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10 British TV shows that the US should steal!

X Factor, America’s Got Talent, Hell’s Kitchen, and Dancing with the Stars — all these popular shows originally started their life over the pond, in my neck of the woods, in the UK.

And, lots of UK shows such as The Office and Skins, have been re-made into American versions. Sometimes it works, other times, things get a wee bit lost in translation…

I’m addicted to American dramas, and think you guys do a much better job over there: Sopranos, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, The West Wing, Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, American Horror Story, Desperate Housewives, Fame, Damages… my list is endless… I work in British drama, so I’m perhaps a bit overzealous on the subject!

So it got me thinkin’! What great British TV shows have we had in recent times, that could totally be re-made for USA screens? Or, I reckon you could all enjoy our originals…

Without further ado, I give you 10 fantastic British TV shows that you would love.

And if any of you have watched them already – please holler! I’d love to know what you thought of them!

  • The Fall 1 of 10
    the fall

    This 5-part series had every single one of my colleagues GRIPPED. Unusually, we knew from the off, who the serial killer was - and watched as Detective Stella Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson, hunted him down. Terrifying, creepy, and mesmerizing, we couldn't wait for Mondays to watch the next episode. Series 2 is on our screens over here so hopefully you'll be getting it at some stage! Even Gwyneth Paltrow was championing it on Goop! saying she was 'obsessed' with this show...  

    Photo Credit: Amazon

  • Take Me Out 2 of 10
    time me out

    The objective of the show is for a single man to get a date with one of thirty single women. The women stand on stage underneath thirty white lights, each with a button in front of them. A single man is then brought on stage and tries to persuade the women he is the one for them!  If they like him they keep their panels lit. If not, they turn them red. If, at the end of three rounds, there are still lights left on, the bachelor will turn off all but two of the remaining lights himself... and then pick one laydee for a date! Hilarious to see what type of man the ladies all likey likey. The catchphrase is 'No likey, No lighty...'  

    Photo Credit: Amazon

  • Peep Show 3 of 10
    peep show

    Peep Show follows the lives of two men from their twenties to thirties, Mark Corrigan (David Mitchell), who has steady employment for most of the series, and Jeremy "Jez" Usbourne (Robert Webb), an unemployed would-be musician. Unusually it is filmed from the point of view of each character - so you feel they are DIRECTLY talking to you. Truly original and incredibly funny, as we watch Mark try to be anything other than socially awkward, and Jez be anything other than totally useless. Fox did once commission a series of Peep Show (a new version) in 2005, but didn't use the POV technique. I still think this deserves a fresh showing in the States. 

     

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • The Crystal Maze 4 of 10
    crystal maze

    At one point this was the most watched show on Channel 4 in the UK. It ran for 5 years and had us all enchanted. So what was the Crystal Maze? It takes place within four different "zones," set in various periods of time and space. A team of six contestants take part in a selection of challenges in order to win "time crystals." Each crystal gives the team five seconds of time inside "The Crystal Dome," the heart of the maze where the contestants take part in their final challenge. Richard O'Brien led the teams through this merry quiz, like a pied piper. It is time for the maze to resurface again!

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Broadchurch 5 of 10
    Broadchurch

    Prior to The Fall, this is the show that everyone in the UK was talking about. A young boy is found murdered on a beach. The tiny seaside town holds the secret of his death - but who did it? Brilliant, not least because of Olivia Coleman's AMAZING portrayal of the investigating officer, who just so happens to be best friends with the dead boy's mum. Riveting, until a slightly obvious ending let it down. But that's just me being picky. This is one to order on DVD - just forgive me when you have been up all night watching it!

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Black Mirror 6 of 10
    black mirror

    Writer Charlie Brooker is a genius. So far two series of Black Mirror have been on in the UK. Each has 3 episodes, with entirely individual stories and characters. The theme is always technology and its darker side. To give anything else away would spoil what is a unique piece of drama. In fact, Robert Downey Jr. has optioned the episode The Entire History of You, to potentially be made into a film by Warner Bros. Watch this (dark) space...

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Have I Got News For You 7 of 10
    Have I got news

    A panel quiz show based on current news and events, hosted by comedians and politicians. This has run for a remarkable 44 series. 44!! The show has cultivated a reputation for sailing close to the wind with its satirical remit. Smart, funny and beyond caustic, this show is crying out to be remade in the states. 

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 8 of 10
    takeaway

    Ant and Dec are practically a British institution. The Geordie twosome have presented shows such as Pop Idol and Britain's Got Talent, but this is the jewel in Saturday night TV's crown. Filled with competitions and skits and a whole host of light entertainment thrown in, this show is a gem. From winning all the items featured in the commercial break, to watching contestants try and make Ant laugh - this is family fun at its best. Get them over to your side of the pond - quick! (If we would ever let them go...)

     

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • The Returned 9 of 10
    the returned

    Technically this is French. So apologies for putting this in this list - but I HAD to - as the past 8 Sunday nights have been about nothing but this spooky show. The premise is simple: People who have been dead for years have returned to a sleepy little French town, hidden in the hills. As they arrive, mysterious things begin to happen. Why are they back? What do they want, or who?

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Streetmate 10 of 10
    Davina McCall arrives at the "Women of the Year" Glamour Awards at Berkerley Square in London

    This show was presented by the gorgeous Davina McCall, pictured above. She simply had to pick an eligible male or female from passers-by on the street, and then with their help, approach eligible members of the opposite or the same sex for a date. As long as the person Davina had rounded up did indeed fancy the person Davina suggested to them! The couple then go on a date, and report back on its success or failure.  If there was ever a show I could have presented - this would have been it. Davina had such fun setting up couples, who just happened to walk by each other... 

    Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

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