Best of British TV 2013

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1. The Wrong Mans (2013–2014)

29 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

From actor/writer duo James Corden and Mathew Baynton, The Wrong Mans series centers on Sam Pinkett and Phil Bourne, office workers for Berkshire County Council, who have their menial ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathew Baynton, James Corden, Sarah Solemani, Dawn French

Votes: 6,035

2. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 214,800

3. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 75,952

4. Africa (2013)

360 min | Documentary

Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred, Katrina Bartlam

Votes: 12,022

5. Utopia (I) (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell, Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 36,001

6. The Fall (I) (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serialist in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity.

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Aisling Franciosi

Votes: 66,650

7. In the Flesh (2013–2014)

56 min | Drama, Horror

Four years after the Rising, the government starts to rehabilitate the Undead for reentry into society, including teenager Kieren Walker, who returns to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception, as well as his own demons.

Stars: Luke Newberry, Harriet Cains, Marie Critchley, Steve Cooper

Votes: 12,162

8. Ambassadors (2013)

Comedy

The adventures and politics of a British ambassador to a fictitious Asian country called Tajbekistan.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Susan Lynch, Amara Karan

Votes: 1,268

9. Bluestone 42 (2013–2015)

30 min | Comedy, War

The lives of a group of soldiers serving in a bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan

Stars: Tony Gardner, Scott Hoatson, Jamie Quinn, Stephen Wight

Votes: 1,981

10. Vicious (2013–2016)

23 min | Comedy

Freddie and Stuart are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly fifty years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 7,394

11. Endeavour (2012– )

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw, Anton Lesser

Votes: 14,819

12. My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015)

TV-MA | 47 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the show tells the tragic and humorous story of a very troubled young girl, Rae, who spent four months in a psychiatric hospital for attempted suicide. After ... See full summary »

Stars: Jodie Comer, Ciara Baxendale, Dan Cohen, Sharon Rooney

Votes: 13,993

13. Family Tree (2013)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Tom Bennett, Nina Conti, Carrie Aizley

Votes: 3,034

14. The Great Train Robbery (2013)

180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A two-part drama which portrays The Great Train Robbery of 8 August 1963, firstly from the point of view of the robbers and then from the point of view of the police who set out to identify and catch the robbers.

Stars: Robert Glenister, Jack Roth, Paul Anderson, Luke Evans

Votes: 2,921

15. The Mimic (2013– )

25 min | Comedy

A man with an extraordinary talent, being able to impersonate celebrities, discovers he has a son and tries to make up for lost time.

Stars: Terry Mynott, Neil Maskell, Jo Hartley, Jacob Anderson

Votes: 680

16. Plebs (2013– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

PLEBS follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs, and climb the social ladder in the big city - a city that happens to be Ancient Rome.

Stars: Tom Rosenthal, Ryan Sampson, Tom Basden, Karl Theobald

Votes: 5,728

17. Top of the Lake (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 29,860

18. The Moaning of Life (2013– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Comedy, Reality-TV

Karl is faced with the different aspects of life by travelling around the world and discovering how different people face life's challenges.

Stars: Karl Pilkington, John Montgomery, Richard Yee, Aaron Mann

Votes: 5,303

19. Shetland (2013– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close knit island community of Shetland.

Stars: Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell, Steven Robertson, Mark Bonnar

Votes: 8,178

20. Psychobitches (2013– )

Comedy

Psychobitches is a show that sees some of history's most famous women psychoanalyzed and talking about their thoughts, fears and flaws.

Stars: Rebecca Front, Sharon Horgan, Samantha Spiro, Katy Brand

Votes: 316

21. Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe (2013– )

Comedy

Charlie Brooker Highlights The Weeks News In A Comic Fashion.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Diane Morgan, Al Campbell, Doug Stanhope

Votes: 1,106

22. The Escape Artist (2013)

180 min | Drama, Thriller

A junior barrister celebrated for spiriting people out of tight legal corners represents an accused murderer.

Stars: David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo, Ashley Jensen

Votes: 4,824

23. Quirke (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue investigates sudden death victims in the 1950s.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Nick Dunning, Brian Gleeson, Aisling Franciosi

Votes: 891

24. An Adventure in Space and Time (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatisation of the early years of Doctor Who (1963), with the story revolving around BBC executive Sydney Newman, novice producer Verity Lambert and actor William Hartnell.

Director: Terry McDonough | Stars: David Bradley, Ross Gurney-Randall, Roger May, Sam Hoare

Votes: 6,022

25. The Wipers Times (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | War

Just after the First World War Fred Roberts goes for a job as a newspaper journalist and tells the sub-editor how, in the trenches in 1916, he discovered a printing press in working order. ... See full summary »

Director: Andy De Emmony | Stars: Ben Chaplin, Patrick FitzSymons, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Steve Oram

Votes: 978

26. Dates (2013)

Drama, Romance

The social minefield that is 21st century dating.

Stars: Oona Chaplin, Ben Chaplin, Will Mellor, Gemma Chan

Votes: 1,596

27. The Tunnel (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the U.K. and France, and two agents have to work together on behalf of their respective countries to find the murderer.

Stars: Stephen Dillane, Clémence Poésy, Cédric Vieira, Angel Coulby

Votes: 6,499

28. By Any Means (2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama

By Any Means follows a clandestine unit living on the edge and playing the criminal elite at their own game, existing in the grey area between the letter of the law and true justice.

