Best British War TV Shows

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Best British War TV Shows
Best British War TV Shows
TOP TV Shows: The Halcyon (2017), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015), Home Fires (2015), Strike Back (2010), The Hollow Crown (2012), War & Peace (2016), Bluestone 42 (2013), Band of Brothers (2001), The Crimson Field (2014), Generation Kill (2008), Occupation (2009), 'Allo 'Allo (1982), Dad's Army (1968), Our World War (2014), Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), Foyle's War (2002), Island at War (2004), Colditz (2005), Our Girl (2013), The Promise (2011).

List of Best TV Shows

 7.5
 3K
The Halcyon (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.
Style: realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, psychological
Plot: hotel, world war two, aristocracy, manager, wartime, society, chef, maid, hotel manager, bellhop, chambermaid, switchboard operator ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, london
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)
Genre: Fantasy, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: With magic long since lost to England, two men are destined to bring it back; the reclusive Mr. Norrell and daring novice Jonathan Strange. So begins a dangerous battle between two great minds.
Style: semi serious, exciting, bleak, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: wizards and magicians, curses spells and rituals, rivalry, imaginary, odd couple, reluctant partners, elf, escapades, state affairs, magic, magician, fairy ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe
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 8.2
 4K
Home Fires (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud over their lives. As the conflict takes hold and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, psychological, touching
Plot: village, strong female presence, world war two, wartime life, society, life is a bitch, social relations, friends, female protagonist, village life, family relations, british ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: england, europe
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 8.2
 30K
Strike Back (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
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: heroic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: swat team, soldier, mission, terrorist, top secret, heroes, heroic mission, daring rescue, teamwork, army, military, sergeant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, iraq, afghanistan, pakistan, africa ...
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The Hollow Crown (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
TV show
Story: The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry ...
Style: serious, captivating, epic, stylized, harsh ...
Plot: royal family, king, prince, queen, betrayal, rivalry, battles, power struggle, political intrigue, ruler, heir heiress, lovers ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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 8.1
 22K
War & Peace (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 379 min.
TV show
Story: Sumptuous BBC mini-series following the fortunes and the rise and fall of five aristocratic families in the waning days of imperial Russia.
Style: captivating, stylized, epic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: aristocracy, love and romance, society, imperial russia, love story, wartime life, state affairs, fall in love, war, tragic love, couple relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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 8.0
 2K
Bluestone 42 (2013)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Bluestone 42 is a comedy drama about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan. So what’s the average working day for a hero? Make your keen young colleague deal with the boring paperwork? Wind up your fellow employees? Flirt with the new ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sitcom
Plot: bomb, military, army, military life, commander, life risking, squad, british humour, soldier, war in afghanistan, verbal byplay, military base ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, middle east
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Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 594 min.
TV show
Story: Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, heroic, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, soldier, military life, military, sniper, battles, combat, paratrooper, behind enemy lines, nazi germany, courage ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, france, netherlands, paris france ...
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The Crimson Field (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Plot: nurse, military hospital, wartime life, friendship, army, world war one, love triangle, lifesaver, french, nursing, german, doctors and patients ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: france, europe
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Generation Kill (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Marines prepare to invade Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom; while the soldiers wait to receive their orders, they learn a Rolling Stone columnist will be embedded with them
Style: suspenseful, tense, disturbing, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, military, marines, soldier, anti war, war, military life, battles, courage, survival, danger, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2003
Place: iraq, middle east
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 7.7
 698
Occupation (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
TV show
Story: Three ex-servicemen return to Basra, each for a different reason.
Style: suspenseful, touching, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: iraq war, military life, military, soldier, life is a bitch, danger, society, selflessness, war veteran, culture clash, war, gulf war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east, manchester, manchester england, dubai
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 8.3
 24K
'Allo 'Allo (1982)
Genre: Comedy, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: 'Allo 'Allo! is a British sitcom broadcast on BBC One from 1982 to 1992 comprising eighty-five episodes. The story is set up in a small town café in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. It is a parody of another BBC programme, the ...
Style: parody, sitcom, surreal, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, cafe, farce, soldier, german army, painting, german, captain, homosexual, french, ambiguity, breaking the fourth wall ...
Time: 1940s
Place: france, europe
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 8.1
 6K
Dad's Army (1968)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Introducing the Walmington-On-Sea home guard. During WW2, in a fictional British seaside town, a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion.
Style: sitcom, humorous, realistic, not serious
Plot: world war two, soldier, sergeant, captain, disorder, hapless soldier, military life, military base, military, warden, hapless, commander ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom, europe
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Our World War (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: UK
TV show
Story: During the First World War, British troops face the horrors of the Battle of Mons in 1914, internal strife in 1916 and innovative tank warfare in 1918.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful, stylized
Plot: world war one, battles, soldier, war, military, battle zone, british soldier, wartime, struggle for survival, military life, wartime life, british ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: europe
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Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 175 min.
TV show
Story: It is 1917, and lunatic General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett is leading the British troops at the front lines against the Germans, while everyone waits for Field Marshall Haig's big push. There are various emotions throughout the camp ...
Style: witty, humorous, offbeat, realistic, not serious ...
Plot: dark humor, officer, insanity, captain, satire, soldier, world war one, spy, commander, german, search, army ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: united kingdom
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 8.4
 14K
Foyle's War (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Foyle's War opens in southern England in the year 1940. Later series sees the retired detective working as an ...
