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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 shows? Broadchurch 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. 

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

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

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

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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Watch on BBC America, Netflix, & PBS

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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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

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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby
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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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
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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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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) 9 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran

Watch on Netflix

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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Endeavour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw
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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Vera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon
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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Watch on Netflix

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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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

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

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

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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Grantchester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie
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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Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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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Not Going Out is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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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Doctor Foster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
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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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark
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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Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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
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No Offence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
bigcraig added Elaine Cassidy, Saira Choudhry, Julie Clerehugh
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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Top of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan

Watch on SundanceTV & Hulu

Top of the Lake is a 2013 television miniseries written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and directed by Campion and Garth Davis. It marks Campion's first work for television since An Angel at My ...more
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Travel Man: 48 Hours in... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 20+ Current British TV Shows You've Been Missing This Whole Time
Richard Ayoade
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.