10 British Crime Dramas You Should Watch on Netflix
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Crime is universal. However, crime drama, specifically its attitude and tone, differs depending on where you live. Don’t believe me? Try comparing the American Elementary to the British Sherlock. Both are excellent, but very different from each other.

While an American audience is well-versed in The Blacklist, Hawaii Five-O, and NCIS, Netflix offers you The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More the chance to explore the best of British crime dramas.

With that in mind here are 10 British crime dramas all Americans (and everyone else reading this) should watch on Netflix.

1. Sherlock

Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, the iconic figures created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Those original books are essential reading 5 Fantastic Short Stories You Can Read Online for Free 5 Fantastic Short Stories You Can Read Online for Free Short stories are finally getting a proper look-in, thanks to some of the best in the business. May is Short Story Month. Celebrate by immersing yourself in the genius of these truly great authors. Read More , and this show is similarly addictive, even if it takes differing approaches to the characters.

This is the Great Detective in contemporary London, with cases riffing off famous (and not so legendary) stories. It’s incredibly smart, admittedly sometimes to its detriment, but you can’t question the amount of love and attention that’s gone into every episode.

Written by a collection of Doctor Who scribes — Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Steve Thompson — Sherlock immediately gained a huge following when it debuted in 2010. It’s most notable for its stunning direction, however: initially spearheaded by Paul McGuigan (Luke Cage), its ideas are heady, immersive, and incredibly distinctive.

2. Luther

Dark. Brooding. Thrilling. Luther is an absolute tour de force, and one of the most pulse-pounding series of recent times.

The idea behind DCI John Luther is a well-worn one: a man with as many terrible demons as the people he’s trying to catch. Fortunately, there’s a lot more to it than that, most notably very affecting narratives, and Idris Elba (The Wire) giving it his all in the lead role.

Created by Neil Cross (Mama), it’s a shocking, psychological thriller that pushes limits and delivers genuine scares. It’s not a typical “Whodunnit” Catch Unsolved Mysteries & Unexplainable Things on These 5 Sites Catch Unsolved Mysteries & Unexplainable Things on These 5 Sites Do you want to be a detective in a real-life mystery? You can get started today. Follow the top unsolved crimes with the help of these websites. Read More by any means — for starters, you know who the killers are. You then get to see their adrenalin-fuelled crimes, following what they do while Luther tries to get into their mindsets.

Its first episode, aired in 2010, also introduces Alice, played by Ruth Wilson (The Affair), a captivating and oddly-charming sparring partner for Luther. It’s a dynamic you simply have to see.

3. The Fall

A similar relationship comes to the fore across three seasons of The Fall, charting Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson’s (Gillian Anderson) hunt for serial killer, Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). The man is stalking the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and attacking young professionals — Gibson is brought in when the case drags on for too long. It’s the hunter becoming the hunted, but which is which?

Things get even more interesting when Spector’s obsession with Gibson grows, and his secrets threaten his home life, specifically when his daughter starts having nightmares about the murderer.

The gritty drama soon developed a dedicated following when it debuted in 2013, and won numerous accolades including: Best Television Drama at the 2014 Irish Film and Television Awards, Best Television Episode Teleplay at the same year’s Edgar Allan Poe Awards, and Best British Crime Writing at the 2015 British Screenwriters’ Awards.

4. Agatha Christie’s Poirot [No Longer Available]

David Suchet played Hercule Poirot between 1989 and 2013. Few actors can claim such longevity in a single role. You can instantly see what makes the character so appealing: after all, the iconic status of the sleuth 5 Fantastic Debut Detective Novels For Your Kindle 5 Fantastic Debut Detective Novels For Your Kindle The world has always loved the thrill of the chase. If you are looking for some of the best murder mysteries for your Kindle, let's line up the usual suspects... Read More , created by the wonderful Agatha Christie, is paralleled only by Sherlock Holmes.

