Mysteries have always fascinated human beings. It is the lack of complete knowledge of an incident which makes us strive towards trying to find out the actual reason behind the occurrence. It is because of our interest in the unknown that we’ve been able to discover a lot about nature and it is also the reason why we are constantly progressing as a species. Our natural interests in mysteries has reflected on our eagerness to listen to stories that work in a similar manner. That is the reason why mystery and detective stories have been immensely popular throughout the history of literature. Even pulp books, which were mainly engrossing reads of crime and sex, mostly had detectives as their leading characters. The interest has naturally reflected on film and other types of media as well, and thus we see numerous TV shows centering around detectives and mysteries. One such television series is the ITV original, ‘Grantchester’. The show is based on a series of stories written by James Runcie.
Sidney Chambers is the leading character of the series. Chambers is presently an Anglican priest and had earlier served in the army. Detective Inspector Geordie Keating is Chambers’ unofficial partner with whom he solves a number of cases. The series was mostly received positively by critics for its interesting use of noir elements along with essential characteristics of detective tales which we have seen or read a number of times. The bleak atmosphere, unique presentation, and the intriguing mystery have made ‘Grantchester’ a favourite among viewers. If you enjoyed watching this series and are looking for more shows that delve deeper into similar story-lines and themes, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Grantchester’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Grantchester’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
6. Shetland (2013-)
‘Shetland’ is actually a Scottish archipelago where a small community of people reside, and it is here that the central character of our story, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez along with his associates take on the challenging tasks of solving a number of crimes. Crime novelist Ann Cleeves’ books are the main inspiration behind this series. What makes the show stand out is the fact that the setting is a place where not many people live, but still, there are some really disturbing crimes that keep happening. Some of the stories in the show are among the greatest detective stories in recent times, with some amazing intrigue and suspense on offer. The performances by Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson and other members of the main cast have received much acclaim from critics. ‘Shetland’ managed to bag the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Television Drama.
5. Inspector Morse (1987-2000)
This long-running detective show is based on a series of novels written by Colin Dexter. ‘Inspector Morse’ is an anthology series where each episode comes with a new murder mystery for the central character and his aide Sergeant Lewis to solve. Morse belongs to the class of British detectives we have now come to know as ‘gentleman detectives’. They are people who have had decent upbringings and are always properly dressed, never crude in their manners, and depend more on the power of the brain than the brawn to solve their cases. One interesting aspect about the character and the series is that Morse frequently falls in love with the women who invade his stories. And it sometimes happens that he falls in love with the women who are actually culprits that Morse is chasing down. In 2012, a series called ‘Endeavour’ premiered with Shaun Evans portraying a younger version of Detective Morse.