Noughties nostalgia: The 15 hit TV shows Brit’s want to come back


Gavin and Stacey is the noughties TV show that Brits are most desperate to have back, followed by The Bill and Life of Mars, according to new research 1.

This week it was announced that both Waterloo Road and Big Brother will be returning to our screens, and with the nation clearly nostalgic for the noughties, leading UK bingo site, Gala Bingo, polled the UK to uncover which of the decade’s programmes people miss the most.

The top 15 favourite noughties shows are:

  1. Gavin and Stacey
  2. The Bill
  3. Life On Mars
  4. Absolutely Fabulous
  5. The UK Office
  6. The Royle Family
  7. Bad Girls
  8. Benidorm
  9. Big Brother
  10. Heartbeat
  11. Footballers’ Wives
  12. Torchwood
  13. My Family
  14. Fat Friends
  15. Waterloo Road

Gavin and Stacey, the British sitcom written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, about two families, one from Essex and one from South Wales, tops the list, and it comes as no surprise with 17.1 million viewers tuning in to the Christmas special comeback episode in 2019, proving just how popular it remains with the nation.2


The Bill came in at second place, being the longest-running police procedural television series in the United Kingdom, and among the longest running of any British television series at the time of its cancellation.3


Waterloo Road also proved to be a fan favourite, with the BBC drama series about a struggling comprehensive school set in Rochdale making the list. The BBC has confirmed that the series will be back "later this year", with some original cast members already revealed to be taking part.4


Another show included in the list was Big Brother and this is due for a revival this year, having not being aired on UK TV since 2018. 5


Top 5 shows for women:

  1. Gavin and Stacey
  2. Bad Girls
  3. Absolutely Fabulous
  4. Big Brother
  5. Life on Mars


Top 5 shows for men:

  1. The Bill
  2. Gavin and Stacey
  3. Life on Mars
  4. The UK Office
  5. The Royle Family


Sara Jolly head of brand marketing, at Gala Bingo said: “The noughties brought us so many amazing TV shows and it’s great to see which are the fan favourites across the nation.

“With talk of fan favourites returning this year, we’re excited to see whether some of these other classics will eventually return to our screens.”


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