Poirot is, of course, a Belgian detective, but this ITV production feels quintessentially British. In amidst the stiff upper lips, however, Christie was very character-driven. She understood people: their silly little quirks, their passions, and what could ultimately drive them to do the unthinkable.

In these 13 seasons, adaptations of the original novels and short stories, you’ll witness the ingenious, the chilling, and the definitive Poirot. In 2009, Agatha’s grandson, Mathew Prichard said:

“Personally, I regret very much that she never saw David Suchet. I think that visually he is much the most convincing and perhaps he manages to convey to the viewer just enough of the irritation that we always associate with the perfectionist, to be convincing!”

If you want to understand why Agatha’s stories are a British institution, this is a great place to start.

5. Broadchurch

In March and April 2013, the U.K. was hooked.

11-year-old Daniel Latimer is found dead on the beach of the sleepy seaside town of Broadchurch. It quickly becomes obvious that he didn’t jump from the clifftop above. He was murdered. And this blows the close-knit community apart.

It’s fair to call Broadchurch a televisual sensation. It grabbed the headlines and captured the nation as suspicions flew left, right, and centre. Who would kill a young boy? Why?

Writer, Chris Chibnall kept the questions coming, but his true genius was in focussing on the emotion at the heart of this drama. It’s a genuinely affecting piece, driven forward by a stunning cast that includes David Tennant, Olivia Colman, and Arthur Darvill. Season 1, Episode 5 is arguably the most moving, beautifully played by David Bradley (the Harry Potter films).

You might have seen the U.S. adaptation, Gracepoint. Broadchurch is vastly superior.

6. Death in Paradise

Very few TV series can survive the change of a lead character. Doctor Who immediately comes to mind. 24, too. And then there’s Death in Paradise. The first two seasons starred Ben Miller (The Armstrong and Miller Show) as DI Richard Poole. Then Kris Marshall (Love Actually) took over as DI Humphrey Goodman. More recently, Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) replaced him, so keep an eye out for that on Netflix in the near future.

All the characters are immensely likeable, but the main star of the show is its format. A British detective gets transferred to the Caribbean island of Saint Marie, and has to adapt to this new life, while solving brilliant crimes. Stunning vistas frame a hugely enjoyable fish-out-of-water tale with an extra helping of humor 8 British Comedies All Americans Should Watch on Netflix 8 British Comedies All Americans Should Watch on Netflix If you want to indulge in the UK's eccentricities, awkwardness, and undeniable wit, here are just a few British comedies you need to check out, all of which are available to watch on Netflix. Read More .

Writer Robert Thorogood carried Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House in his back pocket when he was younger, and her influence on him shines through in these imaginative mysteries.

7. Ripper Street

Jack the Ripper had a profound effect on London, especially its police force. This gritty, thought-provoking drama takes place shortly after the serial killer’s last murder, where we find Whitechapel’s H Division fighting to maintain peace. DI Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) heads the team alongside DS Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn), and surgeon, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg).

The show changed considerably across its five seasons, but kept the same contemplative tone. Never shying away from the shocking truths of society in the 1800s, the series frequently commented on historical events, and the dark truths lurking beneath the propaganda.

And the darkness within ourselves. It may be dark and bloody, but it’s also a surprising tearjerker. Watch Am I Not Monstrous? as a prime example of this.

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8. River

If you want a crime drama that’s really unusual, try River.

You’ll know Stellan Skarsgård from Thor and Avengers Assemble; here, he plays John River, a detective inspector plagued by the ghosts of victims of cases he has to solve. Then there’s DS Jackie “Stevie” Stevenson (Nicola Walker) — a recently-murdered colleague whose “manifest” follows River around. The pair seem to have been more than just friends, and the sadness of their situation is underlined by their warmth.

The problem River faces isn’t solely solving her murder. It’s whether he really wants to — knowing that, once he does, she’ll disappear from his life forever. At what price justice?

