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British TV Crime and Mysteries

This page contains an extensive list of British crime and mystery television series and movies that I have viewed, or which I have some degree of knowledge.  Though I am American, my appetite for these series and movies is insatiable and beyond an addiction level.  As compared to their American counterparts, the British series and movies tend to rely less on glitz and gimmicks, and focus more on the investigation, procedure, sub-plots, and character development.  One key factor that enables this is the program length, which can be multiple hours per case or story.  Due to the sheer number of series and movies listed, they are divided into some very rough categories, which are summarized below.  

  • Police Detectives:  The theme of this category concerns murder, and the main characters are police detectives.

  • Private Detectives:  The theme of this category concerns private detectives who solve cases involving crime or murder.

  • Citizen Sleuths:  The theme of this category concerns private citizens who are sleuths that solve cases involving crime or murder.

  • Forensics:  The theme of this category concerns forensic experts that assist police detectives with murder investigations.

  • Profilers:  The theme of this category concerns profilers or criminal psychologists that assist the police with solving serial murders.

  • Policing:  The theme of this category is policing of crime, and uniformed police are the predominant characters.

  • Legal:  The theme of this category concerns the legal aspect, the legal team, or the resulting trial of crimes.

  • Journalists:  The theme of this category concerns journalists who investigate crime, murder, or political corruption.

  • Espionage, Terrorism & Political:  The theme of this category concerns espionage, terrorism, and political corruption or scandal.

  • Heists & Organized Crime:  The theme of this category concerns heists, where thieves are the predominant characters, or organized crime.

  • General Mysteries & Crime:  The theme of this category is mystery, crime, or murder, and the predominant characters are not the police.

 

The synopsis and my comments about each series and movie are occasionally updated over time.  Repeat visitors can visit my About page to see what was added by date.  Much to my surprise, this page is viewed thousands of times per month, so I know that I am not alone in my appreciation of British television!
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Campion (TV Series 1989-1990)


Campion is television series from the BBC. The series is period based, and set during the early 1930s. The main character is Albert Campion, who is a private detective. The stories and cases are all adapted from novels. Campion is portrayed by actor Peter Davison. The series ran from 1989 to 1990, and there are a total of eight cases or stories, and each runs about two hours.
While I did view a few of the stories, this simply was not my preferred type of show, but seemed to be a good production. The series is lighthearted, and fans of Poirot and Marple might find this series enjoyable. If you like the actor Peter Davison, consider trying the series The Last Detective, where he portrayed a likable but somewhat bumbling police detective.

Summary updated on February 15, 2021




Case Histories (TV Series 2011-2013)


Case Histories is a television series from the BBC. The main character is Jackson Brodie, who is a former police detective, and now works as a private detective in Edinburgh, Scotland. The stories and cases are all adapted from novels. Brodie is portrayed by actor Jason Isaacs, who is well known from his role in the Harry Potter films. The series ran from 2011 to 2013, and there are six independent cases or stories, and each runs from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
This was a great series, with superb scripts, acting, and cinematography. There is a nice balance of secondary characters, such Brodie leveraging a relationship with a former police counterpart, his office manager trying to get him to pay attention to the business issues, and his relationship with his daughter. If you enjoyed Case Histories, some other series to consider trying are Vera, and DCI Banks. If you like the actor Jason Isaacs, consider trying the mini-series The State Within.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Dirk Gently (TV Series 2010-2012)


Dirk Gently is a television series from ITV. The main character is Dirk Gently, who runs a private detective agency, and is assisted by Richard MacDuff. Gently is portrayed by Stephen Mangan, MacDuff is portrayed by Darren Boyd, and MacDuff’s girlfriend is portrayed by Helen Baxendale. The series ran from 2010 to 2012, and there are four episodes that run about 60 minutes.
This series is an outright comedy. The Gently character is eccentric and goofy, and believes everything is interconnected but in a random manner. The series was entertaining, has some good laughs, and even ventures into time travel in one episode. I felt there was missed potential with this series, and the execution of the scripts and production could have been better. If you enjoyed Dirk Gently, some other series to consider include Vexed. If you like Darren Boyd, consider the series Case Sensitive, and if you like Helen Baxendale, consider the series An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, and Kidnap & Ransom.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (TV Series 1996-1998)


Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is a series the BBC. The primary character is Hetty Wainthropp, and though her husband is retired, she decides to start a private detective business. The couple also has a lodger, Geoffrey Shawcross, who helps Hetty in her investigations. Wainthropp is portrayed by actress Patricia Routledge, while Shawcross is portrayed by actor Dominic Monaghan, who later appeared in the US TV series Lost, and the Lord of the Rings movies. The series ran from 1996 to 1998, and there are a total of 28 cases or stories that run about an hour each.
While this is not a type of series that I enjoy, my wife thought it was an enjoyable and average view. It has a lighthearted atmosphere, similar to the various Marple series. If you enjoyed Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, some other series to consider trying are Father Brown, and Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, and Rosemary & Thyme.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jack Irish (TV Series 2012-2018+)


Jack Irish is a television series is from Australia. The main character of the series is Jack Irish, who is a former lawyer, and now works as a private detective. The stories and cases are adapted from novels. Irish is played by actor Guy Pearce, who has been in many theatrical movies. The series has run since 2012, and so far there are 15 episodes.
Jack Irish has a very checkered past. He is acquainted with a couple of shady individuals, and they collect gather gambling winnings through some fixed horse races. They also become involved in Jack’s cases when things get a bit out of hand for him. This series was entertaining, a good production, and was a worthwhile view. It should be noted that the labeling is very confusing from the production company and distributor. The first three cases or stories are billed as individual TV movies. Then the subsequent story or case released in 2016 is billed as a TV series, and labeled as series one or season one. If you enjoyed Jack Irish, some other series to consider trying are Case Sensitive, Rebus, and Jack Taylor.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jack Taylor (TV Series 2010-2016)


Jack Taylor is a television series from Ireland. The series is set in Galway, Ireland. The main character is Jack Taylor, who is a former Garda (Irish Police) officer, and now works as a private detective. The character and stories are based on novels. Taylor is played by actor Iain Glen, who is known for his roles in Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones. The series ran from 2010 to 2016, and there are nine independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
The series is an above average production, and was enjoyable to watch. Taylor smokes heavily, and drinks regularly to the point of blackouts. Taylor gets severely beat up in almost every episode, which gets a bit over the top. There is some in character voice over narration, which I found to be a unique aspect of the series. If you enjoyed Jack Taylor, some other series to consider trying are Rebus, Jack Irish, Vincent, and Rebus.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (TV Series 2012-2015)


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a television series from Australia. The series is set in Melbourne during the roaring 1920s, and the stories and cases are adapted from novels. The main character is Miss Phryne Fisher, who is a private detective, and portrayed by Australian actress Essie Davis. The series ran from 2012 to 2015, and consists of 34 independent stories that run about an hour each.
This is a fun and entertaining series. I would recommend it especially if you are seeking something very lighthearted. There is a regular supporting cast, including Miss Fisher’s personal assistant, her butler, a police detective, and a police constable. The series contains humor, and Phryne is quite liberated for her time, which provides regular shock value to the other characters. If you enjoyed Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, some other series to consider trying are Father Brown and Grantchester.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




C.B. Strike (TV Series 2017-2021)


C.B. Strike is a television series is from the BBC. The series is based on three crime novels by J.K. Rowling, who wrote them under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The three novels are The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil. The primary characters are private detective Cormoran Strike, who is both a war veteran and former police detective, and his assistant Robin Ellacott. Strike is portrayed by British actor Tom Burke, and Ellacott is portrayed by British actress Holliday Grainger.
So far I have seen The Cuckoo’s Calling, and it was a highly entertaining and well produced series. There is very good character development with both Strike, as well as Ellacott. Both Tom Burke and Hollday Grainger have appeared in minor roles in a few other series listed on this page.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Miss Scarlet and the Duke (2020+)


Miss Scarlet and the Duke is a television series from British network Alibi, and was also funded by and aired on PBS. The series is set in the Victorian era, and the primary character is Eliza Scarlet, whose recently deceased father was a private detective. Scarlet then decides to take over his business in an era where such things were frowned upon. Scarlet develops a cooperative arrangement with Detective Inspector William Wellington from Scotland Yard, who was a family acquaintance. Scarlet is portrayed by English actress Kate Phillips, and Wellington is portrayed by Scottish actor Stuart Martin. The series aired in 2020, and consisted of six episodes that run about an hour each. The series was renewed for a second season.

This is one series where I will publicly eat crow. I was initially skeptical and expected this series to be beyond breezy, especially given the episode length. It was surprisingly quite entertaining, and very well produced. Both the Scarlet and Wellington characters are quite engaging, and it is amazing how much character development and plot depth is carried in each episode. If you enjoyed Miss Scarlet and The Duke, consider the series Sally Lockhart Mysteries or Grantchester. If you like actress Kate Philips, consider the series Peaky Blinders. If you like actor Stuart Martin, consider the series Babylon.

Summary updated on February 18, 2021





Police Detectives

The general theme of this particular collection concerns murder or serial murders, and the primary characters are police detectives.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

Above Suspicion (TV Series 2009-2012)


Above Suspicion is a television series from ITV. The series was written by Lynda La Plante, the same writer as Prime Suspect, and Trial & Retribution. The two primary characters are Detective Constable (DC) Anna Travis, and her superior, Detective Chief Investigator (DCI) James Langton. Travis is portrayed by actress Kelly Reilly, and Langton is portrayed by actor Ciarán Hinds. The series ran from 2009 to 2012, and there are a total of four independent stories or cases, each roughly 3 hours in length.
This is a solid police procedural series, and was an enjoyable view. There is good character development across the series. For example, Travis is regularly trying to prove herself, and Langton is regularly correcting her to the point where she thinks he is holding her career back. If you enjoyed Above Suspicion, some other series to consider include DCI Banks, Prime Suspect, and Trial & Retribution.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Bancroft (TV Series 2017-2020)


Bancroft is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Elizabeth Bancroft, who is portrayed by actress Sarah Parish. The series ran from 2017 to 2020, and there are eight one hour episodes. This was an entertaining and unique series, and without any spoilers, Bancroft harbors a dark secret. It received mixed reviews as some plot aspects are over the top, and some didn’t realize that the ending was open-ended, as it was renewed for a second series. If you enjoyed Bancroft, some other series to consider include Line of Duty.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Blue Murder (TV Series 2003-2009)


Blue Murder is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Janine Lewis, who is a divorced mother of four children. She leads a team of detectives that solve murders in Manchester, England. Lewis is portrayed by actress Caroline Quentin. The series ran from 2003 to 2009, and there are a total of 19 individual stories or cases that run about an hour each.
This is a good and entertaining series. It ventures mildly into her personal life in an appropriate manner, such as issues with balancing her family and career. There some subtle humor, including a romantic attraction with a detective that is on her team. If you enjoyed Blue Murder, some other series to consider are A Touch of Frost, New Tricks, and Scott & Bailey. If you like the actress Caroline Quentin, consider the series Jonathan Creek. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Broadchurch (TV Series (2015-2017)


Broadchurch is a television series from ITV. The two primary characters are Detective Inspector (DI) Alec Hardy and Detective Sergeant (DS) Ellie Miller. Hardy is portrayed by actor David Tennant, and Miller is portrayed by Olivia Colman. The first series aired in 2013, and is about seven hours in length. The first series is a single case or story, where they lead a team that investigates the murder of a young boy in a coastal community. The second series aired in 2015, and continues the story by introducing new facts. And a third series aired in 2017.
The first series was an outstanding police procedural, with a superb script, cast, acting, and cinematography. Without revealing spoilers, the second series continues the same story, though the first series ended with some form of closure. My preference would have been for them to start a new primary storyline. If you enjoyed Broadchurch, some other series to consider include Happy Valley, and Mayday. If you like David Tennant, consider trying The Politician’s Husband, and The Escape Artist. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Brokenwood Mysteries (TV Series 2014-2019+)


The Brokenwood Mysteries is a television series from New Zealand. The two primary characters are Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd and Detective Sergeant Kristin Sims, who investigate murders in a small village in New Zealand. The series has aired since 2014, and so far there are 24 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is a highly entertaining and light series, and several reviews accurately describe it as New Zealand’s answer to Midsomer Murders. There is an abundance of amusing dry wit and humor in each episode. It fun to follow detective Shepherd driving in his old car, his affection for country music, and his quirkiness with talking to the bodies of the recently murdered. If you enjoyed the Brokenwood Mysteries, consider trying Midsomer Murders, or the Last Detective.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Case Sensitive (TV Series 2011-2012)


Case Sensitive is a television series from ITV. The characters and stories are based on some novels. The two primary characters are Detective Sergeant (DS) Charlie Zailer and Detective Constable (DC) Simon Waterhouse, who investigate murders together. Zailer is portrayed by Olivia Williams, and Waterhouse is portrayed by Darren Boyd. The series ran from 2011 to 2012, and there are two independent stories or cases than run about 2 hours each. This was a solid and entertaining police procedural, and I was disappointed that it had such a short run. The acting was good, and there was chemistry between both characters. It is one that I plan to watch again in the future. If you enjoyed Case Sensitive, some other series to consider include Vera, Shetland, Hinterland, and Inspector Lynley Mysteries. If you like Darren Boyd, consider the series Dirk Gently.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Collateral (TV Series 2017)


Collateral is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Kip Glaspie, who is portrayed by British actress Carey Mulligan. The series begins with Glaspie investigating the murder of a pizza delivery man. The series ran in 2017, and runs about four hours.
This was an entertaining series, and I found the Glaspie character to be intriguing and resolute, and I was immensely disappointed that the series was not renewed. If you are an avid viewer of British television, the rest of the cast includes a number of familiar faces. If you enjoyed Collateral, some other series to consider include Unforgotten and Marcella.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Commander (TV Series 2003-2008)


The Commander is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Commander Clare Blake, who leads a team of detectives investigating murder in London. Commander Blake is portrayed by actress Amanda Burton. The series ran from 2003 to 2008, and there are a total of eight independent stories or cases than run up to 180 minutes each.
It has been a while since viewing, but I recall this this being an entertaining series. Without giving away any spoilers, the Blake character bears some rough similarities to the Tennison character in Prime Suspect. If you enjoyed The Commander, some others series to consider are Prime Suspect, and Babylon. If you like the actress Amanda Burton, consider trying the series Silent Witness, or Helen West. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Dalziel & Pascoe (TV Series 1996-2007)


Dalziel & Pascoe is a television series from the BBC. The characters originate from some novels. The primary characters are Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Detective Sergeant Peter Pascoe, who investigate murders together in the Yorkshire area. Dalziel is portrayed by actor Warren Clarke, and Pascoe is portrayed by actor Colin Buchanan. The series ran from 1996 to 2007, and there are a total of 46 independent stories or cases that run up to 120 minutes each. This is a solid police procedural, and one that I would recommend. Dalziel is politically incorrect and rough around the edges, but Pascoe sometimes helps smooth out some of those aspects. There is some subtle humor with the quirkiness of Dalziel. If you enjoyed Dalziel & Pascoe, some other series to consider include A Touch of Frost, Cracker, Rebus, and George Gently. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Dark Heart (TV Series 2018)


Dark Heart is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Will Wagstaffe, who is portrayed by actor Tom Riley. The series ran in 2018, and there are three independent stories that run about two hours each. I have not yet seen the series. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




DCI Banks (TV Series 2010-2016)


DCI Banks is a television series from ITV. The character and stories are based on some novels. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Alan Banks, who leads a team of detectives solving murders in Yorkshire. Banks is portrayed by actor Stephen Tompkinson. Two other detective characters are portrayed by actresses Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz. The series ran form 2010 to 2016, and 16 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is an great and entertaining police procedural, and one that I have watched again already. If you enjoyed DCI Banks, some other series to consider include Vera, Hinterland, and Shetland. If you like Caroline Catz, consider the series Murder in Suburbia. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Death in Paradise (TV Series 2011-2021)


Death in Paradise is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is a British police detective, who now serves in the British islands. There have been three different actors and actresses in the role of the primary character. The series has run since 2011, and so far, there are 76 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. While I did view a few of the stories from the first season, the series simply is not my preference, and the island setting did not interest me. The series is light and quirky, so if you are looking for a series with some humor, you might give this one a try. If you enjoyed Death in Paradise, consider try the series The Last Detective, or Grantchester.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Endeavour (TV Series 2012-2020+)


Endeavour is a television series from ITV. The series is a prequel of Inspector Morse, while Inspector Lewis is a sequel. The primary character is obviously Endeavour Morse, and it traces his start as a Detective Constable (DC). Morse is portrayed by actor Shaun Evans. The series has run since 2012, and so far, there are 30 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is a great police procedural, and some have even argued it is better than original. The acting and cinematography are superb, and accompanied with great music from Barrington Pheloug. This prequel is a great companion to the Inspector Morse franchise, and I am a fan of all three series. It should be noted that the daughter of John Thaw is part of the cast. If you enjoyed Endeavour, some other series to consider are George Gently, and Foyle’s War. If you enjoy actor Shaun Evans, consider the mini-series The Take.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Falcón (TV Series 2012)


Falcón is a television series from Sky Atlantic. The primary character is Chief Inspector Javier Falcón, who is a police detective solving murder in Seville, Spain. Falcón is portrayed by actor Maron Csokas, who has appeared in numerous theatrical films, including the Lord of the Rings. Actress Emilia Fox, from the Silent Witness series, portrays the separated wife of Falcón. There was only one series, which ran in 2012, and there are two independent stories or cases that run about two hours each. This was entertaining police procedural and worth a view, especially if you are looking for an English language series set in a country outside of the UK. If you enjoyed Falcón, another series to consider is Zen, which is set in Italy.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Fall (TV Series 2013-2016)


The Fall is a television series from the BBC. The primary character Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who is sent from London to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in order to help push along a stalled murder investigation. She quickly determines that there is a serial killer. Gibson is portrayed by actress Gillian Anderson. It is one singular case, and spans two series. The first series aired in 2013 and runs about five hours, and the second series aired in 2014 and runs about six hours. There is a third series aired in 2016 and also runs about six hours. The first series was an entertaining thriller and police procedural. I am typically not a fan of series where the same storyline spans multiple series. I would have preferred that they gave closure in the first series, and began an entirely different case in the second series. But given that, The Fall was still an entertaining view. If you enjoyed The Fall, some other series to consider include Happy Valley, Line of Duty, Touching Evil, and Prey.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Foyle's War (TV Series 2002-2015)


Foyle’s War is a television series from ITV. The series was created by Anthony Horowitz, who was involved with Poirot, Midsomer Murders, Murder in Mind, Collision, and Injustice. The primary character is Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle. The series starts out during World War II, where Foyle investigates crime and murder in the coastal town of Hastings. The series later moves into post war London, where Foyle joins MI-5, the British domestic security service. Foyle is portrayed by actor Michael Kitchen. The series ran from 2002 to 2015, and there are 28 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This is a outstanding and entertaining series, with superb acting and cinematography. Some of the crimes during war period are quite interesting, and they made an interesting transition to his post-war role with MI5. If you enjoyed Foyle’s War, some other series to consider include Endeavour, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, The Bletchley Circle, and The Game.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector George Gently (TV Series 2007-2017)


Inspector George Gently series is a television series from the BBC. The series is set during the 1960s, and is based on some characters from some novels. The primary characters are Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) George Gently and Detective Sergeant (DS) John Bacchus, who investigate murders in Northumberland. The series ran from 2007 to 2017, and there are 25 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This is a great retro police procedural, and a favorite of mine. The cinematography and acting are great, and they bring the characters to life and are perfect in the roles. It is fun to watch the antics of Bacchus, trying to be “cool” during the 1960s, and how Gently observes and sometimes laughs. If you enjoyed George Gently, some other series to consider include Endeavour, A Touch of Frost, and Dalziel & Pascoe.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Giri / Haji (TV Series 2019)


Giri / Haji is a television series from the BBC. The title is Japanese and translates as “Duty/Shame.” The series is set in London and Japan, with dialogue both in English and Japanese. The story concerns a detective who travels from Tokyo to London searching for his brother, who was involved with organized crime and previously thought to have been dead. In London he is assisted by a Detective Constable, who is portrayed Kelly Macdonald. The series aired in 2019, and there are 8 episodes that run about an hour each. The series was not renewed. This was an entertaining series, especially with being set in two countries. If you enjoy the Kelly Macdonald, consider the series State of Play and The Victim.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Guilty (TV Mini-Series 2013)


The Guilty is television mini-series from ITV. The story concerns the disappearnce of a young boy, who is found dead five years later. The investigation is lead by Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Maggie Brand, who is portrayed by actress Tamsin Greig. The cast also includes actor Darren Boyd. The mini-series was released in 2013, and runs about three hours.
This was an entertaining procedural with good plot development and rotation through various suspects, and an unexpected ending. If you enjoyed The Guilty, some other series to consider include Broadchurch. If you like the actor Darren Boyd, consider the series Case Sensitive, and Dirk Gently.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hidden (TV Series 2018)


Hidden is a television series from Welsh network S4C. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Cadi John, who is portrayed by actress Sian Reese-Williams. The series contains dialogue is both Welsh and English. The series ran in 2018, and is spread across eight one hour episodes. I plan on watching the series in the near future.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hinterland (TV Series 2013-2016)


