(2022) BritBox Mysteries: A Complete List of British Mysteries & Crime Dramas on BritBox

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BritBox has an incredible array of British TV programming, and if you primarily browse through their app, it can be a bit difficult to find them all. The top mysteries get promoted heavily on their main menus, but there are so many hidden gems tucked away in the category lists.

The goal of this post is to show you everything on offer as of: late December 2021 (which includes all available updates for upcoming months).

Enjoy lists like this? You may find our British TV Streaming Guide (US Edition) useful, too. It offers a printed reference – like an old-fashioned television guide – so you can quickly and easily browse what's on offer without giving yourself carpal tunnel via TV remote. 

The Complete List of British Mysteries & Crime Dramas on BritBox

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15 Days

15 Days – 2019 – This crime thriller is a mystery told in reverse. It immediately flashes back to 15 days prior to the crime, allowing viewers to watch a family crisis as it festers and develops into something truly terrible. The series is a re-make of the Welsh series 35 Diwrnod, and even includes some of the same actors.

35 Days – 2014 to 2019 – Each season of this Welsh mystery begins with a murder, then rolls the clock back 35 days to follow the events that led to the murderous conclusion.

A Confession – 2019 – Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), and Imelda Staunton (Cranford) star in this drama based on a real-life tragedy. The series dramatises the search for Sian O’Callaghan, a young woman who went missing in Swindon, Wiltshire after a taxi ride.

A Touch of Frost – 1992 to 2010 – Rumpled and slovenly DI Jack Frost follows his instincts to find justice for the underdogs. The gritty series is set in the fictional South Midlands town of Denton, and Sir David Jason (Only Fools and Horses) stars.

Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun – 1982 – On the trail of a millionaire's fake diamond, Poirot finds himself at a resort full of rich and famous people – and a murderer. This film was Peter Ustinov's first outing as the Belgian detective, and you'll also see Dames Maggie Smith and Diana Rigg looking quite a bit younger.

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Julia McKenzie in Agatha Christie's Marple.

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 2004 to 2013 – The first three seasons of this British mystery classic have Geraldine McEwan portraying the iconic sleuth. Julia McKenzie takes over after that. 

Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime – 1983 to 1984 – Francesca Annis (Bancroft) and James Warwick (Iron Man) star as the famous crime-fighting duo, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, as they solve mysteries and search for enemy spies in 1950’s Britain. Our two sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence, are now married and well-established as secret agents working under the watchful eye of Scotland Yard.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 1989 to 2020 – David Suchet portrays the eccentric Belgian Detective Poirot in this long-running series of Agatha Christie mysteries.

Agatha Christie’s Seven Dials Mystery – 1981 – Cheryl Campbell (Breathless) stars as Lady Eileen “Bundle” Brent, a young and glamorous aristocrat who insinuates herself into all sorts of unsavoury situations…including murder.

Agatha Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide – 2003 – Pauline Collins (Dickensian) and Oliver Ford Davies (A Royal Scandal) star in this modern-day adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic. It sees an elderly husband and wife working as secret agents brought in to investigate the murder of a football club manager's trophy wife. As more secrets come to light, it becomes a race against time to find the killer before there's another victim.

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Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd

Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d – 1980 – This star-studded movie features Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote) as Miss Marple, investigating a murder that takes place while a movie films in her quiet village (as if we needed any more evidence that murders follow Angela Lansbury). Supporting actors include Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Kim Novak, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Radio Play) – 1939 – Orson Welles directs and plays Hercule Poirot in this radio dramatisation of the classic Agatha Christie story. When a woman is found dead of an overdose, a rumour links her to Roger Ackroyd, who is then also found dead. Hercule Poirot is left to unravel the mystery.

Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary – 1983 – In this Tommy and Tuppence mystery, James Warwick (Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime) and Francesca Annis (also in Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime) star as two friends who decide to become investigators to get a bit of extra money. What seems like a simple idea quickly becomes quite dangerous. This production immediately preceded the related television series.

Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? – 1981 – When Agatha Christie was alive, she allowed very few television adaptations of her work because she didn’t care for the medium. After her death, daugher Rosalind Hicks relaxed the restrictions – and this was the first major production to move forward as a result. While golfing on the coast of Wales, Bobby Jones hits a stranger whose puzzling last words are, “Why didn’t they ask Evans?”