There are only six episodes, but it was critically acclaimed, holding a rare 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

9. Happy Valley

A staged kidnapping spirals out of control when convicted rapist, Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) proves too much of a wildcard. Royce’s original victim was Becky, who committed suicide as a result of his crime. She’s the daughter of DS Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), who’s now investigating this new kidnapping.

It’s an intriguing premise, and obviously not for the faint of heart. It’s brutal and shocking, but nonetheless wonderful. There’s a lovely humanity at the heart of this show, highlighted by Sally Wainwright’s realistic (and witty) dialogue, and stellar acting from the whole cast.

Happy Valley has rightly won numerous accolades, including the BAFTA for Best Drama Series, Best TV Drama at the Crime Thriller Awards, and Best TV Drama – Long Form at The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards. When it debuted in 2014, it became an immediate hit, and a second season was soon commissioned, though took until 2016 to materialize. You can enjoy both seasons on Netflix now, and they are perfect for binge-watching A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More .

10. Foyle’s War [No Longer Available]

World War II was fought on many fronts 80 Fascinating Historical British WWII Propaganda Films [Stuff to Watch] 80 Fascinating Historical British WWII Propaganda Films [Stuff to Watch] Recently the British Council, an organization that focuses on educational and cultural importance, released a bounty of historical films produced during the Second World War for viewing online. These reels were produced to counter Nazi... Read More , and Chief Superintendent Foyle (Michael Kitchen) has his own battles to win, closer to home. The war has created chaos, and crime breeds on the streets of Hastings, Sussex. Aided by his driver, Sam Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks), this is where the unassuming Foyle makes his stand.

The vast majority of the 28 episodes are written by Anthony Horowitz, best known as a novelist (Trigger Mortis; the Alex Rider books), who brings a great sensitivity and understanding of the period to the drama. The show wasn’t stuck in 1940, however. Its progression meant that, in its final two seasons set in 1946–47, Foyle worked for MI5 against the pressures of the Cold War.

Foyle’s War eventually became victim of its own success: its historical accuracy meant high production costs, leading to its cancellation. Still, it remains an enjoyable and respectful piece.


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Which British crime shows have I missed off the list? Which British crime dramas do you love? Is this a genre you’re particularly interested in? Or do the Brits do another genre even better? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Maggie
    October 11, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    I know I'm late to the party but I'm so glad to see so many comments mentioning Midsomer Murders! I've just binged my way through it for the second time and haven't found anything yet that matches up!

  2. Mazz
    September 18, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    You're a little behind. Foyle's War and Poirot are off Netflix unfortunately.

  3. manda
    August 7, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for this! I have watched most of these, but adding River and Happy Valley to my queue!

  4. Sharon Mullins
    July 23, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I have watched ALL of these. The best mysteries, and just plain dramas are from Britain. The character development is amazing, and quirky. The limitedness of some of the series is disappointing, because I want them to go on forever.

    Not relying on explosions, and dumbing down.

  5. Emily
    July 13, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I’m in the middle of The Missing, which I didn’t see mentioned here. It’s primarily filmed in France, but the characters are British and if has a very British “feel” to it.

  6. Sandy
    June 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I am so grateful for all of your contributions! I just finished watching the 2 seasons of Marcella and entered the "desperate to see next episode" zone. The cliff hanger was way out there and unpredictable. I have just written down the 40 or so of your suggestions, dinner will be takeout lol

    • Eric M
      July 27, 2018 at 5:45 am

      Ohhh my gosh, 100%. I finished Marcella last night and the last 5 minutes left me with my hand over my mouth (for more reason than one)! I NEED another season!

  7. Anastasia
    June 7, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I can't believe this list didn't contain Prime Suspect, the original with Helen Mirren. One of the most brilliantly conceived slices of British crime realism ever brought to the screen. (The remake, Prime Suspect 1973, is widely agreed to be a travesty...the team at ITV seemingly kicked original writer Lynda La Plante (who is also one of the UK's best loved crime thriller novelists ever) out of production, even though it was her writing, combined with Helen Mirren's embodiment of this role,) that created the ultimate magic. Please watch it if you haven't already, it will take you on a dark but unforgettable journey.

