Netflix has greatly reduced their total number of titles offered in recent years, but one thing they haven’t cut back on is British detective series. Although the exact lineup is always changing, we’ve combed through their offerings as of early October 2017, and this is what we found. Happy watching!
British Detective TV Shows on Netflix: October 2017 Edition
The Five – This detective series is based on the Harlen Coben novels in which Jesse, a young boy, goes missing. 20 years later, his DNA shows up at a crime scene.
Shetland – Murder and mystery in the Shetland Islands of Scotland.
Midsomer Murders – The classic Cotswolds murder mystery series.
Happy Valley – Catherine Cawood is a Yorkshire-based detective in pursuit of the man who assaulted her late daughter.
Broadchurch – This coastal murder mystery offers a star-studded cast with not one, but now TWO different Doctor Who leads (Jodie Whittaker and David Tennant).
Paranoid – What begins as a cozy British mystery quickly evolves into a massive European conspiracy.
River – This Netflix original gives us John River, a brilliant detective with a slightly damaged mind.
Marcella – After her divorce, Marcella returns to work as a detective in London. A serial killer she once pursued may have done the same.
Luther – DCI Luther is a London cop with a strong moral code and a high tolerance for breaking the rules.
Death in Paradise – A seafood and warmth-hating Scotland Yard DI is transferred to a Caribbean island.
Ripper Street – A detective series set in 1889 London in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper killings.
The Bletchley Circle – Former Bletchley Park codebreakers return to normal life after the way, but find their unique talents useful for solving murders. Together, they work to convince local detectives to take them seriously.
Vexed – A young male and female detective team frustrate each other with their different attitudes and complicated personal lives.
Sherlock – A modern-day version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales.
Hinterland – A dark and atmospheric crime drama set in rural Wales.
The Fall – DS Stella Gibson travels to Belfast, Northern Ireland to review a murder case and finds it similar to another recent murder case.
Wallander – Though set in Sweden, this show was produced for BBC Scotland and aired on BBC One.
The Detectives – This documentary series dives into the operations of a high-tech sex crimes unit in the UK.
Thorne: Scaredycat & Thorne Sleepyhead – These two episodes form something of a miniseries, and feature DI Tom Thorne solving tough murders around England.
City of Tiny Lights (movie) – This gritty private detective drama is set in modern day London and features Billie Piper (of Doctor Who fame).
Jack Taylor (Irish) – A tough private investigator isn’t afraid to take on the toughest of cases.
Did we miss any of the British detective series currently streaming on Netflix? Let us know in the comments!
Can’t get enough British television? Check out these two great British TV streaming services:
BritBox: BritBox is a joint venture between ITV and the BBC to bring the best of British television to American audiences. Click here to sign up for a free one-week trial. At last count, BritBox was offering around 230-240 British programs with next-day availability for many.
Acorn TV: Acorn has been offering great British programming to the US and Canada for several years now, with an average of around 250 programs that rotate regularly (including Doc Martin and Vera). Click here to sign up for a free one-week trial.