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An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls – 2015 – Set in 1912, this mystery follows Inspector Goole as he investigates the wealthy Birling family in connection with the suicide of a young woman. Each family member has their own set of dark and intriguing secrets.

Bancroft – 2017 to present – DS Elizabeth Bancroft is a brilliant officer, but the questionable tactics she employed in the past are coming back to haunt her.

The Bay – 2019 to present – Morven Christie (Grantchester) plays DS Lisa Armstrong, a family liaison officer who discovers she has a personal connection to a missing persons case. Many have compared this series to Broadchurch, and it’s been renewed for a second season.

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John Nettles in Bergerac

Bergerac – 1981 to 1991 – John Nettles stars in this classic series about an alcoholic detective in Jersey with his own way of doing things. See also: 

Best in Paradise – 2020 – In this exclusive BritBox interview, cast members Kris Marshall (Sanditon, Love Actually), Josephine Jobert, Don Warrington (Holby City), and Tobi Bakare (Kingsman, Silent Witness) share anecdotes and insights about their favourite episodes of Death in Paradise.

The Bill – 1984 to 2010 – This long-running police series follows the lives of officers at the fictional Sun Hill Police station. BritBox currently offers Series 25 and a “best of” collection that includes appearances from stars like David Tennant (Doctor Who), Hugh Laurie (A Bit of Fry & Laurie), Craig Charles (Red Dwarf), and Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice). Series 25 & “The Best Of”

The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories – 2018 – After her husband Lucien’s disappearance, Jean Blake (formerly Beazley) struggles to adapt to life without him. She doesn’t get much time to breathe, though, as she’s pulled into a murder investigation just eight months after his disappearance.

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Bletchley Circle San Francisco 

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco – 2018 to 2019 – This Bletchley Circle spin-off picks up in 1956 when former colleagues Millie and Jean learn of a set of murders in San Francisco that mimic a murder they saw during the war. They reach out to an American codebreaker they knew during the war, and before too long, they’re all solving murders together in the Bay Area. Prefer to watch the original? You can do so HERE

Blue Murder – 2003 to 2009 – DCI Janine Lewis struggles with the challenge of being a single mom to four kids while leading a team of detectives through homicide investigations. Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek) stars.

The Body Farm – 2011 to 2012 – This spin-off of Waking the Dead follows a team of forensic scientists who've left academia to work in the world of criminal forensics. They team up with a London cold case unit to do research on how people are killed and how criminals try to cover it up. The series includes Tara Fitzgerald (Jane Eyre), Wunmi Mosaku (Vera), Mark Bazeley (Broadchurch), and Finlay Robertson (How Not to Live Your Life). 

Boon – 1986 to 1992 – After suffering permanent lung damage rescuing a child from a fire, a fireman retires and begins a new life of odd jobs and later, detective work.

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Cadfael – 1994 to 1998 – In 12th century Shrewsbury, a monk solves mysteries. Derek Jacobi (Last Tango in Halifax) stars.

Campion – 1989 to 1990 – An aristocrat in the 1930s adopts a fake name and investigates mysteries with help from his servant. Peter Davison (Doctor Who) stars as Albert Campion, with Brian Glover (Rumble) as his manservant. The series was based on the Albert Campion mystery novels written by Margery Allingham.

The City & The City – 2018 – Inspector Borlú investigates a murder in the twin city, which occupies the same space differently. This unusual series blends mystery with science fiction.

Cold Blood – 2005 to 2008 – A notorious murderer is finally placed in prison, but they can't find his last victim. Now, he’s playing a ruthless game with the detective who wants what he knows.

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The Coroner

The Coroner – 2015 to 2016 – A solicitor returns to her coastal hometown, becomes coroner, and investigates suspicious deaths.

Cracker – 1993 to 2006 – Though he’s obnoxious and anti-social, Fitz is a brilliant criminal psychologist and police consultant.

