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

Kevin Wicks founded'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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