The Best British Murder Mysteries to Watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and BritBox


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No one does a good murder mystery quite like the Brits. Sure, we’ve had plenty of compelling series come along in the States, from Mindhunter and The Night Of to even Pretty Little Liars, but there’s just something about the atmosphere of a crisp morning in the U.K. that really drives home the narrative over there.

So, if you’re in the mood to cue up some sleuthing from across the pond while staying in, either because you’re worried about the coronavirus or because you simply can’t be bothered to leave the couch, the good news is that many of the best shows are just a click away right now. Here’s a look at the best British murder-mystery series available to stream.


Benedict Cumberbatch, <em>Sherlock</em> Season 4Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Season 4

Watch it on: Netflix

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s signature characters come alive anew in this bromantic series about its eponymous detective, the “high functioning sociopath” Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), and his war veteran sidekick, John Watson (Martin Freeman). The four-season series was a fan-frenzied affair during its run on the BBC and PBS thanks to its sublime stars, behind-the-scenes talent, and production quality, all of which led to some serious awards decoration for everyone involved.


David Tennant, Olivia Colman, <em>Broadchurch</em>David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Broadchurch

Watch it on: Netflix

Set in a sleepy little seaside town, Broadchurch‘s first season follows two detectives — Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) — on the hunt for the killer of an 11-year-old boy, and, sadly, the suspects list slowly inches into deeply uncomfortable territory. The show continued to enjoy acclaim in its second and third seasons which, while venturing on to some new directions, kept the devastating case that defined its inception in the mix.


Robson Green and James Norton, <em>Grantchester</em>Robson Green and James Norton, Grantchester

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Based on James Runcie’s short stories The Grantchester Mysteries, Grantchester introduces us to a small-town, but very fun and studly vicar named Sidney Chambers (James Norton) as he pairs with Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green) to solve crimes in the 1950s. Between its immersive storyline and keen character drama aspects, the show makes for an easy-pleasey binge session indeed. And although Norton departed the show in Season 4, there’s still plenty reason to watch.

Prime Suspect

<em>Prime Suspect</em>, BBCPrime Suspect, BBC

Watch it on: Hulu

Who wouldn’t want to watch Helen Mirren as a badass detective trying to break the glass ceiling? The original BBC procedural series Prime Suspect featured the Dame as Detective Jane Tennison — a role which earned her two Emmys and three BAFTAs, no less — whose pursuit of justice is hindered by her struggles with rampant sexism on the force. The London-set series also follows Tennison as she takes those frustrations home and realizes that in addition to tracking down offenders, she’s also got some soul-searching to do in her own time.


Idris Elba in <em>Luther</em>Idris Elba in Luther

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

For those who stan Idris Elba, Luther is not to be missed. The actor has racked up quite a few trophies — including a Golden Globe — for his depiction of the titular DCI John Luther, who’s dedication to the Serious Crime Unit has cost him dearly on the personal front. Not only does it feature Elba hitting all the right drama marks, but it also gives The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson room to stretch her legs into even more twisted territory as a psychopathic murderer who becomes an unlikely asset.

The Fall

Gillian Anderson, <em>The Fall</em>Gillian Anderson, The Fall

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

For those X Files fans who still haven’t gotten enough of Gillian Anderson doing detective things after her shocking exit from the series, congrats, The Fall is now at the top of your to-be-watched pile. The actress stars as Irish detective superintendent Stella Gibson as she tries to catch a loose serial killer (Jamie Dornan, whom you might know better from all his red room action in Fifty Shades of Grey) before he attacks even more women.

Happy Valley

<em>Happy Valley</em>, BBC OneHappy Valley, BBC One

Watch it on: Netflix

As cheery as the title of this BBC One series sounds, Happy Valley is actually very dark and contains some very difficult subject matter. The series centers on a female detective named Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), whose world is turned upside-down after the man who sexually assaulted her daughter — which led to the girl birthing an unwanted child and deciding to end her life — is freed from prison. In the process of tracking the assailant down, Cawood accidentally stumbles into a completely unrelated, but ongoing crime.

Death in Paradise

<em>Death in Paradise</em>, BBC OneDeath in Paradise, BBC One

Watch it on: BritBox

Now, here’s a show whose moniker is a little more on the money. Death in Paradise is, as the title indicates, primarily located in the Caribbean as British detective Richard Poole (Ben Miller) makes way to the sunnier climate to investigate the murder of a colleague. He’s not the only U.K. transplant who’ll make way to the island, but you’ll have to watch the series to see why.


<em>Vera</em>, ITVVera, ITV

Watch it on: BritBox

ITV’s adaptation of Ann Cleeves’ Vera novels breathed life into the caustic and obsessive nature of detective Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn), whose myriad personal dilemmas never deter her from demanding the truth. The show’s depiction of the character has received the author’s utmost approval and even informs her writing on the novels nowadays.

Midsomer Murders

Watch it on: BritBox

Based on the Caroline Graham book series Chief Inspector Barnaby, The Midsomer Murders offers a slightly lighter approach to the world of mischief and mayhem and finds moments of humor among all the macabre. The series centers on DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) — and eventually, his son — as he tries to solve the many murder mysteries that spring up in the otherwise quaint namesake town. The series has been airing for well over two decades, and despite some key changes to the cast and creatives on board, continues to draw a rapt crowd.

Source : TVGuide