British TV Drama

by stephanieericsson | created - 16 Jan 2016 | updated - 18 Jan 2018 | Public

Fairly extensive list - some I've seen, some not.

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1. Public Enemies (2012)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Released from prison after serving 10 years for murder, Eddie tries to adjust to life outside with the help of his probation officer, Paula.

Stars: Anna Friel, Daniel Mays, Lorraine Ashbourne, Peter Wight

Votes: 482

2. Playhouse Presents (2012– )

30 min | Drama

Eleven stand-alone dramas.

Stars: Hayley Atwell, Brenda Blethyn, Tom Ellis, Rebecca Front

Votes: 206

3. The Queen (2009– )

Drama

This docudrama focuses on five key events in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Combining narration, interviews, archival footage and dramatic recreations (with 5 different actresses ... See full summary »

Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Samantha Bond, Barbara Flynn, Emilia Fox

Votes: 126

4. From There to Here (2014)

60 min | Drama

A family saga which begins in Manchester in the summer of 1996, on the day when an IRA bomb exploded in the city center.

Stars: Philip Glenister, Steven Mackintosh, Saskia Reeves, Liz White

Votes: 410

5. Breathless (2013)

Drama

A TV series set in early 1960s England and centered around the doctors and nurses in a gynecology ward.

Stars: Catherine Steadman, Zoe Boyle, Shaun Dingwall, Jack Davenport

Votes: 1,264

6. The Deep (2010)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A research submarine beneath the Arctic stumbles upon a terrifying secret with Earth-shattering consequences.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Orla Brady, Goran Visnjic, Minnie Driver

Votes: 1,199

7. 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: 4,935

8. Accused (2010–2012)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Created by Jimmy McGovern, each episode of this series examines a person who is accused of a crime and what led them to end up in the Dock.

Stars: Michael Maloney, Andrew Readman, Chord Melodic, Rosina Carbone

Votes: 1,717

9. This Is England '88 (2011)

TV-MA | 70 min | Crime, Drama

Christmas 1988. Soulmates, woody and Lol find themselves in exile from each other and the gang. Trying to understand the definition 'growing up', Shaun begins a course at College, that quickly takes the wrong turn.

Stars: Andrew Ellis, Andrew Shim, Chanel Cresswell, Charlotte Tyree

Votes: 8,247

10. Free Agents (2009)

Comedy, Drama

"Free Agents" is a crooked, romantic comedy that explores the trials and tribulations of finding love and companionship - the second time around. Hank Azaria ("The Simpsons," "Huff") stars ... See full summary »

Stars: Sharon Horgan, Stephen Mangan, Anthony Head, Matthew Holness

Votes: 340

11. A Mother's Son (2012)

46 min | Drama, Thriller

A mother suspects that her son could be the killer of a recently found dead girl, and becomes caught in a torturous dilemma of whether to denounce him, or protect him and hide the act.

Stars: Hermione Norris, Martin Clunes, Paul McGann, Alexander Arnold

Votes: 752

12. The Poison Tree (2012)

120 min | Drama

A haunted woman will go to any lengths necessary to protect her family and the secrets she keeps from them.

Stars: MyAnna Buring, Matthew Goode, Ophelia Lovibond, Hebe Johnson

Votes: 304

13. The Town (2012)

50 min | Drama, Mystery

A mystery murder of two parents brings back their son to the Town to reconnect with his family and old friends while trying to solve who murdered his parents

Stars: Kelly Adams, Aisling Bea, Martin Clunes, Jon Foster

Votes: 610

14. Injustice (2011)

300 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A defense barrister is faced with the proposition: what can you do when you have defended the indefensible?

Stars: James Purefoy, Charlie Creed-Miles, Sasha Behar, Dervla Kirwan

Votes: 1,414

15. Dates (2013)

Drama, Romance

The social minefield that is 21st century dating.

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

Votes: 1,613

16. 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: 1,567

17. Doll & Em (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A sitcom in which English actress Emily Mortimer heads to Hollywood, closely followed by best friend Dolly Wells as her assistant

Stars: Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells, Jonathan Cake, Elsie Richter

Votes: 1,078

18. Almost Human (2013–2014)

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

In a not-so-distant future, a human cop and an android partner up to protect and serve.

Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook

Votes: 46,148

19. Ice Cream Girls (2013– )

Drama

Follows two women who were accused as teens of killing a school teacher.

Stars: Jodhi May, Lorraine Burroughs, Holli Dempsey, Georgina Campbell

Votes: 547

20. The Fear (I) (2012)

Crime, Thriller

A Brighton crime boss turned entrepreneur and the disintegration of a criminal mind.

Stars: Peter Mullan, Anastasia Hille, Harry Lloyd, Paul Nicholls

Votes: 1,059

21. Flight of the Storks (2012– )

Not Rated | 180 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Jonathan Anselme, a young English academic, teams up with Max Böhm, an amateur ornithologist, to follow storks on their migration from Switzerland to Africa. Max wants to find out why some ... See full summary »

Stars: Harry Treadaway, Clemens Schick, Perdita Weeks, Antoine Basler

Votes: 276

22. 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: 8,109

23. Freezing (2008– )

30 min | Comedy

Leon, an agent, moves in with an Oscar-nominated American actress and her British publisher husband, themselves working together from home for the first time.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Tom Hollander, Ben Miles

Votes: 162

24. Homefront (2012– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

A six-episode mini-series which follows the lives of four army wives in the UK.

