8 Best British Crime Series on Netflix: Crime Series, the English Way
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It is probably something that you may or may have not seen on the internet, but have you ever come across the line, “If I had a British accent, I would never shut up”? If you have seen it and you agree, then chances are you are also addicted to anything British. Let us just face it: there is something about the way they talk that makes everything more
exciting. Lucky for us, they also have shows that give excitement and the accent is just a bonus.
British crime series all over streaming platforms but there are just some that are certainly better than the others. In today’s list, we are going to take a look at the best British crime series on Netflix to get you started on your crime series binge-watching.
Criminal: United Kingdom
Genre: TV mysteries, Crime TV shows
Year: 2019 - Present
Episode runtime: 41-48 minutes
Katherine Kelly as Detective Chief Inspector Natalie Hobbs
Lee Ingleby as Detective Inspector Tony Myerscough
Mark Stanley as Detective Constable Hugo Duffy
Rochenda Sandall as Detective Constable Vanessa Warren
Shubham Saraf as Detective Constable Kyle Petit
Nicholas Pinnock as Detective Inspector Paul Ottager
Aymen Hamdouchi as Detective Sergeant Jamie Reiss
In each episode set in a police interrogation room, members of the specialized interrogative unit of the Metropolitan police play a game of psychology and intelligent questioning tactics to make their suspect give the answers they need to solve the case. Crimes include murder, rape, sexual abuse, and gambling, among others.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Seasons: 1 season, 4 episodes
Carey Mulligan as Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie
John Simm as David Mars MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Billie Piper as Karen Mars, David's ex-wife
Nicola Walker as the Reverend Jane Oliver
Nathaniel Martello-White as Detective Sergeant Nathan Bilk
Jeany Spark as Captain Sandrine Shaw, British Army
The shows writer and creator, David Hare, described the series as 'a police procedural without any of that police attitudinising.' The show revolves around the an incident of shooting wherein Abdullah Asif, a Muslim pizza delivery guy, and DI Kip Glaspie, an investigator, try their best in an attempt to solve the murder. The series also has underlying themes on the state of politics in England, the Syrian refugee crisis, and various immigration laws.
Genre: Crime drama, Mystery thriller
Seasons: 1 season, 8 episodes
Cush Jumbo as Megan Pierce-Shaw / Cassie Morris
James Nesbitt as DS Michael Broome
Richard Armitage as Ray Levine
Sarah Parish as Lorraine Griggs
Megan Pierce is a mother of three who lives in the fictional suburbs of Livingstone, but unlike other moms in town, she hides a dark past. Other people in town are also connected to her: Dave, her husband; Ray Levine, a former photographer; and Michael Broome, a detective who is still haunted by a 17-year-old cold case of Stewart Green’s disappearance.
When another person disappears on Green’s anniversary, Broome takes on the case in an attempt to piece everything together and discovers that the lives that others lead may not be what they show.
Genre: Crime noir, Nordic noir
Year: 2016 - present
Anna Friel as Detective Sergeant Marcella Backland
Ray Panthaki as Detective Chief Inspector/Detective Inspector Rav Sangha
Nicholas Pinnock as Jason Backland
Jamie Bamber as Detective Chief Inspector/Detective Inspector Tim Williamson
Nina Sosanya as Detective Chief Inspector Laura Porter
Marcella Backland is a former London detective but returns back to service to solve an open case 11 years earlier. The case involves an unidentified serial killer who seems to be making rounds again.
Aside from her stressful work life, Marcella also has to deal with her family issues when her husband, Jason, decided to leave her. The two first decide to send their children to boarding school so they can focus on their own goals, but Jason later decides to use Marcella’s mental disorder to take full custody of their children.
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork (Limited Series)
Genre: Documentary, Murder, Crime
Seasons: 1 season, 3 episodes
The story follows French film and TV producer Sophie Toscan Du Plantier who was killed while she was isolated in a cottage in West Cork, Ireland in 1996. Her head was struck with a concrete block and her body was found later that day in a thicket.
The documentary follows a day-to-day interview of the residents who lived and are still living in the area and how their statements could be helpful in solving what really happened to Sophie.
Genre: Crime drama, Thriller
Seasons: 1 season, 8 episodes
Indira Varma as DS Nina Suresh
Robert Glenister as DC Bobby Day
Dino Fetscher as DC Alec Wayfield
Neil Stuke as DI Michael Niles
Christiane Paul as Detective Linda Felber
Lesley Sharp as Lucy Cannonbury
Michael Maloney as Chris Crowley
Kevin Doyle as the Ghost Detective
Dominik Tiefenthaler as Detective Walti Merian
Polly Walker as Monica Wayfield
Anjli Mohindra as PC Megan Waters
Danny Huston as Nick Waingrow
In the fictional town of Woodmere, a doctor named Angela Benton is stabbed to death while in a children’s playground. Woodmere Police detectives DS Nina Suresh, DC Bobby Day, DC Alec Wayfield, and DI Michael Niles get assigned to work on the case. They first suspect Jacob Appley, a local who is known to be a mental patient under the care of Dr. Chris Crowley, to be the suspect. But when Appley gets killed, Henry, his brother, is convinced that Appley was only framed and the real killer is still on the loose.
Concurrently, a “Ghost Detective” sends clues and evidence that could help the detectives solve the case. As they continue the investigation, they see a link to Angela’s ex-boyfriend Ruben Lukana. The team cooperates with Dusseldorf’s Linda Feliber to look up Lukana but later on discover that he is face down in his swimming pool. Feliber enlists her partner, Walti Merian, to help with the investigation. A suspect is later on identified but then flees to Germany and a chase ensues.
Genre: Drama, Police procedural, Political thriller
Year: 2018 - Present
Seasons: 1 season, 6 episodes
Budd family Government
Keeley Hawes as The Rt. Hon. Julia Montague MP
Nicholas Gleaves as The Rt. Hon. Roger Penhaligon MP
David Westhead as The Rt. Hon. John Vosler MP
Paul Ready as Rob MacDonald
Gina McKee as Commander Anne Sampson
Pippa Haywood as CSI Lorraine Craddock
Nina Toussaint-White as DS Louise Rayburn
Ash Tandon as DCI Deepak Sharma
The Bodyguard follows the life of PS David Budd, a war veteran who is now working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service. What he does not know, though, is that the m
Seasons: 1 season, 8 episodes
Richard Armitage as Adam Price
Siobhán Finneran as Detective Sergeant (DS) Johanna Griffin
Jennifer Saunders as Heidi Doyle
A woman who is said to be the
Stranger tells a seemingly normal man a secret that would change his life. As the series progresses, it is discovered that this stranger knows more secrets that one can imagine. This secret that she tells the man affects the man’s wife who goes missing.
Now this list contains just some of the most original and adventurous British crime dramas you will see on
Netflix. Many on this list might be some that you have already heard of, but one thing is for sure, and that it is worth your time to watch these shows.