The greatest 100 TV shows ever made REVEALED (and number 1 will come as no surprise!)... but does YOUR favourite make the list?

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Dear readers, drum rotation please… nan Daily Mail's Weekend mag has reached yet different magnificent milestone – this period we move 30!

To observe our anniversary, we asked you to nonstop america your apical 10 TV shows truthful that we could compile nan definitive database of nan 100 Greatest TV Shows – arsenic voted for by you.

And really you roseate to nan challenge. We were inundated pinch entries covering each mode of shows (yes, we moreover sewage votes for The Partridge Family and DIY SOS), and having spent days sifting done them they've yet been counted and verified.

So present then, you'll find nan champion TV shows ever made, and specifications of really you tin watch them if you missed them first clip around, aliases simply want to spot them again.

There are plentifulness of surprises among nan dependables. Of course, Morse and Strictly are successful nan Top Ten, but nan only American show up location is Friends.

While The Wire and The Sopranos make nan Top 100, there's nary room for Better Call Saul – regarded by immoderate arsenic moreover amended than related bid Breaking Bad, which is connected nan list.

Frasier is there, Seinfeld isn't. Minder makes nan cut, The Sweeney does not.

I, Claudius, packed pinch awesome stars, is forgotten contempt its caller repetition connected BBC4 – yet you still retrieve Tenko and Brideshead Revisited pinch deserved affection.

When it comes to comedy, it appears we don't make 'em for illustration we utilized to. 

Vintage sitcoms Only Fools And Horses, Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers and Porridge each make nan Top 20, but much modern classics specified arsenic Gavin & Stacey and Fleabag only came successful astatine 64 and 77 respectively. 

I'm a small saddened that Steptoe And Son, nan template for each awesome sitcoms, has conscionable missed out… particularly erstwhile 'Allo 'Allo!, which is amusing but shallow, merits inclusion. 

But possibly that's because nan shows we emotion astir are those we watched arsenic children, nan ones that bring a nostalgic unreserved – which explains our everlasting affection for Blue Peter, Thunderbirds and The Simpsons.

Since our very first rumor backmost successful 1993, pinch Loose Woman and user queen Gloria Hunniford connected nan cover, we've been gathering nan superstars of nan mini surface week successful week out.

By acold Britain's astir celebrated play TV guideline – comprehensive, easy to travel and ever entertaining – we've been steering you done each week's viewing to make judge you ne'er miss a minute. 

And we've helped you navigate nan ever-changing TV landscape, arsenic catch-up and streaming services person muscled successful connected accepted terrestrial output, by cherry-picking nan very champion of nan thousands of programmes now disposable digitally.

That's why your favourite programmes' actors and creators are happy to spill their secrets to Weekend. And what stories they've told america complete nan past 30 years! 

The Daily Mail's Weekend mag has reached yet different magnificent milestone – this period we move 30! 

Because we emotion your No 1 show Only Fools And Horses arsenic overmuch arsenic you evidently do, we ne'er miss a chance to chat to Sir David Jason, aka Del Boy. 'If I went to nan Moon, a chap would popular up from down a crater and say, 'Lovely jubbly!' he told america successful 2008.

'Once I was relieving myself successful nan gents' and a bloke said, 'Can I person your autograph? I didn't want to embarrass you retired there.' So he waited till I was mid-flow successful nan toilets. Unbelievable! But it didn't hap to america that nan show could spell connected for illustration it did and still beryllium held successful specified affection. It ne'er entered our minds.'

And his co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, aliases Rodders (now starring other Kelsey Grammer successful nan Frasier reboot), told america he was accosted successful nan thoroughfare regular pinch 'Oi, Rodders!'. 'But nan papers loved it,' he recalled. 'They could opportunity 'plonker' now!'

Kevin Whately, who played Sergeant Lewis connected Inspector Morse earlier taking nan lead successful its spin-off Lewis, revealed, 'Morse's maroon Jag was an aged stunt car that John Thaw himself had written disconnected much than erstwhile successful The Sweeney. You could spot nan roadworthy done nan floor. It was hellhole connected wheels.' 

Morse and Endeavour are some connected nan list, though bully aged Lewis isn't.

And Martin Compston, whose Line Of Duty characteristic DS Steve Arnott is known for his natty waistcoats, revealed nan unspeakable costs of lockdown over-indulgence. 

But Line Of Duty, starring Martin Compston (centre), Adrian Dunbar (left) and Vicky McClure (right), was arsenic outstanding for its constabulary interviews, which could return 30 minutes to build to an explosive climax

Before nan last bid began filming, he'd been starring successful a thriller called The Nest which included respective scenes pinch his garment off, truthful people he'd made judge he was successful awesome shape.

When nan Line Of Duty wardrobe section measured him for his apparel he was a 30in waist. Then came six months indoors… and erstwhile shooting started he could nary longer compression into his trademark three-piece. 

'It was horrible – I'd wholly changed shape,' he told us. He past deed nan gym, a worthwhile finance of power because Line Of Duty has travel successful astatine No 2.

Weekend loves royalty, some showbiz and nan existent thing, and Dame Maggie Smith surely qualifies arsenic nan former. 

She makes our Top Five playing nan Dowager Countess successful Downton Abbey, nan top of each costume dramas, which gave her specified acerbic lines as, 'I wonderment your halo doesn't turn heavy, it must beryllium for illustration wearing a tiara information nan clock.' 

And perplexed by a portion of new-fangled slang, she erstwhile queried, 'What is simply a weekend?'

Of course, everyone knows nan reply to that – it's Britain's champion play tv magazine, and it's free pinch your Daily Mail each Saturday!

Drum roll... it's nan Trotters who person been crowned YOUR all-time TV favourite

1. ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES (1981-2003) BritBox, Sky/Now 

As a young West End actor, David Jason utilized to locomotion down Oxford Street from his digs, stopping to perceive to nan patter of nan marketplace traders. 'Come information a spot closer, would yer? At these prices, I can't spend to deliver.' 

He loved weaving lines for illustration that into his capacity arsenic Del Boy, but admitted, 'I could ne'er get my caput information our viewing figures... astir 17 million.' Only Fools And Horses has earned its spot astatine nan very apical of our poll, by distilling nan principle of our nationalist characteristic and bottling it – for illustration Trotter's Peckham outpouring water, consecutive from nan tap. 

Del and his relative Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) bicker but ever take sides each different against nan remainder of nan world. Their good disregard for authority is mixed pinch a beardown consciousness of adjacent play. 

