Top 25 BBC TV shows That Became Iconic

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The British Broadcasting Corporation is more popularly known by its acronym, BBC. It is the world’s oldest national broadcaster. BBC is headquartered at Broadcasting House in London, United Kingdom. It is also the largest broadcaster in terms of the size of its employees. Its content has entertained its audience for about 95 years since its inception as a corporation on 1 January 1927. And this makes us go through some all-time popular TV shows by BBC and include them in this article listing the top 25 TV shows among them.

BBC keeps conducting a few polls like the 100 greatest films directed by women (2019), 100 greatest non-English language films (2018), etc. But its most recent one is the top 100 Greatest TV Series of the 21st Century (2021) which featured 206 tv series from 43 nations on a poll. This also included all-time favorite TV shows by BBC in top positions. So in this article, we will re-tour the 25 TV shows that were BBC- tailored and had left its spectators in wonder.

Silent Witness

Silent Witness is a British drama based on criminal investigations by a team of forensic pathology experts. It ran for twenty-five seasons and two hundred and twenty-eight episodes since its inception on 21 February 1996 on BBC One. Nigel McCrery is the creator of Silent Witness, who himself was a murder squad detective in Nottingham. The Brookside star Amanda Burton is in the primary role of Dr. Sam Ryan. William Gaminara, Tom Ward, Emilia Fox, David Caves, Liz Carr, Richard Lintern, and Genesis Lynea appear on various occasions.

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Silent Witness

The show heavily features the pathological research and investigations mixed with anthropologists and the teams of police officers. It was set in Cambridge. But it later changed to London in the fourth series. Silent Witness was too realistic to believe. Its scenes of dead bodies or murders looked so original, that they drew a lot of criticism for presenting a violent and sadistic content. In spite of such criticisms, Silent Witness is the longest-running crime drama in the world and among the top TV shows on BBC.

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife is a periodic drama portraying the lives of midwives in the 1950s and 1960s East End of London. It aired on BBC One and PBS on 15 January 2012. Call the Midwife ran for eleven seasons and ninety-five episodes to date. Heidi Thomas covered the events in the life of midwives in the poverty-stricken Poplar region. It was based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a Community of St. John, the Divine worker. It was the most successful new drama series since 2001 on BBC One.

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Call the Midwife

It stars Jessica Raine as newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee. She goes through various challenges faced in the poor East London of the 1950s. They include the Baby Boom of 1957, where they had to take care of safe and secure deliveries of 80-100 babies born per month in Poplar. Tuberculosis outbreak of 1958 in season two, cystic fibrosis and polio of 1959 in the third season, etc. were also among the challenges faced by the midwives. Its sixth series set in 1962, covered household issues like domestic violence, interracial marriage, female genital mutilation, and mental health.

The show received various awards, including the multiple TV Choice Awards(UK) for best family drama.


Merlin is one of the top fictional TV shows on BBC that is based on warlock Merlin and King Arthur from the Arthurian legends. It’s a medieval fantasy and adventure drama created for BBC in 2008. Julian Jones was its writer, along with Jake Michie, Johnny Capps, and Julian Murphy. Merlin was premiered on BBC One from 20 September 2008 to 24 December 2012. It ran for five seasons and sixty-five episodes. It received the British Academy Television Award for best visual effects in 2011.

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Merlin, played by Colin Morgan, is a gifted child who becomes a manservant of the prince of Camelot kingdom, Arthur (played by Bradley James). He once saves Arthur’s life and they become friends for life. They go on adventures together and face the challenges of their journey. The magical powers of Merlin together with the strength of Arthur become the unbreakable pair for their opponents. A great dragon in the caves of Camelot tells Merlin that his powers are for protecting Prince Arthur.

But since magic is a punishable offense in his kingdom, Merlin can’t use magic in open. Thus, he protects Arthur from mishaps using his secret magical power and their friendship grows with time. He also influences Arthur by making him learn his duties and responsibilities as a future king of Camelot. They also have to protect their kingdom from Morgana played by Katie McGrath. Arthur’s father, Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head) failed as her guardian, and so, she persues the evil path against Camelot.

