10 Best British Comedy Series of 2022 (So Far) (2023)

2022 has been a solid year for American comedy series so far, with new hits including Severance and Somebody Somewhere, alongside the return of beloved shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Russian Doll. Across the pond, however, the shows on offer might be even better. Rom-com Heartstopper was a big hit, Derry Girls came to a graceful end and the family sitcom Here We Go looks set to be a future classic.

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Indeed, the best new British comedies span a range of sub-genres, from screwball romances to coming-of-age dramedies to send-ups of 1960s horror. In other words, fans of British comedy have a lot of binge-watching to do. So fire up the kettle, switch on the telly, and prepare to laugh.

'Derry Girls'

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Derry Girls chronicles the lives of a group of teenage girls in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, during the final years of the Troubles. Their stories play out against a backdrop of political turmoil and social tension, and the series weaves in archival footage of real events. While it's not afraid of engaging with difficult themes, the show manages to remain charming and fun throughout.

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The lead characters are all eccentric in unique ways, from oddball Orla (Louisa Harland) to the neurotic Clare (Nicola Coughlan) to attention-seeker Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson). In addition, the show is a masterclass in '90s nostalgia. It lovingly recreates that decade's music, fashion, and slang. After the first two seasons set a high bar, the third pulled off a delicate balancing act between absurd comedy and real emotion. As one of its lead characters would say: absolutely cracker.

'Here We Go'

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This BBC sitcom follows the quirky Jessop family as they bumble from one set of shenanigans to the next, all shown from the perspective of son Sam's (Jack Christou) video camera. While its premise is not particularly novel, the show succeeds thanks to the great performances from the cast. With subtle gestures and surreptitious glances to the camera, they communicate the hidden frustrations bubbling below the surface.

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Unemployed dad is played by Jim Howick, who also appeared in Ghosts and Sex Education. Tom Basden, perhaps most well-known for his role in Ricky Gervais's After Life, plays cycling-obsessed brother-in-law Robin. (Basden also writes the series.) But usually, the scenes are stolen by Katherine Parkinson who plays the mother of the family, Rachel. She has delivered knockout performance after knockout performance ever since The IT Crowd, and here her comedic chops are once again on display.


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Starstruck is a rom-com created by New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo. Matafeo stars as a young woman living in London who has a one-night stand with a man (Nikesh Patel) she later learns is a famous actor. Drama and awkwardness quickly ensue.

The show puts a fresh spin on classic screwball comedy tropes, updating them for the social media age. Matafeo's natural charisma is a key part of the charm. She is instantly relatable as conflicted twenty-something Jessie. Matafeo has put in great supporting roles in shows like Dead Pixels, and was consistently hilarious as a contestant on Taskmaster, but here she shines.

'The Outlaws'

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The Outlaws is a crime comedy co-created by gang-member-turned-filmmaker Elgin James and Stephen Merchant, a veteran of British comedy. Merchant worked with Ricky Gervais on the British Office and Extras, and most recently played real-life serial killer Stephen Port in Four Lives.

The Outlaws revolves around a group of criminals who are forced to do community service together. But things get complicated after they discover a bag of money, and its real owners come to collect it. Merchant stars, along with Christopher Walken, who delivers an odd and excellent performance, as usual.

'This Is Going to Hurt'

This Is Going to Hurt explores the lives of the staff at a busy OB-GYN ward as they struggle with burnout, difficult patients and a chronic lack of resources. It's based on a memoir by former doctor Adam Kay, recounting his years working for the National Health Service. It stars Ben Whishaw, most famous for his role as Q in James Bond and for voicing Paddington Bear.

The dialogue is sharply witty, and the storylines are often bleak. Much of the drama revolves around a fateful mistake Kay makes in diagnosing a patient, as well as his strained relationship with his mother (Harriet Walter). Ambika Mod also puts in a solid turn as a trainee doctor terrified about her upcoming exams. Taken together, This Is Going to Hurt is a frank look at the unglamorous (and sometimes downright dysfunctional) side of the healthcare system.

'Toast of Tinseltown'

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Toast of Tinseltown is the new show from Matt Berry, who many readers will know as the vampire Laszlo in What We Do in the Shadows. Toast of Tinseltown is a spin-off of Toast of London, which follows eccentric actor Steven Toast. Despite his best efforts, his career is failing, and he's forced to do ads for cigarettes and laxatives to make ends meet. In the latest, Toast sets off to Hollywood in search of the fame he believes he deserves.

