British Mystery Series

by LlllPppp | created - 04 Feb 2013 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

In no particular order after 10...

[List may include series considered in the "British Mystery" genre, but not actually a "British" Mystery]

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1. 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: 4,941

Available on NF as of 02/13...

2. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012– )

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

A female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of Melbourne in the late 1920s, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.

Stars: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings

Votes: 11,801

As the tv mystery genre goes, 'Miss Fisher' is rather Saucy! I've read that this series doesn't completely live up to the novels [not a problem for us]; that being said, it is a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable series. Production values are first rate (particularly wardrobe, set, location, etc.) and casting is spot on. While the narrative may be somewhat derivative of the genre for some (as many mysteries as we watch, none of it ever gets old), the lead provides for refreshingly strong character reversal (also see 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' [2009/11] and 'Annika Bengtzon' [TV, 2001-12], among others).

If you've enjoyed 'Miss Fisher', consider: 'Marple' [TV, 2004-], 'Murder in Suburbia' [TV, 2004-5], 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency ' [TV, 2008], 'Rosemary & Thyme' [TV, 2003-6], 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates' [TV, 1996-8], 'An Unsuitable Job for a Woman' [TV, 1997], 'Vera' [TV, 2011-13], 'Bletchley Circle' [TV,2013], & 'Prime Suspect' [TV, 1991-2006].

Also consider: 'Death in Paradise' [TV, 2011-2013], 'Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery' [TV, 1987], 'Helen West' [TV, 2002], 'New Tricks' [TV, 2003-13], 'The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries' [TV, 1998-2000], 'Silent Witness' [TV, 1996-2013], 'Sanctuary' [TV, 2007-11], 'Blue Murder' [TV, 2003-9], 'Vincent' [TV, 2005-6], 'Page Eight' [TV, 2011], and 'Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime' [AKA 'Tommy & Tuppence'; TV, 1983-4].

'Miss Fisher' is certainly saucy!; highly recommended!!!

Available on NF [as of 04/13]...

3. The Last Detective (2003–2007)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

"Dangerous" Davies always gets the cases no one else wants, and no one notices when he eventually succeeds. But his old-fashioned decency and dogged determination have won him legions of loyal fans.

Stars: Peter Davison, Sean Hughes, Rob Spendlove, Charles De'Ath

Votes: 1,018

Available on NF as of 02/13...

4. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 730,392

Available on NF [as of 02/13]... first rate and a whole lotta fun, but I've noticed enough SH purists aren't fans; still highly recommended!

5. 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: 11,626

Available on NF as of 02/13...

6. Nobel's Last Will (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Reporter Annika is at the Nobel prize awards, when shooting kills a woman and wounds an Israeli stem cell scientist. Annika is silenced as witness, so she investigates the killed woman while the press writes about the Israeli.

Director: Peter Flinth | Stars: Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman, Leif Andrée, Kajsa Ernst

Votes: 2,527

Series available on NF under character's name, "Annika Bengtzon"; well cast with excellent production values and dynamic narratives. Not British, but highly recommended!

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: 34,066

Available on NF as of 02/13...

8. Wallander (2008–2016)

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

A television show centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark, Sarah Smart

Votes: 11,325

Available on NF as of 02/13...

9. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008–2009)

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

A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.

Stars: Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, Desmond Dube

Votes: 2,930

Available on NF as of 02/13...

10. Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)

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

Set amongst the stunning gardens of Europe, Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme, two professional gardeners, find themselves drawn into solving mysterious crimes.

Stars: Felicity Kendal, Pam Ferris, Ryan Philpott, Daisy Dunlop

Votes: 3,207

Available on NF as of 02/13...

11. Death in Paradise (2011– )

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

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: 11,945

Currently broadcast on some PBS [as of 02/13]...

12. Jonathan Creek (1997–2016)

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

Working from his home in a converted windmill, Jonathan Creek is a magician with a natural ability for solving puzzles. He soon puts this ability to the use of solving impossible crimes and mysterious murders.

Stars: Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Stuart Milligan, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 5,995

Available on NF as of 02/13...

Prestidigitation and mystery; recommended!

13. Hamish Macbeth (1995–1997)

Not Rated | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Hamish Macbeth is a police constable in the small Scottish town of Lochdubh, who occasionally bends the rules when it suits him or when it can help some of his fellow eccentric townsfolk. ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Carlyle, Ralph Riach, Brian Pettifer, Stuart Davids

Votes: 1,307

Available on NF [as of 02/13]...

Great series that becomes more drama than mystery as it goes on, but still highly recommended!

14. 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: 9,396

Available on NF as of 02/13...

15. 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: 20,524

Available on NF as of 02/13...

16. Mr & Mrs Murder (2013)

44 min | Comedy, Mystery

The series follows the adventures of married couple Nicola and Charlie Buchanan, who run an industrial cleaning business while solving the most baffling murder mysteries.

Stars: Shaun Micallef, Kat Stewart, Jonny Pasvolsky, Lucy Velik

Votes: 778

17. Agatha Raisin (2014– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

The Cotswolds-based PR guru turned amateur sleuth returns for a series of comedic murder-mysteries based on the books by M.C. Beaton.

Stars: Ashley Jensen, Matt McCooey, Mathew Horne, Jamie Glover

Votes: 2,107

18. 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: 6,416

19. Partners in Crime (2015)

55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Agatha Christie's crime-fighting duo, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, solve mysteries and search for enemy spies in 1950s Britain.

Stars: Jessica Raine, David Walliams, James Fleet, Matthew Steer

Votes: 1,660

20. Houdini and Doyle (2016)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

At the turn of the 20th century the Metropolitan Police were overwhelmed with bizarre cases so they turned to outsiders including Houdini and Doyle, who collaborated with New Scotland Yard on some unsolved and inexplicable crimes.

