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Encyclopedia > 100 Greatest British Television Programmes

100 Greatest British Television Programmes was a list compiled in 2000 by the British Film Institute (BFI) chosen by a poll of industry professionals, to determine what were the greatest British television programmes of any genre ever to have been screened. 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and...


Initially, a 'big list' of 650 programmes was drawn up by BFI personnel, and this provisional list was then distributed to a range of television industry professionals in the UK, who were each given 30 votes. The listing was split into six categories: Single Dramas, Drama Series and Serials, Comedy and Variety, Factual, Children's / Youth, and Lifestyle & Light Entertainment. Each voter was required to cast a minimum of three votes in every category. News stories were mostly excluded – with exceptions such as the coverage of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales – on the basis that it would be impossible to determine whether it was the coverage or the news itself that made them important. Sports were excluded for similar reasons, and also because many events such as the 1966 World Cup, while important to those in England, would not matter to those in other areas of Britain. Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (1 July 1961 - 31 August 1997), was the first wife of HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. ... 1966 was the year that the Football World Cup went back to the country that first conceived football: England. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion...


Some programmes were represented on the list as an entire series, while for some series such as the anthology The Wednesday Play and current affairs show This Week, individual episodes were singled out. Early television programmes no longer existing in the archives were excluded from consideration. The Wednesday Play was a British television drama anthology series, which ran on BBC ONE from 1964 to 1970. ... This Week was the name of a current affairs series screened in the 1980s on the ITV network in the United Kingdom, produced for the network by Thames Television. ...


Although obviously not including any programmes made in 2000 or later, the list is useful as an indication of what were generally regarded as the most successful British programmes of the 20th century. 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the...


The full list ran as follows:

  1. Fawlty Towers
  2. Cathy Come Home (The Wednesday Play)
  3. Doctor Who
  4. The Naked Civil Servant
  5. Monty Python's Flying Circus
  6. Blue Peter
  7. Boys from the Blackstuff
  8. Parkinson
  9. Yes, Minister / Yes, Prime Minister
  10. Brideshead Revisited
  11. Abigail's Party (Play for Today)
  12. I, Claudius
  13. Dad's Army
  14. The Morecambe & Wise Show
  15. Edge of Darkness
  16. Blackadder Goes Forth
  17. Absolutely Fabulous
  18. The Wrong Trousers
  19. The World at War
  20. The Singing Detective
  21. Pennies From Heaven
  22. The Jewel in the Crown
  23. Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
  24. Hancock's Half Hour
  25. Our Friends in the North
  26. 28 Up
  27. The War Game (The Wednesday Play)
  28. The Magic Roundabout
  29. That Was The Week That Was
  30. An Englishman Abroad
  31. The Royle Family
  32. Life On Earth
  33. The Old Grey Whistle Test
  34. University Challenge
  35. Porridge
  36. Blue Remembered Hills (Play for Today)
  37. Mastermind
  38. I'm Alan Partridge
  39. Cracker
  40. Coronation Street
  41. Top of the Pops
  42. Inspector Morse
  43. Grange Hill
  44. Steptoe and Son
  45. Only Fools and Horses
  46. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (series 1)
  47. Tiswas
  48. Elgar (Monitor)
  49. Nuts in May (Play for Today)
  50. Father Ted
  51. The Avengers
  52. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  53. The Forsyte Saga
  54. Hillsborough
  55. Dennis Potter: The Last Interview (Without Walls Special)
  56. Bar Mitzvah Boy (Play for Today)
  57. Edna, The Inebriate Woman (Play for Today)
  58. Live Aid for Africa
  59. World In Action
  60. Thunderbirds
  61. Talking Heads/Talking Heads 2
  62. Ready Steady Go!
  63. Z-Cars
  64. Culloden
  65. The Ascent of Man
  66. A Very British Coup
  67. Civilisation
  68. Prime Suspect
  69. The Likely Lads / Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
  70. Have I Got News for You
  71. The Snowman
  72. Walking With Dinosaurs
  73. Nineteen Eighty-Four
  74. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
  75. Quatermass and the Pit
  76. Between The Lines
  77. Blind Date
  78. Talking to a Stranger (Theatre 625)
  79. The Borrowers
  80. One Foot in the Grave
  81. Later with Jools Holland
  82. Tutti Frutti
  83. The Knowledge
  84. House of Cards
  85. This is Your Life
  86. The Tube
  87. The Death of Yugoslavia
  88. Till Death Us Do Part
  89. A Very Peculiar Practice
  90. Michael Moore's TV Nation
  91. This Life
  92. Death on the Rock (This Week)
  93. The Nazis - A Warning From History
  94. Drop the Dead Donkey
  95. Arena
  96. The Railway Children
  97. Teletubbies
  98. Spitting Image
  99. Pride and Prejudice
  100. Made In Britain

