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If you've been paying attention to some of the most recent North American premieres of high-profile British TV shows, you've likely noticed something interesting. Sundance Channel has been gaining an increasingly large number of British titles. It's no Acorn or BritBox, but it's definitely worth a look if you're on the prowl for a new series to binge.
Sundance Now specializes in true crime, political thrillers, and drama, but they do have some comedy and more typical documentaries, too. They also have a fair amount of Canadian, Australian, and European content, which we've listed after the British programs.
British TV Shows on the Sundance Now Subscription Service
A Discovery of Witches – 2018 – When an Oxford historian and reluctant witch is able to access a book no one else can, it sets off a chain of events involving an eternal feud between witches and vampires. Streaming HERE
Next of Kin – 2018 – A GP is devastated after hearing her brother was kidnapped on his way home to the UK. Streaming HERE
State of the Union – 2019 – Each episode of this light drama focuses on time in a pub before a couple goes to weekly marriage counseling. Streaming HERE
The Little Drummer Girl – 2018 – An English actress is recruited by the Israelis to help infiltrate a Palestinian assassin's terrorist cell. Streaming HERE
Riviera – 2017 to present – Riviera is a UK production set in France. When a newlywed's wealthy husband is killed in an explosion, she's stunned to learn what lurked behind the facade of their upper class lifestyle. S1 Streaming
The Split – A family of powerful female divorce attorneys deals with its fair share of family drama, particularly where their father is concerned. Streaming HERE
Rillington Place – 2016 – This three-part miniseries is a dramatization of the murders at 10 Rillington Place in the 1940s and 50s. Streaming
Law & Order: UK – 2009 to 2014 – The first 5 seasons of the popular procedural are available now. Streaming HERE
Motherland – 2016 to present – Mums take on the challenges of middle-class motherhood, and it's not always pretty. This 30-minute comedy aims to show real motherhood, not the pretty and acceptable public idea of what motherhood should be. S1 Streaming HERE
Restless – 2012 – This two-part TV movie is based on a bestselling spy novel by William Boyd. It focuses on a young woman who finds out her mother was a spy for British intelligence during WWII, and that she's been on the run ever since. Streaming HERE
McMafia – James Norton (Grantchester) stars as the English-raised son of a Russian mafia figure who was exiled from his country. Though his familiy tried to correct course, a murder draws them back in. Streaming HERE
Innocent – 2018 – Innocent is set around the beautiful southern coast of England, and it tells the story of a man rebuilding his life after his conviction for the murder of his wife is overturned. S1 Streaming
Liar – 2017 – After a seemingly pleasant date, a schoolteacher accuses a prominent local surgeon of rape. The situation continues to spiral out of control as more information comes to light. S1 Streaming
Secret State – 2012 – In a miniseries that will reassure you that the US isn't the only place where government and big business are way too close, Secret State shows a Deputy Prime Minister entangled in an international conspiracy. Streaming
The Game – 2014 – This Cold War spy thriller takes us inside an MI5 unit assembled to get to the bottom of a Soviet plot. Streaming
Fingersmith – 2005 – In Victorian England, a young female thief hatches a plan to get close to an heiress and scam her. It doesn't go as planned. Streaming
Back – 2017 to 2018 – Fans of Peep Show won't want to miss this Mitchell & Webb project that sees them starring as two brothers taking over the family business after the death of their father. S1 Streaming
Crimson Petal and the White – 2011 – In late 1800s London, a prostitute finds her position greatly improved after becoming the mistress to a powerful man. Streaming
Born to Kill – 2017 – This miniseries follows Sam, a charismatic but sociopathic teenage boy on the verge of acting out his worst impulses. Streaming HERE
Canadian, Australian, & European TV Shows on Sundance
Rosehaven (Australia) – 2016 to present – In this half-hour comedy, a young man returns home to Tasmania to help his mother with her business. S1-2 Streaming
The Cry (Australian) – 2018 – Jenna Coleman stars in this miniseries about a young couple dealing with the abduction of their baby. Streaming HERE
Public Enemy (French) – When a dangerous child killer is released to a group of monks, nearby citizens are angry – particularly after a young girl goes missing. Streaming HERE
Dead Lucky (Australian) – 2018 – When a dangerous armed robber resurfaces in Sydney, two very different detectives are forced to work together to catch him.
The Restaurant (Swedish) – 2017 to 2018 – At the end of WWII, two strangers cross social classes with a kiss that has lasting repercussions. This series has been called a Swedish Downton Abbey. Streaming HERE
Stella Blomkvist (Icelandic) – 2017 – A young and morally dubious lawyer takes on dangerous murder cases. Streaming HERE
54 Hours aka Gladbeck (German) – 2018 – This German miniseries is based on the true events of 1988, when an armed bank robbery went terribly awry and the police made complete fools of themselves. Streaming HERE
Black Lake (Swedish) – 2016 – Black Lake has been closed for years after a terrible tragedy, but a group of friends considers reopening it. It's not long before their experience turns dark… Streaming HERE
The Swell (Dutch) – 2016 – After a devastating storm leaves half of Holland under water, a group of people struggle to stay alive. Streaming HERE
How is a Sundance Now Subscription Different from Sundance Though Your Cable Provider?
Subscribing to Sundance Now on Amazon is NOT the same thing as having Sundance through your cable provider. Sundance Now offers on-demand streaming of a constantly-rotating set of shows, similar to Acorn TV or BritBox.
Unless you really like watching indie films, it's probably not a subscription you'll want to keep full-time. We like to activate it and binge sporadically, usually when there are a few new shows we've been wanting to watch. Fortunately, Amazon makes it dead simple to manage your subscriptions, and you can cancel right after signing up so you don't forget (the channel will continue to work until the end of your paid subscription date). We've included full instructions here if you need them.
Of course, if you're a British TV fan who also watches a lot of indie films, Sundance Now is fantastic and totally worth keeping around.
To view their full list of programming and get subscription details, click here.
Have You Tried Sundance Now?
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