The BEST ITV Shows

The top 42 shows on ITV

The World at War

#1 - The World at War

Originally broadcast in 1973 as 26 one-hour programmes, The World at War sets out to tell the story of the Second World War through the testimony of key participants. The result is a unique and unrepeatable event, since many of the eyewitnesses captured on film did not have long left to live. Each hour-long programme is carefully structured to focus on a key theme or campaign, from the rise of Nazi Germany to Hitler's downfall and the onset of the Cold War. There are no academic "talking heads" here to spell out an official version of history; the narration, delivered with wonderful gravitas by Sir Laurence Olivier, is kept to a minimum. The show's great coup was to allow the participants to speak for themselves. Painstaking research in the archives of the Imperial War Museum also unearthed a vast quantity of newsreel footage, including on occasion the cameraman's original raw rushes which present an unvarnished and never-before-seen picture of important events. Carl Davis' impressive score underlines the grand scale of the enterprise.

star 8.98
328 votes
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Downton Abbey

#2 - Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.

star 8.53
7,017 votes
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Jeeves and Wooster

#3 - 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 8.45
388 votes
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Endeavour

#4 - Endeavour

Set in the mid-sixties, this prequel centres 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 8.42
515 votes
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Wire in the Blood

#5 - 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 8.41
209 votes
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Broadchurch

#6 - Broadchurch

Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller lead the investigations into crimes committed in the small, coastal town of Broadchurch.

star 8.35
4,526 votes
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Doc Martin

#7 - 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 8.31
352 votes
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The Avengers

#8 - 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 8.28
196 votes
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Agatha Christie's Marple

#9 - 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 8.24
193 votes
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Mr. Bean

#10 - Mr. Bean

Mr. Bean is a comedy show about a man whose whole life is one funny situation after another. He hardly talks, but words are not needed. Everything he does is funny. From playing golf, going to the dentist, and going to church. Mr. Bean is a grown man, but he acts like a child. He has a stuffed bear named Teddy that he carries around with him all the time. This show is full of laugh after laugh!

star 8.24
2,589 votes
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The Persuaders!

#11 - 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 8.22
140 votes
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Vicious

#12 - 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 8.16
611 votes
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Victoria

#13 - 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 8.08
909 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 8.05
639 votes
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The Sweeney

#15 - 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 8.04
25 votes
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Unforgotten

#16 - 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 8.00
321 votes
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Cold Feet

#17 - 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 7.97
107 votes
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Billy Connolly's Journey To The Edge of The World

#18 - 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 7.96
16 votes
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Whitechapel

#19 - 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 7.94
507 votes
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The Durrells

#20 - 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 7.89
224 votes
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On the Buses

#21 - 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 7.83
41 votes
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Vera

#22 - 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 7.78
277 votes
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Grantchester

#23 - 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 7.74
250 votes
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Space: 1999

#24 - 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 7.69
316 votes
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Mr Selfridge

#25 - Mr Selfridge

Mr Selfridge recounts the real life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's lavish department store. Set in 1909 London, when women were reveling in a new sense of freedom and modernity, it follows Harry Gordon Selfridge ('Mile a Minute Harry'), a man with a mission to make shopping as thrilling as sex. Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, Harry created a theater of retail where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining - or just eccentric - was showcased.

star 7.65
613 votes
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Afterlife

#26 - 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 7.63
69 votes
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Coronation Street

#27 - Coronation Street

Coronation Street (colloquially known as Corrie, Corro, or The Street) is an award-winning prime time soap opera set and produced in Manchester created by Tony Warren. It is the longest running and most watched soap opera on British television. It was first broadcast on 9 December 1960, made by Granada Television (now ITV Studios) and broadcast in all regions of ITV almost throughout its existence.

star 7.60
126 votes
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Primeval

#28 - Primeval

Anomalies are showing up all over England allowing dinosaurs to move through them and into the present time. The team at the ARC (Anomaly Research Center) must protect the public while struggling to determine the cause of the anomalies and close them for good.

star 7.56
996 votes
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Benidorm