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Crime (2021)

Crime – 2021 – Dougray Scott (My Week with Marilyn) stars as DI Ray Lennox, a man who must put aside his own personal demons to investigate the disappearance of a local schoolgirl. The Edinburgh-based series is based on Irvine Welsh's bestselling novel of the same name

Dalziel & Pascoe – 1996 to 2007 – Two Yorkshire-based police partners with very different personalities find a way to bond as they solve crimes. This series was based on the Dalziel and Pascoe novels by Reginald Hill, and stars Warren Clarke (Poldark) and Colin Buchanan (The Pale Horse) in the title roles. Colin Buchanan has also narrated a number of Reginald Hill audiobooks.

Dark Heart – 2018 – DI Wagstaffe leads an investigation into a series of attacks on accused pedophiles.

DCI Banks – 2010 to 2016 – Stephen Tomkinson (Ballykissangel, Wild at Heart) stars as DCI Alan Banks, a skilled but stubborn Yorkshire-based investigator.

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Death in Paradise

Death in Paradise – 2011 to present – A British inspector who’s fundamentally incompatible with island life is sent to investigate murders on a tropical island. This long-running series began with Ben Miller (The Worst Week of My Life) in the lead role, but the torch was later passed to Kris Marshall (Love Actually), Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted), and Ralf Little (The Cafe). 

Death on the Tyne – 2018 – When there’s a a serial killer loose on an overnight ferry, a tour hostess and her coach driver must find the killer before the sabotaged ship sinks.

Dial M for Middlesbrough – 2019 – Johnny Vegas (Benidorm) and Sian Gibson (Car Share) star in this Agatha Christie-inspired whodunnit in which the two must solve a murder after their coach breaks down in a storm.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries – 2013 to 2018 – Dr. Lucien Blake left his Australian home in Ballarat as a young man. Now, he finds himself returning to take over not only his dead father's medical practice, but also his on-call role as the town's police surgeon. Craig McLachlan (Packed to the Rafters) stars as Dr. Blake.

Emerald Falls – 2008 – After her divorce, Joni Ferguson and her 15-year-old son move to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia to open a bed and breakfast. Just six months after starting her new life, the local doctor is found dead in his home. When Joni shows up on the list of suspects, her son Zac sets out to prove her innocence.

The Fall – 2013 to 2016 – Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Jamie Dornan (50 Shades of Grey) star in this series about a senior investigator who goes head-to-head with a serial killer who’s attacking young professional women in Belfast.

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Father Brown 

Father Brown – 1974 – A Catholic priest dips his toe into mysteries in spite of the police warning him off. Kenneth More (The Forsyte Saga) stars as Father Brown in this early adaptation of G.K. Chesterson’s Father Brown stories.

Father Brown – 2013 to present – Based on the mysteries of GK Chesterson, a Catholic priest solves mysteries in his small English village. Mark Williams (Blandings) stars as Father Brown in this long-running adaptation.

From Darkness – 2015 – In Greater Manchester, Officer Claire is disturbed by four bodies that seem linked to her past cases.

The Gil Mayo Mysteries (aka Mayo) – 2006 – Gil Mayo is an eccentric detective with a life full of complications and awkwardness. His ex-love interest is a colleague, and he’s raising a teenage girl on his own. Alistair McGowan (Leonardo) stars in this light mystery.

Good Cop – 2012 – When his best friend is killed on duty, a good cop wants revenge. Warren Brown (Luther) stars as John Paul Rocksavage.

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Grace – 2021 – Endeavour creator Russell Lewis is behind this new ITV drama starring John Simm (Life on Mars). He’ll play detective Roy Grace (from Peter James’ award-winning novels), a man who fights crime in the coastal city of Brighton, England. Grace is a talented but unorthodox detective who’s haunted by the disappearance of his beloved wife Sandy. The series will begin with two feature-length episodes based on the first two stories in the Roy Grace series: Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead.

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates – 1996 to 1998 – A tough old pensioner becomes a private detective and investigates crimes with the help of her husband and a teenage boy called Geoffrey. Dame Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) stars in this cozy mystery.

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Hope Street comes to BritBox at the end of January 2022

COMING SOON: Hope Street – 2022 – This upcoming crime drama is set in the fictional Northern Ireland town of Port Devine, and it follows the mysterious arrival of the town's first ever Muslim police officer, English Detective Constable Leila Hussain. This character-driven series will combine self-contained crime stories in each episode with a longer-running serial narrative. There will be 9 episodes of 60 minutes each, airing daily beginning on January 31st, 2022. 