The cast of Fawlty Towers, clockwise from top: Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales), Manuel (Andrew Sachs) and Polly Sherman (Connie Booth) Fawlty Towers was a British sitcom made by the BBC and first broadcast in 1975. ... Cathy Come Home is a British television play, originally broadcast on November 16, 1966 on BBC1. ... The Wednesday Play was a British television drama anthology series, which ran on BBC ONE from 1964 to 1970. ... BBC Doctor Who website DMOZ Doctor Who page Doctor Who Cuttings Archive — hosts a large number of press cuttings from the 60s onwards. ... The Naked Civil Servant is a British television drama, 90 minutes long and produced by Thames Television for the ITV network. ... Monty Pythons Flying Circus (aka Flying Circus or MPFC, known during the fourth season as Monty Python) was the popular BBC sketch comedy show from Monty Python. ... Blue Peter is a popular, long-running BBC television programme for children. ... Boys from the Blackstuff is a British television drama serial of five episodes, originally transmitted from October 10 to November 7, 1982 on BBC TWO. The serial was written by Liverpudlian playwright Alan Bleasdale, and was a sequel to a television play called The Black Stuff, which he had originally... Michael Parkinson CBE (born March 28, 1935) is an English journalist and television presenter. ... Yes, (prime) minister: Sir Humphrey Appleby, James Jim Hacker, Bernard Woolley Yes, Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister are British sitcoms about the struggle between (Dr) James Jim Hacker (played by Paul Eddington), the government minister of the (fictional) Department of Administrative Affairs (and later as Prime Minister) and... Yes, (prime) minister: Sir Humphrey Appleby, James Jim Hacker, Bernard Woolley Yes, Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister are British sitcoms about the struggle between (Dr) James Jim Hacker (played by Paul Eddington), the government minister of the (fictional) Department of Administrative Affairs (and later as Prime Minister) and... Brideshead Revisited is a novel by Evelyn Waugh, first published in 1945. ... Abigails Party is a 1977 play for stage and television created by Mike Leigh. ... Play for Today was a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC One from 1970 to 1984. ... I, Claudius is a novel by Robert Graves, (ISBN 067972477X) first published in 1934, dealing sympathetically with the life of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesars assassination in 44 BC to Caligulas assassination in 41 AD... The cast of Dads Army (left to right): Pike, Frazer, Warden Hodges, Godfrey, Mainwaring, Walker, Jones and Wilson Dads Army is a British sitcom about the Home Guard in World War II, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on BBC television between 1968 and 1977. ... Morecambe and Wise Morecambe and Wise were a famous British comic double act comprising Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. ... Edge of Darkness is a British television drama serial, produced by BBC Television in association with Lionheart Television International and originally broadcast in six 55-minute episodes on BBC Two in late 1985. ... The second series of Blackadder was set in Elizabethan England, starring (left to right) Tony Robinson as Baldrick, Rowan Atkinson as Edmund, Lord Blackadder, and Tim McInnerny as Lord Percy Percy. ... Absolutely Fabulous is a British sitcom written by Jennifer Saunders and starring Saunders and Joanna Lumley. ... Wallace and Gromit are the main characters in a series of three British animated films by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. ... The World at War was a 1974 television documentary series on the Second World War, the events that led up to it, and those that followed in its wake. ... The Singing Detective The Singing Detective was a 1986 BBC television miniseries, written by Dennis Potter, starring Michael Gambon. ... Pennies From Heaven is a 1978 BBC Television drama serial by the highly-regarded television playwright Dennis Potter. ... The Jewel in the Crown is a British television drama series produced by Granada Television for ITV and based on the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott. ... Logo from the UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is a television game show which offers very large cash prizes for correctly answering successive multiple-choice questions. ... Hancocks Half Hour was a famous BBC radio comedy series of the 1950s starring Tony Hancock. ... Christopher Eccleston as Nicky Hutchinson in a BBC publicity still for Our Friends in the North. ... Begun in 1963 and released in 1964, Seven Up! is a documentary film series directed by Michael Apted that follows the lives of 14 British people of different races, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds. ... The War Game is a 1965 television film on nuclear war. ... The Wednesday Play was a British television drama anthology series, which ran on BBC ONE from 1964 to 1970. ... Le Manège Enchanté (known in English as The Magic Roundabout) was a childrens television programme created in France in 1963 by Serge Danot. ... That Was The Week That Was, also known as TW3, was a satirical television comedy program that aired on the BBC in 1962 and 1963. ... An Englishman Abroad is a film based on the true story of a chance meeting of an actress, Coral Browne, with Guy Burgess, one of the famous group of Soviet Union whilst with MI6. ... The Royle Family was a