Foyle's War voted TV's most-missed show of the 21st century as top ten revealed


In the poll of 3,000 viewers, second place went to The Bill, which ran from 1984-2010 and was cancelled amid declining ratings. ITV said at the time: “Times change, and so do the tastes of our audience.”

Count Arthur Strong, a comedy that transferred to television from Radio 4, was third, followed by Spooks, the long-running MI5 drama.

Fifth was Home Fires, another Second World War series, this one following the ladies of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute. Fans were so upset when it was cancelled in 2016 that a 21,000-strong petition was delivered to ITV’s studios.

Life on Mars, The Detectorists and Phoenix Nights also appeared in the top 10. Two other shows on the list are definitely set for a return.

The BBC is planning a new series of Happy Valley, the crime drama starring Sarah Lancashire. And Downton Abbey is coming back as a feature film, due for release in September, with a storyline that involves a visit from King George V and Queen Mary. 


Most Missed TV Show of 21st Century

  1. Foyle’s War, ITV, 2002—15

  2. The Bill, ITV, 1984—2010

  3. Count Arthur Strong, BBC2/BBC1, 2013—17

  4. Spooks, BBC1 2002–2011

  5. Home Fires, ITV, 2015-16

  6. Life On Mars, BBC1, 2006—7

  7. Detectorists, BBC Four, 2014-17

  8. Downton Abbey, ITV, 2010-2015

  9. Phoenix Nights, C4, 2001-2

  10. Happy Valley, BBC 1, 2014-16


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