Underrated British TV Shows

by johnno74 | created - 06 Oct 2015 | updated - 06 Oct 2015 | Public

This covers any show which was produced in the UK; drama, sitcom, animated, whatever. Also regardless of target audience, here is the list in no particular order.

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1. The Animals of Farthing Wood (1993–1995)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A group of wild animal friends are forced to move to a park after humans drive them away from their old home.

Stars: Rupert Farley, Stacey Gregg, Ron Moody, Jeremy Barrett

Votes: 2,909

2. Microsoap (1998–2000)

25 min | Comedy, Drama

Initially the plotline concerned the problems of a brother and sister whose parents have separated, but by the second season both parents had new married partners and the show concentrated ... See full summary »

Stars: Suzanne Burden, Ivan Kaye, Rebecca Hunter, Richard Dixon

Votes: 75

3. The Professionals (1977–1983)

50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins, Bridget Brice

Votes: 2,241

4. UFO (1970–1973)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The missions of the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, which defends Earth from extra-terrestrial threats.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, Ayshea Brough

Votes: 2,421

5. Rex the Runt (1991–2001)

10 min | Animation, Comedy

A surreal claymation series about Rex, a flat purple dog, and his equally odd friends. Rex and co. realize that they are being watched on the telly, so they feel compelled to have ... See full summary »

Stars: Elisabeth Hadley, Steve Box, Andrew Franks, Colin Rote

Votes: 290

6. I Am Not an Animal (2004– )

29 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Five animals (a horse, rat, monkey, sparrow and a cat) that can think and speak are released by animal rights activists and must try to survive in the world.

Stars: Amelia Bullmore, Steve Coogan, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon

Votes: 239

7. Psychoville (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A group of seemingly unrelated strangers all receive a mysterious note stating "I know what you did," which sends their lives into a downward spiral.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Daniel Kaluuya, Daisy Haggard

Votes: 5,699

8. The New Statesman (1987–1992)

70 min | Comedy

The ultra right-wing Alan B'Stard, the most selfish, greedy, dishonest, sadistic and sociopathic Conservative MP of them all, plots to achieve his meglomaniacal ambitions.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Terence Alexander

Votes: 2,008

9. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Family

A literally unkillable agent leads an international intelligence agency's fight against an extra-terrestrial terror campaign.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Donald Gray, Francis Matthews, Sylvia Anderson

Votes: 1,251

10. Ultimate Force (2002–2006)

74 min | Action, War

This action adventure series follows the exploits of Sergeant Henno Garvie and his colleagues who make up Red Troop, a crack SAS team. Stopping the release of a lethal anthrax mutation, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ross Kemp, Miles Anderson, Christopher Fox, Danny Sapani

Votes: 1,718

11. Catterick (2004– )

30 min | Comedy

Carl Palmer Returns From The Army To Join His Brother Chris Whos Agreed To Help Find His Son But Whats Starts Off Simple Becomes A Interlinking Story

Stars: Morwenna Banks, Mark Benton, Tim Healy, Matt Lucas

Votes: 569

12. Stressed Eric (1998–2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Eric Feeble is a man living in London who strives to survive his divorce, angry boss, rival family, almost alien children, drunken housekeeper and even his own "achievements".

Stars: Mark Heap, Morwenna Banks, Rebecca Front, Gordon Kennedy

Votes: 385

13. Hardwicke House (1987)

30 min | Comedy

Sitcom set in a comprehensive school.

Stars: Roy Kinnear, Pam Ferris, Tony Haygarth, Duncan Preston

Votes: 38

14. Dinnerladies (1998–2000)

34 min | Comedy

Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.

Stars: Victoria Wood, Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn, Shobna Gulati

Votes: 1,475

15. Lavender Castle (1999–2000)

10 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Lavender Castle is a place of mystery and legend, fabled throughout the universe, a floating city of light, a place of peace, harmony and all the things that have ever been dreamt of. It is... See full summary »

Stars: Kate Harbour, Jimmy Hibbert, David Holt, Rob Rackstraw

Votes: 55

17. Survivors (2008–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An unknown virus pandemic kills more than 90% of the world's population. Those immune must strive to survive and overcome the difficulties of this new world order, hoping that the virus will not mutate.

