Best British TV 2012

by BritTVlists | created - 09 Aug 2014 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

British TV shows first shown in 2012.

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1. Line of Duty (2012– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Drama series following the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit.

Stars: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson

Votes: 41,582

2. Endeavour (2012– )

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw, Sean Rigby

Votes: 19,599

3. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to late-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Stephen McGann

Votes: 20,775

4. Derek (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 23 min | Comedy, Drama

Derek is a loyal nursing home care assistant who sees only the good in his quirky co-workers as they struggle against prejudice and shrinking budgets to care for their elderly residents.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Tim Barlow

Votes: 28,787

5. Moone Boy (2012–2015)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

Martin Moone is a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend Sean to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky small-town Irish family circa 1990.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, David Rawle, Deirdre O'Kane, Peter McDonald

Votes: 5,532

6. Hunted (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Drama

Meet Sam. A spy. A hunter. And herself hunted by an enemy more ruthless and determined than any she's ever known.

Stars: Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Patrick Malahide, Morven Christie

Votes: 8,720

7. The Hollow Crown (2012–2016)

TV-14 | 150 min | Drama, History, War

A mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV: Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V.

Stars: Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Georgeson, John Mackay

Votes: 5,812

8. Parade's End (2012)

TV-MA | 287 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Revolves around a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean socialite wife and a young suffragette.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam, Adelaide Clemens

Votes: 9,595

9. Last Tango in Halifax (2012–2020)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Re-united after 50+ years apart, Celia and Alan decide to marry. At age 16, Alan's late wife failed to pass on a letter from Celia, his longtime crush, with an apology for missing their first date and her forwarding address. Both now have daughters with lover troubles.

Stars: Anne Reid, Derek Jacobi, Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker

Votes: 5,672

10. The Bletchley Circle (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle, Anna Maxwell Martin

Votes: 11,045

11. Bad Education (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A comedy series about a teacher who is a bigger kid than the kids he teaches.

Stars: Jack Binstead, Mathew Horne, Ethan Lawrence, Kae Alexander

Votes: 10,779

12. Ripper Street (2012–2016)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The streets of Whitechapel are the haunt of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and his team of officers, who aim to maintain law and order in a place once terrorized by Jack the Ripper.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Jerome Flynn

Votes: 19,631

13. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (2012– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

A raunchy spoof edition of Countdown (1982) with the stars of 8 Out of 10 Cats (2005).

Stars: Susie Dent, Jimmy Carr, Rachel Riley, John Pohlhammer

Votes: 4,762

14. Inside Men (2012)

240 min | Crime, Drama

The story of three employees of a security depot who plan and execute a multi-million pound cash heist.

Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Warren Brown, Nicola Walker, Ashley Walters

Votes: 2,440

15. Stella (2012–2017)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A series set in the fictional village of Pontyberry in the South Wales Valleys centered on the lives of a single mother in her forties, who earns a living doing the locals' ironing, and her family and friends.

Stars: Karen Paullada, Ruth Jones, Craig Gallivan, Justin Davies

Votes: 1,679

16. Secret State (2012)

42 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Ralph Ineson, Charles Dance, Jamie Sives

Votes: 2,161

17. Me and Mrs Jones (2012)

30 min | Comedy

Divorcee Gemma finds herself attracted to the roguish charm of Billy, a friend of her son. With her ex hanging around and showing off his new lady, can she resist?

Stars: Sarah Alexander, Neil Morrissey, Nathaniel Parker, Robert Sheehan

Votes: 858

18. A Touch of Cloth (2012–2014)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

DCI Jack Cloth and DC Anne Oldman are paired to investigate a series of grisly murders done by a devious killer.

Stars: John Hannah, Suranne Jones, Navin Chowdhry, Adrian Bower

Votes: 3,541

19. Pramface (2012–2014)

Comedy

A girl from a middle-class family gets drunk one night and sleeps with a working-class boy, who also happens to be younger than she, and gets pregnant. But are there really feelings there?

Stars: Sean Verey, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Yasmin Paige, Dylan Edwards

Votes: 2,376

20. The Paradise (2012–2013)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The story of a young woman who works in a department store and gets caught up in the charms of the modern world.

Stars: Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy

Votes: 10,684

21. Cuckoo (II) (2012– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Cuckoo is every parent's worst nightmare - a slacker full of outlandish, New Age ideas.

Stars: Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale, Tyger Drew-Honey, Kenneth Collard

Votes: 8,179

22. Hit & Miss (2012)

45 min | Drama

Follows the life of transgender contract killer Mia, who travels to West Yorkshire to seek out her ex girlfriend.

Stars: Chloë Sevigny, Roma Christensen, Jorden Bennie, Karla Crome

Votes: 4,663

23. Good Cop (2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

After his best mate and collegue is brutally attacked and killed, Good Cop John Paul Rocksavage seeks revenge on the men who killed him

Stars: Michael Angelis, Warren Brown, Don Gayle, Stephen Graham

Votes: 1,275

24. Birdsong (2012)

165 min | Drama, History, Romance

As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Clémence Poésy, Matthew Goode, Rory Keenan

Votes: 5,493

25. The Syndicate (I) (2012– )

60 min | Drama, Mystery

Each series features a different group of people whose lives turn upside down after they jointly win the lottery.

