British Crime Dramas & Detective Shows on Netflix

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Though Netflix isn't the treasure trove of British TV it once was, 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 May 2020. 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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British detective favorite Sherlock streams on Netflix

Sherlock – A modern-day version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales. It's also worth pointing out that Netflix also has the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr., if you're in the mood to binge Sherlock.

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


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

Kiss Me First – 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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Criminal: United Kingdom is one of the new British TV shows on Netflix in 2019

Criminal: United Kingdom – 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.

Broadchurch – This coastal murder mystery offers a star-studded cast with not one, but now TWO different Doctor Who leads.


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Ripper Street

Ripper Street – A detective series set in 1889 London in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper killings.

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


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Vexed – A young male and female detective team frustrate each other with their different attitudes and complicated personal lives. There's a cast shakeup between the two seasons, but both are great.

Safe – Michael C. Hall tries on a British accent for his role in this series about a widowed surgeon whose teenage daughter goes missing. It's a great series, though you may find Hall's version of a British accent a bit distracting.

Hinterland – A dark and atmospheric crime drama set in rural Wales.


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Collateral – 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. Stars John Simm of Life on Mars, along with Nicola Walker (River), Billie Piper (Doctor Who), and Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go).

The Five – Years after a young boy disappears, his DNA turns up at a crime scene. Based on the novel by Harlen Coben.


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

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


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Requiem premiered on the BBC in 2018

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

Young Wallander – 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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Republic of Doyle

Republic of DoyleCanada – A father and son PI team try to balance crazy personal lives with demanding cases that bring them in contact with the worst of their island. 

Bitten Canada – After being turned into a werewolf, a woman tries to steer clear of the pack that turned her. Unfortunately, circumstances make that difficult. 

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

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

IntelligenceCanada – The female head of an organized crime unit faces off against the confident male leader of a drug-smuggling ring.

Deep WaterAustralia – When a gay man is murdered in his Bondi Beach apartment, a woman discovers connections with a cluster of similar killings 26 years earlier.

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

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

BorderlinerNorway – A man covers up a  murder case to product his family – but when his partner gets suspicious, it turns dangerous for everyone involved.

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. At last count, BritBox was offering around 230-240 British programs with next-day availability for many.

Acorn TV: Acorn has been offering great British programming to the US and Canada for several years now, with an average of around 250 programs that rotate regularly (including Doc Martin and Vera). Click here to sign up for a free one-week trial.


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  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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