Hound of the Baskervilles – 1982 – Tom Baker steps into the world of Sherlock Holmes in this faithful adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes story.

The Ice House – 1997 – The peaceful lives of three women are shattered when a corpse is discovered in the ice house on their property. Daniel Craig (James Bond series) stars.

In Plain Sight – 2016 – This series covers serial killer Peter Manuel's crimes in 1950s Lanarkshire, Scotland. Though it’s a dramatisation, it’s based on a true story.

In the Dark – 2017 – While dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, DI Weeks returns to her hometown to help a childhood friend after an abduction.

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries – 2001 to 2007 – An Oxford-educated detective pairs up with a working-class partner to investigate mysteries.

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Inspector Morse

Inspector Morse – 1987 to 2000 – Grumpy, classical music-loving Inspector Morse investigates crimes around Oxford with his junior partner Sergeant Lewis. This much-loved British mystery series is based on the books of Colin Dexter, and it later spawned two additional television shows (Inspector Lewis and Endeavour).

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Jonathan Creek – 1997 to 2016 – After meeting a pushy investigative journalist, an eccentric magic trick developer finds himself investigating murders.

The Lady Vanishes – 2013 – Based on the 1936 Ethel Lina White novel The Wheel Spins, this film follows a young English socialite on a train trip back to England from Croatia. When an English governess disappears, she enlists the aid of fellow passengers Max Hare and his former Oxford professor. Selina Cadell (Doc Martin) stars as the disappearing Miss Froy, while Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game) plays socialite Iris Carr.

The Last Detective – 2003 to 2007 – Because he's decent, old fashioned and a generally good guy, his fellow detectives and his boss don't like him much.  Still, DC Davies proves that his style works by constantly solving cases no one else wants.

Life of Crime – 2013 – Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) stars as Denise Woods, a bright WPC attempting to solve the murders of three possibly connected victims across three decades. Each episode of the series is filmed in a different decade, and she has a different rank in each.

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Life on Mars may finally be returning for a third season

Life on Mars – 2006 to 2007 – DCI Sam Tyler has a car accident in 2006 and wakes up in the 70s. John Simm (White Dragon) stars alongside Philip Glenister (Living the Dream) in this much-loved series. The series is often cited for its excellent classic rock soundtrack, and it was recently announced that after a long break, it will be coming back with a third season.

Line of Duty – 2012 to present – This series focuses on a group of officers in the ACU (Anti-Corruption Unit), a team that investigates the wrongdoings of its fellow officers. 

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The Long Call

The Long Call – 2021 – Based on the new books by Ann Cleeves, this series follows Detective Matthew Venn, a troubled gay detective who's recently returned to live in North Devon with his husband Jonathan. Unlike the more brash, confident detectives, Venn is a man scarred by religious extremism, with hefty doses of anger and self-doubt. Along with his partner DS Jen Rafferty, he solves murders in the mostly rural coastal area.

Maigret – 1992 to 1993 – Michael Gambon stars as Georges Simenon’s iconic French detective in this early-90s adaptation. Each of the 12 episodes is based on a single Maigret novel, so you don't get the same depth you do with some book to TV adaptations – but it's still considered by many to be the best English-language adaptation of the series. 

Maigret – 2016 to 2017 – Rowan Atkinson takes on a rare serious role as he fills the role of Maigret in this two series, four episode adaptation. Each of the four episodes are based on a single novel (Maigret Sets a Trap, Maigret’s Dead Man, Maigret at the Crossroads, and Inspector Maigret and the Strangled Stripper).

The Mallorca Files – 2019 – This drama stars Elen Rhys (Ordinary Lies) and Julian Looman as a pair of international detectives who solve crimes on the Baleric island of Mallorca. If you enjoy sun-filled British dramas like Death in Paradise or Good Karma Hospital, definitely give this one a chance. 

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Jason Watkins in McDonald & Dodds

McDonald & Dodds – 2020 – BAFTA-winner Jason Watkins (The Crown, Trollied) stars alongside newcomer Tala Gouveia in this fun detective drama that's not quite cozy (it follows professionals rather than amateurs), but still far from gritty. The series is set in Bath, England and it follows an incredibly mismatched but competent pair as they learn to work together to solve difficult cases. The series has been renewed for a third season, expected sometime in 2022. 

