BFI TV 100

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The BFI TV 100 is a list compiled in 2000 by the British Film Institute (BFI), chosen by a poll of industry professionals, to determine what were the greatest British television programmes of any genre ever to have been screened.

Selection and Criteria[edit]

Initially, a 'big list' of 650 programmes was drawn up by BFI personnel, and this provisional list was then distributed to a range of television industry professionals in the UK, who were each given 30 votes. The listing was split into six categories: Single Dramas, Drama Series and Serials, Comedy and Variety, Factual, Children's / Youth, and Lifestyle & Light Entertainment. Each voter was required to cast a minimum of three votes in every category. News stories were mostly excluded—with exceptions such as the coverage of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales—on the basis that it would be impossible to determine whether it was the coverage or the news itself that made them important. Sport was excluded for similar reasons, and also because many events such as the 1966 World Cup, while important to those in England, would not necessarily matter to those in other areas of the United Kingdom.

Some programmes are represented on the list by an entire series. For some series, such as the anthology The Wednesday Play and current affairs show This Week, individual episodes are listed. Television programmes no longer existing in the archives were excluded from consideration.

Full list[edit]

No. Title Broadcast on Year/s
1 Fawlty Towers BBC2 1975,1979
2 Cathy Come Home (The Wednesday Play) BBC1 1966
3 Doctor Who BBC1 1963–1989,1996
4 The Naked Civil Servant ITV 1975
5 Monty Python's Flying Circus BBC 1969–1974
6 Blue Peter BBC1 1958–
7 Boys from the Blackstuff BBC2 1982
8 Parkinson BBC1 / ITV 1971–1982, 1987–1988, 1998–
9 Yes Minister / Yes, Prime Minister BBC2 1980–1988
10 Brideshead Revisited ITV 1981
11 Abigail's Party  (Play for Today) BBC1 1977
12 I, Claudius BBC2 1976
13 Dad's Army BBC1 1968–1977
14 The Morecambe & Wise Show ITV / BBC2 / BBC1 1961–1983
15 Edge of Darkness BBC2 1985
16 Blackadder Goes Forth BBC1 1989
17 Absolutely Fabulous BBC2 / BBC1 1992–1996
18 The Wrong Trousers BBC2 1993
19 The World at War ITV 1973–1974
20 The Singing Detective BBC1 1986
21 Pennies from Heaven BBC1 1978
22 The Jewel in the Crown ITV 1984
23 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ITV 1998–2014
24 Hancock's Half Hour BBC 1956–1961
25 Our Friends in the North BBC2 1996
26 28 Up ITV 1985
27 The War Game  (The Wednesday Play) BBC1 1965 / 1985
28 The Magic Roundabout BBC1 1965–1977
29 That Was the Week That Was BBC 1962–1963
30 An Englishman Abroad BBC1 1983
31 The Royle Family BBC2/BBC1 1998–
32 Life on Earth BBC2 1979
33 The Old Grey Whistle Test BBC2 1971–1987
34 University Challenge ITV / BBC2 1961–1987, 1994–
35 Porridge BBC1 1974–1977
36 Blue Remembered Hills  (Play for Today) BBC1 1979
37 Mastermind  (original format) BBC1 / BBC2 1972–1997
38 I'm Alan Partridge BBC2 1997
39 Cracker ITV 1993–1996
40 Coronation Street ITV 1960–
41 Top of the Pops BBC1 / BBC2 1964–
42 Inspector Morse ITV 1987–2000
43 Grange Hill BBC1 1978–
44 Steptoe and Son BBC1 1962–1965, 1970–1974
45 Only Fools and Horses BBC1 1981–
46 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet  (series 1) ITV 1983–1986
47 Tiswas ITV 1974–1982
48 Elgar BBC 1962
49 Nuts in May  (Play for Today) BBC1 1976
50 Father Ted Channel 4 1995–1998
51 The Avengers ITV 1961–1969
52 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy BBC2 1979
53 The Forsyte Saga BBC2 1967
54 Hillsborough ITV 1996
55 Dennis Potter: The Last Interview  (Without Walls Special) Channel 4 1994
56 Bar Mitzvah Boy  (Play for Today) BBC1 1976
57 Edna, the Inebriate Woman  (Play for Today) BBC1 1971
58 Live Aid BBC1 / BBC2 1985
59 World In Action ITV 1963–1998
60 Thunderbirds ITV 1965–1966
61 Talking Heads / Talking Heads 2 BBC1 / BBC2 1988 / 1998
62 Ready Steady Go! ITV 1963–1966
63 Z-Cars BBC1 1962–1978
64 Culloden BBC1 1964
65 The Ascent of Man BBC2 1973
66 A Very British Coup Channel 4 1988
67 Civilisation BBC2 1969
68 Prime Suspect ITV 1991–
69 The Likely Lads / Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? BBC2 / BBC1 1964–1966 / 1973–1974
70 Have I Got News for You BBC2 / BBC1 1990–
71 The Snowman Channel 4 1982
72 Walking with Dinosaurs BBC1 1999
73 Nineteen Eighty-Four BBC 1954
74 The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin BBC1 1976–1979
75 Quatermass and the Pit BBC 1958–1959
76 Between The Lines BBC1 1992–1994
77 Blind Date ITV 1985–
78 Talking to a Stranger  (Theatre 625) BBC2 1966
79 The Borrowers BBC1 1992–1993
80 One Foot in the Grave BBC1 1990–2000
81 Later... with Jools Holland BBC2 1992–
82 Tutti Frutti BBC2 1987
83 The Knowledge ITV 1979
84 House of Cards BBC1 1990–1995
85 This Is Your Life BBC1 / ITV 1955–1964, 1969–
86 The Tube Channel 4 1982–1987
87 The Death of Yugoslavia BBC2 1995
88 Till Death Us Do Part BBC1 1966–1975
89 A Very Peculiar Practice BBC1 1986–1992
90 TV Nation BBC2 1995
91 This Life BBC2 1996–1997
92 Death on the Rock  (This Week) ITV 1988
93 The Nazis: A Warning from History BBC2 1997
94 Drop the Dead Donkey Channel 4 1990–1998
95 Arena BBC2 1975–
96 The Railway Children BBC1 1968
97 Teletubbies BBC2 1997–
98 Spitting Image ITV 1984–1996
99 Pride and Prejudice BBC1 1995
100 Made in Britain ITV 1982

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