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Netflix is a fantastic source of British television programming, but because there’s so much programming on their platform, it can be difficult to find the good British shows. To make it a little easier, we’ve scoured Netflix to compile this list of what’s on offer right now. This list is accurate as of late July 2017, but we can’t promise it will stay accurate forever.
- Shetland – Murder and mystery in the Shetland Islands of Scotland.
- Midsomer Murders – The classic Cotswolds mystery series.
- Happy Valley – Catherine Cawood is a Yorkshire-based detective in pursuit of the man who assaulted her late daughter.
- Last Tango in Halifax – Once upon a time, they were in love. Now, decades later, they meet again for a second chance.
- Broadchurch – This coastal murder mystery offers a star-studded cast with not one, but now TWO different Doctor Who leads.
- Foyle’s War – Crime didn’t stop during WWII, and Christopher Foyle was one man who sought to put those criminals behind bars.
- Call the Midwife – This drama looks into the lives of midwives in impoverished East London of the 1950s.
Crashing – In ultra-expensive London, some people are so desperate to avoid high rent that they’re willing to live in abandoned buildings, often forced to move with little to no notice.
- Paranoid – What begins as a cozy British mystery quickly evolves into a massive European conspiracy.
- The Crown – This Netflix original follows some particularly dramatic times in Queen Elizabeth’s reign during the last half of the 20th century.
- The IT Crowd – Banished to the basement, two nerds and their clueless leader service the IT needs of a strange and generic corporation.
- London Spy – After his lover disappears, a fun-loving young man dives into the dangerous world of espionage.
- 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.
- Hidden Houses – This documentary series visits historic houses in Wales.
- Secrets of Althorop: The Spencers – This documentary-style program about Princess Diana’s family history is a must-watch for any fan of the royals.
- The Detectives – This three episode documentary series gives us a glimpse into the work of a Manchester sex crimes unit.
- Death Comes to Pemberley – The P.D. James sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
- Fawlty Towers – The classic British comedy about crazy Basil Fawlty and his poorly run hotel.
- Free Rein – A teenager from LA spends the summer in England and bonds with a mysterious horse.
- Doctor Foster – When a woman suspects her husband of having an affair, her investigations lead her down a dark path.
- Jamaica Inn – Based on the Daphne du Maurier mystery novel of the same name.
- Fleming – James Bond creator Ian Fleming had a life nearly as interesting as that of his famous spy creation.
- Spies of Warsaw – David Tennant stars in this World War II drama set in the back alleys and diplomatic salons of Warsaw, Poland.
- Run – This dramatic urban miniseries shows how lives intersect in the gritty parts of London.
- Lilies – In post WWI Liverpool, three sisters look after their shell-shocked brother and widowed father while trying to pursue their own lives and interests.
- To the Ends of the Earth – Set in 1812, this drama has Benedict Cumberbatch as a naive young aristocrat traveling to Australia and learning much in the process.
House of Cards – Before it was remade in the US, there was a British version of this popular political drama (with better accents).
- The Honourable Woman – A young woman inherits her father’s arms business and attempts to do the right thing.
- A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories – Starring Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter), this series is about a young doctor’s memories of working in a rural village.
- Fresh Meat – An edgy comedy about friends going off to university.
- Secrets of Westminster – A tour of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben.
- Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot – This miniseries dives into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots and her son who would later become King James I of England.
- Peaky Blinders – This epic 1819 story tells the tale of a crime family in Birmingham, England.
- So Awkward – Socially awkward young teenagers go through school and face normal teenage girl issues.
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Two men attempt to bring magic back to England.
- Borderline – A comedy about an inept team of border patrol agents at a fictitious airport.
- The Great British Baking Show – A popular British reality show baking competition.
- Skins – A racy show about British teenage life.
- The Last Kingdom – Set in the days of Alfred the Great, this Netflix Original takes us on one man’s quest to reclaim his birthright.
- Black Mirror – This dystopian sci-fi shows us a near future version of the world where the only thing that exceeds technological innovation is humanity’s capacity to use it for evil.
- Merlin – A family-friendly retelling of the King Arthur and Camelot saga.
- Being Human – The original British version of this show has a werewolf, vampire and ghost living together as roommates in modern Bristol, England.
- Luther – DCI Luther is a London cop with a strong moral code and a high tolerance for breaking the rules.
- Top Gear – The famous British show for car lovers.
- Death in Paradise – A seafood and warmth-hating Scotland Yard DI is transferred to a Caribbean island.
- The Supervet – Reality show following the daily happenings in a very talented UK vet’s office.
- The Fear – An aging Brighton crime boss deals with the creep of dementia as rivals attempt to take over his territory.
- Ripper Street – A detective series set in 1889 London in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper killings.
- Doc Martin – After developing a fear of blood, a less-than-personable doctor moves to a small Cornish village to practice.
- Black Books – Strange comedy about the adventures of a misanthropic book store owner.
Absolutely Fabulous – Two wild middle aged women do everything but act their age.
- Southcliffe – This miniseries retells the story of a group of English market town killings through the eyes of victims and a journalist.
- North & South – This four-part miniseries tells the story of a southern Englishwoman forced to move north.