Inside No. 9

BBC produced black comedy-themed anthology TV program, Inside No. 9, is running on BBC since 5 February 2014. It has broadcasted forty-three episodes spanning seven seasons to date. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton co-created Inside No. 9, which received appreciation from the critics, especially for its “A Quiet Night In”, “The 12 Days of Christine” and “The Riddle of the Sphinx” episodes. Also, it was voted the Best TV Comedy Drama (2014-2017) and Comedy of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

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Inside No. 9

Being an anthology series, Inside No. 9 displays each episode set in a different story with unique plot twists and new characters. The only linkage among these episodes is the number nine and its stars, Reece Shearsmith or Steve Pemberton. This number nine can be a shoe number, a mansion numbered nine, or any room number of a hotel. The story addresses dark topics such as child sexual abuse, murder, incest, etc., in a comic way. This generates humor plus chilling experiences for the audience.

Keeping Up Appearances

Another sitcom among the top TV shows of BBC is Keeping Up Appearances which aired on BBC1 from release29 October 1990 to 25 December 1995. It ran for five seasons with forty-eight episodes (including the two short and two special episodes). Roy Clarke was the writer for the show, while Harold Snoad was its director.

Keeping Up Appearances was one of the successful TV shows by BBC that was not just popular in the United Kingdom, but also in other countries like the US, Canada, Australia, Norway, Ireland, the Netherlands, etc. It became the most exported television program by BBC Worldwide in 2016.

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Keeping Up Appearances

It stars Patricia Routledge as a cranky and arrogant lower-class married lady, Hyacinth Bucket, who wants to be one of the superior upper-class women. And for this, she hides her real identity from others. She wants to impress people with her glittery appearance and upper-class grace and attitude. And for this, she would brag about her possessions and extravagant lifestyle, which often gets exposed, leaving audiences in strings of laughter.

Hyacinth’s such attempts soon become a headache for his husband, Richard (Clive Swift), and others around her. She is in constant competition with her middle-class neighbors. Her senile veteran father with flashbacks of the second world war often embarrass her. She is not ashamed of her wealthy sister Violet (Anna Dawson) and her unseen son Sheridan only.  “It’s my sister Violet – the one Mercedes, swimming pool, and a room for a pony” is her quote in conversation with Violet which sounds more like an announcement.

Absolutely Fabulous

Absolutely Fabulous, a British TV sitcom from the 90s, was also known as Ab Fab. “This Wheel’s on Fire” themed series was based on Dawn French, and Jennifer Saunders created French and Saunders sketch, “Modern Mother and Daughter”.

It stars Joanna Lumley as Patricia “Patsy” Stone, Julia Sawalha as Saffron “Saffy” Monsoon, with Jennifer Saunders as Edina “Eddie” Monsoon. The series ran for five seasons and thirty-nine episodes from 12 November 1992 to 7 November 1996, 31 August 2001 to 25 December 2004 (revived), and 25 December 2011 to 23 July 2012 (25th anniversary special).

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Absolutely Fabulous

Edina and Patsy are drug-abusing and alcoholic career-oriented women on the London fashion scene. Edina runs a PR firm, while Patsy works for the top British fashion magazine. They both use their money in living their younger days as Mods in swinging London.

But this overspending lifestyle often lands them in trouble, which Edina’s mother and her daughter Saffron “Saffy” Monsoon resolve. Episodes of Edina’a ex-husbands Marshall and Justin and her crisis with mother and daughter Saffy forms the show’s plot.

One Foot in the Grave 

BBC produced One Foot in the Grave is a sitcom from the 90s, known for its controversial dark comedy. David Renwick wrote the show that ran on BBC One between 4 January 1990 and 20 November 2000 for six seasons and forty-four episodes, including two short episodes. Despite the presence of elements of black humor and surrealism, it received BAFTA for Best Comedy in 1992. 

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One Foot in the Grave (Annette Crosbie and Richard Wilson)

One Foot in the Grave stars Richard Wilson as an unlucky 60 years old jobless man, Victor Meldrew and Annette Crosbie as his long-suffering wife, Margaret. Victor is involuntarily retired from his security guard job because of his age and again finds himself amidst the wrestles of life, along with his exasperating yet loving wife.

