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If you have an Amazon Prime subscription and you don't take advantage of the free (with membership) videos it offers, you're overlooking a quality source of British TV shows. It may not be as comprehensive or easy to navigate as Acorn or BritBox, but it does have a lot of programming you won't find on either. As of right now, we've compiled a list of over 360 British programs free with Amazon Prime, and we've no doubt missed a few of the smaller independent programs. To watch a program or add it to your watchlist, simply click the title of the show and it will take you there.
Keep in mind – availability can change at any moment. Amazon rotates titles frequently, so while this list was accurate at time of publication, you may find slight variations in availability.
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If you’re not sure how to watch Amazon videos on your TV (as opposed to watching on your computer or tablet), scroll to the end where we talk about the options. There are devices that start at less than $30 that will help you get Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and Acorn on your television so you can watch them on a full-size screen instead of your tablet or computer.
British Dramas on Prime Video
The Ambassador – This political drama centers around Britain’s newly appointed ambassador to Ireland.
Howards End – This miniseries is based on the E.M. Forster novel, and it examines class differences in 1900s England through the lens of three families.
Vanity Fair – This is the 1987 BBC adaptation of Thackeray's classic novel
Vanity Fair – This is the 1998 BBC adaptation of Thackeray's classic.
Victoria – This ITV drama features Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria during her early years on the throne. Only Series 1 is available at present, but they do have some previews and bonus content for the upcoming Series 2.
Upstairs, Downstairs – Amazon Prime offers two series of the modern reboot of this much-loved British classic.
Tom Jones – In Georgian England, Tom Jones finds no shortage of trouble or romance.
Bonekickers – Archaeologists piece together mysteries and find themselves in dangerous situations.
The Prisoner of Zenda – An Englishman poses as Ruritania's monarch when the real king is abducted.
Breathless – This period drama is set in a London hospital in 1961, just at the edge of a cultural revolution.
Little Dorrit – Claire Foy and Matthew Macfayden star in this adaptation of Dickens's story of struggle in 1820s London.
Life in Squares – This series dramatizes the lives of those in the Bloomsbury group, a set of influential artists, writers, and intellectuals in England.
Masterpiece: Indian Summers – This drama dives into live in a social club during the final years of British colonial rule of India.
Madame Bovary – In Flaubert's classic, a woman marries a doctor in hopes of escaping a boring provincial life. It doesn't work.
The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant – Beginning in Cornwall, this three-part epic tells the story of a woman convicted to death but saved after sentencing to a New South Wales penal colony.
Up North – Two neighbours, one posh and one common, show what life is like in Northern England.
David Copperfield – Simon Callow makes an appearance in this adaptation of the classic Dickens novel.
David Copperfield – This 1999 adaptation of the Dickens classic includes Bob Hoskins and Daniel Radcliffe.
The Last Post – In 1965, British soldiers fight a Yemeni insurgency in British-controlled Aden. This series focuses heavily on the women and children who came with them.
Lark Rise to Candleford – Set in 19th century Oxfordshire, a young woman moves to begin an apprenticeship as postmistress.
The Durrells in Corfu – This popular British series tells the story of a widow who moves her family out of 1930s England in search of a better life.
Downton Abbey – While some outlets edited the series for time, Amazon has the full and unedited Downton Abbey for your enjoyment. Special thanks to Joanne C. for pointing out that we'd missed this one!
Oliver Twist – This is the 1985 BBC adaptation of the classic Dickens tale.
Women in Love – Rosamund Pike and Rachael Stirling star in this adaptation of DH Lawrence's classic novel.
Great Expectations – This is the 1981 BBC adaptation of the classic Dickens novel.
Doctor Who – Fans of the science fiction/drama series will be delighted to know that series 1-6 of the modern Doctor Who are available for free viewing with a Prime membership. Also check out: Doctor Who: Best of Specials, The Science of Doctor Who, Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time, and Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials.
The Sarah Jane Adventures – Fans of Doctor Who won't want to miss this spin-off aimed at the younger generation.
Desperate Romantics – In 1851 London, a group of artists lead colorful lives amidst the chaos of the Industrial Revolution.
Class – Class is another show from the Doctor Who universe, and this one features students at Coal Hill Academy who must fight off all manner of unusual creatures that threaten the world as we know it.
Lorna Doone – When a man falls in love with a woman from the same clan that killed his father, he's horrified.
The Secret of Crickley Hall – Suranne Jones and Tom Ellis star in this miniseries about a family who moves to a haunted northern country house a year after the loss of their son.
The Devil's Mistress – During the English Civil War, a young woman exploits a country in crisis for her own self-preservation.
Torchwood – This Doctor Who spinoff features Captain Jack Harkness as head of Torchwood, an elite team of UK investigators using alien technology to solve crime.
Home Fires – In WWII-era Britain, a group of women get by in a small village.
Republic of Doyle – Canada – Jake Doyle and his father Malachy work together as private investigators with a lot of rough edges.
Ivanhoe – This is the BBC adaptation of the classic Sir Walter Scott novel.
Mr. Selfridge – American actor Jeremy Piven stars in this ITV series about famed retail giant Harry Selfridge, the man behind the high-end UK department store chain, Selfridges.
Train 48 – Canada – This long-running Canadian drama takes place on a Toronto commuter train.
Primeval – This unique series follows a professor and his team as they attempt to track down and capture dangerous prehistoric creatures using time travel.