- Green Wing – Hospital sketch comedy. If you ever partake of NHS services, this is not the place you want to be.
- ‘Allo ‘Allo – Classic 1980s British comedy set in a WWII-era cafe in France.
- Very British Problems – Part documentary, part comedy. This series looks at the oddities of British behavior and lifestyle.
- W1A – Mockumentary-style show about the new head of values at the BBC.
Father Brown (2013 version) – A Catholic priest solves mysteries in his not-so-quiet English village.
- Stephen Fry in America – Famous British thinker and commentator Stephen Fry visits American and reflects on cultural differences.
- Sherlock – A modern-day version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales.
- Derek – A comedy about a good-hearted but slow nursing home care assistant.
- The Bletchley Circle – Former Bletchley Park codebreakers return to normal life after the way, but find their unique talents useful for solving murders.
- An Idiot Abroad – Karl Pilkington, idiot extraordinaire, is sent on a trip around the world.
- Vexed – A young male and female detective team frustrate each other with their different attitudes and complicated personal lives.
- Still Game – Scottish comedy about three old men in a Glasgow highrise.
- The Office – The original British comedy on which the US version of The Office was based.
Hinterland – A dark and atmospheric crime drama set in rural Wales.
- Cuckoo – When a British woman brings an American hippie back home as her husband, it sets off turmoil in her polite and proper family.
- Come Fly with Me – A zany, reality-style airport sitcom.
- The Royle Family – Comedy about a lazy and argumentative British family.
- Chewin’ the Fat – Scottish sketch comedy mostly filmed in Glasgow.
- David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities – This nature documentary explores bizarre phenomena in the animal kingdom.
Casanova – David Tennant stars in this miniseries that sees an aging Casanova looking back on a lifetime of pleasure and his one true love.
- Extras – Ricky Gervais stars as an actor reduced to working as an extra, forever making himself look bad as he attempts to get ahead.
- Rab C Nesbitt – The title character in this comedy is a Glaswegian lowlife who drinks a lot and rants about society.
- Burnistoun – A Scottish sketch comedy set in a fictional town near Glasgow.
- Top Boy – A gritty drama about drug dealers in London public housing.
- Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King – They pretty much give away the summary in the title.
- The Worst Witch – A young adult comedy about a bumbling young witch who accidentally stumbles into witching school.
- The Inbetweeners – A comedy that follows four friends as they navigate their final years of school and entrance into adulthood.
- Campus – Cuts are going to be made, and the faculty at a fictitious college scramble to get out ahead of the situation and save their positions.
- Secrets of Chatsworth – Takes a close look at the grand estate that has been home to many notable aristocrats throughout England’s history.
Fried – Set in a struggling Croydon chicken shop, this comedy follows a group of underpaid workers as they deal with the challenges of their jobs.
- Residue – Sci-fi drama about a paranormal coverup in a futuristic version of the UK.
- Limmy’s Show – A Scottish sketch comedy show that explores a wide variety of topics.
- Detectorists – Slow but wonderfully charming comedy about two members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club.
- People Just Do Nothing – A mockumentary about some very bad wannabe MCs from West London.
- Badults – A group of friends fails terribly at being proper adults.
- Grand Designs – A British reality show that follows people who attempt to self-build their homes.
Pompidou – A wealthy man falls on hard times and is forced to live in a caravan with his dog and butler.
- Empty – Two Glaswegians work in building services in this comedy about nothing much in particular.
- The Fall – DS Stella Gibson travels to Belfast, Northern Ireland to review a murder case and finds it similar to another recent murder case.
- Crazyhead – 20-somethings work on becoming adults while also battling demons in this comedy.
- Murder Maps – Dramatic reenactments of famous British murders.
- Secrets of Highclere Castle – A video tour of the real life Downton Abbey.
- Scrotal Recall (aka Lovesick) – After finding out he has an STD, a young man must attempt to contact former lovers.
- Raiders of the Lost Art – Because I feel the need to insert some culture after that last entry, this series offers dramatic reenactments of famous art thefts – and sometimes, recoveries.
Planet Earth – David Attenborough stars in this groundbreaking nature masterpiece, filmed over the course of 5 years.
- The Moaning of Life – Karl Pilkington (of An Idiot Abroad) travels around the world to study customs and cultures, to great comedic effect.
- Chewing Gum – A young woman from a poor religious family grows up – and the first step is to have sex.
- Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Highlighting over 100 years of history of the world’s oldest intelligence agency.
- Hoff the Record – A David Hasselhoff mockumentary wherein he attempts to make a comeback in the UK.
- Mark Gatiss: A Study in Sherlock – An outstanding companion program for any fan of the most recent Sherlock series.
Escape the to the Country – British house hunting show where couples look for homes in the British countryside.
- Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Stories featuring one of Christie’s most famous detectives, Hercule Poirot.
- The Paradise – Period drama about a young woman working in a department store.
- Great British Castles – Documentary-style program highlighting some of the largest and most historically-important castles around Great Britain (including Stirling, York, and Edinburgh, among others).
- Secrets of Underground London – Explores the history of what goes on beneath London streets.
Did we miss anything? 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.