BRITISH SITCOM TAKES TOP SPOT IN POLL OF TV SERIES
The timeless British sitcom Blackadder has been named Best British TV Series – according to a poll of TV fanatics.
To embrace the patriotic Diamond Jubilee feeling this weekend, LOVEFiLM – Europe’s largest subscription service instantly streaming films and TV series over the internet and sending DVDs and games by post – asked over 13,500 people to cast their vote for the very best British television series of all time.
Despite being considered a nation of stiff upper lips, the results go to show that we Brits have a clear preference for comedy (the darker the better), with Richard Curtis and Ben Elton’s Blackadder taking first place.
The historically-inspired series, just one of a wide range of British TV classics available to watch instantly via LOVEFiLM’s instant streaming service, took the top TV spot in a poll of the 100 ‘Best of British’ TV series and films.
Blackadder edged ahead of another quintessentially British creation, Fawlty Towers, which shouted and stumbled its way into second place in the list (probably smashing a few plates along the way).
The unconventional clergy comedy Father Ted, took third place in the TV stakes, followed by Peckham’s finest wheeler dealer duo, Delboy and Rodney, in Only Fools and Horses, which swindled its way into an impressive fourth place in the chart.
The long-running Dr Who series time-travelled into the fifth spot. The enduring sci-fi favourite has been around almost as long as Her Majesty, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary next year after seven hugely popular seasons.
The internationally popular boys’ toys programme, Top Gear raced into tenth position, rounding off the top ten in style.
The top ten British TV series are:
2. Fawlty Towers
3. Father Ted
4. Only Fools and Horses
5. Dr Who
7. Have I Got News For You
8. Red Dwarf
9. The Inbetweeners
10. Top Gear
Helen Cowley, Editor of LOVEFiLM, commented:
“Like our monarch, British TV classics such as Blackadder and Fawlty Towers clearly have the ability to stand the test of time. Whilst the results reflect the very British dry sense of humour, with comedy featuring very heavily in the top ten, it’s also great to see some quality British drama making an appearance.
“TV fans can revisit these brilliant shows (and even enjoy some classic Brit flicks) with LOVEFiLM’s wide selection of movies and TV series available on DVD, Blu-ray or to stream instantly via LOVEFiLM Instant.”