British TV Mysteries & Crime Dramas on Netflix

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Though Netflix isn't the treasure trove of British TV it once was (ESPECIALLY for mysteries), it's still a great place to watch a number of much-loved series – especially some of the ones that are no longer in production. Below, we've gathered up the British crime dramas, mysteries, and detective series on Netflix as of late October 2021. If we've missed any good ones, don't hesitate to let us know!

British Crime Dramas & Detective Shows on Netflix

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Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes – 2021 – This psychological thriller blends supernatural elements into the story of Louise, a single woman whose world changes when she starts having an affair with her boss and simultaneously becomes friends with his wife.

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Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch.

Broadchurch – 2013 to 2017 – When an 11-year-old boy is murdered in a quiet coastal community, town secrets are exposed. David Tennant (Deadwater Fell) and Olivia Colman (Rev) star. Leaving November 26th.

Collateral – 2018 – When a pizza delivery man is gunned down in London, DI Kip Glaspie refuses to accept that it's just a random act of violence. Her investigation drags her into a dark underworld she never could have predicted. The series stars John Simm of Life on Mars, along with Nicola Walker (River), Billie Piper (Doctor Who), and Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go).

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Criminal: United Kingdom 

Criminal: United Kingdom – 2019 – This three-episode series takes a look at the intense interrogation of three different suspects in London.  David Tennant makes an appearance in one episode.

The Frankenstein Chronicles – 2015 to 2017 – In 1827 London, a detective hunts a killer with an appetite for dismemberment.

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Giri/Haji

Giri/Haji – 2019 – Japanese detective Kenzo Mori travels to London to figure out whether his brother Yuto, presumed dead, is actually dead. Yuto is believed to have killed the nephew of a Yakuza member, and the search draws Kenzo into the dark and dangerous criminal underworld of London.

Kiss Me First – 2018 – Two girls become friends in the virtual world of an online game, and one is pulled into something much darker than she had imagined.

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Marcella

Marcella – 2016 to present – After her divorce, Marcella returns to work as a detective in London. A serial killer she once pursued may have done the same.

The One – 2021 – When a DNA researcher believes she’s discovered the way to find the perfect partner, she creates an innovative new matchmaking service. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for problems to arise.

Paranoid – 2016 – What begins as a cozy British mystery quickly evolves into a massive European conspiracy.

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Requiem

Requiem – 2018 – After her mother commits suicide, a young woman finds evidence that might tie her to an abduction in Wales more than 20 years prior.

Retribution – 2016 – When a newlywed couple is killed, police question their feuding families and uncover more than they expected.

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Safe

Safe – 2018 – Michael C. Hall (Dexter) tries on a British accent for his role in this series about a widowed surgeon whose teenage daughter goes missing.

The Serpent – 2021 – This true crime dramatisation is based on the activities of Charles Sobhraj, a French serial killer who preyed upon young tourists in Thailand between 1975 and 2000. Jenna Coleman (Victoria) is among the stars.

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The Stranger

The Stranger – 2020 – Based on the Harlan Coben novel of the same title, this series sees a mysterious stranger tell a man a secret that destroys his otherwise nice life.

Traitors – 2019 – Near the end of World War II, a young English woman assists a mysterious American agent as he tries to root out Russian infiltration in the British government.

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Vexed

Vexed – 2010 to 2012 – A young male and female detective team frustrate each other with their different attitudes and complicated personal lives.

Young Wallander – 2020 – Though the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Wallander left Netflix this year, Netflix made this new series, an adaptation that imagines Kurt Wallander as a police officer in his early 20s in 2020 Sweden.

Other Interesting International Mysteries & Crime Dramas on Netflix

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The Chestnut Man

The Chestnut ManDenmark – 2021 – In a quiet Copenhagen suburb, a woman is found brutally murdered on a playground. Above, her, there’s a small man made of chestnuts.

ClickbaitUnited States, Australia – Set in Oakland but filmed primarily in Melbourne, this thriller looks at how the internet can fuel outrage that denies the targets any kind of due process.

DeadwindFinland – 2018 to present – Detective Sofia Karppi investigates a murder with ties to a Helsinki construction firm.

FalletSweden – 2017 – Two detectives, one Swedish and one British, attempt to solve a murder together.