MI-5 (aka Spooks) – 2002 to 2011 – This dramatic series follows the top secret missions of MI-5, the UK's elite domestic security and counter-intelligence agency. Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard), Hermione Norris (Cold Feet), and Richard Armitage (North & South) are among the stars of this long-running series. Though a bit dated (especially with respect to technology), it's still a compelling watch.

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Neil Dudgeon as DCI Barnaby, Nick Hendrix as DS Winter-Midsomer Murders_Season 22, Episode 3-Photo Credit:Mark Bourdillon/AcornTV

Midsomer Murders – 1998 to present – In Midsomer County, the landscapes are beautiful, the villagers all have secrets, and murder is rampant. This British mystery classic features John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby through the first 13 seasons, with Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby for the later seasons. BritBox only has Series 21.

Midsomer Murders: 20th Anniversary Documentary – 2019 – John Nettles presents this look back at Midsomer Murders on its 20th anniversary. The hour-long special features appearances by Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix, Daniel Casey, Jason Hughes, Jane Wymark, and more.

Midsomer Murders Favourites – 1998 to 2018 – This collection rounds up the favourite episodes of several Midsomer Murders cast members – Neil Dudgeon, John Nettles, Annette Badland, and Nick Hendrix. Each episode includes commentary from the actor in question.

Miss Marple – 1984 to 1992 – In the small English village of St. Mary Mead, Miss Marple helps her community by solving murders. In this collection of Christie tales, Joan Hickson takes the title role.

The Moonstone – 1972 to 1973 – In this Hugh Leonard adaptation, a man goes on a quest to find a stolen but cursed stone that’s said to bring ill fortune to all who possess it. This series is based on the Wilkie Collins novel of the same name.

The Moonstone – 2016 – This updated adaptation of the Wilkie Collins novel stars Joshua Silver as Franklin Blake alongside Terenia Edwards (On Chesil Beach) as Rachel Verinder.

The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries – 1998 – Diana Rigg (The Avengers) stars as Mrs. Bradley, a sort of edgy Miss Marple who solves mysteries with the assistance of her devoted chauffeur George Moody (Neil Dudgeon, Midsomer Murders).

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Murder in Provence will premiere in March on BritBox

COMING SOON: Murder in Provence – 2022 – Roger Allam (Endeavour, The Thick of It), Nancy Carroll (The Crown, Father Brown) and Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) star in this upcoming adaptation of M.L. Longworth's A Provençal Mystery novels. The series follows Antoine Verlaque (Allam), an investigating judge in Aix-en Provence, and his romantic partner Marine Bonnet (Carroll) as they investigate and solve murders and mysteries in their idyllic homeland. They also get help from Hélène (Settle), a detective and long-time confidant to Antoine. Murder in Provence will premiere on BritBox on March 1st. 

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Murder on the Blackpool Express

Murder on the Blackpool Express – 2017 – When a coach driver and tour guide see their passengers start dying off, they realise there’s a killer in their midst. This film is part of a three-part series of light murder mysteries. The next two are: Death on the Tyne and Dial M for Middlesborough. In 2021, a new three-part series premiered as a follow-up to the films. That series is called Murder They Hope – and with any luck, it might just make its way to BritBox in the future.

The Museum (aka Yr Amgueddfa) – 2021 – This Welsh thriller follows Della Howells (Nia Roberts, The Crown), a married historian who's finally secured the top position at the Museum of Wales. Unfortunately, her charmed life begins on a downward spiral when she has an affair with a mysterious young stranger. Before too long, she finds herself closer than she wants to be to Cardiff's criminal underworld. Premiered on September 14th.

New Blood – 2016 – Two young investigators are brought together by cases that initially appear unrelated. This series was created by Foyle's War creator Anthony Horowitz. 

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New Tricks

New Tricks – 2003 to 2015 – This long-running series stars Amanda Redman as a disgraced detective chosen to head up a group of retired detectives recruited to investigate unsolved cases. Along with the challenges of tracking down old evidence and witnesses, they'll also have to come to terms with the fact that the “old ways” aren't always welcome in modern policing. 