Stars: Lorraine Bruce, Katherine Rose Morley, Kieran Urquhart, Taj Atwal

Votes: 1,376

26. The Best of Men (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1943, a refugee doctor from Nazi Germany uses new methods to rehabilitate those with spinal injuries in Great Britain. Based on actual events.

Director: Tim Whitby | Stars: George MacKay, Bebe Sanders, Leigh Quinn, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 1,287

27. Public Enemies (2012)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Released from prison after serving 10 years for murder, Eddie tries to adjust to life outside with the help of his probation officer, Paula.

Stars: Anna Friel, Daniel Mays, Lorraine Ashbourne, Peter Wight

Votes: 580

28. The Fear (I) (2012)

50 min | Crime, Thriller

A Brighton crime boss turned entrepreneur and the disintegration of a criminal mind.

Stars: Peter Mullan, Anastasia Hille, Harry Lloyd, Paul Nicholls

Votes: 1,097

29. The Town (2012)

50 min | Drama, Mystery

A mystery murder of two parents brings back their son to the Town to reconnect with his family and old friends while trying to solve who murdered his parents

Stars: Kelly Adams, Aisling Bea, Martin Clunes, Jon Foster

Votes: 646

30. Restless (2012 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since.

Director: Edward Hall | Stars: Michelle Dockery, Michael Peter Willis, Charlotte Rampling, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 2,922

31. Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The Adventures Of Noel And His Friends Smooth, Andy Warhol And Dolly.

Stars: Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Dolly Wells, Tom Meeten

Votes: 2,364

32. The Revolution Will Be Televised (2012– )

Comedy

Satirical comedy series. Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein expose the hypocrisy of the rich and powerful through a series of outrageous stunts and pranks.

Stars: Heydon Prowse, Jolyon Rubinstein, Mona Yousefi, Jo Bunting

Votes: 235

33. The Last Leg (2012– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Aussie comedian and amputee athlete, Adam Hills, British comedian Josh Widdicombe, UK's most famous amputee comedian Alex Brooker, and their celebrity guests provide topical commentary on the week.

Stars: Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe, Alex Brooker, Clare Balding

Votes: 1,111

34. George Clarke's Amazing Spaces (2012– )

Documentary

George Clarke explores the extraordinary world of small builds, where people turn tiny spaces into the most incredible places to live, work and play. He even tries making a few of his own.

Stars: George Clarke, William Hardie

Votes: 212

35. Cardinal Burns (2012– )

29 min | Comedy

An English sketch comedy show aimed at an adult audience

Stars: Dustin Demri-Burns, Lucinda Dryzek, Seb Cardinal, Fiona Button

Votes: 320

36. Ramsay Behind Bars (2012)

Documentary

Gordon Ramsay explores using a group of prisoners to setup a bakery and sell their products to the public.

Stars: Gordon Ramsay, Tony Bodnar, Andy Cole, Lawrence Gibbons

Votes: 335

37. Science Club (2012– )

Dara and his team of experts tackle some of the biggest ideas in science, with subjects including the brain, space, music and reproduction.

Stars: Dara O Briain, Alok Jha, Mark Miodownik, Helen Czerski

Votes: 81

38. Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (2012– )

60 min | Documentary

Dominic Monaghan embarks on an exhilarating journey to remote corners of the globe in search of bizarre and dangerous animals. Along the way he'll meet eccentric locals, participate in rare traditions and talk to animal experts.

Stars: Dominic Monaghan, Dan Bell, Billy Boyd, Dale de Nardo

Votes: 586

39. Gadget Man (2012– )

Not Rated | Talk-Show

Demonstrates new gadgets and technology.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Lawson Crawford, Timothy Dalton-Dobson, Charlotte Gascoigne

Votes: 712

41. Toast of London (2012– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Steven Toast, an eccentric middle aged actor with a chequered past, spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it

Stars: Matt Berry, Robert Bathurst, Doon Mackichan, Shazad Latif

Votes: 6,842

42. Racing Legends (2012–2015)

60 min | Documentary, Sport

High-profile car enthusiasts retrace the steps of Great British racing legends. Their goal is to emulate the legend by re-enacting one of their greatest-ever races in a rare classic car.

Stars: Damon Hill, James Martin, Patrick Stewart, Chris Hoy

Votes: 28

43. The Last Weekend (2012)

180 min | Thriller

Set over a long weekend in East Anglia, a surprise phone call from an old university friend, invites Ian and his wife for a few days by the sea. Their hosts, Ollie and Daisy, are a golden ... See full summary »

Stars: Rupert Penry-Jones, Shaun Evans, Genevieve O'Reilly, Claire Keelan

Votes: 396

44. Some Girls (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Girls struggle with relationships, friendships and teachers at school.

Stars: Adelayo Adedayo, Natasha Jonas, Alice Felgate, Mandeep Dhillon

Votes: 1,621

45. Hebburn (2012–2013)

Comedy

Set in Hebburn in Tyne and Wear, this series follows the Pearson family, Joe, Pauline and their son Jack, who secretly married a middle-class Jewish girl, Sarah, in a drunken binge in LV.

Stars: Chris Ramsey, Kimberley Nixon, Lisa McGrillis, Pat Dunn

Votes: 674



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