Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.

In the history of TV show-making, there have been quite a few gemstones. We decided to cherry pick only the finest of them all. So here you will find our top five picks in the leading TV series accomplishments created under the watchful eye of BBC.

And before you ask, no, BBC did not pay us to say any of the following. It is simply our admiration for quality cinematography, immersive storytelling and great acting that drove us to write this blog post.

We intentionally aimed to include both shows that appeal to mainstream audiences and those that were not so internationally popular equally. Deeming it is only fair to give the nod to all of the hipsters out there, we will be covering all genres.

Honourable Mentions

Besides, before we begin, we have a few honourable mentions. No BBC series article could not without lauding Doctor Who. However, there are thousands of articles written about the legendary TV show that we are certain you don’t want to read about it here as well.

Next up, the production behind Top Gear could not be neglected. First launched in 2002, the show has glued all family members to the screen for almost two decades. 

Finally, similar to Time Lord, Sherlock will be the last of our special mentions. The show has been spoken about so many times that it is simply senseless to waste your time with it. Go binge re-watch it now if you need a heads up.

Alright, here’s the big stuff.

Peaky Blinders

We’re kicking off big.

There is no better time to talk about the biggest band in Birmingham than now. In fact, there might not be a bad time to do that, but you get the drill. The fifth season of the series recently began, and both fans and critics have been swept off their feet.

Even Cillian Murphy, playing Tommy Shelby in the show, commented, “I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of the show that hasincrementally improved season upon season.”

That’s about as much as we’ll tell you. This is a spoiler-free top list, mind you.


Speaking of impact, another impressively influential show coming from the BBC house was Merlin. Although the story wrapped up in 2012, it has left an enduring legacy upon devoted fans of the Arthurian legends. Even today, you can see fangirls sporting Merlin merch and blogging on their tumblrs about what could have been had they continued with season six.

Merlin was so potent that it influenced the creation of Sweden-based game manufacturer Play’n GO’s slot called Rise of Merlin which can be found at all the best casino sites. With such omnipresence, we could not help but encompass the historic series, even though it is more on the mainstream side. 

Shaun the Sheep

We promised diversity and we deliver. One of the best stop-motion achievements ever, Shaun the Sheep is part of everyone’s childhood and adulthood. The silly, charming sheep teaches the children lessons while amusing the most mature of minds as well. Perhaps he was the one who inspired Wes Anderson to create his newest film Isle of Dogs.

Since, the likeable animal has been moulded for the big screen in 2015, and will live through another reincarnation in September 2019 in the sci-fi release Farmageddon

The Musketeers

Here’s to another long-gone precious stone. But they say diamonds never die. In that light, one for all and all for one!

The Musketeers first commenced in 2014 and rand through 30 one-hour episodes in less than 2 years. In the 600 days of commemorating D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, we had the chance to witness some really intense moments, including forbidden love and even bromance. Again, you’ll get no spoilers from us!

The charming cast had the female part of the audience head over heels, whilst the strong female characters – played by Maimie McCoy and Maimie McCoy – were the subject of many boys’ daydreams. If you haven’t, we strongly recommend that you check out this visual version of the literary masterpiece.

Orphan Black

Last but not least, here comes Orphan Black. It ran at about the same time as the previously referred TV series, but it attracted evidently different audiences.

What’s so special about it is that it is so irresistibly relevant even today in 2019.

To start with, this drama driven by science fiction and thriller elements was particularly popular with geeks like you and me. Tatiana Maslany, the leading role in the show, scooped an Emmy in 2016 for her performance in it, as well as aCanadian Screen Award the following year.

If you are feeling nostalgic for the multi-personality goddess, get lucky, for it is coming back as an audiobook series called Orphan Black: The Next Chapter narrated by the lady herself!