The BEST ITV Shows

The top 50 shows on ITV

The Trap Door

#1 - The Trap Door

Somewhere in the dark and nasty regions where nobody goes, stands an ancient castle. Deep within this dank and uninviting place lives Berk, the overworked servant of The Thing Upstairs. But that's nothing compared to the horrors that lurk beneath The Trap Door. For there is always something down there, in the dark, waiting to come out...

star 9.42
219 votes
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Hornblower

#2 - Hornblower

The epic saga of legendary seafaring hero Horatio Hornblower comes to swashbuckling life in these epic films based on C.S. Forester's classic novels. As the Napoleonic wars rage, Hornblower survives battle after battle, evades capture, and works his way up the ranks in the king's royal navy. With danger at every turn and unending adventures, Hornblower must use every ounce of his wit and courage to prevail.

star 9.20
618 votes
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Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

#3 - Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet is a story of the rise and fall of seven very different people. There are three Geordies, one Scouser, one Brummie, one Cockney and one from Bristol. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet shows what life was really like for self - employed workers in the 1980's. And after 20 years they are reunited and begin working together again.

star 9.12
174 votes
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On the Buses

#4 - On the Buses

Running from 1969 to 1973, with three spin-off movies, 'On the Buses' was made by London Weekend Television. Stan Butler lives at home with his overbearing mother, his frumpy sister Olive and his lazy brother in law Arthur. Stan works as a bus driver for the Luxton & District Bus Company, with his conductor Jack. The bane of their lives Inspector 'Blakey' Blake who often checks up on them and threatens them with the sack for lateness and untidiness.

star 9.07
276 votes
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Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)

#5 - Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) is a late 1960s British private detective television series starring Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope as the private detectives Jeff Randall and Marty Hopkirk, respectively. The series was created by Dennis Spooner and produced by Monty Berman. In the initial episode Hopkirk was murdered in the line of duty, but returned as a ghost only Randall was able to see or hear to help his former partner fight crime from beyond the grave. ITC film corporation produced a single series of 26 episodes during 1968 and 1969 which were aired between September 1969 and March 1970. The pilot episode was originally broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom on Friday 19 September 1969 on ATV Midlands.

star 9.07
116 votes
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The World at War

#6 - The World at War

A groundbreaking narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

star 9.02
933 votes
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The Avengers

#7 - The Avengers

"Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds." [Mrs Peel] The Avengers is one of the most popular and beloved television series of all time. Its outrageous blend of wit and style and its unique mix of the fantasy and spy genres, coupled with the marvellous characters of John Steed and Emma Peel make it one of television's great classics.

star 9.01
835 votes
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Harry Hill's TV Burp

#8 - Harry Hill's TV Burp

Harry Hill stars in this surreal comedy show, revolving around the previous week's shows on British television.

star 8.90
265 votes
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Footballers' Wives

#9 - Footballers' Wives

They're beautiful, they're filthy rich and they can have anything money can buy... so why are they hardly ever happy?... The makers of hit ITV1 show 'Bad Girls' invite you to join the wives of the Earls Park FC footballers as they discover the perils, both in the spotlight and out, of being married to their famous husbands - catfights... newspaper allegations... even murder... anyone who's anyone watches Footballers' Wives.

star 8.88
81 votes
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Wire in the Blood

#10 - Wire in the Blood

Wire in the Blood is a British crime drama television series, created and produced by Coastal Productions for the ITV network, that ran from 2002 to 2008. The series is based on characters created by Val McDermid, including a university clinical psychologist, Dr. Anthony "Tony" Valentine Hill (Robson Green), who is able to tap into his own dark side to get inside the heads of serial killers. Working with detectives, Hill takes on tough and seemingly impenetrable cases in an attempt to track down the killers before they strike again.

star 8.82
861 votes
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Agatha Christie's Marple

#11 - Agatha Christie's Marple

Miss Jane Marple is an elderly spinster living in the quiet little village of St. Mary Mead with a remarkable talent for solving crimes. Her sharp mind and shrewd intellect prove invaluable in unravelling a slew of murder mysteries, earning her the grudging respect of the police. The title role was played by Geraldine McEwan for the first three series, after which she was succeeded by Julia McKenzie.