The combination of farce and tragedy created dark humor in episodes like The Valley of Fear (season one), where he finds a frozen cat in his freezer. The series ends with Victor’s accident and death. 

The Vicar of Dibley

Set in the fictional village of Dibley in Oxfordshire, The Vicar of Dibley is a series of comic stories that follow, after it gets its first female vicar following the changes in the Church of England during 1992, permitting the ordination of women.

The show aired on 10 November 1994 for the first time on BBC One and concluded on 1 January 2000. It again aired from 25 December 2004 to 23 December 2020 and ran for three seasons and twenty episodes in total. This show is the winner of the British Comedy Awards twice, the RTS Television Award, International Emmy, and the Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival.

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The Vicar of Dibley

Richard Curtis created The Vicar of Dibley. It is counted as one of the most successful British programs in the digital era. Dawn Roma French and James Fleet are the only surviving casts of this show. The humor is generated when Dibley’s first female priest (Joy Carroll) meets the conservative villagers.

Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack is one story in this list of the top TV shows of BBC that features a lesbian story on screen. Sally Anne Wainwright created this series with Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle in the lead roles. Gentleman Jack is a historical TV drama set in Yorkshire in the 1830s and, is based on Miss Anne Lister’s secretly coded diaries that documented her lesbian life and relationships.

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The show is running since 22 April 2019, on BBC One and HBO for two seasons and sixteen episodes. It is the winner of the TVTimes Awards twice and received the Royal Television Society for best drama in 2020.

As per the plot, Miss Lister is a landowner who moves to Yorkshire in 1832 to restore her inherited uncle’s estate. During the restoration, she finds many loopholes and disruptions in the money flow. Also, the Rawson brothers stole her family land’s profitable coal mine. Hence she plans something dangerous and romances a wealthy heiress, Ann Walker, to regain her lost assets. She records all this in her secret diary. 


Blackadder is a sitcom drama based on four periods of British history from 1485 to 1917. It ran for four-season, and each season referred to a particular period starring Rowan Atkinson in the lead role of Blackadder. Rowan himself wrote the first season with Richard Curtis. The subsequent series included Ben Elton as the writer. Blackadder ran for twenty-four episodes from 15 June 1983 to 2 November 1989 and aired on BBC One. 

John Lloyd produced Blackadder. Its fourth season was placed sixteenth in the British Film Institute’s list of 100 Greatest British Television Programmes in the year 2000. Empire magazine featured BBC’s Blackadder in 9th position among the best TV shows of all time.


The show revolves around the life of Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) and Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and their stories of dominating each other intelligently. Edmund is a member of the same dynasty in each season and Baldrick is his dogsbody. The story progresses from the reigns of Richard IV in season one, Elizabeth I in season two, and George III in season three to the great wars of 1917 in its final series. 

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Normal People

Unlike the other British dramas on our list of Top BBC shows, Normal People is a romantic Irish psychological drama. Sally Rooney and Alice Birch wrote Normal People for BBC Three and Hulu. It premiered on 26 April 2020 and ran for twelve episodes. This series was critically acclaimed and nominated in four categories for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, 2020.

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The story portrays a love story between Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal), progressing from secondary school to their undergraduate years at Trinity College. Marianne is a studious, outspoken, and thus disliked student at secondary school in County Sligo. She falls for the gifted student and athlete, Connell.

Unlike Marianne, he is liked by all at school. But his mother works as a cleaner at Marianne’s house. Hence, this difference in status combined with their family situations leads to various complications in their relationship that progresses with time and makes them mature.

Happy Valley

Happy Valley is a crime drama TV series written and directed by Sally Wainwright. It is running since it first premiered on 29 April 2014 on BBC One. This series contains twelve episodes spanning two seasons. It is filmed and shot in the Calder Valley of West Yorkshire in Northern England. It was awarded BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 2015.