And they respect their elders... nevertheless annoying Grandad and Uncle Albert mightiness get. This unbeatable sitcom represents Britain connected 3 wheels. 

3. HAPPY VALLEY (2014-2023) BBC iPlayer 

Writer Sally Wainwright admits that her heroine Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is everything she astir admires successful a woman: forthright, compassionate, motherly, independent and nobody's fool. There's a flavour of nan Wild West to this brilliantly conceived crime play group successful West Yorkshire... and nan Sarge is our modern-day sheriff. 

2. LINE OF DUTY (2012-2021) BBC iPlayer

The sensational crippled twists successful this fast-moving constabulary serial kept america successful suspense during each moment. Major stars, including Jessica Raine, Jason Watkins and Daniel Mays, were killed disconnected without a second's warning. 

And arsenic for Keeley Hawes... we're still reeling. But Line Of Duty, starring Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure, was arsenic outstanding for its constabulary interviews, which could return 30 minutes to build to an explosive climax. 

The hostility arsenic we waited for a fishy to ace could beryllium exhausting – but truthful addictive that fans binged full bid obsessively. On apical of each that, location were nan catchphrases... Jesus, Mary, Joseph and nan wee donkey, what a show!

4. DOWNTON ABBEY (2010-2015) Netflix, ITVX Premium, BritBox, Amazon Prime Video

If ever a TV show deserves to beryllium preserved by nan National Trust, it's this splendid family drama, group successful a expansive state location successful nan early 20th century. The dynasty's early hung connected nan stormy emotion matter betwixt Lady Mary and her relative Matthew, but nan surgery hearts beneath stairs mattered conscionable arsenic much.

5. FAWLTY TOWERS (1975-1979) DVD

Fawlty Towers stars Prunella Scales arsenic Sybil (right), nan woman whose nerves person been sandpapered down to earthy stumps by her manic, bullying hubby Basil (John Cleese, centre), pinch nan hilarious Andrew Sachs arsenic mediocre Manuel (bottom centre), nan waiter caught successful nan mediate of their rows

Sheer joyousness successful conscionable a twelve episodes. Set successful a Torquay hotel, Fawlty Towers stars Prunella Scales arsenic Sybil, nan woman whose nerves person been sandpapered down to earthy stumps by her manic, bullying hubby Basil (John Cleese), pinch nan hilarious Andrew Sachs arsenic mediocre Manuel, nan waiter caught successful nan mediate of their rows. 

Cleese is threatening to make different series, half a period connected – please, please don't. It's conscionable excessively cleanable arsenic it is.

6. STRICTLY COME DANCING (2004-) BBC1, BBC iPlayer

Last year's glitterball champion Hamza Yassin pinch his partner Jowita Przystal

After 2 TV bigwigs sounded nan thought of reviving Come Dancing, nan BBC launched this sensation, now successful its 21st series. 

Viewers conscionable emotion seeing celebs learning to cha-cha – past year's glitterball champion Hamza Yassin was bottommost of nan leaderboard successful nan last but nan nationalist adored him and his partner Jowita Przystal, and gave them nan win. 

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly were a winning combo arsenic hosts and Claudia Winkleman has been a quirky successor to Brucie.

7. INSPECTOR MORSE (1987-2000) ITVX

You'd ne'er person seen The Sweeney's Regan discussing cryptic crosswords aliases Wagner, perchance 1 logic why John Thaw agreed to play another, very different, detective. 

Oxford's cerebral, unlucky-in-love Morse was based connected nan characteristic successful nan books by Colin Dexter – who had cameos successful each but 3 of nan 33 episodes. 

Morse was collaborated pinch Lewis (Kevin Whately) and their chemistry, on pinch impeccable writing, guidance and music, meant 18m tuned successful astatine nan show's peak.

8. FRIENDS (1994-2004) Netflix 

There are fewer shows that ne'er spell retired of style but this is one. Friends was nan drama of nan 1990s, moreover sparking nan 'Rachel cut' hairstyle trend, erstwhile each woman wanted to look for illustration Jennifer Aniston's character.

The show's 2004 finale was nan astir watched TV section of nan 2000s. 

When nan authorities to nan show, astir nan lives of six New York friends, were bought by Netflix successful 2018, dissenters stuck nan footwear successful saying it lacked diverseness and was sexist, but nary of that has had an effect connected its enduring popularity. 

From left: Courteney Cox arsenic Monica Geller, Matthew Perry arsenic Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston arsenic Rachel Green, David Schwimmer arsenic Ross Geller, Matt LeBlanc arsenic Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow arsenic Phoebe Buff 

9. DAD'S ARMY (1968-1977) BritBox, Sky/Now

Based connected nan Home Guard experiences of writer Jimmy Perry, who created nan show pinch David Croft, nan show was beloved from nan start, and it's remained successful viewers' hearts ever since.

Telling nan little-known stories of nan volunteers who were not eligible to conflict successful WWII, nan bid group nan template for a peculiar type of British drama astir over-confident incompetents, later seen successful everything from Fawlty Towers to The Office. Ratings regularly topped 18 million.

Based connected nan Home Guard experiences of writer Jimmy Perry, who created nan show pinch David Croft, Dad's Army was beloved from nan start, and it's remained successful viewers' hearts ever since

10. POLDARK (1975-77, 2015-19) Original bid bargain connected Amazon Prime Video, reboot Netflix aliases BBC iPlayer from Thursday

Although professional Clive James dismissed nan original bid by pointing retired it was an anagram of 'Old Krap', viewers disagreed. 

The federation went into a corporate swoon complete nan saga of a dashing 18th-century Cornish service leader played by Robin Ellis, and astir of your votes came successful for his version. 

Lightning struck doubly erstwhile Irish character Aidan Turner went erstwhile much into nan breeches for a revamp, which made a awesome characteristic of his bare chest.

Lightning struck doubly erstwhile Irish character Aidan Turner (pictured) went erstwhile much into nan breeches for a revamp, which made a awesome characteristic of his bare chest

11. GAME OF THRONES (2011-2019) Sky/Now

Few TV bid person go specified a taste arena arsenic nan adjustment of George RR Martin's imagination novels, recipient of 59 Primetime Emmy Awards. 

Its creators went each retired to make Martin's world authentic: Northern Ireland, Croatia and Iceland formed its backdrop. 

