Looking for a new British detective series to stream? I've rounded up the British detective shows that have captured my attention in 2023!
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Post updated September, 2023
The Chelsea Detective
I cannot recommend The Chelsea Detective highly enough. In the vein of Vera, Shetland, and C.B. Strike, it's a compelling partner-based detective drama following a lovable DI and his younger DS as they navigate crime in London and, of course, their personal lives. Dedicated Midsomer Murders fans will recognize Adrian Scarborough as a three-time Midsomer resident. Now he takes the reins as DI Max Arnold in The Chelsea Detective, solving high-end crimes in the wealthiest part of London. The second season just premiered!
Murder in Provence
Based on the book series by ML Longworth, Murder in Provence stars veteran British actors Roger Allam and Nancy Caroll (who you may recognize from Endeavour and Father Brown, respectively) as paramours turned co-investigators in the stunning southern French town of Provence.
Another classic partner-based and episodic classic British detective series, Grace, Season 2 is streaming now. Following the scrupulously straight-forward Roy Grace, John Simm gives an excellent performance as a detective balancing his career against the demands of his personal life, including the as-yet unsolved disappearance of his wife. For fans of Endeavor, the two shows share the same creator, though I don't know how many similarities I see.
The Long Call
The Long Call is another adaptation of a book, though this one is open and closed in one season. DI Matthew Venn returns to his hometown and the extreme religious sect he's been trying to forget about since he left home. Adapted from a book by Vera and Shetland author Ann Cleaves, The Long Call has a similar eerie, earthy vibe that's sure to keep you guessing. Fans of George Gently will happily recognize one of the main characters.
Dalgliesh, recently renewed, so we can expect a couple more seasons, follows the titular detective as he recovers from the loss of his wife and baby, solving crimes in 1970's England. We just have one season out now - with each mystery (based on a book) spanning two episodes. Yet another show that recently added a second season. Lucky us!
Signora Volpe follows the exploits of Sylvia Fox (Emilia Fox), and MI6 agent who, after traveling to Italy for her niece's wedding, decides to make a go of it in Umbria. Expect beautiful scenery and lots of fun spy gimmicks.
Line of Duty
When Line of Duty came to an end in 2021, its shocking ending made the headlines. If you want to follow the trials and tribulations of the AC-12 agents (corruption) as they investigate the endless twists and turns of dirty cops, even among their own ranks, you'll love this show. And, of course, expect to see lots of familiar faces from our favorite British detective shows.
Wrapping up an epic 9-season run, the Morse prequel Endeavour is my new 'favourite.' I've watched 7 seasons faster than I'd like to admit. Think a slightly-more-recently-made George Gently.
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