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20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time  

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If you're an Anglophile at heart, this list of under the radar British TV series is for you. Everyone's heard of shows like The Crownbut what are the best current British TV shows you've been missing out on? All the across the pond shows Americans should see are listed below. 

What are some seriously underrated British TV showsBroadchurch stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman as a pair of detectives and is currently streaming on Netflix. Luther – featuring Idris Elba – is another great detective show often overlooked by most Americans. If you're looking for laughs, Fleabag is a hilarious British comedy available on Amazon Prime. Other good current British TV shows include Call of the Midwife, The Great British Bake Off, and Poldark. If you're in need of some new British shows to watch right now, these are some great options. Some shows, such as Broadchurch, are no longer airing new episodes but thanks to Netflix, you can catch up on the best series from across the pond.

Out of all the British television you've been missing, what do you feel most compelled to run out and watch? Help decide which shows are the best. Give your favorites a thumbs up! 

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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ruby Bentall

Watch on BBC America & PBS

Season 5- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 86%

Poldark (BBC One, 2015) is a British-American drama television series created by Debbie Horsfield, based on the novels by Winston Graham. Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns home after American ...more
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Luther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

Watch on BBC America & Netflix

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 86%

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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Line of Duty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Keeley Hawes, Lennie James, Martin Compston

Watch on Hulu

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

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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Endeavour is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw

Watch on PBS, Amazon Prime

Season 6- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 90%

Endeavour is a British television detective drama series. It is a prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse and—like that series—is set primarily in Oxford. Shaun Evans portrays a young ...more
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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

Watch on BBC America and Netflix

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 98%

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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Vera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon

Watch on Acorn TV, PBS

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
bigcraig added Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Watch on BBC America, Hulu, Amazon Prime

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 93%

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Watch on Netflix

Season 2 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 90%

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more
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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main

Watch on BBC America, PBS, Netflix

Season 8- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 80%

Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. It stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Bryony ...more
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Happy Valley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran

Watch on Netflix 

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 100%

Happy Valley (BBC One, 2014) is a British crime drama television series created by Sally Wainwright. Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Watch on Netflix

Season 5- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 68%

Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more
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Grantchester is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie

Watch On: PBS, BBC, Amazon Prime

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 100%

Grantchester is a British ITV detective drama, set in the 1950s Cambridgeshire village of the same name. The show features Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton), who develops a sideline ...more
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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Watch on BBC America & Netflix

Season 5- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 73%

Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more
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The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Watch on BBC America, PBS, & Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other ...more
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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time

Watch on Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

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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Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules, Ben Miller

Watch on BBC America, Netflix & PBS

Season 8- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 68%

This film is a British-French lighthearted 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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Doctor Foster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time

Watch on Netflix

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 81%

Doctor Foster is a British drama television series that is set to first broadcast on BBC One. The five-part series, written by Mike Bartlett, is about Doctor Jenny Foster suspecting her husband ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Watch on BBC America and Amazon Prime

Season 11- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 91%

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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No Offence is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
bigcraig added Elaine Cassidy, Saira Choudhry, Julie Clerehugh

Watch on Amazon Prime

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

No Offence (Channel 4, 2015) is a British television police procedural drama television series. The show follows a team of detectives from Friday Street police station, a division of the ...more
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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark

Watch on BBC Two

Season 1- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 78%

Collateral (BBC Two, 2018) is a four-part British television drama serial created by David Hare. While investigating the seemingly random murder of a pizza delivery man in London, a detective ...more
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Victoria is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
UncleBubba added Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles

Watch on Amazon Prime

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 92%

Victoria (ITV, 2016) is a drama television series created by Daisy Goodwin. The show depicts first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her accession to the throne at ...more
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Not Going Out is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Miranda Hart, Lee Mack, Megan Dodds

Watch on BBC One

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

Not Going Out is a British television sitcom that has aired on BBC One since 2006 starring Lee Mack, Tim Vine, and Sally Bretton. Recurring roles throughout the series have been portrayed by ...more
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Peep Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King

Watch on Hulu, Amazon Prime

Season 9- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 100%

Peep Show is a British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The television programme is written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, with additional material by Mitchell and Webb, amongst ...more
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Travel Man: 48 Hours in... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Richard Ayoade

Watch on Hulu

 Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

Travel Man (Channel 4, 2015) is a British television travel documentary series. In each episode, presenter Richard Ayoade travels to a popular city with a celebrity guest.
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Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward

Watch on BBC America

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

Silent Witness is a British drama series, produced by the BBC, focusing on a team of forensic pathology experts and their investigations. First broadcast in 1996, and still on air, the series ...more