Style: suspenseful, clever, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: police detective, world war two, war crime, espionage, undercover, police investigation, crimes of passion, spy, murder mystery, murder investigation, cold war, law enforcement ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: england, europe, new mexico, london
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Island at War (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 540 min.
TV show
Story: Island at War is a British television series that tells the story of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. It primarily focuses on three local families: the upper class Dorrs, the middle class Mahys and the working class Jonases, and four ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: occupation, world war two, island, wartime life, against humanity, romance, war, military, anti semitism, genocide, society, oppression ...
Place: europe, england
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 6.7
 3K
Colditz (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: Three prisoners, Jack Rose, Tom Willis and Nick McGrade, embark on an heroic plan to escape from a World War Two POW camp. As Rose And Willis are recaptured by the Germans, McGrade manages to traverse their clutches and travels to London to inform ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, tense, exciting
Plot: world war two, pow, military, soldier, castle, love triangle, prison life, battles, romance, love and romance, human spirit, love affair ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1939
Place: europe, germany, warsaw poland
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 7.7
 4K
Our Girl (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Drama following the extraordinary adventures of female medics in the British Army.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: female soldier, soldier, military, british army, army, military life, self discovery, basic training, doctor, officers and cadets, military base, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, afghanistan, england
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 8.4
 2K
The Promise (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: UK
Duration: 356 min.
TV show
Story: A young British girl travels to Israel/Palestine, retracing the steps of her grandfather - a British soldier stationed there in the 1940s.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, soldier, jewish, diary, military, wartime life, military life, society, occupation, political unrest, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, contemporary, 40s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, palestine
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Fortunes of War (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 407 min.
TV show
Story: Fortunes of War is a 1987 BBC television adaptation of Olivia Manning's cycle of novels Fortunes of War. It stars Kenneth Branagh as Guy Pringle, lecturer in English Literature in Bucharest during the early part of the Second World War, and ...
Style: clever, gloomy, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, infidelity, spy, activist, resistance, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, intrigue, espionage, love and romance, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: europe, middle east, greece, romania, africa ...
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 7.3
 6K
Birdsong (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 165 min.
TV show
Story: As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, stylized, epic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: soldier, world war one, trench warfare, love affair, lovers apart, military, romance, lovers, army, battles, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, united kingdom
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 8.7
 161K
Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, sexual, stylized ...
Plot: roman empire, historical character, emperor, ancient rome, incest, intrigue, rivalry, warrior, betrayal, power struggle, slavery, political conspiracy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c., 1st century
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, alexandria egypt, egypt
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My Mother and Other Strangers (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Drama series set in 1943 following the Coyne family and their neighbours as they struggle to maintain a normal life after a US Army Air Force base is set up in the middle of their rural parish.
Style: romantic, captivating, entertaining
Plot: children in wartime, family, countryside, soldier, american soldier, troubled marriage, love triangle, world war two, military life, wartime, wartime life, romantic relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: northern ireland
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Catherine the Great (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: This four-part historical drama follows the end of Catherine the Great's reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.
Style: based on true events, realistic, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: russian history, palace intrigue, empress, historical character, queen, russian empire, power struggle, ambitious woman, court intrigue, state affairs, imperial russia, lovers ...
Time: 18th century
Place: ottoman empire, russia
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 8.1
 721
Piece of Cake (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 312 min.
TV show
Story: The lives and loves of the men of RAF Hornet Squadron who are transferred to France at the outbreak of World Wat II in September 1939. For the most part the men are competent fliers but there is little action in the first several months. The men ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating
Plot: aerial combats, world war two, battles, friends, military, heroes, danger, war, partners, against the odds, wartime life, battle zone ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: europe
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The Last Post (2017)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Drama series set in the mid-sixties, in which a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families deal with the challenges of politics, love and war in British-controlled Aden.
Plot: british army, military police, army, military, soldier, military officer, marriage, husband wife relationship, cheating wife, sex scene
Time: 60s, 1960s
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The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
TV show
Story: Called the most accurate adaptation of Anne Frank’s moving diary, the film chronicles the Frank family as they flee from the Nazis in Amsterdam. Hiding behind a bookcase in a secret annex with random bombs exploding, Anne faces friction with her ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, diary, against humanity, nazism, world war two, survival, human spirit, nazi occupation, danger, confined, life is a bitch, oppression ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: holland, europe, amsterdam, netherlands
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The Jewel in the Crown (1984)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 778 min.
TV show
Story: The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end. The story begins with an unjust arrest for rape, and the consequences of this echo through the ...
Style: emotional, sincere, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: forbidden love, world war two, british raj, politics, racism, rape, culture clash, tragic love, life is a bitch, dishonesty, state affairs, manners ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s
Place: india, asia
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Baghdad Central (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraqi ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji has lost everything and is battling daily to keep himself and his sick daughter, Mrouj safe. But when he learns that his estranged elder daughter Sawsan is missing ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, suspense, neo noir, entertaining
Plot: father daughter relationship, criminal, father and daughter, parents and children, fighting crime, crime investigation, crimes, uncover truth, investigation, neo-noir, u.s. military, police inspector ...
Time: year 2003, 2000s
Place: baghdad iraq, iraq
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