Hinterland is a television series from BBC Wales. It follows a team of police detectives solving murders in a rural part of Wales. There is a very minor amount of dialogue that is in Welsh, which is really only several sentences in each episode, and those are subtitled. They simultaneously filmed an English dialogue version, and a Welsh dialogue version for broadcast in Wales. The series ran from 2013 to 2016, and there are 26 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This is a superb series, with great casting and cinematography. It is more edgy than Vera, but a similar rural atmosphere. If you enjoyed Hinterland, some other series to consider are Broadchurch, and Suspects.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




I, Anna (Theatrical Movie 2012)


I, Anna is a theatrical film that was released in the UK. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Bernie Reid, who is a police detective in London. It a noir type film, and Reid romantically falls for a woman who is a possible suspect in a murder investigation. Reid is portrayed by actor Gabriel Byrne. The movie was released in 2012, and runs about 90 minutes. The movie was somewhat dry, and was an average view. If you enjoyed I, Anna, some other series or movies to consider include Dead Gorgeous. If you like the actor Gabriel Byrne, consider trying Secret State, or Quirke. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




In the Dark (TV Series 2017)


In the Dark is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Helen Weeks, who is portrayed by actress MyAnna Buring. Another minor character, Detective Inspector (DI) Adam Perrin is portrayed by actor David Leon from the series Vera. The series ran in 2017, and there are two separate stories or cases that run about two hours each. I have yet to see the series, but plan to watch it.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (TV Series 1990-1994)


Inspector Alleyn Mysteries is a television series from the BBC. The series is set during the late 1930s, and based on novels. The primary character Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Roderick Alleyn, who investigates murders. Alleyn is portrayed by actor Patrick Malahide, who has guest starred in a number of crime and mystery series, and also known from Game of Thrones. The series ran from 1990 to 1994, and there are a total of nine independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. I only watched the first couple of episodes. The series was an average production, and was a bit dry and slow for my taste.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector Lewis (TV Series 2006-2015)


Inspector Lewis is a television series from ITV. The series is a sequel to Inspector Morse, while Endeavour is a prequel. The primary characters are Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway. Lewis portrayed by actor Kevin Whately, who reprised his role from Morse, and Hathaway is portrayed by actor Laurence Fox, who is a first cousin of actress Emilia Fox from the Silent Witness series. The series ran from 2006 to 2015, and there are 33 stories that run over 90 minutes each.
This is a superbly enjoyable series, and I love the educational setting in Oxford. There is significant character development over the course of this series, especially with the Hathaway character. My only criticism is that some of the plots have been trivial and used before in other series, but this may be irrelevant to more casual viewers of British television. If you enjoy Inspector Lewis, some other series to consider include Vera, DCI Banks, A Touch of Frost, and George Gently.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV Series 2001-2007)


Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a television series from the BBC. The characters are based on some novels. The primary characters are Detective Inspector (DI) Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant (DS) Barbara Havers, who solve murders in the London area. Lynley is portrayed by actor Nathaniel Parker, and Havers is portrayed by actress Sharon Small. The series ran from 2001 to 2007, and consists of 23 independent stories or cases that run over 90 minutes each.
The series is a good production and very entertaining. Lynley is an aristocrat, while Havers comes from a working class background, so this obviously leads to contention and insecurity in their working relationship at various times. Both actors are superb in the role. If you enjoyed Inspector Lynley Mysteries, some other series to consider include A Touch of Frost, Inspector Morse, and Midsomer Murders. If you like actor Nathaniel Parker, consider the mini-series Injustice.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector Morse (TV Series 1987-2000)


Inspector Morse is a a legendary television series from ITV, and based on some novels. The primary characters are Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Endeavour Morse and Detective Sergeant (DS) Robbie Lewis, who solve murders in the Oxford area. Morse is portrayed by actor John Thaw, and Lewis is portrayed by Kevin Whatley. The series ran from 1987 to 2000, and there are 33 independent stories or cases that run over 90 minutes each.
This series is superb. I have seen it more than once, and it has aged quite well. There is depth and complexity to the Morse character, which unravels over the course of the series. The series led to the sequel Inspector Lewis, and the prequel Endeavour, which actually features John Thaw’s daughter. If you enjoyed Inspector Morse, some other series to consider include Prime Suspect, George Gently, and Foyle’s War.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jericho of Scotland Yard (TV Series 2005)


Jericho is a television series from ITV. The series was renamed Jericho of Scotland Yard when it was released in the USA. The primary character is Detective Inspector Michael Jericho. The series ran in 2005 and there are four independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This series is not one which I have seen yet, but hope to in the future.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jo (TV Series 2013)


Jo is a television series that was funded by a number of European networks. The dialogue is in English, and the series is set and filmed in Paris. The primary character is Commander Jo Saint-Clair, who leads a team of detectives investigating murders. He is portrayed by actor Jean Reno. There was only one series which ran in 2013, and there are a total of eight independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. This series was very average. The positive aspects include the acting of Jean Reno, and the setting and cinematography of Paris. Unfortunately, it comes across as a American produced show. The storylines were rushed to fit a one hour segment. The strange aspect is that all actors spoke with American accents, except for Jean Reno. The concept of this series would had better potential with a different production posture. If you enjoyed Jo, two other series to consider are Falcón and Zen.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Last Detective (TV Series 2003-2007)


The Last Detective is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Constable (DC) “Dangerous” Davies, who is based on some novels, and the nickname was given to make fun of him. Dangerous is a somewhat bumbling detective who solves crimes and murders with his civilian sidekick. Dangerous is portrayed by actor Peter Davison. The series ran from 2003 to 2007, and there are a total of 17 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. This is a charming and fun series, which I have viewed more than once. Bad luck seems to follow Davies, but he eventually solves the cases. There is humor in every episode, including the razzing that he receives from his superior and fellow detectives. What particularly stands out is his relationship with his civilian sidekick, who participates in almost every case, and changes jobs every episode, as he can’t seem to keep one. If you enjoyed The Last Detective, some other series to consider are Murder in Suburbia, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and Father Brown.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Level (TV Series 2016)


The Level is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Sargent (DS) Nancy Devlin, who is assigned to investigate the murder of a corrupt businessman, which she had past dealings with. The series in 2016, and there are six episodes that run about an hour each. I have yet to see the series, but hope to in the future.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Life of Crime (TV Series 2013)


Life of Crime is a television television series from ITV. The primary character is Denise woods, and shows her career across three decades as a police constable, detective sergeant, and detective inspector. She believes three different murders in each decades was committed by the same person. The series aired in 2013, and there are three episodes that run about an hour each. The series was not renewed. This was an entertaining series, with the unique aspect of the flashbacks to three different decades. If you enjoyed Life of Crime, some other series to consider include Murderland, and Place of Execution. If you like the actress Haley Atwell, consider the series Restless, Falcón, and the Sally Lockhart Mysteries.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Life on Mars (TV Series 2006-2007)


Life on Mars is a television television series from ITV. The primary character is police detective Sam Tyler. The series is pseudo science fiction, as while on duty in 2006, Tyler gets knocked unconscious and wakes up in 1973. Tyler is portrayed by British actor John Simm. The series aired from 2006 to 2007, and there are sixteen episodes that run about an hour each. I have yet to view the series but hope to. If you like the actor John Simm, consider State of Play, Code of a Killer, or Prey.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Loch Ness / The Loch (TV Series 2017)


The Loch is a television series from ITV. When it was released in the USA, the series was renamed Loch Ness. The primary character is Detective Sargent Annie Redford, who investigates a murder on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. The series ran in 2017, and there are six episodes that run about 45 minutes each. I have not see the series yet, but plan to.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




London Kills (TV Series 2019-2020)


London Kills is a television series commissioned by Acorn. When it was released in the USA. The series follows a team of detectives solving murders in London. Two of the main characters are Detective Inspector David Bradford, who is portrayed by actor Hugo Speer, and Detective Sergeant Vivienne Cole, who is portrayed by Sharon Small. The series ran from 2019-2020, and there are 10 episodes that run about 45 minutes each.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get past the second episode before I abandoned watching this series. The posture came across like I was watching an American television series. If you like the actress Sharon Small, consider the series Inspector Lynley Mysteries or The Bay. If you like the actor Hugo Speer, consider the series Father Brown or Five Days.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Luther (TV Series 2010-2019)


Luther is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) John Luther, who investigates murders in London. He is obsessive about his job, which lead to problems, including with his personal life. Luther is portrayed by actor Idris Elba, who won a Golden Globe award for this role. The series ran from 2010 to 2019, and there are a total of 20 episodes.
This is a solidly produced series and enjoyable view, with a bit of an edge to the character and crimes. I am actually behind in viewing this series, and have only seen the first. If you enjoyed Luther, some other series to consider include Rebus, Cracker, and Murphy’s Law.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Maigret (TV Series 1992-1993)


Maigret is a television series from ITV. The primary character is French police detective Jules Maigret, who is portrayed by actor Michael Gambon. The series has ran from 1992 to 1993, and there are 12 episodes that run about an hour each.
It has been years since I viewed Maigret, and do not even have a faint recollection. The series has been remade, and Maigret is portrayed by actor Rowan Atkinson.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Maigret (TV Series 2016-2017)


Maigret is a television series from ITV. This is an reboot of series of the same name from the early 1990s. The primary character is French police detective Jules Maigret, who is portrayed by actor Rowan Atkinson. The series has ran from 2016 to 2017, and there are four independent episodes or stories that run about about 90 minutes each. They are billed more as television movies, so IMDb lists each separately. The series was not renewed.
This is an outstanding series. There is a somewhat dark noir type of atmosphere to the series. Atkinson is superb in this role, and I really enjoyed the character and acting. I was insanely disppointed this series was not renewed. If you enjoyed Maigret, some other series to consider include George Gently and Endeavour.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Manhunt (TV Series 2019+)


Manhunt is a television series from ITV. This is a dramatization of a true story about the 2004 murder of French student Amélie Delagrange. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who is portrayed by actor Martin Clunes. The series aired in 2019, and is spread across three episodes that run about an hour each. It was renewed for a second series. This was a solidly entertaining procedural. If you enjoyed Manhunt, another true crime drama series to consider is Code of Killer. If you like the actor Martin Clunes, consider the series Arthur & George or A Mother’s Son.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Marcella (TV Series 2016-2020)


Marcella is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Sergeant (DS) Marcella Backland, who is portrayed by actress Anna Friel. The first series is one storyline, where Marcella is brought back to help investigate a new case that bears similarities to a prior unsolved serial murder case that she worked. The series aired from 2016 to 2020, and there are a total of 25 episodes that run about an hour each.
The is was an entertaining series. Marcella is complex and flawed character. There was good plot and sub-plot development. If you enjoyed Marcella, some other series to consider are Luther and Thorne.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Messiah (TV Series 2001-2008)


Messiah is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is a detective that leads a team that hunts serial killers of some gruesome murders. The primary detective in the first four cases is portrayed by actor Ken Stott. The primary detective in the last case is portrayed by actor Marc Warren. The series ran from 2001 to 2008, and there are a total of five independent stories or cases that run up to 180 minutes each.
This series was produced well, and was worth a view, but I felt that it degraded in each subsequent series. If you enjoyed Messiah, some other series to consider include Touching Evil, Wire in the Blood, and Cracker. If you like Ken Stott, consider the series Rebus, and The Vice. If you like Marc Warren, consider the series Hustle, and he is also featured in The Vice with Ken Stott.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Midsomer Murders (1997-2020)


Midsomer Murders is a long running series from ITV, and the characters are based on some novels. The primary characters are two detectives that solve murders in the English countryside. Over the course of the series, there have been two different characters and actors in the role of the lead detective. And four different characters and actors in the assistant detective role. The series has run since 1996, and there are over 116 independent cases or stories that run about 90 minutes each. The show is a classic. It is quirky and light hearted, and does not take itself seriously. It makes everyone in the English countryside out to be somewhat quirky, including the detectives. The simple rule of thumb is that if you like one episode, you will generally like them all, as they follow a simple formula. But given that, starting with Series 16, I feel that the series took a nose dive. The scripts and acting became dull, and all quirkiness and charm is gone. If you enjoy Midsomer Murders, some other series to consider include A Touch of Frost, The Last Detective, and the Brokenwood Mysteries.

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The Bay (TV Series 2019-2021+)


The Bay is a television series from British network ITV. The primary character is Detective Sergeant (DS) Lisa Armstong who is family liaison officer on a murder investigation team, and also a divorced mother of two teenage children. The series is set in the area of Morecambe Bay in Lancashire County on the west coast of England. Armstrong is portrayed by Scottish actress Morven Christie. The series has run since 2019, and so far there have been two seasons, each with an independent case that spans the seasons. Each season has six episodes that run about an hour each. The series was renewed for a third season.
This series was entertaining and solidly produced, and offers a different perspective focused on a family liaison officer. Christie's portrayal of the Armstrong character is outstanding. Armstrong has a propensity to sometimes make spontaneously bad decisions, where I found myself saying to the TV "don't do that Lisa," and other times brings brilliance to the investigation. If you like actress Morven Christie, consider the series Grantchester, or The Replacement.

Summary updated on February 18, 2021





A Mind to Kill (TV Series 1994-2004)


This series is from Welsh channel S4C. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Noel Bain, who leads a team solving murders in Wales. Bain is portrayed by Welsh actor Philip Madoc. The series ran from 1994 to 2004, and there are a total of 21 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is an average series. It was a bit dry and slow moving for my taste. If you enjoyed A Mind to Kill, some other similar series include Wycliffe, and Inspector Alleyn Mysteries.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Murder in Suburbia (TV Series 2004-2005)


Murder in Suburbia is a television series from ITV. The primary characters are Detective Inspector (DI) Kate “Ash” Ashurst and Detective Sergeant (DS) Emma “Scribbs” Scribbins, a female duo that solves murders in suburban London. Ashurst is portrayed by actress Caroline Catz, and Scribbins is portrayed by actress Lisa Faulker. The series ran from 2004 to 2005, and there are a total of twelve independent stories or cases that run about an hour each.
This was a solid and entertaining series, with some humor injected. There is great acting and chemistry between the characters, and was fun to watch. If you enjoyed Murder in Suburbia, some other series to consider are The Last Detective, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, New Tricks, and the outright comedy Vexed. If you like the actress Caroline Catz, consider the series DCI Banks.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Murder Investigation Team (TV Series 2003-2005)


Murder Investigation Team is a television series from ITV. The series follows a team of detectives solving murders in the London area. The series ran from 2003 to 2005, and there are a total of 12 independent stories or cases that run up to 75 minutes each The first series was entertaining and worth a view, but I felt that it degraded in the second series. If you enjoyed Murder Investigation Team, some other series to consider include Trial & Retribution, New Tricks, and Suspects.

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Murderland (TV Mini-Series 2009)


Murderland is a television mini-series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Douglas Hain, who was involved with a murder investigation of a mother, which goes unsolved. Several years later, the daughter of the mother contacts him, and they investigate it again together. Hain is portrayed by actor Robbie Coltrane, well know for his role in the Harry Potter films. The mini-series aired in 2009, and is a total of three hours.
There are three parts to the mini-series. It is unique in that each part presents the murder from the point of view of a different character. It was well produced and an enjoyable series. My only criticism was that there is bit too much repetition in the story and scenes as each point of view is shown. But given that, it is still a mini-series that I would recommend for consideration. If you enjoyed Murderland, some other series to consider include Place of Execution. If you like the actor Robbie Coltrane, consider the series Cracker.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




New Blood (TV Series 2016)


New Blood is a television series from the BBC. It as written by Anthony Horowitz, who is widely know for other series listed here, such as Foyle’s War, Injustice, Collision, etc. The two primary characters are a police detective and an investigator in the fraud squad. Both are very new in their jobs and trying to prove themselves, hence the series title. The series aired in 2016, and consists of three cases or stories. The first runs about three hours, and the other two run about two hours each.. This is not a typical British crime and mystery series, nor does it bear any similarity to other series from Anthony Horowitz. This is an action comedy, and resembles what would come from Hollywood, such as Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. For example, the duo leaps off a building into a pool from twenty stories up, one wants to date the sister of the other, and there is a SUV crash where it rolls over multiple times and they walk away with barely a scratch. As long as you know this before viewing, and this type of posture is something you like, the series is still an enjoyable view. If you enjoyed New Blood, some other series to consider include Babylon, and Hustle.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




New Tricks (TV Series 2003-2015)


New Tricks is a television series from the BBC. The series follows the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) of the metropolitan police in London. The squad is lead by a police detective, and there are three retired police detectives who are brought out of retirement as contractors. The series aired from 2003 to 2015, and and there are 107 episodes that run about an hour each. This is an entertaining and light police procedural, which does not take itself too seriously, and has some occasional humor in every episode. For example, in some of the earlier episodes, the ex-wives of Gerry Standing are all friends, which drives him crazy. It is a plot line which I would have wish was more recurring. Gerry Standing is portrayed by actor Dennis Waterman, and careful listeners might pick up the fact that he sings the theme song for the series. If you enjoyed New Tricks, some other series to consider include the Last Detective and Blue Murder. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




No Offence (TV Series 2015-2018)


No Offence is a television mini-series from British Channel 4. The series focusing on a team of police detectives in Manchester, who are predominantly women. There are numerous cases, but one ongoing case is a serial murder of women with Down’s syndrome. The series ran from 2015 to 2018, and there are 21 episodes running about an hour each.
This was entertaining police procedural with occasional unique humor from a woman's perspective. There is good character development of each, with some thoughtful sub-plots. If you enjoyed No Offence, some other series to consider include Cuffs, and Babylon.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




P.D. James - Death in Holy Orders (TV Mini-Series 2003)


Death in Holy Orders is a television mini-series from the BBC. The character and story are based on a book from author P.D. James. The primary character is Commander Adam Dalgleish, who investigates murder. He is portrayed by actor, Martin Shaw. The mini-series aired in 2003, and is about three hours.
This was a very good and solid mystery drama, and a must for any fans of Martin Shaw. This story concerns the investigation of a mysterious death at a remote religious institute. If you enjoyed Death in Holy Orders, some other series to consider include Vera, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and Inspector Lewis. If you like the actor Martin Shaw, consider the series George Gently.

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P.D. James - The Murder Room (TV Mini-Series 2003)


The Murder Room is a television mini-series from the BBC. The character and story are based on a book from author P.D. James. The primary character is Commander Adam Dalgleish, who investigates murder. He is portrayed by actor, Martin Shaw. The mini-series aired in 2003, and is about three hours.
This was a very good and solid mystery drama, and a must for any fans of Martin Shaw. This story concerns a murder at a museum about famous murders. If you enjoyed The Murder Room, some other series to consider include Vera, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and Inspector Lewis. If you like the actor Martin Shaw, consider the series George Gently.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Paranoid (TV Series 2016)


Paranoid is a television series from ITV. The series follows a team of police detectives who investigate the murder of a physician. The series ran in 2016, and there are a total of episodes that run about 45 minutes each. I have yet to see the series, but plan to watch it in the near future.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Pie in the Sky (TV Series 1994-1997)


Pie in the Sky is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Henry Crabbe. He is a near retirement detective, who opens a restaurant called Pie in the Sky, but keeps getting involved in cases that prevent his retirement. Crabbe is portrayed by actor Richard Griffiths. The series ran from 1994 to 1997, and there are a total of 40 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. This appears to be a fun and lighthearted series. I found it a bit too slow moving for me, so I only watched the first few stories.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Prime Suspect (1991-2006)


Prime Suspect is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Jane Tennison, who leads a team that investigates murders. She is a rising female detective in the ranks, and deals with male chauvinism. She is also obsessive, and develops a problem with alcohol. Tennison is portrayed by actress Helen Mirren. The series was written by Lynda La Plante, who also wrote Above Suspicion, and Trial & Retribution. The series ran from 1991 to 2006, and there are a total of nine independent stories or cases that run form 90 to 180 minutes each. This, quite simply, is a superb series that I have seen more than once. There is a prequel of Prime Suspect in the works from ITV, which will be called Tennison. If you enjoyed Prime Suspect, consider trying the series Cracker, Throne, Luther, Rebus, and Dalziel & Pascoe.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Prime Suspect 1973 (TV Series 2017)


Prime Suspect 1973 is a television series from ITV. When it aired on PBS in America, the series was renamed Prime Suspect: Tennison. Similar to the successful Endeavour prequel to Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect 1973 is a prequel to Prime Suspect, which featured Helen Mirren. Prime Suspect 1937 follows Jane Tennison as a Woman Police Constable (WPC) at the beginning of her career. WPC Tennison is portrayed by actress Stefanie Martini. Coincidentally, Martini portrayed a character in Endeavour. The series ran in 2017, and there are a total of six episodes that run about an hour each. Despite high ratings, it was announced in June 2017 that the series was not renewed for second series.
This was an enjoyable and well produced series. Across the six episodes, there is one major case, as well as several smaller cases. The prequel does a good job of giving glimpses of Tennison early career, and how certain character attributes developed. If you enjoyed Prime Suspect 1973, consider the Endeavour prequel to Inspector Morse, and other retro series, such as George Gently.