Happy Valley stars Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood, a divorced police sergeant who is still trying to overcome the sorrow of her daughter, Beckey’s suicide, eight years ago. She lives with her sister Clare (Siobhan Finneran) and Becky’s son, Ryan. She finds out Tommy Royce (James Norton), her daughter’s assaulter and Ryan’s father, is out of jail. And hence she vows revenge for her daughter’s death from him.

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Royce is now involved in the kidnapping of Ann Gallagher (Charlie Murphy). Catherine rescues Ann, sends Royce to a life sentence, and prevents Ryan from any contact with his father. But later, Royce indirectly tries to persuade Ryan emotionally to help him set free. A third and final season is still under production.


Luther is five seasons and twenty episodes long crime thriller television series, that ran from 4 May 2010 to 4 January 2019 on BBC One. Neil Cross created it starring Idris Elba as Detective John Luther, and Ruth Wilson plays Alice Morgan, a murderer and a psychopath with whom Luther shared a complicated relationship. Luther received eleven Primetime Emmy Award nominations along with the Critics’ Choice Television Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award to Elba for his praiseworthy performance.


The show revolves around the lives of Luther and Alice, who turn foes into friends and then into lovers, which couldn’t reach its happy ending. Luther is a dedicated police officer in Serious Crime Unit (season one) and “The serious and Serial” unit (season two). He wants to chase Alice but fails to do so in season one. Later, when they meet, they help each other, clear their pasts, and want to live together. But the show ends with a destructive climax.

Different countries tried to make their own version of Luther. Rudra: The Edge of Darkness, starring Ajay Devgan, was its latest adaptation in India that streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who is a BBC science fiction TV series that originally ran between 23 November 1963 and 6 December 1989 for twenty-six seasons and eight hundred and seventy episodes.

The show features a dramatic Timelord, an extraterrestrial human being, popularly called the Doctor. This character has been played by thirteen different actors starting with William Hartnell in season one, and Jodie Whittaker was the first woman doctor on this show. This change of actors was explained as a method of reincarnation in the plot. This transformation took place when Doctor was severely injured.

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Sydney Newman created Doctor Who that presents to its fans (Whovians) a Doctor who time travels and fights criminals to save the civilizations and the needy ones. He has a spaceship for time-traveling known as a TARDIS which is a blue-colored vehicle resembling a blue British police box in its outer appearance.

Doctor Who holds Guinness World Records for being the longest-running science-fiction television show in the world. It is also the most successful science-fiction series of all time.


Detectorists is a comedy TV series by BBC that premiered on 2 October 2014 on BBC Four channel. It ended in 2017 but is expected to return for a one-off special, as announced in May 2022. The show ran for three seasons and nineteen episodes. Mackenzie Crook, who stars alongside Toby Jones, is also the writer and director of Detectorists.

Set in the fictional town of Danebury of Essex, Detectorists features two ambitious metal detectors, Andy (Mackenzie Crook) and Lance (Toby Jones). They are members of Danebury Metal Detecting Club. Andy is an archaeologist whose girlfriend Becky (Rachael Stirling) is a primary teacher. She later becomes his wife.

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Lance is a truck driver whose Ex-wife Maggie runs a New Age supplies shop. Lance still loves her, while Maggie has moved on. Hence the series revolves around Lance and Andy, their love life, and their metal detecting adventures.

Detectorists were filmed, in a single-camera setup. It won BAFTA twice and a Rose d’Or award in 2018.

The Thick of It 

The writer-director Armando Iannucci created a British political dark comedy-based series, The Thick of It, based on the insights from the government workings. It is often considered an answer to Yes Minister, a British sitcom in 1986The Thick of It aired between 19 May 2005 and 27 October 2012 for four seasons and twenty-three episodes on BBC Two. 

The series started with a small cast representing the minister, his advisers, and their party’s spin doctor. In addition, the characters from the opposition party, civil servants, and events near a coalition government were included later. The relatable satires of the series can be attributed to journalists and civil servants such as Martin Sixsmith.

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The series stars Hugh Abbot as Chris Langham, a confused minister heading the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship (a prime office analogous to a Cabinet office) under the watch of his enforcer, Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Other casts include James Smith (a senior adviser, Glenn Cullen), Chris Addison (as Ollie Reeder), and Joanna Scanlan as Terri Coverley, a civil service press secretary.

