Best new British TV Shows (2017 list - TV & Netflix)

England is the one country that despite its small scale, has an answer to mindblowing stream of quality that comes from the U.S. Thanks to British television, we know Black Mirror (2011) and Downton Abbey (2010). Go England!
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best British TV series of 2017 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Debbie Horsfield, Susanna Clarke & Sydney Newman United Kingdom's best creators?

British TV series2017
Popular actorsHeida Reed, Eleanor Tomlinson & Kyle Soller
Trending TV SeriesPoldark, This is England ‘90 & Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel

2017 releases - most anticipated British TV series to watch

    Taboo (Saturday January 7, 2017)

    Taboo tv poster Creator
    Chips Hardy, Tom Hardy, Steven Knight
    Tom Hardy
    David Hayman
    Jonathan Pryce

    In the beginning of the 1800's, an adventurer builds his own shipping empire. A show co-created by Tom Hardy.
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    Cormoran Strike (Monday January 9, 2017)

    Cormoran Strike tv poster Creator

    Tom Burke
    Holliday Grainger
    Leo Bill

    A supermodel's suicide in London might be a murder. Detective Cormoran Strike is on the case in this detective tv show penned by Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. It will be the first out of a series based on three books. ...Read more

    The Halcyon (Monday January 2, 2017)

    The Halcyon tv poster Creator
    Charlotte Jones
    Annabelle Apsion
    Mark Benton
    Jamie Blackley

    Basically the idea of Downton Abbey but then taking place in a 1940's glamorous London five star hotel. ...Read more

Best British TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

Best British TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

    Black Mirror (Sunday December 4, 2011)

    Black Mirror tv poster Creator
    Charlie Brooker
    Chris Martin Hill
    Hannah John-Kamen
    Beatrice Robertson-Jones

    A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology. Orwellian images of our future not only appear in books – BBC’s Black Mirror brilliantly paints a picture that is as shocking as it is near. Each episode introduces a new theme, cast and forecast. The dark side of life and technology is played out in near-future scenarios in which technology has quite a disputable influence. Most of these scenarios are not even fully improbable, which, along with the dramatic powerplay, constitutes it’s strength. The only bother in Black Mirror: its first episode is the best one by far, which make the following episodes seem inferior. Beyond that, an absolute must watch....Read more

    The Honourable Woman (Thursday July 31, 2014)

    The Honourable Woman tv poster Creator
    Hugo Blick
    Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Stephen Rea
    Lubna Azabal

    This show clearly plays into today's hot topic of international espionage. It revolves around a woman who inherits her father’s arms business, and decides to transform it into a company that facilitates the laying of cable network between the West Bank and Israel. Grown into a role as promoter of reconciliation, she gets caught up in an international ‘maelstrom’....Read more

    This is England ’90 (Sunday September 13, 2015)

    This is England ’90 tv poster Creator
    Shane Meadows, Jack Thorne
    Lyra Mae Thomas
    Billy Braithwait
    Chanel Cresswell

    A miniseries derived from the film 'This is England' (2006). The show captures the rave culture and 1990 world football cup.
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    The Night Manager (Tuesday April 19, 2016)

    The Night Manager tv poster Creator
    John le Carré
    Hugh Laurie
    Tom Hiddleston
    Elizabeth Debicki

    A night manager of a European hotel is asked to be an alias for intelligence operations. ...Read more

    Peaky Blinders (Tuesday September 30, 2014)

    Peaky Blinders tv poster Creator
    Steven Knight
    Cillian Murphy
    Paul Anderson
    Joe Cole

    BBC made something special, but despite that it looks terrific, and really takes you back to the Birmingham just after World War 1, it is also a bit clumsy and messy at times. Simply put, it does not quite live up to its promise of becoming the ‘Brummy’ version of the American Boardwalk Empire. That being said, I did really enjoy this classic more slow-paced British gangster series, and seeing that it only has six episodes in the first season of the mini-series, you can understand that it did not hit as hard as a Boardwalk Empire. Season 2 is up for release in 2014, and it would not surprise me if the show will really pick up from there. The story and the setting are incredible, so there is a lot there to be developed. Peaky Blinders is about a local Birmingham Irish gang run by the Shelby family (one of the brothers is played by the terrific Cillian Murphy) who were controlling the city with relative ease until a new Chief of police is installed, who is not afraid to fight back. The main attraction luring me in to watch this show was its creator Steven Knight, the writer of Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises (2007) about Russian gangsters....Read more

    Sherlock (Sunday October 24, 2010)

    Sherlock tv poster Creator
    Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
    Benedict Cumberbatch
    Martin Freeman
    Una Stubbs

    Sherlock is not yet another Sherlock Holmes brand rip-off. This British BBC Detective show takes the most famous fictional private detective to modern-day London, and finds an excellent form to do so. Sherlock, played by the incredibly talented Benedict Cumberbatch (now also with a great role in 12 Years a Slave), describes himself aptly as a ‘highly functional sociopath’, but as the series progresses, we find that his kind heart pierces through (perhaps a bit too much in season 3, almost de-mystifying him). Together with his loyal friend Watson, he solves incredibly complex cases in the heart of London loosely based on original Arthur Conan O’Doyle stories. Season 1 and 2 are definitely must-see detectives as they are incredibly fresh and genuine, but in season 3 in 2014 the show unfortunately moves a little too much away from the original stories, and takes too much advantage of humor and Sherlock’s sensitive side. ...Read more

    Downton Abbey (Sunday January 9, 2011)

    Downton Abbey tv poster Creator
    Julian Fellowes
    Hugh Bonneville
    Phyllis Logan
    Elizabeth McGovern

    A portrayal of an aristocratic British family and their staff, beginning at the years before the first world war. BBC’s Downton Abbey is an enormous success – you’ve probably seen it, or at least heard of it. The decadence of the Crawley family is simply nice to look at, as are the shenanigans a level below (the staff) and the relationships between the family and their personnel. Yes, most characters are one-dimensional, and the fights and struggles are simplistic. No one really cares, apparently....Read more

    Doctor Who (Friday March 17, 2006)

    Doctor Who tv poster Creator
    Sydney Newman
    Peter Capaldi
    Jenna Coleman
    Matt Smith

    The one and only sci fi cult hit! The Doctor is a Time Lord, who can travel beyond spacen and time and explores the whole wide universe, resulting in mind blowing adventures. Must see for sci fi fans....Read more

United Kingdom country statistics

United Kingdom2017
Country popularity
Country ranking#1
Familiar facesHeida Reed, Eleanor Tomlinson & Kyle Soller
Trending showsPoldark, This is England ‘90 & Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel
Amount of country shows per year from 2010 to 2017

113 British TV series scheduled for release this year.

Whereas the British cinema industry makes a lot of movies, but hardly any money, the British tv industry makes a lot of series and a lot of money. Next to that, the UK co-produces a lot of foreign tv shows, including American ones. The output of series has always been big, but it is clear that bigger budgets are reserved for tv shows like The Crown. The tv shows keep getting better and better.