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British Crime & Mysteries: TV Series and Movies

My appetite for British crime and mystery TV series and movies is insatiable and beyond an addition level.  The British series and movies tend to rely less on glitz and gimmicks, and focus more on the investigation, procedure, character development, etc.  One key factor that enables this is the program length, which can range from one to three hours per case or story.  Many of the series and movies are adapted from novels, or characters from the novels.

 

This page summarizes dozens of series and movies that I have viewed, or where I have some degree of knowledge.  Due to the sheer number of series and movies compiled, they are divided into some very rough categorized collections.  Clicking on each image will display another page for that collection.  The descriptions and my comments are dynamic, and will be continually updated as my restructuring of this page continues, and as I recall things.

 

Based on repeated feedback and pleadings, I will slowly begin to add additional series and movies which I may not have seen myself.  My primary focus will continue to be on English language series from Britain, though a few from Ireland and Australia are listed.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback, and I am more than willing help make comparisons.  Much to my surprise, this page is viewed over 35,000 per month.

 

Police Detectives

This is a collection of police procedural series or movies concerning murder, and a particular police detective is the predominant character of the investigation.

 

Police Detective Duos

This is a collection of police procedural series or movies concerning murder, and two police detective are the predominant characters of the investigation.

 

Police Detective Teams
 This is a collection of police procedural series or movies concerning murder, and a team of police detectives and forensic experts are all featured in leading roles.

    

Private Detectives
 This is a collection of series and movies that concern crime or murder, and a private detective is the predominant character of the investigation.

    

Citizen Sleuths
 This is a collection of series and movies that concern crime or murder, and a private citizen sleuth is the predominant character of the investigation.

    

Forensics

This is a collection of series and movies that concern murder, and forensics experts are the predominant characters of the investigation.

 

Profilers
 This is a collection of series and movies that concern murder, and profilers or criminal psychologists that assist the police are the predominant characters.

    

Policing
 This is a collection of series and movies that concern crime, and uniformed police or non-murder detectives are the predominant characters of the investigation .

    

Legal

This is a collection of series or movies that concern crime or murder, and the predominant focus is on the legal aspect or legal team and the resulting trial.

 

Espionage & Political

This is a collection of series or movies that concern espionage and political crime including corruption.

 

Heists

This is a collection of series or movies that concern heists, and the thieves or grifters are the predominant characters.

 

Mysteries & Crime

This is a general collection of series or movies that concern mysteries or crime, including murder.

 

    

  

  

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Listed below are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions that I receive.

 

Where can I find these series and movies?

 

It depends, and in a big way.  It depends on your country, and then whether you are seeking to stream them, rent them on DVD, or buy them on DVD.  For my counterparts in the US, some of the series have aired or will air on PBS.  Some are available from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Acorn Online, etc.  Some are available on DVD from rental sites such as Netflix, or to buy on DVD from sites like Amazon.  Unfortunately, some of these series and movies may not yet be available, as there usually is a measurable delay before they are released in other countries, such as the US.

 

Why is there such a delay for some of the series and movies to be released outside of the UK?

 

Quite simply, it all comes down to distribution rights, and who decides to buy the rights.  For example, PBS may buy the rights, and will show them as part of Masterpiece or Mystery! programming.  Depending on timing, there could be a delay of months before PBS airs the series or movie.

 

How are you viewing some of these series and movies before they are released in the US?

 

In most instances, I am ordering the series and movies on DVD from Amazon UK, which is the UK storefront of Amazon.  It should be noted that these DVDs are usually limited to playing only in a Region 2 capable player.  Before I decide to buy the series or movie, I am obviously doing research online, and reading reviews from UK viewers, UK press, watching trailers, etc.  There are a few key benefits of ordering DVDs directly from the UK.  

Can you explain how to view Region 2 DVDs in another region, such as the US which is Region 1?

 

Many DVD players are region specific.  For example, many store bought DVD players in the US are limited to playing only Region 1 DVDs.  This problem can commonly be solved with many DVD players by "unlocking" the region limitations via entering a simple firmware code, but there are some where this is not possible.  For example, I have a few inexpensive Phillips DVD players from Best Buy, and a simple firmware code allows them all to play DVDs from both Region 1 and Region 2.  There are no legal concerns as all of my DVDs are legitimately purchased.  There are also some companies that sell players which are unlocked, but I do not have any first hand knowledge at this time.

 

What is the difference between season, series, and set?

 

Television nomenclature varies between the UK and the US. 

 

This page was updated February 1, 2015