    • michele ring
      October 2, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      I adored prime suspect and its stories and characters have stayed with me. Im still amazed at her incredible ability to convey complex feelings with a glance a twitch a smirk.
      I stand amazed.

  8. Alexandra
    May 1, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Oh I forgot to mention DI Banks or is it DCI Banks. Either way if you like Line of Duty DCI Banks is a great show. It's on Hulu TV

  9. Alexandra
    May 1, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    OMG, this was the best article I read this week. I am addicted to British TV and have subscribed to acorn TV since it began. I frequently dig through Netflix to find things I have missed as well. So why was this article great, not so much the content as I have seen 9 out of 10 of the listed series, but all the comments where people have suggested the series that we're not listed has given me a new list to work through. One I have been watching is Loch Ness. It's another good one but only one series (season) at this point. My favorite show which will drive me crazy waiting for a new season or series is Line of Duty. Well back to reading comments for other suggestions. Hip hip hooray for British TV. Oh, Crownies and Janet King we're good as well as Silk if you're into legal dramas.

    • cheryl
      May 21, 2018 at 3:40 am

      I am also addicted to bbc dramas. they do crime dramas so much better. Happy Valley is excellent. Scott & bailey is really good, sort of along the line of dci banks but with 2 females. Line of duty is really good. Vera is as well. If you havent watched it yet, Last tango in halifax is excellent..not a crime drama but very, good. Doctor Foster is another good one. I don't know if all of these are on netflix. Oh, The Fall is another good crime series.

  10. Sue Jackson
    April 28, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Line of Duty is an absolute must. However although not British The Killing is still up there in my estimation comparable to the Brits- watched it 2x

  11. Ron
    March 15, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Vera is another great show

    • juliette
      March 26, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Vera is terrific--my favorite. Netflix stops at Season 7. Season 8 is on Britbox.

      • Ginny
        April 27, 2018 at 10:39 pm

        I don’t see Vera on Netflix at all.

  12. Venetianblond
    March 14, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Grandchester, George Gently are a couple more favorites, along with our very favorite Midsummer Murders....love the Brit shows!

  13. Frida Butler
    February 2, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    I cannot believe that you did not include ENDEAVOUR on this list. As good as or better than most you've chosen. Or maybe it is not on Netflix???

    • Venetianblond
      March 14, 2018 at 2:28 am

      Oh love love love love Endeavour

  14. NICOLE
    January 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I love most of what has been listed below but one that was not mentioned was "FORTITUDE". It was amazing. Also on ACORN, "BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES" it is set in New Zealand but it is wonderful. Funny, suspenseful and always a twist.

    • cheryl
      May 21, 2018 at 3:42 am

      if you like fortitude, you will really like "trapped"...way better in my opinion. It is icelandic..and so good. I believe it's on netflix...season 2 is due out fall of 2018

      • barry
        September 23, 2018 at 1:59 am

        Trapped was fantastic. Great casting, plot...

  15. Ema
    January 26, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    What about Midsomer murders? For me best crime drama ever.

    • Venetianblond
      March 14, 2018 at 2:29 am

      Us too, Barnaby ( both of them) are the greatest

  16. Karen Anderson
    January 10, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Shetland is my personal favorite. Of course, Poirot is tops.

    • barry
      September 23, 2018 at 2:00 am

      Yes - I liked Shetland a wee bit more than Trapped and Singlehanded

  17. Denise
    December 30, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Marcella and Line of duty are both great. Got me addicted to binge watching big time!

  18. Linda
    November 29, 2017 at 4:33 am

    River was great! Paranoid was one you didn't mention and I don't believe you mentioned The Five.
    All three are really good

  19. Ingrid Sonnichsen
    November 20, 2017 at 2:01 am

    No one mentioned Scott and Bailey - I was totally addicted (Britbox) . Also loved Hinterland, Shetland, The Killing (US) and 19-2 on acorn! Loved that. It's Canadian. The Code (acorn) Aust. and many many others! so many good shows - much better than prime time US!

