Best British TV 2019

by BritTVlists | created - 05 Oct 2018 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

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1. Chernobyl (2019)

TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 432,034

SKY/HBO co-production

2. After Life (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

After Tony's wife dies unexpectedly, his nice-guy persona is altered into an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude; taking his old world by storm.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Tony Way, Diane Morgan

Votes: 51,312

Netflix

3. Sex Education (2019– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Comedy, Drama

A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.

Stars: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey

Votes: 120,239

Netflix

4. Brassic (2019– )

43 min | Comedy

A six-part comedy series set in Lancashire about the lives of Vinnie (Joseph Gilgan) and Dylan (Damien Molony), whom have grown up together and are inseparable. When Dylan's girlfriend ... See full summary »

Stars: Joseph Gilgun, Michelle Keegan, Damien Molony, Tom Hanson

Votes: 2,126

5. Seven Worlds, One Planet (2019– )

TV-PG | 407 min | Documentary

Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth's crust creating our seven continents - each with its own distinct climate, its own distinct terrain and its own unique animal... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Peter Drost

Votes: 2,507

6. Giri/Haji (2019– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder.

Stars: Takehiro Hira, Sophia Brown, Charlie Creed-Miles, Jamie Draven

Votes: 4,751

BBC/Netflix production

7. Years and Years (2019– )

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

Follows a busy family from Manchester with their lives converging on one crucial night in 2019.

Stars: Rory Kinnear, T'Nia Miller, Anne Reid, Ruth Madeley

Votes: 15,441

BBC

8. The Capture (2019– )

60 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When a British soldier is charged with a crime, the tenacious young detective handling his case begins to uncover a multi-layered conspiracy.

Stars: Holliday Grainger, Callum Turner, Ben Miles, Laura Haddock

Votes: 5,845

9. Good Omens (2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.

Stars: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand, Sam Taylor Buck

Votes: 47,313

Amazon prime/BBC

10. This Way Up (2019– )

25 min | Comedy

A young woman puts her life back together after suffering from a nervous breakdown.

Stars: Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, Kadiff Kirwan, Aasif Mandvi

Votes: 1,616

11. Home (2019– )

27 min | Comedy, Drama

Peter, his new partner Katy and her son John return home to Dorking from their first holiday together in France. Hiding in the boot of their car is Sami, a Syrian refugee.

Stars: Rufus Jones, Rebekah Staton, Youssef Kerkour, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 578

12. Gentleman Jack (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A dramatization of the life of LGBTQ+ trailblazer, voracious learner and cryptic diarist Anne Lister, who returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Rosie Cavaliero, Albane Courtois

Votes: 7,197

BBC/HBO co-production

13. Ghosts (2019– )

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A group of spirits restlessly squabble in an abandoned country home.

Stars: Lolly Adefope, Jim Howick, Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe

Votes: 2,225

14. The King (I) (2019)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

62 Metascore

Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: Tom Glynn-Carney, Gábor Czap, Tom Fisher, Edward Ashley

Votes: 67,123

15. The Victim (2019– )

Not Rated | 57 min | Drama

A mother seeks the whereabouts of her son's killer after he is released from prison, unleashing a series of events that surface tragic memories and unexpected consequences.

Stars: Isis Hainsworth, Seylan Baxter, Karla Crome, Georgie Glen

Votes: 2,734

16. Back to Life (2019– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

After 18 years behind bars, Miri Matteson returns home and stumbles back into adult life in the claustrophobic coastal town she once knew in this half-hour comedy series.

Stars: Daisy Haggard, Geraldine James, Richard Durden, Liam Williams

Votes: 1,534

17. His Dark Materials (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A young girl is destined to liberate her world from the grip of the Magisterium which represses people's ties to magic and their animal spirits known as daemons.

Stars: Dafne Keen, Kit Connor, Amir Wilson, Andrew Scott

Votes: 31,740

18. The Virtues (2019)

Drama

Falling into despair after his nine-year-old son leaves for Australia with his ex, Joseph walks away from his present life and boards a boat for Ireland to confront painful memories from his childhood.

