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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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.