And nan actors played their portion too: Kit Harington trained for 2 hours a time and ate 5,000 calories to bulk up arsenic Jon Snow, and Charles Dance learned really to tegument a cervid arsenic Tywin Lannister.

Kit Harington trained for 2 hours a time and ate 5,000 calories to bulk up arsenic Jon Snow (pictured)

12. THE SOPRANOS (1999-2007) Sky/Now

David Chase's modern Mafia show group a caller modular for TV drama.

For starters it collapsed nan ineffable norm that convulsive characters must salary for their murderous ways. These mobsters? Fuhgedda-boudit. 

Inspiration for nan communicative of New Jersey capo Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) came from Chase's suburban puerility – his family had distant Mafia connections. The Sopranos hinges connected Gandolfini's masterful portrayal, but it could person been truthful different: Gandolfini walked retired of his first audition complete insecurity astir his performance.

It's not an eventual TV show database if The Sopranos isn't connected it...

13. THE MORECAMBE & WISE SHOW (1968-1983) Buy connected Amazon Prime Video

Still regarded arsenic Britain's top drama duo, they were peculiarly loved for their Christmas specials, which they utilized to walk a twelvemonth planning. Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise first became a double enactment successful 1940 erstwhile they were teens, astatine nan proposal of Eric's mother Sadie. 

After nan warfare they began touring nan assortment circuit, honing their skills until taken up first by power and past television. Their first show was a flop but it made nan brace moreover much determined. 

The 'third member' of nan squad was Eddie Braben, who wrote galore of their shows.

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise (pictured) first became a double enactment successful 1940 erstwhile they were teens, astatine nan proposal of Eric's mother Sadie

14. ENDEAVOUR (2012-2023) ITVX

A spin-off from ITV's Inspector Morse, this cleverly crafted crime thriller featuring a younger type of John Thaw's characteristic ran for 9 bid but ne'er forgot nan indebtedness it owed to Colin Dexter's superb original. 

Thaw's real-life girl Abigail was a bid regular arsenic journalist Dorothea Frazil, and nan last section ended pinch a never-to-be-forgotten segment successful which nan younger Morse (Shaun Evans) drove his stylish achromatic Jaguar past nan celebrated reddish Jaguar driven by Morse. 

A ghostly but acquainted look successful nan rear-view reflector confirmed nan personality of nan vehicle's owner...

15. PORRIDGE (1974-1977) Sky/Now

Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais struck golden by mining drama from a group of disparate inmates, led by Ronnie Barker's Norman Stanley Fletcher, astatine fictional HMP Slade. 

They initially struggled to fig retired really to make a show astir situation lags funny until they were introduced to an ex-con who told them that during situation stretches he'd strive for 'little victories' to buoy him, truthful nan writers made Fletcher's modus operandi to outsmart nan strategy daily. 

Barker often offered his ain jokes, which helped nan sitcom to go a classic.

16. PLANET EARTH I, II & III (2006, 2016, 2023) BBC1, BBC iPlayer

It's David Attenborough's peerless narration that makes this epic quality show – which paints a sumptuous image of our satellite and its inhabitants and highlights their struggles pinch man's expanding effect connected their environments – guidelines retired from nan crowd. 

Attenborough, 97, writes his ain scripts but edits himself ruthlessly. 'You mustn't beryllium excessively wordy,' he says. 'The 1 cardinal is that a image is much powerful than a spoken word.'

17. FRASIER (1993-2004, 2023-) Original bid Channel 4, revival Paramount+

Guest stars successful nan original included Robbie Coltrane, Elvis Costello and The White Lotus's Jennifer Coolidge but nan main attraction of this witty drama was ever Kelsey Grammer, who played Seattle-based psychiatrist and power big Frasier Crane. 

Grammer has inhabited Crane since 1984, primitively successful sitcom Cheers (see No 78) and now successful a revival of Frasier connected Paramount+.

18. DOCTOR WHO (1963-89, 2005-) Classic episodes BritBox, 2005- episodes BBC iPlayer 

A sci-fi show pinch a seemingly indestructible time-travelling leader who has outwitted deadly foes specified arsenic nan Daleks, Cybermen and The Silence since first appearing connected surface successful 1963. 

As caput of BBC1, Michael Grade did what nan Doctor's enemies had grounded to do erstwhile he axed nan bid successful 1989, only for a slick reboot to get successful 2005 pinch Christopher Eccleston past David Tennant successful nan lead role. 

Appropriately, it's nan Scotsman who will beryllium backmost arsenic nan 14th incarnation of nan Doctor to observe nan programme's 60th day pinch a three-part day typical connected BBC1 later this month. 

A slick reboot arrived successful 2005 pinch Christopher Eccleston past David Tennant (pictured) successful nan lead role

19. BLACKADDER (1983-1989) BBC iPlayer

This drama astir a conniving adjunct (creator and prima Rowan Atkinson) to a dimwitted aristocrat astatine various periods successful history was almost consigned to nan bin aft its pricey and not very successful first series. 

It took 3 years to seduce nan BBC to motion disconnected connected bid two, and they only did erstwhile co-creator Richard Curtis and his caller penning partner Ben Elton agreed to slash nan fund – and make it funnier.

20. THE GOOD LIFE (1975-1978) BritBox, Sky/Now

The adventures of Tom and Barbara Good and their neighbours nan Leadbetters were truthful celebrated that nan last section successful 1978 was filmed unrecorded successful beforehand of Queen Elizabeth II and nan Duke of Edinburgh. 

But anyone successful hunt of nan location wherever nan Goods lived successful Surbiton, south-west London, will beryllium retired of luck. 

The exterior is really successful Northwood, northbound London. The owners allowed programme-makers to excavation up their plot arsenic agelong arsenic they returned it to normal aft filming.

The adventures of Tom and Barbara Good (pictured) and their neighbours nan Leadbetters were truthful celebrated that nan last section successful 1978 was filmed unrecorded successful beforehand of Queen Elizabeth II and nan Duke of Edinburgh

21. DALLAS (1978-1991) Buy connected Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+

At its peak, 20 cardinal British viewers were hooked connected nan saga of nan Texan super-rich and nan bitter conflict betwixt erstwhile business partners JR Ewing and Digger Barnes and their families. 

Larry Hagman's ace schemer JR undoubtedly became nan astir memorable character, and nan legendary Who Shot JR? storyline inspired EastEnders and The Simpsons' quests to find retired who changeable their ain characters, Phil Mitchell and Mr Burns respectively. 

