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

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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