Stars: Stephen Graham, Niamh Algar, Helen Behan, Frank Laverty

Votes: 2,600

Channel 4

19. This Time with Alan Partridge (2019– )

30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Alan is handed a career lifeline - the chance to stand in (temporarily) as co-host on This Time, a weekday magazine show. But can he capitalise on the opportunity?

Stars: Steve Coogan, Susannah Fielding, Felicity Montagu, Tim Key

Votes: 2,181

20. A Confession (2019– )

45 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher intends on catching a killer of a missing woman, even if that may cost him his career and reputation.

Stars: Martin Freeman, Siobhan Finneran, Imelda Staunton, Peter Wight

Votes: 3,013

21. State of the Union (2019– )

TV-MA | 10 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

State of the Union follows Louise and Tom who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session. Each episode pieces together how their lives were, what drew them together, and what has started to pull them apart.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Rosamund Pike, Janet Amsden, Jeff Rawle

Votes: 2,452

22. The Planets (2019– )

58 min | Documentary

Welcome to the greatest story that's never been told. In a new, ground breaking series we'll be telling the story of the planets as never before.

Stars: Brian Cox, Fran Bagenal, Heidi Becker, Nancy Chabot

Votes: 1,660

23. Zomboat! (2019– )

30 min | Comedy, Horror

A Zombie apocalypse is unleashed in Birmingham and sisters Kat and Jo, together with unlikely travel companions Sunny and Amar must flee for their lives...by canal boat.

Stars: Leah Brotherhead, Hamza Jeetooa, Ryan McKen, Cara Theobold

Votes: 851

24. Dead Pixels (2019– )

25 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Centres on three mates whose world revolves around their obsession for the fictional MMORPG Kingdom Scrolls, splitting between their real and virtual lives, and how they crossover.

Stars: Alexa Davies, Will Merrick, Charlotte Ritchie, Sargon Yelda

Votes: 738

25. The Goes Wrong Show (2019– )

29 min | Comedy

A series of brand new, hand-crafted, half hours of theatrical catastrophe as The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society undertake more (overly) ambitious endeavours.

Stars: Henry Shields, Bryony Corrigan, Jonathan Sayer, Nancy Zamit

Votes: 483

26. Ladhood (2019– )

Comedy

A coming-of-age comedy from the BAFTA nominated comedian, Liam Williams exploring the roots of modern-day masculinity, by delving into the memories of his own misspent adolescence.

Stars: Oscar Kennedy, Shaun Thomas, Samuel Bottomley, Aqib Khan

Votes: 277

27. Sanditon (2019)

TV-14 | Drama

About Charlotte Heywood, a spirited and impulsive woman who moves from her rural home to Sanditon, a fishing village attempting to reinvent itself as a seaside resort.

Stars: Crystal Clarke, Charlotte Spencer, Kate Ashfield, Mark Stanley

Votes: 4,129

28. Criminal: UK (2019– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A cat-and-mouse drama, which focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects. Comprising 12 stories set in four different countries, each takes place within the confines of a police interview suite.

Stars: Katherine Kelly, Lee Ingleby, Mark Stanley, Rochenda Sandall

Votes: 7,282

29. Guilt (2019– )

57 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Two brothers accidentally run over and kill an old man. Despite covering their tracks, their lives start to fall apart when neighbors and relatives of the dead man begin to have doubts about the way he died.

Stars: Mark Bonnar, Ruth Bradley, Jamie Sives, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 956

30. The Cockfields (2019– )

30 min | Comedy

Simon's 40th birthday turns into another lovely family weekend back at home when well-meaning relatives get more and more annoying with every passing hour.

Stars: Sue Johnston, Bobby Ball, Joe Wilkinson, Diane Morgan

Votes: 312

31. Vienna Blood (2019– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Max Liebermann, a student of Sigmund Freud, helps Detective Rheinhardt in the investigation of a series of disturbing murders around the grand cafes and opera houses of 1900s Vienna.