  20. Jane Kelton
    October 10, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Inspector Morse, George Gently, Midsomer Murders, Top of the Lake, Hinterland and Shetland are all very good.

    • Venetianblond
      March 14, 2018 at 2:30 am

      Inspector Morse and Lewis and Hathaway were excellent! George Gently was superb

  21. Helene Sovern
    September 18, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    "The Five" was fantastic and bingeworthy.

    • Monica D
      October 8, 2017 at 6:17 am

      absolutely! i stayed up whole night watching it!

  22. Rodney Sands
    September 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Prime Suspect

    • Bontonite
      February 3, 2018 at 2:41 am

      Never could get through Morse, but its prequel, Endeavor is one of my personal favorites. Shaun Evans and Roger Allam are well matched and each episode is beautifully polished. Prime Suspect, the British version with Helen Mirren, is also excellent.

  23. Merrilee
    September 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Wallander is theoretically Swedish but with a Brit cast and crew. Wonderful series.

    • Richard Z
      September 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Wallander was excellent!

    • Venetianblond
      March 14, 2018 at 2:31 am

      Wallenberg! Oh yes watched that one too, very good

  24. Toni Zapiecki
    September 5, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Father Brown is #1 in my book!

  25. Lil
    September 5, 2017 at 6:09 am

    A great thriller is Spiral. French with subtitles. Worth the read!

    • Dorothy
      October 27, 2017 at 5:57 pm


      I've been thinking that my Netflix was a waste, but you've made me think twice on that.

      I've watched a good bit of Acorn with great pleasure -- all the Time Team episodes as well as a bunch of other stuff, particularly Australian. The comedy has been a disappointment as I've watched a lot of first episodes and never the second.

      I'd like to get BritBox if only for QI, but the BritBox password keeps screwing me up.

  26. Lil
    September 5, 2017 at 6:08 am

    A great thriller is Spiral. French series. The legal system is so different there!

  27. Gabrielle Yoder
    September 5, 2017 at 2:17 am

    I can't believe no one mentioned Whitechapel! It had a few incredible seasons. The show is dark without being disgusting or trashy. Great atmosphere and excellent acting, it started bordering on the supernatural in the last season and just as it was getting even better they stopped the series. But it's worth a binge or three.

  28. Eileen ashe
    August 25, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Love netflix but please more drama series in German and Swedish. I have to go to Amazon MHz to watch my favorites!!!!! THANK YOU (Eileen Ashe) Oregon

  29. Jen Terranova
    August 20, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Midsomer Murder is an excellent series: A crime drama set in the quaint English countryside, at stark contrast to the goings on there. Its been running for 20 years now, a testament to how good it is.

    • D
      August 24, 2017 at 11:48 pm


    • Richard Z
      September 18, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Love Midsomer!

    • Cheryl
      November 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Love Midsomer Murders!!!!!

    • CaliforniaGirl
      January 17, 2018 at 3:00 am

      Love Midsomer Murders! Binged watched all 19 available seasons.

  30. Kathleen Elliott
    July 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    We have watched and loved many of the shows on this list. Broad church being one of our favorite. Season 3 has been brilliant. The acting is first rate.
    A show that should be added to your list is Dr. Foster. Wonderfully suspenseful as we watch the good doctor Gemma, played by Suranne Jones, become obsessed as she suspects her husband of having an affair and then systematically goes about destroying his life. Highly addictive. Cannot wait for season two!!
    We will definitely check out some of these recommendations.

