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1. An Inspector Calls
The film adaptation of the play stars David Thewlis as “The Inspector” who calls upon a stately manor to investigate the death of a local woman. If you like Agatha Christie, then this costume mystery will be your cup of tea. Watch Now
2. Case Histories
Seasons 1-2. Jason Isaacs stars as Jackson Brodie, a former soldier and policeman turned private investigator. Set in Edinburgh, this intricate and often heartbreaking series is the perfect show to watch on a rainy day. Watch Now
3. DCI Banks
Seasons 1-5. Stephen Tompkinson stars as the bulldog DCI Banks who is tasked with solving gruesome, labyrinthine crimes. The mysteries are moody and dark, just like the gray Yorkshire backdrop in which the show is set. Watch Now
Seasons 1-6. Set in Oxford, Endeavour explores Inspector Morse’s early career as a police constable. Deftly played by Shaun Evans, Morse solves the intricate and tragic crimes often linked to Oxford’s academic world. Watch Now
Seasons 1-2. Fortitude stars Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston, and Sofie Grabol (Forbrydelsen) as members of an international research community in the Arctic Circle. The show is dark, thrilling, and borders on science fiction. Watch Now
Seasons 1-4. James Norton plays local vicar Sidney Chambers, who uncovers murderous doings masked as village coincidences. He is begrudgingly joined by DI Geordie Keating (Robson Green). If you like costume mysteries, then this is the show for you. Watch Now
Season 2-4. Equal parts charismatic and careless, Idris Elba stars as the brilliant, but self-destructive DCI John Luther who is torn between solving serial murders and saving his marriage. This fast-paced show is gritty, bleak, and often stressful to watch. Watch Now
8. Prime Suspect Tennison
Season 1. Stefanie Martini (Crooked House) stars as the young rookie Jane Tennison in the superb prequel to Helen Mirren’s Prime Suspect. The show follows Jane as she navigates the sexism of being a female police officer and the disapproval of her family while trying to solve the murder of a young woman. Watch Now
9. Scott & Bailey
Seasons 1-5. This police procedural follows the personal and professional lives of Detectives Jane Scott (Lesley Sharp) and Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones). If you like your police murder mysteries with a side of melodrama, then this is the show for you. Watch Now
10. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
Four Movies: The Murder at Road Hill House, The Murder on Angel Lane, The Ties That Bind, Beyond the Pale. This period drama follows the tenacious Inspector Jack Whicher (Paddy Considine) as he investigates the suspicious death of a young boy. The three other films revolve around his life as a private investigator. Watch Now
11. Touching Evil
Seasons 1-3. Before Wire in the Blood and Grantchester, Robson Green starred as DI Dave Creegan with Nicola Walker (Unforgotten) and Shaun Dingwell (Above Suspicion, Maigret) in this gripping series. Creegan leads the Organised & Serial Crime Unit which investigates dark and very British crimes. Watch Now
Seasons 1-3. Unforgotten is the quintessential British mystery series. Sharp, well-paced, and superbly acted, this series stars Nicola Walker (yes, again) as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) as two cold-case detectives who dig deep for long-forgotten answers. Watch Now
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