The Best British Dramas and How to Watch Them

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Looking for an escape from everyday life in the era of self-isolation? British television is the perfect place to jet off to -- virtually, of course -- while we all stay home and seek out new things to entertain us. So, what better to way to find that next British TV series to binge-watch on platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu than ET's guide to the best British TV dramas (and comedies)?

Whether it's the deliciously sexy divorce drama The Split or the spine-tingling suspense thriller Bodyguard with Richard Madden, or the nutty antics of the women of the classic sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, or the iconic sci-fi drama Doctor Who, British TV truly is the cure for all ills. You'll be surprised how many streaming platforms there are for you to discover your newest U.K. obsession. From BritBox to BBC iPlayer to PBS Masterpiece on Amazon Prime Video, to the never-ending library of titles on Netflix, you really don't have an excuse not to broaden those TV horizons.

Maybe you've worked through our feel-good movie picks or aren't in the mood to watch TV episodes about pandemics. If that's the case, this eclectic mix of U.K. imports may just do the trick while we all hunker down in our homes.

Absolutely Fabulous

What's more fun in quarantine than watching two grown women behaving badly, throwing up not growing up, dressing outrageously and drinking without a care in the world? British stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley breathe life into their larger-than-life Ab Fab personalities, PR agent Edina and magazine editor Patsy. Seriously, prepare to have a rollickin' good time with one of the best British TV series.

Watch Absolutely Fabulous on BritBox.


Viewers are taken on a thrilling, adrenaline-filled journey in the six-part BBC drama starring Richard Madden. The Game of Thrones alum plays David Budd, a PTSD-suffering war veteran and dedicated Principal Protection Officer (PPO), charged with protecting Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), the Home Secretary. Montague's politics don't align with Budd's views, forcing him to make decisions about where his loyalties lie.