TV: Brit Crime & Mystery

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1. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of eccentric, but sharp, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 38,356

2. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)

50 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

In 1930s England, a man from an aristocratic family takes up the pseudonym Albert Campion and, with the help of his ex-burglar manservant, solves mysteries.

Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Andrew Burt, Moray Watson

Votes: 699

3. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)

TV-PG | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Hetty wakes on her 60th birthday and decides to become a private investigator. With assistance from a teenager called Geoffrey and her husband Robert, combined with her own common sense, Hetty is confident she can solve any case.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Dominic Monaghan, Derek Benfield, John Graham-Davies

Votes: 1,325

4. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Chief Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Detective Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 10,168

5. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)

TV-MA | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A crusty barrister oversees difficult criminal cases while dealing with the demands of his family life.

Stars: John Thaw, Oliver Ford Davies, Nicholas Jones, Cliff Parisi

Votes: 663

6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of copper beeches, a Greek interpreter, the Norwood builder, a resident patient, the red-headed league, and one final problem.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter

Votes: 19,969

7. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of the devil's foot, Silver Blaze, Wisteria Lodge and the Bruce-Partington Plans.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 10,639

8. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991–1993)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the mysteries of the Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Illustrious Client and The Creeping Man.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 4,893

9. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994)

TV-PG | 306 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The last installment of Sherlock Holmes' investigations.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Rosalie Williams, Edward Hardwicke, Charles Gray

Votes: 7,223

10. The Sweeney (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Jack Regan and George Carter are hard-edged detectives in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. They pursue villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal, frequently violent and - more often than not - successful.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, John Alkin

Votes: 1,865

11. Z Cars (1962–1978)

50 min | Crime, Drama

A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional town of Newtown in the North of England.

Stars: James Ellis, John Slater, Douglas Fielding, Bernard Holley

Votes: 269

12. Van der Valk (1972–1992)

120 min | Action, Drama

Gritty British-made Police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Cynical Dutch Detective Commissaris "Piet" Van der Valk (Barry Foster) and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings, and political corruption.

Stars: Barry Foster, Michael Latimer, Joanna Dunham, Susan Travers

Votes: 310

13. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

Stars: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie

Votes: 1,141

14. Death of an Expert Witness (1983)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When Dr. Edwin Lorrimer, a forensic scientist working at a private laboratory is found killed, Detective Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh is sent to investigate. Dalgliesh had been in the area... See full summary »

Stars: Roy Marsden, Barry Foster, Ray Brooks, Ivor Roberts

Votes: 299

15. Clouds of Witness (1972)

Drama

Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver is accused of murdering their sister Mary's fiancé. It's up to Lord Peter and his faithful man Bunter to untangle all the clues and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Mark Eden, Rachel Herbert

Votes: 293

16. Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984)

156 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.

Stars: Gwen Watford, Moray Watson, Valentine Dyall, Frederick Jaeger

Votes: 1,892

17. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001–2008)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

British crime investigation series based around aristocratic, Oxford-educated Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley ( Nathaniel Parker ) and his working-class assistant Sergeant Barbara Havers ( Sharon Small ).

Stars: Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, Paul Hickey

Votes: 4,213

18. Wycliffe (1994– )

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in Cornwall, Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe, who works along with his colleagues DI Doug Kersey and DI Lucy Lane, investigates murder cases with his trademark determination and clinical accuracy.

Stars: Jack Shepherd, Helen Masters, Jimmy Yuill, Tim Wylton

Votes: 589

19. Alleyn Mysteries (1990–1994)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Drawing on her love of theatre and art, New Zealand author Ngaio Marsh created elegant crime-puzzlers full of quirky characters with hidden agendas, all brought meticulously to life in this BBC series.

Stars: William Simons, Patrick Malahide, Belinda Lang, Tim Dutton

Votes: 357

20. DCI Banks (2010–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The tenacious and stubborn DCI Banks unravels disturbing murder mysteries aided by his young assistants, DS Annie Cabbot and DI Helen Morton.

