15 Best British Crime Dramas on Netflix 2022

In this divisive and chaotic year of our lord, there’s still at least one thing we can all agree on: British crime dramas (a major subdivision of British dramas) are damn great. The genre has grown in popularity in the United States in recent years, in part thanks to BBC series Peaky Blinders and total daughter Cillian Murphy. Luckily for you, Peaky Blinders is just one of many excellent British crime dramas available to stream these days.

You have probably heard of the stranger with Richard Armitage, but if not, you can thank me later for introducing you both. But it’s not just emotionally reserved handsome men and their sexy chic accents that make British crime dramas a must-watch (see also: Richard Madden in Bodyguard. You’re welcome.). The shows are really well-written, filled with clever dialogue, and have multi-dimensional, gripping storylines. Not to throw shade, but British crime shows do SVU Law and Order and Criminal minds look banal, even boring. (And I love at the altar of Olivia Benson, so that really means something.)

If the genre is still somewhat foreign to you, or if you’ve already crossed the pond and need more crime proper to line up, Netflix has a ~badass~ range of British crime shows. There’s a little something for everyone, from “catching the serial killer” to “unraveling this decades-old mystery,” sometimes on the same show. Don’t blame me when you start using good old British jokes and start looking for clues in your daily life.

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Bodyguard

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The highly rated first season stars Richard Madden (yum) as Protection Officer David Budd, a war veteran with intense PTSD who is assigned to a security detail for a Conservative member of parliament (Keeley Hawes). I don’t have to tell you this, but the twisty plot and sexy chemistry are both ~really good~ here. There have been many talks about a second season, which I would immediately please.

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The fall

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You may have missed this exciting series the first time around, but how could you not to be in Gillian Anderson minds matching with Jamie Dornan?? She’s the talented bisexual detective tasked with catching a serial killer and has… a complicated past, shall we say. He’s the serial killer, who’s also a family man, and *also* the scariest person ever.

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stay close

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A perfect football mother (Cush Jumbo) has a band dark secrets, and they all rush when a serial killer starts killing again (Richard Armitage is also in this one, if you’re a fan). This one’s based on a book, if you like crime novels, but be aware that the series altered the ending a bit, so you’re technically getting two dramas in one.

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the stranger

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This is a show that will have you guessing what’s going to happen next the whole time you watch it. When a complete stranger confronts family man Adam Price and reveals a secret about his wife, it sends him down a spiral rabbit hole as he tries to uncover the truth.

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The one

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If you like your British crime with a sci-fi edge (or even if you don’t), this show is an absolute must. When a DNA researcher thinks she’s found a way to genetically match you with your perfect match, she sets up a matching service to help people match with their soul mates and it all sounds super exciting and great. Until someone turns up dead.

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The Irregulars

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All fans of Sherlock Holmes (aka the OG British crime god) will love this show – it’s an all new take on the classic Sherlock tales. It’s about a ragtag group of teenagers from Victorian England who come together to help a sinister Dr. Watson and his mysterious partner Sherlock Holmes solve supernatural crimes.

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Boy Top

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In London’s East End, the drug trade isn’t exactly hidden. And Ra’Nell, whose mother was just admitted to a mental hospital and whose father died after Ra’Nell killed him, discovers how to navigate a life filled with crime.

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Criminal

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Criminal is a Netflix original series that focuses on police interrogations, each set in a different country: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. With only three episodes in each season, it’s super snackable. And each time, you witness three different perspectives: inside the police interrogation room, what is happening behind the one-way mirror, and finally, the area outside the two rooms. Fair warning: this one is going to completely screw you up.

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Sure

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A heartbreaking drama-slash-thriller about a father whose daughter disappears in what is supposed to be a closed and secure neighborhood. As he searches desperately for her, he begins to realize that what he thought was safe is far from it. It’s the kind of show that will have you wondering if your roommate is actually your friend or some crazy person trying to get close to you so they can kill your whole family.

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Peaky Blinders

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I know what you’re thinking, so I’ll say yes, this show 1000% lives up to all the hype (and is totally a “crime” even though said crime is old). Peaky Blinders will go down in history as one of the greatest things to come out of England, second only to David Beckham and the dress Pippa Middleton wore to Kate and Will’s wedding. If you haven’t heard of Peaky Blinders, whether it’s the show or the viral haircut trend, so please leave your bunker and start watching it as soon as possible.

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white lines

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Alright, so this show is both completely wild and completely thrilling. An Englishwoman travels to Ibiza to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her brother. white lines is for anyone who loves murder mixed with sex, drugs and partying. Pure escape.

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Giri/Haji

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Giri/Haji follows a Tokyo cop who travels to London to find a wanted murderer who also happens to be his brother. The Japanese-English series is a cross-cultural story that combines cops and family drama into one truly thrilling spectacle.

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marcella

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If you go through this list in order and like The fall, you’ll have no problem getting addicted to Marcella Backland and company. It’s another cat-and-mouse formula with more baggage and blackouts that make it hard to separate reality from what’s going on inside Marcella’s head.

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Paranoid

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Ellaria Sand fans in game of thrones can heave a sigh of relief: there is life beyond Dorne and that life exists in the fictional town of Woodmere, where actress Indira Varma plays Detective Sergeant Nina Suresh, tasked with solving the murder of a doctor found stabbed in a playground.

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Collateral

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Clear your schedule (who even has better plans anyway?) and binge Collateral: a four-part series centered on the murder of a pizza delivery man in London. Mulligan is Kip Glaspie, an Olympic pole vaulter turned detective. Yes, you read that right.

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