The Buccaneers – Four American women secure wealthy British husbands, only to find it's not all it's cracked up to be.
Love in a Cold Climate – Between 1929 and 1940, three young women search for love.
Cold Feet – This classic 1990s series follows a group of thirtysomethings as they navigate life. Strangely, Amazon offers Series 1, 3, 4, and 5. BritBox has all the seasons if you get hooked and NEED to see them in order.
A Tale of Two Cities – Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, two men fall for the same woman. This is the 1980 BBC adaptation.
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather – The Hogfather has gone missing on Hogswatch, and Death must take his place.
Poldark – Ross Poldark returns home to Cornwall after fighting in the American Revolution, only to find his fortune in ruins and the woman he loves promised to another man.
Neverland – In turn-of-the-century London, a couple of pickpockets discover a portal to Neverland.
Sense and Sensibility – This BBC production is based on the Jane Austen of the same name.
Doctor Thorne – This series tells the story of penniless Mary Thorne and her relationship with a wealthy family nearby.
The Indian Doctor – An educated Indian couple moves to a small mining village in Wales. They have to adjust to culture shock, and Dr. Sharma must win the trust of the locals as their GP.
Pinocchio – Robbie Kay plays Pinocchio alongside Bob Hoskins as Geppetto.
Hard Times – This 1977 adaptation of the Dickens novel contrasts seriousness and materialism against the magic of life.
Our Mutual Friend – This adaptation of Dickens's last completed novel contrasts money and poverty in Victorian London.
Wonderland – Australia – This relationship drama takes place in a Sydney apartment building where most of the characters live.
The Great Fire – This brief drama series showcases the events surrounding the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Mount Royal – Canada – This drama brings to mind shows like Dallas or Dynasty, but it's set against the cosmopolitan backdrop of 1980s Montreal.
Bleak House – This suspenseful adaptation of the Dickens novel tells of legal injustices in Victorian England. This is the 2005 adaptation.
Bleak House – This 1985 adaptation of the classic Dickens novel features Diana Rigg as Lady Honoria Dedlock.
Raw – Ireland – This drama follows the people who work at Raw, a new restaurant in Dublin.
Dombey and Son – This 1983 Charles Dickens adaptation reminds us that money can't protect you from the heartbreak of life.
Dombey and Son – This 2015 miniseries chronicles the life of a man who desperately wants a son to carry on his work.
My Mother & Other Strangers – This period drama is set in 1940s Northern Ireland, documenting the culture clash that occurred when American servicemen were stationed along the Ards Peninsula.
The Palace – A fictional British royal family deals with all manner of upper class problems.
Elizabeth I – If you're really in the mood for Queen Elizabeth I, you can move on to this HBO miniseries starring Helen Mirren.
Jane Eyre – This 1983 BBC adaptation stars Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke as Jane and Mr. Rochester.
Jane Eyre – Anne Reid, Aidan McArdle, and Andrew Buchan star in thsi 2006 BBC adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte Classic.
The White Queen – This 10-part drama is based on Philippa Gregory's novels set against the War of Roses.
Jessica – Australia – In Australia, a young girl is placed in an asylum on false pretenses, and her only hope is a less-than-promising lawyer.
Drovers' Gold – In 1843 Wales, an English drover refuses to give a widow a fair price for her cattle, so she sends her son to take the herd to market in London.
The Crimson Fields – This BBC One drama takes us onto the French battlefields of WWI with a team of medics and nurses. Stars Hermione Norris of Cold Feet, Rupert Graves of Sherlock, and Suranne Jones of Doctor Foster and Scott & Bailey.
The Pickwick Papers – Nigel Stock and Clive Swift star in this adaptation of Dickens's great comic masterpiece.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – In a remote Yorkshire village, a widow and her son move into the creepy, crumbling Wildfell Hall. Based on the classic story by Anne Bronte.
Island at War – This miniseries depicts life under Nazi occupation on St. Gregory Island (a fictionalized version of the Channel Islands – see The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for something similar).
Enemy at the Door – This drama focuses on life in the British Channel Islands during the German occupation in WWII.
Wolf Hall – Based on Hilary Mantel’s novel, this historical drama is set in Henry VIII’s court in Tudor England.
Crime and Punishment – John Simm (Life on Mars) stars as Raskolnikov in this BBC production of the classic Dostoesvsky novel.
Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot – This three-hour BBC series features Robert Carlyle (Hamish MacBeth) and centers around the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland. Though of dubious historical accuracy, it is entertaining.
The Wild Roses – Canada – In Alberta, a woman and her daughters own the land an oil firm sits on.
We'll Meet Again – Set in 1943, this series shows us what happens in a small East Anglian town when war-weary Brits play host to American troops.
Britannia – This US-UK co-production shows the Roman invasion in 43AD Britannia.
Red Rock – Ireland – Two feuding families battle it out in this Irish soap.
Bramwell – In 1895, Dr. Eleanor Bramwell does her best to improve public health in Victorian London.
Banished – In 1787, Britain sent its unwanted citizens to Australia. This series is about that new society.
The Passing Bells – This BBC period drama takes place between 1914 and 1918, following two young men, one British and one German, as World War I takes a heavy toll on their lives.
Being Human – A vampire, werewolf, and ghost try to coexist as roommates.
Love Lies Bleeding – A self-made millionaire finds himself caught up in a strange and deadly conspiracy after an old friend shows up.