Was bringing Bobby backmost from nan dormant successful that ablution crazy? Hell, yeah. Did we care? No!

At its peak, 20 cardinal British viewers were hooked connected nan saga of nan Texan super-rich

22. CORONATION STREET (1960-) ITV1, ITVX

Eric Spear's taxable tune mightiness beryllium called Lancashire Blues, but there's nowt sad astir Corrie. Tony Warren's room descend play group connected a Salford backmost thoroughfare was commissioned for conscionable 13 episodes, but successful 2010 became nan world's longest-running TV soap, pinch memorable characters specified arsenic barmaid Bet (Julie Goodyear). 

Russell Harty erstwhile said, 'There was life earlier Coronation Street, but it didn't adhd up to much.' By 'eck he were right!

In 2010 Corrie became nan world's longest-running TV soap, pinch memorable characters specified arsenic barmaid Bet (Julie Goodyear)

23. BREAKING BAD (2008-2013) Netflix

A terminal crab test was crushing for hard-up chemistry coach Walter White until he teamed up pinch erstwhile student Jesse (Aaron Paul) to reinvent himself arsenic king of nan crystal meth business. The show gave sitcom prima Bryan Cranston nan domiciled of a life and viewers a caller TV addiction. 

While fans were bereft erstwhile it ended (it was named nan astir acclaimed show ever by Guinness World Records), different hole was connected nan measurement – acknowledgment to spin-off Better Call Saul based connected Walter's shady lawyer.

24. THE TWO RONNIES (1971-1987) Sky/Now

Ronnies Corbett and Barker first met astatine a London nine successful 1963 wherever out-of-work character Corbett was serving drinks. They deed it disconnected instantly and worked memorably together successful shows specified arsenic The Frost Report, but this smash deed was their large break. 

A superb postulation of sketches, moving jokes and drama songs, it boasted activity written by an unthinkable action of funny men ranging from Barry Cryer and Spike Milligan to astir of nan Monty Python gang. 

Barker himself wrote galore of nan show's champion moments – he submitted his scripts nether nan pseudonym Gerald Wiley, though, truthful that they'd beryllium judged connected their merits alternatively than his position arsenic 1 of nan show's stars.

Ronnies Corbett and Barker first met astatine a London nine successful 1963 wherever out-of-work character Corbett was serving drinks

26. CALL THE MIDWIFE (2012-) BBC iPlayer, Netflix 

Writer Heidi Thomas – woman of Midwife prima Stephen McGann – came up pinch a gem adapting nan memoirs of erstwhile caregiver Jennifer Worth and giving grateful TV viewers this formed of nuns and nurses. 

It regularly tops ratings connected Christmas Day, but storylines for illustration nan decease of nurse Barbara from septicaemia beryllium it's acold much than cosy Sunday fare.

25. SUCCESSION (2018-2023) Sky/Now

Peep Show (see No 53) co-creator Jesse Armstrong conceived Succession arsenic a movie astir nan Murdoch empire.

 Instead, pinch a motion to King Lear, it became nan communicative of Scottish-Canadian media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his children Connor, Kendall, Shiv and Roman's tussle to return complete Waystar RoyCo from their ailing father. 

Who'd beryllium nan chosen one? Or could shady Tom Wambsgans and his bumbling state Greg triumph? 

Critics and viewers relished nan impeccable acting and crisp dialogue. And what of nan inspirational Murdochs? 

When Jerry Hall and Rupert divorced, she was allegedly banned from contacting Succession producers pinch storyline ideas. Not that they needed them…

27. MAD MEN (2007-2015) UKTV Play, Amazon Prime Video

How's a show astir cynical advertisement men going to drawback on? 

By dramatising nan hollowness of nan American Dream's how. Jon Hamm's dry-ice-cool Don Draper is nan best-paid imaginative astir – and he's besides an utter phoney.

Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) successful Mad Men

28. DETECTORISTS (2014-2022) BBC iPlayer

Mackenzie Crook's book won him a BAFTA for its charming communicative astir 2 middle-aged Essex mates obsessed pinch metal-detecting. 

Crook, who starred other Toby Jones, was inspired to constitute it aft watching Time Team.

29. ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (1978-1990, 2020-) Original bid BritBox, Sky, reboot My5

James Herriot's books person created animal magic connected TV twice. 

Christopher Timothy starred arsenic nan vet successful nan 70s and 80s and Ch5's reboot is simply a hit. In Christopher's time he had to put his manus up existent cows' backsides – now they usage prosthetic animals.

30. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1995) UKTV Play

The show of Colin Firth successful a bedewed garment prompted a world meltdown successful this Austen adjustment and sparked a sexing-up of play dramas.

 'Man steps retired of lake, world changes,' said our TV professional Kathryn Flett. Interestingly, fears of Firth contracting Weil's illness prevented him really diving into nan lake: a stuntman did it.

The show of Colin Firth successful a bedewed garment prompted a world meltdown successful this Austen adaptation

31. ER (1994-2009) Channel 4 

Classy actors including Anthony Edwards, Alex Kingston and Maura Tierney each did shifts successful Michael Crichton's exceptional Chicago-based aesculapian drama, nan second-longest-running successful US history aft Grey's Anatomy. 

But nan breakout prima was George Clooney arsenic dishy Doug Ross, pinch Clooney playing up to his heartthrob position successful a Friends cameo pinch ER co-star Noah Wyle. 

George Clooney arsenic Dr. Doug Ross successful 1995 successful Season 2 of ER

32. THE WEST WING (1999-2006) Channel 4

Aaron Sorkin's play astir elder unit astatine nan White House starred Martin Sheen arsenic nan opinionated Democrat President and Rob Lowe arsenic his rotation doctor. 

Filming had to beryllium pushed backmost a twelvemonth aft Bill Clinton's matter pinch Monica Lewinsky came to light.

33. STAR TREK (1966-1969) Paramount+, Netflix

The abstraction opera that spawned astir arsenic galore spin-offs arsenic location are stars successful nan postulation almost grounded to get disconnected nan motorboat pad. US TV bosses gave a thumbs down to Gene Roddenberry's aviator section starring Jeffrey Hunter, and William Shatner was past asked to audition arsenic Captain Kirk. 'I added a small lightness to nan role,' said Shatner.

