Best British TV 2012

by BritTVlists | created - 09 Aug 2014 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

British TV shows first shown in 2012.

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1. Line of Duty (2012– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.

Stars: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson

Votes: 24,143

2. Endeavour (2012– )

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw, Anton Lesser

Votes: 15,306

3. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 18,116

4. Derek (2012–2014)

23 min | Comedy, Drama

Derek is a loyal nursing home care assistant who sees only the good in his quirky co-workers as they struggle against prejudice and shrinking budgets to care for their elderly residents.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Tim Barlow

Votes: 23,944

5. Moone Boy (2012–2015)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

Martin Moone is a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend Sean to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky small-town Irish family circa 1990.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, David Rawle, Deirdre O'Kane, Peter McDonald

Votes: 5,012

6. Hunted (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Drama

Meet Sam. A spy. A hunter. And herself hunted by an enemy more ruthless and determined than any she's ever known.

Stars: Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane, Morven Christie

Votes: 8,350

7. The Hollow Crown (2012– )

150 min | Drama, History

A mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V.

Stars: Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Georgeson, John Mackay

Votes: 5,087

8. Parade's End (2012)

287 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Revolves around a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean socialite wife and a young suffragette.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam, Adelaide Clemens

Votes: 8,962

9. Last Tango in Halifax (2012–2020)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Re-united after 50+ years apart, Celia and Alan decide to marry. At age 16, Alan's late wife failed to pass on a letter from Celia, his longtime crush, with an apology for missing their first date and her forwarding address. Both now have daughters with lover troubles.

Stars: Anne Reid, Derek Jacobi, Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker

Votes: 4,125

10. The Bletchley Circle (2012–2014)

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

In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle, Anna Maxwell Martin

Votes: 9,789

11. Bad Education (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A comedy series about a teacher who is a bigger kid than the kids he teaches.

Stars: Jack Binstead, Mathew Horne, Ethan Lawrence, Kae Alexander

Votes: 8,858

12. Ripper Street (2012–2016)

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

The streets of Whitechapel are the haunt of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and his team of officers, who aim to maintain law and order in a place once terrorized by Jack the Ripper.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Jerome Flynn

Votes: 18,050

13. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (2012– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

A raunchy spoof edition of Countdown (1982) with the stars of 8 Out of 10 Cats (2005).

Stars: Susie Dent, Jimmy Carr, Rachel Riley, John Pohlhammer

Votes: 3,581

14. Inside Men (2012)

60 min | Crime, Drama

The story of three employees of a security depot who plan and execute a multi-million pound cash heist.

Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Warren Brown, Nicola Walker, Ashley Walters

Votes: 2,306

15. Stella (2012–2017)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A series set in the fictional village of Pontyberry in the South Wales Valleys centered on the lives of a single mother in her forties, who earns a living doing the locals' ironing, and her family and friends.

Stars: Karen Paullada, Ruth Jones, Craig Gallivan, Justin Davies

Votes: 1,491

16. Secret State (2012)

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Ralph Ineson, Charles Dance, Jamie Sives

Votes: 1,867

17. Me and Mrs Jones (2012– )

30 min | Comedy

Divorcee Gemma finds herself attracted to the roguish charm of Billy, a friend of her son. With her ex hanging around and showing off his new lady, can she resist?

Stars: Sarah Alexander, Neil Morrissey, Nathaniel Parker, Robert Sheehan

Votes: 820

18. A Touch of Cloth (2012–2014)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

DCI Jack Cloth and DC Anne Oldman are paired to investigate a series of grisly murders done by a devious killer.

Stars: John Hannah, Suranne Jones, Navin Chowdhry, Adrian Bower

Votes: 3,224

19. Pramface (2012– )

Comedy

A girl from a middle-class family gets drunk one night and sleeps with a working-class boy, who also happens to be younger than she, and gets pregnant. But are there really feelings there?

