The classic British crime TV shows.

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1. Father Brown (1974)

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

Based on the stories of G.K. Chesterton, a British Catholic Priest solves mysteries.

Stars: Kenneth More, Dennis Burgess, David Buck, Graham Crowden

Votes: 277

Kenneth More is outstanding and the series does justice to the original stories.

2. Five Red Herrings (1975– )

Crime, Mystery

Solve the mystery with Lord Peter Whimsey, based on the book by Dorothy L Sayers.

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Roy Boutcher, David Rintoul

Votes: 217

3. Murder Must Advertise (1973–1974)

Mystery

When one of the copy writers of Pym's Advertising Agency meets his death by falling down a spiral staircase, a new "writer" joins the staff to investigate the matter.

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Mark Eden, Rachel Herbert, Paul Darrow

Votes: 253

4. The Nine Tailors (1974– )

Mystery

The title refers to the nine strokes of a church bell to announce the death of a man. In this adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's intricate, nostalgic, and atmospheric novel of the same name,... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Elizabeth Proud, Patrick Jordan

Votes: 279

5. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1972–1973)

180 min | Crime, Mystery

When one of the members of the Bellona Club passes away, Lord Wimsey is brought in to determine the time of death for testamentary purposes.

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terence Alexander, Anna Cropper, Donald Pickering

Votes: 237

6. Clouds of Witness (1972)

Drama

Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver is accused of murdering their sister Mary's fiancé. It's up to Lord Peter and his faithful man Bunter to untangle all the clues and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Mark Eden, Rachel Herbert

Votes: 265

7. Agatha Christie's 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: 34,035

8. 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: 8,922

9. Maigret (1960–1963)

50 min | Crime, Drama

Televisations of the Maigret novels by Georges Simenon.

Stars: Rupert Davies, Ewen Solon, Helen Shingler, Neville Jason

Votes: 112

10. Sexton Blake (1967–1971)

30 min | Adventure, Family

Adventures of the handsome, fencing detective Sexton Blake and his sidekick Tinker.

Stars: Laurence Payne, Roger Foss, Dorothea Phillips, Meredith Edwards

Votes: 12

11. 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: 9,384

12. Thriller (1973–1976)

65 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Michael Jayston, Robert Powell

Votes: 490

13. 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: 8,337

14. The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971–1973)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Adaptations of mystery stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's contemporary rivals in the genre.

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Peter Vaughan, Douglas Wilmer, Ronald Hines

Votes: 170

15. Sergeant Cork (1963–1968)

60 min | Crime

Victorian era, 'Who done it' with the venerable Sergeant Cork battling entrenched views in a bid to use a more scientific approach to solving cases.Trusty sidekick Bob does not always understand his methods but faithfully co-operates..

Stars: John Barrie, William Gaunt, Charles Morgan, Freddie Fowler

Votes: 44

16. 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: 7,521

18. Maigret in Montmartre (2017 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Maigret investigates the random murders of a Countess and a showgirl and discovers a dark secret that links their past lives at the Grand Hotel in Nice.

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Nicola Sloane, Sebastian De Souza, Simon Gregor, Olivia Vinall

Votes: 2,338

19. Maigret's Dead Man (2016 TV Movie)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Maigret plunges into the murky Parisian underworld.

Director: Jon East | Stars: Ian Puleston-Davies, Dorottya Hais, Mark Hadfield, Iván Fenyö

Votes: 5,638

20. Maigret: Night at the Crossroads (2017 TV Movie)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Maigret: Night at the Crossroads tells a complex tale of murder, deceit and greed set in an isolated country community.

Director: Sarah Harding | Stars: Ben Caplan, Katherine Kanter, Robin Weaver, Wanda Opalinska

Votes: 3,051

21. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001–2008)

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

British crime investigation series based around aristocratic, Oxford-educated Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and his working-class assistant Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small).

Stars: Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, Paul Hickey

Votes: 3,801

22. Alleyn Mysteries (1990–1994)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Drawing on her love of theatre and art, New Zealand author Ngaio Marsh created elegant crime-puzzlers full of quirky characters with hidden agendas, all brought meticulously to life in this BBC series.

Stars: William Simons, Patrick Malahide, Belinda Lang, Tim Dutton

Votes: 328

23. An Inspector Calls (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.

Director: Aisling Walsh | Stars: Sophie Rundle, Lucy Chappell, Miranda Richardson, Ken Stott

Votes: 7,375

24. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)

50 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

In 1930s England, a man from an aristocratic family takes up the pseudonym Albert Campion and, with the help of his ex-burglar manservant, solves mysteries.

Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Andrew Burt, Moray Watson

Votes: 633

25. Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987 TV Movie)

102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Miss Marple receives a cryptic letter requesting her to right an unknown injustice, but receives no hint other than a ticket for guided tour of historic homes.

