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Netflix is a fantastic source of British television programming, but because there’s so much programming on their platform, it can be hard to find the good British shows. To make it a little easier, we’ve scoured Netflix to compile this list of what’s on offer right now. This list is accurate as of April 2018, but we can’t promise it will stay accurate forever.
British Mysteries on Netflix
Shetland – Murder and mystery in the Shetland Islands of Scotland.
Midsomer Murders – The classic cozy British village mystery series.
Happy Valley – Catherine Cawood is a Yorkshire-based detective in pursuit of the man who assaulted her late daughter.
The Fall – DS Stella Gibson travels to Belfast, Northern Ireland to review a murder case and finds it similar to another recent murder case.
The Fear – An aging Brighton crime boss deals with the creep of dementia as rivals attempt to take over his territory.
Luther – DCI Luther is a London cop with a strong moral code and a high tolerance for breaking the rules.
Death in Paradise – A seafood and warmth-hating Scotland Yard DI is transferred to a Caribbean island.
Ripper Street – A detective series set in 1889 London in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper killings.
Paranoid – What begins as a cozy British mystery quickly evolves into a massive European conspiracy.
Broadchurch – This coastal murder mystery offers a star-studded cast with not one, but now TWO different Doctor Who leads.
Father Brown (2013 version) – A Catholic priest solves mysteries in his not-so-quiet English village.
Sherlock – A modern-day version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales.
Vexed – A young male and female detective team frustrate each other with their different attitudes and complicated personal lives.
Retribution – When a newlywed couple is killed, police question their feuding families and uncover more than they expected.
Hinterland – A dark and atmospheric crime drama set in rural Wales.
River – This Netflix original gives us John River, a brilliant detective with a slightly damaged mind.
Marcella – After her divorce, Marcella returns to work as a detective in London. A serial killer she once pursued may have done the same.
Thorne: Scaredy Cat – DI Tom Thorne hunts for a psychopath.
Thorne: Sleepyhead – DI Tom Thorne investigates a series of attacks on young women.
Wallander – Kenneth Branagh stars in this English remake about an introspective Swedish police officer.
The Frankenstein Chronicles – In 1827 London, a detective hunts a killer with an appetite for dismemberment.
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.
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.
British Comedies on Netflix
Still Game – Scottish comedy about three old men in a Glasgow highrise.
Crazyhead – 20-somethings work on becoming adults while also battling demons in this comedy.
The Office – The original British comedy on which the US version of The Office was based.
Fried – Set in a struggling Croydon chicken shop, this comedy follows a group of underpaid workers as they deal with the challenges of their jobs.
Scrotal Recall (aka Lovesick) – After finding out he has an STD, a young man must attempt to contact former lovers.
Pompidou – A wealthy man falls on hard times and is forced to live in a caravan with his dog and butler.
Limmy’s Show – A Scottish sketch comedy show that explores a wide variety of topics.
Detectorists – Slow but wonderfully charming comedy about two members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club.
Cuckoo – When a British woman brings an American hippie back home as her husband, it sets off turmoil in her polite and proper family.
Come Fly with Me – A zany, reality-style airport sitcom.
Fresh Meat – An edgy comedy about friends going off to university.
So Awkward – Socially awkward young teenagers go through school and face normal teenage girl issues.
Borderline – A comedy about an inept team of border patrol agents at a fictitious airport.
Fawlty Towers – The classic British comedy about crazy Basil Fawlty and his poorly run hotel.
The IT Crowd – Banished to the basement, two nerds and their clueless leader service the IT needs of a strange and generic corporation.
The Royle Family – Comedy about a lazy and argumentative British family.
Chewin’ the Fat – Scottish sketch comedy mostly filmed in Glasgow.
People Just Do Nothing – A mockumentary about some very bad wannabe MCs from West London.
Hoff the Record – A David Hasselhoff mockumentary wherein he attempts to make a comeback in the UK.
The Worst Witch – A young adult comedy about a bumbling young witch who accidentally stumbles into witching school.
Extras – Ricky Gervais stars as an actor reduced to working as an extra, forever making himself look bad as he attempts to get ahead.
Doc Martin – After developing a fear of blood, a less-than-personable doctor moves to a small Cornish village to practice.
Absolutely Fabulous – Two wild middle aged women do everything but act their age.
Green Wing – Hospital sketch comedy. If you ever partake of NHS services, this is not the place you want to be.
‘Allo ‘Allo – Classic 1980s British comedy set in a WWII-era cafe in France.
W1A – Mockumentary-style show about the new head of values at the BBC.
Burnistoun – A Scottish sketch comedy set in a fictional town near Glasgow.
The Inbetweeners – A comedy that follows four friends as they navigate their final years of school and entrance into adulthood.
Man Down – Dan is a child trapped in a man’s body, and he’s not loving adulthood.
Campus – Cuts are going to be made, and the faculty at a fictitious college scramble to get out ahead of the situation and save their positions.
Derek – A comedy about a good-hearted but slow nursing home care assistant.
The Moaning of Life – Karl Pilkington, idiot extraordinaire, explores the concept of middle age around the world.
The Windsors – This mockumentary parodies the current British royal family.
British Dramas on Netflix
Casanova – David Tennant stars in this miniseries that sees an aging Casanova looking back on a lifetime of pleasure and his one true love.
The Paradise – Period drama about a young woman working in a department store.
Chewing Gum – A young woman from a poor religious family grows up – and the first step is to have sex.
Top Boy – A gritty drama about drug dealers in London public housing.
Residue – Sci-fi drama about a paranormal coverup in a futuristic version of the UK.
Call the Midwife – This drama looks into the lives of midwives in impoverished East London of the 1950s.