Monroe – James Nesbitt stars as a genius neurosurgeon with a complicated personal life.
Banana – This series looks at the relationships of eight gay couples in England.
Underbelly – Australia – Each season of this Australian series focuses on the rise and fall of a different underworld figure. While not all seasons are available on Prime, you can enjoy Series 6, about Leslie Squizzy Taylor, and Series 4, about two Australian crime queens.
Secret Smile – David Tennant stars as a smooth and manipulative spurned lover seeking revenge.
A Very English Scandal – Hugh Grant stars as the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy to murder.
Beau Geste – Three British brothers join the French Foreign Legion in this 1982 miniseries. Based on the novel by PC Wren.
The Tribe – New Zealand – In a world where all the adults were killed off by a virus, a group of young people try to stay alive.
The Street – This drama features a number of familiar faces as they go on about their lives in a rough-around-the-edges Northern English town. Amazon offers Season 3 for viewing by Prime members, and since it's an anthology series, it's no big deal to skip Series 1 and 2.
Moving On – This anthology series gives us stories of people preparing to move on to something new in their lives.
The Talisman – Based on the story by Sir Walter Scott, this miniseries tells the story of a brave Scottish knight who foils Richard the Lionheart's assassins during the Crusades.
McLeod's Daughters – Australia – Amazon offers Series 1-8 of this Australian drama about sisters who inherit a cattle ranch in the Outback.
The Syndicate – Each season of this series looks at what happens after a group of people wins the lottery. Amazon offers Season 2 only (the one that takes place among hospital workers).
Pride and Prejudice – Colin Firth stars in this miniseries adaptation of the Jane Austen classic.
Nothing Trivial – New Zealand – For one group of thirtysomething friends, a weekly trivia night is the only thing that's constant in their lives.
Desi Rascals – This series follows young adult members of the British-Asian community.
Robin Hood – After fighting in the Crusades, Robin Hood returns home to find a corrupt, changed Nottingham.
Merlin – Young Merlin is geeky and awkward, slowly developing into the great wizard he'll be one day.
King Lear – This Prime Original stars Anthony Hopkins as King Lear.
Rake – Australia – Lawyer Cleaver Greene defends the indefensible in Sydney.
Being Erica – Canada – A young woman participates in a strange form of therapy that involves time travel.
Humans – In a parallel modern world, everyone has a robotic servant.
Sinbad – This BBC production tells the story of Sinbad, a man whose life falls apart after he unintentionally kills another man.
Alice in Wonderland – This is the 1986 BBC miniseries adaptation of Lewis Carroll's popular story.
Moby Dick – This British, Australia, and American co-production tells Herman Melville's story of Captain Ahab and the great white whale, Moby Dick.
The Nightmare World of HG Wells – This series offers a collection of various HG Wells stories.
In the Flesh – After a zombie war, scientists work to cure and rehabilitate ex-zombies.
The Fades – A teenage boy is haunted by apocalyptic dreams he can't explain, and now he sees dead spirits.
Silk – This series focuses on the challenges modern-day barristers face in their careers.
British Mysteries on Amazon Prime
Endeavor – This series is a prequel to Inspector Morse, and a Prime membership lets you watch four series for free.
Inspector Lewis – After the end of Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis picked up the baton and continued the tradition of excellent crime-solving in Oxford.
Vexed – Two English detectives have complicated personal lives and just a hint of sexual tension.
The Living & the Dead – When a man inherits his family estate in Somerset, strange things begin to happen.
The Worricker Trilogy – This political thriller stars Bill Nighy (Billy Mack from Love Actually, among other roles) as MI5 officer Johnny Worricker, and features an impressive set of British and American guest stars.
Wycliffe – DS Charles Wycliffe solves murders in Cornwall with a trademark efficiency and accuracy.
Scott & Bailey – Two very different women become friends as they work cases for Manchester Metropolitan's Murder Investigation Team.
Tales of the Unexpected – Though not a traditional mystery series, this Roald Dahl-created show features a variety of unusual and bizarre stories.
The Night Manager – Based on John le Carre's novel focuses on an ex-British soldier recruited to join MI-6 and infiltrate a group of arms dealers.
DCI Banks – In Yorkshire, DCI Banks works cases alongside two very competent female sidekicks.
Undercover – This series tells the story of Maya, a barrister about to become the first black director of public prosecutions as her personal life falls apart.
The Mixer – Though technically a French and German production, this series is set in 1930s London. It focuses on a penniless nobleman who robs thieves of their stolen property with the help of his trusty valet.
Unforgotten – Nicola Walker stars as DCI Cassie Stuart, investigating murder with DI Sunny Khan.
Case Histories – Based on the novels of Kate Atkinson, this series follows former soldier and police officer Jackson Brodie in his PI career.
Thriller – This classic British anthology series features one-off tales of the strange and sinister. Though it's a bit cheesy at times, it's aged surprisingly well, and the series features early performances from a number of prominent actors.
The Nightmare World of HG Wells – This four-part series dramatizes several of Wells' short stories.
Durham County – A man moves his family in hopes of a new start, then a local serial killer throws a wrench in that peaceful new beginning.
Prime Suspect: Tennison – Set in the 1970s, this series is a prequel to the Helen Mirren classic, Prime Suspect.
Whitechapel – This investigative mystery series focuses on modern day murders copying historic homicides.
