British crime TV

by chaosah | created - 07 Jun 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

British crime TV shows I've watched.

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1. Poirot (1989–2013)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of eccentric but sharp Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 34,222

The best Hercule Poirot

2. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 78,154

Great detective pairing, great story in the first season

3. Happy Valley (2014– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 29,546

4. The Fall (I) (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serialist in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity.

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Aisling Franciosi

Votes: 68,249

5. The Missing (2014– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When Tony and Emily Hughes travel to France with their 5-year-old son Oliver, their family holiday turns into a nightmare when Oliver disappears from a large celebrating crowd in Northern France.

Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Anastasia Hille, David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 18,952

Season 2 actually is much better than season 1

6. Line of Duty (2012– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.

Stars: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson

Votes: 24,148

One of the best police procedurals. Interview/interrogation scenes are especially good.

7. Grantchester (2014– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.

Stars: Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver, James Norton

Votes: 8,416

Gets a bit too soapy sometimes - but that depends on whether you like the characters.

8. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A veteran Detective Chief Inspector and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 20,617

The earlier series especially are fun to watch.

9. Chasing Shadows (I) (2014)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A missing persons unit investigate serial killers who target the impressionable and vulnerable.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Alex Kingston, Don Warrington, Noel Clarke

Votes: 1,940

10. Father Brown (2013– )

TV-PG | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village.

Stars: Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, John Burton, Nancy Carroll

Votes: 6,488

Lighthearted and fun enough to watch

11. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 11,654

Fantastic series set during/post WWII

12. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Chief Inspector Morse (John Thaw) has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Detective Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately) to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 8,985

13. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 9,434

14. Maigret Sets a Trap (2016 TV Movie)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Chief Inspector Jules Maigret hunts for a serial killer.

Director: Ashley Pearce | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Leo Staar, Shaun Dingwall, Alexander Campbell

Votes: 7,593

15. River (2015)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

John River is a brilliant police inspector whose genius lies side-by-side with the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, Lesley Manville, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 17,686

Interesting premise of a schizophrenic detective, engaging plot

16. Unforgotten (2015– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

London detectives investigate crimes from the past, unravelling secrets left buried for years.

Stars: Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Lewis Reeves, Jordan Long

Votes: 9,287

17. What Remains (2013)

TV-MA | 240 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A young couple move into an apartment only to find the body of a young woman that had been missing for 2 years but never registered as missing which leads to a deeper investigation into what actually happened.

Stars: Alexander Arnold, Denise Gough, Lisa Millett, David Threlfall

Votes: 2,697

Everybody's a potential murderer in this one house where a years-old body is found.

18. The Bletchley Circle (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle, Anna Maxwell Martin

Votes: 9,791

Fascinating period piece, good stories too especially the first story.

19. Code of a Killer (2015)

65 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The story of Sir Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by DCS David Baker in catching a double murderer.

Stars: John Simm, Anna Madeley, David Threlfall, Lorcan Cranitch

Votes: 2,182

20. The Night Manager (2016)

TV-14 | 358 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman

Votes: 62,081

Spy drama. For all its exotic sets and scenes, falls rather flat for me.

21. Above Suspicion (2009–2012)

46 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The murder of a young actress starts an investigation that uncovers on-screen tensions, a complex private life, controversial memoirs, and suspected abuse.

Stars: Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Shaun Dingwall, Amanda Lawrence

Votes: 1,912

22. DCI Banks (2010–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The tenacious and stubborn DCI Banks unravels disturbing murder mysteries aided by his young assistants, DS Annie Cabbot and DI Helen Morton.

Stars: Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz

Votes: 4,676

23. Scott & Bailey (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama

Two female detectives, one motherly, the other emotionally immature, have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, Tony Mooney, David Prosho

Votes: 5,524

24. Little Boy Blue (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The story about the murder of an 11-year-old boy, Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007 and his parents, Melanie's and Steve's ordeal, and how Rhys's murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.

Stars: Sinead Keenan, Brían F. O'Byrne, Matthew Roberts, Stephen Graham

Votes: 2,379

25. Whitechapel (2009–2013)

180 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A fast-tracked inspector, a hardened detective sergeant, and an expert in historical homicides investigate modern crimes with connections to the past in the Whitechapel district of London.

Stars: Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton, Sam Stockman

Votes: 10,149

26. Death in Paradise (2011– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A British inspector is transferred to Saint-Marie's police department, but he hates the sun, sea and sand. The series follow his investigations into murders on the island. Later series see another British DI head the investigative team.

Stars: Danny John-Jules, Elizabeth Bourgine, Don Warrington, Joséphine Jobert

Votes: 11,999

27. No Offence (2015– )

42 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Follows a group of police officers on the front line wondering what they did to end up where they are now, on the ugly side of Manchester.

Stars: Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter

Votes: 3,630

28. Identity (2010)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A drama series following an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime.

Stars: Aidan Gillen, Keeley Hawes, Holly Aird, Elyes Gabel

Votes: 614

29. Manhunt (2019– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

London Metropolitan police detective Colin Sutton tracks down a serial killer.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley, Stephen Wight

Votes: 2,601

30. London Kills (2019– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Drama series following the detectives of an elite murder investigation squad in London.

Stars: Hugo Speer, Sharon Small, Bailey Patrick, Tori Allen-Martin

Votes: 617

31. The Tunnel (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the U.K. and France, and two agents have to work together on behalf of their respective countries to find the murderer.

Stars: Stephen Dillane, Clémence Poésy, Cédric Vieira, Angel Coulby

Votes: 6,630

32. Criminal: UK (2019– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A cat-and-mouse drama, which focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects. Comprising 12 stories set in four different countries, each takes place within the confines of a police interview suite.

Stars: Katherine Kelly, Lee Ingleby, Mark Stanley, Rochenda Sandall

Votes: 5,523



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