From fourth-wall-breaking comedies to police procedurals, we rank the best British shows
Few countries have produced as many wonderful television shows as Britain. Perhaps it's the island air that leads to creativity – or the awful weather that has Britons trying to find escape and solace in fictional worlds of their creation. Whatever the case, there are bountiful numbers of series created on these pleasant shores, meaning that choosing the best British shows is no easy task.
Such is the quality of the best British shows that the likes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Sherlock, and The I.T. Crowd – all phenomenal in their own right – failed to make this list. Other notable exclusions include The Inbetweeners, Spaced, The Great British Bake Off, and The Office (UK, obviously). But we're not here for them – we're here for our picks of the best British shows. Enjoy!