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Red Riding (TV Series 2009)


Red Riding is a television series from British network Channel 4. The series consists of a series three movies, which are set in 1974, 1980, and 1983. The story centers on police in Yorkshire, and the story interweaves serial murders and police corruption. The series ran in 2009, and consists of three movies that run about 100 minutes each. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this series, but remember it being enjoyable. There’s an extensive cast of well known British actors.
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Rebus (TV Series 2006-2007)


Rebus is a television series from ITV. The characters and stories are based on some novels. The two main characters are Detective Inspector (DI) John Rebus, and Detective Sergeant (DS) Siobhan Clarke, who solve murders in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rebus is portrayed by actor Ken Stott, and Clarke is portrayed by actress Claire Price. The series ran from 2006 to 2007, and consists of ten independent stories that run about an hour each. This is a well produced and great series, with superb scripts, acting, and cinematography. Rebus is quite edgy and frequently at odds with his superior, while Clarke sees through this and how Rebus solves cases. This is a series that I have viewed more than once, and would recommend. If you enjoyed Rebus, some other series to consider include Prime Suspect, and Luther. If you like the actor Ken Stott, consider the series The Vice, and Messiah.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Ripper Street (TV Series 2012-2016)


Ripper Street is a television series from the BBC. It is set in London shortly after the “Jack the Ripper” murders, and follows a team of police detectives that investigate other murders. The series ran from 2012 to 2016, and there are 37 independent stories that run about an hour each. I’ve not seen the series, but plan to watch it.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




River (TV Series 2015)


River is a television series from the BBC. The series is set in London. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) John River who is haunted, literally, by his recently deceased partner, Detective Sergeant (DS) Jackie Stevenson. River is portrayed by actor Stellan Skarsgård, and Stevenson is portrayed by actress Nicola Walker. The series ran in 2015, and there were six episodes that run about an hour each. It was not renewed.
The overall premise and setup of the series is very unique. River sees and converses with the “ghost” of his recently deceased partner. The execution was lacking, where the series was average at best. If you like the actor Stellan Skarsgård, consider trying the movie Our Kind of Traitor. If you like the actress Nicola Walker, consider trying the series Unforgotten, Touching Evil, and MI5.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Ruth Rendell Myseries (TV Series 1987-2000)


Ruth Rendell Myseries is a television series from ITV. The series appears to be a difficult one to categorize, as some contain general mysteries, but the majority feature the recurring character Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Reg Wexford. The series ran from 1987 to 2000, and the individual stories or cases run from one to three hours each. I have not seen this series as of yet.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Scott & Bailey (TV Series 2011-2015)


Scott & Bailey is a television series from ITV. The two main characters are Detective Constable (DC) Janet Scott and Detective Constable Rachel Bailey, who solve murder and crime in the Manchester area. Scott is portrayed by actress Lesley Sharp, and Bailey is portrayed by actress Suranne Jones. The series ran from 2011 to 2015, and there are 30 independent cases or stores that run about an hour each.
This is a well produced show, and quite popular. I only viewed the first two series, as I felt that it ventured too much into their personal lives for my taste.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Second Sight (TV Series 2000-2001)


Second Sight is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Ross Tanner. He is diagnosed with a rare disease and starts to lose his eyesight, while continuing to investigate murders. A female colleague helps him cover up and work around his vision issues. Tanner is portrayed by actor Clive Owen. The series ran from 2000 to 2001, and there are a total of eight independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. It has been a while since I viewed this series, but I recall it being a good, but not great, police procedural with a unique twist. It obviously gets over the top with his ability to hide his eyesight problems.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Shadow Line (TV Mini-Series 2011)


The Shadow Line is a television series from the BBC. The mini-series focuses on Detective Inspector (DI) Jonah Gabriel, who investigates a murder, and Joseph Bede who runs a florist shop as a front for organized crime. Gabriel is portrayed by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Bede is portrayed by Christopher Eccleston. The mini-series ran in 2011, and is spread across seven episode that run about an hour each. It’s been several years since I saw the series, but recall it being worth a view. If you like actor Christopher Eccleston, consider the series Safe House, Fortitude, Blackout, and Cracker.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Shetland (TV Series 2013-2019+)


Shetland is a television series from BBC Scotland. The stories and characters are based on some novels. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Jimmy Perez, who leads a team investigating murders in the rural Shetland islands of Scotland. Perez is portrayed by actor Douglas Henshall. The series has run since 2013.
The series was outstanding and enjoyable, and one of my favorites. The acting and cinematography are all superb, and one of the standouts is the character of Detective Sergeant (DS) Alison “Tosh” MacIntosh. She is a young and eager detective, and it is fun to watch how Perez guides and develops her. If you enjoyed Shetland, some other series to consider trying include Vera, DCI Banks, and the Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. If you like the actor Douglas Henshall, consider the series Collision, The Silence, and Black Work.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Silence (TV Mini-Series 2010)


The Silence is a television series from the BBC. The primary characters are Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Jim Edwards, and his niece Amelia Edwards, who is deaf and recently had a cochlear implant. Amelia witnesses the murder of a police officer, and her uncle investigates. Edwards is portrayed by actor Douglas Henshall, and Edwards is portrayed by actress Genevieve Barr. The series ran in 2010, and consists of four episodes that are one hour each.
The Silence is an average but entertaining series to watch, and unique as one of the primary characters is deaf. Without giving and spoilers, The biggest criticism that this series receives is the abruptness of the ending. If you enjoyed the Silence, some other series to consider trying include Second Sight, which is about a police officer who is losing his eyesight. If you like the actor Douglas Henshall, consider the series Shetland, Collision, and Black Work.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Suspects (TV Series 2014-2015)


Suspects is a television series from UK Channel 5. The series is set in London, and the primary characters are a team of three police detectives who investigate major crimes, including murder. The series has run since 2014, and so far, there are 13 cases or stories that run about an hour each. This is a solid and entertaining series that brings some unique aspects. First, the actors were given facts about the situation or scene, and the dialogue is largely ad-libbed. Second, the cinematography comes across as live action, including using the cameras from interview rooms. And lastly, the cases and stories start immediately, and there is little exposure to the personal lives of the police.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Taggart (TV Series 1983-2010)


Taggart is a television series from Scottish Television (STV). The series is set in Glasgow, and follows of team of detectives solving murders. The series ran from 1983 to 2010, and consists of 109 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. As the series aired for nearly three decades, the entire cast of characters and actors were all replaced more than once. It should be noted that I have only seen episodes that feature the lead character of DCI Matt Burke, who is not a likable character, but balanced by the character DS Jackie Reid. It is an average show, where similar to Wycliffe, many of the characters are unlikeable and miserable.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Thorne (TV Series 2010)


Thorne is a television series from Sky network. The character and stories are based on some novels. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Tom Thorne, who leads a team investigating murders. Thorne is portrayed by actor David Morrissey, well known from the Walking Dead. There was only one series, which ran in 2010, and there are two independent stories or cases that run about 160 minutes each. They are billed more like television movies. These are well produced, which I plan to view again.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




A Touch of Frost (TV Series 1992-2010)


A Touch of Frost is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Jack Frost, who investigates murders in the fictional city of Denton. Frost is a widow, and a “working man’s detective” who demonstrates interest in victims of the crimes and the community. Frost is also opinionated and frequently clashes with his superior, Superintendent Mullett. Frost is portrayed by actor Sir David Jason. The series ran from 1992 to 2010, and there are a total of 42 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is a superb and enjoyable series from end to end across the entire run, and a series that I have viewed more than once. There is some occasional subtle humor, such as the way that Frost winds up Mullett. If you like A Touch of Frost, consider trying the series George Gently, Midsomer Murders, and Dalziel & Pascoe. If you like the actor David Jason, consider the series Diamond Geezer / Rough Diamond.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Touching Evil (TV Series 1997-1999)


Touching Evil is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Dave Creegan, who leads the fictitious and elite Organized and Serial Crime Unit (OSC) based in London. Creegan is portrayed by the actor Robson Green. The series ran from 1997 to 1999, and there are a total of eight independent stories or cases that run about 2 hours each.
This is a great series, which I loved, and have seen more than once. As it deals with gruesome serial killers, it was a gritty series for its time in the 1990s. It is a series which I wish lasted longer, as I liked the Creegan character. If you enjoyed Touching Evil, consider the series Cracker, Messiah, Waking the Dead, and Wire in the Blood. If you like the actor Robson Green, consider the series Wire in the Blood, and Grantchester.

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Trial & Retribution (TV Series 1997-2009)


Trial & Retribution is a television series from ITV. The series was written by Lynda La Plante, who also wrote Prime Suspect, and Above Suspicion. The series is a police procedural and follows a team of detectives in their murder investigation. It occasionally follows the result of the case to the court room. The series ran from 1997 to 2009, and consists of 22 independent stories or cases that range from 90 to 200 minutes each. This is good and solid series, and was entertaining. It is one that I plan to view again. If you liked Trial & Retribution, consider the series Waking the Dead, and Suspects.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Tunnel (TV Series 2013-2018)


The Tunnel is a series co-produced by Sky Atlantic from the UK and Canal+ from France. It was adapted from a Swedish and Danish language series called The Bridge. The Tunnel begins with a dead body found in the channel tunnel, and half is found on the British side and half on the French side. The primary characters are British police detective Karl Roebuck, who is portrayed by actor Stephen Dillane, and French police detective Elise Wassermann, who is portrayed by actress Clémence Poésy. It should be noted that, roughly speaking, about half of the dialogue is in English and half is in French. The first series aired in 2013, and is one story spread across 10 episodes that run about an hour each. There also are a second and third series.
While the storyline and plot is over the top, this was an entertaining series. The basis is the common serial killer who taunts the police and media. One aspect is that makes the series enjoyable is the Wassermann character, which was nailed by actress Clémence Poésy. Some attributes of Wassermann character reminded of the Lisbeth Salander character from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, portrayed by Rooney Mara. If you liked The Tunnel, another series to consider with two countries involved is The 100 Code.

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Unforgotten (TV Series


Unforgotten is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Cassie Stuart, who is portrayed by actress Nicola Walker, and there are secondary roles portrayed by Trevor Eve and Claire Goose. Stuart leads the investigation into the skeletal remains of a man discovered during a building renovation. The first series aired in 2016, and there are six episodes that run about an hour each. The series was renewed for second series.
This was an entertaining and engaging police murder procedural. There is good plot development with numerous suspects, and actress Nicola Walker is superb in this role. If you enjoyed Unforgotten, some other series to consider include Shetland, Vera, and Broadchurch. If you like the actress Nicola Walker, consider trying the series Touching Evil, River, MI-5, Inside Men, and Babylon. If you like the actress Claire Goose, consider the series Waking the Dead, The Coroner, and Undeniable. If you like the actor Trever Eve, consider the series Waking the Dead, and Kidnap and Ransom.

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Vera (TV Series 2011-2020+)


Vera is a television series from ITV. T he main character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Vera Stanhope, who leads a team of police detectives that solves murders in Northumberland. Vera is portrayed by actress Brenda Blethyn. There are two different characters and actors that portray her lead assistant detective over the course of the series. The series has run since 2011, and so far, there are a total of 40 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is a superb series, and would be on the short list as one of my favorites. The characters, acting, chemistry, and cinematography are outstanding. I simply love the Vera character and acting by Brenda Blethyn, and how Vera treats Joe as she would a son. It is a series which I have already viewed more than once, and hope continues for several years. If you enjoyed Vera, some other series to consider include Shetland, and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher.

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Vexed (TV Series 2010-2012)


Vexed is a television series from the BBC, and is an outright comedy. The primary characters are Detective Inspector (DI) Jack Armstrong, and a female Detective Inspector (DI), which changes characters and actresses in each series. Together, they solve murder in the London area. The series ran from 2010 to 2012, and there are a total of nine independent stores or episodes that run about an hour each.

I found this to be a hilarious police procedural comedy. Armstrong is a lazy, disorganized, and politically incorrect, and he purposely annoys the female partners who are assigned to work with him. But in the end, he does “just enough” to solve the cases with them. If you enjoyed Vexed, consider the series Murder in Suburbia, and The Last Detective.

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Waking the Dead (TV Series 2005-2011)


Waking the Dead is a television series from the BBC. The series is set in London, and follows a cold case squad consisting of police detectives, a forensic scientist or pathologist, and a criminal psychologist or profiler. The primary character is Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd, who is portrayed by actor Trevor Eve. The series ran from 2005 to 2011, and there are a total of 46 independent stories or cases that run about 2 hours each.
This a solidly entertaining series, and good production. It provides a nice balance of police investigation with forensics and the psychological or profiling aspect. With the program length of each story, there is always good character and plot development. If you enjoyed Waking the Dead, some other series to consider include Cracker. If you like the actor Trevor Eve, consider the series Kidnap & Ransom. If you like the actress Claire Goose, consider the series The Coroner, and Undeniable. If you like the actress Tara Fitzgerald, her character from Waking the Dead was made into the spin-off series The Body Farm.

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Wallander (TV Series 2008-2016)


Wallander is a television series from the BBC. The series is adapted from some novels. The primary character is police detective Kurt Wallander, who leads a team investigating murder in a coastal city in Sweden. Wallander is portrayed by actor Sir Kenneth Branagh. The series ran from 2008 to 2016, and there twelve independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is a superb series and one of my favorites. It has outstanding cinematography of Sweden, and a great supporting cast. The fourth series was disappointing, as I felt it was not up to the same standard of the three prior series, and was not as compelling. The series them song led me to discovering the music of Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo. If you like Wallander, some other series to consider include Vera, Shetland, and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher.

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What Remains (TV Mini-Series 2013)


What Remains is a television mini-series from the BBC. The primary character is police detective Len Harper, portrayed by actor David Threlfall. Harper investigates the murder of a woman in an apartment building, whom no one seems to have known, or at least claims not to have known. This mini-series aired in 2013, and runs a total of about four hours.
This was a superb mini-series, and has outstanding cinematography and a good supporting cast. The story rotates from the point of view of each person living in the apartment building, and as Harper interviews and questions each, their possibility of having a motive and being a suspect. Without giving away any spoilers, the ending was over the top for my taste, but it was definitely worth the four hours. The Harper character is so likable, that I wish this would have spun off into a ongoing series. If you enjoyed What Remains, consider the series Safe House, Mayday, and Murderland. If you like the actor David Threlfall, consider the series Code of a Killer.
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Whitechapel (2009-2013)


Whitechapel is a television series from ITV. The series follows team of police detectives in modern day London. They solve murders which appear to replicate historical murders in the Whitechapel area. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Joseph Chandler, who is portrayed by Rupert Penry-Jones. The series ran from 2009 to 2013, and there area total of eight independent stories or cases that run as long as 180 minutes each.
Based on the premise, the series obviously has a noir feel and atmosphere. The first series was enjoyable, but degraded with each subsequent series. Some aspects of the later episodes take on almost a dark comic book atmosphere, including a character appearing out of a corner, etc.

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Winter (TV Series 2014-2015)


Winter is a television series from Australia. The series follows Detective Sergeant Eve Winter, who is a police detective in Sydney. The pilot for the series was a television movie called The Killing Field, and the follow-on series was called Winter. When the series was released in America, bother were branded as Winter. The Killing Field television movie was released in 2014, and runs about 90 minutes. The Winter series ran in 2015, and there area total of six episodes that run about an hour each.
This was an above average production and an enjoyable straight-up police procedural. Winter gets involved with a hit and run accident, and then a murder, and begins to suspect that the two separate cases might be related. If you enjoyed the series Winter, some other Australian series to consider include Janet King and Jack Irish. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Without Motive (TV Series 2000)


Without Motive is a television mini-series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Constable (DC) Jack Mowbray, who is part of team hunting a serial killer that has no apparent motive. Jack has his own opinions on the investigation, and is overlooked by his superiors and more senior members of his team. Jack is portrayed by actor Ross Kemp. The mini-series ran in 2000, and runs about 10 hours. This series was good, but not great, and was a worthwhile view. The first half concerns the hunt for the serial killer, and the second half concerns the court case, etc. Ross Kemp is a good actor, and I would love to see more of him in some crime and mysteries. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Wycliffe (TV Series 1994-1998)


Wycliffe is a television series from ITV. The character and stories are adapted from novels about a police detective in Cornwall. The primary character is Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe, who leads a team investigating murders. The series ran from 1994 to 1998, and there are a total of 38 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each.
This was an average series at best. It was very dry, and I stopped watching after the second series. The biggest criticism that I have is that none of the characters were likable, and they all seemed to be miserable.

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Zen (TV Series 2011)


Zen is a television series from the BBC. The series was adapted from Italian novels. The primary character is Detective Aurelio Zen, who investigates and solves murders in Italy. Zen is portrayed by actor Rufus Sewell. There was only one series, which ran in 2011, and there are a total of three independent stories or episodes that run about 90 minutes each.
This was a good and entertaining series, and worth a view, especially if you are looking for a series set outside of the UK. The Zen character has numerous females courting him through the series, including witnesses, which added some subtle humor to the series. If you enjoyed Zen, consider trying the series Falcón, which is set in Spain.

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100 Code (TV Series 2015)


100 Code is a series produced by Swedish television and German television. It is also known as The Hundred Code. While not produced by British television, the series is being included as it did air on British television, and half of the dialogue is in English and half is in Swedish. The two primary characters are New York police detective Tommy Conley, who is portrayed by actor Dominic Monaghan, and Swedish police detective Michael Eklund, who is portrayed by Michael Nyqvist. The story is about a serial killer who may committed murders on both sides of the Atlantic. The series aired in 2015, and there are twelve episodes that run about 45 minutes each.
This is a typical over the top serial killer yarn, but was still entertaining. It contains over-used subplots where a serial killer taunts the police and media. The casting is very good, and the actors are both solid in their roles. There is also nice scenery of Sweden. If you enjoyed The 100 Code, and dual country series to consider is The Tunnel.

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Murder City (TV Series 2005-2006)


Murder City is a television series from ITV. The two primary characters are Detective Inspector (DI) Susan Alembic and Detective Sergeant (DS) Luke Stone, a mismatched duo who solve murders in London. Alembic is portrayed by actress Amanda Donohoe, and Stone is portrayed by Kris Marshall. The series ran from 2005 to 2006, and there are a total of ten independent stories or cases run up to 90 minutes each. It has been a while since I viewed this series, so my recollection is lacking, but I recall it being average and worth a watch.

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Private Detectives

The general theme of this category concerns a main character who is a private detective, and they solve mysteries and cases which generally involve a crime or murder. Some of these private detectives may be former police detectives.  Some may operate cooperatively with the police, while others may have antagonistic relationships with the police.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

Acceptable Risk (TV Mini-Series 2017)


Acceptable Risk is a television mini-series from RTÉ in the republic of Ireland. I am exercising some respectful liberty in grouping it in this list. The primary character is Sarah Manning, and when her husband is murdered while traveling in Canada, questions surface about his hidden life. Manning is portrayed by Irish actress Elaine Cassidy. The mini-series aired in 2017, and runs about six hours.
This was an entertaining series, though there was nothing unique in regard to the plot. If you like actress Elaine Cassidy, consider No Offence.

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Amber (TV Mini-Series 2014)


Amber is a television mini-series from RTÉ in the republic of Ireland. I am exercising some respectful liberty in grouping it in this list. The story is set in Dublin, and concerns the disappearance of Amber, a 14 year old girl. The mother of Amber is portrayed by Irish actress Eva Birthistle. The mini-series aired in 2014, and runs about four hours.
This was a solid missing person drama. The story encompasses the aftermath of her disappearance. The story actually provides a rotating point of view from family members and a friend. Without giving away any spoilers, the ending caused some divergent opinions. If you have a preference for a “gift wrapped” ending, this series might not be for you. If you enjoyed Amber, some other series to consider include The Missing, Broadchurch, and Mayday. Another series with a similar rotating point of view is Murderland. If you like actress Eva Birthistle, consider other series such as Waking the Dead and The State Within.

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And Then There Were None (TV Mini-Series 2015)


And Then There Were None is another remake and adaptation of the novel by Agatha Christie. The story surrounds several strangers who are all invited to an isolated island, and the guests begin to be murdered one by one. The mini-series was released in 2015, and runs about three hours.
I did not find this mini-series enjoyable at all, and is not one that I would recommend. Some of the dialogue, situations, reactions, and sub-plots were ridiculous, plastic, and flat.

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Another Life (Theatrical Movie 2001)


Another Life is British film that was released theatrically in the UK. The story is set during the 1920s in London, and surrounds romantic jealously and a resulting murder. The actors include Tom Wilkinson and Natasha Little. The movie was released in 2001, and runs about 90 minutes.
It has been a while since I viewed this movie, but I recall it being a an entertaining drama and mystery, and worth viewing. If you enjoyed Another Life, some other series or movies to consider are The 39 Steps, The Making of a Lady, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, and Sally Lockhart Mysteries. If you like actress Natasha Little, she appears in countless other series listed here.

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Arthur & George (TV Mini-Series 2015)


Arthur & George is a television mini-series from ITV. The story is loosely based on a novel, which in turn is loosely based on a real life incident involving Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes novels. The story concerns the now famous author Doyle, who becomes interested in the case of a man who was convicted of a crime, and claims to be innocent. Doyle is portrayed by actor Martin Clunes, known from his role in Doc Martin. The television movie was released in 2015, and runs about 3 hours.
This was an above average and entertaining mystery. I would describe the atmosphere as being between a Poirot and Foyle’s War. My only criticism is that it was somewhat dry and drawn out, where the story could have been condensed. If you enjoyed Arthur & George, some other series or movies to consider are The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Foyle’s War, The Making of a Lady, and Sally Lockhart Mysteries.