star 8.81
776 votes
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Foyle's War

#12 - Foyle's War

Touted as the new Inspector Morse, this ITV detective show stars Michael Kitchen as a police inspector frustrated at being stuck at home investigating provincial crimes during the Second World War. Honeysuckle Weeks is an inspired choice as Foyle's sidekick, a clergyman's daughter posted from the Women's Royal Army Corps to serve as his driver, and she plays the part with an admirable period style. Foyle's War opens in southern England in the year 1940 - which may seem a strangely remote period in which to place a new detective, but the setting turns out to be a means of adding moral and dramatic depth to the storylines.

star 8.76
897 votes
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The New Statesman (1987)

#13 - The New Statesman (1987)

A British comedy that might be described as a combination of Yes, Minister and Blackadder, this is the story of A. B'Stard, a statesman in the tradition of Genghis Khan, who will stop at nothing to make himself richer and more comfortable. Arguably the most conservative member of the British Parliament, he is aided by a witless colleague, MP Piers Fletcher-Dervish.

star 8.75
162 votes
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Midsomer Murders

#14 - Midsomer Murders

A veteran DCI and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer.

star 8.67
2,565 votes
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George and Mildred

#15 - George and Mildred

George and Mildred is a spin-off of the hit British series Man About the House...the landlords, George and Mildred Roper, have moved on to a new life in suburbia. Mildred is keen to climb the social ladder, whilst George is perpetually unemployed - much to the disgust of their new neighbours.

star 8.59
171 votes
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Victoria

#16 - Victoria

The story of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism – and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image and become “grandmother of Europe”.

star 8.54
1,915 votes
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The Persuaders!

#17 - The Persuaders!

English Lord Brett Sinclair and American Danny Wilde are both wealthy playboys, they are teamed together by Judge Fullton to investigate crimes which the police can't solve. These two men are complete opposites, but become great friends through their adventures and constantly risk their own lives for one another.

star 8.53
671 votes
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Endeavour

#18 - Endeavour

Set in the mid-Sixties, this prequel centers around the early career of Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans). After leaving his Oxford college without a degree, and spending a short time as a cipher clerk, Morse joins the police, working under veteran DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam). This show was preceded by "Inspector Morse" (1987-2000) starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately.

star 8.49
1,449 votes
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Jeeves and Wooster

#19 - Jeeves and Wooster

Bertram "Bertie" Wooster (Hugh Laurie), a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet Jeeves (Stephen Fry) to get him out. Based on the books by P.G. Wodehouse.

star 8.41
1,099 votes
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Marchlands

#20 - Marchlands

Marchlands is the gripping story of three different families living in the same house in the 1960’s, 1980’s and present day. The families are linked by the spirit of a young girl – the 1960’s family’s daughter who died in mysterious circumstances.

star 8.41
261 votes
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The Durrells

#21 - The Durrells

Set in 1935, Louisa Durrell suddenly announces that she and her four children will move from Bournemouth to the Greek island of Corfu. Her husband has died some years earlier and the family is experiencing financial problems. A Homeric battle ensues as the family adapts to life on the island which, despite a lack of electricity, is cheap and an earthly paradise.

star 8.40
615 votes
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The Sweeney

#22 - The Sweeney

The Sweeney was one of the finest British police series of the mid 1970s. Jack Regan is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police (called 'the Sweeney' from the Cockney rhyming slang 'Sweeney Todd' = 'Flying Squad'). He pursues villains by methods which are underhand, often illegal, frequently violent, and more often than not, successful.

star 8.40
252 votes
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Broadchurch

#23 - Broadchurch

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

star 8.39
7,594 votes
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Doc Martin

#24 - Doc Martin

Make an appointment with the brilliant but socially awkward and neurotic Doc Martin. When Martin develops an aversion to blood, he abandons his career as a celebrated London surgeon and becomes the only doctor in a sleepy small town where his tactless manner soon has the whole town in an uproar.

star 8.34
1,258 votes
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Unforgotten

#25 - Unforgotten

DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan work together to solve cold cases involving historic disappearances and murders. When the bones of a young man are found beneath the footings of a demolished house, an investigation begins that will unravel the lives of four people who have been waiting for this moment for nearly forty years, as they discover that the past can’t – and won’t – stay buried forever.