popular BBC television situation comedy (sitcom) that ran for three series between 1998 and 2000. ... This article is about the tv programme Life on Earth. ... The Old Grey Whistle Test was an influential BBC television music show that ran from September 1971 until 1987. ... University Challenge is a long-running British television quiz show. ... Porridge is a British BBC television sitcom (1974 - 1977), written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and starring Ronnie Barker. ... Blue Remembered Hills is a television play by Dennis Potter, originally part of the BBCs Play for Today series. ... Play for Today was a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC One from 1970 to 1984. ... Mastermind is one of the most highly regarded British quiz shows, well-known for its challenging questions, intimidating setting, and air of seriousness. ... Im Alan Partridge is a British sitcom. ... Cracker is the title of a television crime series in the United Kingdom, made by Granada Television for ITV and created by Jimmy McGovern. ... The opening title of Coronation Street from the first episodes in 1960. ... Top of the Pops is a long-running British music chart television programme shown each week on BBC ONE and now on BBC Kids in Canada. ... Spoiler warning: Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse is a fictional character, who features in a series of thirteen detective novels by British author Colin Dexter. ... Grange Hill is a British childrens television drama series which is shown on BBC1. ... Steptoe and Son was a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about two rag and bone men living in Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherds Bush, London. ... The original lineup of Only Fools and Horses, featuring Rodney, Del Boy and Grandad, lasted from 1981 to 1985. ... Auf Wiedersehen, Pet is a popular British comedy-drama series created by Franc Roddam and mostly written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who had also written The Likely Lads, What Ever Happened to the Likely Lads? and Porridge. ... Tiswas was an anarchic Saturday morning childrens British TV show which ran from 1974 to 1982. ... Edward Elgar Sir Edward William Elgar, Bt OM GCVO (June 2, 1857 – February 23, 1934) was a British composer, born in the small Worcestershire village of Broadheath to William Elgar, a piano tuner and music dealer, and his wife Ann. ... The word monitor, depending on context, may have one of the following meanings: A computer display A speaker used on stage or in a studio to enable musicians to hear what is being recorded or broadcasted An operating system mechanism that synchronizes operations on shared data by multiple processes A... Nuts in May (aka Play for Today: Nuts in May) is a 1976 film written and directed by Mike Leigh, originally broadcast as part of the BBCs Play for Today series of television programs. ... Play for Today was a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC One from 1970 to 1984. ... Father Ted is a 1990s television situation comedy set on the extremely remote fictional Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. ... The most famous incarnation of The Avengers, John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) appear on the cover of a 1994 reprint of an Avengers novel co-written by Macnee. ... Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a spy novel by John le Carré, published in 1974. ... The Forsyte Saga is the collective title of a series of novels by John Galsworthy. ... The Hillsborough disaster was a deadly human stampede that occurred on April 15, 1989, at Hillsborough, a football stadium in Sheffield, England, resulting in the loss of 96 lives. ... Play for Today was a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC One from 1970 to 1984. ... Play for Today was a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC One from 1970 to 1984. ... U2 at Live Aid (Wembley Stadium, London) Live Aid was a multi-venue rock music concert held on July 13, 1985. ... World in Action was an investigative current affairs series produced by Granada Television from around 1962/63 until 1998. ... Brains Thunderbirds is a mid-1960s Sylvia and Gerry Anderson television show which used a form of puppetry called Supermarionation. Cast, crew, and production notes Thunderbirds was the fourth and by far the most successful of the childrens series made by AP Films (APF) for the British television company... Talking Heads is a series of dramatic monologues written by the English playwright Alan Bennett for BBC television. ... Z-Cars (sometimes written as Z Cars, and always pronounced zed, never zee) was a British television drama series centred around the work of regular beat police officers in the fictional town of Newtown, near Liverpool, in the north-west of England. ... Culloden is a 1964 television film written and directed by Peter Watkins and originally broadcast by the BBC. It portrays the Jacobite uprising of 1745 and the Battle of Culloden. ... The Ascent of Man (1973) is a BBC documentary series, produced in association with Time-Life Films, by Jacob Bronowski. ... A Very British Coup is a novel by Chris Mullin, better known in the form of a 1988 British television adaptation, adapted by Alan Plater and starring Ray McAnally. ... Civilisation (full title, Civilisation: A Personal View) was a popular TV series outlining the history of Western society produced by the BBC and aired in 1969 on BBC Two. ... Prime Suspect is a highly-acclaimed Granada Television