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Bang (TV Series 2017)


Bang is a television series from Welsh television network S4C. The two primary characters are Sam Jenkins and his sister Gina Jenkins, who is a police constable. The television series aired in 2017, and consists of eight one hour episodes. I have not yet seen the series.

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Blood (TV Series 2018-2020)


Blood is a television series from British television network Channel. The series is set and filmed in Ireland. The story centers on a young woman who returns home after the death of her mother, and after some flashbacks she begins to believe the death was not accidental. The father is portrayed by actor Adrian Dunbar. The television series aired from 2018-2020, and consists of twelve episodes that run about an hour each.
This was an entertaining series up until the last episode and the ending. Without giving away a spoiler, the ending and conclusion seemed insignificant, as in "that's it?" The second series just came out, and will be hunting down some reviews before I decide whether to view it. If you like the actor Adrian Dunbar, consider the series Line of Duty.

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Dead Gorgeous (TV Movie 2002)


Dead Gorgeous is a British television movie that was produced directly for PBS. The story is Hitchcock-like, and concerns two women who plot to murder each other’s husband in post World War II London. One of the characters is portrayed by actress Fay Ripely. The television movie aired in 2002, and runs about 90 minutes.
It has been quite a while since I viewed this film, but I recall it worth watching, and that it had a noir and dark type of feel. If you enjoyed Dead Gorgeous, some other series or movies to consider are Malice Aforethought, and The Making of a Lady. If you like the actress Fay Ripley, consider the series Suspects.

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Deadwater Fell (TV Mini-Series 2020)


Deadwater Fell is a television mini-series from British network Channel 4. The series centers on Dr. Tom Kendrick, whose wife and children die in a fire, and he is the only survivor. Kendrick is portrayed by David Tennant. The mini-series aired in 2020, and consists of four episodes that run about an hour each.
This was an entertaining series with a unique plot, but my criticism would be this could have condensed into a 90 minute movie. If you enjoy the actor David Tennant, consider the series The Escape Artist, where he plays a somewhat similar character, or the series Broadchurch.

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Death Comes to Pemberley (TV Mini-Series 2013)


Death Comes to Pemberley is a television mini-series from the BBC. The mini-series is adapted from a novel written by P.D. James, and is “mash up” of a period drama and murder mystery. The story written as a sequel to the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and features the same characters now involved with a murder mystery. The Elizabeth Darcy character is portrayed by actress Anna Maxwell Martin, and Fitzwilliam Darcy is portrayed by actor Matthew Rhys. The mini-series aired in 2013, and runs about three hours. This was an entertaining mini-series with a unique concept. If you are rusty on the Pride and Prejudice story and characters, learn frm my mistake, and definitely brush up first by viewing one of the movies or mini-series, as the story jumps in immediately. If you enjoyed Death Comes to Pemberley, some other series or movies to consider are The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, The Making of a Lady, and Gosford Park. If you like Anna Maxwell Martin, consider the series The Bletchley Circle. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Five (TV Mini-Series 2016)


The Five is a television mini-series from the Sky network. The basis for the story is a group of five children who grew up together, and one of them went missing. Years later, the other four are reunited when the DNA of their missing friend is identified at a crime scene. One of the five is portrayed by actor Lee Ingleby. The mini-series aired in 2016, and runs about 8 hours.
This was an above average mini-series. My biggest criticism is that it was too long and slow moving, where it could have been shortened, or more details added, etc. If you enjoyed The Five, consider the series What Remains. If you like the actor Lee Ingleby, consider the series George Gently.

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Forgotten (TV Mini-Series 1999)


Forgotten is a television mini-series from British television, and also aired on PBS. The story concerns the disappearance of child in an English village, and how two of the characters are linked from a similar incident 20 years earlier. One of the primary characters is portrayed by actresses is Amanda Burton. The mini-series aired in 1999, and runs about three hours.
It has been several years since I have viewed this, but I recall that it was a solid and entertaining mini-series. If you like actress Amanda Burton, consider the series Silent Witness, The Commander, and Helen West.

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From Darkness (TV Series 2015)


From Darkness is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is a former police detective, who moves away to remote village and is batting some personal demons. She is contacted by the police about assisting with one of her old cases. The series aired in 2015, and runs about four hours.
This was an average series that is slow moving. If you enjoyed From Darkness, some other series to consider include Unforgotten, and Undeniable.
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Gosford Park (Theatrical Movie 2001)


Gosford Park is a British film that was released theatrically. The story was written by Julian Fellowes, who achieved later fame by writing Downton Abbey. This movie tells the story of a murder at an English country house. The film was released in 2001, and runs about two hours and fifteen minutes.
This was a good British murder mystery that I originally saw in the theater. After recently watching it again, I found that it has not aged well. If you enjoyed Gosford Park, some other series or movies to consider include Death Comes to Pemberley, The Making of a Lady, and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

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Injustice (TV Mini-Series 2011)


Injustice is a television mini-series from ITV. The story was written by Anthony Horowitz, who also wrote Foyle’s War, and some early episodes of Midsomer Murders. The story concerns a solicitor accused of murdering his secretary. One of the characters is portrayed by actor Nathaniel Parker. This mini-series aired in 2011, and runs about five hours.
This is a very solid and entertaining mystery that I saw a few years ago, and I plan to view it again. If you enjoyed Injustice, consider the series or movies Line of Duty, The Escape Artist, Black Work, and State of Play. If you like actor Nathaniel Parker, consider Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

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Innocent (TV Series 2018)


Innocent is a television series from ITV. The primary character is David Collins, who is portrayed by actor Lee Ingleby. Collins was convicted of murdering his wife and spent several years in prison, and is released from prison on a technicality. The series aired in 2018, and runs about four hours. I will be viewing this series in the near future.

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Kidnap & Ransom (TV Series 2011-2012)


Kidnap & Ransom is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Dominic King, who is part of a firm that specializes in protecting corporate executives from kidnapping, and his specific role is a hostage negotiator once the event occurs. King is portrayed by actor Trevor Eve, and his business partner is portrayed by actress Helen Baxendale. The script was written by Michael Crompton, who also wrote Code of Killer, and Safe House. The series ran from 2011 to 2012, and there two stories or cases that run about 180 minutes each. This was a solid and entertaining thriller series. It was enjoyably over the top, and I loved it. It was extremely well produced, and includes filming locations abroad. If you like thrillers, this is one to consider. If you enjoyed Kidnap & Ransom, some other thriller series to consider are Prey, and Line of Duty. If you like Trevor Eve, consider Waking the Dead, and if you like Helen Baxendale, consider An Unsuitable Job for Woman. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Lady Vanishes (TV Movie 2013)


The Lady Vanishes is a television movie from the BBC, which also aired on PBS. The story is based on a novel called The Wheel Springs, and is set in the 1930s. The story concerns a woman that mysteriously disappears from a train. One of the characters is portrayed by actor Tom Hughes. The television movie aired in 2013, and runs about 90 minutes. This movie was one that I did not enjoy at all, and found dry and drawn out, and could not wait for it to end. If you enjoyed The Lady Vanishes, some other series and movies to consider include Dead Gorgeous, The Making of Lady, and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. If you like actor Tom Hughes, consider the mini-series The Game. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Liar (TV Series 2017)


Liar is a television movie from ITV. The two primary characters are Laura Nielson, who is a teacher, and Andrew Earlham, who is a doctor and has son that is a student of hers. After going on a date with Earlham, Nielson believes she was drugged and date raped. Nielson is portrayed by actress Joanne Froggatt, and Earlham is portrayed by actor Ioan Gruffudd. The series aired in 2017, and is spread across six episodes that run about an hour each.
While the premise of the plot was far from being unique, this was still and entertaining series to watch.

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The Making of a Lady (TV Movie 2012)


The Making of a Lady is a television movie from ITV. The story is set in 1901 and concerns a newly married woman whose husband leaves for military duty in India. His cousin and wife then plot to kill her for the estate. The main character is portrayed by actress Lydia Wilson. The television movie aired in 2012, and runs about 90 minutes. This was a well produced and entertaining mystery with a somewhat unique premise and plot, and is one that I intend on viewing again in the future. The story somewhat reminded me of a real case called the Penge murders, which I learned about in my family tree research, due to it being connected to my family. If you enjoyed The Making of a Lady, some other series or movies to consider include Death Comes to Pemberley, and Gosford Park. If you like Lydia Wilson, consider the series Ripper Street.

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Malice Aforethought (TV Mini-Series 2005)


Malice Aforethought is a television mini-series from ITV, which also aired in the US on PBS. The story comes from a novel, and is set in the 1920s. It concerns a doctor planning to murder his wife. The doctor is portrayed by actor Ben Miller. This mini-series aired in 2005, and runs about three hours.
It has been a while since I viewed this, but I recall it being a solid, well produced, and entertaining mystery, and one that I plan on watching again. If you enjoyed Malice Aforethought, consider the series and movies Gosford Park, and The Making of a Lady. If you like the actor Ben Miller, consider the series Death in Paradise.

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My Life is Murder (TV Series 2019+)


My Life is Murder is a television series from Australia. The series centers on Alexa Crowe, who is a former police detective, who now assist her former colleague solving crimes. Crowe is portrayed by actress Lucy Lawless. The series ran in 2019, and consists of 10 independent stories that run about an hour each. The series was renewed for a second season.
This is a fun and entertaining series that does not take itself seriously. There are enjoyable recurring characters, including a female police investigator, who regularly meets Crowe at her home. The two characters balance each other very well.

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Shakespeare & Hathaway (TV Series 2018-2020+)


Shakespeare & Hathaway is a television series is from the BBC. The primary characters are Frank Hathaway, who is a former police detective, and Luella Shakespeare, who are private investigators. Hathaway is portrayed by actor Mark Benton, and Shakespeare is portrayed by actress Jo Joyner. The series has run since 2018, and so far, there are 30 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. I have the series, have just started watching, and will update a review at a later date.

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Sherlock (TV Series 2010-2017)


Sherlock is a television series is from the BBC. It is, quite simply, a modern day adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes character, along with his sidekick Watson. Holmes is portrayed by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, well known for a variety of other roles. Watson is portrayed by actor Martin Freeman, known from his role in the Hobbit theatrical movies. The series from 2010 to 2017, and there are 13 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
While very well produced, with superb acting and cinematography, it just is not my style of show. If you like Sherlock Holmes, it is definitely worth checking out.

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Sherlock Holmes (TV Series 1984-1994)


Sherlock Holmes is a television series is from ITV. Obviously, the series is based on the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes is portrayed by actor Jeremy Brett, and Watson is portrayed by actor David Burke. The series ran from 1984 to 1994, and consists of 41 independent cases or stories that range from one to two hours each. The series is quite popular, but is not my style or type of show. While I am a fan of the novels, I have never been satisfied with any type of television or movie adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.

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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (TV Series 2011-2014)


The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is television series is from ITV. The series is period based, and set in the 1860s. The main character of the series is Jack Whicher, a Scotland Yard detective who leaves the service to become a private detective. The characters and stories are based on novels. The series ran from 2011 to 2014, and consists of four independent cases or stores that run about 90 minutes each. This series is quite simply superb. There is significant depth to the Mr. Whicher character. He is a widow, and a recurring character is a woman from whom he rents a room. The acting, dialogue, scripts, and cinematography are all outstanding. I was quite disappointed to learn that series was not renewed. It is a series that I definitely intend to watch again. I am surprised that PBS did not picked up this series, and even more surprised that it is not yet available in the US. If you enjoyed The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, consider trying the series Vera, or Shetland.

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An Unsuitable Job for Woman (TV Series 1997-2001)


An Unsuitable Job for Woman is a television series is from ITV. The primary character is Cordelia Gray, who inherits the running of a private investigation firm, after the suicide of the owner. Cordelia is portrayed by actress Helen Baxendale. The character is based on a novel by P.D. James. The series ran from 1997 to 2001, and consists of four cases or stories that run either 120 or 180 minutes each.
This series is one that viewed several years ago, so my recollection is faint. I do recall it being an enjoyable view, but remember the earlier episodes being better than the later ones. If you liked An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, consider trying the series Helen West. If you like the actress Helen Baxendale, consider trying the series Kidnap & Ransom.

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Vincent (TV Series 2005-2006)


Vincent is a television series is from ITV. The primary character is Vincent Gallagher, who heads up a private investigation firm that investigates cheating, crime, and even murder. Vincent is portrayed by actor Ray Winstone, and one of the other investigators in the firm is portrayed by actress Suranne Jones. The series ran from 2005 to 2006, and there eight cases or stories that run about 90 minutes each.
It has been several years since I saw the series, and I recall it being enjoyable, and was on the gritty side of things. If you enjoyed Vincent, another series to consider trying is Rebus. If you like actress Suranne Jones, consider trying the series Scott & Bailey.

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Poirot (TV Series 1989-2013)


Poirot, formally known as Agatha Christie’s Poirot, is a television series from ITV. The series is period based, and based on novels from Agatha Christie. The main character is Hercule Poirot, who is Belgian, and works as a private detective in England. Poirot is portrayed by actor David Suchet, who is also known for a variety of other roles. The series ran from 1989 to 2013, and consists of 66 independent stories that run up to 90 minutes each. The series is solidly produced and quite popular, especially from airing on PBS in the US. Unfortunately, the series is not my style or type of show. Summary updated on February 14, 2021





Citizen Sleuths

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Babylon (TV Series 2014)


Babylon is a television series from Channel 4 in the UK, and it aired on the Sundance Channel in the US. The series is set in London, concerns various uniformed members of the police, all the way up to the upper echelon. One of the primary characters is a new female communications director, who is brought in from America to help improve the image of the police with the community. The series ran in 2014, and there are seven episodes that run about an hour each.
This was definitely a very unique series, which I found quite enjoyable. This is not a serious drama, and has some dark and very dry comedic elements. There is obviously some intended hidden social and political commentary involved, which I usually do not pay much attention to, as my interest is entertainment value. The various situations and snarky reactions made the series quite enjoyable and very different. Without giving any spoilers, my only disappointment was that one of the main characters, which I found hysterical (in a dry way), does not remain throughout the series.

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Black Work (TV Mini-Series 2015)


Black Work is television mini-series from ITV, and set in Leeds. The primary character is Police Constable (PC) Jo Gillespie, and her husband is a police detective. He gets murdered, and she begins to investigate the murder on her own, as she does not trust the investigation. Gillespie is portrayed by actress Sheridan Smith, and other cast members include Douglas Henshall (Shetland, Collision), and Phil Davis (Whitechapel), and Kenny Doughty (Vera). The mini-series aired in 2015, and runs about three hours.
This was a well produced and entertaining mini-series. Similar to the Broadchurch vs. Happy Valley comparisons, there are comparisons made of Black Work vs. Line of Duty, but I see them as different. Gillespie’s investigation is personal, as it was her husband. There is appropriate character and plot development, and it rotates from suspect to suspect, as Gillespie puts each into the frame. If you enjoyed Black Work, some other series to consider are Line of Duty, The Escape Artist, and Prey. If you like Sheridan Smith, she is featured in the later series of Jonathan Creek.

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Chasing Shadows (TV Series 2014)


Chasing Shadows is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Sergeant (DS) Sean Stone. He was a murder detective, and has been demoted to the missing persons unit due to his severely lacking interpersonal skills. Stone is portrayed by Reece Shearsmith. The series ran in 2014, and there are two stories or cases that run about two hours each. This was an above average series. The Stone character somewhat reminded me of the eccentric behavior of the Dr. Tony Hill character on Wire in the Blood. For example, Stone will sometimes just walk away while someone is talking to him, because he decides he has what he needs, or that they are of no value to him, etc. Unfortunately, the series was not renewed. With a longer series run, there would have been potential for interesting character development with Stone. If you enjoyed Chasing Shadows, some other series to consider with similarly eccentric characters include Wire in the Blood and Whitechapel.

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Collision (TV Mini-Series 2009)


Collision is television mini-series from ITV, and was written by Anthony Horowitz. The story concerns a multi-vehicle accident, and the resulting police investigation. The story rotates between each person involved, and shows each point of view. One of the primary characters is Detective Inspector (DI) John Tolin, portrayed by actor Douglas Henshall. The mini-series aired in 2009, and runs close to four hours.
This was an entertaining mini-series, especially with the unique aspect of a roadway accident, and the rotating point of view. My original viewing was on PBS, which was edited for US television. I recently ordered the DVD of the unedited and longer UK version, and plan to re-watch the series in the future. If you enjoyed Collision, another series with a rotating point of view is What Remains. If you like the actor Douglas Henshall, consider trying the series Shetland. If you liked the story, some other works of Anthony Horowitz include Injustice, Foyle’s War, and some episodes of Midsomer Murders.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Cuffs (TV Series 2015)


Cuffs is a television series from the BBC. The series is part drama and part comedy. The series surrounds a police station in Brighton. Both uniformed police and detectives are portrayed solving various crimes, including the humorous. The series ran in 2015, and there are eight episodes that run about an hour each. It was not renewed for a second season.
This was an above average series that does not take itself too seriously. There was good character depth with a pleasing amount of humor. If you enjoyed Cuffs, consider trying the series Babylon. If you like actress Amanda Abbington, consider trying the series Case Sensitive.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Five Days (TV Series 2007-2010)


Five Days is a television series, and the first series was co-produced by the BBC and HBO. The story concerns the police investigation into the disappearance of a mother and her two children. One of the police detectives is portrayed by actor Hugh Bonneville. The first series aired in 2007, and lasts about five hours. There was a second series from the BBC called Five Days II, which aired in 2010, and also lasts about five hours. The characters in the second series are all new, and the story concerns an abandoned baby and a suicide. One of the police detectives is portrayed by actress Suranne Jones. The first series is a captivating police procedural and a very worthwhile view. The second series was less engaging and not as entertaining the the first. If you enjoyed Five Days, consider trying the series Broadchurch. If you like the actress Suranne Jones, consider trying the series Scott & Bailey.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Good Cop (TV Series 2012)


Good Cop is a television series from the BBC. The series concerns a uniformed police constable whose partner is killed in the line of duty, and then considers vigilante justice. The constable is portrayed by actor Warren Brown. The series aired in 2012, and there are four episodes that run about an hour each.
Good Cop was an entertaining series with a unique plot, where there is a mental battle over crossing the line. If you enjoyed Good Cop, consider trying the series Prey and Safe House. If you like the actor Warren Brown, consider trying the series Luther, or Inside Men.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hamish Macbeth (TV Series 1995-1997)


Hamish Macbeth is a television series from BBC Scotland. It is a very quirky and lighthearted series that follows a rural police constable in Scotland. The primary character is Police Constable (PC) Hamish Macbeth, who is portrayed by actor Robert Carlyle. The series ran from 1995 to 1997, and there are a total of 20 independent episodes that run about an hour each.
While not a great series, this might be a fit if you are seeking something breezy and light. The storylines are largely about Macbeth trying to fit in with the quirky small community, while maintaining his role as a police constable. If you enjoyed, Hamish Macbeth, consider trying the series Father Brown. If you like the actor Robert Carlyle, consider the mini-series The Last Enemy.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021





Mayday (TV Mini-Series 2013)


Mayday is a television mini-series from the BBC. The story concerns the disappearance and murder of a teenage girl who is the queen of a pagan May Day festival. One of the characters is portrayed by actor Peter Firth. This mini-series aired in 2013, and runs about five hours.
This was a well produced and highly entertaining police procedural. Without giving away any spoilers, the ending is very non-traditional. It is one that I definitely intend on watching again. If you liked Mayday, some other series or movies to consider include Broadchurch. If you like the Peter Firth, consider the mini-series Spooks / MI5, where he portrays Harry Pearce.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Missing (TV Series 2014-2016)


The Missing is a television series from the BBC, which also aired on Starz in the US. It should not be confused with another British series from 2009 to 2010 called Missing. The first series concerns a British family on holiday in France, and their son disappears and the story spans the struggles over the next eight years. The second series concerns a child who goes missing in Germany. Both series feature the same character Julien Baptiste, who is a retired police detective. The series ran from 2014 to 2016, and each of the two series is divided into eight one hour episodes. I have not yet viewed the series.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Moonstone (TV Mini-Series 2016)


The Moonstone is a television mini-series from the BBC. The story centers on a young woman who receives a large diamond on her 18th birthday, and the stone is then stolen. The stone is an inheritance from her uncle, who was stationed in India. The mini-series aired in 2016, and is spread across five episodes that run about 45 minutes each. This was an extremely light series, which I found to be shallow and breezy. It aired in the daytime in Britain, which is an indication of the posture of the story, which I would describe as similar to Marple or Poirot.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Moorside (TV Mini-Series 2017)


The Moorside is a television mini-series from the BBC. It is based on the true story of the disappearance of young child in West Yorkshire. The cast includes Sheridan Smith and Siobhan Finneran. The mini-series aired in 2017, and runs about two hours. This series I found to be very dry and slow moving. If you like actress Siobhan Finneran, consider Happy Valley, or The Loch.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




A Most Mysterious Murder (TV Mini-Series 2005)


A Most Mysterious Murder is a television mini-series from the BBC. It was written by Julian Fellowes, who also wrote Gosford Park and Downton Abbey. The mini-series concerns true and unsolved murder stories which are told in docu-drama style. Julian provides visual narration by walking into the scenes, and talking to the camera. This mini-series aired in 2005, and there are five independent episodes, which run about an hour each.
This series was an average view. It was unique in the aspect of Julian walking into the scenes and providing commentary, but the production quality came across as if it was produced in the 1980s. With a different production posture, this type of premise might have greater potential. If you enjoyed A Most Mysterious Murder, consider the movies Gosford Park, Death Comes to Pemberley, The Making of a Lady, and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




