Scotland has been producing hit TV shows for the best part of a century, but which ones are the most fondly remembered?
After a passionate response to our ‘What’s the best Scottish film of all time’ poll, our minds began wandering to other forms of Scottish entertainment like TV. From satirical comedies to soap operas and so-called ‘Tartan Noir’ dramas, Scotland has produced some exemplary television over the last seventy years.
Here are 24 of Scotland’s best TV shows according to Scotsman readers – did we miss any?
1. Still Game (2002)
Still Game was the most popular answer from our Scotsman readers with some crowning it ‘the best example of Scottish comedy’. It follows pensioners Jack and Victor, residents of Craiglang, who go about their lives with other beloved characters like Navid, Winston, Isa, Boaby the barman and Tam.
2. Take the High Road (1980)
A classic Scottish soap that follows the local residents of Glendarroch village as they wrestle with all kinds of issues from crop failure, to parochial politics and infidelity. It’s not surprising that this TV show was mentioned often as it ran successfully for over 20 years.
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3. Tutti Frutti (1987)
Tutti Frutti was a drama series produced by BBC Scotland that was written by John Byrne while featuring talent from the likes of the late Robbie Coltrane who sadly passed away in 2022. It follows the life of ‘The Majestics’ who are a rock ‘n’ roll band who are looking to make it big after 25 years of performing at small-scale Scottish gigs.
4. Taggart (1983)
“There’s been a murder!” Yes, that iconic line is brought to you by the hit Scottish detective TV show that aired on our screens back in the 80s. It follows the gritty adventures of a Glaswegian police detective as he investigates a slew of crimes in the Maryhill area.