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The Best War TV Shows on BritBox

Finding a good War 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 War TV shows of all time streaming on BritBox.

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1. Blackadder

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72/100
Year: 1983-2020Rated: 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 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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2. Brideshead Revisited

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Year: 1981-2020Seasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In this acclaimed eleven-hours British television miniseries, Charles Ryder, an agnostic man, becomes involved with members of the Flytes, a Catholic family of aristocrats, over the course of several years between the two world wars.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (91%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 11 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 10 episodes (91%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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3. Our Girl

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Year: 2014-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Drama following the extraordinary adventures of female medics in the British Army.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (38%) are available to watch free online (Tubi & Plex). 24 episodes (75%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & BritBox).

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4. Doctor Zhivago

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Year: 2002-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Doctor Zhivago is a 2002 British television miniseries directed by Giacomo Campiotti and starring Hans Matheson, Keira Knightley and Sam Neill. The teleplay by Andrew Davies is based on the 1957 novel of the same title by Boris Pasternak.The serial is the second English-language screen adaptation of the book, following the 1965 feature film. It was produced by Granada Television, with co-funding from the American PBS station WGBH Boston and the German company Evision. It was first broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom, beginning on 24 November 2002. In the United States, it aired as part of Masterpiece Theatre on 2 and 9 November 2003.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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5. The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco

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Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: During the thrilling social change of the mid-1950s, four remarkable women who previously served secretly during WWII as code-breakers, turn their skills to solving murders overlooked by police. In the process they are plunged into fascinating corners of the city, forge powerful relationships, and rediscover their own powers and potential.

Where to Watch: 9 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 8 episodes (89%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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6. Small Island

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Year: 2009-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Follow three intricately connected stories of Jamaicans and Londoners involved in World War Two. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as we trace the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Hoopla).

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7. Our World War

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Year: 2014-2020Seasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Our World War is a gripping factual drama series offering viewers first-hand experience of the extraordinary bravery of young soldiers fighting 100 years ago. Drawing on real stories of World War One soldiers it uses the visual techniques and imagery familiar from modern warfare – POV helmet camera footage, surveillance images and night vision – to immerse the BBC Three audience in life on the Western Front. Each episode is closely based on first-hand testimony, interviews and memoirs that reveal often hidden and sometimes disturbing aspects of the combat experience.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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8. The Passing Bells

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Year: 2014-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama, Crime

What it's about: At the outbreak of World War I, two teenage boys - one German and one British - defy their parents to sign up. An epic historical drama spanning the five years of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of two ordinary young soldiers.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, BritBox & Hoopla).

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9. Sharpe

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Year: 1993-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Action & Adventure

What it's about: Sharpe is a British series of television dramas starring Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe, a fictional British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars. Sharpe is the hero of a number of novels by Bernard Cornwell; most, though not all, of the episodes are based on the books. Produced by Celtic Films and Picture Palace Films for the ITV network, the series was shot mainly in Turkey and the Crimea, although some filming was also done in England, Spain and Portugal. The series originally ran from 1993 to 1997. In 2004, as part of ITV's new set of drama, ITV announced that it intended to produce new episodes of Sharpe, in co-production with BBC America, loosely based on his time in India, with Sean Bean continuing his role as Sharpe. Sharpe's Challenge is a two-part adventure; part one premiered on ITV on 23 April 2006, with part two being shown the following night. With more gore than earlier episodes, the show was broadcast by BBC America in September 2006.At a book signing in Bath on 11 October 2006, Bernard Cornwell revealed that there were plans by ITV to film two more episodes. Filming was supposed to start in April, but was postponed due to the resignation of ITV's chief executive, at which point production was pushed back to September. However, Sean Bean was unavailable due to other commitments, so production was postponed once more. When asked about the stories, Cornwell said that he believed that they were producing two new stories specially for television. It was announced that filming Sharpe's Peril, produced by Celtic Film/Picture Palace, began on 3 March 2008 in India. The first part was broadcast on ITV on 2 November 2008 with the second part shown a week later. Sharpe's Challenge and Sharpe's Peril were broadcast in the US in 2010 as part of PBS' Masterpiece Classic season.

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 14 episodes (78%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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10. The BBC at War

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Year: 2015-2020Seasons: 1
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What it's about: An enthralling series exploring how the BBC fought not only Hitler but also the British government to become the institution it is today.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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