Entertainment - British TV Crime and Mys

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

Listed below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions that I receive.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

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.

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.

Citizen Sleuths

The general theme of this category concerns citizen sleuths that solve mysteries and cases generally involving crime or murder.  Some of these sleuths 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.

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.

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.

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.

Legal

The general theme of this category concerns the legal aspect, where the primary characters are lawyers or judges, and the resulting trial of crimes including murder.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

Journalists

The general theme of this category concerns journalists as the primary characters, and they investigate crime, murder, or political corruption.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

Espionage, Terrorism, and Political

The general theme of this category concerns espionage, terrorism, or political corruption and scandal.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

Heists and Organized Crime

The general theme of this category concerns heists where thieves and grifters are the predominant characters, or organized crime where gangsters or hitmen are the predominant characters.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

General Mysteries & Crime

The general theme of this category concerns general mysteries or crime, and the predominant characters are generally not the police. The themes of these series and movies do not readily fit into the other categories, so this is simply a catch-all category.  Click on each toggle to expand it and show further details.

    

    

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