Stars: Sean Verey, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Yasmin Paige, Dylan Edwards

Votes: 2,245

20. The Paradise (2012–2013)

60 min | Drama

The story of a young woman who works in a department store and gets caught up in the charms of the modern world.

Stars: Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy

Votes: 9,769

21. Cuckoo (II) (2012– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Cuckoo is every parent's worst nightmare - a slacker full of outlandish, New Age ideas.

Stars: Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale, Tyger Drew-Honey, Kenneth Collard

Votes: 6,778

22. Hit & Miss (2012)

45 min | Drama

Follows the life of transgender contract killer Mia, who travels to West Yorkshire to seek out her ex girlfriend.

Stars: Chloë Sevigny, Roma Christensen, Jorden Bennie, Karla Crome

Votes: 4,502

23. 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: 1,168

24. Birdsong (2012)

165 min | Drama, History, Romance

As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Clémence Poésy, Matthew Goode, Rory Keenan

Votes: 5,202

25. The Syndicate (I) (2012–2015)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

Each series features a different group of people whose lives turn upside down after they jointly win the lottery.

Stars: Lorraine Bruce, Siobhan Finneran, Alison Steadman, Natalie Gavin

Votes: 1,136

26. The Best of Men (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography

Towards the end of the Second World War, Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire and is appalled to find the partially... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whitby | Stars: George MacKay, Bebe Sanders, Leigh Quinn, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 1,030

27. 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

28. 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: 1,051

29. 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: 607

30. Restless (2012 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since.

Director: Edward Hall | Stars: Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell, Michelle Dockery, Michael Gambon

Votes: 2,690

31. Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The Adventures Of Noel And His Friends Smooth, Andy Warhol And Dolly.

Stars: Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Dolly Wells, Tom Meeten

Votes: 2,173

32. The Revolution Will Be Televised (2012– )

Comedy

Satirical comedy series. Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein expose the hypocrisy of the rich and powerful through a series of outrageous stunts and pranks.

Stars: Heydon Prowse, Jolyon Rubinstein, Mona Yousefi, Jo Bunting

Votes: 235

33. The Last Leg (2012– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Aussie comedian and amputee athlete, Adam Hills, British comedian Josh Widdicombe, UK's most famous amputee comedian Alex Brooker, and their celebrity guests provide topical commentary on the week.

Stars: Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe, Alex Brooker, Clare Balding

Votes: 794

34. George Clarke's Amazing Spaces (2012– )

Documentary

George Clarke explores the extraordinary world of small builds, where people turn tiny spaces into the most incredible places to live, work and play. He even tries making a few of his own.

Stars: George Clarke, William Hardie

Votes: 173

35. Cardinal Burns (2012– )

29 min | Comedy

An English sketch comedy show aimed at an adult audience

Stars: Dustin Demri-Burns, Lucinda Dryzek, Seb Cardinal, Fiona Button

Votes: 293

36. Ramsay Behind Bars (2012– )

Documentary

Gordon Ramsay explores using a group of prisoners to setup a bakery and sell their products to the public.

Stars: Gordon Ramsay, Tony Bodnar, Andy Cole, Lawrence Gibbons

Votes: 247

37. Science Club (2012– )

Dara and his team of experts tackle some of the biggest ideas in science, with subjects including the brain, space, music and reproduction.

Stars: Dara O Briain, Alok Jha, Mark Miodownik, Helen Czerski

Votes: 82

38. Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (2012– )

60 min | Documentary

An exhilarating travel-adventure series that follows actor and wildlife enthusiast, Dominic Monaghan, as he explores the remote corners of the globe in search of some the most badass ... See full summary »

Stars: Dominic Monaghan, Dan Bell, Billy Boyd, Dale de Nardo

Votes: 551

39. Gadget Man (2012– )

Not Rated | Talk-Show

Demonstrates new gadgets and technology.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Lawson Crawford, Timothy Dalton-Dobson, Charlotte Gascoigne

Votes: 616



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