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Still deciding which show to start next? There’s so much choice when it comes to something to watch, so to help out we have been asking Brits which TV shows have influenced them the most. 

Sir David Attenborough has taken the top spot twice over, with Blue Planet, the multi award-winning BBC produced documentary voted ‘Most Influential’ and Planet Earth coming in second place.

The most expensive nature documentaries ever commissioned, Blue Planet explored all aspects of marine life across the world, while Planet Earth took a global overview of the Earth’s varying habitats and biomes.

Both series can be said to have played a huge role in educating us about our planet, as well as poignantly exposing the destruction caused by climate change, and Blue Planet took 34 percent of the vote, with Planet Earth taking 29 percent.

Other shows that featured on the list of the most influential TV shows of all time, according to Brits, included the dark-comedy spy thriller Killing Eve (23 percent), American fantasy drama Game of Thrones (17 percent)  ITV reality show, Love Island (11 percent) and Irish drama-series Normal People (10 percent).

As well as documentaries and dramas, classic comedy series such as The Office (11 percent), Gavin and Stacey (17 percent), Absolutely Fabulous (11 percent) and Shameless (9 percent) also made the cut.

The top twenty most influential shows according to Brits 

1.   Blue Planet                                               

2.   Planet Earth                                              

3.   Killing Eve                                                 

4.   Game of Thrones                           

5.   Gavin and Stacey                                    

6.   Strictly Come Dancing                            

7.   Peaky Blinders                                         

8.   Call the Midwife                                      

9.   The Handmaid’s Tale                             

10.   Sherlock                                                    

11.   Doctor Who                                             

12.   Stranger Things                                       

13.   Luther                                                       

14.   The Office                                                 

15.   Absolutely Fabulous                              

16.   Love Island                                               

17.   Seven Worlds, One Planet                     

18.   Fleabag                                                     

19.   Normal People                                         

20.   Shameless                                                

With loads of the most influential shows available for free on Freeview Play, we have curated a ‘Most Influential Shows’ category over on Explore Freeview Play at Channel 100, so head on over now to start watching.

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