A Mother’s Son (TV Movie 2012)


A Mother’s Son is a television movie from ITV. It was written by Chris Lang, who also wrote Unforgotten, Undeniable, and Innocent. The primary character is Rose Cutler, who is portrayed by actress Hermione Norris. When a teenage girl is murdered, some facts come to Rose’s attention where she suspects her son might have been involved. This mini-series aired in 2012, and is spread across two episodes, which run about an hour each. This a very entertaining mini-series, with a story line that was unique. There was also good character development, and sub-plots. If you enjoyed A Mother’s Son, consider the mini-series Undeniable, which also had a similarly unique story. If you like actress Hermione Norris, consider the series MI-5 / Spooks, or Wire in the Blood. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Murder in Mind (TV Series 2001-2003)


Murder in Mind is a television series from the BBC. Each episode is a standalone story, which follows a murder from the killer’s perspective and the events leading up to it. The series ran from 2001 to 2003, and there are a total of 23 independent stories that run about an hour each.
This a series with a unique perspective, and was entertaining. Each episode has entirely different characters and actors, and there will be many familiar faces if you are an avid view of British television. If you enjoyed Murder in Mind, another series with a unique perspective is The Accused.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (TV Movie 2012)


The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is a television movie from Australia. The story is based on a novel from the 1800s. The story concerns two romantic rivals for a woman in Melbourne, and one of them in murdered. The television movie aired in 2012, and runs about 90 minutes.
This was one I actually picked up on DVD from Costco. It was a laid back mystery, but was entertaining. If you enjoyed The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, some other movies or series to consider are The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Another Life, and The Making of a Lady.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Retribution / One of Us (TV Mini-Series 2016)


One of Us is a television mini-series from the BBC. The story surrounds a young married couple who return from their honeymoon, and are found murdered in a small village in Scotland. The mini-series aired in 2016, and runs about four hours. This series was released in the US on Netflix under the title Retribution.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Prey (TV Series 2014-2015)


Prey is a television series from ITV. The first series is a single story and thriller about a police detective accused of murdering his wife and child, and he goes on the run. The primary character is portrayed by actor John Simm. The first series aired in 2014, and runs about three hours. The second series is about prison officer, and his daughter is kidnapped, the ransom is for him to help someone escape from prison. The primary character is portrayed by actor Philip Glenister. The premise and posture is somewhat similar to the theatrical movie The Fugitive with Harrison Ford. I found the first series to be an entertaining thriller, and one that I plan to watch again in the future, but the second on was not as good. If you enjoyed Prey, consider Line of Duty, and Kidnap & Ransom. If you like the actor John Simm, consider trying State of Play, or Code of a Killer. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Replacement (TV Mini-Series 2017)


The Replacement is a television mini-series from the BBC. The two primary characters are Ellen Rooney, who is portrayed by actress Morven Christie, and Paula Reece, who is portrayed by actress Vicky McClure. Rooney is an architect, who is about to go on maternity leave, and Reece is brought in to cover her duties, but may be desiring more than just her job. The television mini-series aired in 2017, and runs about three hours. This was an entertaining drama and thriller. If you like the actress Morven Christie, consider trying the series Grantchester. If you like the actress Vicky McClure, consider trying the series Line of Duty.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Safe (TV Mini-Series 2018)


Safe is a television series from co-produced by Netflix and French television network Canal+. The primary character is Dr. Tom Delaney, and one of his daughters goes missing. The series was made available in 2018, and is spread across eight episodes that run about an hour each. I will be watching the series in the near future.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Safe House (TV Series 2015-2017)


Safe House is a television series from ITV. There two series and each is an independent story with a different cast. The story in the first series concerns a former police detective and his wife, who are asked by the police to operate their remote lakeside home as a safe house for witness protection. The primary character is portrayed by actor Christopher Eccleston. The script was written by Michael Crompton, who also wrote Code of Killer, and Kidnap & Ransom. The first series aired in 2015, and runs about four hours. The second series aired in 2017, and I have not seen it yet.
This is a solidly entertaining drama, that borders on being a thriller. The casting and acting are great, and the cinematography includes some gorgeous scenery. Without giving away any spoilers, some may not like the ending as it is not “gift wrapped.” If you enjoyed Safe House, consider the series What Remains, Line of Duty, and Kidnap & Ransom. If you like the actor Christopher Eccleston, consider trying Cracker, as he portrays a police detective in a portion of the series.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Stranger (TV Series 2020)


The Stranger is a television series that was commissioned by Netflix. A mysterious woman tells a man something devastating that occurred in the past, and subsequently the man’s wife disappears. The series aired in 2020, and is spread across eight episodes that are about an hour each.
Though over the top, this is a entertaining drama that has a unique plot. Without giving away any spoilers, it would appear they intend on a second series.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Thirteen (TV Mini-Series 2016)


Thirteen is a television mini-series from the BBC. The story concerns a woman who disappeared at age thirteen, and then suddenly appears thirteen years later at age twenty six. The mini-series aired in 2016, and runs about five hours.
There are several series about the search and investigation into someone who goes missing. This story is the opposite, and begins with her turning up, and it then turns into an investigation into what happened to her. This was an average mini-series. One criticism would be that it was too long and could have been condensed. Another criticism of the plot was that the psychological impact from being missing for thirteen years was glossed over way too easy, and she was sent home to her family in the matter of hours! If you enjoyed Thirteen, some other series to consider are Amber, The Missing, and Mayday. If you like the actress Natasha Little, who portrays the woman’s mother, consider trying the series Father Brown.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Trust Me (TV Series 2017+)


Trust Me is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Cath Hardacre, who is portrayed by actress Jodie Whittaker. Hardacre is a nurse who loses her job after a case of whistle blowing. One of her friends is a doctor who leaves the country to practice abroad, and Hardacre takes her identity and starts practicing as a doctor. The series aired in 2017, and is spread across four episodes that run about an hour each.
The general plot of this series is ripped right from the headlines, as there have been many incidents of doctors being impersonated, and people impersonating as doctors. It was debatable whether I should include this series in this list, but she definitely is committing a crime. As I’ve not seen this plot done before, it was an interesting and enjoyable series. The character is likeable, as she is genuinely interested in helping people, and is continually learning. If you like actress Jodie Whittaker, consider trying the series Broadchurch, or The Assets.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Undeniable (TV Mini-Series 2014)


Undeniable is a television mini-series from ITV. The primary character is Jane, who is portrayed by actress Claire Goose. Jane witnessed the murder of her mother in her childhood, and the crime went unsolved. Years later, Jane encounters a man who she thinks is the murderer. The potential murderer is portrayed by actor Peter Firth. The mini-series aired in 2014, and runs about two hours.
This was engaging and entertaining mini-series with a unique plot, and there is good character development. There are occasional flashbacks where Jane recalls memories of the murder of her mother. Both Claire Goose and Peter Firth are superb in their roles. If you enjoyed Undeniable, consider trying the series. If you like the actress Claire Goose, consider trying the series Waking the Dead, and The Coroner. If you like the actor Peter Firth, consider trying the series MI5, and Mayday.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Victim (TV Mini-Series 2019)


The Victim is a television mini-series from the BBC. The primary character is Anna Dean, who is portrayed by actress Kelly Macdonald. Dean’s son was murdered 14 years earlier, and she goes on trial for attempted murder of the person she believes killed her son. The mini-series aired in 2019, and is divided up into four episodes that run about an hour each.
This was an entertaining series with a story that rotates back and forth in time. If you liked The Victim, consider the series A Mother’s Son or Injustice. If you like the actress Kelly Macdonald, consider trying the series Giri / Haji.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




White Dragon (TV Mini-Series 2018)


White Dragon is a television mini-series from ITV. The original title when it aired in the UK was Strangers, and it was changed to White Draon when it was added to Netflix. The story centers on Professor Jonah Mulray, whose wife is killed in a car accident in Hong Kong while she was there on business. After he travels to Hong Kong, he suspects her death was not an accident. Mulray is portrayed by actor John Simm, and his wife is portrayed by actress Dervla Kerwin. A representative of the British Consulate is portrayed by actress Emilia Fox. The mini-series aired in 2018, and is divided up into eight episodes that run about an hour each.
This was a solidly entertaining series which is largely set in Hong Kong. If you liked White Dragon, consider the series Giri / Haji. If you like the actor John Simm, consider trying the series State of Play, Prey, or Collateral. If you like the actress Dervla Kirwin, consider the series The Stranger, Injustice, or The Silence.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Widower (TV Mini-Series 2014)


The Widower is a television mini-series from ITV. The story is based on the real life murder committed by Malcolm Webster. The mini-series aired in 2014, and runs about three hours.
It has been a while since I saw this series, but my recollection is that this was an entertaining drama and thriller. If you enjoyed The Widower, some other series to consider include Injustice and Undeniable.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Wild Target (Theatrical Movie 2010)


Wild Target is a British movie that was released theatrically worldwide. It is a dark comedy is about a hit man, portrayed by Bill Nighy, who meets a thief, portrayed by Emily Blunt. It also stars Rupert Grint from Harry Potter fame. The three of them meet inadvertently, and the dark comedy begins. The movie was released in 2010, and runs about 90 minutes. I found this movie to be hilarious, loved it, and it was an enjoyable ride. The humor is dark and dry, so it may not be for all. It is one that intend on watching again in the future. If you like the actor Bill Nighy, consider the series State of Play, and The Worricker Trilogy. Summary updated on February 14, 2021





Forensics

The general theme of this category concerns forensic experts that are the predominant characters of murder investigations, and many have antagonistic relationships with the police.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

Babylon (TV Series 2014)


Babylon is a television series from Channel 4 in the UK, and it aired on the Sundance Channel in the US. The series is set in London, concerns various uniformed members of the police, all the way up to the upper echelon. One of the primary characters is a new female communications director, who is brought in from America to help improve the image of the police with the community. The series ran in 2014, and there are seven episodes that run about an hour each.
This was definitely a very unique series, which I found quite enjoyable. This is not a serious drama, and has some dark and very dry comedic elements. There is obviously some intended hidden social and political commentary involved, which I usually do not pay much attention to, as my interest is entertainment value. The various situations and snarky reactions made the series quite enjoyable and very different. Without giving any spoilers, my only disappointment was that one of the main characters, which I found hysterical (in a dry way), does not remain throughout the series.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Black Work (TV Mini-Series 2015)


Black Work is television mini-series from ITV, and set in Leeds. The primary character is Police Constable (PC) Jo Gillespie, and her husband is a police detective. He gets murdered, and she begins to investigate the murder on her own, as she does not trust the investigation. Gillespie is portrayed by actress Sheridan Smith, and other cast members include Douglas Henshall (Shetland, Collision), and Phil Davis (Whitechapel), and Kenny Doughty (Vera). The mini-series aired in 2015, and runs about three hours.
This was a well produced and entertaining mini-series. Similar to the Broadchurch vs. Happy Valley comparisons, there are comparisons made of Black Work vs. Line of Duty, but I see them as different. Gillespie’s investigation is personal, as it was her husband. There is appropriate character and plot development, and it rotates from suspect to suspect, as Gillespie puts each into the frame. If you enjoyed Black Work, some other series to consider are Line of Duty, The Escape Artist, and Prey. If you like Sheridan Smith, she is featured in the later series of Jonathan Creek.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Chasing Shadows (TV Series 2014)


Chasing Shadows is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Sergeant (DS) Sean Stone. He was a murder detective, and has been demoted to the missing persons unit due to his severely lacking interpersonal skills. Stone is portrayed by Reece Shearsmith. The series ran in 2014, and there are two stories or cases that run about two hours each. This was an above average series. The Stone character somewhat reminded me of the eccentric behavior of the Dr. Tony Hill character on Wire in the Blood. For example, Stone will sometimes just walk away while someone is talking to him, because he decides he has what he needs, or that they are of no value to him, etc. Unfortunately, the series was not renewed. With a longer series run, there would have been potential for interesting character development with Stone. If you enjoyed Chasing Shadows, some other series to consider with similarly eccentric characters include Wire in the Blood and Whitechapel.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Collision (TV Mini-Series 2009)


Collision is television mini-series from ITV, and was written by Anthony Horowitz. The story concerns a multi-vehicle accident, and the resulting police investigation. The story rotates between each person involved, and shows each point of view. One of the primary characters is Detective Inspector (DI) John Tolin, portrayed by actor Douglas Henshall. The mini-series aired in 2009, and runs close to four hours.
This was an entertaining mini-series, especially with the unique aspect of a roadway accident, and the rotating point of view. My original viewing was on PBS, which was edited for US television. I recently ordered the DVD of the unedited and longer UK version, and plan to re-watch the series in the future. If you enjoyed Collision, another series with a rotating point of view is What Remains. If you like the actor Douglas Henshall, consider trying the series Shetland. If you liked the story, some other works of Anthony Horowitz include Injustice, Foyle’s War, and some episodes of Midsomer Murders.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Cuffs (TV Series 2015)


Cuffs is a television series from the BBC. The series is part drama and part comedy. The series surrounds a police station in Brighton. Both uniformed police and detectives are portrayed solving various crimes, including the humorous. The series ran in 2015, and there are eight episodes that run about an hour each. It was not renewed for a second season.
This was an above average series that does not take itself too seriously. There was good character depth with a pleasing amount of humor. If you enjoyed Cuffs, consider trying the series Babylon. If you like actress Amanda Abbington, consider trying the series Case Sensitive.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Five Days (TV Series 2007-2010)


Five Days is a television series, and the first series was co-produced by the BBC and HBO. The story concerns the police investigation into the disappearance of a mother and her two children. One of the police detectives is portrayed by actor Hugh Bonneville. The first series aired in 2007, and lasts about five hours. There was a second series from the BBC called Five Days II, which aired in 2010, and also lasts about five hours. The characters in the second series are all new, and the story concerns an abandoned baby and a suicide. One of the police detectives is portrayed by actress Suranne Jones. The first series is a captivating police procedural and a very worthwhile view. The second series was less engaging and not as entertaining the the first. If you enjoyed Five Days, consider trying the series Broadchurch. If you like the actress Suranne Jones, consider trying the series Scott & Bailey.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Good Cop (TV Series 2012)


Good Cop is a television series from the BBC. The series concerns a uniformed police constable whose partner is killed in the line of duty, and then considers vigilante justice. The constable is portrayed by actor Warren Brown. The series aired in 2012, and there are four episodes that run about an hour each.
Good Cop was an entertaining series with a unique plot, where there is a mental battle over crossing the line. If you enjoyed Good Cop, consider trying the series Prey and Safe House. If you like the actor Warren Brown, consider trying the series Luther, or Inside Men.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hamish Macbeth (TV Series 1995-1997)


Hamish Macbeth is a television series from BBC Scotland. It is a very quirky and lighthearted series that follows a rural police constable in Scotland. The primary character is Police Constable (PC) Hamish Macbeth, who is portrayed by actor Robert Carlyle. The series ran from 1995 to 1997, and there are a total of 20 independent episodes that run about an hour each.
While not a great series, this might be a fit if you are seeking something breezy and light. The storylines are largely about Macbeth trying to fit in with the quirky small community, while maintaining his role as a police constable. If you enjoyed, Hamish Macbeth, consider trying the series Father Brown. If you like the actor Robert Carlyle, consider the mini-series The Last Enemy.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021





Quirke (TV Series 2014)


Quirke is a television series from the BBC. It is set in Dublin, Ireland, during the 1950s. The character and stories are based on some novels. The primary character is Dr. Quirke, who is pathologist, and assists the police during murder investigations. Quirke is portrayed by actor Gabriel Byrne. There was only one series, which ran in 2014, and there are three independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This was an average series, but worth a view. It is dark, with somewhat of a noir feel, but largely dry. The series ventures into the personal life of Quirke, such as his drinking problem, as well as some family issues. If you enjoyed Quirke, consider trying the movies Murder on the Home Front, and Dead Gorgeous, or the mini-series Malice Aforethought. If you like the actor Gabriel Byrne, consider the mini-series Secret State. This summary was updated February 14, 2021




Silent Witness (TV Series 1996-2020)


Silent Witness is a television series from the BBC, and is one of the longest running crime and mystery series, along with Midsomer Murders. The primary characters are a team of private forensic pathologists, who also teach at a university, and are under contract with the police to assist with murder investigations. All original characters and actors have been replaced over time. The series has run since 1996, and so far, there are 92 independent stories or cases that run up to 120 minutes each. The series is an enjoyable watch, and could loosely be considered a British version of the American CSI. While I do enjoy and recommend this series, there are two humorous annoyances that I have. First, the team regularly oversteps boundaries of the forensic pathologist role, and sometimes operate independently from the police, such as the realm of interviewing suspects and witnesses without police involvement. Second, they seem to have the terrible building security, as roughly once in every series, someone finds or breaks their way into their offices, lab, morgue, etc. If you enjoyed Silent Witness, consider the series Waking the Dead. This summary was updated February 14, 2021




Traces (2019+)


Traces is a television series from British network RED, and was also broadcast on BBC. The series was created and written by Val McDermid, who wrote other series such as Wire in the Blood and An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, and Amelia Bullmore. The series focus on three forensic scientists, Emma Hedges, Sarah Gordon, and Kathy Torrence, who assist the police with murder investigations in the area of Dundee, Scotland. Hedges is portrayed by English actress Molly Windsor, Gordon is portrayed by Scottish actress Laura Fraser, and Torrence is portrayed by Canadian actress Jennifer Spence. Scottish actor Martin Compston also has a minor role as the love interest of Hedges. The series aired in 2019, and consisted of six episodes that run about an hour each. The series was renewed for a second season.
This was a well produced and entertaining series. While the characters are forensic experts, the focus was placed far more on the story than the underlying science. If you like the series Traces, consider the series Code of Killer, or The Bay. If you like actress Laura Fraser, consider the series Loch Ness (The Loch) or Retribution (One of Us).

Summary updated on February 18, 2021





Profilers

The general theme of this particular category concerns a profiler or criminal psychologist, who assists the police with solving serial murders.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

Cracker (TV Series 1993-2006)


Cracker is a television series is from ITV. The primary character is Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who is a hard edged criminal psychologist that helps the police solve murders. Fitz is played by actor Robbie Coltrane, widely known from his role in the Harry Potter films. The series ran from 1993 to 2006, and there are a total of 11 independent stories or cases that run 2 to 3 hours each. Review: This is a great and entertaining series, especially if you are looking for something gritty and edgy. The Fitz character has many bad habits, including drinking excessively, smoking, gambling, and cussing, all of which regularly get him into trouble both with the police, and in his personal life. The series features also features Geraldine Somerville, who also appeared in the Harry Potter films as Harry’s mother. There was an unsuccessful adaptation of this series for US television in 1997, and it was cancelled mid-season. If you enjoyed Cracker, some other series to consider trying with gritty, drinking, and cussing characters include Rebus, and Dalziel & Pascoe. If you like the actor Robbie Coltrane, consider the mini-series Murderland. This summary was updated February 14, 2021





Above Suspicion (TV Series 2009-2012)


Above Suspicion is a television series from ITV. The series was written by Lynda La Plante, the same writer as Prime Suspect, and Trial & Retribution. The two primary characters are Detective Constable (DC) Anna Travis, and her superior, Detective Chief Investigator (DCI) James Langton. Travis is portrayed by actress Kelly Reilly, and Langton is portrayed by actor Ciarán Hinds. The series ran from 2009 to 2012, and there are a total of four independent stories or cases, each roughly 3 hours in length.
This is a solid police procedural series, and was an enjoyable view. There is good character development across the series. For example, Travis is regularly trying to prove herself, and Langton is regularly correcting her to the point where she thinks he is holding her career back. If you enjoyed Above Suspicion, some other series to consider include DCI Banks, Prime Suspect, and Trial & Retribution.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Bancroft (TV Series 2017-2020)


Bancroft is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Elizabeth Bancroft, who is portrayed by actress Sarah Parish. The series ran from 2017 to 2020, and there are eight one hour episodes. This was an entertaining and unique series, and without any spoilers, Bancroft harbors a dark secret. It received mixed reviews as some plot aspects are over the top, and some didn’t realize that the ending was open-ended, as it was renewed for a second series. If you enjoyed Bancroft, some other series to consider include Line of Duty.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Blue Murder (TV Series 2003-2009)


Blue Murder is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Janine Lewis, who is a divorced mother of four children. She leads a team of detectives that solve murders in Manchester, England. Lewis is portrayed by actress Caroline Quentin. The series ran from 2003 to 2009, and there are a total of 19 individual stories or cases that run about an hour each.
This is a good and entertaining series. It ventures mildly into her personal life in an appropriate manner, such as issues with balancing her family and career. There some subtle humor, including a romantic attraction with a detective that is on her team. If you enjoyed Blue Murder, some other series to consider are A Touch of Frost, New Tricks, and Scott & Bailey. If you like the actress Caroline Quentin, consider the series Jonathan Creek. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Broadchurch (TV Series (2015-2017)


Broadchurch is a television series from ITV. The two primary characters are Detective Inspector (DI) Alec Hardy and Detective Sergeant (DS) Ellie Miller. Hardy is portrayed by actor David Tennant, and Miller is portrayed by Olivia Colman. The first series aired in 2013, and is about seven hours in length. The first series is a single case or story, where they lead a team that investigates the murder of a young boy in a coastal community. The second series aired in 2015, and continues the story by introducing new facts. And a third series aired in 2017.
The first series was an outstanding police procedural, with a superb script, cast, acting, and cinematography. Without revealing spoilers, the second series continues the same story, though the first series ended with some form of closure. My preference would have been for them to start a new primary storyline. If you enjoyed Broadchurch, some other series to consider include Happy Valley, and Mayday. If you like David Tennant, consider trying The Politician’s Husband, and The Escape Artist. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Brokenwood Mysteries (TV Series 2014-2019+)


The Brokenwood Mysteries is a television series from New Zealand. The two primary characters are Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd and Detective Sergeant Kristin Sims, who investigate murders in a small village in New Zealand. The series has aired since 2014, and so far there are 24 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is a highly entertaining and light series, and several reviews accurately describe it as New Zealand’s answer to Midsomer Murders. There is an abundance of amusing dry wit and humor in each episode. It fun to follow detective Shepherd driving in his old car, his affection for country music, and his quirkiness with talking to the bodies of the recently murdered. If you enjoyed the Brokenwood Mysteries, consider trying Midsomer Murders, or the Last Detective.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Case Sensitive (TV Series 2011-2012)


Case Sensitive is a television series from ITV. The characters and stories are based on some novels. The two primary characters are Detective Sergeant (DS) Charlie Zailer and Detective Constable (DC) Simon Waterhouse, who investigate murders together. Zailer is portrayed by Olivia Williams, and Waterhouse is portrayed by Darren Boyd. The series ran from 2011 to 2012, and there are two independent stories or cases than run about 2 hours each. This was a solid and entertaining police procedural, and I was disappointed that it had such a short run. The acting was good, and there was chemistry between both characters. It is one that I plan to watch again in the future. If you enjoyed Case Sensitive, some other series to consider include Vera, Shetland, Hinterland, and Inspector Lynley Mysteries. If you like Darren Boyd, consider the series Dirk Gently.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Collateral (TV Series 2017)


Collateral is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Kip Glaspie, who is portrayed by British actress Carey Mulligan. The series begins with Glaspie investigating the murder of a pizza delivery man. The series ran in 2017, and runs about four hours.
This was an entertaining series, and I found the Glaspie character to be intriguing and resolute, and I was immensely disappointed that the series was not renewed. If you are an avid viewer of British television, the rest of the cast includes a number of familiar faces. If you enjoyed Collateral, some other series to consider include Unforgotten and Marcella.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Commander (TV Series 2003-2008)


The Commander is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Commander Clare Blake, who leads a team of detectives investigating murder in London. Commander Blake is portrayed by actress Amanda Burton. The series ran from 2003 to 2008, and there are a total of eight independent stories or cases than run up to 180 minutes each.
It has been a while since viewing, but I recall this this being an entertaining series. Without giving away any spoilers, the Blake character bears some rough similarities to the Tennison character in Prime Suspect. If you enjoyed The Commander, some others series to consider are Prime Suspect, and Babylon. If you like the actress Amanda Burton, consider trying the series Silent Witness, or Helen West. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Dalziel & Pascoe (TV Series 1996-2007)


Dalziel & Pascoe is a television series from the BBC. The characters originate from some novels. The primary characters are Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Detective Sergeant Peter Pascoe, who investigate murders together in the Yorkshire area. Dalziel is portrayed by actor Warren Clarke, and Pascoe is portrayed by actor Colin Buchanan. The series ran from 1996 to 2007, and there are a total of 46 independent stories or cases that run up to 120 minutes each. This is a solid police procedural, and one that I would recommend. Dalziel is politically incorrect and rough around the edges, but Pascoe sometimes helps smooth out some of those aspects. There is some subtle humor with the quirkiness of Dalziel. If you enjoyed Dalziel & Pascoe, some other series to consider include A Touch of Frost, Cracker, Rebus, and George Gently. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Dark Heart (TV Series 2018)


Dark Heart is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Will Wagstaffe, who is portrayed by actor Tom Riley. The series ran in 2018, and there are three independent stories that run about two hours each. I have not yet seen the series. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




DCI Banks (TV Series 2010-2016)


DCI Banks is a television series from ITV. The character and stories are based on some novels. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Alan Banks, who leads a team of detectives solving murders in Yorkshire. Banks is portrayed by actor Stephen Tompkinson. Two other detective characters are portrayed by actresses Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz. The series ran form 2010 to 2016, and 16 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is an great and entertaining police procedural, and one that I have watched again already. If you enjoyed DCI Banks, some other series to consider include Vera, Hinterland, and Shetland. If you like Caroline Catz, consider the series Murder in Suburbia. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Death in Paradise (TV Series 2011-2021)


Death in Paradise is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is a British police detective, who now serves in the British islands. There have been three different actors and actresses in the role of the primary character. The series has run since 2011, and so far, there are 76 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. While I did view a few of the stories from the first season, the series simply is not my preference, and the island setting did not interest me. The series is light and quirky, so if you are looking for a series with some humor, you might give this one a try. If you enjoyed Death in Paradise, consider try the series The Last Detective, or Grantchester.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Endeavour (TV Series 2012-2020+)


Endeavour is a television series from ITV. The series is a prequel of Inspector Morse, while Inspector Lewis is a sequel. The primary character is obviously Endeavour Morse, and it traces his start as a Detective Constable (DC). Morse is portrayed by actor Shaun Evans. The series has run since 2012, and so far, there are 30 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is a great police procedural, and some have even argued it is better than original. The acting and cinematography are superb, and accompanied with great music from Barrington Pheloug. This prequel is a great companion to the Inspector Morse franchise, and I am a fan of all three series. It should be noted that the daughter of John Thaw is part of the cast. If you enjoyed Endeavour, some other series to consider are George Gently, and Foyle’s War. If you enjoy actor Shaun Evans, consider the mini-series The Take.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Falcón (TV Series 2012)


Falcón is a television series from Sky Atlantic. The primary character is Chief Inspector Javier Falcón, who is a police detective solving murder in Seville, Spain. Falcón is portrayed by actor Maron Csokas, who has appeared in numerous theatrical films, including the Lord of the Rings. Actress Emilia Fox, from the Silent Witness series, portrays the separated wife of Falcón. There was only one series, which ran in 2012, and there are two independent stories or cases that run about two hours each. This was entertaining police procedural and worth a view, especially if you are looking for an English language series set in a country outside of the UK. If you enjoyed Falcón, another series to consider is Zen, which is set in Italy.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Fall (TV Series 2013-2016)


The Fall is a television series from the BBC. The primary character Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who is sent from London to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in order to help push along a stalled murder investigation. She quickly determines that there is a serial killer. Gibson is portrayed by actress Gillian Anderson. It is one singular case, and spans two series. The first series aired in 2013 and runs about five hours, and the second series aired in 2014 and runs about six hours. There is a third series aired in 2016 and also runs about six hours. The first series was an entertaining thriller and police procedural. I am typically not a fan of series where the same storyline spans multiple series. I would have preferred that they gave closure in the first series, and began an entirely different case in the second series. But given that, The Fall was still an entertaining view. If you enjoyed The Fall, some other series to consider include Happy Valley, Line of Duty, Touching Evil, and Prey.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Foyle's War (TV Series 2002-2015)


Foyle’s War is a television series from ITV. The series was created by Anthony Horowitz, who was involved with Poirot, Midsomer Murders, Murder in Mind, Collision, and Injustice. The primary character is Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle. The series starts out during World War II, where Foyle investigates crime and murder in the coastal town of Hastings. The series later moves into post war London, where Foyle joins MI-5, the British domestic security service. Foyle is portrayed by actor Michael Kitchen. The series ran from 2002 to 2015, and there are 28 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This is a outstanding and entertaining series, with superb acting and cinematography. Some of the crimes during war period are quite interesting, and they made an interesting transition to his post-war role with MI5. If you enjoyed Foyle’s War, some other series to consider include Endeavour, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, The Bletchley Circle, and The Game.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector George Gently (TV Series 2007-2017)


Inspector George Gently series is a television series from the BBC. The series is set during the 1960s, and is based on some characters from some novels. The primary characters are Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) George Gently and Detective Sergeant (DS) John Bacchus, who investigate murders in Northumberland. The series ran from 2007 to 2017, and there are 25 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This is a great retro police procedural, and a favorite of mine. The cinematography and acting are great, and they bring the characters to life and are perfect in the roles. It is fun to watch the antics of Bacchus, trying to be “cool” during the 1960s, and how Gently observes and sometimes laughs. If you enjoyed George Gently, some other series to consider include Endeavour, A Touch of Frost, and Dalziel & Pascoe.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Giri / Haji (TV Series 2019)


Giri / Haji is a television series from the BBC. The title is Japanese and translates as “Duty/Shame.” The series is set in London and Japan, with dialogue both in English and Japanese. The story concerns a detective who travels from Tokyo to London searching for his brother, who was involved with organized crime and previously thought to have been dead. In London he is assisted by a Detective Constable, who is portrayed Kelly Macdonald. The series aired in 2019, and there are 8 episodes that run about an hour each. The series was not renewed. This was an entertaining series, especially with being set in two countries. If you enjoy the Kelly Macdonald, consider the series State of Play and The Victim.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Guilty (TV Mini-Series 2013)


The Guilty is television mini-series from ITV. The story concerns the disappearnce of a young boy, who is found dead five years later. The investigation is lead by Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Maggie Brand, who is portrayed by actress Tamsin Greig. The cast also includes actor Darren Boyd. The mini-series was released in 2013, and runs about three hours.
This was an entertaining procedural with good plot development and rotation through various suspects, and an unexpected ending. If you enjoyed The Guilty, some other series to consider include Broadchurch. If you like the actor Darren Boyd, consider the series Case Sensitive, and Dirk Gently.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hidden (TV Series 2018)


Hidden is a television series from Welsh network S4C. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Cadi John, who is portrayed by actress Sian Reese-Williams. The series contains dialogue is both Welsh and English. The series ran in 2018, and is spread across eight one hour episodes. I plan on watching the series in the near future.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hinterland (TV Series 2013-2016)


Hinterland is a television series from BBC Wales. It follows a team of police detectives solving murders in a rural part of Wales. There is a very minor amount of dialogue that is in Welsh, which is really only several sentences in each episode, and those are subtitled. They simultaneously filmed an English dialogue version, and a Welsh dialogue version for broadcast in Wales. The series ran from 2013 to 2016, and there are 26 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This is a superb series, with great casting and cinematography. It is more edgy than Vera, but a similar rural atmosphere. If you enjoyed Hinterland, some other series to consider are Broadchurch, and Suspects.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




I, Anna (Theatrical Movie 2012)


I, Anna is a theatrical film that was released in the UK. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Bernie Reid, who is a police detective in London. It a noir type film, and Reid romantically falls for a woman who is a possible suspect in a murder investigation. Reid is portrayed by actor Gabriel Byrne. The movie was released in 2012, and runs about 90 minutes. The movie was somewhat dry, and was an average view. If you enjoyed I, Anna, some other series or movies to consider include Dead Gorgeous. If you like the actor Gabriel Byrne, consider trying Secret State, or Quirke. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




In the Dark (TV Series 2017)


In the Dark is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Helen Weeks, who is portrayed by actress MyAnna Buring. Another minor character, Detective Inspector (DI) Adam Perrin is portrayed by actor David Leon from the series Vera. The series ran in 2017, and there are two separate stories or cases that run about two hours each. I have yet to see the series, but plan to watch it.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (TV Series 1990-1994)


Inspector Alleyn Mysteries is a television series from the BBC. The series is set during the late 1930s, and based on novels. The primary character Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Roderick Alleyn, who investigates murders. Alleyn is portrayed by actor Patrick Malahide, who has guest starred in a number of crime and mystery series, and also known from Game of Thrones. The series ran from 1990 to 1994, and there are a total of nine independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. I only watched the first couple of episodes. The series was an average production, and was a bit dry and slow for my taste.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector Lewis (TV Series 2006-2015)


Inspector Lewis is a television series from ITV. The series is a sequel to Inspector Morse, while Endeavour is a prequel. The primary characters are Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway. Lewis portrayed by actor Kevin Whately, who reprised his role from Morse, and Hathaway is portrayed by actor Laurence Fox, who is a first cousin of actress Emilia Fox from the Silent Witness series. The series ran from 2006 to 2015, and there are 33 stories that run over 90 minutes each.
This is a superbly enjoyable series, and I love the educational setting in Oxford. There is significant character development over the course of this series, especially with the Hathaway character. My only criticism is that some of the plots have been trivial and used before in other series, but this may be irrelevant to more casual viewers of British television. If you enjoy Inspector Lewis, some other series to consider include Vera, DCI Banks, A Touch of Frost, and George Gently.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV Series 2001-2007)


Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a television series from the BBC. The characters are based on some novels. The primary characters are Detective Inspector (DI) Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant (DS) Barbara Havers, who solve murders in the London area. Lynley is portrayed by actor Nathaniel Parker, and Havers is portrayed by actress Sharon Small. The series ran from 2001 to 2007, and consists of 23 independent stories or cases that run over 90 minutes each.
The series is a good production and very entertaining. Lynley is an aristocrat, while Havers comes from a working class background, so this obviously leads to contention and insecurity in their working relationship at various times. Both actors are superb in the role. If you enjoyed Inspector Lynley Mysteries, some other series to consider include A Touch of Frost, Inspector Morse, and Midsomer Murders. If you like actor Nathaniel Parker, consider the mini-series Injustice.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Inspector Morse (TV Series 1987-2000)


Inspector Morse is a a legendary television series from ITV, and based on some novels. The primary characters are Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Endeavour Morse and Detective Sergeant (DS) Robbie Lewis, who solve murders in the Oxford area. Morse is portrayed by actor John Thaw, and Lewis is portrayed by Kevin Whatley. The series ran from 1987 to 2000, and there are 33 independent stories or cases that run over 90 minutes each.
This series is superb. I have seen it more than once, and it has aged quite well. There is depth and complexity to the Morse character, which unravels over the course of the series. The series led to the sequel Inspector Lewis, and the prequel Endeavour, which actually features John Thaw’s daughter. If you enjoyed Inspector Morse, some other series to consider include Prime Suspect, George Gently, and Foyle’s War.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jericho of Scotland Yard (TV Series 2005)


Jericho is a television series from ITV. The series was renamed Jericho of Scotland Yard when it was released in the USA. The primary character is Detective Inspector Michael Jericho. The series ran in 2005 and there are four independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This series is not one which I have seen yet, but hope to in the future.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jo (TV Series 2013)


Jo is a television series that was funded by a number of European networks. The dialogue is in English, and the series is set and filmed in Paris. The primary character is Commander Jo Saint-Clair, who leads a team of detectives investigating murders. He is portrayed by actor Jean Reno. There was only one series which ran in 2013, and there are a total of eight independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. This series was very average. The positive aspects include the acting of Jean Reno, and the setting and cinematography of Paris. Unfortunately, it comes across as a American produced show. The storylines were rushed to fit a one hour segment. The strange aspect is that all actors spoke with American accents, except for Jean Reno. The concept of this series would had better potential with a different production posture. If you enjoyed Jo, two other series to consider are Falcón and Zen.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Last Detective (TV Series 2003-2007)


The Last Detective is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Constable (DC) “Dangerous” Davies, who is based on some novels, and the nickname was given to make fun of him. Dangerous is a somewhat bumbling detective who solves crimes and murders with his civilian sidekick. Dangerous is portrayed by actor Peter Davison. The series ran from 2003 to 2007, and there are a total of 17 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. This is a charming and fun series, which I have viewed more than once. Bad luck seems to follow Davies, but he eventually solves the cases. There is humor in every episode, including the razzing that he receives from his superior and fellow detectives. What particularly stands out is his relationship with his civilian sidekick, who participates in almost every case, and changes jobs every episode, as he can’t seem to keep one. If you enjoyed The Last Detective, some other series to consider are Murder in Suburbia, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and Father Brown.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Level (TV Series 2016)


The Level is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Sargent (DS) Nancy Devlin, who is assigned to investigate the murder of a corrupt businessman, which she had past dealings with. The series in 2016, and there are six episodes that run about an hour each. I have yet to see the series, but hope to in the future.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Life of Crime (TV Series 2013)


Life of Crime is a television television series from ITV. The primary character is Denise woods, and shows her career across three decades as a police constable, detective sergeant, and detective inspector. She believes three different murders in each decades was committed by the same person. The series aired in 2013, and there are three episodes that run about an hour each. The series was not renewed. This was an entertaining series, with the unique aspect of the flashbacks to three different decades. If you enjoyed Life of Crime, some other series to consider include Murderland, and Place of Execution. If you like the actress Haley Atwell, consider the series Restless, Falcón, and the Sally Lockhart Mysteries.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Life on Mars (TV Series 2006-2007)


Life on Mars is a television television series from ITV. The primary character is police detective Sam Tyler. The series is pseudo science fiction, as while on duty in 2006, Tyler gets knocked unconscious and wakes up in 1973. Tyler is portrayed by British actor John Simm. The series aired from 2006 to 2007, and there are sixteen episodes that run about an hour each. I have yet to view the series but hope to. If you like the actor John Simm, consider State of Play, Code of a Killer, or Prey.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Loch Ness / The Loch (TV Series 2017)


The Loch is a television series from ITV. When it was released in the USA, the series was renamed Loch Ness. The primary character is Detective Sargent Annie Redford, who investigates a murder on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. The series ran in 2017, and there are six episodes that run about 45 minutes each. I have not see the series yet, but plan to.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




London Kills (TV Series 2019-2020)


London Kills is a television series commissioned by Acorn. When it was released in the USA. The series follows a team of detectives solving murders in London. Two of the main characters are Detective Inspector David Bradford, who is portrayed by actor Hugo Speer, and Detective Sergeant Vivienne Cole, who is portrayed by Sharon Small. The series ran from 2019-2020, and there are 10 episodes that run about 45 minutes each.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get past the second episode before I abandoned watching this series. The posture came across like I was watching an American television series. If you like the actress Sharon Small, consider the series Inspector Lynley Mysteries or The Bay. If you like the actor Hugo Speer, consider the series Father Brown or Five Days.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Luther (TV Series 2010-2019)


Luther is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) John Luther, who investigates murders in London. He is obsessive about his job, which lead to problems, including with his personal life. Luther is portrayed by actor Idris Elba, who won a Golden Globe award for this role. The series ran from 2010 to 2019, and there are a total of 20 episodes.
This is a solidly produced series and enjoyable view, with a bit of an edge to the character and crimes. I am actually behind in viewing this series, and have only seen the first. If you enjoyed Luther, some other series to consider include Rebus, Cracker, and Murphy’s Law.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Maigret (TV Series 1992-1993)


Maigret is a television series from ITV. The primary character is French police detective Jules Maigret, who is portrayed by actor Michael Gambon. The series has ran from 1992 to 1993, and there are 12 episodes that run about an hour each.
It has been years since I viewed Maigret, and do not even have a faint recollection. The series has been remade, and Maigret is portrayed by actor Rowan Atkinson.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Maigret (TV Series 2016-2017)


Maigret is a television series from ITV. This is an reboot of series of the same name from the early 1990s. The primary character is French police detective Jules Maigret, who is portrayed by actor Rowan Atkinson. The series has ran from 2016 to 2017, and there are four independent episodes or stories that run about about 90 minutes each. They are billed more as television movies, so IMDb lists each separately. The series was not renewed.
This is an outstanding series. There is a somewhat dark noir type of atmosphere to the series. Atkinson is superb in this role, and I really enjoyed the character and acting. I was insanely disppointed this series was not renewed. If you enjoyed Maigret, some other series to consider include George Gently and Endeavour.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Manhunt (TV Series 2019+)


Manhunt is a television series from ITV. This is a dramatization of a true story about the 2004 murder of French student Amélie Delagrange. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who is portrayed by actor Martin Clunes. The series aired in 2019, and is spread across three episodes that run about an hour each. It was renewed for a second series. This was a solidly entertaining procedural. If you enjoyed Manhunt, another true crime drama series to consider is Code of Killer. If you like the actor Martin Clunes, consider the series Arthur & George or A Mother’s Son.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Marcella (TV Series 2016-2020)


Marcella is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Sergeant (DS) Marcella Backland, who is portrayed by actress Anna Friel. The first series is one storyline, where Marcella is brought back to help investigate a new case that bears similarities to a prior unsolved serial murder case that she worked. The series aired from 2016 to 2020, and there are a total of 25 episodes that run about an hour each.
The is was an entertaining series. Marcella is complex and flawed character. There was good plot and sub-plot development. If you enjoyed Marcella, some other series to consider are Luther and Thorne.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Messiah (TV Series 2001-2008)


Messiah is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is a detective that leads a team that hunts serial killers of some gruesome murders. The primary detective in the first four cases is portrayed by actor Ken Stott. The primary detective in the last case is portrayed by actor Marc Warren. The series ran from 2001 to 2008, and there are a total of five independent stories or cases that run up to 180 minutes each.
This series was produced well, and was worth a view, but I felt that it degraded in each subsequent series. If you enjoyed Messiah, some other series to consider include Touching Evil, Wire in the Blood, and Cracker. If you like Ken Stott, consider the series Rebus, and The Vice. If you like Marc Warren, consider the series Hustle, and he is also featured in The Vice with Ken Stott.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Midsomer Murders (1997-2020)


Midsomer Murders is a long running series from ITV, and the characters are based on some novels. The primary characters are two detectives that solve murders in the English countryside. Over the course of the series, there have been two different characters and actors in the role of the lead detective. And four different characters and actors in the assistant detective role. The series has run since 1996, and there are over 116 independent cases or stories that run about 90 minutes each. The show is a classic. It is quirky and light hearted, and does not take itself seriously. It makes everyone in the English countryside out to be somewhat quirky, including the detectives. The simple rule of thumb is that if you like one episode, you will generally like them all, as they follow a simple formula. But given that, starting with Series 16, I feel that the series took a nose dive. The scripts and acting became dull, and all quirkiness and charm is gone. If you enjoy Midsomer Murders, some other series to consider include A Touch of Frost, The Last Detective, and the Brokenwood Mysteries.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




The Bay (TV Series 2019-2021+)


The Bay is a television series from British network ITV. The primary character is Detective Sergeant (DS) Lisa Armstong who is family liaison officer on a murder investigation team, and also a divorced mother of two teenage children. The series is set in the area of Morecambe Bay in Lancashire County on the west coast of England. Armstrong is portrayed by Scottish actress Morven Christie. The series has run since 2019, and so far there have been two seasons, each with an independent case that spans the seasons. Each season has six episodes that run about an hour each. The series was renewed for a third season.
This series was entertaining and solidly produced, and offers a different perspective focused on a family liaison officer. Christie's portrayal of the Armstrong character is outstanding. Armstrong has a propensity to sometimes make spontaneously bad decisions, where I found myself saying to the TV "don't do that Lisa," and other times brings brilliance to the investigation. If you like actress Morven Christie, consider the series Grantchester, or The Replacement.

