Readers Have Their Say: The 10 Greatest British TV Dramas of All-Time

10. Upstairs Downstairs (1971-1975)

Dramas about class divisions are as British as windy moors, and the soapy goings-on at 165 Eaton Place, home to the wealthy Bellamys and their servants, captivated audiences worldwide in its initial run in the early ’70s. Julian Fellowes‘s house-divided dramas Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, of course, owe a debt to it, and just last year, the BBC revived the series to much acclaim (and recent Emmy nominations). (Own it on DVD.)

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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