  31. Brea
    July 23, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Wallander & Hinterland are both excellent. I love these British Crime Dramas as well as the ones above (Luther, River, Broadchurch & Happy Valley). Excellent writing and acting. We are hooked and need more. I hope we don't run out of good shows. We are addicted to these shows! We have not yet watched the others mentioned above - so grateful for a list. We also enjoyed Peaky Blinders - it's not a "copper series", more of a 1920's gangster drama. We are nearing the end of The Fall now. I see a couple of others listed in the comments that we will check out.

    I also watched Dr. Blake Mysteries - not as sophisticated as the ones above and somewhat predictable. Also, it is a new crime each episode.

    • Eileen ashe
      August 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm


      • Luwdmke
        October 30, 2017 at 12:16 am

        Yes and don't forget the English sub titles.

    • Brea Gratia
      August 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Just finished Shetland and it is great too!

      • JRobson
        November 27, 2017 at 2:09 am

        Agreed! Shetland is my number one favorite drama! Loved DI Jimmy Perez.

      • JRobson
        November 27, 2017 at 2:11 am

        Shetland was amazing.

  32. Julie
    June 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I thought Shetland was terrific.

    • Janet
      June 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Give Hinterland a try.

    • Brea Gratia
      August 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      YES and YES awesome!

  33. David Foody
    June 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    You didn't mention " Peaky Blinders "??

    • Philip Bates
      July 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

      I've never seen it, to be honest, although my Dad's a fan and I hear plenty of good things about it. Good tip, David :)

    • Jane Long
      January 28, 2018 at 12:31 am

      Glad you mentioned Peaky Blinders......OMG, we LOVED this along with Line of Duty, Broadchurch, Happy Valley. Thank you all for all the other suggestions, hubby is sick.......guess what we will be doing......!!!

  34. David Foody
    June 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    You didn't mention " Peaky Blinders "??

  35. Lisa Dahlen
    May 21, 2017 at 2:18 am

    I really enjoyed Shetland with it's great acting and gorgeous scenery. I have also watched most of these as well. I have shared Broad church with a friend mostly to have an excuse to watch again.

    • Philip Bates
      May 31, 2017 at 10:29 am

      If you like Shetland, give Vera a go: although on ITV (whereas Shetland was BBC), they're based on original books by Ann Cleeves too, so a similar tone.

  36. Kirb
    May 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    My wife and I watched Shetland...we enjoyed it. What do others think.

    • Philip Bates
      May 31, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Never watched it myself, but I've read a short Shetland book by Ann Cleeves which was really good - if you've not given the novels a try, you really should! :)

    • Brea Gratia
      August 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      LOVED it!

    • Debbie
      September 23, 2017 at 2:31 am

      I LOVE Shetland!!! The music is fabulous and the noir style is brilliant.

  37. Tony
    April 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Hinterland Seasons 1 & 2 are on Netflix

    • Philip Bates
      April 30, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Brilliant - thanks, Tony. I'll add the show to my "to watch" list!

    • Julie
      August 25, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Season 3 just arrived and I have watched it all - hope there will be additional seasons.

    • Debbie
      September 23, 2017 at 2:32 am

      Hinterland is another brilliant noir series. I really hope they will make more.

  38. DRTigerlilly
    April 27, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Having watched 7 of the 10, I approve this list! Excellent choices! You should also consider Line of Duty and Hinterland. ( There are a couple more, but they are not on Netflix yet)

    • Nick
      April 28, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Line of Duty all the way.

      • Philip Bates
        April 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm

        It was in the shortlist, but I couldn't find it on Netflix! If it's on Netflix, absolutely watch it. Line of Duty is truly one of the most remarkable series on TV. It's beautifully crafted - Jed Mercurio, and the rest of its cast and crew really should be applauded. I'm looking forward to the finale of Series 4 on BBC1 tonight!

        • Sheri
          September 8, 2017 at 12:23 am

          It's only available on DVD in the States. Boo!

        • Alexandra
          May 1, 2018 at 4:35 pm

          Series 4 of Line of Duty is on HULU and it's worth the subscription.

    • Philip Bates
      April 30, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks :) As a lover of crime drama, it was a joy to write!