Stars: Matthew Beard, Jürgen Maurer, Luise von Finckh, Jessica De Gouw

Votes: 1,604

32. Manhunt (2019– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

London Metropolitan police detective Colin Sutton tracks down a serial killer.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley, Stephen Wight

Votes: 2,955

33. Summer of Rockets (2019– )

60 min | Drama

Cold war drama following a Russian Jewish inventor and his family living in Britain.

Stars: Toby Stephens, Keeley Hawes, Lily Sacofsky, Linus Roache

Votes: 1,111

34. Baptiste (2019– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The mercurial detective, Julien Baptiste, on holiday in Amsterdam with his wife, assists in an investigation for his former girlfriend, the Amsterdam Chief of Police.

Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Tom Hollander, Anastasia Hille, Barbara Sarafian

Votes: 3,185

35. Formula 1: Drive to Survive (2019– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary, Sport

Docuseries following the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Stars: Valtteri Bottas, Pierre Gasly, Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton

Votes: 11,874

36. Earth from Space (2019– )

232 min | Documentary

Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective, revealing new discoveries, incredible colours and patterns, and just how fast it is changing.

Star: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Votes: 234

37. Ellie & Natasia (2019– )

Comedy

Natasia and Ellie take familiar cultural stereotypes and make them their own.

Stars: Ellie White, Natasia Demetriou, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Barney White

Votes: 70

38. Year of the Rabbit (2019– )

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Detective Inspector Rabbit, a dedicated, tough, thick and oft inebriated Victorian copper, sleuths his way across London with his two young partners, a doofy rookie, and a brilliant black policewoman no one ever believes.

Stars: Matt Berry, Freddie Fox, Susan Wokoma, Alun Armstrong

Votes: 1,857

39. Pure (2019– )

Not Rated | 45 min | Comedy, Drama

Marnie is not OK. She's had x-rated thoughts for the last 3672 days and she doesn't know why or what they mean. When she jumps on a coach to London, she doesn't know a soul, not even herself, but in the city she will build a new life.

Stars: Charly Clive, Joe Cole, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Niamh Algar

Votes: 903

40. Don't Forget the Driver (2019– )

30 min | Comedy

A coach driver and single father navigates the post-Brexit world surrounding his seaside enclave.

Stars: Toby Jones, Claire Rushbrook, Jo Eaton-Kent, Erin Kellyman

Votes: 547

41. Temple (2019– )

Crime, Drama, Thriller

UK version of the Norwegian show about a surgeon who is determined to save his dying wife to the point of agreeing to treat criminals and others for cash in his highly illegal secret underground clinic.

Stars: Mark Strong, Daniel Mays, Carice van Houten, Catherine McCormack

Votes: 1,431

42. Turn Up Charlie (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a nanny to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter.

Stars: Idris Elba, Piper Perabo, Frankie Hervey, Shaheen Ramdiane

Votes: 5,756

43. Cold Call (2019– )

60 min | Drama

A single mother gets caught up in a cold call scam that turns her world upside down.

Stars: Sally Lindsay, Daniel Ryan, Paul Higgins, Taj Atwal

Votes: 336

44. The Widow (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Thriller

A woman's search to uncover the mysterious disappearance of her husband leads her to the Congo, where she's forced to seek the truth about what happened to the man she loved.

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Charles Dance, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Alex Kingston

Votes: 6,626

Amazon/ITV co-production

45. American History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2019)

Documentary, History

British historian Lucy Worsley reveals how some of the biggest moments in US history are actually fibs and stories concocted by pop culture, politics and national(istic) pride.

Star: Lucy Worsley

Votes: 47

46. Earth's Great Rivers (II) (2019)

180 min | Documentary

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Star: David Oyelowo

Votes: 37

47. Dublin Murders (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller