15 Irish TV Mysteries & Crime Dramas You Can Stream (US)

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While it wouldn't be correct to call Irish shows “British”, Ireland is part of the British Isles, and they have a long and close (though not always happy) relationship with Great Britain. Of course, many shows filmed in and set in Ireland are British productions – and some are set in Northern Ireland, making them Irish-UK productions…so it can get a bit blurry at times.

While most of the shows we talk about around here are strictly British, it occurred to us that we'd never done a spotlight on Irish mysteries you can stream. Below, we take a look at what's currently on offer in the US.

As far as streaming services go, Acorn TV is the clear winner in terms of volume of Irish TV mysteries, but there are a few spread out across other services, too. 

Irish Mysteries & Crime Dramas You Can Stream

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Hope Street (2022)

Hope Street – 2021 – Set in the fictional Northern Ireland town of Port Devine, this soap-y crime drama follows the mysterious arrival of the town's first ever Muslim police officer, English Detective Constable Leila Hussain. Stream it HERE on BritBox.

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Adrian Dunbar stars in Blood

Blood – 2018 to 2020 – Ireland – Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) stars as a respected doctor and new widower in a small Irish town. Though everyone else believes his wife’s death was an accident, his daughter has her doubts. Carolina Main (Unforgotten) stars alongside Dunbar as his daughter, Cat.

The series was filmed in Meath, Kildare, and Dublin – with the main home set at the Larchill Arcadian Gardens in County Meath. Stream it HERE on Acorn TV.

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Michael Smiley stars in Dead Still

Dead Still Ireland – 2020 – Set in 1880s Dublin, this period mystery takes place in the world of post-mortem photography. Michael Smiley (Luther) stars as Brock Blennerhasset, a memorial photographer who’s drawn into a series of murders seemingly linked to his work. Stream it HERE on Acorn TV

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Red Rock

Red RockIreland – 2015 to 2020 – Set in the fictional seaside town of Red Rock (often filmed in Howth or Dún Laoghaire), this crime drama follows the activities in and around the local Garda Station. Stream it HERE on Amazon

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Jane Seymour as Harry “Harriet” Wild in Harry Wild

Harry WildIreland – 2022 – Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method) stars in this series about a recently retired English professor with a knack for investigation and a tendency to interfere in her police detective son’s cases. New on April 4th on Acorn TV.

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James Nesbitt as Tom Brannick, Charlene McKenna as Niamh McGovern – in Bloodlands

Bloodlands – 2020 – Produced by Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty), this series begins when an expensive car is pulled out of the water with a suicide note but no body. James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) stars as Northern Ireland police detective Tom Brannick, who instantly sees a connection to a cold case. Stream it HERE on Acorn TV

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Iain Glen stars in Jack Taylor

Jack TaylorIreland – 2010 to 2016 – Resistant to rules, ex-cop Jack Taylor becomes a private investigator after losing his job with the Guards. Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) stars in this series set against the city of Galway. It’s based on a series of novels written by Ken Bruen. Stream it HERE on Acorn TV

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Proof airs on Acorn TV

ProofIreland – 2004 to 2005 – When an investigative reporter finds a connection between a local thief's murder and a corrupt accountant's death, he soon finds himself deeply involved in the middle of a scandal involving human trafficking, politics, and high finance. Finbar Lynch (Breathless) and Orla Brady (The South Westerlies, Eternal Law) star. Stream it HERE on Acorn TV or IMDb TV. 

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Single-Handed

Single-Handed – 2007 to 2010 – Ireland – Jack Driscoll is transferred back to his hometown to take over the Garda Sergeant role his father left. The series was filmed in Connemara in County Galway, and at least some of the series was inspired by real Garda corruption that occurred in County Donegal. Stream it HERE on Acorn TV or watch it free with ads on IMDb TV, Roku Channel, or Vudu. 

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Kin

KinIreland – 2021 – A small but close Irish crime family goes up against a powerful drug cartel. Wildly outnumbered, out-financed, and out-gunned, they'll have to hole up in Dublin as their friends and associates are targeted. Will their family ties be enough to help them pull through it?

The series stars Charlie Cox (Daredevil, Boardwalk Empire), Clare Dunne (Herself), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), and Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, The Terror). Stream it HERE on AMC+.

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Smother (2021)

SmotherIreland – 2021 to present – Dervla Kirwan (Ballykissangel) stars in this thriller about a woman whose husband is found dead beneath a cliff after a family party. When she starts to investigates, she learns things she might have been happier not knowing.

The series is set along the coast  in County Clare, Ireland, and though you can only stream the first season for now, a second season premiered in Ireland in January 2022, and the series has been renewed for a third season to air in 2023.  Stream it HERE or on Peacock. 