Touching Evil – Robson Green and Nicola Walker star in this series about a police officer with a special ability to detect criminals.
Agatha Christie's Ordeal by Innocence – When a wealthy woman is murdered, her adopted son is arrested in spite of his claims of innocence. Later, his guilt is thrown into doubt and the family scrambles to figure out who killed her.
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis – Amazon Prime currently allows you to view the first seven series of this popular Oxford-based mystery series.
Amber – Ireland – This Irish miniseries explores the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl.
Single-Handed – Ireland – Newly transferred from Dublin back to his small Irish hometown, Gardai Officer Jack Driscoll finds the quiet town to be considerably less quiet than he remembered.
Casanova – The aging Casanova looks back on his life. Starring David Tennant as young Casanova.
Cracker – This is a US remake of the original British detective series.
Dark Angel – Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt plays the Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, a woman who murdered a number of her husbands and children.
Intruders – John Simm (Life on Mars) stars as an ex-cop whose wife goes missing. The ensuing investigation leads him to Seattle, and a secret society dedicated to chasing immortality by hiding in the bodies of others.
Grantchester – Series 1 and 2 are available for this detective series about a vicar and veteran cop working together to solve crimes.
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Australia – In the year 1900, three schoolgirls and their governess disappeared. From there, the mystery deepens.
The Detectives – More true crime than mystery, this documentary series follows a special sex crimes unit in the Greater Manchester Police.
Secrets and Lies – Australia – A regular suburban family guy finds the body of a young child and promptly becomes the leading suspect.
Trust – When a man's keys are found with a dead woman, his lawyer wife decides to represent him in spite of his indiscretions.
The Kettering Incident – Though this drama is technically Australian, BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 were involved in the production, and it has the feel of a British drama. The show begins when Dr. Anna Macy returns to the small Tasmania town of Kettering 15 years after the mysterious disappearance of her friend. When another little girl disappears, things get interesting.
Bedlam – Dark things happen in an apartment building converted from an asylum into luxury apartments.
The Saint – Roger Moore stars as The Saint, wealthy international man of mystery.
Sapphire and Steel – Interdimensional operatives save the world from evil forces on a regular basis. Stars Joanna Lumley and David McCallum.
Amnesia – Detective Stone struggles mightily to unravel and come to terms with the disappearance of his wife.
Thirteen – This BBC Three series centers around a 26-year-old woman who manages to escape from a cellar she's been trapped in for 13 years.
Heat of the Sun – A former Scotland Yard detective is sent to work in colonial Kenya.
The Vice – Inspector Chappel leads the Metropolitan Vice Squad, investigating cases of prostitution and pornography in London.
The Widower – This ITV series tells the story of a mild-mannered nurse who poisons and kills his wives. Based on a true story.
Thorne – Based on Mark Billingham’s crime novels, this series features David Morrisey as Detective Thorne.
The Tunnel – This British-French show focuses on two teams of detectives who work together on cross-channel investigations.
Tin Star – A former British detective moves to the Canadian Rockies and fights crime near a massive new oil refinery.
Appropriate Adult – A woman finds herself involved in a serial killer case as the “appropriate adult” who helps vulnerable adults facing criminal charges.
Colonel March of Scotland Yard – This vintage detective series offers 26 episodes of classic 1950s British mystery.
Ruth Rendell Mysteries – This series contains stories based on the mystery novels of Ruth Rendell.
The Widower – This miniseries is based on the crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster.
City of Vice – This historical crime drama is set in Georgian London and executed with incredible attention to detail.
Flashpoint – Canada – This series follows the missions of Toronto's Strategic Response Unit.
British Comedies on Prime Video
Peep Show – At present, Amazon Prime offers 8 series of this popular British odd couple roommate comedy.
Little Britain USA – British tourists Lou and Andy travel around the United States.
Little Britain – This classic British comedy is overflowing with quirky characters, including Daffyd, the only gay man in his village.
Family Tree – This hilarious series follows one man’s efforts to track down long-lost members of his family tree.
Coupling – This comedy about six friends in London is often called a “British Friends“.
Rovers – This working class comedy centers around the people who spend time at the Redbridge Rovers Football Club.
Green Wing – Green Wing is a hospital comedy that has almost nothing to do with actual medicine.
Gavin & Stacey – Two young people meet on the internet, talk for months, then travel to London to meet up (along with their best mates). From then on, Gavin and Stacey are inseparable, bringing together a cast of interesting characters in Essex and Wales.
Only When I Laugh – A group of patients constantly attempt to one-up each other, driving hospital staff crazy.
Life’s Too Short – Warwick Davis stars as a scheming actor aiming to be nothing less than Britain’s number one little person.
Tiny Plastic Men – Canada – Three men test toy and game prototypes in a large toy company.
On Order and Away – This comedy-drama revolves around a group of young people in a countryside pub in England.
Step Dave – New Zealand – A young slacker in New Zealand meets the woman of his dreams, only to realize she's 15 years older than him and comes with major baggage.
Crims – Two teenage boys with no street smarts end up together in a young offender's institute in the UK.
At Last the 1948 Show – A must for Monty Python fans, this 1967 series features future MP collaborators John Cleese and Graham Chapman.
Do Not Adjust Your Set – This nine-part sketch series preceding Monty Python and included many future cast members.
Westside – New Zealand – This prequel to Outrageous Fortune is set between 1974 and 1979, and it recounts stories of crime and passion in Auckland.