Top Gear

Unlike traditional TV shows, Top Gear is a British motoring magazine and fact-based BBC show that reviews motor vehicles. Its theme was later expanded to feature timed laps of notable cars, races, motoring-based challenges, and celebrity-timed laps. It premiered on 20 October 2002 and presently runs on BBC One and BBC Knowledge. Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman co-created Top Gear, which was appreciated for its visual and presentation style. The series ran for thirty-two seasons with two hundred and thirty-two episodes. 

Top Gear is one of the tops commercially successful TV shows by BBC. The common segments include Car Reviews”, “Power Laps”, “Star in a … Car”, “Cool Wall”, etc. Also, some popular races including Car vs. Public Transport, Cross City Race, and Motorsport Race, kept audiences engaged with the show.

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Some mission-based episodes were also recorded. For example, Travelling across India (Mumbai to the Chinese border) in British-built vehicles worth less than £7,000. Similar missions were also carried out in the USA, Nepal, Vietnam, North Pole, Botswana, Bolivia, Patagonia, Burma, Africa, and the Middle East.

The Crown

The fascination of the royalty of Great Britain is unending. But all that glitters is not gold. And hence this series in our top 25 BBC TV shows list explores the glittery life of Queen Elizabeth II. It covers the royal events from her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip, in 1947 until the early 21st century. 

The show spans four seasons with forty episodes that premiered on 4 November 2016 and is available on Netflix. Its fifth season is expected in November 2022. Peter Morgan is the writer of this show.

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This positively reviewed series stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth- II, Matt Smith as Prince Philip, and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in season one. As the story moves forward, new stars take over the previous ones. It covers some big stories like the Suez Crisis of 1956, the Profumo affair scandal in 1964, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, and the life of Lady Diana Spencer in the fourth season.

The Crown is the winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama twice and twenty-one Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Line of Duty

Line of Duty is among the top police crime TV shows that premiered on BBC Two (for the first three seasons) on 26 June 2012 and is still running on BBC One (since season four). Jed Mercurio created Line of Duty which completed thirty-six episodes spanning six seasons. Line of Duty is one of the top BBC shows that won the Royal Television Society Award and Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Drama Series, along with the National Television Award for Special Recognition.

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It stars Martin Compston as Sergeant Steve Arnott, who is new to the Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12). He befriends Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and works under Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar. AC-12 unit is working on cases to uncover corruption in the Central Police Force. To their dismay, they find some deep-rooted police links with an organized crime group that is working under Mr. H, who is a senior rank corrupt person within the police force.


Phoebe Waller-Bridge created Fleabag as two seasons and twelve-episode long series, based on her one-woman show first performed by her in 2013. Fleabag ran between 21 July 2016 and 8 April 2019 on BBC One.

It won British Academy Television, a Golden Globe Award, and 11 Primetime Emmy Awards in the categories of Best Female Comedy Performance, Outstanding Lead Actress, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, etc. Isobel Waller-Bridge, Waller’s sister composed the music for the series.


The show is the result of her friend’s challenge who offered to create a ten-minute sketch on a stand-up storytelling night. It was an adaptation of her own one-woman play on Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 that won a Fringe First Award.

Waller plays a free-spirited, but angry and confused woman from London. She shares the screen with Sian Clifford as Claire, who is Fleabag’s sister with an uneasy relationship, and her love, Andrew Scott, is a priest.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Simply abbreviated as MPFC, Monty Python’s Flying Circus was a surreal sketch comedy by BBC. It ran successfully on TV sets from 5 October 1969 to 5 December 1974. The show spans four seasons and forty-five episodes. Graham Chapman created MPFC and starred in it as one of the members of a British troupe of surreal comedy, “Monty Python”.

It contained sketch comedy skits performed by six ‘pythons’ – Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and John Cleese. They met each other at university, on radio, and on TV shows during the 1960s. Terry Gilliam made animations act as an interstitial between the skits. 

