What are the best British detective TV series?

British detective series are all the rage for viewers who want to be mindblown. If you're tired of constant predictable shows, British crime dramas might be your cup of tea. When watching these shows, every episode is like a riddle. Either you and the main character solve the mystery or you keep finding the answer. A lot of these detective shows give a glimpse of a detective's adventurous life. They are often put in awful situations and given investigations that are no piece of cake. Despite seeing the main character struggling to find the culprit, watching this unfold is still a whole lot of fun. Especially when the detective has to deal with more unpredictable circumstances. These British private detective TV series capitalize on the audience's ability to investigate. Rather than taking everything at face value, there is an urge to dig deeper. Although not all these detectives are the same, they all offer an interesting take on the job. We have Sherlock Holmes who seems rather reckless at times but is an actual genius who gets the job done. Even though Watson has to deal with Sherlock's difficult personality, they are great partners. There are many other great shows that will please your curiosity about detectives. What better way to take a look at a detective's life than watch a whole show about it? Take a look at this best British TV detective series list and find new and old favorites to start watching! Get ready for a series of long-winding investigations, banter, and thrill.

  1. 1Sherlock


    Sherlock is a popular British detective series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman who portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively. The crime drama began airing in 2010 and it airs on BBC One.

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  1. 2Luther


    Luther is a British crime drama television show that follows John Luther, a driven detective who ends up being buddies with a psychopath and murderer. The show starring Idris Elba began airing on BBC One in 2010.

  2. 3Line of Duty


    Line of Duty is a British detective fiction television series that first premiered on June 26, 2012. The crime thriller is created by Jed Mercurio and stars actors Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, and Adrian Dunbar, among many others.

  1. 4Foyle's War


    Foyle's War is a British detective TV series set in a World War II setting and mainly starring Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, and Anthony Howell. The period crime drama is created by Anthony Horowitz.

  2. 5Prime Suspect


    Prime Suspect is a British female detective TV series that involves a female police detective who has to investigate a series of serial killings. The detective drama mainly stars Helen Mirren, John Benfield, and Tom Bell.

  3. 6The Fall


    The Fall is a British-Irish crime thriller television series created by Allan Cubitt starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan that aired on BBC Two and RTE One from 2013 to 2016 with three seasons.

  4. 7River


    River is a six-episode British television crime-drama series written and created by Abi Morgan starring Stellan Skarsgard and Nicola Walker. It first premiered on BBC One in October 2015 then on Netflix in November 2015. 

  5. 8Happy Valley


    Happy Valley is a 2014 TV series created by Sally Wainwright. The show tells the story of a police officer who tracks down the person responsible for her daughter's death. It stars  Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, and Shane Zaza.

  6. 9Marcella


    Marcella is a British television series with Nordic noir elements created by Hans Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder. It began in 2016 and ended in 2018. It starred Anna Friel as the title character. The show was released on ITV and then later on Netflix. 

  7. 10Broadchurch


    Broadchurch is an English television crime drama broadcast on ITV which was written and created by Chris Chibnall. It only lasted until season three which last aired on April 17, 2017. 


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