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Toast of Tinseltown isn't as easily likable as some of Berry's other shows, but his performance is top-notch once again. He nails the absurdity of the self-aggrandizing and emotionally unstable Toast. In the new season, he's supported by SNL alum Fred Armisen and a wonderful cameo from Larry David.


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Set in the port city of Hull, Hullraisers follows struggling actress Toni (Leah Brotherhead), her sister Paula (Sinead Matthews), and her friend Rana (Taj Atwal). It's a remake of the Israeli show Little Mom, but with a very local British feel.

The show is fairly formulaic, but is elevated by a witty script from Lucy Beaumont, who starred in the series Meet the Richardsons. It's an entertaining look at three 30-somethings as they navigate work, kids, relationships, and their unfulfilled dreams.

The Witchfinder

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The Witchfinder is the latest series from the Gibbons brothers, who also worked on various Alan Partridge projects with Steve Coogan. The Witchfinder takes place in the 1600s and follows a self-important witchfinder (Tim Key) as he transports a suspected witch (Daisy May Cooper) across England to her trial. It's a spoof of horror movies like 1968's Witchfinder General.

The show is commendable for its comedic take on rather dark subject like plagues, civil war, and superstition. It sometimes veers into cliché, but it largely succeeds thanks to the amazing chemistry between Key and Cooper. Cooper's character is blunt and no-nonsense; the perfect foil to the pompous Key. While The Witchfinder won't appeal to everyone, comedy-horror aficionados should give it a try.

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One of the most successful shows of the year so far is the coming-of-age romance Heartstopper, about the relationship between two high school students. Recently-outed Charlie (Joe Locke) ends up sitting next to the rugby player Nick (Kit Connor), and soon develops feelings for him, kicking off a sweet teen dramedy with a lot of heart.

Heartstopper is based on the webcomic and graphic novel by Alice Oseman, and it incorporates some of the source material's comic aesthetic. The leads give touching performances, and the supporting cast - including Olivia Colman and a Stephen Fry cameo - are also solid. Indeed, Heartstopper has been critically acclaimed and popular with audiences, with 14.5 million hours viewed during its first week on Netflix.

'Ten Percent'

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Ten Percent is a remake of the French show Call My Agent. It follows a team of talent agents as they attempt to keep their business from going under, all while managing the oversized egos of their celebrity clients. The cast is headed up by Jack Davenport (perhaps best-known for the Steven Moffat comedy Coupling), alongside Lydia Leonard, Maggie Steed, and Jim Broadbent in a supporting role.

Ten Percent ably relocates the original French story to London and imbues the narrative with classically English wit. The highlight might be the performances from various actors playing heightened versions of themselves, especially Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter.

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What is the most watched series in the UK 2022? ›

The most-watched TV programmes of the year in the UK have been revealed, with the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II topping the list. As reported by Deadline, the broadcast peaked at 29 million as people tuned in across several channels to pay respects to the late monarch as she was laid to rest at Westminster Abbey.

What is the most trending series in 2022? ›

Best of 2022: Top 100 TV series of 2022
  • Stranger Things (2016– ) TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror. ...
  • House of the Dragon (2022– ) ...
  • Better Call Saul (2015–2022) ...
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (2022– ) ...
  • Euphoria (2019– ) ...
  • The Boys (2019– ) ...
  • Moon Knight (2022) ...
  • The Sandman (2022– )

What is the new British drama June 2022? ›

Sherwood (June)

Six-part crime drama Sherwood came to BBC One from acclaimed playwright James Graham, the writer behind Quiz and Brexit: The Uncivil War.

What are the most viewed BBC shows 2022? ›

BBC had a massive year, with seven of its dramas featuring in the top ten most-viewed shows of 2022. The Tourist, which debuted on New Year's Day, was the most-watched show, followed by ITV's Trigger Point and The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe.

What was the most watched Netflix series of 2022 in the UK? ›

No surprise which shows stayed in the top 10s the longest on Netflix UK in 2022, with Stranger Things spending 135 days (over a third of the year) in the top 10s in total. The closest competitor it had was Ozark, and both of those were frankly aided by split-season releases.

Which is the No 1 series in Netflix 2022? ›

What was the most popular Netflix show in 2022? The most popular worldwide titles were 'Squid Game', a Korean survival drama, and 'Money heist', a Spanish heist drama.