Director: David Tucker | Stars: Joan Hickson, Peter Tilbury, Frank Gatliff, Barbara Franceschi

Votes: 1,730

26. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman, Miss Marple seeks a murderer with a penchant for nursery rhymes.

Director: Guy Slater | Stars: Joan Hickson, Timothy West, Fabia Drake, Clive Merrison

Votes: 1,471

27. Miss Marple: The Moving Finger (1985)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The normally friendly village of Lymston is plagued by vile anonymous letters. When a mother of three takes her own life, following such a letter, Ms. Marple is not at all convinced things are as they seem.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Michael Culver, Elizabeth Counsell, Deborah Appleby

Votes: 1,371

28. Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987 TV Movie)

102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a young bride moves into a country manor, long repressed childhood memories of witnessing a murder come to the surface.

Director: John Davies | Stars: Joan Hickson, Geraldine Alexander, John Moulder-Brown, Frederick Treves

Votes: 1,431

29. Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984)

156 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.

Stars: Gwen Watford, Moray Watson, Valentine Dyall, Frederick Jaeger

Votes: 1,627

30. Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985)

153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Samantha Bond, Simon Shepherd

Votes: 1,630

31. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors (1991 TV Movie)

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

When Miss Marple is invited to the manor house of an old friend, it is not long before a puzzling murder puts her mind to work.

Director: Norman Stone | Stars: Joan Hickson, Jean Simmons, Joss Ackland, Faith Brook

Votes: 1,217

32. Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (1987 TV Movie)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

During a stay at one of London's most elegant and venerable hotels Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram's stuffy veneer.

Director: Mary McMurray | Stars: Joan Hickson, Caroline Blakiston, Helena Michell, James Cossins

Votes: 1,407

33. Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1992 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

At a reception for a fading film star making a screen comeback, a gushing, pushy fan is poisoned by a drink apparently meant for the actress.

Director: Norman Stone | Stars: Joan Hickson, Claire Bloom, Barry Newman, Norman Rodway

Votes: 1,301

34. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (1986 TV Movie)

102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.

Director: Julian Amyes | Stars: Joan Hickson, Paul Eddington, Cheryl Campbell, Robert Lang

Votes: 1,493

35. Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (1989 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.

Director: Christopher Petit | Stars: Joan Hickson, Donald Pleasence, Adrian Lukis, Sophie Ward

Votes: 1,547

36. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington (1987 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.

Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Joan Hickson, Juliette Mole, David Beames, Mona Bruce

Votes: 1,564

37. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett, Isabella Parriss

Votes: 4,932

38. The ABC Murders (2018– )

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

In 1933, retired detective Hercule Poirot is targeted by a taunting killer who sends letters signed "ABC", which Poirot must decode in order to discover the identity of the murderer.

Stars: John Malkovich, Eamon Farren, Michael Shaeffer, Rupert Grint

Votes: 5,975

39. And Then There Were None (2015)

TV-14 | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious host, and start to get killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Stars: Maeve Dermody, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, Burn Gorman

Votes: 26,797

40. The Agatha Christie Hour (1982)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A collection of ten hour-long dramas based on short stories by Agatha Christie.

Stars: Maurice Denham, Angela Easterling, Christopher Wren, Michael Aldridge

Votes: 187

41. A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)

TV-MA | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DI Jack Frost is an unconventional policeman with sympathy for the underdog and an instinct for moral justice. Sloppy, disorganized and disrespectful, he attracts trouble like a magnet.

Stars: David Jason, Bruce Alexander, John Lyons, Arthur White

Votes: 5,706

42. 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: 11,615

43. Dalziel and Pascoe (1996–2007)

TV-14 | 120 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

Supt. Dalziel and partner DI Pascoe investigate murders, and find a bond forming between them despite their blatantly differing personalities.

Stars: Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, David Royle, Jennifer James

Votes: 2,137

44. The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (1998– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

Paired with her reliable and devoted chauffeur, Mrs Bradley's finely honed skills of investigation seek out the truth behind the mysteries surrounding a death at the opera, crimes of passion at a circus, poisoning and family secrets.

Stars: Neil Dudgeon, Diana Rigg, Peter Davison, John Alderton

Votes: 1,018

45. Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.

Stars: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard, Lisa McGrillis

Votes: 5,199

46. A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gentleman sleuth solves mysteries and falls in love with a detective novelist.

Stars: Harriet Walter, Edward Petherbridge, Richard Morant, Rowena Cooper

Votes: 181

47. Maigret (1992–1993)

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

From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche. Yet, he manages to maintain both compassion and a sense of humor as he explores the complex motives that lie behind every crime.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Hutchings, Jack Galloway, James Larkin

Votes: 578

48. 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: 20,495