Big List of British Mysteries

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2010s

Accused – 2010 to 2012 – This unconventional series follows individuals as they await the results of their trials, and explores how they came to be accused of crimes. Series 1 & 2 DVD | S1-2 Streaming

agatha-raisin-dvdAgatha Raisin – 2016 to present – Ashley Jensen stars as Agatha Raisin in the Cotswolds-based murder mystery series based on author M.C. Beaton’s popular novels. Series 1 DVD | Series 1 Streaming | M.C. Beaton’s Books

And Then There Were None – 2015 – This miniseries retells the Agatha Christie story of 10 guests who were invited to an island by a mysterious host, only to be killed off one by one. Miniseries DVD | Miniseries Streaming

Black Work – 2015  – Police constable Jo Gillespie risks it all to find out who killed her husband while he was undercover. Series 1 DVD | Series 1 Streaming

Brokenwood Mysteries – 2014 to present – New Zealand – Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepard moves to small-town Brokenwood, where he’s forced to learn to deal with a new, much younger partner and an insulated community. Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | S1-2 Streaming

Chasing Shadows – 2014 to present – A socially-challenged but brilliant man is reassigned to the missing persons unit, where he helps to solve murders and find the most vulnerable victims. Series 1 DVD | Series 1 Streaming

Clean Break – 2015 to present – Irish – Car dealer Frank Mallon’s life is in shambles, but he devises a plan to solve his money problems and get revenge on the people making his life miserable. Series 1 DVD | Series 1 Streaming

Father Brown – 2013 to present – Based on the mysteries of GK Chesterson, a Catholic priest solves mysteries in his small English village. Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3, Part 1 DVD | Series 3, Part 2 DVDS1-3 Streaming

Mr. and Mrs. Murder – 2013 to present – A married couple runs an industrial cleaning business while also solving murders. Series 1 DVDSeries 1 Streaming

Republic of Doyle – 2010 to present – Canadian – Jake Doyle and his father Malachy run a private investigations firm that often butts heads with the local Newfoundland police. Series 1 DVD | Complete Series (1-6) DVD | Complete Series Streaming

Sherlock – 2010 to present – Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a modern-day version of the classic Sherlock tales. Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | S1-3 Streaming | Sherlock: The Abominable Bride DVDSherlock: The Abominable Bride Streaming

shetland-series-dvdShetland – 2013 to present – In the remote island community of Shetland, DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate threats to the peace of their village. Series 1 & 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | S1-2 Streaming

Winter – 2015 to present – Australian – Homicide detective Eve Winter solves some of Sydney’s toughest, most high-profile cases. Series 1 DVD | Series 1 Streaming

2000s

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 2004 to present – In the small village of St. Mary Mead, Miss Marple helps her community by solving murders. Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | Series 4 DVD | Series 5 DVD | Series 6 DVD | S1-6 Streaming

Amnesia – 2004 – This TV miniseries tells the story of DS MacKenzie Stone, his tireless search for his wife who disappeared 5 years prior, and an amnesiac who factors into the case. Miniseries DVD

Blue Murder – 2003 to 2009 – DCI Janine Lewis struggles with the challenge of being a single mom to 4 kids and leading a team of detectives through homicide investigations. Series 1 DVD | Complete Series DVD | Complete Series Streaming

DNA – 2005 – After a nervous breakdown, criminologist Joe Donovan returns to lead the Forensic Investigations Unit in Manchester. Series 1 DVD | Series 1 Streaming

Murder in Suburbia – 2004 to 2005 – Female detectives posh Ash and working class Scribbs solve murders in the fictional suburban town of Middleford. Complete Series DVD | Complete Series Streaming

Rebus – 2000 to 2004 – Based on the Ian Rankin novels, Detective John Rebus investigates cases that drag him through Edinburgh’s most beautiful scenery and its grimy criminal underbelly. Series 1 DVD | S1-4 Streaming | Amazon’s Ian Rankin Author Page

Rosemary & Thyme – 2003 to 2006 – Professional gardeners Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme solve crime with the help of their botanical expertise. Complete Series DVD

Whitechapel – 2009 to 2013 – In the Whitechapel district of East London, three experts investigate modern crimes that emulate historic homicides. Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | Series 4 DVD | Complete Series DVD |  S1-4 Streaming

1990s

Cadfael – 1994 to 1998 – In old Norman England, a crusader turned monk uses his knowledge of plants to solve crimes. Series 1 DVD | Complete Series DVD | Series 1 Streaming

Cracker – 1993 to 1996 – A rude forensic psychologist helps police solve challenging cases. Series 1 DVDComplete Series DVD | Complete Series Streaming | Series 1 USA Adaptation Streaming

Dalziel and Pascoe – 1996 to 2007 – Vastly different in age and outlook, Supt. Dalziel and DI Pascoe learn to get along as they solve crimes. Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | Series 4 DVD | Series 5 DVD | Series 6 DVD | Series 7 DVD | Series 8 DVD | Series 9 DVD | Series 10 DVD | Series 11 DVDComplete Series DVDS1-2 Streaming | Reginald Hill Novels

hetty-wainthropp-investigatesHetty Wainthropp Investigates – 1996 to 1998 – 60-year-old pensioner Hetty Wainthropp solves crimes using the help of her husband, her young assistant, and her “little grey cells”. Series 1 DVD | Complete Series DVD | Hetty Wainthropp Missing Persons Book

Jonathan Creek – 1997 to present – Jonathan Creek is a magician’s consultant living in a converted windmill using his natural puzzle-solving talents to help unravel crimes. Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | Series 4 DVD | Series 5 DVD | Specials DVD | Christmas Specials DVD | Series 1-4 DVD

McCallum – 1995 to 1998 – In London’s East End, a team of dedicated doctors and pathologists help the dead tell their tales. Complete Series DVD

Midsomer Murders – 1997 to present – In Midsomer County, England, a veteran DCI and his young partner solve murders.  Based on the novels by Caroline Graham. Series 1 DVD | Series 1-17 Collection DVDSeries 18 DVDS1-18 Streaming | Caroline Graham’s Author Page | Midsomer Murders: The Making of an English Crime Classic | Midsomer Murders On Location

Prime Suspect – 1991 to 2006 – Helen Mirren stars as Detective Jane Tennison, a tenacious and driven investigator trying to prove herself in a man’s world. Complete Series DVD 

A Touch of Frost – 1992 to 2010 – DI Jack Frost is sloppy and unconventional, but his good instinct and hunger for justice always win out. Series 1 DVD | Complete Series DVDComplete Series S1-15 Streaming

1980s

Inspector Morse – 1987 to 2000 – Along with his partner Sergeant Lewis, Inspector Morse solves murders in a way that isn’t always 100% professional. Based on the novels of Colin Dexter. Streaming on Britbox | Series 1 DVD | Complete Series DVD | Colin Dexter’s Author Page

1970s

Father Brown – 1974 – Based on the mysteries of GK Chesterson, a Catholic priest solves mysteries in his small 1950s English village. Complete Series DVD | S1-2 Streaming

The Snoop Sisters – 1972 to 1974 – American, but potentially of interest to the British mystery lover (Thanks for the heads up, Patty L!) – Two mystery writers, a spinster and her widowed sister, solve murders together. Complete Series DVD