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

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List Rules Vote up the British series you think everyone should be watching.

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 shows? Killing Eve stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as two women obsessed with each other and caught in a game of cat and mouse. Luther – featuring Idris Elba – is another great detective show often overlooked by most Americans. 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 Collateral, 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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Line of Duty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Line of Duty Keeley Hawes, Lennie James, Martin Compston

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller, + more

Watch on Hulu

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, Action

Watch on BBC America & Netflix

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 86%

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Watch on Netflix

Season 2 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 90%

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Happy Valley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Watch on Netflix 

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 100%

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
bigcraig added Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama, Spy thriller

Watch on BBC America, Hulu, Amazon Prime

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 93%

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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Laura Main

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Drama

Watch on BBC America, PBS, Netflix

Season 8- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 80%

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Watch on Netflix

Season 5- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 68%

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Vera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

Watch on Acorn TV, PBS

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

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Endeavour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Watch on PBS, Amazon Prime

Season 6- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 90%

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period Drama

Watch on BBC America & Netflix

Season 5- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 73%

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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Game show, Cooking show, Home improvement

Watch on BBC America, PBS, & Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Costume drama, Detective fiction

Watch on Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

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Grantchester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery

Watch On: PBS, BBC, Amazon Prime

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 100%

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Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules, Ben Miller

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action

Watch on BBC America, Netflix & PBS

Season 8- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 68%

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Doctor Foster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Drama, English drama

Watch on Netflix

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 81%

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Watch on BBC America and Amazon Prime

Season 11- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 91%

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score - 100%

The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. In 872 England, an unlikely hero (Alexander ...more
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Victoria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
UncleBubba added Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): History, Drama

Watch on Amazon Prime

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 92%

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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Watch on BBC Two

Season 1- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 78%

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No Offence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
bigcraig added Elaine Cassidy, Saira Choudhry, Julie Clerehugh

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Crime, Drama

Watch on Amazon Prime

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

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Peep Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Watch on Hulu, Amazon Prime

Season 9- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 100%

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Not Going Out is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Miranda Hart, Lee Mack, Megan Dodds

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Watch on BBC One

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

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The Great Pottery Throw ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Melanie Sykes, Kate Malone, Keith Brymer Jones

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Competition, Reality

The Great Pottery Throw Down (HBO Max, 2015) is a British competition reality television series presented by Melanie Sykes. Ten home potters from around the country head to Stoke-on-Trent, the ...more
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Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

Watch on BBC America

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

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The A Word is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 20+ Recent British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Morven Christie, Lee Ingleby, Greg McHugh

Genres (Tv): Drama

Watch on SundanceTV & Amazon Prime

Season 2- Rotten Tomatoes Score- 93%