Gone for GoodFrance – 2021 – Based on a Harlan Coben novel, this limited series follows a man whose girlfriend disappears ten years after the loss of other people in his life.

The Indian DetectiveCanada – 2017 – A suspended Canadian police officer returns home to Mumbai and helps out with an investigation.

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Lucifer airs on Netflix

LuciferUnited States – 2016 to present – Though American, this Los Angeles-based procedural stars British actor Tom Ellis (Miranda). He plays Lucifer, the naughty son of God who’s decided he’s sick of Hell and wants to spend some time on Earth. Season 6th (said to be the last) premiered on September 10th.

LupinFrance – 2021 – Inspired by the classic tales of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, this modern series follows a Senegalese immigrant named Assane Diop. He’s seeking revenge for his father’s false imprisonment and subsequent suicide, and he draws inspiration from the gentleman thief.

MarseilleFrance – 2018 – Gérard Depardieu stars in this French political thriller about conspiracy, corruption, and right-wing nationalists.

QuicksandSweden – 2019 – After a school tragedy, a teenager finds herself on trial for murder.

TidelandsAustralia – 2018 – When an ex-con returns to her hometown, it brings long-hidden truths to the surface.

The Valhalla MurdersIceland – 2019 to 2020 – This Icelandic police procedural is based on a real event in which a state-run institution housed and abused young boys (though in real life, there was no murder).

WantedAustralia – 2016 to 2018 – Two strangers become involuntary partners when they witness a murder and get framed for the crime.

What's Your Favourite Mystery or Detective Series on Netflix?

Let us know your favourites in the comments!

If you need more British TV than Netflix can offer, check out:

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. 

Acorn TV: Acorn has been offering great British programming to the US and Canada for several years now, with an average of 300+ programs that rotate regularly (including Doc Martin and Midsomer Murders). Click here to sign up for a free one-week trial.

 

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22 Comments

  1. Love the British detective shows
    Just finished Bodyguard it goes right up there with
    The Fall both wonderful
    Everyone should add to there list

  2. I discovered all the British Shows on Netflix and hands down your shows are leap and bounds better then what we have in the United States!! I dream of visiting your country and explore it!! Your country is beautiful so much history and culture! Thank you so much from a man that dreams of living in your country!!

  3. Even though most of the new seasons have been released, Netflix still has only the old seasons. No new Broadchurch. No new Death in Paradise. No new Doc Martin. I am probably going to opt out of Netflix and do Acorn.

    • Yeah, if speed is important to you, your best bet is either UKTVEverywhere (so you can get it live) or Acorn + BritBox, since they each have next-day access to a number of shows, and they tend to get things a bit quicker than Netflix. I know Acorn has exclusive streaming premiere rights for a few shows like Doc Martin, so that prevents Netflix or other services from getting them sooner. Netflix is a great place to start or catch up on classics, but a hard-core British TV fan will definitely need more than just Netflix. Happy watching! 🙂

  4. Absolutely my addiction. BBC TV detectives. Watch these programs more than regular TV. Wish Netflix had Vera but will enjoy all that is offered

    • If you’re after Vera, you can find all seasons but #3 on Acorn TV (link at the bottom of post). For some odd reason (most likely a weird rights issue), Series 3 is over on BritBox.

  5. Father Brown??? It’s kind of a detective series.
    And thanks for this list and all the others you post!! As an American I have no idea what’s out there and I LoVe British TV so these are so helpful!!

    • I went back and forth on that one! It’s definitely more of a cozy than a detective series, but I imagine the same people would enjoy it. Thanks for the comment, and I hope you’ll come back 🙂

    • I watched on amazon prime the Italian murder mystery Rocco Schiavone Ice Cold Murders which I thought was the best I’ve seen in years. I loved it so much, Itold all my friends and they loved it, too. Rocco’s chrusty character and his sidekick Lupa not to mention his three detectives he calls the three stooges. I’am fixing to watch it again.

  6. Thank you for this programming. I very much enjoy British detective series/movies and find your lineup quite enjoyable. I can’t praise enough the one I viewed this week, Harlen Coben’s The Five. I highly recommend it. It was so well done and held one’s interest until the last moment. Well done!

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