What was the most watched series on Netflix in 2022? ›

Original series
  • Stranger Things, 52 billion minutes.
  • Ozark, 31.3 billion.
  • Wednesday, 18.6 billion.
  • Cobra Kai, 16.7 billion.
  • Bridgerton (Netflix), 14 billion.
  • Virgin River (Netflix), 13.6 billion.
  • Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix), 13.4 billion.
  • Love Is Blind (Netflix), 13.1 billion.
Jan 26, 2023

What is the most trending series right now? ›

TV Series (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  1. The Last of Us (2023– ) TV-MA | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Drama. ...
  2. That '90s Show (2023– ) TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance. ...
  3. The White Lotus (2021–2023) ...
  4. Velma (2023– ) ...
  5. Yellowstone (2018– ) ...
  6. Wednesday (2022– ) ...
  7. Ginny & Georgia (2021– ) ...
  8. Poker Face (2023– )

What is the most watched British comedy of all time? ›

Only Fools And Horses (1981-2003)

The 1996 episode “Time on Our Hands” (originally billed as the last episode) holds the record for the highest UK audience for a sitcom, attracting an incredible 24.3 million viewers.

What is the best series on BritBox? ›

Awesome Shows to Stream on BritBox, From 'Downton Abbey' to 'Doctor Who'
  • 8 Shetland.
  • 7 Life on Mars.
  • 6 The Thick of It.
  • 5 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • 4 The Office.
  • 3 Inside No. 9.
  • 2 Pride and Prejudice.
  • 1 Doctor Who (Classic Series)
Jan 21, 2023

Are there any good British series on Netflix? ›

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  • Black Mirror.
  • The Great British Baking Show.
  • Last Tango in Halifax.
  • Marcella.
  • Heartstopper.
  • Top Boy: Summerhouse.
  • Giri / Haji.
  • Bad Boy Billionaires: India.

What is the new BBC drama August 2022? ›

House of the Dragon (UK-US)

Based on George R.R. Martin's novel Fire & Blood, this Game of Thrones prequel is set 200 years before the events of GoT, and tells the story of House Targaryen. The ten-episode fantasy drama stars Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, and Steve Toussaint, amongst others.

What is the most popular BBC drama? ›

Most Popular
  • Drama. EastEnders. 31/01/2023: Lexi's reaction shocks her loved ones. ...
  • Crime Drama. Happy Valley. New episodes every Sunday. ...
  • Entertainment. The Apprentice. ...
  • Crime Drama. Silent Witness. ...
  • Period Drama. Call the Midwife. ...
  • Crime Drama. Death in Paradise. ...
  • Documentary. Putin vs the West. ...
  • Documentary. India: The Modi Question.

What new dramas are coming to BBC 2022? ›

Best Dramas of 2022
  • What Happens in Helmand The Capture, Series 1. ...
  • Episode 1 The Tourist, Series 1. ...
  • Episode 1 This Is Going To Hurt, Series 1. ...
  • Episode 1 The Control Room, Series 1. ...
  • Episode 1 Chloe, Series 1. ...
  • Episode 1 A Very British Scandal, Series 1. ...
  • Ship of Dreams Wreck, Series 1. ...
  • Episode 1 SAS Rogue Heroes, Series 1.

What should I binge watch 2022 right now? ›

15 great 2022 TV shows to binge
  • The Bear (FX on Hulu) ...
  • The English (Amazon) ...
  • Fleishman is in Trouble (FX on Hulu) ...
  • We Own This City (HBO Max) ...
  • Slow Horses (Apple TV+) ...
  • Pachinko (Apple TV+) ...
  • Severance (Apple TV+) ...
  • Somebody Somewhere (HBO Max)
Dec 23, 2022

What is the most watched TV show UK? ›

By some metrics, the state funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II was the most-watched UK TV broadcast of all time and various analysts put the worldwide ratings figure at its most optimistic at around the 4BN mark.

What is the most watched series on Netflix UK? ›

And so to see who has also joined Wednesday, these are the top 10 most watched English speaking Netflix series of all time.
  • Stranger Things Season 4. Netflix. ...
  • Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Netflix. ...
  • Wednesday. ...
  • Bridgerton Season 2. ...
  • Bridgerton Season 1. ...
  • Stranger Things Season 3. ...
  • Lucifer Season 5. ...
  • The Witcher Season 1.
Dec 27, 2022

What are the top 10 things to watch on Netflix UK? ›

TOP 10 Movies
  • – You People.
  • – Bank of Dave.
  • – Narvik.
  • – All Quiet on the Western Front.
  • – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
  • – An Action Hero.
  • – Sing.
  • – The Equalizer 2.