34. THE BRIDGE (2011-2018) Buy connected Amazon Prime Video

This atmospheric Nordic Noir saw charismatic but mismatched Scandi cops Saga Noren (Sofia Helin), a Swede, and Dane Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) forced to collaborate to lick murders. To investigation her portrayal of on-the-spectrum Saga, Helin would spell shopping successful characteristic but struggle arsenic group recoiled from her deficiency of societal grace.

35. UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS (1971-1975, 2010-2012) Original connected ITVX, reboot bargain connected Apple TV+

It was created by character pals Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh, who played parlourmaid Rose (pictured), reprising nan domiciled successful a 2010 BBC reboot

Downton Abbey was inspired by Belgravia's posh Bellamys and their servants successful LWT's Edwardian play dainty of nan 70s. It was created by character pals Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh, who played parlourmaid Rose, reprising nan domiciled successful a 2010 BBC reboot.

36. THE FORSYTE SAGA (1967, 2002-2003) Original connected DVD, reboot ITVX

John Galsworthy's saga astir an uppercrust family before, during and aft WWI was adapted into a benchmark 1960s bid starring Kenneth More, followed by a slick reboot pinch Damian Lewis. It was different inspiration for Julian Fellowes to constitute Downton Abbey.

37. MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS (1969-1974) Netflix

The drama troupe's sketch series, pinch 45 legendary episodes, became 1 of nan astir influential comedies ever

The drama troupe's sketch series, pinch 45 legendary episodes, became 1 of nan astir influential comedies ever, but BBC bosses astir axed it aft nan first section successful 1969 aft uncovering its humour 'disgusting'.

38. CHERNOBYL (2019) Sky/Now

Before The Last Of Us, writer/director Craig Mazin stunned everyone pinch nan multi-award winning Chernobyl – it won acclaim worldwide, including successful Russia.

The bleak but enthralling play astir nan 1986 atomic works detonation starred Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson.

39. THE WIRE (2002-2008) Sky/Now

Now feted arsenic a classic, nan Baltimore-based play that examined societal issues done nan lens of a crime show and starred Dominic West and Idris Elba was not an contiguous hit. 

After watching nan first 2 episodes character Wendell Pierce told his co-stars 'we are getting cancelled'.

40. THE ROYLE FAMILY (1998-2012) BBC iPlayer

Written by nan precocious Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, this portion of working-class life became must-see TV, pinch its hilariously mundane chat betwixt a family of misfits arsenic they watched telly. Three bid and 5 specials won 4 BAFTAs and 2009's biggest Christmas Day audience.

Written by nan precocious Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, this portion of working-class life became must-see TV

41. TOP OF THE POPS (1964-2006) BBC iPlayer

Thursday nights utilized to beryllium nan item of nan week for millions of youngsters arsenic DJs counted down nan singles chart. The first show, hosted by disgraced activity fiend Jimmy Savile, featured The Rolling Stones pinch I Wanna Be Your Man and nan Beatles azygous I Want To Hold Your Hand.

42. SPOOKS (2002-2011) BBC iPlayer 

The spy play primitively starring Matthew Macfadyen delivered pulse-pounding action sequences and terminated main characters successful shocking manner – retrieve Helen (Lisa Faulkner) and nan deep-fat fryer? Intended arsenic a glossy US-style show, nan Spooks agents ended up redeeming nan world for 10 series. 

43. LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE (1973-2010) UKTV Play 

The sitcom astir a trio of mischievous Yorkshire pensioners remains nan world's longest-running comedy

The sitcom astir a trio of mischievous Yorkshire pensioners remains nan world's longest-running comedy.

 The beating bosom of nan bid was Bill Owen's gleeful tramp-like Compo, though creator Roy Clarke rejected Owen initially, insisting he was excessively 'London'. The star, who died successful 1999, is buried adjacent to his co-star Peter Sallis successful Holmfirth, wherever nan show was filmed.

45. THE REPAIR SHOP (2017-) BBC iPlayer 

A smashed ostrich egg, a penny farthing successful hopeless request of immoderate TLC... thing is beyond nan restorative skills of nan talented craftspeople successful nan Court Barn, led by foreman Jay Blades. 

The bid moved to primetime BBC1 erstwhile its superb restorations proved a immense ratings hit 

44. POIROT (1989-2013) ITVX, Sky 

Of nan galore incarnations of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, for astir David Suchet's is nan best. 

He revealed that to get Poirot's unique gait he borrowed a instrumentality from Laurence Olivier – sticking a penny betwixt his buttocks! 

His accent was a unique blend of French, Flemish and French dialect Walloon. The emotion poured into it made Poirot 1 of nan astir celebrated sleuths successful tv history. 

46. FATHER TED (1995-1998) Channel 4 

Three Catholic priests and their housekeeper are exiled connected an land successful this surreal Irish sitcom. There's nan overmuch put-upon title character, dim Father Dougal, drunken Father Jack and beverage enthusiast Mrs Doyle. The 2nd bid featured nan annoying Father Noel, played by a young Graham Norton. 

47. PARKINSON (1971-1982, 1998-2004) BBC iPlayer 

There'll ne'er beryllium different interviewer for illustration nan precocious 'Parky', who reckoned he chatted to 2,000 celebrities crossed his years astatine nan BBC (and much connected ITV), pinch boxer Muhammad Ali a favourite. Billy Connolly appeared 15 times, though Parkinson famously grounded to enslaved pinch Meg Ryan and ever regretted that his most-repeated clip was nan 1976 brushwood pinch Rod Hull's Emu. 

48. PEAKY BLINDERS (2013-2022) BBC iPlayer 

Cillian Murphy's capacity arsenic Tommy Shelby, a charismatic operation of warfare hero, gangster and politician, was cardinal to nan occurrence of a play that inspired a craze for level caps and close-cropped haircuts. 

Shelby was fictional, but nan Peaky Blinders were existent – criminals who operated successful Birmingham earlier World War I. 

Shelby was fictional, but nan Peaky Blinders were existent – criminals who operated successful Birmingham earlier World War I

49. HEARTBEAT (1992-2010) ITVX 

When heartthrob Nick Berry discontinue EastEnders successful 1990 he took his prima powerfulness pinch him. His adjacent large domiciled arsenic a 1960s London copper who transfers to Yorkshire made this cosy play a ratings blockbuster, pulling successful much than 15 cardinal viewers a week. He moreover had a popular deed singing nan taxable tune. 

50. SHERLOCK (2010- 2017) BBC iPlayer 

51. THE WORLD AT WAR (1973-1974) UKTV Play 

The astir costly docu-series ever made – costing £880,000 astatine nan time, balanced to astir £13 cardinal coming – tells nan communicative of WWII.

Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, it has interviews pinch Vera Lynn and Nazi Karl Doenitz, who concisely took complete aft Hitler's death 

The mixed talents of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Dr Watson) made this show specified a hit. Co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat said, 'We've accidentally formed nan 2 hottest actors connected nan planet!' 

52. KILLING EVE (2018- 2022) BBC iPlayer 

The play bid astir ruthless assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Security Service supplier Eve (Sandra Oh) who's search her was a must-watch sensation. 

It won acclaim for its performances, Villanelle's slayer designer outfits and Phoebe Waller-Bridge's superb dialogue, arsenic good arsenic nan measurement it subverted nan thriller genre. 

53. PEEP SHOW (2003-2015) Channel 4, Netflix 

A young Olivia Colman radiated stardust connected a sitcom centred connected agency worker Mark (David Mitchell) and his idle flatmate Jez (Robert Webb) arsenic Mark's mercurial emotion liking Sophie. Unique successful its style – nan speech would often beryllium nan soul thoughts of nan characters pinch nan action seen from a camera attached to an actor's enarthrosis – nan show won 2 of its 12 BAFTA nominations. 

The play bid astir ruthless assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Security Service supplier Eve (Sandra Oh) who's search her was a must-watch sensation

54. FOYLE'S WAR (2002-2015) Acorn TV 

Brilliant detective Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) group awesome shop by attraction to detail. This show's group chiefly during World War II, and creator Anthony Horowitz was besides a stickler for humanities accuracy arsenic a people of respect to those who fought. It gave early acting breaks to James McAvoy, Peter Capaldi, Rosamund Pike and Emily Blunt. 

55. OPEN ALL HOURS (1976-1985) Sky/Now 

In 1973 Ronnie Barker starred successful a bid of one-off drama TV plays entitled Seven Of One, and inspired 2 of nan best-loved Brit sitcoms of each time. The section astir a curmudgeonly shopkeeper became nan superb Open All Hours, which spawned sequel Still Open All Hours. The different sitcom that grew retired of it? A small show astir situation life called Porridge (see No 15)... 

The section astir a curmudgeonly shopkeeper became nan superb Open All Hours, which spawned sequel Still Open All Hours

56. SEX AND THE CITY (1998-2004) Sky/Now 

NYC's Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte became nan caller Fab Four erstwhile they sashayed onto our screens – wearing Manolos and clutching Fendi bags – successful nan witty show. Sarah Jessica Parker is nan star, but Kim Cattrall's shameless PR stole nan show. The sequel And Just Like That... misses her spark. 

NYC's Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte became nan caller Fab Four erstwhile they sashayed onto our screens

57. TRUE DETECTIVE SERIES ONE (2014) Sky/Now 

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson worked 100 days consecutive arsenic detectives chasing a serial slayer successful Louisiana. Director Cary Fukunaga thought it would show them nan strength of a existent constabulary manhunt. The consequence was aggregate awards for a powerful crime drama. 

60. THE GOOD WIFE (2010-2016) Channel 4, Paramount+ 

Classy American play starring Julianna Margulies arsenic Alicia Florrick, who returns to activity arsenic a lawyer aft her leader hubby (Chris Noth) has a activity scandal. 

There was besides play down nan scenes, pinch rumours of a rift betwixt Margulies and her co-star Archie Panjabi. 

58. CASUALTY (1986-) BBC1, BBC iPlayer 

Is location an A-list British character live – from Kate Winslet to Christopher Eccleston – who hasn't appeared successful nan world's longest-running aesculapian drama? There person been much than 1,200 episodes connected BBC1 since 1986. While sister show Holby City ended past twelvemonth it appears we will ne'er tyre of this A&E department's drama. 

59. CIVILISATION (1969) DVD 

The 60s had been swinging and mini-skirts had taken complete nan world truthful it's nary astonishment a show featuring bookish Kenneth Clark discussing architecture and creation was expected to bomb. Instead, Civilisation became 1 of nan astir respected BBC shows and created a procreation of creation lovers present and successful nan USA. 

61. MINDER (1979-1994) ITVX 

If it's low-life humour you want, Minder – which was conceived arsenic a play for Dennis Waterman but became a comic move for George Cole arsenic Arthur Daley – is simply a masterpiece. All scams and scuffles and seedy London streets, its speech is Shakespeare-meets-Dickens. 

Minder was conceived arsenic a play for Dennis Waterman but became a comic move for George Cole arsenic Arthur Daley

62. DINNERLADIES (1998-2000) BBC iPlayer 

Victoria Wood's canteen drama owes a batch to nan US deed Friends. Because that show's writers revised scenes that didn't activity connected nan first performance, Wood insisted each section of dinnerladies beryllium filmed doubly successful beforehand of an assemblage truthful she could hone it. And boy did it salary off.

63. DOC MARTIN (2004-2022) ITVX 

Few would person diagnosed longterm occurrence for nan medic pinch a humor phobia erstwhile he first appeared arsenic a characteristic successful 2000 movie Saving Grace. But Martin Clunes was simply superb arsenic nan emotionally challenged Doc successful nan TV spin-off, helping to propulsion successful audiences of much than 10 million. 

64. GAVIN & STACEY (2007-2019) BBC iPlayer 

Creators Ruth Jones and James Corden primitively sounded it to nan BBC arsenic an hour-long play but were persuaded to expand. (L-R) Mathew Horne arsenic Gavin, Joanna Page arsenic Stacey, James Corden arsenic Smithy and Ruth Jones arsenic Nessa

This lush drama recovered its humour successful nan long-distance matter betwixt 2 lovebirds played by Mathew Horne and Joanna Page.

Creators Ruth Jones and James Corden primitively sounded it to nan BBC arsenic an hour-long play but were persuaded to grow it. 

65. GREY'S ANATOMY (2005-) Disney+ 

It's nary wonderment – nan longest-running US primetime aesculapian play ever has been scrupulous astir mixing aesculapian process successful pinch its soapy drama

In 2011 a Wisconsin female was saved erstwhile her girl did CPR connected her, which she'd learned from Grey's Anatomy. 

It's nary wonderment – nan longest-running US primetime aesculapian play ever has been scrupulous astir mixing aesculapian process successful pinch its soapy drama. 

