As of 2015, some popular BBC programs include Sherlock, EastEnders, Spooks and Merlin. Some other popular BBC programs are Death in Paradise, Keeping Up Appearances, Doctor Who and the Graham Norton Show. Shaun the Sheep, New Tricks, Tenko and Doctors are also well-known television shows on BBC.
TV.com ranks Sherlock as the most popular BBC program, as of 2015. Sherlock is based on the famous English detective made famous in literature, but it is set in modern times. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Sherlock, and Martin Freeman plays the role of Dr. John Watson.
EastEnders is a BBC drama that first aired in 1985, and is still running as of 2015. The show is centered around real-life situations, and it is known for being highly dramatic. The characters live in the East End of London. Spooks is an espionage program about Great Britain's secret intelligence service, the MI-5. Spooks ended in 2011.
Merlin is a fantasy adventure program based on the popular sorcerer character named Merlin. The show is based in the Kingdom of Camelot, and features other classic characters such as Prince Arthur. Death in Paradise is a playful and often humorous drama about an English detective inspector who despises sand, sun and the ocean. The twist is that he finds himself transferred to a small Caribbean island.