British television fiction has been a reference in the world since the invention of television. Unlike the American series,British series have been characterized by having a very high quality without ups and downs or failures. Fleeing from the hollywodiense spectacularity they have managed to amass a series of very solvent works with a great technical invoice. Today, in Urban Character, we bring you a selection of the best of the best (and the most accessible).
1. British series on HBO
2. British series on Netflix
3. British series on other platforms
British series on HBO
We start with British series on HBO in our country.
1. Britannia (2018)
One of the latest British series that has been released with great international attention has been this Brittania, a historical series that isset in the 1st century and recounting the bells of the Roman Empire for conquering Britannia .
You will love this series if you like historical dramas with fantasy ingredients (such as the Legends of King Arthur) since it is assumed that at that time in the British Isles, druids and magic were very present.
2. Little Britain (2003)
Little Britain doesn’t have much to do with the rest of the series on our list. Well, it really doesn’t have much to do with anything you’ve seen before. This series that aired between 2003 and 2006 is a fiction of humorous sketches that laugh at the way of life of the Britishthrough a series of cliches: the pub, the correction, broken families, etc.
Having a markedly surreal and absurd tone, the series has aged well over time despite having been released more than 15 years ago, and if you are looking for something different and original, it is a good option.
3. Taboo (2017)
One of HBO’s bets in recent years that has everything to become your go-to series: a charismatic actor like Tom Hardy , a setting at the beginning of the 19th century very well done (as you will realize if you keep reading, the English love to recreate past times, and they do it very well), and a gripping story.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the protagonist, played by Tom Hardy, returns to a dark London after 12 years in Africa with 14 diamonds stolen after the death of his father. A season with 8 chapters of maximum quality .
4. Death And Nightingales (2018)
If you like period series, you have found the right article. If we have to search among the best British series, it is clear that these are the ones that are most relevant.
This bet from the BBC is a miniseries very much in keeping with the current social moment in which a woman decides to take charge of her life at the end of the 19th century, a tense period for the British country.
The series takes place in the British countryside (in this case inNorthern Ireland , when it still belonged to the British Crown) that has left us so many good stories since the time of the realistic novel by the Bronte sisters.
British series on Netflix
If there is a platform that has been able to appreciate the talent of the British to make series, it is Netflix. Some of its essential fictions are produced in the United Kingdom, and others, such as Peaky Blinders, are one of the fixed values of the most important streaming platform in the world.
1. Black Mirror (2011)
One of the most spectacular series of all time and one of the ones that has best captured the moment in which we live, where technology can do everything and everyone. Black Mirror is a series that is now in its fourth season (before on the English Channel 4, now on Netflix) created by Charlie Booker, an English journalist who has found the key to how to analyze society and at the same time engage a wide audience.
Each season is made up of not many episodes (between 3 and 6) of at least one hour duration. In the manner of small films, Booker reflects on the misuse of technology in our society through dystopian fables. Many of them will make you never look at your computer or your phone the same way again.
2. Sherlock (2010)
Of all the versions and revisions that have been made of the works of the most famous detective in the world, this Sherlock, on the air since 2010, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (two great actors) is, perhaps, the one that has received the most praise from critics and the public .
It is what makes a series carefully, without haste, and without putting money before quality (no, it is not a Netflix production: BBC) and that the series is set in the London of the 21st century (except in the season 3 Christmas special) and that’s something that could have made detective purists very angry.
4 seasons, 13 episodes, in 7 years they give to do things very well.
3. The Crown (2016)
Another great English series, this is the work of Netflix, and many critics agree that it is the best in its catalog . The interest in English royalty does not decrease with the passage of time and the 20th century was an exceptional year for it due to the change in customs that it gave to the world but also due to a charismatic and magnetic personality: Queen Elizabeth, the most oldest in the world (since 1947) that has seen the evolution of the 20th and 21st centuries from a privileged position.
With a group of very good professionals working on the series, The Crown has won the most important awards in the world in just a couple of years on the air. There is little left for the premiere of the third and fourth seasons, so it’s time to find a hole and enjoy this wonder.
4. Peaky Blinders (2013)
One of the most famous series of the moment is also British and also from the BBC (it costs so much for public television to make quality fictions). The Peaky Blinders are a gangster family from Birmingham in the interwar period .
The protagonist of him, played by Cillian Murphy, is called Tommy Shelby, and in the series his rise to the top as leader of the gang is told.. In addition to all the police intrigues, the problems of the gang and the questions of the society of the time, a most entertaining game of cat and mouse is developed. The audiences in the United Kingdom are impressive, since the more the series progresses, the more they rise; something very unusual.
5. Sex Education (2018)
The latest boom in British series. Sex Education is the series that everyone is talking about today .
Sex Education is a series produced by Netflix that premiered at the beginning of 2019 and that in just one month it had already been renewed for a second season. The reason?
A story that deals with sex (especially in the first steps of it, in adolescence)with humor and intelligence.
The protagonist is the typical “virgin” boy of an institute, but this one has a sexual therapist mother and who joins another classmate from the institute to set up an alternative consultation to treat the problems of the members of the institute.
British series on other platforms
Because not everything is Netflix and HBO, to finish this review of the best British series we bring you some examples of series from the United Kingdom that have been very successful.
1. Up and Down (1971)
The oldest on this list. Set during the first third of the 20th century, it told the stories of two groups of people from very different social backgrounds.. On the one hand, the group of “rich”, in which we can see the customs of the aristocracy and the British upper bourgeoisie; on the other the members of the servants.
In the almost 70 episodes divided into five seasons, the series reached large screen quotas and won several national and international awards.
2. Polldark (1975/2015)
A classic of British television. Its first version was released in 1975, and reproduced the novels of the same name by the writer Winston Graham. Poldark is a military leader who has participated in the American Revolutionary War and is set in the 18th century . The almost 30 chapters of it had a great international success.
That success was perhaps the reason whyIn 2015, an attempt will be made to reproduce the success of the original Poldark , with a very careful production by BBC One and it managed to live up to the original, since it continues to endure and is in its fourth season.
3. Downton Abbey (2010)
Surely the most emblematic British series of recent years. Downton Abbey was a world phenomenon for the quality of each and every one of the aspects that make it up: actors, script, setting or direction, among others.
Downton Abbey tells the story of a noble family living in Yorkshire, in the Downton house. The life of the nobles mixes with that of the servants(as in Above and below, in what is a characteristic of British series) achieving a great portrait of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. As we said, the characters are perfectly worked and viewers, both British and from the rest of the world, were instantly hooked. He also received several specialized awards: Golden Globes and Emmys.
4. Call the midwife! (2012)
A medical drama set in the middle of the 20th century that tells the story of a group of London midwives . The protagonist, Jenny Lee, has just graduated and takes her first steps at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent.
A series that, since its first season, has achieved very high audience ratings on BBC Oneand has been renewed year after year since its launch. As we mentioned at the beginning, a series far from the spectacular nature of Hollywood but very interesting to watch.
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