The British have the art of the addictive murder mystery down to a science. Tune into these top, easily streamable British detective series, and see them in action!
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A Swedish Touch: Wallander
With veteran star David Warner as Wallander's ailing father, and Tom Hiddleston as his snarky subordinate - I promise you'll enjoy. Available on BritBox through Amazon and HBO Max.
A More Modern Take: Marcella
A Bit Grittier: Happy Valley
Power Detective: The Fall
Dornan shines as Paul Spector in The Fall - guy next door turned crazy serial killer, who tries to hold his world together...while he continues committing his heinous crimes, with Anderson's D.S. Gibson in hot pursuit. The three seasons under its belt, wrapping up in 2016, it's a satisfying, if disturbing watch. It's available for streaming on Netflix, or for purchase on Amazon.
All About Scotland: Shetland
The Inside Job: Line of Duty
Caribbean Flair: Death in Paradise
Death in Paradise is quirky and fun, showcasing the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie, with an enjoyable mix of supporting characters. Interesting, the show has weathered the departure of not one, but two, leading D.I.s, in addition to most of the supporting cast, over the years, and lived to tell the tale. It's actually a joint U.K. and French production, leading to a lot of interplay between the two cultures. Death in Paradise is available through Britbox.
Books into T.V.: C.B. Strike
C.B. Strike is a bit harder to access than some of the others on this list - it's available now through Amazon/HBO. If you know you love C.B. Strike, check out my compilation of Shows like C.B. Strike and Books like Cormoran Strike.
Best female detective: Vera
Comedic Relief: Shakespeare & Hathaway
The coziest: Miss Marple
New in town: Dalgliesh
Even newer in town: The Chelsea Detective
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Vera is definitely on my list - I'll need to check it out!! Thanks for stopping by!!
Thank you so much!! I've actually not seen any of those three - I'll definitely check them out! xx
So many missing from your list. Line of Duty is the very best! Scott and Bailey, Dr. Foster, and Endeavour to name a few.
A recent favorite of mine is: Bailey & Scott. Otherwise, All the ones you spoke of are true favorites of mine, except for C.B. Strike. I've not seen it, and don't p-l-a-n on subscribing to Cinemax, but perhaps one rainy, foggy, or snowy day... who knows?
Doh! The show is Scott & Bailey !
Loved Happy Valley and Broadchurch! We didn’t care for Wallander.
I’d highly recommend No Offence. Dark, funny, perfect!
I totally agree with you. I loved the Wallander books, but the TV series failed to capture Wallander as a character.
I also loved No Offence! Great female leading characters and interesting plots!
Line of Duty and No Offence kept us glued for the longest. But tell me: how did MI5 NOT make the list! I so miss Adam (Rupert) and his gorgeous wife and Harry and Ros, ah the whole darned cast!
I prefer the Swedish Wallender. The British one is too slow for me. When they come your way I suggest you watch Annika and Vigil - currently airing in the UK at the moment.
I loved one called Loch Ness, shot obviously in Scotland. I also loved Unforgiven. The Fall with Gillian Anderson was fairly good but now as great as most of the British detective series. Vera is a great series, as is Scott & Bailey. I agree that No Offense is fabulous with all strong female leads.
Agree they are all good shows but I would have added Foyle's War, Aunty Agatha's Hercule Poirot, Rosemary and Thyme and Shakespeare and Hathaway.
Two more favorites of ours:
Foyle’s War and George Gently
Inspector Morse is the gold standard. Many good shows listed here.
I would love to have a tee shirt with the Welcome to Midsummer on it. Is it possible?
The strongest female detective show that you left out was my favourite prime suspect with Helen Mirren
You missed one of my favourites - Hinterland - which is set in Wales and was recorded in English and Welsh.
I love, love love Midsomer Murders and Death in Paradise! I enjoyed reading your recommendations. I will surely check out some of the other titles.
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