (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Inexperienced Otis channels his sex therapist mom when he teams up with rebellious Maeve to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.
Style: sexy, light, dark humor, captivating, feel good ...
Audience: teen drama, teen comedy, teens
Plot: teenage sex, teenage sexuality, first sex, gay teenager, best friends, gay, school, couples, classmate, teenage life, family relations, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england
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 8.8
 446K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: thought provoking, twists and turns, philosophical, dark humor, serious ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, social decay, distopia, society, human nature, satire, media satire, technology, chaos, gadget, life ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 8.7
 151K
The Crown (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham ...
Style: atmospheric, clever, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: royal family, british royal family, monarchy, queen, british history, winston churchill, woman, prime minister, power, monarch, palace intrigue, politics ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: england, buckingham palace, london
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 9.3
 1.8M
Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the ...
Style: atmospheric, sexual, captivating, twists and turns, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: intrigue, dragon, king, fantasy world, incest, adventure, betrayal, political intrigue, swords and armor, power struggle, throne, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
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The Last Kingdom (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A show of heroic deeds and epic battles with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the ...
Style: realistic, captivating, epic, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: king, battles, kingdom, danger, castle, escapades, rivalry, vengeance, heroes, political unrest, british, viking ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: england, europe
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The End of the F***ing World (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a darkly comedic road trip in search of her real father.
Style: ironic, dark humor, tragicomedy, road movie, slang
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: road trip, teenager, underage, psycho, murder, teenage love, british humour, search for father, police investigation, psychopath, sexual abuse, looking for sex ...
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 8.7
 164K
Downton Abbey (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: A chronicle of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized, tragicomedy
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aristocracy, estate, master and servant, manners, countryside, love and romance, butler, traditional versus modern, family life, family relations, social differences, high society ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s, 20s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe
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 8.7
 102K
Fleabag (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 27 min.
TV show
Story: As she hurls herself headlong at modern living, Fleabag is thrown roughly up against the walls of contemporary London, sleeping with anyone who dares to stand too close, squeezing money from wherever she can, rejecting anyone who tries to help ...
Style: light, funny, humorous, psychological, dark humor ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: sister sister relationship, promiscuity, breaking the fourth wall, father daughter relationship, sexuality, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, female friendship, promiscuous woman, sexual humor, british, female protagonist, single woman ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
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 7.9
 74K
Merlin (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The unlikely friendship between Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, and Prince Arthur, heir to the crown of Camelot.
Style: exciting, epic, captivating, stylized, humorous ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: legends and myths, supernatural ability, magical, king arthur, knight, imaginary kingdom, witch, wizards and magicians, dragon, camelot, curses spells and rituals, friendship ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
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 8.1
 95K
Bodyguard (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A troubled war veteran is assigned to protect a controversial politician who may be the target of a terror plot.
Style: exciting, political, disturbing, suspense, romantic
Plot: terrorism, family, terrorist, security, bodyguard, army, police, politician, veteran, politics, stalking, investigation ...
Place: middle east, london
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 8.4
 116K
Taboo (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London from Africa in 1814 along with fourteen stolen diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: brother sister incest, witchcraft, british empire, family business, adventurer, incest overtones, dark secret, murder, investigation, conspiracy, inheritance, homecoming ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s, georgian era
Place: england, africa, europe, united states, usa ...
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 8.5
 122K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.
Style: tense, serious, atmospheric, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, crimes, talented, murder, law enforcement, forensics, cruelty, partners, psychopath, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
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 8.2
 75K
Skins (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Irreverent comedy drama which follows the messy lives, loves, delirious highs and inevitable lows of a group of raucous teenage friends in Bristol.
Style: captivating, cynical, realistic, semi serious, sexual ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, sexual relations, drugs/alcohol, friends, party, looking for sex, youth, homosexual, siblings relations, underage drinking, high school life, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england
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 9.4
 545K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
TV show
Story: A dramatization of the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Style: based on true events, thought provoking, harsh, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear explosion, nuclear threat, nuclear holocaust, nuclear power plant, nuclear reactor, accident, scientist, post nuclear, save the day, salvation ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: ussr, ukraine, chernobyl, soviet union, russia ...
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 8.5
 134K
The IT Crowd (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: UK Comedy series about two I.T. nerds and their clueless female manager, who work in the basement of a very successful company. When they are called on for help, they are never treated with any respect at all.
Style: sitcom, witty, humorous, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: computer genius, geek, office, misfit, boss and employee, workplace situations, workplace, nerd, lifestyle, teamwork, rivalry, verbal byplay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, london
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 8.4
 85K
After Life (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Tony had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on.