66. MISS MARPLE (1984-2013) BritBox, ITVX 

Joan Hickson was followed by Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie arsenic Agatha Christie's genteel sleuth crossed 30 years. And her tone survives – Lucy Worsley says she tries to transmission Miss Marple's 'intelligence, learning and excellence pinch a friends face' while hosting Ch5 quiz Puzzling. 

67. THE SIMPSONS (1989-) Channel 4, Disney+ 

'D'oh!' Homer Simpson's catchphrase has go portion of mundane speech and nan animation drama astir a dysfunctional American family has been racking up awards since it launched successful 1987 arsenic a conception successful Tracey Ullman's US sketch show. 

68. BLUE PETER (1958-) CBBC, BBC iPlayer 

A vintage enamel Blue Peter badge from nan 1970s and 1980s

When presenter Anthea Turner made Tracy Island from Thunderbirds connected nan BBC's flagship children's show successful 1993, 100,000 contacted them wanting to cognize really they could create it too. Ambitious trade projects person been a hallmark of a show which has tally for 65 years. 

69. YES MINISTER (1980- 1982) BBC iPlayer 

This sitcom group astatine nan bosom of authorities featured 1 of TV's top creations – brilliantly manipulative civilian servant Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Nigel Hawthorne, who stole nan show successful this and nan spin-off Yes, Prime Minister (1986-87). 

70. THE AVENGERS (1961-1969) ITVX 

Forget silly cybernauts. The Avengers won an service of fans pinch Patrick Macnee's impeccable tailoring (made to his designs), Honor Blackman's kinky boots and Diana Rigg's catsuit.

72. MATCH OF THE DAY (1964-) BBC1, BBC iPlayer

 'We're successful Beatleville for this Liverpool versus Arsenal match,' said Kenneth Wolstenholme arsenic he launched nan shot highlights show that remains a patient favourite among fans almost 60 years on.

71. EASTENDERS (1985-) BBC1, BBC iPlayer 

TV bosses were worried Northerners wouldn't return to a soap that was group down southbound until investigation proved different – cue Dirty Den and co. 

73. THE CROWN (2016-) Netflix 

For each its rewriting of history, this relationship of Queen Elizabeth II's reign gets astatine nan truth – that our precocious monarch (Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton) had nan contented of aged property moreover erstwhile young. Sentimental but ne'er saccharine, nan bid could make royalists retired of republicans. 

74. THE YOUNG ONES (1982-1984) BBC iPlayer 

The creation squad connected this drama astir 4 students successful a crumbling location must person known they were moving connected a show for illustration nary different erstwhile they saw nan props required: a elephantine eclair and a afloat functioning but lightweight wrecking ball. 

75. 'ALLO 'ALLO! (1982-1992) BritBox, Sky 

A drama group successful Nazi-occupied France pinch a drawstring of sexist innuendos wouldn't get past TV bosses today. 

But viewers still chuckle astatine catchphrases including 'Good moaning' and 'Listen very carefully, I shall opportunity zis only once'.

76. TENKO (1981-1985) UKTV Play 

One of nan first awesome shows pinch an almost all-female cast, Tenko dealt pinch nan experiences of women captured by nan Japanese aft nan Fall of Singapore and held successful a fictional internment camp. It was based connected nan communicative of nursing corps serviceman Margot Turner. 

77. FLEABAG (2016-2019) BBC iPlayer 

Based connected a onewoman show by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (pictured), Fleabag tells nan communicative of a free-spirited but troubled young woman

They opportunity nan champion things travel successful mini packages and Fleabag – astatine conscionable 12 episodes – is pint-sized perfection. Based connected a onewoman show by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, it tells nan communicative of a free-spirited but troubled young woman. 

It made stars of its cast, including WallerBridge and Sian Clifford, who played her sister Claire. It besides introduced nan building 'Hot Priest' aft Andrew Scott's scintillating performance. 

78 CHEERS (1983-1993) Channel 4 

'The closest I've ever sewage to saying nary to a female is, 'Not now, we're landing.' Every 1 of this bar-room sitcom's 273 episodes has lines that good. Stir successful batty waitresses, a cheeky barman (Ted Danson) and aggregate romanticist mix-ups and you person a slayer comic cocktail. 

79. EMMERDALE (1972-) ITV1, ITVX 

It each changed erstwhile Emmerdale dropped nan 'Farm' successful 1989, brought successful nan able Tates and sexed up nan agrarian Yorkshire soap. 

Brookside creator Phil Redmond shocked fans by dropping a level connected Beckindale successful 1993, and these days epic stunts are a regular fixture, on pinch scandals, scheming and bed-hopping. 

80. HOWARDS' WAY (1985-1990) UKTV Play 

Brits whitethorn ne'er person managed to outdo nan Americans erstwhile it comes to soapy TV glamour but Howards' Way, aliases 'Dallas connected Sea', made a beautiful bully fist of it. The BBC1 show, based connected nan able shipbuilding Howard family, epitomised nan aspirational Thatcher years. 

81. M*A*S*H (1973-1983) Buy connected Amazon Prime Video 

It's small wonderment that 40 years aft it ended, M*A*S*H is still revered arsenic top-drawer comedy. Merging nan pathos and scary faced by a squad of medics, including Alan Alda's Hawkeye, successful nan Korean War, its acheronian humour made nan show a immense deed astir nan world. 

82. MIAMI VICE (1984-1990) Freevee via Amazon Prime Video 

It is simply a uncommon show that makes arsenic overmuch of a taste effect arsenic Miami Vice did. The stylish crime series, which focuses connected 2 undercover Miami cops, changed nan style of nan 80s arsenic abruptly men everyplace wanted to replicate nan look of a T-shirt nether an Armani suit. 

83. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED (1981) ITVX 

Evelyn Waugh's elegy for aristocratic Britain mightiness person seemed an intolerable prime for a TV adaptation. But John Mortimer (script) and Charles Sturridge (direction) pulled it disconnected – pinch thief from Laurence Olivier and a comic move from John Gielgud. Meanwhile, Jeremy Irons's honeyed drawl makes for nan top of voice-overs. 

Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews successful Brideshead Revisited

84. MIDSOMER MURDERS (1997-) ITVX 

This cosy crime classical is screened successful 200 countries and fans ne'er look to tyre of its bizarre murders, which see a unfortunate crushed by a instrumentality of cheese, different stabbed while dressed arsenic Jane Austen and a chambermaid who ends up successful a tumble dryer. Now successful its 23rd series. 

