Crime is one of the most popular genres of TV shows. These shows have a lot of elements packed into one. From brooding detectives to enigmatic criminals, these shows have mystery, suspense, the thrill of the chase, and even a hint of romance, sometimes. While there are a plethora of shows that the American TV industry provides to its viewers, worldwide, the charm of British shows is steadily capturing an increasing number of audience. These shows come with a fresh approach, a fresh story and a fresh set of complicated characters. Also, you can’t deny the fact that British villains are more fun to watch, because while they are ruthless killers, they are also very polite people (looking at you, Jim Moriarty)!
The best thing about British shows is that they never stretch their stories unnecessarily. Okay, yeah ‘Doctor Who’ has been about for a while now, but that’s an exception. The stories are concentrated and effective. Every little detail is important and you’ll find no redundancies in them, generally. Here’s the list of top British crime drama TV series ever. You can watch some of these British crime dramas on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
15. Shetland (2013- present)
Set in the town of Shetland, this show follows Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his partner Detective Sergeant Alison Macintosh as they try to solve various cases in their town. It has complex plotting that develops in a gripping way with the characters that grow on you. It could seem a bit slow, but patience is a virtue, and you will be rewarded for it.