police procedural television drama series of the decades of the 1990s and 2000s, which has been followed up by several sequels. ... The Likely Lads was a British sitcom written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Have I Got News For You (sometimes abbreviated to HIGNFY) is a long-running UK television panel game, on the subject of news, politics and current affairs. ... The Snowman is the name of a childrens book by British author Raymond Briggs, published in 1980. ... Walking with Dinosaurs is a 1999 six-part television series produced by the BBC and narrated by Kenneth Branagh. ... Peter Cushing played Winston Smith while Donald Pleasence played Syme. ... The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin was a British sitcom starring Leonard Rossiter in the title role. ... The 1987 BBC VHS release of the serial. ... Blind Date is the name of a British dating game show and an American reality show. ... Talking to a Stranger is a British television drama, produced by the BBC and made up of four separate plays telling the story of one weekend from the viewpoints of four different members of the same family. ... Theatre 625 was a British television drama anthology series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC2 from 1964 to 1968. ... The Borrowers is a novel by Mary Norton about tiny people who borrow things from normal humans and keep their existence unknown. ... One Foot in the Grave is both a television situation comedy (see below) and a 1994 album by Beck (see One Foot in the Grave (album)). One Foot in the Grave was a popular BBC television situation comedy series written by David Renwick. ... Later with Jools Holland is a contemporary music show hosted by Jools Holland. ... Tutti frutti can mean several things: Tutti frutti (Italian for all fruits) is a confection, in most cases ice cream, containing a variety of chopped and usually candied fruits. ... In order for a prospective taxi driver to obtain a license to operate a black cab in London, they must first complete a course of study known as The Knowledge the purpose of which is for them to demonstrate that they know the roads, routes and places of London. ... House of Cards was a highly political television drama serial, made by the BBC, which ran in 1990 at the end of Margaret Thatchers tenure as British Prime Minister. ... This Is Your Life was a television show hosted by Ralph Edwards, first broadcast in the United States from 1952 to 1961. ... The Tube was an innovative United Kingdom pop/rock music television programme which ran which ran for 5 series, from 1982 until 1987 plus numerous specials including one at the Millennium. ... Til Death Us Do Part (also known as Till Death Us do Part)1 was a BBC television sitcom series written by Johnny Speight that ran from 1964 until 1974. ... A Very Peculiar Practice was a BBC comedy-drama series, first shown in 1986. ... TV Nation was a satirical newsmagazine television series written, directed and hosted by Michael Moore that was broadcast in the USA on NBC in the summer of 1994, FOX in the summer of 1995, and in the UK by the BBC. It contained investigative reports into various aspects of American... This Life was a BBC Two TV Drama series that ran for two series in 1996 and 1997. ... Death on the Rock was a controversial and BAFTA award winning episode of Thames Televisions current affairs strand This Week. ... This Week was the name of a current affairs series screened in the 1980s on the ITV network in the United Kingdom, produced for the network by Thames Television. ... Drop the Dead Donkey was a situation comedy that ran on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1998. ... Arena is a British television documentary series, which has run in occasional seasons on the BBC TWO network since 1978. ... The Railway Children is a childrens book by Edith Nesbit. ... Teletubbies is a BBC childrens television series aimed particularly at babies and pre-school toddlers, produced from 1997 to 2001 by Ragdoll Productions. ... Spitting Image was a satirical puppet-show that ran on Britains ITV Network from 1984 to 1996. ... Pride and Prejudice book cover Pride and Prejudice is the most famous of Jane Austens novels. ...

External links

  • The BFI TV 100 at the BFI website (http://www.bfi.org.uk/features/tv/100/index.html)
  • BBC News coverage (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/911085.stm)

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100 Greatest British Television Programmes was a list compiled in 2000 by the British Film Institute (BFI) chosen by a poll of industry professionals, to determine what were the greatest British television programmes of any genre ever to have been screened.
Some programmes were represented on the list as an entire series, while for some series such as the anthology The Wednesday Play and current affairs show This Week, individual episodes were singled out.
Although obviously not including any programmes made in 2000 or later, the list is useful as an indication of what were generally regarded as the most successful British programmes of the 20th century.
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In 1996, BBC television held the "Auntie Awards" as the culmination of their "TV60" season, celebrating sixty years of BBC television broadcasting, where Doctor Who was voted as the "Best Popular Drama" the corporation had ever produced, ahead of such ratings heavyweights as EastEnders and Casualty.
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