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

7. MI-5 (a.k.a. Spooks, 2002 – )

In an early episode, a lead character gets offed in an absolutely gruesome fashion. (Think of the ways one might die in a McDonalds.) No one is safe in this intelligent spy drama that has seen actors like Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris, and yes, Richard Armitage rotate through its ranks. This is true white-knuckle, so-suspenseful-it’s-nauseating drama. (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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