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The Best British TV Shows on HBO Max

Updated June 10, 2021 960 votes 237 voters 11.4k views23 items

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HBO Max is one of the newest entries into the streaming TV marketplace, with countless shows from the vast WarnerMedia vault. One of the more exciting, overlooked aspects of HBO Max is the wealth of television shows from the United Kingdom, some of which have never seen an American release before. Series starring big names like James Corden, Steve Coogan, and Ricky Gervais are all available - but which of them are the most worth your time? We combed through the HBO Max content library to pick out the British TV shows on HBO Max: the best British detective shows, the best British comedies, and the best British documentaries.

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    Initial Release: 2010-2019

    Seasons: 5

    Genre: Drama

    Starring: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson

    Idris Elba stars as haunted Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, a man who lives life on the edge and is always in danger of succumbing to the darkness around him. His world is forever changed when he comes into the orbit of the nefarious Alice Morgan, played by The Affair star Ruth Wilson. Luther nabbed Elba Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win for his work.

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    Initial Release: 2010-2016

    Seasons: 5

    Genre: Crime Drama

    Starring: Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz

    If you are looking for a straightforward British detective series on HBO Max, DCI Banks provides just that. Based on a series of novels by Peter Robinson, the series features the titular detective chief inspector (Stephen Tompkinson) solving grisly mysteries with his sidekick, Detective Sergeant Annie Cabot. When DCI Banks first aired in the United States, on public television in 2013, the two-part episodes were condensed into single, 90-minute films, but HBO Max distributes the series as it was in the UK.

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    Initial Release: 2011-2016

    Seasons: 5

    Genre: Crime Drama

    Starring: Lesley Sharp, Suranne Jones

    Manchester cops Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey solve mysteries and navigate their complicated personal lives. The gritty series was created by Diane Taylor and Sally Wainwright. Wainwright has since gone on to create the HBO/BBC co-production Gentleman Jack, which is also available on HBO Max and stars Scott & Bailey's Suranne Jones.

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    Initial Release: 2017-Present

    Seasons: 4

    Genre: Detective crime drama

    Starring: Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger

    Based on the Cormoran Strike detective novels written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, C.B. Strike first premiered on Cinemax (in 2018) in the states but with the latest season, Lethal White, the series moves to HBO Max, with its previous seasons as well. Following the titular war-veteran-turned-private-detective Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) and his assistant, who of course subsequently becomes his business partner, Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger), each season follows one of the novels, with the latest tying blackmail and murder into an intricate twist.

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