#29 - Benidorm

The Solana resort in Benidorm welcomes a regular group of British holiday makers each year. There are sex-mad swingers, OAPs, dysfunctional families, singletons, flamboyant homosexuals and pub quiz champions. And they're just the guests!

star 7.53
155 votes
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Harry Hill's TV Burp

#30 - Harry Hill's TV Burp

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

star 7.50
37 votes
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Danger Mouse

#31 - Danger Mouse

Under a postbox "somewhere in Mayfair" lives the world's greatest secret agent - so secret in fact, that even his codename has a codename. Follow the adventures of Danger Mouse and his trusty sidekick Penfold as they battle the Untold Horrid Evils of Baron Silas Greenback, Count Duckula and other assorted fiends. Can Danger Mouse save the day? Can Penfold find his way out from behind the sofa? Only time will tell...

star 7.50
123 votes
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Thunderbirds Are Go!

#32 - Thunderbirds Are Go!

In the 21st century Jeff Tracy creates a unique emergency response team: International Rescue. Equipped with special vehicles that enable the organization to react to any crisis, whether it be anywhere on earth or in space. Jeff's five sons operate the Thunderbirds 1 to 5 with help from engineer Brains and Kayo the pilot of Thunderbird Shadow. Lady Penelope and chauffeur Parker are the hands on intelligence team on the ground. Together they save anyone in need, while trying to find and capture the terrorist know as the Hood.

star 7.34
97 votes
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Prey (2014)

#33 - Prey (2014)

On the run accused of a terrible crime, Manchester Detective Marcus Farrow tries to prove his innocence while being hunted by his former friends and colleagues.

star 7.21
165 votes
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Lost in Austen

#34 - Lost in Austen

Lost in Austen is a four-part 2008 British television series for the ITV network, written by Guy Andrews as a fantasy adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Loosely following the novel plot, modern Amanda enters through a portal in her bathroom, to join the Bennet family and affect events disastrously.

star 7.16
308 votes
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The Bill

#35 - The Bill

The Bill follows the officers of Sun Hill, a Metropolitan Police station located in the fictional Borough of Canley in London's East End. Created in 1983 by Geoff McQueen as a one-off drama called "Woodentop", The Bill was spun off as a full series, and ran for over 26 years and 2,425 episodes. Covering both uniformed officers and CID detectives, the series is renowned for its accurate and authentic portrayal of policing in London.

star 6.75
43 votes
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Doctor Snuggles

#36 - Doctor Snuggles

Dr. Snuggles is a 13-episode animated series about a jolly inventor who lives in a forest in a house with his housekeeper, Miss Nettles. In the forest also live his many animal friends, talking treacle trees, and other bizarre creations.

star 6.59
30 votes
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Britain's Got Talent

#37 - Britain's Got Talent

The search for the next big variety act in the UK is on with ITV's Britain's Got Talent. Popular comedians and hosts Ant and Dec join the judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden on this highly anticipated show that will culminate in not only a big cash prize of £100,000 for the winning act, but also a starring slot in a performance attended by Her Majesty the Queen.

star 6.43
261 votes
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Jekyll and Hyde

#38 - Jekyll and Hyde

Robert Jekyll, the grandson of Henry Jekyll, is on his quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’ – which his foster father, Dr Vishal Najaran, is controlling with medication. His journey will take him into a dark and unforgiving place, as his alter ego seems capable of anything. At the same time there are shadowy forces trying to find Jekyll and the source of his powers.

star 6.20
144 votes
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The X Factor

#39 - The X Factor

Aspiring singers compete to become the nation's next singing sensation.

star 6.12
424 votes
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Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands

#40 - Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands

Beowulf is a series about courage, greed, betrayal, revenge, loyalty, power, man versus wilderness and, of course love. It is a series that explores the notion of good and evil, heroes and villains. However, beyond these wider political undercurrents and inner personal turmoils are the excitement, danger and sense of adventure that any great Western has. Epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles are an essential part of the promise.

star 6.02
241 votes
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Hornblower

#41 - 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.

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Maigret (2016)

#42 - Maigret (2016)

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

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