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Many of us use Acorn TV and BritBox to watch British shows, but too many people overlook the great British programming available to stream on Amazon when you have a Prime Membership. Along with many great American TV shows and movies, there are loads of high-quality, recent British shows (and a good number of slightly older titles, too).
A couple of notes on this list:
- Amazon doesn't always give you EVERY season of a show. For newer shows, the most recent series or two may be in exclusive contracts with other services.
- We threw in a few that aren't strictly mysteries. Some are “mysterious” or they involve crime and punishment, but we figured it's better to add too many than leave out some shows people might enjoy.
If you haven't already signed up for Amazon Prime in the past, you can sign up for it here (and you may be eligible for a 30-day trial).
Not sure how to watch these British mysteries? It's simple. You can watch on your tablet or computer if you have one, but you can also use a device like a Fire Stick or Roku. With the Roku, just install the Amazon channel and you'll be able to access the Prime shows.
Please note: availability of any of the shows below can change at any time. Amazon frequently rotates the titles that are available with a Prime membership.
British Mysteries on Prime Video at Amazon
Endeavour – This series is a prequel to Inspector Morse, and a Prime membership lets you watch five series for free.
The Living & the Dead – When a man inherits his family estate in Somerset, strange things begin to happen.
Gracepoint – David Tennant stars in this American remake of Broadchurch.
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.
Cuffs – In quirky coastal Brighton, police officers are over-stretched and under-resourced, but they do the best they can with what they've got.
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.
The Jury – This series follows the men and women brought together to act as jurors in a high-profile case involving a young Sikh student.
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.
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.
Donovan – This psychological thriller follows Joe Donovan, a forensics expert turned author who investigates some of the most evil crimes. Some of them hit a little too close to home.
Paradox – A woman and her team race to stop a predicted and deadly incident…based on a message received from outer space.
The Nightmare World of HG Wells – This four-part series dramatizes several of Wells' short stories.
Durham County – Canada – A man moves his family in hopes of a new start, then a local serial killer throws a wrench in that peaceful new beginning.
Charlie Jade – Canada/South Africa – This sci-fi mystery series focuses on a detective trapped in our parallel universe.
Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls – Sherlock Holmes steps out of retirement to help transport a valuable diamond from Africa to London.
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady – Sherlock Holmes pauses his retirement to help track down a stolen prototype for a bomb detonator.
Prime Suspect: Tennison – Set in the 1970s, this series is a prequel to the Helen Mirren classic, Prime Suspect.
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.
Amber – Ireland – This Irish miniseries explores the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl.
Casanova – The aging Casanova looks back on his life. Starring David Tennant as young Casanova.
Hamish Macbeth – Robert Carlyle stars as Hamish Macbeth, an intelligent but unambitious Highlands police constable tackling a variety of unusual crimes. A 90s production, the footage can feel a bit dated – but the characters are fun and the scenery is unbeatable.
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.
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Australia – In the year 1900, three schoolgirls and their governess disappeared. From there, the mystery deepens.
Grantchester – Series 1 and 2 are available for this detective series about a vicar and veteran cop working together to solve crimes.
Secrets and Lies – Australia – A regular suburban family guy finds the body of a young child and promptly becomes the leading suspect.
Sapphire and Steel – Interdimensional operatives save the world from evil forces on a regular basis. Stars Joanna Lumley and David McCallum.
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.
Amnesia – Detective Stone struggles mightily to unravel and come to terms with the disappearance of his wife.
Trust – When a man's keys are found with a dead woman, his lawyer wife decides to represent him in spite of his indiscretions.
Blue Murder – Caroline Quentin stars as a single mother of four who also happens to be a DCI.
Cold Squad – Canada – This long-running Canadian series follows a team that works on cold cases ranging from 5 to 50 or more years old.
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.
The Vice – Inspector Chappel leads the Metropolitan Vice Squad, investigating cases of prostitution and pornography in London.
Cadfael – Derek Jacobi stars as Brother Cadfael, a medieval monk with a keen ability to solve crimes.
The Tunnel – This British-French show focuses on two teams of detectives who work together on cross-channel investigations.
The Brief – This legal series comes from the creators of Inspector Morse and Kavanagh QC, and it stars Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) as a criminal lawyer with a penchant for gambling in all areas of his life.
Kavanagh QC – John Thaw (Inspector Morse) stars as a barrister who oversees tough criminal cases while balancing the demands of a chaotic family life.
