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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).
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
Endeavor – This wonderful British mystery series is a prequel to Inspector Morse, and a Prime membership lets you watch four series for free (the fifth should his our shores any day now, but we can't be sure how long it will take to end up on Prime).
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.
Whitechapel – This investigative mystery series focuses on modern day murders copying historic homicides.
Tin Star – A former British detective moves to the Canadian Rockies and fights crime near a massive new oil refinery.
Colonel March of Scotland Yard – This vintage detective series offers 26 episodes of classic 1950s British mystery.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood – This is actually more of a film, but it was aired in two parts originally, and Amazon offers it in two parts. It’s an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ final novel, left unfinished at his death.
Grantchester – Series 1 and 2 are available for this detective series about a vicar and veteran cop working together to solve crimes.
Touching Evil – Robson Green and Nicola Walker star in this series about a police officer with a special ability to detect criminals.
Single-Handed – Newly transferred from Dublin back to his small Irish hometown, Gardai Officer Jack Driscoll finds the quiet town to be considerably less quiet than he remembered.
City of Vice – This historical crime drama is set in Georgian London and executed with incredible attention to detail.
The Nightmare World of HG Wells – This four-part series dramatizes several of Wells’ short stories.
Cracker – This is a US remake of the original British detective series,
The Detectives – More true crime than mystery, this documentary series follows a special sex crimes unit in the Greater Manchester Police.
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 her small Tasmanian hometown of Kettering, 15 years after the mysterious disappearance of her childhood friend. When another little girl disappears, things start to get interesting.
Arthur & George – Martin Clunes (of Doc Martin) stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in this lovely miniseries about a case in the famed author's life.
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, and explores the concept of witness reliability in light of the trials she's endured.
The Widower – This ITV series tells the story of a mild-mannered nurse who poisons and kills his wives. Based on a true story.
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.
Archangel – Daniel Craig stars in this BBC series about an Oxford historian whose idle library enquiry gets him caught up in a series of murders.
Vexed – Two English detectives have complicated personal lives and just a hint of sexual tension.
The Living & the Dead – When a man inherits his family estate in Somerset, strange things begin to happen.
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.
Thorne – Based on Mark Billingham’s crime novels, this series features David Morrisey as Detective Thorne.
The Tunnel – This British-French show focuses on two sets of detectives who work together on investigations that fall in the gray area surrounding the Channel.
The Widower – This miniseries is based on the real life crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster.
Prime Suspect: Tennison – Set in the 1970s, this series is a prequel to the much-loved Helen Mirren procedural, Prime Suspect.
Amnesia – Detective Stone struggles mightily to unravel and come to terms with the disappearance of his wife. As he grows increasingly frantic, he fixates on the possibility that his wife's case may have something to do with another case he's uncovered.
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
- 160+ British TV Shows on Amazon Prime
- BritBox vs. Acorn TV (a rundown of the standout series on each)