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The comedy covered some contemporary topics from politics to philosophers. This is why it faced censorship during its third series. The fans invented the adjective “Pythonesque” to define its unique comedy. The pythons flourished on both sides of the Atlantic, and they also did live tours for their fans. Monty Python’s Flying Circus won many BAFTA awards. Moreover, it won the Online Film & Television Association TV Hall of Fame in 2008.

Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers is a precious gem in BBC’s sitcoms. It ranked first on the British Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest British TV programs in the year 2000. Also, Radio Times created a panel that named it the greatest British TV sitcom ever in 2019. The show ran between 19 September 1975 and 25 October 1979 on BBC2 for two seasons and twelve episodes. John Cleese and Connie Booth were its writers, while John Howard Davies and Bob Spiers were its directors. 

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Fawlty Towers

The show revolves around a hotel named Fawlty Towers, a fictional seaside hotel in Torquay town on English Riviera, its owners, and the staff. It stars John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the rude owner of this hotel, who wants to grow his hotel but can’t control his hot temper. He often insults his staff with comments like “my little piranha fish” and “my little nest of vipers”.

Other characters are his bossy wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), a waitress Polly (Connie Booth), and Andrew Sachs, a confused Spanish waiter Manuel. They often fall victim to Basil’s anger. The series was about the personal encounters of its directors, Cleese and Connie, during their stay at Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, Devon in 1970.

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is a crime drama from the treasure box of top TV shows by BBC. The names of its lead roles Arthur and Ada became the two most popular baby names in the world. It features in our list of top 25 BBC TV series as a one-of-a-kind epic drama series. The show is based on a crime family from the post-first World War era of 1919 set in Birmingham (England).

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Peaky blinders

Steven Knight-created Peaky Blinders stars Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Cillian Murphy as the boss, Tommy Shelby, Helen McCrory as Elizabeth, Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby, and Joe Cole as John Shelby, as senior members of the urban youth gang called, Peaky Blinders. It was a real crime gang active from the 1880s to the 1910s. 

The series ran from 12 September 2013 to 3 April 2022 for six seasons and thirty-six episodes, airing on BBC Two and One. It is also a popular meme material. The show ended with the developments of the second world war and the Nazis in Germany. It gave zero hints for a further season. 

Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools and Horses, a John Sullivan-created British sitcom from the eighties and nineties, was one of the TV shows by BBC that added several words and phrases to the English of British culture. Its last episode, “Time on Our Hands”, holds a record of the highest UK audience for a sitcom episode (24.3 million viewers).

The show stars David Jason (as Derek Trotter ) and Nicholas Lyndhurst (his younger brother Rodney) in the lead roles. It aired on BBC One from 8 September 1981 to 25 December 2003 for seven seasons and sixty-four episodes and got BAFTA, the National Television Awards, and the Royal Television Society awards. It was Britain’s Best Sitcom in 2004.

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Only fools and horses

The series follows the lives of Derek, Rodney, and their granddad. Derek is an ambitious market trader who wants to get rich quickly. And for this, he engages in quick money-making schemes along with his brother. They also marry their love of life. Both become millionaires, lose their luck and regain some of it later.


Sherlock Holmes is an all-time favorite detective who mostly likes to work alone. This British crime drama series deserves to be at the top position in the list of BBC TV shows. It ran for four seasons and thirteen episodes between 25 July 2010 and 15 January 2017 starring our present-day Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, and Martin Freeman as his sidekick, Doctor John Watson.

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created this series derived from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. This critically acclaimed show won the Primetime Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards (2011), etc. It was the most-watched drama series in the UK after 2001.


Set in present-day London, the show also features a Victorian period fantasy from the original Holmes stories. Sherlock Holmes is a detective who tries to solve the crime mysteries in London with his friend Watson’s help. He is always on the radar of Greg Lestrade (Rupert Graves), a Metropolitan Police Service Detective Inspector. But Watson’s blog about their adventures makes them famous and hence Sherlock is a wanted detective in the town. The situations change and now everyone wants to work with him including Greg. 

And here’s the wrap-up of our list of all-time top 25 BBC TV shows that were exclusive to the BBC viewers from different decades. Such a long list is enough to create a feeling of nostalgia for different audiences and fan bases of these shows. Hope it was worth reading.

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