The Pembrokeshire Murders – 2021 – The true crime cold case drama follows the investigation into the most notorious serial killer in Welsh history. In 2006, newly-promoted DS Steve Wilkins decided to re-open an unsolved double murder from the 1980s. Using the latest forensic techniques, he and his team were able to connect the murders to a string of burglaries.

Prime Suspect – 1991 to 2006 – Helen Mirren stars as Detective Jane Tennison, battling crime as well as sexism on the job.

Quirke – 2014 – Gabe Byrne plays a pathologist in 1950s Dublin.

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Rebus – 2000 to 2004 – Based on the novels of Scottish author Ian Rankin, Inspector Rebus is an old-fashioned detective in every sense of the word. He smokes, drinks, and doesn’t have a lot of luck with his personal life.

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River – 2015 – Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, and Lesley Manville star in this series about a brilliant police officer haunted by guilt.

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Rosemary & Thyme streams on BritBox

Rosemary & Thyme – 2003 to 2008 – Former policewoman Laura and a horticulture professor Rosemary are brought together by a love of gardening, but murder seems to follow them. Felicity Kendal (The Good Life) and Pam Ferris (Call the Midwife) star in this quaint mystery series. Fun fact: Creator Brian Eastman created the series to entertain his wife, Christabel Avery, a keen gardener.

The Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Next Chapters (aka Ruth Rendell Mysteries) – 1994 to 2000 – This collection includes a variety of suspenseful tales adapted from the novels of author Ruth Rendell.

Sally Lockhart Mysteries – 2006 to 2007 – Two of the four Sally Lockhart novels were adapted into these two television movies starring Billie Piper (Doctor Who).

Scott & Bailey – 2011 to 2016 – Two very different female police detectives enjoy a close friendship and productive partnership as they work on homicide cases in Manchester, England. Outside the office, however, they aren't always as successful. 

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(L-R) Lu Shakespeare (Jo Joyner), Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) and Sebastian Brudenell (Patrick Walshe McBride)

Shakespeare & Hathaway – 2018 to present – In beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon, an unlikely pair of private investigators solves crimes together. A fourth season is underway. 

Sherlock Holmes – 1984 to 1994 – Jeremy Brett and David Burke star in this set of Sherlock Holmes adventures.

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Shetland, Season 6

Shetland – 2013 to present – In the remote island community of Shetland, DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate threats to the peace of their village. This series is based on the Shetland novels by Ann Cleeves.

Silent Witness – 1996 to present – A team of pathologists investigates crimes based on evidence gleaned from autopsies.

Sister Boniface
Sister Boniface Mysteries will premiere in February on BritBox

COMING SOON: Sister Boniface Mysteries – 2022 – This brand new mystery from the creators of Father Brown follows a Vespa-driving, crime-solving, Cotswold-dwelling nun. Lorna Watson reprises her role as Sister Boniface, having appeared once before in an early episode of Father Brown.

Boniface is a forensics maverick in 1960s England, helping the police solve crimes with knowledge that surpasses what the police are currently using in their own labs. You can read more about the upcoming Sister Boniface Mysteries premiere HERE. It premieres on BritBox on February 8th.

Stonemouth – 2015 – A man returns to his small Scottish hometown in hopes of finding out the truth about his friend’s murder.

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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Beyond the Pale – 2014 – Whicher is hired to investigate threats made to the son of an important government employee, leading him to some of the most dangerous parts of Victorian London. Paddy Considine (Informer) stars.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House – 2011 – Based on Kate Summerscale’s best-selling novel, this series sees DI Whicher pursuing the murderer of a three-year-old boy. Paddy Considine (Informer) stars.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane – 2013 – Whicher investigates the death of a young girl, pitting him against some of London’s wealthiest and most powerful individuals. Paddy Considine (Informer) stars.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Ties That Bind – 2014 – This entry sees Whicher taking on what appears to be a simple infidelity case, but it soon turns much darker. Paddy Considine (Informer) stars.

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Taggart – 1983 to 2010 – This long-running crime series revolves around a group of detectives in Scotland. Initially set in the Maryhill CID of Strathclyde Police, many later storylines were set and shot in other parts of Greater Glasgow and other areas of Scotland.

