20 English detective series

The detective genre is of particular value in England, because it is from there that many famous book detectives came. Investigations of mysterious murders, endless intrigues, various criminals and their attempts not to get caught – you will find all this in the list below of the best English series of the detective and thriller genre. The selection includes the most interesting novelties of recent years.

Stranger (2020)

Happy husband and head of the family Adam Price sincerely loves his wife Corinne. The Prices have a great family, a spacious house, a good job and long-term plans for the future. Everything changes after Adam meets a mysterious stranger – somehow a woman sits down next to Price in a bar and begins to tell very unexpected things about Corinne. The English detective series with thriller elements has become one of the best novelties of 2020.

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Original title:
The Stranger

Actors:
Richard Armitage, Sean Dooley, Shivan Finneran …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Murder at Whitehouse Farm (2020)

More than three decades ago, a horrific mass murder took place on a secluded British farm, the victims of which were 3 generations of the same family. The investigation of the incident at first relied on the version with a mentally unstable daughter, but after analyzing the evidence found, the detectives had a new suspect – the only surviving member of this family. The new English detective series 2020 is based on real events.

Original title:
White House Farm

Actors:
Stephen Graham, Freddie Fox, Cressida Bonas …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions :
16+


Father Brown (2013-2020)

Father Brown is great with people. The Catholic priest prefers to believe their gestures and behavior than words, drawing conclusions about the sincerity of what was said and the motives of the committed actions. The ability to effectively analyze information and draw clear logical conclusions draws a clear analogy with Sherlock Holmes, giving the atmospheric series a special charm.

Original title:
Father Brown

Actors:
Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, John Burton …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7

Age limits :
16+


Young Morse (2012-2020)

The events of the British detective series unfold in the 60s of the last century. Following the evidence in the case of a missing girl, Endeavor Morse finds himself in Oxford. Here, a young detective unsuccessfully tries to get the assistance of the local police. Morse will have to make serious efforts to single-handedly deal with a complicated case.

Original title:
Endeavor

Actors:
Sean Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Luther (2010-2019)

The Chief Inspector of the London Police is obsessed with work, which makes John Luther an excellent detective, but creates a lot of problems in his personal life. John doesn’t mind sometimes defying the law in order to catch criminals and save the innocent. Cat-and-mouse games with serial killers are not new to the British inspector, so Luther gets involved in the next one without hesitation. The series turned out to be so amazing that it stretched for 9 years and 5 seasons, and the leading actor received the Golden Globe.

Original title:
Luther

Actors:
Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Capture (2019)

The former special forces corporal was once accused of war crimes. At that time, Sean was acquitted, but it did not take long for the charges to overtake the officer again – now in kidnapping and murder. As Sean tries to clear his name, Investigator Rachel Carey begins to suspect a convoluted conspiracy here. The new British detective series of 2019 is especially worth watching for fans of tense thrillers about foreign intelligence agencies and surveillance of people.

Original title:
The Capture

Actors:
Holliday Granger, Callum Turner, Ben Miles …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Strike (2017-2019)

A veteran of the Afghan war became a private detective and now works in London. Cormoran Strike investigates crimes with his assistant Robin. Having many mental and physical wounds, Kormoran does an excellent job of helping the local police solve the most complicated cases. A little-known fact: the series is based on the book by British writer JK Rowling, famous for her books about Harry Potter.

Original title:
Strike

Actors:
Tom Burke, Holliday Granger, Kerr Logan …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Dublin Murders (2019)

The British detective series, which takes place in Ireland, has become a worthy novelty in 2019. On the outskirts of Dublin, the body of a child is found in the middle of the forest. Police officers Cassie Maddox and Rob Riley take over the case. As a result of the investigation, detectives find a connection between this crime and the disappearance of three children more than 20 years ago. Gradually plunging into the details of the case, the characters of the short mini-series discover the terrible facts and face their own demons.

Original title:
Dublin Murders

Actors:
Sarah Greene, Killian Scott, Michael D’Arcy …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Bodyguard (2018)

David Budd is a bodyguard responsible for the safety of members of the British government and the royal family. A war veteran is entrusted with the protection of Julia Montagu, the Minister of the Interior of England. Budd finds himself in a difficult situation – he and the minister have radically different political views and beliefs. These disagreements could turn David himself into a national security threat.

Original title:
Bodyguard

Actors:
Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Vincent Franklin …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


McMafia (2018)

The hero of the popular detective series is the son of Russian emigrants who have established a criminal business in England. Alex Goodman has long wanted to start his own business so that he is no longer associated with the family’s mafia affairs. But the past once again reminds of itself, and Alex is forced to find himself in the world of crime in order to save his loved ones. Goodman will have to deal not only with Russian bandits, but with criminals around the world.

