The show that put the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Andrew Scott on the map! "Sherlock" was a modern adaptation of the classic Victorian-era detective that has been beloved for many years now. However, this series put forth a new dimension to the iconic character. Especially with Cumberbatch's excellent performance. Staying true to the analytical nature of the titular character, Cumberbach added a bit of humour into his portrayal. and along with Freeman's warm portrayal of Watson, they became a massively popular duo both on-screen and on the internet. To this day, the characters, and the show, are still beloved by fans!
"Downton Abbey" has the prestigious distinction of being the most-watched drama series in British television of all time. The series, throughout its six seasons, has garnered a lot of fans worldwide. Heck, even the British Royal Family have admitted to being fans of the series! And what's not to love about it? Depicting the lives of the residents and staff at Downton Abbey, it's a well-detailed and dramatic look at life in England during the turn of the 20th-century. Not only will you see the fabulous intrigues of aristocratic life upstairs. but also the real-life struggles of the humble workers downstairs.
Before the very popular US version starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski, "The Office" was actually a notable comedy in Great Britain during the early 2000s. And in fact, many people thought that the British series was so good that the US version couldn't possibly live up to it. In the end, though, both versions have become cult classics among fans. But what makes the original so worth your time is the comedy here seems so natural. With the unique reality TV-like format of the sitcom works so well the dry humour that the Brits are known for, And in fact, it's dry humour that really drives in all the hilarity in the show, both shows, actually!
Up for another period piece? See "Call The Midwife!" Set in London during the beautiful 1950s, the series showed what it was like to be a midwife at the time. At the time when the world was experiencing a sudden baby boom after the Second World War. At the time when hospitals didn't have the right best and safest equipment for childbirth yet. And at the time when women were looked down upon, particularly in the field of medicine. A heartwarming narrative about the true caring nature of females, this is the sort of British series that would work best during the holidays!
Finally, for all of you out there who wants to watch youthful rebellion at its finest, "Skins" is your show! For years, this teenage drama had young and old fans glues to their TV screens, expressing shock at every twist and turn the show had. Slightly controversial due to its explicit sexual content at that time, the show was acclaimed for presenting a nearly accurate depiction of teenage life in Great Britain. The start of maturity, the exploration of sexuality, and the drama that goes along with it. Also, if you want to see young Nicholas Hoult at his finest, he's the lead star of the first few series!
You've never known good television if you haven't watched any of these British classics. Although they're no longer on air, the power of the internet will get you to binge-watch all of their seasons in one go! Go on and watch them. They're definitely worth your time!