Crime Dramas The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked  

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British crime dramas are beloved around the world, thanks in part to the detectives who make sure the bad guys receive justice. The top British crime shows take viewers through the process of figuring out who done it. This is a list of the best British crime drama shows, including everything from Midsomer Murders to Death in Paradise to Wallander.

What series will you find on this list of the greatest British crime dramas? In LutherIdris Elba stars as a brilliant, but troubled detective with a bit of a temper. Waking the Dead is another good British crime series. Gillian Anderson hunts an elusive serial killer, played by Jamie Dornan, in the BBC Two series The Fall. Other great English crime shows featured on this list include Vera, Miss Marple, and Rosemary & Thyme.

Which of these popular British crime dramas is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any great shows that are missing.

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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Father Brown Father Brown is a British television period drama which began airing on BBC One on 14 January 2013. It features Mark Williams as the eponymous crime-solving Roman Catholic priest. The series is ...more

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Guest_a33c6e56-af79-42f0-8fff-3b917c83a4f7 added Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker Broadchurch is a British television crime drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Midsomer Murders Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon Midsomer Murders is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by ...more

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Vera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Vera Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon Vera is a British detective television series based on the works of crime author Ann Cleeves. It stars Brenda Blethyn and is broadcast on ITV and in the United States on public television

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Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Foyle's War Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell Foyle's War is a British detective drama television series set during and shortly after the Second World War, created by screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by ITV after ...more

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Doc Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
NRoden1951 added Doc Martin Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice Doc Martin is a British television medical comedy drama series. Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), a brilliant and successful vascular surgeon at Imperial College London, develops haemophobia ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Luther Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley Luther is a British crime drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered ...more

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Happy Valley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Happy Valley Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza

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Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Death In Paradise Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules, Ben Miller Death in Paradise is a British-French lighthearted crime drama television series created by Robert Thorogood, initially starring Ben Miller and Sara Martins, and later starring Kris Marshall and ...more

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Miss Marple is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Miss Marple Joan Hickson, Gwen Watford, David Horovitch Miss Marple is a British television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie. It starred Joan Hickson in the title role, and aired from 1984 to 1992. All 12 ...more

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Jonathan Creek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Jonathan Creek Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Stuart Milligan Jonathan Creek is a British mystery crime drama series produced by the BBC and written by David Renwick. It stars Alan Davies as the title character, who works as a creative consultant to a ...more

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The Bletchley Circle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
The Bletchley Circle Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle The Bletchley Circle is a television mystery drama miniseries, set in 1952–53, about four women who used to work as codebreakers at Bletchley Park. Dissatisfied with official failure to ...more

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DCI Banks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
DCI Banks Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Lowe DCI Banks is a British crime drama series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the ITV network. The series is based on Peter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks novels and stars Stephen Tompkinson as ...more

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Line of Duty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Line Of Duty Keeley Hawes, Lennie James, Martin Compston Line of Duty is a British police drama, created by Jed Mercurio, which aired on BBC Two 26 June 2012. The first series was BBC Two's best-performing drama series in 10 years, with a consolidated ...more

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Rosemary & Thyme is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Rosemary & Thyme Felicity Kendal, Pam Ferris, Ryan Philpott Rosemary & Thyme is a British television mystery series starring Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris as gardening detectives Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme. The show began on ITV in 2003. The ...more

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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
The Fall Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch The Fall is a BBC crime drama television series set in Northern Ireland and created, written and, in its second series, directed by Allan Cubitt. The series stars Gillian Anderson as ...more

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Wallander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Wallander Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark Wallander is a British television series adapted from the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels and starring Kenneth Branagh as the eponymous police inspector. The first ...more

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Hinterland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Hinterland Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries Y Gwyll, titled Hinterland in the English-language version (S4C, 2013), is a Welsh noir police detective drama series created by Ed Talfan and Ed Thomas. Troubled Detective Chief Inspector Tom ...more

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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Father Brown Kenneth More, Graham Crowden, Dennis Burgess Father Brown is a British television series, which originally aired on ITV in 1974. It featured Kenneth More as Father Brown, a Roman Catholic Priest who solved crime mysteries. The episodes ...more

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Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Waking The Dead Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson Waking the Dead is a British television police procedural crime drama series produced by the BBC featuring a fictional Cold Case unit composed of CID police officers, a psychological profiler ...more

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The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Paul Cummings added The Professionals Gordon Jackson, Lewis Collins, Martin Shaw The Professionals is a British crime-action television drama series produced by Avengers Mk1 Productions and London Weekend Television that aired on the ITV network from 1977 to 1983. In all, 57 ...more

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The Bill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
Paul Cummings added The Bill Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin, Jeff Stewart The Bill is a British police procedural television series that was broadcast on the ITV network from 16 October 1984 until 31 August 2010. The programme originated from a one-off drama, entitled ...more

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The Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
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The Trials of Jimmy Rose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked
The Trials of Jimmy Rose Marion Bailey, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jack Colgrave Hirst