Outrageous Fortune – New Zealand – A trashy family of criminals tries to clean up their act.
Flickers – During the early days of silent film, a lovable Cockney tries to make his fortune in the industry.
Go Girls – New Zealand – Three twentysomething women realize they've made little progress towards their life goals, and vow to achieve their respective goals of being married, rich, and famous within a year.
Fix Her Up – Australia – In an all-female office, four women work towards love, happiness, and career success.
The Fenn Street Gang – This spinoff of Please Sir! follows the students after they leave school.
Switch – A group of young witches lives it up in the big city.
Still Standing – Canada – Comedian Jonny Harris embarks on a road trip around Canada, finding the humor in small and remote towns.
Absolutely Fabulous – Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley star in this British comedy classic about two middle-aged women who don't act their age.
MumDem – A group of young men born and raised in Cardiff dream of making it big in fashion.
David & Olivia? Naked in Scotland – A businessman's attempt to repair his relationship takes a turn when he finds a naked woman in his car.
Lunch Monkeys – This comedy focuses on the administrative staff at a British law firm.
Father Ted – The classic Britcom about zany priests on the fictional Craggy Island in Ireland.
Black Books – This quirky comedy features Bernard Black, the misanthropic owner of a bookshop.
Beaver Falls – Three British friends decide to have one last crazy summer working in an American summer camp.
Black Adder – In this classic British period comedy, Prince Edmund the Blackadder spends time thinking up ways to get his hands on the crown.
A Bit of Fry and Laurie – Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry star in this classic sketch comedy series.
Atlantis High – New Zealand – This teen show is set in a school believed to be build atop the Lost City of Atlantis.
Two's Company – This sitcom follows the relationship between an American woman and a British gentleman.
Laid – Australia – When she realizes all her former lovers are dying in unusual ways, a young woman tries to save the remaining men.
Catastophe – This Prime Original tells the story of an unintended pregnancy between an American ad man and a British teacher.
Fink – Paul Finkelstein is a high school teacher who does his best with the kids of the culinary club.
Bridget & Eamon – This comedy focuses on the lives of Bridget and Eamon, an unhappily married Irish couple with an unknown number of children.
Drifters – Meg, Bunny, and Laura share a flat in Leeds and face the ups and downs of post-university life.
The League of Gentlemen – In the remote English village of Royston Vasey, everyone is a little bit…odd.
Last Contact – This low budget Sussex-based production concerns a team of university researchers seeking out novel ways to communicate with aliens.
The Delivery Man – Former police officer Matthew begins work as a midwife.
Hello Ladies – While not technically British, this series comes from Stephen Merchant, a British actor and writer who has partnered with Ricky Gervais.
The Inbetweeners – This much-loved comedy focuses on a group of teenage boys who aren't quite children and aren't quite men.
Very British Problems – This hilarious program interviews celebrities about the cultural quirks of being British.
Short Poppies – New Zealand – This mockumentary shows journalist David Farrier traveling around rural New Zealand to profile ordinary New Zealanders.
British History & Culture Programs
Walking Through History With Tony Robinson – Tony Robinson selects long walks around Britain for their combined scenery and historic merits.
The Celts – Amazon Prime offers all 6 episodes of this award-winning series.
Hidden Killers – This series dives deep into the hidden killers in Victorian and Edwardian homes.
The Celts: Blood, Iron, and Sacrifice with Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver – Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver examine the origins of the Celts in this three-part documentary.
Chatsworth – Explore this stately home in a one-hour video tour.
Constable: A Country Rebel – This program takes a closer look at John Constable, one of England's best-loved rural landscape painters.
Horrible Histories – This BBC series is part-comedy, part-history. While designed as a children's show, it's well-loved by many adults.
Bomber Boys – This PBS-aired documentary series intersperses modern upcoming “bomber boys” with World War II history and footage.
Ireland's Wild Coast – This series takes a look at the geography and wildlife along the beautiful coasts of Ireland.
Mud Men – Johnny Vaughan and Steve Brooker go mudlarking along the banks of the Thames in search of history.
Unexplained – Tony Robinson and journalist Becky McCall investigate paranormal stories from Britain's history, including a WWII psychic who was one of the last people to be jailed under the Witchcraft Act of 1735.
Great Artists with Tim Marlow – British art historian Tim Marlow travels around the world, taking a closer look at some of its greatest artworks.
The Hotel Fixers – Ireland – Hotel experts travel around Ireland and help struggling establishments.
Shakespeare’s Tomb – This one-hour PBS Special sees a team of archaeologists embark on the first-ever scientific investigation of Shakespeare’s tomb.
How Sherlock Changed the World – Narrated by Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), this BBC documentary looks at the impact of Sherlock Holmes's techniques on real-life criminal and forensic strategies.
Project Restoration – Historical building surveyor Marianne Suhr travels the UK helping out on challenging restoration projects.
Room to Improve – Irish architect Dermot Bannan travels Ireland helping people create their dream homes.
Edward & Mary: The Unknown Tudors – This two-part special tells the story of King Edward and Queen (Bloody) Mary, eldest daughter of Henry VIII and first English queen since Matilda.
Shakespeare Uncovered – This series investigates various works of Shakespeare, incorporating expert opinions and those of actors who've played the roles. Amazon currently offers Series 2.
Ghosts of the Underground – This fascinating program discusses the history and ghostly happenings in the London Underground.