Stars: Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoë Tapper

Votes: 8,027

18. The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)

41 min | Comedy, Crime

Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mina Anwar, James Dreyfus, Serena Evans

Votes: 5,406

19. Danger Mouse (1981–1992)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Danger Mouse, the greatest secret agent in the world, must follow Colonel K's orders (and try not to break Professor Squawkencluck's inventions) to foil Baron Greenback's and his henchman Stiletto's plans.

Stars: David Jason, Terry Scott, Edward Kelsey, Brian Trueman

Votes: 2,797

20. Supercar (1961–1962)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Supercar was a prototype vehicle that could travel in the air, on land or beneath the sea. Its test pilot was Mike Mercury, who traveled the world in search of adventure. Supercar was ... See full summary »

Stars: David Graham, Graydon Gould, Sylvia Anderson, George Murcell

Votes: 218

21. On the Buses (1969–1973)

30 min | Comedy

Jack-the-lad bus driver and conductor Stan and Jack enjoy the female employees more than their work and Inspector Blake is relentless in his attempts to make their lives a misery.

Stars: Anna Karen, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Reg Varney

Votes: 1,695

22. Joe 90 (1968–1981)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

The adventures of a preteen secret agent who can have any useful skills downloaded into his brain.

Stars: Len Jones, Rupert Davies, Keith Alexander, David Healy

Votes: 429

23. The Protectors (1972–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Crime

The Protectors were Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet, three freelance troubleshooters who ran an international crime fighting agency. Based in London, Harry was the ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, Tony Anholt, Yasuko Nagazumi

Votes: 307

24. Big Break (1991–2002)

30 min | Game-Show

General knowledge game show where contestants team up with snooker stars testing their skill against the clock.

Stars: Jim Davidson, John Virgo, John Parrott, Steve Davis

Votes: 106

25. Space Precinct (1994–1995)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

The extraterrestrial adventures of former NYPD detective Patrick Brogan, now a lieutenant with the Demeter City police force on the planet Altor. Brogan and his partner Jack Haldane must ... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Shackelford, Rob Youngblood, Simone Bendix, Nancy Paul

Votes: 676

26. Angry Kid (1999– )

1 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Angry Kid is a hilarious YouTube show about an annoying young boy wading his way through childhood, dealing with problems like Tourette's, shaving, hammer roulette, puberty, telepathy and dogs stealing his chips.

Stars: Darren Walsh, David Holt, Jo Allen, Kevin Eldon

Votes: 157

27. Wipeout (1994–2003)

30 min | Game-Show

General-knowledge quiz show.

Stars: Bob Monkhouse, Paul Daniels, Tom Edwards, Kara Noble

Votes: 41

28. Birds of a Feather (1989–2019)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy

Comedy series following the lives of sisters Tracey and Sharon who are left to fend for themselves after their husbands are arrested for armed robbery.

Stars: Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Alun Lewis

Votes: 1,391

29. The Bill (1984–2010)

50 min | Crime, Drama

Uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis.

Stars: Graham Cole, Jeff Stewart, Trudie Goodwin, Simon Rouse

Votes: 2,461

30. Catch Phrase (1986–2017)

30 min | Game-Show

Game show in which contestants try to guess well-known phrases or sayings from animated picture puzzles.

Stars: Nick Weir, Stephen Mulhern, Roy Walker, Ted Robbins

Votes: 563

31. Byker Grove (1989–2006)

30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Byker Grove follows the lives and relationships of a group of young people who are members of a youth club.

Stars: Daymon Britton, Billy Fane, Chris Beattie, Declan Donnelly

Votes: 596

32. Bread (1986–1991)

70 min | Comedy

The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Boht, Nick Conway, Jonathon Morris, Kenneth Waller

Votes: 852

33. Serious and Organised (2003– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

Two brothers serve in a specialist unit fighting organised crime.

Stars: Martin Kemp, Joe Duttine, Danny Sapani, Emily Bruni

Votes: 17



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