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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
Inspector Morse 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
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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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Prime Suspect 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) 4 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, 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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The Bletchley Circle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, 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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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Agatha Christie's Poirot 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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Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, 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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DCI Banks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, 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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Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, 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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Z-Cars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Z-Cars 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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Juliet Bravo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Juliet Bravo 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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CI5: The New Professionals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
CI5: The New Professionals 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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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Heartbeat 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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Suspects is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
No Hiding Place 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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Taggart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Taggart 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) 17 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
Hamish Macbeth 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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No Offence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Procedurals, Ranked
No Offence Elaine Cassidy, Saira Choudhry, Julie Clerehugh