Snowdonia 1890 – Two modern families travel back in time to live as smallholders in Wales.
London: A City in Time – This program walks you through the city and history of London.
The Secret World of Lewis Carroll – This one hour documentary goes into the man behind Wonderland – Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll.
The Scottish Covenanters – If you enjoy 17th-century Scottish history, you’ll love this 54 minute program.
The Impressionists – British art critic Waldemar Januszczak travels around the world investigating the great Impressionists.
Westminster – Learn what goes on behind closed doors of Westminster in this documentary filmed by Tony Benn over 12 months.
The Tube: Going Underground – This documentary gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to keep the Tube functioning.
Rococo Before Bedtime – British art historian Waldemar Januszczak examines the history and grandeur of the Rococo period.
God Save the Queen – This series explores the origins of British traditions.
Crown and Country – HRH Prince Edward hosts this series that tours some of England's greatest landmarks.
Six Wives of Henry VIII – Though the title is a bit dry and self-explanatory, this series is worth a watch for the locations alone.
The First Silent Night – Actor Simon Callow uncovers the origins of the song Silent Night.
Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates, and Rogues – This series looks at some of the outlaws who ran wild in 17th and 18th century Britain.
Building Ireland – This new series explores the art, architecture, history, and culture of Ireland.
Renaissance Unchained – British art critic Waldemar Januszczak explores the history of the Renaissance throughout Europe.
Henry VII: Winter King – Author Thomas Penn dives into the world of the first Tudor King, Henry VII.
Harrow: A Very British School – A reality program set in a posh boarding school.
Exhibition on Screen: History's Greatest Artists – British documentarian Phil Grabsky produces these cinematic immersions in great works of art around the world, many filmed in conjunction with galleries like London's National Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts.
The Special Needs Hotel – On the Somerset coast, a grand Victorian hotel trains special needs individuals for careers in hospitality.
Great Estates of Scotland – This four-part series includes episodes on locations around Scotland, including Rosslyn Chapel (perhaps best known because of the Da Vinci Code).
Treasure Houses of Britain – This series travels around Britain, exploring the history and architecture of some of the island's greatest estates.
Holbein: Eye of the Tudors – British art historian Waldemar Januszczak looks at how Hans Holbein recorded the most notorious period in British history.
Great British Ghosts – I’ve never been a fan of the night-vision, over-hyped ghost shows here in the US, but this series offers a ton of interesting stories and gorgeous scenery. It's not technically a history show, but it's the closest fit to our categories.
Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook – Fred Dinenage takes a modern forensic look at various murders that shocked the UK over the 20th century.
Jack the Ripper Revealed – This series takes us back to 1888 and considers possible suspects for Jack the Ripper, alongside a bit of history for context.
Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History – Historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb looks at the love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Lord Montague – Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey fans will enjoy this documentary on one of 20th century England’s most controversial aristocrats.
Inside Asprey: Luxury by Appointment – Since Queen Victoria's reign, Asprey has provided quality hand-crafted jewelry to the royal family. This documentary gives you a closer look at this iconic British company and its wealthy clientele.
To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters – This two-part series takes a look at the incredible Bronte sisters and their unexpected success in light of their male-dominated time period.
The Bronte Sisters – This series charts the lives of the Bronte sisters.
Jane Austen: Life – This program takes a look at what author Jane Austen may have really been like, visiting places she lived and examining her correspondence.
Queen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch Unveiled – This series takes a look at Queen Victoria through her correspondence and writings.
Windsor Castle: After the Fire – This one-hour program goes into the aftermath of the fire at Windsor Castle.
Legends of Power with Tony Robinson – Tony Robinson dives into the lives of some of the world's most powerful leaders.
The Man Who Killed Richard III – This documentary presents a theory about a Welshman who may or may not have killed Richard III.
Tudor Monastery Farm at Christmas – Historians and archaeologists look at how the Tudors celebrated the 12 days of Christmas.
King of Scots – This documentary looks a the life and times of Robert the Bruce.
Tony Robinson's Gods and Monsters – Tony Robinson explores the dark corners of Britain's history, including witches, human sacrifice, demons, and sprites.
Last Will and Testament – Actor Derek Jacobi leads a cast in search of more details about who wrote the works of William Shakespeare.
Art Deco Icons: Britain's Bling and Glamour – David Heathcote visits four Art Deco icons around Britain – Claridge's, London Transport HQ, Casa Del Rio (an art deco home in Devon), and The Orient Express (as it leaves Victoria Station for Venice).
Manor House – This reality show gives us an idea of what life was really like in an early 1900s manor house.
The Harbour: Aberdeen – This documentary-style show explores the history and modern reality of Aberdeen Harbour, a busy industrial harbour along the Northeastern coast of Scotland.
Inside the Merchant – This series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Secrets of the Stones – This two-part series dives into the history and archaeology of Ireland.
Older Than Ireland – This series interviews 30 Irish centenarians to build a living history of modern-day Ireland.
The Manners of Downton Abbey – Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey, tells the secrets of how the other half lived during early 1900s Britain.
London's Modern Buildings – This series focuses on some of London's most impressive modern structures.
Tony Robinsons's Crime and Punishment – Blackadder star Tony Robinson presents this four-part series about the history of Britain's legal system, along with some commentary on the present and future.