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Amber (2014)

AmberIreland – 2014 – This crime drama follows a Dublin family whose teenage daughter disappears after her father drops her off near a friend’s house. You can stream this one for free on: Tubi, Pluto

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Angeline Ball as Emer Berry and Wouter Hendrickx as Christian De Jong in Hidden Assets _ Season 1, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Guillaume Van Laethem/Saffron Moon/RTÉ/AcornTV

Hidden AssetsIreland – 2022 – Set in County Clare, Ireland and the Belgian diamond capital of Antwerp, this series follows the action after a routine raid uncovers a link between a wealthy Irish family, a stash of rough diamonds, and a number of bombings in Belgium. The series will star Angeline Ball (Keeping Faith), as DS Emer Berry, along with Simone Kirby (His Dark Materials) and Peter Coonan (Cold Courage). Premieres April 18th, 2022 on Acorn TV.

Irish Language Irish Mysteries & Crime Dramas

While the shows mentioned above are all written and filmed in English, there are also a couple you can stream in Irish (aka Gaelic). Both of these shows are available via MHz Choice, a service that specialises in European, non-English programming. They also have loads of great French mysteries, too, if you're a person who speaks it or doesn't mind subtitles. 

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Corp + Anam on MHz Choice

Corp + Anam

This gritty drama follows Cathal Mac Iarnáin, a TV crime reporter who single-mindedly pursues not just the story, but the story behind the story. His obsession is so focused that he misses out on the fact that crime is creeping ever closer to his own life. Watch it HERE

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Grace Harte

Grace Harte

This unusual three-part series is filmed in black and white, adding to the old-fashioned, creepy atmosphere. The series follows a passionless couple who run an old hotel on the west coast of Ireland. Life sort of meanders along until a stranger's arrival upends everything. Watch it HERE

What's Your Favourite Irish TV Mystery or Crime Drama?

For us, it's Jack Taylor (the first few seasons, anyway) – but with Harry Wild and Hidden Assets coming out in 2022, that could change. What's your favourite Irish TV mystery or crime drama?

 

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  1. In the summary for Jack Taylor, it says he loses his job in ‘the Guard’. The police in the Republic of Ireland is not ‘the Guard’. It is Garda Síochána. A quick Google search would’ve shown you that. Also, although Ireland is geographically in the ‘British Isles’, perhaps you could instead use one of the alternatives to that term, considering the political climate. For further info, look on Wikipedia under ‘British Isles Naming Dispute’.

    • In Ireland, the police are often colloquially referred to as “The Guards”. In fact, the very first Jack Taylor novel by Ken Bruen is actually called “The Guards” in reference to Taylor’s dismissal and complex relationship with the local police 🙂 You can check it out here – https://www.amazon.com/Ken-Bruen/e/B000APP5EQ

      When the goal is clarity, we always use “British Isles”. It’s the accepted geographical term for most of the world, and the other terms people have put forth are poorly adopted, occasionally confusing (IONA, for example, is often confused for the Scottish island and it gets confusing in terms of whether you’re supposed to include places like Iceland which are not part of the British Isles), and just not known by many people.

  2. Surprised that you didn’t include The Fall on the list. It would be at the top for me.

    • Completely forgot about that one – there’s always something forgotten when you sit down to make a list like this 🙂 We’ll have to add that one in when we get a moment!

  3. Ireland is NOT in the British Isles. Furthermore, the British Isles is generally held to be a politically-heavy term that’s not accurate as Ireland is not part of Britain. Many of your shows are British productions filmed in Ireland – that doesn’t make them Irish shows/productions.

    You might want to refresh your knowledge of Ireland by reading the Wiki page, with special emphasis on – see under Politics – Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Please check out the little green and yellow map while you’re on the page. See the two distinct areas, one being (green) Republic of Ireland and the other being (yellow) Northern Ireland (UK).
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland

    You need to get your introduction to the Irish Mysteries and Crime Dramas correct, it needs some tweaking. Not sure if whoever composed that is American or British but, whoever you are, you need to ask a more historically knowledgeable person for some help with this.

    • Lots of things in this life could use some “tweaking”. For example, you may want to get some help with softening the pedantic, lecturing, tone you’ve chosen here to make your point. You may also want to consider just posting your lectures only once.

    • Ireland is very much a part of the British Isles. The term is a geographic one that encompasses the two main islands (Ireland and Great Britain) plus all the little islands around them (Isle of Man, the Hebrides, the Channel Islands, and so on).

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Isles

      It would be inaccurate to say Ireland is part of Great Britain, but it’s 100% accurate to say it’s part of the British Isles. A lot of people get confused by this.

      And no, not all of these shows are 100% Irish productions – we do mention that there’s a fair bit of crossover in who’s involved behind-the-scenes. However, when you use mostly Irish actors and mostly Irish crew and set your production in Ireland or Northern Ireland, it’s a mostly Irish show no matter who’s actually funding it – and in this day and age, nearly all television shows have some level of involvement from multiple countries.

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