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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 few 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.
- Lately, Amazon has been shifting a HUGE number of their Prime Video titles over to their free-with-ads IMDb TV service. If you're set on watching something without adverts, we recommend watching sooner rather than later – you never know what else will be moving.
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.
***Special note for our American readers: If you want a guide to more British TV shows on Amazon Prime Video, Acorn TV, BritBox, and other streaming services, check out our British TV Streaming Guide: US Edition. It's a handy printed guide t more than 2300 British TV shows across 24 different US streaming services – including an index in the back for looking up the appropriate streaming services by show name.
British Mysteries on Prime Video at Amazon
Agatha Christie's Ordeal by Innocence – 2018 – 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.
Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders – 2019 – John Malkovich stars as an older, greyer Poirot in this miniseries about a series of threatening letters from a sender who signs off as “A.B.C.” As he tries to solve the case, he reaches out for help from old friends, only to find they've all moved on.
The Bletchley Circle – 2012 to 2014 – In 1952, four former Bletchley Park codebreakers from WWII come together to track a killer. The war may be over, and the world may think it no longer needs their skills – but they're going to use them anyway.
Bounty Hunters – 2019 – 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.
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. Sadly, this series was never renewed for a second season.
Dead Lucky – Australian – 2018 – When a dangerous armed robber resurfaces in Sydney, two very different detectives are forced to work together to catch him.
DCI Banks – 2010 to 2016 – Stephen Tomkinson (Ballykissangel, Wild at Heart) stars as DCI Alan Banks, a skilled but stubborn Yorkshire-based investigator. Doc Martin fans will recognise Caroline Catz in this gritty crime drama.
A Difficult Woman – Australia – 1998 – 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.
Endeavour – 2012 to present – In this prequel to Inspector Morse, a young Endeavour works with Sergeant Thursday to develop his investigative skills. Shaun Evans stars as Morse during this 1960s period mystery.
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.
The Ghost Squad – 2005 – Similar to Line of Duty, this series follows an Internal Affairs division designed to help find and fix corruption within the police. Elaine Cassidy (No Offence) stars.
Gracepoint – David Tennant stars in this American remake of Broadchurch. Though many have said it doesn't measure up to the British original, it's still fun to check out at least an episode or two to play “spot the differences”.
Grantchester – 2014 to present – In the village of Grantchester, a clever vicar assists a local police detective with his investigations. James Norton (Happy Valley) stars as vicar Sidney Chambers, and Robson Green (Wire in the Blood) plays DI Geordie Keating. Later in the series, Tom Brittany takes over for him in the role of Reverend Will Davenport, a former inner-city chaplain.
Hamish Macbeth – 1995 to 1997 – Hamish Macbeth (Robert Carlyle, The Full Monty) is a talented but unambitious Highlands constable who doesn't always follow the rules. The series was filmed in the lovely Highland village of Plockton on the shores of Loch Carron, and it’s a great watch for those who enjoy good scenery. Fair warning: It's very different from the M.C. Beaton novels.
Injustice – 2011 – A defense barrister has to deal with the consequences of defending an indefensible crime. Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders screenwriter Anthony Horowitz created the series, and it features an all-star cast with actors like James Purefoy (Rome), Dervla Kirwan (Ballykissangel), Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element), and Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries).
Inside Men – 2012 – This miniseries tells the story of three employees who plan and execute a major heist.
Line of Duty – 2012 to present – 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 Living & the Dead – 2016 – When a man inherits his family estate in Somerset, strange things begin to happen.
Mayday – 2013 – When the May Queen disappears just before May Day celebrations, a small town is thrown into chaos.
The Missing – 2014 to 2017 – James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) stars in this drama about the disappearance of a 5-year-old and the manhunt that follows.
Murphy's Law – 2003 to 2007 – 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.
New Tricks – 2003 to 2015 – This long-running series focuses on a group of police who come out of retirement to work unsolved cases.
The Night Manager – 2016 – 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.
The Pale Horse – 2020 – This two-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s story by the same name was written and executive produced by Sarah Phelps. Written in 1961, the original story is a creepy tale about what happens after a list of names is found in the shoe of a dead woman.
Paradox – 2009 – This sci-fi police drama focuses on a group of investigators who seek out evidence for crimes that haven't yet occurred.
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Australia – 2018 – In the year 1900, three schoolgirls and their governess disappeared. From there, the mystery deepens.
Prey – 2014 to 2015 – Manchester detective Marcus Farrow (played by John Simm) is on the run, accused of a crime and desperate to prove his innocence. All the while, his former friends and colleagues do their best to hunt him down. This series reunites Philip Glenister and John Simm, who also appeared together in Life on Mars.
Prime Suspect: Tennison – 2017 – Set in the 1970s, this series is a prequel to the Helen Mirren classic, Prime Suspect.
River – 2015 – Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, and Lesley Manville star in this series about a brilliant police officer haunted by guilt.
Rose & Maloney – 2002 to 2005 – Sarah Lancashire and Phil Davis star in this series about two investigators at the fictional Criminal Justice Review Agency. Together, they take on claims of miscarriage of justice, deciding whether old cases should be re-opened.
Scott & Bailey – 2011 to 2016 – Two very different female police detectives enjoy a close friendship and productive partnership.
Silent Witness – 1996 to present – A team of pathologists investigates crimes based on evidence gleaned from autopsies.
State of Mind – 2003 – After discovering her husband has been unfaithful, Grace takes her son Adam and moves back home with her mother, a busy GP. Niamh Cusack, Rowena Cooper, and Andrew Lincoln star.
Tin Star – 2017 to 2019 – A former British detective moves to the Canadian Rockies and fights crime near a massive new oil refinery.
The Tunnel – 2016 to 2018 – This British-French show focuses on two teams of detectives who work together on cross-channel investigations.
Undercover – 2016 – 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.
Unforgotten – 2015 to present – Cassie and Sunny use modern technology to get to the bottom of very cold cases. This recent crime drama is based in London and stars Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cassie and Sunny.
Whitechapel – 2009 to 2013 – An inspector, a detective sergeant, and a historical homicide expert look at crimes that may have connections to the Whitechapel district – including a possible Jack the Ripper copycat.
White Dragon – 2019 – 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.
The Widow – 2019 – Kate Beckinsale stars in this drama about a woman who believes herself to be a widow, only to find that her husband did not actually die in a plane crash. While watching a news story on unrest in the Congo, she sees a man who looks like her husband and sets off to figure out what happened.
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.
Young Lions – Australia – 2002 – This Australian police drama follows the personal and professional lives of a group of young detective senior constables.
True Crime Mysteries on Amazon Prime Video
Murdertown – 2018 to 2019 – This series tells the stories of shocking and true murders around the UK. The stories are grisly, but they show a fair bit of scenery around the cities and towns in question, so many will enjoy it on that alone.
Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story – 2012 – This documentary attempts to dispel myths and misconceptions surrounding the Jack the Ripper case, offering what they believe to be the real truth.
The Moors Murders – 2009 – Back in the mid-1960s, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley abducted, tortured, and murdered children and young teenagers, horrifying the British public. This documentary looks back at archival footage, creates dramatic reconstructions, and talks with some of those involved in the case.
Not Enough British Mysteries on Prime Video?
If our list doesn't have enough British mysteries for your liking, no worries. Check out some of our other lists:
- 150+ British TV Shows on Netflix
- 200+ British TV Shows on Amazon Prime
- BritBox vs. Acorn TV (a rundown of the standout series on each)
And of course, there's always our quarterly British TV Streaming Guide for those who want an old-fashioned paper guide that lists and describes all the options by service.
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