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.
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 (96%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 24 episodes (96%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).
2. Brideshead Revisited
What it's about: 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: 11 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex, Vudu & 3 others). 11 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Philo & BritBox). 10 episodes (91%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).
What it's about: 19th century Great Britain. The Industrial Revolution brings both the promise and fear of change. In the provincial town of Middlemarch, the progressive Dorothea Brooke desperately seeks intellectual fulfillment in a male-dominated society and is driven into an unhappy marriage to the elderly scholar Casaubon. No sooner do they embark on their honeymoon than she meets and develops an instant connection with Casaubon's young cousin, Will Ladislaw. When idealistic Doctor Lydgate arrives, his new methods of medicine sweep him into the battle between conservatives and liberals in town. He quickly becomes enamored of the beautiful, privileged Rosamond Vincy, a woman whose troubles seem bound to destroy him.
Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & BritBox).
4. 'Allo 'Allo!
What it's about: The misadventures of hapless cafe owner René Artois and his escapades with the Resistance in occupied France.
Where to Watch: 78 episodes (92%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Prime Video & BritBox).
5. Our Girl
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 & PlutoTV). 24 episodes (75%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & BritBox).
6. Doctor Zhivago
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).
7. The Passing Bells
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).
8. Dad's Army
What it's about: Introducing the Walmington-On-Sea home guard. During WW2, in a fictional British seaside town, a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion.
Where to Watch: 78 episodes (90%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).
9. The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco
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 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).
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).
11. Small Island
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).
12. Our World War
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: 2 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).
13. The Cazalets
What it's about: The Cazalets is a 2001 five-episode television drama series about the life of a large privileged family in the years 1937 to 1947. Most of the action takes place in London, and at the family's large estate in Sussex.The drama was based on the novels of Elizabeth Jane Howard, and adapted by the screenwriter Douglas Livingstone. The series was originally produced by Cinema Verity for BBC One and is available on DVD.
Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).
14. The BBC at War
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).