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

5. Prime Suspect (1991 – 2006)

NBC is planning a “less dark” version of the British crime thriller in fall 2011. Makes sense. It would be tough to sit through 22 episodes a year of such relentlessly grim stuff. Over 15 years and only 14 tightly written episodes, we’ve watched as Helen Mirren‘s DCI Jane Tennison doggedly struggled against obstacles both external (assorted killers, sexism on the force) and internal (her addictions, her ineptitude at anything approximating a relationship). (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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