star 8.34
848 votes
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Cold Feet

#26 - Cold Feet

Cold Feet is about three couples. Adam Williams and Rachel Bradley start the series about a year and six or so weeks into their relationship. The pilot shows this couple coming together. Jenny and Pete Gifford are a married couple that start the series with the birth of their first child. Karen and David Marsden are another married couple, and when the series starts they already have a child, and are thinking of having another. The three couples end up friends after going through the 'friends of friends' process. Jenny, Pete and Adam are friends, and Adam's relationship with Rachel pulls Karen and David into the friends relationship.

star 8.31
369 votes
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Little Boy Blue

#27 - Little Boy Blue

Based on a true story, Little Boy Blue explores the devastating impact of an innocent child’s murder amid a wave of gang violence. the four-part drama tells the story of the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007. It explores Melanie’s and Steve’s ordeal, and tells the story of how Rhys’s murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.

star 8.30
167 votes
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Robin of Sherwood

#28 - Robin of Sherwood

Fantasy-drama series by Richard Carpenter based on the Robin Hood legend. Robin of Loxley, also called 'The Hooded Man' lives with his friends in the forests of Sherwood. They fight against the Norman rulers who oppress the population of the region, especially Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin of Loxley was succeeded by Robert of Huntingdon, a renegade nobleman, at the beginning of season three. By gaining the trust of the other members of the group and living his life as Robin would have, he soon proves himself as a worthy successor. This adaptation of the Robin Hood legend leans heavily on mystic and magic. This is also reinforced by the soundtrack of the Irish band Clannad.

star 8.26
252 votes
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Innocent (2018)

#29 - Innocent (2018)

After seven years in jail, David Collins is finally acquitted of the murder of his wife and he vows to bring the real killer to justice.

star 8.24
246 votes
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Afterlife

#30 - Afterlife

Afterlife is a paranormal thriller television series about a woman named Alison Mundy. She is a reluctant medium, troubled by her gift. During a clairvoyant evening she encounters university lecturer and psychologist Robert Bridge. Robert decides to research her for a book he is writing and with a view to "curing" her, as he believes that all mediums are either charlatans or delusional. Unfortunately for him Alison is the real thing and exposes him to things which no matter how hard he tries he cannot explain away with his science.

star 8.21
283 votes
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Lightfields

#31 - Lightfields

Five-part supernatural drama series set in three different eras on a remote farmhouse called Lightfields on the Suffolk coast.

star 8.21
155 votes
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Billy Connolly's Journey To The Edge of The World

#32 - Billy Connolly's Journey To The Edge of The World

The charismatic comedian and actor Billy Connolly is back in his guise as a tour guide as he travels through the legendary Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

star 8.18
247 votes
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Vicious

#33 - Vicious

Freddie and Stuart are an old couple who have been together for decades and bicker constantly. Their lives are turned upside down by their new upstairs neighbour Ash, who is sure to cause trouble in their mundane lives.

star 8.15
1,146 votes
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Space: 1999

#34 - Space: 1999

It's 1999 and Moonbase Alpha has been built on the Moon to safeguard the nuclear waste shipped from Earth. On September 13, 1999, disaster strikes and the nuclear waste explodes causing a chain reaction that hurls the Moon out of Earth's orbit and into deep space. The adventures of Space: 1999 begin.

star 8.11
1,535 votes
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Maigret (2016)

#35 - Maigret (2016)

Adaptation of the novels written by Georges Simenon featuring his fictional French police commissioner Jules Maigret.

star 8.11
427 votes
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The Good Karma Hospital

#36 - The Good Karma Hospital

Doctor Ruby Walker arrives in India looking for a job and a distraction from her heartbreak. She anticipates the sunshine and picture-perfect beaches, but not the realities of work at an under-resourced hospital.

star 8.09
128 votes
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Benidorm

#37 - Benidorm

Follow holidaymakers at the Solana Resort in Benidorm. Hilarity ensues as guests try to get value for their Euros.