Stars: Warren Brown, George Costigan, Rosie Day, Dean Fagan

Votes: 98

25. Good Cop (2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

After his best mate and collegue is brutally attacked and killed, Good Cop John Paul Rocksavage seeks revenge on the men who killed him

Stars: Michael Angelis, Warren Brown, Don Gayle, Stephen Graham

Votes: 1,169

26. Single Father (2010– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

After his wife Rita's fatal car accident, Dave tries to raise his four children, helped by Rita's best friend Sarah. Things get complicated when mourning gives way to romantic feelings, while his kids remain sincere priority.

Stars: David Tennant, Millie Innes, Chris Hegarty, Suranne Jones

Votes: 1,332

27. Occupation (2009)

Drama, War

Three ex-servicemen return to Basra, each for a different reason.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Stephen Graham, Warren Brown, Nonso Anozie

Votes: 661

28. Raw (2008– )

Drama

TV series centering around the Dublin restaurant 'Raw' and the lives of its staff.

Stars: Charlene McKenna, Keith McErlean, Damon Gameau, Aisling O'Sullivan

Votes: 313

29. The Crimson Field (2014)

60 min | Drama, War

During the First World War, Kitty Trevelyan tries to put the past troubles behind her as she joins two other girls to volunteer at one of the busy war hospitals in northern France.

Stars: Hermione Norris, Oona Chaplin, Richard Rankin, Marianne Oldham

Votes: 2,555

30. Women in Love (2011)

180 min | Drama

Powerful adaptation of DH Lawrence's novel about the lives of two sisters, Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, as they struggle with their own desires and passions.

Stars: Rory Kinnear, Rachael Stirling, Joseph Mawle, Olivia Grant

Votes: 403

32. Blackout (I) (2012)

180 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A council man becomes increasingly disillusioned over the years, but a heroic act gets him approval and becomes a front-runner for the mayor-ship of Manchester while trying to keep his own secrets buried.

Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Olivia Cooke, Dervla Kirwan, Lyndsey Marshal

Votes: 387

33. The Persuasionists (2010– )

30 min | Comedy

Comedy set in the offices of fictional ad company HHH & H.

Stars: Adam Buxton, Simon Farnaby, Iain Lee, Jarred Christmas

Votes: 90

34. 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: 1,705

35. The Last King (2003– )

TV-14 | 188 min | Biography, Drama, History

The chronicle of Charles II's time on the throne, his 10 year exile from Oliver Cromwell's England, and his triumphant return.

Stars: Rufus Sewell, Rupert Graves, Charlie Creed-Miles, Christian Coulson

Votes: 1,422

36. The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014)

114 min | Crime, Drama

This drama tells the real-life story of retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies who was initially questioned by police as a suspect in the murder of Jo Yeates who rented a flat from him... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Watkins, Shaun Parkes, Ben Caplan, Nathalie Armin

Votes: 2,586

37. The Smoke (2014)

44 min | Drama

An experienced fire fighter is badly injured and spends almost a year recovering at home. Now he returns to work, but is he as emotionally and physically sound as he thinks he is?

Stars: Jamie Bamber, Taron Egerton, Gerard Kearns, Rhashan Stone

Votes: 876

38. Love/Hate (2010–2014)

51 min | Crime, Drama

The story of the organized crime scene of Dublin is revealed, centered on Darren, who wants to stay out of trouble but ends up returning to his old habits and his old gang.

Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Killian Scott, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 5,737

39. 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: 6,656

40. Frankie (2013– )

60 min | Drama

Follows Frankie who is the lead nurse of a District Nursing team.

Stars: Eve Myles, Dean Lennox Kelly, Derek Riddell, Julia Ford

Votes: 367

41. Secrets and Words (2012– )

45 min | Drama

Series of individual dramas, all on the theme of people whose lives are affected by reading or writing difficulties.

Stars: Robyn Addison, Karen Appleton, Barbara Barnes, Neil Bell

Votes: 11

42. The Field of Blood (2011–2013)

Not Rated | 59 min | Thriller

Glasgow 1982, a young girl investigates mysterious murders in a world of men.

Stars: Matt Costello, Jayd Johnson, Bronagh Gallagher, Ford Kiernan

Votes: 865

43. In the Club (2014–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Drama series about a group of expectant parents who bond at pre-natal classes and the lives of the couples leading up to the births.

Stars: Katherine Parkinson, Hermione Norris, Christine Bottomley, Jill Halfpenny

Votes: 435

44. The Ark (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Drama

A retelling of the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark.

Director: Kenneth Glenaan | Stars: David Threlfall, Joanne Whalley, Ashley Walters, Don Warrington

Votes: 289

45. Five Daughters (2010)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Based on the personal testimonies of many of those most closely involved, Five Daughters recounts the final weeks in the lives of the five young women murdered in Ipswich in 2006.

Stars: Adam Kotz, Juliet Aubrey, Natalie Press, Ian Hart

Votes: 429

46. Life of Crime (2013)

TV-MA | 132 min | Crime, Drama