Summary updated on February 18, 2021





Policing

The general theme of this category is policing of crime, and uniformed police or non-murder detectives are the predominant characters of the investigation.  The cases or crimes may include missing persons, police corruption, vice, murder, or policing in general.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

Wire in the Blood (TV Series 2002-2008)


Synopsis: Wire in the Blood is a television series is from ITV. The primary character is Dr. Tony Hill, who is a clinical psychologist that helps the police solve gruesome and sadistic serial murders. Hill is portrayed by actor Robson Green. The series ran from 2002 to 2008, and consists of 24 independent episodes that range from 90 to 120 minutes each. Review: This is a great series, but may not for everyone due to the gruesome and sadistic nature of most of the murders. The movie Silence of the Lambs would be a rough comparison. The Hill character is entertaining and very quirky at times, such as regularly carrying a blue plastic shopping bag with some of his belongings. Hill’s investigation methods include putting himself in the mind of the killer, and role playing some of behavior and methods of the murder. This eccentric behavior frequently creates friction with the police detectives. If you enjoyed Wire in the Blood, some other series to consider trying are Messiah, Waking the Dead, Whitechapel, and Touching Evil. If you like the actor Robson Green, consider trying the series Grantchester, or Touching Evil. Links: Below are links to further information.

Updated: This summary was updated January 24, 2021.





Quirke (TV Series 2014)


Quirke is a television series from the BBC. It is set in Dublin, Ireland, during the 1950s. The character and stories are based on some novels. The primary character is Dr. Quirke, who is pathologist, and assists the police during murder investigations. Quirke is portrayed by actor Gabriel Byrne. There was only one series, which ran in 2014, and there are three independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each. This was an average series, but worth a view. It is dark, with somewhat of a noir feel, but largely dry. The series ventures into the personal life of Quirke, such as his drinking problem, as well as some family issues. If you enjoyed Quirke, consider trying the movies Murder on the Home Front, and Dead Gorgeous, or the mini-series Malice Aforethought. If you like the actor Gabriel Byrne, consider the mini-series Secret State. This summary was updated February 14, 2021




Silent Witness (TV Series 1996-2020)


Silent Witness is a television series from the BBC, and is one of the longest running crime and mystery series, along with Midsomer Murders. The primary characters are a team of private forensic pathologists, who also teach at a university, and are under contract with the police to assist with murder investigations. All original characters and actors have been replaced over time. The series has run since 1996, and so far, there are 92 independent stories or cases that run up to 120 minutes each. The series is an enjoyable watch, and could loosely be considered a British version of the American CSI. While I do enjoy and recommend this series, there are two humorous annoyances that I have. First, the team regularly oversteps boundaries of the forensic pathologist role, and sometimes operate independently from the police, such as the realm of interviewing suspects and witnesses without police involvement. Second, they seem to have the terrible building security, as roughly once in every series, someone finds or breaks their way into their offices, lab, morgue, etc. If you enjoyed Silent Witness, consider the series Waking the Dead. This summary was updated February 14, 2021




Traces (2019+)


Traces is a television series from British network RED, and was also broadcast on BBC. The series was created and written by Val McDermid, who wrote other series such as Wire in the Blood and An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, and Amelia Bullmore. The series focus on three forensic scientists, Emma Hedges, Sarah Gordon, and Kathy Torrence, who assist the police with murder investigations in the area of Dundee, Scotland. Hedges is portrayed by English actress Molly Windsor, Gordon is portrayed by Scottish actress Laura Fraser, and Torrence is portrayed by Canadian actress Jennifer Spence. Scottish actor Martin Compston also has a minor role as the love interest of Hedges. The series aired in 2019, and consisted of six episodes that run about an hour each. The series was renewed for a second season.
This was a well produced and entertaining series. While the characters are forensic experts, the focus was placed far more on the story than the underlying science. If you like the series Traces, consider the series Code of Killer, or The Bay. If you like actress Laura Fraser, consider the series Loch Ness (The Loch) or Retribution (One of Us).

Summary updated on February 18, 2021





Legal

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Babylon (TV Series 2014)


Babylon is a television series from Channel 4 in the UK, and it aired on the Sundance Channel in the US. The series is set in London, concerns various uniformed members of the police, all the way up to the upper echelon. One of the primary characters is a new female communications director, who is brought in from America to help improve the image of the police with the community. The series ran in 2014, and there are seven episodes that run about an hour each.
This was definitely a very unique series, which I found quite enjoyable. This is not a serious drama, and has some dark and very dry comedic elements. There is obviously some intended hidden social and political commentary involved, which I usually do not pay much attention to, as my interest is entertainment value. The various situations and snarky reactions made the series quite enjoyable and very different. Without giving any spoilers, my only disappointment was that one of the main characters, which I found hysterical (in a dry way), does not remain throughout the series.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Black Work (TV Mini-Series 2015)


Black Work is television mini-series from ITV, and set in Leeds. The primary character is Police Constable (PC) Jo Gillespie, and her husband is a police detective. He gets murdered, and she begins to investigate the murder on her own, as she does not trust the investigation. Gillespie is portrayed by actress Sheridan Smith, and other cast members include Douglas Henshall (Shetland, Collision), and Phil Davis (Whitechapel), and Kenny Doughty (Vera). The mini-series aired in 2015, and runs about three hours.
This was a well produced and entertaining mini-series. Similar to the Broadchurch vs. Happy Valley comparisons, there are comparisons made of Black Work vs. Line of Duty, but I see them as different. Gillespie’s investigation is personal, as it was her husband. There is appropriate character and plot development, and it rotates from suspect to suspect, as Gillespie puts each into the frame. If you enjoyed Black Work, some other series to consider are Line of Duty, The Escape Artist, and Prey. If you like Sheridan Smith, she is featured in the later series of Jonathan Creek.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Chasing Shadows (TV Series 2014)


Chasing Shadows is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Sergeant (DS) Sean Stone. He was a murder detective, and has been demoted to the missing persons unit due to his severely lacking interpersonal skills. Stone is portrayed by Reece Shearsmith. The series ran in 2014, and there are two stories or cases that run about two hours each. This was an above average series. The Stone character somewhat reminded me of the eccentric behavior of the Dr. Tony Hill character on Wire in the Blood. For example, Stone will sometimes just walk away while someone is talking to him, because he decides he has what he needs, or that they are of no value to him, etc. Unfortunately, the series was not renewed. With a longer series run, there would have been potential for interesting character development with Stone. If you enjoyed Chasing Shadows, some other series to consider with similarly eccentric characters include Wire in the Blood and Whitechapel.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Collision (TV Mini-Series 2009)


Collision is television mini-series from ITV, and was written by Anthony Horowitz. The story concerns a multi-vehicle accident, and the resulting police investigation. The story rotates between each person involved, and shows each point of view. One of the primary characters is Detective Inspector (DI) John Tolin, portrayed by actor Douglas Henshall. The mini-series aired in 2009, and runs close to four hours.
This was an entertaining mini-series, especially with the unique aspect of a roadway accident, and the rotating point of view. My original viewing was on PBS, which was edited for US television. I recently ordered the DVD of the unedited and longer UK version, and plan to re-watch the series in the future. If you enjoyed Collision, another series with a rotating point of view is What Remains. If you like the actor Douglas Henshall, consider trying the series Shetland. If you liked the story, some other works of Anthony Horowitz include Injustice, Foyle’s War, and some episodes of Midsomer Murders.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Cuffs (TV Series 2015)


Cuffs is a television series from the BBC. The series is part drama and part comedy. The series surrounds a police station in Brighton. Both uniformed police and detectives are portrayed solving various crimes, including the humorous. The series ran in 2015, and there are eight episodes that run about an hour each. It was not renewed for a second season.
This was an above average series that does not take itself too seriously. There was good character depth with a pleasing amount of humor. If you enjoyed Cuffs, consider trying the series Babylon. If you like actress Amanda Abbington, consider trying the series Case Sensitive.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Five Days (TV Series 2007-2010)


Five Days is a television series, and the first series was co-produced by the BBC and HBO. The story concerns the police investigation into the disappearance of a mother and her two children. One of the police detectives is portrayed by actor Hugh Bonneville. The first series aired in 2007, and lasts about five hours. There was a second series from the BBC called Five Days II, which aired in 2010, and also lasts about five hours. The characters in the second series are all new, and the story concerns an abandoned baby and a suicide. One of the police detectives is portrayed by actress Suranne Jones. The first series is a captivating police procedural and a very worthwhile view. The second series was less engaging and not as entertaining the the first. If you enjoyed Five Days, consider trying the series Broadchurch. If you like the actress Suranne Jones, consider trying the series Scott & Bailey.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Good Cop (TV Series 2012)


Good Cop is a television series from the BBC. The series concerns a uniformed police constable whose partner is killed in the line of duty, and then considers vigilante justice. The constable is portrayed by actor Warren Brown. The series aired in 2012, and there are four episodes that run about an hour each.
Good Cop was an entertaining series with a unique plot, where there is a mental battle over crossing the line. If you enjoyed Good Cop, consider trying the series Prey and Safe House. If you like the actor Warren Brown, consider trying the series Luther, or Inside Men.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hamish Macbeth (TV Series 1995-1997)


Hamish Macbeth is a television series from BBC Scotland. It is a very quirky and lighthearted series that follows a rural police constable in Scotland. The primary character is Police Constable (PC) Hamish Macbeth, who is portrayed by actor Robert Carlyle. The series ran from 1995 to 1997, and there are a total of 20 independent episodes that run about an hour each.
While not a great series, this might be a fit if you are seeking something breezy and light. The storylines are largely about Macbeth trying to fit in with the quirky small community, while maintaining his role as a police constable. If you enjoyed, Hamish Macbeth, consider trying the series Father Brown. If you like the actor Robert Carlyle, consider the mini-series The Last Enemy.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021





Campion (TV Series 1989-1990)


Campion is television series from the BBC. The series is period based, and set during the early 1930s. The main character is Albert Campion, who is a private detective. The stories and cases are all adapted from novels. Campion is portrayed by actor Peter Davison. The series ran from 1989 to 1990, and there are a total of eight cases or stories, and each runs about two hours.
While I did view a few of the stories, this simply was not my preferred type of show, but seemed to be a good production. The series is lighthearted, and fans of Poirot and Marple might find this series enjoyable. If you like the actor Peter Davison, consider trying the series The Last Detective, where he portrayed a likable but somewhat bumbling police detective.

Summary updated on February 15, 2021




Case Histories (TV Series 2011-2013)


Case Histories is a television series from the BBC. The main character is Jackson Brodie, who is a former police detective, and now works as a private detective in Edinburgh, Scotland. The stories and cases are all adapted from novels. Brodie is portrayed by actor Jason Isaacs, who is well known from his role in the Harry Potter films. The series ran from 2011 to 2013, and there are six independent cases or stories, and each runs from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
This was a great series, with superb scripts, acting, and cinematography. There is a nice balance of secondary characters, such Brodie leveraging a relationship with a former police counterpart, his office manager trying to get him to pay attention to the business issues, and his relationship with his daughter. If you enjoyed Case Histories, some other series to consider trying are Vera, and DCI Banks. If you like the actor Jason Isaacs, consider trying the mini-series The State Within.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Dirk Gently (TV Series 2010-2012)


Dirk Gently is a television series from ITV. The main character is Dirk Gently, who runs a private detective agency, and is assisted by Richard MacDuff. Gently is portrayed by Stephen Mangan, MacDuff is portrayed by Darren Boyd, and MacDuff’s girlfriend is portrayed by Helen Baxendale. The series ran from 2010 to 2012, and there are four episodes that run about 60 minutes.
This series is an outright comedy. The Gently character is eccentric and goofy, and believes everything is interconnected but in a random manner. The series was entertaining, has some good laughs, and even ventures into time travel in one episode. I felt there was missed potential with this series, and the execution of the scripts and production could have been better. If you enjoyed Dirk Gently, some other series to consider include Vexed. If you like Darren Boyd, consider the series Case Sensitive, and if you like Helen Baxendale, consider the series An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, and Kidnap & Ransom.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (TV Series 1996-1998)


Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is a series the BBC. The primary character is Hetty Wainthropp, and though her husband is retired, she decides to start a private detective business. The couple also has a lodger, Geoffrey Shawcross, who helps Hetty in her investigations. Wainthropp is portrayed by actress Patricia Routledge, while Shawcross is portrayed by actor Dominic Monaghan, who later appeared in the US TV series Lost, and the Lord of the Rings movies. The series ran from 1996 to 1998, and there are a total of 28 cases or stories that run about an hour each.
While this is not a type of series that I enjoy, my wife thought it was an enjoyable and average view. It has a lighthearted atmosphere, similar to the various Marple series. If you enjoyed Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, some other series to consider trying are Father Brown, and Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, and Rosemary & Thyme.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jack Irish (TV Series 2012-2018+)


Jack Irish is a television series is from Australia. The main character of the series is Jack Irish, who is a former lawyer, and now works as a private detective. The stories and cases are adapted from novels. Irish is played by actor Guy Pearce, who has been in many theatrical movies. The series has run since 2012, and so far there are 15 episodes.
Jack Irish has a very checkered past. He is acquainted with a couple of shady individuals, and they collect gather gambling winnings through some fixed horse races. They also become involved in Jack’s cases when things get a bit out of hand for him. This series was entertaining, a good production, and was a worthwhile view. It should be noted that the labeling is very confusing from the production company and distributor. The first three cases or stories are billed as individual TV movies. Then the subsequent story or case released in 2016 is billed as a TV series, and labeled as series one or season one. If you enjoyed Jack Irish, some other series to consider trying are Case Sensitive, Rebus, and Jack Taylor.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jack Taylor (TV Series 2010-2016)


Jack Taylor is a television series from Ireland. The series is set in Galway, Ireland. The main character is Jack Taylor, who is a former Garda (Irish Police) officer, and now works as a private detective. The character and stories are based on novels. Taylor is played by actor Iain Glen, who is known for his roles in Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones. The series ran from 2010 to 2016, and there are nine independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
The series is an above average production, and was enjoyable to watch. Taylor smokes heavily, and drinks regularly to the point of blackouts. Taylor gets severely beat up in almost every episode, which gets a bit over the top. There is some in character voice over narration, which I found to be a unique aspect of the series. If you enjoyed Jack Taylor, some other series to consider trying are Rebus, Jack Irish, Vincent, and Rebus.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (TV Series 2012-2015)


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a television series from Australia. The series is set in Melbourne during the roaring 1920s, and the stories and cases are adapted from novels. The main character is Miss Phryne Fisher, who is a private detective, and portrayed by Australian actress Essie Davis. The series ran from 2012 to 2015, and consists of 34 independent stories that run about an hour each.
This is a fun and entertaining series. I would recommend it especially if you are seeking something very lighthearted. There is a regular supporting cast, including Miss Fisher’s personal assistant, her butler, a police detective, and a police constable. The series contains humor, and Phryne is quite liberated for her time, which provides regular shock value to the other characters. If you enjoyed Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, some other series to consider trying are Father Brown and Grantchester.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




C.B. Strike (TV Series 2017-2021)


C.B. Strike is a television series is from the BBC. The series is based on three crime novels by J.K. Rowling, who wrote them under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The three novels are The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil. The primary characters are private detective Cormoran Strike, who is both a war veteran and former police detective, and his assistant Robin Ellacott. Strike is portrayed by British actor Tom Burke, and Ellacott is portrayed by British actress Holliday Grainger.
So far I have seen The Cuckoo’s Calling, and it was a highly entertaining and well produced series. There is very good character development with both Strike, as well as Ellacott. Both Tom Burke and Hollday Grainger have appeared in minor roles in a few other series listed on this page.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Miss Scarlet and the Duke (2020+)


Miss Scarlet and the Duke is a television series from British network Alibi, and was also funded by and aired on PBS. The series is set in the Victorian era, and the primary character is Eliza Scarlet, whose recently deceased father was a private detective. Scarlet then decides to take over his business in an era where such things were frowned upon. Scarlet develops a cooperative arrangement with Detective Inspector William Wellington from Scotland Yard, who was a family acquaintance. Scarlet is portrayed by English actress Kate Phillips, and Wellington is portrayed by Scottish actor Stuart Martin. The series aired in 2020, and consisted of six episodes that run about an hour each. The series was renewed for a second season.

This is one series where I will publicly eat crow. I was initially skeptical and expected this series to be beyond breezy, especially given the episode length. It was surprisingly quite entertaining, and very well produced. Both the Scarlet and Wellington characters are quite engaging, and it is amazing how much character development and plot depth is carried in each episode. If you enjoyed Miss Scarlet and The Duke, consider the series Sally Lockhart Mysteries or Grantchester. If you like actress Kate Philips, consider the series Peaky Blinders. If you like actor Stuart Martin, consider the series Babylon.

Summary updated on February 18, 2021





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Campion (TV Series 1989-1990)


Campion is television series from the BBC. The series is period based, and set during the early 1930s. The main character is Albert Campion, who is a private detective. The stories and cases are all adapted from novels. Campion is portrayed by actor Peter Davison. The series ran from 1989 to 1990, and there are a total of eight cases or stories, and each runs about two hours.
While I did view a few of the stories, this simply was not my preferred type of show, but seemed to be a good production. The series is lighthearted, and fans of Poirot and Marple might find this series enjoyable. If you like the actor Peter Davison, consider trying the series The Last Detective, where he portrayed a likable but somewhat bumbling police detective.