Vexed – Two English detectives have complicated personal lives and just a hint of sexual tension. There are two seasons of this one, with some major cast changes between them.
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.
Ruth Rendell Mysteries – This series contains stories based on the mystery novels of Ruth Rendell.
White Dragon – John Simm stars in this tense mystery about a man who starts to notice highly suspicious things after his wife is killed in a car accident in Hong Kong.
Crownies – Australia – Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home) stars in this series about young solicitors who act as primary points of contact for police, witnesses, and victims.
Colonel March of Scotland Yard – This vintage detective series offers 26 episodes of classic 1950s British mystery.
Proof – This thriller dives into the world of European high finance, beginning when a number of illegal Eastern European immigrants are found dead in a cargo container in Dublin.
Line of Duty – This suspenseful British police series is set in the fictional “anti-corruption unit” AC-12, where the police police the police. Yes, we know that sentence is a bit weird. The series is great, though. Lennie James, Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, and Adrian Dunbar all feature.
The Guilty – Michael Kitchen and Caroline Catz star in this 1992 miniseries in which a young man gets in over his head during a search for his real father.
Unforgotten – Nicola Walker stars as DCI Cassie Stuart, investigating murder with DI Sunny Khan.
Murphy's Law – James Nesbitt stars as DS Tommy Murphy, a maverick cop with a dark personal history. When given a final chance to prove his suitability for duty, he takes on a dangerous undercover assignment.
Second Sight – Clive Owen stars in this series about an ambitious detective who is slowly but surely losing his sight.
The Widower – This miniseries is based on the crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster.
Bounty Hunters – Jack Whitehall and Rosie Perez star in this series about a sheltered Brit and a tough Brooklynite who must work together to help save his family's business after a dodgy antiques deal involving looted treasures.
City of Vice – This historical crime drama is set in Georgian London and executed with incredible attention to detail.
City Homicide – Australia – In Melbourne, Australia, a group of homicide detectives work to find justice for victims of murder.
Young Lions – Australia – This Australian police drama follows the personal and professional lives of a group of young detective senior constables.
Luther – Idris Elba stars as a brilliant London detective who frequently gets into trouble because of his passion for the job.
A Difficult Woman – Australia – A woman with a brilliant career and promising relationship sees everything derailed when a close friend is murdered. As she gets more information, it leads her well out of her comfort zone as she pursues the killer.
Field of Blood – Peter Capaldi and David Morrissey are part of an excellent ensemble cast in this drama about a newspaper story whose live is upended when a murder story is connected to her family.
The City & the City – David Morrissey stars in this BBC sci-fi/mystery production about an inspector in the Extreme Crime Squad of the fictional European city-state of Beszel. When a student is murdered in Beszel's twin city of UI Qoman, he investigates.
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 Silence – While struggling to integrate into the hearing world, a young girl with a new cochlear implant witnesses the murder of a police officer. Douglas Henshall is among the stars of this miniseries.
The Bench – This legal drama takes place in a busy magistrates court in Wales. It follows the challenges they face in court, along with the general pressures of working on a high-profile legal team.
Mom P.I. – Canada – Rosemary Dunsmore stars as Sally Sullivan, a widowed mother who teams up with PI Bernie Fox (Stuart Margolin) to solve mysteries and bring down criminals.
Enid Blyton Adventure Series – UK/New Zealand – This series sees a group of kids on adventures in New Zealand, and it's based on Enid Blyton's novels.
Enid Blyton Secret Series – UK/New Zealand – This fanciful young adult series is based on author Enid Blyton's much-loved Secret novels, and it s a follow-up to the Adventure Series.
Roman Mysteries – This young adult series follows four kids in Ancient Rome as they go on quests and solve mysteries.
Rocket's Island – Filmed on location on the Isle of Man (not Great Britain, but a crown dependency within the British Isles), this young adult fantasy drama follows foster children who go on magical adventures.
Half Moon Investigations – This comedy-mystery series for kids was filmed in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, and follows young investigator Fletcher Moon as he goes on stakeouts and undercover operations with his partner, Red Sharkey.
Not Enough British Mysteries on Prime?
If our list doesn't have enough British mysteries for your liking, no worries. Check out some of our other lists:
- 121 British TV Shows on Netflix
- 460+ British TV Shows on Amazon Prime
- BritBox vs. Acorn TV (a rundown of the standout series on each)
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