This broad cross-section of 100 of the greatest and most popular British television programmes from a wide range of genres was compiled by the National Media Museum, Bradford. The choice is based on popularity, innovation, influence on the art, and overall quality. In the case of episodic programmes, of which there are several, the chosen episode is considered particularly significant or memorable.
The collection proves why television has been and continues to be a major industry in Britain, often setting the international standard in the field. The original TV Heaven resource was founded in 1993 at the National Media Museum as Britain’s first publicly accessible archive of significant TV programmes.
Iain Logie Baird
Associate Curator, National Media Museum