Original title:
McMafia

Actors:
James Norton, Merab Ninidze, Kirill Pirogov…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Little Drummer Girl (2018)

An exciting English series tells about one of the largest anti-terrorist operations in history. A talented young actress is recruited by Israeli intelligence to infiltrate a terrorist cell planning attacks across Europe. The series intertwines espionage passions and a gradually developing love story, which, against the backdrop of impending and already rumbling explosions, looks very impressive.

Original title:
The Little Drummer Girl

Actors:
Daniel Litman, Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Trial of Innocence (2018)

Middle of the last century, England. The heiress of a huge fortune is killed in the family mansion. Suspicion falls on the adopted son of the victim. Jack is trying with all his might to prove that he was not involved in the mysterious death, but they do not believe him, and a guilty verdict is soon handed down. A year and a half later, a witness unexpectedly appears, who casts suspicion on all family members. The British series in the classic detective genre received high ratings and positive reviews from viewers.

Original title:
Ordeal by Innocence

Actors:
Morven Christie, Anthony Boyle, Christian Cooke…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Fortitude (2015-2018)

A small town on the edge of the Arctic was a quiet and peaceful place until a string of brutal murders took place in Fortitude. At first, these incidents were attributed to polar bears, sometimes entering the city. But over time, this version seems to the police less and less logical, and almost every local resident falls under suspicion. A detective thriller with a touch of mysticism keeps you in suspense from the first series to the last and looks in one breath.

Original title:
Fortitude

Actors:
Richard Dormer, Sophie Grobeul, Stanley Tucci …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Security (2018)

Continues the list of the best English detective movie series about a pediatric surgeon who has recently been widowed and is now trying to recover. Tom lives in a quiet and safe area of ​​the city with his two teenage daughters. Suddenly, the eldest daughter disappears, and Tom tries to get to the bottom of the truth. In the process , the doctor becomes convinced that this place is far from being so safe …

Original title:
Safe

Actors:
Michael C. Hall, Amy James-Kelly, Amanda Abbington …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Alphabet Murders (2018)

The signature of the criminal who started the game with the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot consists of the first three letters of the English alphabet – ABC. As the detectives find out during the investigation, the perpetrator is going to kill his victims in various places in alphabetical order. The attacker still has a lot of letters in stock, so the detective needs to catch the maniac as soon as possible. An exciting UK-produced series based on the detective book by Agatha Christie.

Original title:
The ABC Murders

Actors:
John Malkovich, Eamon Farren, Michael Shaffer …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6

Age limits :
16+


City and City (2018)

Beschel and Ul-Koma, twin cities in Eastern Europe, are on the same territory, but they are separated by an invisible border. Ul-Koma is a thriving modern metropolis, while the people of Beschel live in filth and poverty under the yoke of tyranny. To investigate the murder of a young girl in Beshchel, local detective Borl is about to cross the border between these cities, which is considered unacceptable. The fantasy mini-series is far from classic British models, but its original idea is worth watching.

Original title:
The City and the City

Actors:
Christian Camargo, Ron Cook, Mandeep Dillon …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Sherlock (2010-2017)

Without a doubt, the best English series on our list and the highest rated series is a modern interpretation of the adventures of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Doctor Watson, the hero of the Afghan war, stumbles upon an eccentric Englishman with a strange sense of humor while looking for accommodation. New acquaintances become neighbors and friends, and the local police are increasingly turning to them for help in investigating the most complicated cases.

Original title:
Sherlock

Actors:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.9, IMDb – 9.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Beach Murder (2013-2017)

The small English town of Broadchurch is shaken by the news of the disappearance of an 11-year-old boy. Local police officer Ellie Miller and Detective Alec Hardy, who turns out to be her unexpected partner, begin an investigation. Each action of the detectives promises to uncover a bunch of secrets in this calm and seemingly harmless corner of Britain.

Original title:
Broadchurch

Actors:
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Ripper Street (2012-2016)

London, 1889 More recently, the infamous Jack the Ripper committed his heinous murders, and the locals are still in a state of panic. Inspector Reid, Sergeant Drake, and ex-military surgeon Jackson team up to investigate crimes taking place in the Whitechapel area. The English detective series perfectly conveys the atmosphere of the old times.

Original title:
Ripper Street

Actors:
Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg…

Country:
Great Britain, Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


And there was nobody (2015)

In the latest film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s book, eight strangers have gathered in a luxurious castle located on the island at the invitation of the Onim spouses. Sitting at the dinner table, the guests are surprised to learn that the owners are not at home, and they are met only by a married couple of servants. The servant puts on a record on the gramophone accusing those present of the murders and promising everyone an appropriate punishment. An exciting British series that combines the genres of detective and thriller completes the list of the best novelties of recent years.

Original title :
And Then There Were

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Other British detective series

  • Widow (2019)
  • Murder according to Freud (2019)
  • Confession (2019)
  • Cry (2018)
  • Innocent (2018)
  • Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators (2018)
  • Taboo (2017)
  • Night Manager (2015)
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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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