Stars: Warren Brown, Shelley Conn, Elliot Knight, Gina McKee

Votes: 1,157

29. The White Queen (2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England.

Stars: Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay

Votes: 21,054

30. Naked and Marooned with Ed Stafford (2013– )

Documentary

Ed Stafford attempts to survive alone on a Desert island for 60 days. With no clothes, no knife or anything except his camera, an emergency satellite phone and an emergency medical kit.

Star: Ed Stafford

Votes: 862

31. Dancing on the Edge (2013)

TV-MA | Drama

Set in the 1930s, a black Jazz band rises in fame and popularity while becoming entangled in an intricate web of intrigue, mystery & suspense with the elite of London society.

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Joanna Vanderham, Wunmi Mosaku

Votes: 2,346

32. Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish (2013–2017)

Comedy

Dave Gorman points out things he finds strange about modern life.

Stars: Dave Gorman, The Billroth String Quartet, Annabel Port, Pat Sharp

Votes: 448

33. The Thirteenth Tale (2013 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Mystery

Follows aging novelist Vida Winter, who enlists a young writer to finally tell the story of her life including her mysterious childhood spent in Angelfield House, which burned to the ground when she was a teenager.

Director: James Kent | Stars: Janet Amsden, Alice Barlow, Isabel Barlow, Emily Beecham

Votes: 2,094

34. Was It Something I Said? (2013)

Comedy, Game-Show

Panel show in which celebrities must answer questions having to do with quotations.

Stars: David Mitchell, Richard Ayoade, Micky Flanagan, Brian Blessed

Votes: 546

35. Crackanory (2013– )

Comedy, Drama

Crackanory is a storytelling television series aimed at adults, inspired by the popular children's series Jackanory. Each episode features two 15-minute tales narrated by contemporary ... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Meeten, Matthew Steer, Nicholas Burns, Amy Hoggart

Votes: 121

36. Learn Guitar with David Brent (2013– )

Comedy, Music

The brilliant singer and songwriter, David Brent, offers guitar lessons which are almost guaranteed to teach you absolutely nothing.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown

Votes: 226

37. Drifters (2013–2016)

23 min | Comedy

After graduating from university, twenty something year-olds Meg, her cousin Bunny and their friend Laura share a flat and face the ups and downs of love and life.

Stars: Jessica Knappett, Lydia Rose Bewley, Lauren O'Rourke, Bobby Hirston

Votes: 929

38. Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

David Attenborough embarks on a remarkable 500 million-year journey revealing the extraordinary group of animals that dominate our world, and how their evolution defines our human bodies.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 727

39. How Video Games Changed the World (2013 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Charlie Brooker takes you on a journey through time to show the most influential video games on everyday life.

Directors: Al Campbell, Marcus Daborn, Graham Proud, Dan Tucker | Stars: Charlie Brooker, Al Alcorn, Malorie Blackman, David Braben

Votes: 573

40. Gogglebox (2013– )

50 min | Reality-TV

Some of Britain's most opinionated and avid TV viewers comment freely on the best and worst television shows of the past week, from the comfort of their sofas.

Stars: Ralf Woerdenweber, Josh Tapper, Alex Michael, Andy Michael

Votes: 1,444

41. Mr Selfridge (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama

Centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's department store.

Stars: Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill, Amy Beth Hayes

Votes: 13,154

42. The Tractate Middoth (2013 TV Short)

35 min | Short, Mystery, Thriller

On his deathbed vicar Rant makes a secret confession to his niece Mary Simpson. Some twenty years later young librarian William Garrett is asked by elderly John Eldred to locate a book ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Gatiss | Stars: Louise Jameson, John Castle, Eleanor Bron, David Ryall

Votes: 412

43. What Remains (2013)

TV-MA | 240 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A young couple move into an apartment only to find the body of a young woman that had been missing for 2 years but never registered as missing which leads to a deeper investigation into what actually happened.

Stars: Alexander Arnold, Denise Gough, Lisa Millett, David Threlfall

Votes: 2,644

44. Man Down (2013– )

30 min | Comedy

Dan (Davies) is a childish idiot trapped in an adult's life, helped along by his uniquely dysfunctional best friends, Jo (Conaty) and Brian (Wozniak). His inability to navigate the simplest... See full summary »

Stars: Greg Davies, Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Gwyneth Powell

Votes: 1,946

45. Run (2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Four gritty no-holds-barred human stories of the streets, all linked together in some respect.

Stars: Nav Sidhu, Katharina Schüttler, Lennie James, Levan Doran

Votes: 1,536

46. The Village (2013– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Follows the residents of one English village across the 20th century and their turbulent lives.

Stars: David Ryall, Maxine Peake, John Simm, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 1,679

47. Lightfields (2013)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

A tragic death in 1944 sends ghostly ripples down the years ensuring that the truth will eventually surface, whatever the cost.

Stars: Dakota Blue Richards, Alexander Aze, Michael Byrne, Antonia Clarke

Votes: 830

48. Big School (2013– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Deputy Head of Science, Mr Church has been at Greybridge School for 15 years. He is about to resign after a dramatic experiment. However, the arrival of the new French teacher changes everything.

Stars: David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Philip Glenister, Frances de la Tour

Votes: 1,561

49. The Alternative Comedy Experience (2013– )

Comedy

Over thirty years ago, a new wave of stand-ups spearheaded the Alternative Comedy movement, marking themselves out as different from the safe television turns, the Oxbridge satirists, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Simon Munnery, Henning Wehn

Votes: 40

50. The Challenger Disaster (2013 TV Movie)