Land Girls – This series follows the ups and downs of life for four women in the Women’s Land Army during World War II.
Last Tango in Halifax – Once upon a time, they were in love. Now, decades later, they meet again for a second chance.
The Crown – This Netflix original follows some particularly dramatic times in Queen Elizabeth’s reign during the last half of the 20th century.
Doctor Foster – When a woman suspects her husband of having an affair, her investigations lead her down a dark path.
Jamaica Inn – Based on the Daphne du Maurier mystery novel of the same name.
London Spy – After his lover disappears, a fun-loving young man dives into the dangerous world of espionage.
Fleming – James Bond creator Ian Fleming had a life nearly as interesting as that of his famous spy creation.
Death Comes to Pemberley – The P.D. James sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Free Rein – A teenager from LA spends the summer in England and bonds with a mysterious horse.
Spies of Warsaw – David Tennant stars in this World War II drama set in the back alleys and diplomatic salons of Warsaw, Poland.
Rebellion – During WWI, three Irish women must choose sides in the revolt against English rule.
To the Ends of the Earth – Set in 1812, this drama has Benedict Cumberbatch as a naive young aristocrat traveling to Australia and learning much in the process.
House of Cards – Before it was remade in the US, there was a British version of this popular political drama (with better accents).
The Honourable Woman – A young woman inherits her father’s arms business and attempts to do the right thing.
Skins – A racy show about British teenage life.
The Last Kingdom – Set in the days of Alfred the Great, this Netflix Original takes us on one man’s quest to reclaim his birthright.
Black Mirror – This dystopian sci-fi shows us a near future version of the world where the only thing that exceeds technological innovation is humanity’s capacity to use it for evil.
Merlin – A family-friendly retelling of the King Arthur and Camelot saga.
North & South – This four-part miniseries tells the story of a southern Englishwoman forced to move north.
Peaky Blinders – This epic 1819 story tells the tale of a crime family in Birmingham, England.
A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories – Starring Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter), this series is about a young doctor’s memories of working in a rural village.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Two men attempt to bring magic back to England.
British Documentaries & Lifestyle Programs on Netflix
Escape the to the Country – British house hunting show where couples look for homes in the British countryside.
David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities – This nature documentary explores bizarre phenomena in the animal kingdom.
Mark Gatiss: A Study in Sherlock – An outstanding companion program for any fan of the most recent Sherlock series.
Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Highlighting over 100 years of history of the world’s oldest intelligence agency.
Stephen Fry in America – Famous British thinker and commentator Stephen Fry visits American and reflects on cultural differences.
Stephen Fry: More Fool Me – Stephen Fry remembers his hard-partying days of the 80s and 90s.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father – A man and his father have little in common, but they come together as they travel around the world.
Southcliffe – This miniseries retells the story of a group of English market town killings through the eyes of victims and a journalist.
Very British Problems – Part documentary, part comedy. This series looks at the oddities of British behavior and lifestyle.
Charlie Luxton’s Homes by the Sea – Charlie Luxton visits families who’ve made the British coast their home.
Elizabeth at 90 – This documentary takes a look at Queen Elizabeth II’s life up through 90.
Edward, the Nazi King – Edward was a controversial figure in the British royal family. This documentary takes a look at his life.
Great British Castles – Documentary-style program highlighting some of the largest and most historically-important castles around Great Britain (including Stirling, York, and Edinburgh, among others).
Murder Maps – Dramatic reenactments of famous British murders.
The Great Train Robbery – Chris Chibnall, creator of Broadchurch, helped guide this dramatization of the 1963 Great Train Robbery.
Weekend Aristocrats – Modern aristocrats often rent out their estates to help afford the astronomical costs of running their stately homes. This series follows some of those people.
Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses – Real estate agent Sarah Beeny helps sellers get their homes into shape to beat the competition and make their houses more appealing.
Secrets of Highclere Castle – A video tour of the real life Downton Abbey.
Secrets of Underground London – Explores the history of what goes on beneath London streets.
Raiders of the Lost Art – Because I feel the need to insert some culture after that last entry, this series offers dramatic reenactments of famous art thefts – and sometimes, recoveries.
Planet Earth – David Attenborough stars in this groundbreaking nature masterpiece, filmed over the course of 5 years.
Planet Earth II – David Attenborough returns with a second incredible documentary – and a warning.
Frozen Planet – This BBC documentary takes a closer look at our planet’s frozen poles.
Supervolcano – This documentary explores what would happen if the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park were to erupt.
Nature’s Great Events – Nature documentarians can spend years trying to get the perfect shot of a whale breaching or a lion chasing prey. This series gathers together the best of those moments.
The Supervet: Bionic Specials – Reality show following the daily happenings in a very talented UK vet’s office.
The Great British Baking Show – A popular British reality show baking competition.
Hidden Houses – This documentary series visits historic houses in Wales.
Secrets of Althorop: The Spencers – This documentary-style program about Princess Diana’s family history is a must-watch for any fan of the royals.
Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King – They pretty much give away the summary in the title.
Secrets of Chatsworth – Takes a close look at the grand estate that has been home to many notable aristocrats throughout England’s history.
Grand Designs – A British reality show that follows people who attempt to self-build their homes.
Secrets of Westminster – A tour of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben.
Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot – This miniseries dives into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots and her son who would later become King James I of England.
Big Dreams, Small Spaces – This gardening show helps homeowners plant the gardens of their dreams.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes – Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek) and architect Piers Taylor travel the world to view extraordinary and unusual homes.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown – This unscripted reality show brings us some of Britain’s most passionate amateur cooks.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!
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.