British Detectives

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1. 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: 75,189

2. Shetland (2013– )

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

DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close knit island community of Shetland.

Stars: Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell, Steven Robertson, Mark Bonnar

Votes: 8,017

3. Vera (2011– )

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her team face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape.

Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Kenny Doughty

Votes: 6,890

4. 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: 28,448

5. 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: 66,085

6. 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: 716,215

7. Marcella (2016– )

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

Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.

Stars: Anna Friel, Ray Panthaki, Jack Doolan, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 15,790

8. 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: 107,130

9. 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: 4,522

10. 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: 17,750

11. 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: 1,371

12. 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: 22,134

13. 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: 18,318

14. Hinterland (2013– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where troubled DCI Tom Mathias solves murders while searching for redemption.

Stars: Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries, Hannah Daniel

Votes: 7,973

15. 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: 4,385

16. 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: 9,987

17. 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: 4,424

18. 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: 5,259

19. 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: 8,670

20. From Darkness (2015)

TV-MA | 233 min | Crime, Drama

Former Greater Manchester Police officer Claire Church's peaceful existence in the Western Isles is shattered when four bodies linked to her previous investigations are unearthed.

Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Richard Rankin, Johnny Harris, Caroline Lee-Johnson

Votes: 1,090

21. Blue Murder (2003–2009)

Not Rated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Single mother DCI Janine Lewis struggles with the problems of bringing up four children while leading her team of detectives in solving high-profile murders.

Stars: Caroline Quentin, Ian Kelsey, Paul Loughran, Nicholas Murchie

Votes: 903

22. 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: 16,726

23. New Blood (2016– )

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

The series follows junior investigators Stefan and Rash, who are brought together by a link between two seemingly unrelated cases.

Stars: Mark Strepan, Ben Tavassoli, Mark Addy, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 2,058

24. Touching Evil (1997–1999)

Not Rated | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Touching Evil is a crime drama following the exploits of a crack squad on the Organised & Serial Crime Unit, a rapid response police force that serves the entire county.

Stars: Robson Green, Nicola Walker, Shaun Dingwall, Michael Feast

Votes: 1,438

25. 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: 1,878

26. 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: 6,517

27. Black Work (2015)

Not Rated | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A policewoman sets out to discover who murdered her husband, an undercover officer.

Stars: Sheridan Smith, Matthew McNulty, Oliver Woollford, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 1,098

28. The Interceptor (2015)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

The series is about a Customs Officer, Marcus Ashton (Ash) who is recruited to a new law enforcement team tasked with hunting down some of Britain's most wanted criminals. The series is ... See full summary »

Stars: O-T Fagbenle, Lorraine Ashbourne, Lee Boardman, Charlie de Melo

Votes: 908

29. Paranoid (2016– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The murder of a female GP in a rural playground in front of numerous witnesses draws a group of detectives into an ever-darkening mystery that takes them across Europe, aided by mysterious notes sent by the "Ghost Detective".

Stars: Indira Varma, Robert Glenister, Dino Fetscher, Neil Stuke

Votes: 5,059

30. Suspects (2014– )

Not Rated | 48 min | Crime, Drama

An unscripted crime/drama series centered on a team of three detectives - each with their own distinctive style of working.

Stars: Damien Molony, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Fay Ripley, Christian Brassington

Votes: 712

31. The Five (2016)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mystery series created by author Harlan Coben. Jesse, a five-year-old boy, goes missing. Twenty years later, his DNA shows up at a crime scene.

Stars: O-T Fagbenle, Tom Cullen, Hannah Arterton, Sarah Solemani

Votes: 6,083

32. Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)

44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DI Tom Thorne's only key to catching a serial killer is a survivor unable to move or communicate.

Stars: Lorraine Ashbourne, Brana Bajic, Trinity Barden, Phillip Browne

Votes: 2,451

33. Thorne: Scaredycat (2010)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DI Tom Thorne hunts for a psychopath who may have formed a depraved partnership.

Director: Benjamin Ross | Stars: Joe Absolom, Jaleh Alp, Freddie Annobil-Dodoo, Lorraine Ashbourne

Votes: 1,622

34. 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: 1,852

35. Collateral (2018)

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

London detectives investigating the seemingly random murder of a pizza delivery man uncover a convoluted case of interlocking circumstances amid a cross-section of British society.

Stars: Carey Mulligan, Jeany Spark, Nicola Walker, Nathaniel Martello-White

Votes: 9,711

36. Silent Witness (1996– )

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

Crimes through the eyes of a team of forensic pathologists and forensic scientists.

Stars: Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward, David Caves

Votes: 4,681

37. Hard Sun (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

Two detectives with opposing viewpoints are forced to work together in a pre-apocalyptic criminal world.

Stars: Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Derek Riddell

Votes: 4,130

38. Messiah (2001)

152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After two horribly mutilated bodies are discovered, DCI Red Metcalfe is assigned to the case and plunged head-on into a nightmare.

Stars: Ken Stott, Frances Grey, Jamie Draven, Kieran O'Brien

Votes: 1,705

39. Bodies (2004–2006)

60 min | Drama

A young registrar, Rob Lake starts work under established gynecologist Roger Hurley whom he finds to be an affable man. All is not as it first appears, however, and Lake soon develops grave misgivings about his boss and his methods.

Stars: Tamzin Malleson, Max Beesley, Keith Allen, Patrick Baladi

Votes: 547

40. 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: 6,449



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