Inside the Tower of London: Crimes, Conspiracies, Confessions – This four-part series goes into the gruesome history of the Tower of London.
Cracking the Shakespeare Code – Codebreaker Petter Amundsen and historian Dr. Robert Crumpton investigate possible secrets buried in Shakespeare's first folio, also looking at a coded map.
The Tower – This eight-part series takes an in-depth look at the Tower of London.
The Shakespeare Enigma – This film explores one particular theory about the possible identity of William Shakespeare.
Halloween: Feast of the Dying Sun – This documentary explores the Celtic origins of Halloween.
A Royal Hangover – This series takes a look at British drinking culture and binge drinking.
Bridges that Built London – This hour-long special examines London's great bridges.
The English Gentleman – In this documentary, we get a look at where the “English Gentleman” stereotype came from, and whether it still exists today.
Salt Beef and Rye – This fun documentary looks at the characters who frequent London's Brick Lane.
The Irish Pub – This documentary explores the history and culture of pubs in Ireland.
British Travel Shows
Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa – Although not exclusively about Great Britain, this series includes episodes in London, the London countryside, Dublin, Ireland’s West Coast, Bath, South Wales, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews (not to mention a lot of other lovely cities around the world).
Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towns – This paranormal investigation show takes you around England with host Derek Acorah.
Discover England – With 13 episodes on different regions of England, this series is a wonderful way to experience England when you can’t actually be there.
Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs – Historian Paul Murton takes us on an incredibly scenic journey around some of Scotland's most beautiful lochs.
Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands – Paul Murton guides us around some of Scotland's most beautiful islands.
Ireland with Ardal O'Hanlon – This three-part series is a quick romp around Ireland with famed comedian Ardal O'Hanlon.
Trolley Dollies – This docu-soap features the lives of a charter flight crew that travels to some of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.
Pawl Dunbar's Cornwall – This hour and a half documentary offers history and scenery in Cornwall.
The Real Cornwall – This hour-long documentary takes you around Cornwall.
Flavors of Scotland – 6 great episodes that take you to places often overlooked by other travel shows.
Treyvaud Travels – Paul Treyvaud travels around Ireland over the course of nine half-hour episodes.
Rick Steves's Europe – Seasons 7 to 9 of this popular series are offered on Amazon. Of interest to Anglophiles will be: 7-8, London, 7-9 Northern England, 9-8 Western England, 9-9 Southeast England, and 9-10 Cornwall.
The Shelbourne Hotel – This Irish reality show (we're counting it because hey, Ireland is in the British Isles) takes us behind the scenes at one of Dublin's poshest hotels.
British Bouncers – This isn't quite a travel show, but if you want to shatter all your posh illusions about Britain, this show about drunken Brits going up against bouncers might be just the thing.
Travel Scotland with James McCreadie – This half-hour special has James McCreadie taking you on a journey through the Trossachs.
Terry Jones' Great Map Mystery – Monty Python star Terry Jones travels around Britain to see if it's still possible to follow the earliest roadmaps of Wales.
Scotland! – It’s a bit dated, but this 1 hour and 23 minute program on Scotland still offers beautiful scenery.
Discover Scotland – Heavy on the history, this series offers four 1-hour episodes that take you around Scotland.
Discover Ireland – Once you've watched Discover England and Discover Scotland, why not check out Discover Ireland? Sadly, there is no Discover Wales or Discover Northern Ireland.
Galway, Ireland: Busy Streets and Irish Music in the Pubs – This series looks around Galway, Ireland.
English Towns & Villages: The Cotswolds – Few parts of England are as immediately recognizable as The Cotswolds. Though dated, this one hour program does an excellent job of showing off the scenery and including local history.
Memories of Scotland – This 48-minute program focuses on the major tourist attractions in Scotland.
Visit Wales with Rachel Hicks – This hour-long travel show explores a variety of locations around Wales.
Europe’s Classic Romantic Inns: Scotland – It’s short, and the quality is a bit lacking (it’s rather old), but it’s still an enjoyable 18 minutes.
Bath, England – This extremely short 4-part series offers excellent views of Bath, and would be perfect for anyone who is considering including it on an upcoming trip.
The North York Moors: A Land for All Seasons – This one-hour program focuses on the gorgeous landscapes of North York.
British Inland Waterways – If you’ve ever dreamed of lazily floating along the beautiful canals of England and Scotland, this series will be sure to delight.
Mysterious Places of Scotland and Ireland: Swans of Loch Lomond– No dialogue, just scenery. Enjoy the views.
Warwickshire, Home of Shakespeare – This hour and a half documentary takes you on a lovely tour of the county of Warwickshire.
Wales Land of Song – This hour and a half program features a musical journey through Wales.
On the Ballykissangel Trail – This short documentary discusses the making of Ballykissangel, along with a tour of the area.
Alternate Routes: Edinburgh – This unusual travel piece lets you follow along with young backpackers in Edinburgh.
Yorkshire Dales: A Landscape of Longing – Travel around the beautiful Yorkshire countryside in 52 minutes.
The Perfect British Village – Actor and broadcaster Nigel Farrell takes you out in search of the perfect British village.
Footloose in the Cotswolds, Part 1 – UK filmmakers Debra and David Rixon visit Stow, Chipping Camden, Broadway, and the gardens of Kiftsgate and Hidcote.
Footloose in the Cotswolds, Part 2 – UK filmmakers Debra and David Rixon visit Cheltenham, Painswick, Tetbury, and the City of Bath.
