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Drama is injected throughout every single step of the crime solving process on the best British procedurals. The top British procedurals take viewers on a mysterious adventure from the moment a crime is committed to the high-stakes trial. This is a list of the greatest British procedural shows, including everything from Midsomer Murders to Heartbeat to Waking the Dead.

What series will you find on this list of the best English procedurals? Each episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot is based on a novel or short story by the beloved author. David Suchet starred as the title character throughout the show's 13 series run from 1989-2002. Inspector Morse is another popular British procedural show. The detectives of Death in Paradise are charged with solving crimes in an idealistic setting. Other good British procedural shows featured on this list include Sherlock, Prime Suspect, and Taggart.

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Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
John Thaw, Peter Woodthorpe, Kevin Whately Inspector Morse is a British detective drama television series based on a series of novels by Colin Dexter. It starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis. The ...more

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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon This 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 Anthony ...more

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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson Agatha Christie's Poirot is a British television drama that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie's fictional ...more

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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell Prime Suspect is a British police procedural television drama series starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
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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Inspector Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Eric Thomas added Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman Lewis is a British television detective drama produced for ITV. A spin-off from Inspector Morse, like that series it is set in Oxford. Kevin Whately reprises his character Robert ...more

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The Bletchley Circle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
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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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker Broadchurch is a British television drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. The ...more

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DCI Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
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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Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
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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Shetland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Shetland is a BBC Scotland crime drama television series starring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez. The story takes place on the Scottish archipelago of Shetland, though much ...more

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Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
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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Grantchester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie

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Wire in the Blood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Eric Thomas added Robson Green, Simone Lahbib, Hermione Norris Wire in the Blood is a British crime drama television series, created and produced by Coastal Productions for the ITV network, that ran from 2002 to 2008. The series is based on characters ...more

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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch The Fall is a BBC 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 Superintendent ...more

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Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Eric Thomas added Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward Silent Witness is a British crime drama series, produced by the BBC, focusing on a team of forensic pathology experts and their investigations into various crimes. First broadcast in 1996, and ...more

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Line of Duty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
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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Z-Cars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Stratford Johns, Geoffrey Hayes, Jeremy Kemp Z-Cars or Z Cars was a British television drama series centred on the work of mobile uniformed police in the fictional town of Newtown, based on Kirkby, Merseyside. Produced by the BBC, it ...more

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Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
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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Juliet Bravo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
David Ellison, Noel Collins, Stephanie Turner Juliet Bravo is a British television series, which ran on BBC1 between 1980 and 1985. The theme of the series concerned a female police inspector who took over control of a police station in the ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley Luther is a British 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 on 4 ...more

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Marcella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Anna Friel, Nicholas Pinnock, Ray Panthaki Marcella is a British crime noir detective series produced, written and directed by Hans Rosenfeldt. Former London detective Marcella Backland is devastated when her husband leaves her and their ...more

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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington Being Human is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse for broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare comedy and horror ...more

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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Sophie Ward, Peter Firth, Derek Fowlds Heartbeat is a British police drama series set in 1960s North Riding of Yorkshire and broadcast on ITV in 18 series between 1992 and 2010. It was made by ITV Studios at the Leeds Studios and on ...more

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Cracker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville, Kieran O'Brien Cracker is a British crime drama series produced by Granada Television for ITV and created and principally written by Jimmy McGovern. Set in Manchester, the series is centered on a criminal ...more

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CI5: The New Professionals is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Edward Woodward, Kal Weber, Colin Wells CI5: The New Professionals is a British Action/crime drama that aired on the Sky1 satellite channel from 19 September to 19 December 1999. An updating of the late 1970s television series The ...more

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The Shadow Line is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
The Shadow Line Christopher Eccleston, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Stephen Rea The Shadow Line is a seven-part British television drama miniseries produced by Company Pictures/Eight Rooks Ltd/Baby Cow/CinemaNX production for BBC Two. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher ...more

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Taggart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie Taggart is a British detective television programme, created by Glenn Chandler, who wrote many of the episodes, and made by STV Productions for the ITV network. The series revolved around a ...more

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Hamish Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Robert Carlyle, Shirley Henderson, Barbara Rafferty Hamish Macbeth is a comedy-drama series made by BBC Scotland and first aired in 1995. It is loosely based on a series of mystery novels by M. C. Beaton. The series concerns a local police ...more

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Suspects is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Suspects Damien Molony, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Fay Ripley Suspects is a British police procedural television series first aired on Channel 5 on 12 February 2014. Set in London, the series follows DS Jack Weston, DC Charlie Steele and their senior DI ...more

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No Hiding Place is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Johnny Briggs, Sean Caffrey No Hiding Place is a British television series that was produced at Wembley Studios by Associated-Rediffusion for the ITV network between 16 September 1959 and 22 June 1967. It was the sequel to ...more

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No Offence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Elaine Cassidy, Saira Choudhry, Julie Clerehugh