Skip To Content

    12 Things TV Gets Wrong About Real-Life Britain

    Less Pimm’s at a party, more pints in a backyard.

    1. On TV, British men always appear handsome and charming.

    BBC1

    In reality, most British men are a little less classy.

    2. On TV, the British countryside is displayed as a place of pure, undisturbed beauty.

    In reality it can be a little shit.

    3. On British TV, villages are essentially the crime hub of Britain.

    ITV

    In reality they're a little less exciting.

    4. On TV, British summers are presented as a time to enjoy Pimm's during a garden party.

    ITV

    In reality you're lucky to get enough sun for a quick pint in your own backyard.

    5. On British TV, everyone joins together as a community and enjoys a pint in their local pub.

    BBC

    In reality British people are just as likely to drink anywhere.

    6. On TV, people working in law enforcement are always super smart.

    BBC

    In reality they can sometimes have off days.

    7. On TV, everyone in Britain is smartly dressed.

    BBC

    In reality things aren't quite as glamorous.

    8. On TV, everyone in Britain enjoys a nice Sunday roast every week.

    ITV

    In reality a lot of people just can't be arsed to cook on a weekend.

    9. On TV, every British person appears witty.

    BBC

    In reality we're not all geniuses.

    10. On TV, Britain is often portrayed as a land of romance.

    Sony Pictures Television

    In reality public displays of love are a little less PG.

    11. On TV, everyone who lives in a British city lives in a nice flat.

    BBC

    In reality most people living in the city are lucky to afford anything.

    12. On TV, British criminals are always menacing.

    Netflix

    In reality British criminals do things like this:

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form