The Most Popular TV Shows For UK Viewers

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The Most Popular TV Shows For UK Viewers To Watch Right Now – The UK has delivered top-quality drama series, comedies, and incredible documentaries over the years. ‘Best of’ lists only scratch the surface of television series, available on streaming platforms such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime. Series with fewer episodes gives time to creators to develop the story and ensure a premium ending. The common short runtime for episodes also makes the shows perfect for binge-watching and relaxation. 

This year there have been plenty of tv shows available for UK viewers to watch and stream during lockdown. Becoming available for UK viewers to watch in March this year, american tv show The Mandalorian has proven to be a very popular series for many fans. There have also been some British shows that have been well-received earlier this year, including Quiz which actually broke the ITV record to become the biggest drama on tv this year. The popular three-parter took in a combined audience of 10 million viewers for the series. 

So, which other great tv shows are available for UK viewers to watch right now? Here are some of the most popular ones to binge-watch next or add to your watch list!

Popular shows to watch on Netflix

Sex Education

Sex Education is a top-quality comedy-drama that centres around the teenage son of a professional sex therapist. The awkward teen soon realises that he can turn his home education on sexual behaviour into real currency at school. He partners with one of his classmates and starts a sex advice business at school to help students facing sexual problems. While it’s not completely clear to viewers where this show is meant to be set, as it does seem to be a mixture of an American/British highschool vibe, it’s actually filmed in England and Wales in the United Kingdom. 

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is a British crime drama set in 1919 after World War I. It’s centred around the soldiers returning home and gangs battling for dominance. The Peaky Blinders are a family-run gang holding power in Birmingham in the early 1900s. The gang is led by Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy), a soldier of war, who’s struggling to lead the gang and run his business. Throughout the series he tries to expand the family business, sort out family dramas, and cope with life post-war. Over the years some of the best roles according to IMDb for Cillain Murphy have not only been Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders, but also Dr. Jonathan Crane (aka Scarecrow) in Batman Begins, and Robert Fischer in Inception. 

Derry Girls

Derry Girls is a British sitcom set in Northern Ireland focusing on the life of sixteen year old schoolgirl Erin Quinn and her family and friends. The show is set in Derry during the end of the Troubles in the early 1990s. The amusing series centres around a crew of teenagers including four girls and one boy, who’re attending a Catholic school. The show follows their journey through their personal lives and their school days during a national conflict.

Popular shows to watch on BBC iPlayer

Normal People

Normal People became a very popular show for UK viewers at the start of this year. It’s a modern love story series based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sally Rooney. It’s a brilliant story about how one person can change another person’s entire life. Set in Ireland, the show follows Connell and Marianne during several years as they weave in and out of each other’s lives. Their romance lasts through college and tests their relationship as they begin to discover themselves.

Killing Eve

Killing Eve is a comedy-drama and spy thriller series, which follows Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator. One of the cases in her work involves an assassin named Villanelle. After a series of events and encounters, the two characters become drawn to each other, to discover more about their opposition. The show involves a range of action, crime, and also comedic scenes that any tv show lover will enjoy binge-watching.


Luther is a British drama focusing on the tormented yet highly intelligent investigator. DCI John Luther is great at his job but he’s also self-destructive and becomes emotionally impulsive during investigations. The unnerving and thrilling drama makes each story fresh and exciting. It’s dark and unexpected and offers enough suspense to hook viewers from one episode to the other.

Popular shows to watch on Amazon Prime Video


Quiz is a British drama, released earlier this year, which tells the true story of former British army major, Charles Ingram and his appearance on the popular tv game show ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. The real life Charles Ingram gained infamy in 2001 when he won the top prize money but was later accused of cheating on the show.  This exciting three-parter show was enjoyed by many and is an entertaining show to add to your watchlist. So, what actually are the odds of someone becoming a millionaire?  According to this quiz, if you’re over 62 your chances are 1 in 7!

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is a long-running drama series which aired in the United Kingdom from 2010 – 2015. The series follows the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, set in the early 1900s. The series covers many historical events of the time such as the sinking of the Titanic, the Irish War of Independence, and World War I. With some fabulous costumes, high-class drama, and love stories and heart-breaks, this show is a great classic to watch. 

The Night Manager

The Night Manager is a modern interpretation of the best-selling spy novel written by John le Carre. The show follows Jonathan Pine, a hotel night manager, on his journey to capturing Richard Roper, an international arms dealer. He’s pulled into a dangerous world, and with an exciting cast, this exciting show isn’t one for viewers to miss! The show has a high-class cast with the likes of Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, and Olivia Colman.

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