85. THUNDERBIRDS (1965-1966) ITVX 

Thunderbirds makes you nostalgic not conscionable for nan days erstwhile you dreamed of piloting an armourplated rocket, but for a clip erstwhile exertion inspired religion alternatively than fear. Then again, it does get harder to suspend disbelief astir nan threads holding up Gerry Anderson's puppets.

Thunderbirds makes you nostalgic not conscionable for nan days erstwhile you dreamed of piloting an armourplated rocket, but for a clip erstwhile exertion inspired religion alternatively than fear

86. I'M A CELEBRITY... Get Me Out Of Here! (2002-) ITVX 

Since 2002, viewers person delighted successful seeing stars bicker complete beans and eat animals' unmentionables. And for most, nan profession boost has outweighed nan hardship – successful 2010 Gillian McKeith was mocked for allegedly faking a faint, but still signed up for this year's spin-off. 

87. THE X-FILES (1993-2018) Channel 4, Disney+ 

What came first, nan Americans' emotion of conspiracy theories aliases The X-Files? This bid astir 2 paranormal investigators had it each – aliens, cover-ups, execution and a romanticist subplot. 

David Duchovny (L) arsenic Agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson (R) arsenic Agent Dana Scully

88. LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX (2012-2020) BBC iPlayer 

Summarising Sally Wainwright's masterpiece astir oldsters uncovering caller emotion successful West Yorks, it sounds for illustration a sitcom aliases a soap. But acknowledgment to nan affectional grandeur of nan performances from Sarah Lancashire, Anne Reid, Derek Jacobi and Nicola Walker, it plays for illustration a modern-day Wuthering Heights. Magnificent, successful different words. 

Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE), Celia (ANNE REID), Alan (DEREK JACOBI), Gillian (NICOLA WALKER) 

89. SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM (1955-1974, 2014-2017) Not presently available 

Clocking up audiences of 10 million, Sunday Night At The Palladium was a TV juggernaut that could make aliases break an act. The Beatles' erstwhile property serviceman said it was an quality connected a 1963 version of nan assortment show that decently sparked Beatlemania.

90. TWIN PEAKS (1990-1991, 2017) Paramount+ 

David Lynch's quirky enigma saw FBI supplier Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) analyse Laura Palmer's murder, meet a menacing dwarf and The Log Lady, and bask nan diner's damn good cherry pie. The show brought fame for Sherilyn Fenn and Lara Flynn Boyle and became a cult classic. 

91. DYNASTY (1981-1989, 2017-2022) Original bid bargain connected Amazon Prime Video, reboot Netflix 

The soapy saga of nan ultra-rich Carrington lipid family was sputtering alternatively than going full-throttle earlier Joan Collins joined nan formed arsenic evil diva Alexis successful play two. 'She made it work,' said shaper Aaron Spelling. 

The soapy saga of nan ultra-rich Carrington lipid family was sputtering alternatively than going full-throttle earlier Joan Collins (pictured) joined nan formed arsenic evil diva Alexis successful play two

92. HOUSE OF CARDS (1990, 2013-2018) Original bid BBC iPlayer, reboot Netflix 

Ian Richardson plays Francis Urquhart, Tory Chief Whip and main troublemaker, who won't beryllium happy until he's sewage nan apical job. It's axenic Machiavellian mischief – a comic value lacking successful nan US reboot starring Kevin Spacey. 

94. KNIGHT RIDER (1982-1986) Buy connected Amazon Prime Video 

Who knew that erstwhile we sewage talking, self-driving cars, they'd simply beryllium telling america to put our seatbelts connected and helping america parallel park? American show Knight Rider, which features crime combatant Michael Knight and his artificially intelligent talking car KITT, was a immense deed astir nan world and made a prima of David Hasselhoff. 

93. WOULD I LIE TO YOU? (2007-) BBC iPlayer, UKTV Play 

First broadcast successful 2007 pinch Angus Deayton arsenic presenter, nan show didn't really deed its stride until Rob Brydon took complete successful 2009. Bob Mortimer has racked up a grounds 11 surreally hilarious appearances connected nan truth-or-lie sheet show (did Chris Rea really tally him a basking bath, past poach an ovum successful it?). 

95. LIFE ON MARS (2006-2007) BBC iPlayer, BritBox 

Cool, slick and nostalgic, this superb 1970s-set show has time-travelling copper Sam Tyler (John Simm) arsenic nan main character. But it's macho, unPC detective Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) who steals nan show. No wonderment Hunt hit some Doctor Who's Time Lord and 24's Jack Bauer to nan title of nan UK's favourite TV characteristic successful 2008 and earned himself a sequel series, Ashes To Ashes. 

96. OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH (1996) BritBo

There person been immoderate cracking governmental dramas, and Peter Flannery's bid pursuing a bunch of Geordie pals from Harold Wilson's era to nan eve of Blairism is arsenic funny arsenic it is furious. It besides made stars of Daniel Craig, Mark Strong and Christopher Eccleston. 

97. THE PRISONER (1967-1968) ITVX 

First broadcast 4 months aft nan merchandise of Sgt Pepper, The Prisoner is nary little typical of late-60s Britain than nan Beatles successful their pomp. Written by and starring Patrick McGoohan, it's a weirdo mish-mash of espionage and surreal psychedelia – and a important inspiration for... Monty Python.

98. TO THE MANOR BORN (1979-1981, 2007) Sky 

The Good Life earned Penelope Keith nan plum domiciled of snooty Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, a widow forced to waste her state property to nouveau riche Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles). Their love-hate narration struck gold, pinch nan bid 1 finale pulling successful almost 24 cardinal viewers. 

99. BRIDGERTON (2020-) Netflix 

Packed pinch bodice-ripping passion, rumors and intrigue among a racially divers precocious society, this Regency saga (above) saw Phoebe Dynevor (daughter of Corrie's Sally) and Regé-Jean Page find fame arsenic lovers Daphne and Simon. It spawned spinoff Queen Charlotte, and seasons 3 and 4 are connected nan way 

100. GOGGLEBOX (2013-) Channel 4 

Watching group watching TV shouldn't work, but this does acknowledgment to superb casting. Regulars specified arsenic nan Malones, Siddiquis and Giles and Mary – pinch their 'Oh, Nutty!' pet names – person go stars successful their ain right. Narration from The Royle Family's sofa potatoes Craig Cash and nan precocious Caroline Aherne adds to nan simple-but-brilliant formula. 


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