Summary updated on February 15, 2021




Case Histories (TV Series 2011-2013)


Case Histories is a television series from the BBC. The main character is Jackson Brodie, who is a former police detective, and now works as a private detective in Edinburgh, Scotland. The stories and cases are all adapted from novels. Brodie is portrayed by actor Jason Isaacs, who is well known from his role in the Harry Potter films. The series ran from 2011 to 2013, and there are six independent cases or stories, and each runs from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
This was a great series, with superb scripts, acting, and cinematography. There is a nice balance of secondary characters, such Brodie leveraging a relationship with a former police counterpart, his office manager trying to get him to pay attention to the business issues, and his relationship with his daughter. If you enjoyed Case Histories, some other series to consider trying are Vera, and DCI Banks. If you like the actor Jason Isaacs, consider trying the mini-series The State Within.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Dirk Gently (TV Series 2010-2012)


Dirk Gently is a television series from ITV. The main character is Dirk Gently, who runs a private detective agency, and is assisted by Richard MacDuff. Gently is portrayed by Stephen Mangan, MacDuff is portrayed by Darren Boyd, and MacDuff’s girlfriend is portrayed by Helen Baxendale. The series ran from 2010 to 2012, and there are four episodes that run about 60 minutes.
This series is an outright comedy. The Gently character is eccentric and goofy, and believes everything is interconnected but in a random manner. The series was entertaining, has some good laughs, and even ventures into time travel in one episode. I felt there was missed potential with this series, and the execution of the scripts and production could have been better. If you enjoyed Dirk Gently, some other series to consider include Vexed. If you like Darren Boyd, consider the series Case Sensitive, and if you like Helen Baxendale, consider the series An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, and Kidnap & Ransom.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (TV Series 1996-1998)


Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is a series the BBC. The primary character is Hetty Wainthropp, and though her husband is retired, she decides to start a private detective business. The couple also has a lodger, Geoffrey Shawcross, who helps Hetty in her investigations. Wainthropp is portrayed by actress Patricia Routledge, while Shawcross is portrayed by actor Dominic Monaghan, who later appeared in the US TV series Lost, and the Lord of the Rings movies. The series ran from 1996 to 1998, and there are a total of 28 cases or stories that run about an hour each.
While this is not a type of series that I enjoy, my wife thought it was an enjoyable and average view. It has a lighthearted atmosphere, similar to the various Marple series. If you enjoyed Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, some other series to consider trying are Father Brown, and Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, and Rosemary & Thyme.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jack Irish (TV Series 2012-2018+)


Jack Irish is a television series is from Australia. The main character of the series is Jack Irish, who is a former lawyer, and now works as a private detective. The stories and cases are adapted from novels. Irish is played by actor Guy Pearce, who has been in many theatrical movies. The series has run since 2012, and so far there are 15 episodes.
Jack Irish has a very checkered past. He is acquainted with a couple of shady individuals, and they collect gather gambling winnings through some fixed horse races. They also become involved in Jack’s cases when things get a bit out of hand for him. This series was entertaining, a good production, and was a worthwhile view. It should be noted that the labeling is very confusing from the production company and distributor. The first three cases or stories are billed as individual TV movies. Then the subsequent story or case released in 2016 is billed as a TV series, and labeled as series one or season one. If you enjoyed Jack Irish, some other series to consider trying are Case Sensitive, Rebus, and Jack Taylor.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Jack Taylor (TV Series 2010-2016)


Jack Taylor is a television series from Ireland. The series is set in Galway, Ireland. The main character is Jack Taylor, who is a former Garda (Irish Police) officer, and now works as a private detective. The character and stories are based on novels. Taylor is played by actor Iain Glen, who is known for his roles in Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones. The series ran from 2010 to 2016, and there are nine independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
The series is an above average production, and was enjoyable to watch. Taylor smokes heavily, and drinks regularly to the point of blackouts. Taylor gets severely beat up in almost every episode, which gets a bit over the top. There is some in character voice over narration, which I found to be a unique aspect of the series. If you enjoyed Jack Taylor, some other series to consider trying are Rebus, Jack Irish, Vincent, and Rebus.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (TV Series 2012-2015)


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a television series from Australia. The series is set in Melbourne during the roaring 1920s, and the stories and cases are adapted from novels. The main character is Miss Phryne Fisher, who is a private detective, and portrayed by Australian actress Essie Davis. The series ran from 2012 to 2015, and consists of 34 independent stories that run about an hour each.
This is a fun and entertaining series. I would recommend it especially if you are seeking something very lighthearted. There is a regular supporting cast, including Miss Fisher’s personal assistant, her butler, a police detective, and a police constable. The series contains humor, and Phryne is quite liberated for her time, which provides regular shock value to the other characters. If you enjoyed Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, some other series to consider trying are Father Brown and Grantchester.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




C.B. Strike (TV Series 2017-2021)


C.B. Strike is a television series is from the BBC. The series is based on three crime novels by J.K. Rowling, who wrote them under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The three novels are The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil. The primary characters are private detective Cormoran Strike, who is both a war veteran and former police detective, and his assistant Robin Ellacott. Strike is portrayed by British actor Tom Burke, and Ellacott is portrayed by British actress Holliday Grainger.
So far I have seen The Cuckoo’s Calling, and it was a highly entertaining and well produced series. There is very good character development with both Strike, as well as Ellacott. Both Tom Burke and Hollday Grainger have appeared in minor roles in a few other series listed on this page.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Miss Scarlet and the Duke (2020+)


Miss Scarlet and the Duke is a television series from British network Alibi, and was also funded by and aired on PBS. The series is set in the Victorian era, and the primary character is Eliza Scarlet, whose recently deceased father was a private detective. Scarlet then decides to take over his business in an era where such things were frowned upon. Scarlet develops a cooperative arrangement with Detective Inspector William Wellington from Scotland Yard, who was a family acquaintance. Scarlet is portrayed by English actress Kate Phillips, and Wellington is portrayed by Scottish actor Stuart Martin. The series aired in 2020, and consisted of six episodes that run about an hour each. The series was renewed for a second season.

This is one series where I will publicly eat crow. I was initially skeptical and expected this series to be beyond breezy, especially given the episode length. It was surprisingly quite entertaining, and very well produced. Both the Scarlet and Wellington characters are quite engaging, and it is amazing how much character development and plot depth is carried in each episode. If you enjoyed Miss Scarlet and The Duke, consider the series Sally Lockhart Mysteries or Grantchester. If you like actress Kate Philips, consider the series Peaky Blinders. If you like actor Stuart Martin, consider the series Babylon.

Summary updated on February 18, 2021





A Mind to Kill (TV Series 1994-2004)


This series is from Welsh channel S4C. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Noel Bain, who leads a team solving murders in Wales. Bain is portrayed by Welsh actor Philip Madoc. The series ran from 1994 to 2004, and there are a total of 21 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is an average series. It was a bit dry and slow moving for my taste. If you enjoyed A Mind to Kill, some other similar series include Wycliffe, and Inspector Alleyn Mysteries.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Murder in Suburbia (TV Series 2004-2005)


Murder in Suburbia is a television series from ITV. The primary characters are Detective Inspector (DI) Kate “Ash” Ashurst and Detective Sergeant (DS) Emma “Scribbs” Scribbins, a female duo that solves murders in suburban London. Ashurst is portrayed by actress Caroline Catz, and Scribbins is portrayed by actress Lisa Faulker. The series ran from 2004 to 2005, and there are a total of twelve independent stories or cases that run about an hour each.
This was a solid and entertaining series, with some humor injected. There is great acting and chemistry between the characters, and was fun to watch. If you enjoyed Murder in Suburbia, some other series to consider are The Last Detective, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, New Tricks, and the outright comedy Vexed. If you like the actress Caroline Catz, consider the series DCI Banks.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Murder Investigation Team (TV Series 2003-2005)


Murder Investigation Team is a television series from ITV. The series follows a team of detectives solving murders in the London area. The series ran from 2003 to 2005, and there are a total of 12 independent stories or cases that run up to 75 minutes each The first series was entertaining and worth a view, but I felt that it degraded in the second series. If you enjoyed Murder Investigation Team, some other series to consider include Trial & Retribution, New Tricks, and Suspects.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Murderland (TV Mini-Series 2009)


Murderland is a television mini-series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Douglas Hain, who was involved with a murder investigation of a mother, which goes unsolved. Several years later, the daughter of the mother contacts him, and they investigate it again together. Hain is portrayed by actor Robbie Coltrane, well know for his role in the Harry Potter films. The mini-series aired in 2009, and is a total of three hours.
There are three parts to the mini-series. It is unique in that each part presents the murder from the point of view of a different character. It was well produced and an enjoyable series. My only criticism was that there is bit too much repetition in the story and scenes as each point of view is shown. But given that, it is still a mini-series that I would recommend for consideration. If you enjoyed Murderland, some other series to consider include Place of Execution. If you like the actor Robbie Coltrane, consider the series Cracker.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




New Blood (TV Series 2016)


New Blood is a television series from the BBC. It as written by Anthony Horowitz, who is widely know for other series listed here, such as Foyle’s War, Injustice, Collision, etc. The two primary characters are a police detective and an investigator in the fraud squad. Both are very new in their jobs and trying to prove themselves, hence the series title. The series aired in 2016, and consists of three cases or stories. The first runs about three hours, and the other two run about two hours each.. This is not a typical British crime and mystery series, nor does it bear any similarity to other series from Anthony Horowitz. This is an action comedy, and resembles what would come from Hollywood, such as Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. For example, the duo leaps off a building into a pool from twenty stories up, one wants to date the sister of the other, and there is a SUV crash where it rolls over multiple times and they walk away with barely a scratch. As long as you know this before viewing, and this type of posture is something you like, the series is still an enjoyable view. If you enjoyed New Blood, some other series to consider include Babylon, and Hustle.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




New Tricks (TV Series 2003-2015)


New Tricks is a television series from the BBC. The series follows the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) of the metropolitan police in London. The squad is lead by a police detective, and there are three retired police detectives who are brought out of retirement as contractors. The series aired from 2003 to 2015, and and there are 107 episodes that run about an hour each. This is an entertaining and light police procedural, which does not take itself too seriously, and has some occasional humor in every episode. For example, in some of the earlier episodes, the ex-wives of Gerry Standing are all friends, which drives him crazy. It is a plot line which I would have wish was more recurring. Gerry Standing is portrayed by actor Dennis Waterman, and careful listeners might pick up the fact that he sings the theme song for the series. If you enjoyed New Tricks, some other series to consider include the Last Detective and Blue Murder. Summary updated on February 14, 2021




No Offence (TV Series 2015-2018)


No Offence is a television mini-series from British Channel 4. The series focusing on a team of police detectives in Manchester, who are predominantly women. There are numerous cases, but one ongoing case is a serial murder of women with Down’s syndrome. The series ran from 2015 to 2018, and there are 21 episodes running about an hour each.
This was entertaining police procedural with occasional unique humor from a woman's perspective. There is good character development of each, with some thoughtful sub-plots. If you enjoyed No Offence, some other series to consider include Cuffs, and Babylon.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




P.D. James - Death in Holy Orders (TV Mini-Series 2003)


Death in Holy Orders is a television mini-series from the BBC. The character and story are based on a book from author P.D. James. The primary character is Commander Adam Dalgleish, who investigates murder. He is portrayed by actor, Martin Shaw. The mini-series aired in 2003, and is about three hours.
This was a very good and solid mystery drama, and a must for any fans of Martin Shaw. This story concerns the investigation of a mysterious death at a remote religious institute. If you enjoyed Death in Holy Orders, some other series to consider include Vera, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and Inspector Lewis. If you like the actor Martin Shaw, consider the series George Gently.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




P.D. James - The Murder Room (TV Mini-Series 2003)


The Murder Room is a television mini-series from the BBC. The character and story are based on a book from author P.D. James. The primary character is Commander Adam Dalgleish, who investigates murder. He is portrayed by actor, Martin Shaw. The mini-series aired in 2003, and is about three hours.
This was a very good and solid mystery drama, and a must for any fans of Martin Shaw. This story concerns a murder at a museum about famous murders. If you enjoyed The Murder Room, some other series to consider include Vera, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and Inspector Lewis. If you like the actor Martin Shaw, consider the series George Gently.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Paranoid (TV Series 2016)


Paranoid is a television series from ITV. The series follows a team of police detectives who investigate the murder of a physician. The series ran in 2016, and there are a total of episodes that run about 45 minutes each. I have yet to see the series, but plan to watch it in the near future.
Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Pie in the Sky (TV Series 1994-1997)


Pie in the Sky is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Henry Crabbe. He is a near retirement detective, who opens a restaurant called Pie in the Sky, but keeps getting involved in cases that prevent his retirement. Crabbe is portrayed by actor Richard Griffiths. The series ran from 1994 to 1997, and there are a total of 40 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. This appears to be a fun and lighthearted series. I found it a bit too slow moving for me, so I only watched the first few stories.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Prime Suspect (1991-2006)


Prime Suspect is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Jane Tennison, who leads a team that investigates murders. She is a rising female detective in the ranks, and deals with male chauvinism. She is also obsessive, and develops a problem with alcohol. Tennison is portrayed by actress Helen Mirren. The series was written by Lynda La Plante, who also wrote Above Suspicion, and Trial & Retribution. The series ran from 1991 to 2006, and there are a total of nine independent stories or cases that run form 90 to 180 minutes each. This, quite simply, is a superb series that I have seen more than once. There is a prequel of Prime Suspect in the works from ITV, which will be called Tennison. If you enjoyed Prime Suspect, consider trying the series Cracker, Throne, Luther, Rebus, and Dalziel & Pascoe.

Summary updated on February 14, 2021




Prime Suspect 1973 (TV Series 2017)


Prime Suspect 1973 is a television series from ITV. When it aired on PBS in America, the series was renamed Prime Suspect: Tennison. Similar to the successful Endeavour prequel to Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect 1973 is a prequel to Prime Suspect, which featured Helen Mirren. Prime Suspect 1937 follows Jane Tennison as a Woman Police Constable (WPC) at the beginning of her career. WPC Tennison is portrayed by actress Stefanie Martini. Coincidentally, Martini portrayed a character in Endeavour. The series ran in 2017, and there are a total of six episodes that run about an hour each. Despite high ratings, it was announced in June 2017 that the series was not renewed for second series.
This was an enjoyable and well produced series. Across the six episodes, there is one major case, as well as several smaller cases. The prequel does a good job of giving glimpses of Tennison early career, and how certain character attributes developed. If you enjoyed Prime Suspect 1973, consider the Endeavour prequel to Inspector Morse, and other retro series, such as George Gently.

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Red Riding (TV Series 2009)


Red Riding is a television series from British network Channel 4. The series consists of a series three movies, which are set in 1974, 1980, and 1983. The story centers on police in Yorkshire, and the story interweaves serial murders and police corruption. The series ran in 2009, and consists of three movies that run about 100 minutes each. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this series, but remember it being enjoyable. There’s an extensive cast of well known British actors.
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Rebus (TV Series 2006-2007)


Rebus is a television series from ITV. The characters and stories are based on some novels. The two main characters are Detective Inspector (DI) John Rebus, and Detective Sergeant (DS) Siobhan Clarke, who solve murders in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rebus is portrayed by actor Ken Stott, and Clarke is portrayed by actress Claire Price. The series ran from 2006 to 2007, and consists of ten independent stories that run about an hour each. This is a well produced and great series, with superb scripts, acting, and cinematography. Rebus is quite edgy and frequently at odds with his superior, while Clarke sees through this and how Rebus solves cases. This is a series that I have viewed more than once, and would recommend. If you enjoyed Rebus, some other series to consider include Prime Suspect, and Luther. If you like the actor Ken Stott, consider the series The Vice, and Messiah.

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Ripper Street (TV Series 2012-2016)


Ripper Street is a television series from the BBC. It is set in London shortly after the “Jack the Ripper” murders, and follows a team of police detectives that investigate other murders. The series ran from 2012 to 2016, and there are 37 independent stories that run about an hour each. I’ve not seen the series, but plan to watch it.

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River (TV Series 2015)


River is a television series from the BBC. The series is set in London. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) John River who is haunted, literally, by his recently deceased partner, Detective Sergeant (DS) Jackie Stevenson. River is portrayed by actor Stellan Skarsgård, and Stevenson is portrayed by actress Nicola Walker. The series ran in 2015, and there were six episodes that run about an hour each. It was not renewed.
The overall premise and setup of the series is very unique. River sees and converses with the “ghost” of his recently deceased partner. The execution was lacking, where the series was average at best. If you like the actor Stellan Skarsgård, consider trying the movie Our Kind of Traitor. If you like the actress Nicola Walker, consider trying the series Unforgotten, Touching Evil, and MI5.

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Ruth Rendell Myseries (TV Series 1987-2000)


Ruth Rendell Myseries is a television series from ITV. The series appears to be a difficult one to categorize, as some contain general mysteries, but the majority feature the recurring character Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Reg Wexford. The series ran from 1987 to 2000, and the individual stories or cases run from one to three hours each. I have not seen this series as of yet.
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Scott & Bailey (TV Series 2011-2015)


Scott & Bailey is a television series from ITV. The two main characters are Detective Constable (DC) Janet Scott and Detective Constable Rachel Bailey, who solve murder and crime in the Manchester area. Scott is portrayed by actress Lesley Sharp, and Bailey is portrayed by actress Suranne Jones. The series ran from 2011 to 2015, and there are 30 independent cases or stores that run about an hour each.
This is a well produced show, and quite popular. I only viewed the first two series, as I felt that it ventured too much into their personal lives for my taste.

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Second Sight (TV Series 2000-2001)


Second Sight is a television series from the BBC. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Ross Tanner. He is diagnosed with a rare disease and starts to lose his eyesight, while continuing to investigate murders. A female colleague helps him cover up and work around his vision issues. Tanner is portrayed by actor Clive Owen. The series ran from 2000 to 2001, and there are a total of eight independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. It has been a while since I viewed this series, but I recall it being a good, but not great, police procedural with a unique twist. It obviously gets over the top with his ability to hide his eyesight problems.

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The Shadow Line (TV Mini-Series 2011)


The Shadow Line is a television series from the BBC. The mini-series focuses on Detective Inspector (DI) Jonah Gabriel, who investigates a murder, and Joseph Bede who runs a florist shop as a front for organized crime. Gabriel is portrayed by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Bede is portrayed by Christopher Eccleston. The mini-series ran in 2011, and is spread across seven episode that run about an hour each. It’s been several years since I saw the series, but recall it being worth a view. If you like actor Christopher Eccleston, consider the series Safe House, Fortitude, Blackout, and Cracker.

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Shetland (TV Series 2013-2019+)


Shetland is a television series from BBC Scotland. The stories and characters are based on some novels. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Jimmy Perez, who leads a team investigating murders in the rural Shetland islands of Scotland. Perez is portrayed by actor Douglas Henshall. The series has run since 2013.
The series was outstanding and enjoyable, and one of my favorites. The acting and cinematography are all superb, and one of the standouts is the character of Detective Sergeant (DS) Alison “Tosh” MacIntosh. She is a young and eager detective, and it is fun to watch how Perez guides and develops her. If you enjoyed Shetland, some other series to consider trying include Vera, DCI Banks, and the Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. If you like the actor Douglas Henshall, consider the series Collision, The Silence, and Black Work.

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The Silence (TV Mini-Series 2010)


The Silence is a television series from the BBC. The primary characters are Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Jim Edwards, and his niece Amelia Edwards, who is deaf and recently had a cochlear implant. Amelia witnesses the murder of a police officer, and her uncle investigates. Edwards is portrayed by actor Douglas Henshall, and Edwards is portrayed by actress Genevieve Barr. The series ran in 2010, and consists of four episodes that are one hour each.
The Silence is an average but entertaining series to watch, and unique as one of the primary characters is deaf. Without giving and spoilers, The biggest criticism that this series receives is the abruptness of the ending. If you enjoyed the Silence, some other series to consider trying include Second Sight, which is about a police officer who is losing his eyesight. If you like the actor Douglas Henshall, consider the series Shetland, Collision, and Black Work.

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Suspects (TV Series 2014-2015)


Suspects is a television series from UK Channel 5. The series is set in London, and the primary characters are a team of three police detectives who investigate major crimes, including murder. The series has run since 2014, and so far, there are 13 cases or stories that run about an hour each. This is a solid and entertaining series that brings some unique aspects. First, the actors were given facts about the situation or scene, and the dialogue is largely ad-libbed. Second, the cinematography comes across as live action, including using the cameras from interview rooms. And lastly, the cases and stories start immediately, and there is little exposure to the personal lives of the police.

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Taggart (TV Series 1983-2010)


Taggart is a television series from Scottish Television (STV). The series is set in Glasgow, and follows of team of detectives solving murders. The series ran from 1983 to 2010, and consists of 109 independent stories or cases that run about an hour each. As the series aired for nearly three decades, the entire cast of characters and actors were all replaced more than once. It should be noted that I have only seen episodes that feature the lead character of DCI Matt Burke, who is not a likable character, but balanced by the character DS Jackie Reid. It is an average show, where similar to Wycliffe, many of the characters are unlikeable and miserable.

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Thorne (TV Series 2010)


Thorne is a television series from Sky network. The character and stories are based on some novels. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Tom Thorne, who leads a team investigating murders. Thorne is portrayed by actor David Morrissey, well known from the Walking Dead. There was only one series, which ran in 2010, and there are two independent stories or cases that run about 160 minutes each. They are billed more like television movies. These are well produced, which I plan to view again.

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A Touch of Frost (TV Series 1992-2010)


A Touch of Frost is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Inspector (DI) Jack Frost, who investigates murders in the fictional city of Denton. Frost is a widow, and a “working man’s detective” who demonstrates interest in victims of the crimes and the community. Frost is also opinionated and frequently clashes with his superior, Superintendent Mullett. Frost is portrayed by actor Sir David Jason. The series ran from 1992 to 2010, and there are a total of 42 independent stories or cases that run about 90 minutes each.
This is a superb and enjoyable series from end to end across the entire run, and a series that I have viewed more than once. There is some occasional subtle humor, such as the way that Frost winds up Mullett. If you like A Touch of Frost, consider trying the series George Gently, Midsomer Murders, and Dalziel & Pascoe. If you like the actor David Jason, consider the series Diamond Geezer / Rough Diamond.

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Touching Evil (TV Series 1997-1999)


Touching Evil is a television series from ITV. The primary character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Dave Creegan, who leads the fictitious and elite Organized and Serial Crime Unit (OSC) based in London. Creegan is portrayed by the actor Robson Green. The series ran from 1997 to 1999, and there are a total of eight independent stories or cases that run about 2 hours each.
This is a great series, which I loved, and have seen more than once. As it deals with gruesome serial killers, it was a gritty series for its time in the 1990s. It is a series which I wish lasted longer, as I liked the Creegan character. If you enjoyed Touching Evil, consider the series Cracker, Messiah, Waking the Dead, and Wire in the Blood. If you like the actor Robson Green, consider the series Wire in the Blood, and Grantchester.

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Trial & Retribution (TV Series 1997-2009)


Trial & Retribution is a television series from ITV. The series was written by Lynda La Plante, who also wrote Prime Suspect, and Above Suspicion. The series is a police procedural and follows a team of detectives in their murder investigation. It occasionally follows the result of the case to the court room. The series ran from 1997 to 2009, and consists of 22 independent stories or cases that range from 90 to 200 minutes each. This is good and solid series, and was entertaining. It is one that I plan to view again. If you liked Trial & Retribution, consider the series Waking the Dead, and Suspects.

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The Tunnel (TV Series 2013-2018)