Stars: Michael Weston, Stephen Mangan, Rebecca Liddiard, Emily Carey

Votes: 2,503

21. Murder in Suburbia (2004–2005)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The series focused on various murders in the fictional suburban English town of Middleford. The crimes are solved by two female police detectives, Inspector Kate Ashurst and Sergeant Emma Scribbins, aka "Ash and Scribbs".

Stars: Caroline Catz, Lisa Faulkner, Jeremy Sheffield, Glen Davies

Votes: 1,005

Available on NF as of 02/13...

22. New Tricks (2003–2015)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Three retired police officers are drafted in to solve cold cases, with a touch of comedy and drama

Stars: Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam

Votes: 4,453

23. 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: 9,681

Recently aired on PBS [04/13]; no longer available on PBS [as of 05/13]...highly recommended!

24. 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: 8,354

25. Rebus (2000–2004)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in Edinburgh, the mercurial Detective Inspector John Rebus's investigations lead him through the city's ancient beauty and into its more sinister quarters.

Stars: Ken Stott, Claire Price, Jennifer Black, Gregor Gillespie

Votes: 1,407

Available on NF as of 02/13...

Listed here [and NF] as one series, but I see this as two distinct series: the earlier one with John Hannah as Rebus [2000–01], and the latter with Ken Stott as Rebus [2006–07]...

26. Ripper Street (2012–2016)

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

The streets of Whitechapel are the haunt of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and his team of officers, who aim to maintain law and order in a place once terrorized by Jack the Ripper.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Jerome Flynn

Votes: 17,999

Available on NF [as of 03/13]...this one's a lot of fun; highly recommended!

27. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)

TV-PG | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Hetty wakes on her 60th birthday and decides to become a private investigator. With assistance from a teenager called Geoffrey and her husband Robert, combined with her own common sense, Hetty is confident she can solve any case.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Dominic Monaghan, Derek Benfield, John Graham-Davies

Votes: 1,165

Available on NF as of 02/13...

28. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1997– )

105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cordelia Gray is the reluctant owner of a ramshackle investigation agency following the suicide of her boss. Watching over her as she hunts down clues in the murky and sinister world of ... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Baxendale, Annette Crosbie, Struan Rodger, Jeff Nuttall

Votes: 232

Available on NF as of 02/13...

29. 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: 5,207

Available on NF as of 02/13...

30. Endeavour (2012– )
Episode: Pilot (2012)

TV-14 | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Young Endeavour Morse joins Inspector Fred Thursday's investigation into the disappearance of a schoolgirl named Mary Tremlett.

Director: Colm McCarthy | Stars: Michael Matus, John Light, Flora Montgomery, Patrick Malahide

Votes: 4,080

31. 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: 8,936

Available on NF as of 02/13...

32. Zen (2011)

270 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy.

Stars: Rufus Sewell, Caterina Murino, Nathalie Rapti Gomez, Stanley Townsend

Votes: 2,863

Available on NF as of 02/13...

33. Luther (2010– )

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

DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 109,271

Available on NF as of 02/13...

34. 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: 5,713

Available on NF as of 02/13...

35. Single-Handed (2007–2010)

TV-14 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

Jack Driscoll moves back to his birth town on the Irish west coast to take over his retired dad's job as Garda/police Sgt. He solves different cases.

Stars: Owen McDonnell, David Herlihy, Ruth McCabe, Brian Gleeson

Votes: 851

Available on NF as of 02/13...

36. Wire in the Blood (2002–2009)

TV-MA | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England.

Stars: Robson Green, Mark Letheren, Emma Handy, Mark Penfold

Votes: 6,625

Available on NF as of 02/13...

37. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

Stars: Vincent Price, Alan Cumming, Gene Shalit, Joan Hickson

Votes: 710

Available on NF as of 02/13...

38. 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: 3,807

Available on NF as of 02/13...

39. The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013– )

TV-14 | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Dr Lucien Blake left Ballarat as a young man. But now he finds himself returning, to take over not only his dead father's medical practice, but also his on-call role as the town's police surgeon.

Stars: Craig McLachlan, Nadine Garner, Charlie Cousins, Joel Tobeck

Votes: 3,301

40. 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: 2,139

Available on NF as of 02/13...

41. Bergerac (1981–1991)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, DS Jim Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.

Stars: John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Sean Arnold, Mela White

Votes: 1,121

42. Maigret (1991–2005)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The pragmatic, reserved and refined Maigret investigates murders in his singular unhurried manner and inevitably discovers the truth.

Stars: Bruno Cremer, Alexandre Brasseur, Jean-Claude Frissung, Pierre Diot

Votes: 395

Available on NF as of 02/13...

43. The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987–2000)

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

From cold, rock-strewn moors to comfortable suburban estates, award-winning writer Ruth Rendell explores the dark fissures between friends and family members that motivate murder.

Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Ken Kitson

Votes: 296

Available on NF as of 02/13...

44. Life on Mars (2006–2007)

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

After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews

Votes: 27,014

Available on NF as of 02/13...

45. Waking the Dead (2000–2011)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd is the leader of a police team which investigates unsolved murders using modern technology.

Stars: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson, Tara Fitzgerald

Votes: 4,592

Available on NF as of 02/13...

46. Eleventh Hour (2006)

TV-14 | 90 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Patrick Stewart stars as science professor Ian Hood, who works for the Home Office as a consultant on special dangerous cases that involve deadly viruses, cloning experiments etc. Special Branch agent Rachel Young is his partner.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ashley Jensen, Jane Lapotaire, Donald Sumpter

Votes: 652

Available on NF as of 02/13...

47. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )

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

In the 1890s, William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.

Stars: Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris

Votes: 8,895

Available on NF as of 02/13...