What is Netflix's No 1 most watched series? ›

Stranger Things 4

What should I not miss on Netflix 2022? ›

Here are 15 Netflix originals you might have missed this year but definitely should watch.
  • "The Sandman," season one. ...
  • "Heartstopper," season one. ...
  • "Last Chance U: Basketball" ...
  • "Never Have I Ever," season three. ...
  • "Old Enough!" season one. ...
  • "How to Build a Sex Room," season one. ...
  • "Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend," season one.
Dec 29, 2022

What is the top 10 most watched on Netflix? ›

You People

What's the top 10 on Netflix at the moment? ›

Top 10 By Country
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. #3 this week. ...
  • JUNG_E. #4 this week. ...
  • The Pale Blue Eye. #5 this week. ...
  • Trolls. #6 this week. ...
  • Sing 2. #7 this week. ...
  • The Wedding Year. #8 this week. Watch now. ...
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon. #9 this week. Watch now. ...
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. #10 this week. Watch now.

What show should I binge right now? ›

  • Wednesday (2022-present) Image via Netflix. ...
  • Ginny & Georgia (2021-present) Image via Netflix. ...
  • Derry Girls (2018-2022) Image via Channel 4/Netflix. ...
  • Squid Game (2021-present) Image via Netflix. ...
  • Keep Breathing (2022-present) ...
  • The Umbrella Academy (2019-present) ...
  • Heartstopper (2022-present) ...
  • Bridgerton (2020-present)
Jan 23, 2023

What is the most watched mini series? ›

TV Mini-Series (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • Godless (2017) ...
  • Moon Knight (2022) ...
  • We Own This City (2022) ...
  • The Night Of (2016) ...
  • The Staircase (2022) ...
  • Bodyguard (2018) ...
  • Nine Perfect Strangers (2021–2022) TV-MA | 388 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller. ...
  • Candy (2022) TV-MA | 257 min | Biography, Crime, Drama.

Which is world's No 1 series? ›

01 – Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

Story – Game of Thrones is based on the storylines of A Song of Ice and Fire, set in the fictional Westeros Seven Kingdoms and the continent of Essos.

What is the best comedy on BritBox? ›

8 BritBox Comedies That Prove Brits Do Comedy Best
  • Don't mess with a man in a polo. Image: Britbox.
  • But she's a damn delight! ...
  • Murphy's Law at its finest. ...
  • We believe the word is, ICONIC. ...
  • Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. ...
  • Dawn French is the Vicar of Dibley. ...
  • Metal detecting ain't no joke. ...
  • Yes they are.
Aug 29, 2022

Are there any British comedies on Netflix? ›

The Best British Comedy Series On Netflix Right Now
  • After Life (2019-2022) Image via Netflix. ...
  • Hard Cell (2022-Present) Image via Netflix. ...
  • Man Like Mobeen (2017-Present) Image via BBC Three. ...
  • Flowers (2016-2018) Image via Channel 4. ...
  • Derek (2012-2014) ...
  • The Windsors (2016-2020) ...
  • Turn Up Charlie (2019) ...
  • The IT Crowd (2006-2013)
Jun 17, 2022

What is a good British drama? ›

Here, in no particular order, are the 20 best British TV shows of 2022.
  • Heartstopper.
  • Bridgerton (Season 2)
  • His Dark Materials (Season 3)
  • House of the Dragon.
  • Derry Girls (Season 3)
  • The Sandman.
  • Starstruck (Season 2)
  • Everything I Know About Love.
Dec 20, 2022

What is the most watched UK TV show? ›

In 2020, a year after the sitcom Gavin and Stacey dominated the list of most viewed television programs in the United Kingdom, the "Prime Ministerial Statement" of Boris Johnson emerged as the most viewed TV program .

What is the biggest British TV show? ›

1. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

Which is the number one serial in 2022? ›

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, one of the most popular TV series and the longest-running Hindi serial on Star Plus, is now also available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar.

What is the most watched TV show on Netflix UK? ›

Top titles in United Kingdom from January 9 - January 15, 2023 are also popular in other countries around the world.
  • Ginny & Georgia: Season 2. ...
  • Ginny & Georgia: Season 1. ...
  • Vikings: Valhalla: Season 2. ...
  • Kaleidoscope: Limited Series. ...
  • Wednesday: Season 1. ...
  • Emily in Paris: Season 3. ...
  • Vikings: Valhalla: Season 1.


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