Stars: Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz

Votes: 5,810

21. Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)

TV-MA | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.

Stars: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard, Lisa McGrillis

Votes: 5,937

22. Scott & Bailey (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two female detectives, one motherly, the other emotionally immature, have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, Tony Mooney, David Prosho

Votes: 6,724

23. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 10,784

24. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

From cold, rock-strewn moors to comfortable suburban estates, award-winning writer Ruth Rendell explores the dark fissures between friends and family members that motivate murder.

Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Ken Kitson

Votes: 354

25. Vera (2011– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her team face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape.

Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Kenny Doughty

Votes: 9,318

26. Father Brown (2013– )

TV-PG | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village.

Stars: Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, John Burton, Jack Deam

Votes: 8,174

27. Rosemary & Thyme (2003–2006)

TV-PG | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set amongst the stunning gardens of Europe, Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme, two professional gardeners, find themselves drawn into solving mysterious crimes.

Stars: Felicity Kendal, Pam Ferris, Ryan Philpott, Daisy Dunlop

Votes: 3,767

28. The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971–1973)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Adaptations of mystery stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's contemporary rivals in the genre.

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Peter Vaughan, Douglas Wilmer, Ronald Hines

Votes: 208

29. Endeavour (2012– )

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw, Sean Rigby

Votes: 18,913

30. Sherlock (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 809,556

31. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1972–1973)

180 min | Crime, Mystery

When one of the members of the Bellona Club passes away, Lord Wimsey is brought in to determine the time of death for testamentary purposes.

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terence Alexander, Anna Cropper, Donald Pickering

Votes: 261

32. Murder Must Advertise (1973–1974)

Mystery

When one of the copy writers of Pym's Advertising Agency meets his death by falling down a spiral staircase, a new "writer" joins the staff to investigate the matter.

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Mark Eden, Rachel Herbert, Paul Darrow

Votes: 278

33. The Nine Tailors (1974– )

Mystery

The title refers to the nine strokes of a church bell to announce the death of a man. In this adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's intricate, nostalgic, and atmospheric novel of the same name,... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Elizabeth Proud, Patrick Jordan

Votes: 305

34. Five Red Herrings (1975– )

Crime, Mystery

Solve the mystery with Lord Peter Wimsey, based on the book by Dorothy L Sayers.

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Roy Boutcher, David Rintoul

Votes: 239

35. Wallander (2008–2016)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A television show centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark, Sarah Smart

Votes: 12,827

36. Hinterland (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where troubled DCI Tom Mathias solves murders while searching for redemption.

Stars: Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries, Hannah Daniel

Votes: 11,380

37. Unforgotten (2015– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

London detectives investigate crimes from the past, unravelling secrets left buried for years.

Stars: Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Lewis Reeves, Jordan Long

Votes: 12,707

38. Happy Valley (2014– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Yorkshire based crime drama centring on the personal and professional life of Police Sergeant Catherine Cawood.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 33,737

39. A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gentleman sleuth solves mysteries and falls in love with a detective novelist.

Stars: Harriet Walter, Edward Petherbridge, Richard Morant, Rowena Cooper

Votes: 210

40. New Tricks (2003–2015)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Three retired police officers are drafted in to solve cold cases, with a touch of comedy and drama

Stars: Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam

Votes: 5,227

41. Marple (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett, Isabella Parriss

Votes: 6,268

42. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A veteran Detective Chief Inspector and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 24,167

43. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 12,728

44. Prime Suspect (1991)

207 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.

Stars: Helen Mirren, John Benfield, Tom Bell, Jack Ellis

Votes: 6,713

45. Prime Suspect 1973 (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Prime Suspect 1973 tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison's first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry.

Stars: Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong

Votes: 2,699

46. Van der Valk (2020–2021)

PG-13 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Dutch detective takes on criminal cases in Amsterdam using insightful human observation and his natural street smarts.

Stars: Marc Warren, Maimie McCoy, Luke Allen-Gale, Elliot Barnes-Worrell

Votes: 1,656

47. Young Wallander (2020– )

TV-MA | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8