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Top 10 British Crime Shows

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For this list, we’re looking at the most fascinating series on British TV that revolve around unlawful or illegal acts that are usually or typically harmful to others and are thus punishable by law.

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Comments (45)

  1. Umm wtf is line of duty

  2. Broadchurch was one of the best, and Fortitude, Jonathan Creek, Silent Witness, Unforgotten, Waking the dead….

  3. Happy valley, endeavors, line of duty

  4. 11:36 "I don't like M'am, I'm not the bloody queen"…yet.

  5. Inspector Morse should be Number 1👍

  6. Silent Witness: The longest running crime drama ever?????????

  7. LINE OF DUTY??? LOL thats like the best.

  8. Luther and peaky blinders should be right at the fuckin top of this list

  9. Expected Sherlock to be right at the top

  10. These are good, although Vera should've been on the list.

  11. Endeavour, Lewis, Shetland, Broadchurch, Vera…..these would be in the list before Cracker, Luther, & Touch of Frost in my opinion.

  12. WIRE IN THE BLOOD….and I love Whitechapel

  13. Oh and where was VERA.. . Did someone forget her or is she not consider BBC? Her shows were great!!! Summer that weren't BBC, like Shetland, Hinterland, loved them. Also DVI Banks want bad. And George Gently and REBUS….. Where was REBUS!!! Are they sure the people who did the ratings even watched detective series at all???? Sounds like a NO to me. Thumbs in all directions on this one!!! lol

  14. OMG, I do not agree with this list at all!!!!! As you see below in comments, Wire in the Blood wasn't even mentioned, and it was so addictive and mind blowing great!!! Poirot deserved a much higher rating..omg it was on 24 yrs!!!!!! And only got #7??? PLEASE, lets be prejudice or rigged or someone paid someone off. Poirot was AWESOME!!! Midsomer Murders deserved a higher rating also, I've seen them all. Actually out of the 10, I've seen all of 5. The only reason I haven't seen Luther is cuz I just found out about him and can't find it on YT. I'm not happy about that. I don't have a clue who that actor is in A Touch of Frist, never saw him before and u watch all BBC movies or defective series. Only reason I haven't watched Foyles War is cuz I hate war anything. But I love Kitchen!!! The Fall was awesome, kind of odd, but it definitely deserved a higher rating!!! Watched some Prime Suspect, not done yet, but no way would I say they were number 1, or I wouldn't be able to stop til done seeing them all. Lastly, watched all Inspector Lewis, all Lewis and have watched all Endeavor except current series…..i don't have tv, so have to get at library or watch on here. I loved them ALL!!! So that's my opinion for what it's worth. I just disagree totally!!!!

  15. Peaky Blinders is an odd addition. Yes it's about crime but the other entries include law enforcement/private detectives solving those crimes. After season 2 Peaky Blinders doesn't feature much law enforcement at all.

  16. The bill is the best show

  17. Yay, Poirot! Me and my dad watch this on ITV3 on reruns. I love it so much!

  18. What a shit fucking list, line of duty is better than all these damn shows, even peaky fucking blinders, fucking Americans don't even know what they are talking about. Fucking midsummer murders Loool, that show was mostly boring. Line of duty is the best show of the last decade that's a fact, and should be at least top 2

  19. No Line of Duty, no Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes, no Wire in the Blood, no The Bill and Broadchurch is only an honourable mention, yet you put Midsomer Murders on the list? Get the f*ck outta here! Also, as much as I love Sherlock – Jeremy Brett's is the best Sherlock TV series.

  20. Come on, Sherlock's got to be higher on the list……….
    Good list apart from that though

  21. Both Peaky blinders and broadchurch should be on the list

  22. Where's father brown?

  23. Is Elementary (Lucy Liu) any good?

  24. How is broadchurch not even on the proper list, it’s well good! Here’s a better top 3:

    3) Whitechapel
    2) broadchurch
    1) Sherlock

  25. The best British crime dramas were . The Sweeny.  And  Between the lines . The Sweeny was the most violent and was full of course black humour .  Shut up you tart .  right  Guv  .. Get the mars bars out George .  Pure magic I doubt the Americans would understand one word

  26. Oi, where's The Sweeney???

  27. I agree, Prime Suspect is No1 for me too!

  28. Dalziel and pascoe , the tunnel and endeavor

  29. my favorite that doenst make the list is Vera, Line of Duty and Unforgotten

  30. Why all the outrage that any individual’s fave isn’t on the list or higher on the List? It’s all opinion. I’ve watched at least some episodes of everything on the list, liked them all for different reasons, but also liked shows that didn’t make the list. I have made a list of 70+ suggested shows mentioned in comments and will watch as many as I can find online. I’m sure I will love some and some will not meet my personal preferences.

  31. where the hell is Broadchurch

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