star 8.05
580 votes
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Vera

#38 - Vera

DCI Vera Stanhope is obsessive about her work. With her caustic wit and guile, the unorthodox but brilliant detective investigates chilling crimes set in Northumberland with her trusted colleagues.

star 8.04
974 votes
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Grantchester

#39 - Grantchester

Set against the backdrop of the real hamlet of Grantchester, the drama focuses upon the life of Sidney Chambers, a charismatic, charming clergyman who turns investigative vicar when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious circumstances.

star 8.04
623 votes
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Creature Comforts

#40 - Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts is a plasticine animation by Aardman studios. It features various creatures who are interviewed about a different topic each episode. But the voices are not those of the creatures, it's the people of Britain. Members of the British public were interviewed about different topics, and then the animation of the animals is created to the voice. The result is a funny show which provides the viewer with many different opinions and views on a variety of topics.

star 8.02
88 votes
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Tutankhamun

#41 - Tutankhamun

The remarkable story of the chance meeting that transformed penniless, ostracised archaeologist Howard Carter into a household name following his discovery of the tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun.

star 7.97
148 votes
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Jericho (2016)

#42 - Jericho (2016)

Yesterday wilderness. Tomorrow civilisation. In the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s, the shantytown of Jericho is the home of a community that will live, thrive and die in the shadow of the viaduct they’ve been brought together to build.

star 7.94
185 votes
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Home Fires (2015)

#43 - Home Fires (2015)

Home Fires is a new six-part drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud over their lives. The isolated village couldn’t feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war. As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the characters find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world. By banding together as the Great Paxford Women’s Institute, they help maintain the nation’s fabric in its darkest hour, and discover inner resources that will change their lives forever.

star 7.93
220 votes
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Kingdom

#44 - Kingdom

Peter Kingdom, a village solicitor who lives in a picturesque listed house in Norfolk and drives an Alvis, is looking after the sometimes bizarre legal needs of the locals. He is helped by a devoted secretary and an articling junior. His needy sister lives with him, and his elderly aunt lives nearby. To top it all, his brother Simon is missing and presumed dead, drowned in the North Sea.

star 7.91
278 votes
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Prime Suspect 1973

#45 - Prime Suspect 1973

Prime Suspect 1973 tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison's first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry.

star 7.90
195 votes
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Whitechapel

#46 - Whitechapel

London 2008. A series of bloody, tragic and impossible crimes suggest someone is carrying out copycat Jack the Ripper murders 120 years after the killer first struck. The clock is ticking as the case turns into a hunt for an old adversary, with three unlikely heroes at the centre of it all.

star 7.88
1,240 votes
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The Chase (2009)

#47 - The Chase (2009)

The Chase is a British game show, broadcast on ITV (ITV1/UTV/STV) (also in HD) at 5pm weekdays. It is hosted by Bradley Walsh. The chasers are Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace, both of whom have been Chasers since series 1, Anne Hegerty, who joined them in series 2, and Paul Sinha, who debuted in series 4. A team of 4 contestants attempt to amass as much money as possible by answering quick-fire questions in a 60 second round - each correct answer earns the contestant £1,000 & moves them a step closer to the 'home' position of the board. The Chaser, a quiz genius attempts to prevent the contestant reaching home by answering more questions correctly. If a contestant makes it 'home' the money they have won will be added to the team total which will be played for in The Final Chase where remaining team members collaborate against The Chaser.

star 7.88
63 votes
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Coronation Street

#48 - Coronation Street

Follows the lives of the residents of the fictional Coronation Street, located in Greater Manchester, which is made up mainly of working-class people.

star 7.87
672 votes
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Gordon, Gino & Fred's Road Trip

#49 - Gordon, Gino & Fred's Road Trip

Three big egos, one small van. Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix pack up their camper van once again and head off on a European adventure, but this time it’s personal as each episode takes us on a tour of their cherished homelands, each of them with a special occasion to prepare for. With three countries, three weeks and three coqs au vin in close confinement what could possibly go wrong?

star 7.83
65 votes
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Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

#50 - Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

A variety show hosted by Ant & Dec packed with comedy sketches, celebrity pranks, challenges and prizes for the audience and unsuspecting viewers at home, entertainment acts and special guest appearances.

star 7.82
83 votes
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