Thorne: Scaredy Cat – 2010 – Thorne is working with a new team to tackle a tough double murder case, but it’s not long before he’s hunting down two different serial killers.

Thorne: Sleepyhead – 2010 – DI Thorne (David Morrissey, Men Behaving Badly) is in a race against time to find a serial killer who enjoys making unusual attacks on young women.

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Gemma Whelan stars in The Tower

The Tower, Season 1 – 2021 – In The Tower, DS Sarah Collins (Gemma Whelan, Gentleman Jack) investigates the deaths of a beat cop and a teenager who fell from a London tower block in unusual circumstances. Left alive on the roof is Lizzie Adams, a young officer who's found holding a small child who'd been kidnapped.

Allowed to go home before making her statement, Lizzie disappears. Collins will not only have to figure out what happened, but also find Lizzie before anything bad happens. The series is based on author Kate London's Metropolitan books.

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Traces – 2019 to present – New chemistry graduate Emma Hodges begins work at The Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy, but when she joins an online course to build professional skills, she notices the case is eerily familiar. It's the case of how her mother's body was found eighteen years earlier.

Unforgiven – 2009 – Peter Davison (The Last Detective) and Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) star in this series about a woman released from prison after serving 15 years for the murder of two police officers. Having spent half her life in jail, Ruth must build a new life for herself in spite of the damage she's done.

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Vera – 2011 to present – DCI Vera Stanhope investigates murders in the Northumberland countryside. Brenda Blethyn (Chance in a Million) stars in this long-running crime drama based on Ann Cleeves’ Vera novels. This series is split between Acorn TV and BritBox, with BritBox having seasons 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Vera Postmortem – 2018 – This BritBox exclusive includes interviews with Brenda Blethyn (Vera herself) and author Ann Cleeves. They discuss what it’s like making the series, along with some of their favourite moments.

Waking the Dead – 2000 to 2011 – Using new forensic technology, DS Boyd and his team open unsolved cases.

Wallander – 2008 to 2016 – This English-language, Sweden-based mystery series is an adaptation of Henning Mankell’s novels about Kurt Wallander, a highly empathetic detective.

What Remains – 2013 – When a young couple moves into an apartment, they find a dead body and it kicks off an investigation into a young woman's disappearance two years prior.

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Rob Lowe stars in Wild Bill on BritBox in August

Wild Bill – 2019 – Rob Lowe stars as Chief Constable Bill Hixon in this comedy-drama about a widowed American police chief who moves to Lincolnshire with his teenage daughter after he’s sacked for assaulting a boy who shared inappropriate images of his daughter online. Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle, Detectorists) stars as Lady Mary Harborough, a local judge who becomes well-acquainted with Hixon.

Without Motive – 2000 to 2001 – A detective attempts to solve a series of murders that seemingly lack motive.

WPC 56 – 2013 to 2015 – This period crime drama follows Gina Dawson, the first woman police constable in her West Midlands hometown. The first two seasons focus on Gina’s struggles to gain acceptance in a male-dominated work environment, while the third season follows her successor at the station.

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Wycliffe – 1993 to 1998 – Based on W.J. Burley’s novels, this Cornwall-based series features DS Charles Wycliffe, a man who investigates murders with a unique level of determination and accuracy.

Zen – 2011 – A handsome detective works to bring integrity and justice to Roman streets.

What's Your Favourite British Mystery or Crime Drama on BritBox?

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List of British mysteries and crime dramas on BritBox



  1. I have watched many BritBox TVseries these last few years in the USA, right now my favorite is The Bill. Then D. I.Banks, later versions of Taggart.

  2. It is so frustrating to read this list of great British shows and not being able to access them all on Britbox Australia, WHY NOT! I’m considering closing my Britbox account as it’s not delivering what it promises. Very unhappy!

  3. Absolute fan of ‘Midsomer’ for years – that’s #1 – but my wife and I also enjoy a whole lot of other BBC offerings, like ‘New Tricks’ and ‘Silent Witness.’ JUST signed up for BritBox, two days ago, and I’m like a kid in a candy shop.

    • What a great collection of shows! Midsomer Murders and New Tricks are my favorites. Anything by Agatha Christie is definitely worth watching. The selection of shows is fantastic. What a treat to be able to watch then all.

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