Style: uplifting, compassionate, ironic, sad, gross out humor
Plot: bereavement, starting over, death wish, dog, grief, newspaper reporter, death of wife, complex characters, self destructing, cancer, widow, sex worker ...
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 8.2
 94K
Misfits (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When five young outsiders on Community Service get caught in a strange storm, they discover that they have developed superpowers.
Style: witty, cynical, exciting, surreal, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, youth, friends, teenage life, swearing, superhuman powers, anti heroes, supernatural, imaginary, friendship, heroes, superhero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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 8.4
 95K
Broadchurch (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.
Style: twists and turns, emotional, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, murder investigation, multiple suspects, small town, uncover truth, murder, courtroom drama, partners, parents and children, loss of child, loss of son ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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A Discovery of Witches (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Diana Bishop, historian and witch, accesses Ashmole 782 and knows she must solve its mysteries. She is offered help by the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, but he's a vampire and witches should never trust vampires.
Style: romantic, stylized, captivating, scenic, twists and turns
Plot: witch, vampire, vampire human love, magic, love and romance, female protagonist, danger, supernatural, impossible love, demon, culture clash, book ...
Place: britain
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Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 327 min.
TV show
Story: Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart.
Style: romantic, stylized, witty, clever, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: opposites attract, jane austen, love and romance, romance, aristocracy, fall in love, prejudice, looking for love, couple relations, countryside, unlikely couple, british ...
Time: victorian, 18th century, victorian era, 19th century, 1810s
Place: england, europe, britain, london
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 8.2
 13K
Unforgotten (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: 'Unforgotten' follows modern police team DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan, who gradually unravel long-forgotten secrets which have a dramatic impact on their investigation and the four potential suspects. The slow revelation of the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, clever
Plot: murder, police investigation, cold case, who done it, uncover truth, haunted by the past, crimes, life turned upside down, murder mystery, missing person, father daughter relationship, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 2010s
Place: england, london
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My Mad Fat Diary (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the show tells the tragic and humorous story of a very troubled young girl Rae, who has just left a psychiatric hospital, where she has spent four months after attempting suicide, begins to reconnect with her best friend ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, tragicomedy, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: fat girl, teenage life, depression, best friends, physical appearance, youth, social misfits, teenage love, loneliness, adolescence, high school life, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: england, northern england
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 8.7
 35K
Line of Duty (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Steve Arnott is a young officer who’s fallen foul of his superiors for refusing to help in the cover-up of an operation that ended in the shooting of an innocent father. He seems ideal to join AC-12, an anti-corruption police unit, just as it ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns
Plot: police corruption, police detective, police investigation, honest law enforcer, female police detective, law enforcer, policewoman, corrupt law enforcer, dishonesty, secret, evidence, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, britain
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 8.2
 29K
Strike Back (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The series follows John Porter, a former British Special Forces soldier, who is drafted back into service by Section 20, a fictional branch of the Secret Intelligence Service.
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: swat team, mission, soldier, top secret, terrorist, heroes, heroic mission, daring rescue, army, teamwork, military, sergeant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, iraq, afghanistan, pakistan, africa ...
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 8.2
 84K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When the Police Service of Northern Ireland are unable to close a case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must ...
Style: psychological, psychological thriller, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, female detective, police investigation, policewoman, crimes, forensics, law enforcement, coworker, victim, crime, violence against women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, belfast
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 8.6
 19K
Endeavour (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
TV show
Story: The early days of a young Endeavour Morse, whose experiences as a detective constable with the Oxford City Police will ultimately shape his future.
Style: intellectual, serious, realistic, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, talented, crime, british, crimes, intelligence, murderer, investigator, police, coworker, uncover truth ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: england
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Call the Midwife (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Drama following the lives of a group of midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London during the 1950s, based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth.
Style: stylized, touching, sincere, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: convent, midwife, nurse, nun, child birth, childbirth, doctor, family life, family relations, friends, nursing, pregnancy ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s, year 1961 ...
Place: england, london, europe
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Gangs of London (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
TV show
Story: When the head of a criminal organisation, Finn Wallace is assassinated, the sudden power vacuum his death creates threatens the fragile peace between the intricate web of gangs operating on the streets of the city. Now it’s up to the grieving, ...
Style: brutal, rough, exciting, suspense
Plot: gang war, mafia, organized crime, gang, bandit, father son relationship, violence, blood, triad, danger, criminal, gunfight ...
Place: london
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 8.3
 26K
Poldark (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ...
Style: captivating, family saga, realistic, saga, serious
Plot: countryside, family relations, love and romance, estate, love affair, society, rich and poor, master and servant, social differences, poverty, couple relations, romance ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1780s, 1790s
Place: england, cornwall
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