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The Best Political TV Shows on BritBox

Finding a good Political TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Political TV shows of all time streaming on BritBox.

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1. The Thick of It

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8.7/10
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79/100
Year: 2005-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Comedy

What it's about: Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Where to Watch: 25 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 25 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Blackadder

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8.1/10
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70/100
Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
Comedy

What it's about: Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These situation tragedies had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 24 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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3. Yes Minister

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64/100
Year: 1980-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Comedy

What it's about: Set principally in the private office of a British Cabinet minister in the Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall, Yes Minister follows the ministerial career of The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various struggles to formulate and enact legislation or effect departmental changes are opposed by the British Civil Service, in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Nigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, played by Derek Fowlds, is usually caught between the two. The sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, continued with the same cast and followed the events of the premiership of Jim Hacker after his unexpected elevation to Number 10 upon the resignation of the previous PM.

Where to Watch: 21 episodes (91%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 23 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. Banished

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7.4/10
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60/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, History

What it's about: At its heart, Banished is a story of survival. Though it is set in the stark historical reality of the founding of the penal colony in Australia in 1788 after the arrival of the First Fleet, it is not the story of Australia and how it came to be. Rather, it is a tale of love, faith, justice and morality played out on an epic scale in a confined community where the stakes are literally life and death.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 7 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Yes, Prime Minister

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60/100
Year: 1986-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Comedy

What it's about: James Hacker MP the Government's bumbling minister for Administrative Affairs is propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - No. 10. Could this have possibly have been managed by his trusted Permanent Private Secretary, the formidably political Sir Humphrey Appleby who must move to the “Top Job” in Downing Street to support him, together with his much put upon PPS Bernard Wolley.What could possibly go wrong?

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (94%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 17 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. New Blood

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7.4/10
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55/100
Year: 2016-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: Two junior investigators come together against a new breed of criminal, the uber rich and powerful corporations, individuals and governments who hide behind legitimate facades.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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7. Elizabeth R

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54/100
Year: 1971-2019Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: This historical mini-series documents the reign of Elizabeth I with each episode focusing on one dramatic period in the lengthy reign of the Virgin Queen, including her ascension to the throne, her various marital intrigues, her problems with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, and the threatened invasion of the Spanish Armada.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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8. Our Friends in the North

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53/100
Year: 1996-2019Seasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Examines the politics and change across Britain from the Sixties to the Nineties seen through the varying fortunes of four friends.

Where to Watch: 9 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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9. Damned

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47/100
Year: 2016-2019Seasons: 2
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What it's about: Comedy set in the social services department of a local authority. Social workers Rose and Al swim against the tide of bureaucracy, deal with the absurdities of life and try to navigate their equally trying professional and personal lives.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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10. Monarchy

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8.1/10
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46/100
Year: 2004-2019Seasons: 4
Documentary, History

What it's about: Monarchy is a Channel 4 British TV series, 2004-2006, by British academic David Starkey, charting the political and ideological history of the English monarchy from the Saxon period to modern times. The show also aired on PBS stations throughout the United States, courtesy of PBS-member station WNET. In Australia, all four seasons were broadcast on ABC1 from May 2005 onwards.

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (94%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV, BritBox & Xive TV). 16 episodes (94%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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11. The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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Year: 2001-2019Seasons: 1
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: Through dramatic reconstructions and his own passionate narration, Dr. David Starkey, the controversial Tudor historian, profiles the six women who married Henry Vlll.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & BritBox). 4 episodes (67%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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12. Newzoids

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32/100
Year: 2015-2019Seasons: 2
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: Welcome to the world of Newzoids, a topical puppet animation sketch show poking fun at pop stars, politicians, sports faces and TV favourites, and depicting our most talked about famous faces in a way they have never been seen before.Imagine a world where David Cameron and Nick Clegg battle it out on Jeremy Kyle, where Ed Miliband joins Ant and Dec on I’m A Catastrophe…Get Me Out Of Here, and where Professor Brian Cox finds an extraordinary new planet in the solar system – Kim Kardashian’s backside.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (50%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).