A Classic Tour of Scotland: Footloose Special – UK filmmakers Debra and David Rixon travel Scotland in an Airstream trailer, stopping off to visit locations like the Isle of Skye, Glasgow, Stirling Castle, Edinburgh, and Inverness.
Footloose in London: All the Best Sights of our Capital – UK filmmakers Debra and David Rixon offer budget-minded tips for visiting London and viewing its best sites.
London: A Tale of Two Cities – This hour-long documentary looks at the highs and lows London has faced over the years.
The Seasoned Traveler: Scottish Castles – This brief program tours a number of Scottish castles.
It’s Great Britain: A Jolly Great Journey Round England, Scotland, and Wales – This program offers a historical tour of many of the great sites of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Undiscovered Wales – Often overlooked, this series takes you on a lovely journey around Wales.
Walks Around Britain – Britain is one of the greatest places in the world to go walking, and Amazon Prime lets you enjoy two series of short scenic walks around the countryside.
Europe’s Classic Romantic Inns: Shakespeare Country – Though the quality is a bit lacking, this is still a lovely way to explore the region from your couch.
Secrets of the Irish Landscape – This series sets out to explore how Ireland came to look as it does.
East Sussex Medieval Village Churches – This hour-long program explores 12 medieval churches in East Sussex.
English Towns & Villages: Stratford-Upon-Avon – Though a bit dated, this program offers great scenery and a bit of history.
Brushstrokes: Every Picture Tells a Story – British art critic Waldemar Januszczak dives into the stories behind four works from Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Dobson.
Travelview International English Countryside – This 25-minute program takes you rambling through the British countryside.
Kent and Sussex Visits – This brief program takes you to three historic sites in Kent and Sussex.
Visions of Britain & Ireland – Enjoy wonderful footage of the British Isles.
Daniel & Majella's B&B Road Trip – This show offers a delightful journey through some of the loveliest B&Bs in Ireland.
British Gardening TV Shows on Amazon Prime
Gardening fans are in luck. We found enough of these to justify their own subcategory within travel and documentaries.
Gardens of the National Trust – Four episodes take you to some of England’s finest gardens.
The Great Gardens of England – More eyecandy for English garden lovers.
English Cottage and Country Gardens – This video explores 8 private gardens and offers a bit of advice along with the scenery.
Glorious Gardens from Above – Horticulturist Christine Walkden explores some of Britain's loveliest gardens from a hot air balloon.
Greatest Gardens – Our hosts set out to find the loveliest gardens in Northern Ireland.
The Great Gardens of England – Though it has the same name as another entry on this list, this one is actually a series of episodes that each feature gardens in different parts of England.
Secret Gardens of England – In this program, you’ll visit 8 lesser-known but still very beautiful gardens in England.
British Railway Journeys
If you've never traveled England, Scotland, and Wales by rail, it's hard to emphasize how important the rails are to British life.
Vintage Steam Trains: Great British Steam – This hour-long feature focuses exclusively on the British steam train and its history.
British Railway Journeys – Each of these episodes is roughly an hour long, and they take you through interesting railway journeys around Britain. There is some commentary, and plenty of scenery around the rails (you're not just looking out a train window). The footage is slightly dated, but they're worth a watch.
- The Southwest – This journey takes you from Exeter to Penzanze.
- Weymouth to Isle of Wight – This journey offers particularly scenic coastal views.
- East Anglia – From Cambridge to Sheringham
- The North East – From the mouth of the River Tees to the North York Moors
- The Peak District – Huddersfield line to Standedge Tunnel
- Southwest Scotland – From Largs to Huntersfield Ore Terminal
- The Lake District – From Carnforth to Kendal
- The Severn Valley and the Cotswolds – The journey begins just north of Oxford and continues through some of the most beautiful countryside in England.
- Northern England – From Settle to Carlisle
- North Wales – This journey begins in Chester, England and continues on to the seaside resorts of northern Wales.
Byways of Steam: In the Valleys and the Mountains – The varied terrain within the British Isles presented many challenges for early trains, but it also makes for some gorgeous scenery in this 50 minute feature.
Classic British Steam Engines – This series devotes nearly an hour each to several of Britain's most famous trains.
- Princess Margaret Rose
- The Flying Scotsman
- City of Truro
- Duchess of Sutherland
- Standard Class 4 Tanks
Best of British Heritage Railways –
- Volume 1 – This volume includes new signaling at Quorn and Woodhouse, along with some older locomotives like 3440 City of Truro and 9017 Earl of Berkeley.
- Volume 2 – This installment looks at the 70013 Oliver Cromwell before restoration, along with the Settle Carlisle route.
- Volume 3 – This volume includes the East Anglian coastal line.
How Can I Watch British TV Shows from Amazon Prime on My Television?
If you have a smart TV or a streaming device like a Roku or Fire Stick, you're in luck. On a Roku or Smart TV, just look for the Amazon app (or install it if it's not already there). From there, you can link the device with your Amazon account. With a Fire Stick, the entire device is basically an Amazon app. Just use the search function to find the ones you want and you're set.
If all of this is over your head, check out this article we put together: What's a Roku and How Can it Help You Watch More British TV?
Is There MORE British TV on Amazon?
Yes – through Amazon Channels subscriptions. Check out the full list of Amazon channels (with a special list of those of interest to British TV lovers) here.