Scotland's 20 greatest TV shows of all-time - ranked in order

Readers’ vote crowns the nation’s greatest ever TV series

Monday, 27th July 2020, 12:30 pm
The cast of Still Game. Pic: Alan Peebles
The cast of Still Game. Pic: Alan Peebles

Scotland's best TV show of all-time as voted by our readers can now be revealed. We ran a poll across the weekend asking all of you to pick your favourites from a long-list of Scotland’s most famous programmes.

There is no surprise as to which show takes the No.1 spot, though there were a few surprises across the rest of the top 20, with a number of high-profile candidates missing out, such as Take The High Road, Outlander and River City.

Here is the final 20 in descending order...

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A deserving champion. Cult Scottish comedy about the lives of Glasgow pensioners, Jack and Victor, who live in Craiglang and drink in the Clansman. Other beloved characters included Isa, Tam, Winston, Navid and Boaby the barman.
Brian Cox stars in a sitcom about a cheeseburger tycoon who makes a bid to become the local MP for Broughy Ferry, managed by his hapless right-hand man Frank (Jonathan Watson).
Comedy sketch show starring Greg Hemphill, Ford Kiernan and Karen Dunbar portraying an array of off-beat characters, two of whom, Jack and Victor, became the stars of cult spin-off Still Game.
Comedy starring Gregor Fisher as Rab, an alcoholic Glaswegian rarely seen outside of his string vest who seeks unemployment as a lifestyle choice, alongside Elaine C Smith as his long suffering wife, Mary.
A comedy sketch show starring Rikki Fulton and a revolving ensemble cast which included Gregor Fisher, Tony Roper, Claire Nielson, Juliet Cadzow and John Bett. Featured popular characters such as Supercop and Rev. I.M. Jolly.
A fly on the wall style mockumentary comedy series following the life of Scottish police officers from different areas of the force led by irresponsible Chief Constable Cameron Miekelson (Jack Docherty).
A Scottish anti-humour sketch show broadcast on BBC Two Scotland, written and directed by Brian "Limmy" Limond, who stars as himself and a variety of characters in a series of observational, surreal, dark and bizarre sketches
A sitcom focusing on neighbours living side by side in a typical Glasgow suburb. BBC Scotland describes the characters as "not so happily living together" – the neighbours are constantly visiting uninvited.
Many years ago, before The Fast Show, Big Train or Little Britain, came this influential Scottish sketch show broadcast on Channel 4. A splendid blend of comedy craft and surreal lunacy. Recently returned on Radio 4.
The gritty Glasgow detective show famous for its "There's been a murder" catchphrase. The show follows detectives in the Maryhill CID of Strathclyde Police as they investigate crimes, often murders.
Influential sketch show spun off from a long running Scottish radio show. It introduced the world to Glaswegian street philosopher Rab C. Nesbitt and The Baldy Man. A total of thirty 25-minute episodes were produced.
Loosely based on the Inspector Rebus novels of Scots author Ian Rankin, this series follows the exploits of Detective Inspector John Rebus, who solves grisly crimes on the streets of Edinburgh.
Robert Florence and Iain Connell write and perform a sketch show set in a town in the Glasgow area, featuring a wide array of bizarre characters such as Jolly Boy John, the town's wannabe pop act, and a local serial killer.
BAFTA-award winning sitcom written and starring comedian Greg McHugh takes a comic view on the daily life of a Scottish army corporal, and the antics that the crew get themselves into.
Two brothers, Max and Jake, accidentally run over and kill an elderly man on an Edinburgh street, then try to cover up the crime. The four-part series became the first drama commission of the new BBC Scotland channel last year.
Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) and his team investigate various criminal activities that take place in the picturesque setting of the Shetland Isles. Based on the novels of Ann Cleeves.
The six-part series, which aired in 1987 and launched the careers of Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson, follows the fortunes of rock ’n’ roll band the Majestics, who reform to play a 25th anniversary tour.
A strangely, short-lived Scottish sitcom chronicling the eccentric passengers and crew of a fictional small airline operating out of Prestwick Airport. Notable for some very surreal comedy and the all singing, all dancing titles.
A comedy-mystery-drama series starring Robert Carlyle as a police constable in the small Scottish town of Lochdubh, who, accompanied by his dog Wee Jock, occasionally bends the rules when it suits him or the eccentric townsfolk.
BBC Scotland's annual comedy sketch show is broadcast each Hogmanay as actor and impressionist Jonathan Watson takes an irreverant look at the world of Scottish football, politics and entertainment.