The Best British TV Series of 2023

Our writers have picked the finest new and returning UK dramas of the year – did your favourite make the list?

Best British TV Series of 2023
Photo: Art by Lucy Quintanilla

Fans of British TV ate well in 2023. The year said goodbye to some excellent British TV shows with the finales of extraordinary crime dramas Happy Valley, Top Boy, Guilt and Endeavour – four very different shows set in four very different places. We waved off comedies Sex Education and Ghosts, and welcomed back some exciting returns in the form of Black Mirror, Good Omens and of course, Doctor Who.

And then there were the new additions – superhero comedy Extraordinary, police newbie drama Blue Lights, mind-bending comic book adaptation Bodies and chilling true crime series The Sixth Commandment.

It’s hard to separate the pack, but using a complex system of pulleys and levers, a gunge machine and – unfortunately necessary for the person who nominated The Idol – an oubliette, Den of Geek polled its writers and drew up two lists of the best TV of the year, one for American shows and one for British series (see below). Offer sage nods of consensus, withering tuts of ‘how could they?’ and your own British TV recommendations down the page.

15. Lockwood & Co.

Available on: Netflix (U.S. and U.K.)


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