My favorite UK television series and mini-series

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1. Life on Mars (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews

Votes: 25,875

Nothing to say about this incredible Serie, nothing more than incredibly kitsch, but so great ... If you like the English series, you should love this serie... Philip Glenister and John Simm are totally amazing and awesome ! I love them for now and ever !

2. Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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DCI Gene Hunt swaps the Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro and joins the London Metropolitan Police to deal with the 'Southern Nancy' criminal scum.

Stars: Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster

Votes: 7,374

It is not the following Life on Mars, but we finally discovered why Sam Tyler and Alex Drake are where they are... and Keeley Hawes is totally incredible and so beautifull

3. Jekyll (2007– )

334 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.2
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London, 2007. Tom Jackman is the only living descendent of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He has made a deal with his dark side: a body share. What Mr. Hyde doesn't know is that Tom has a family.... See full summary »

Stars: James Nesbitt, Gina Bellman, Denis Lawson, Michelle Ryan

Votes: 6,801

James Nesbitt is.... so good

4. State of Play (2003– )

TV-14 | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead.

Stars: John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, Philip Glenister

Votes: 8,021

A concentrate of my favorite British actors

5. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 29,172

6. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A veteran DCI and his young sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 17,533

For the atmosphere of rural England, that is hiding a lot of horrors,

7. Demons (2009– )

60 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.0
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Luke Rutherford is your average teenager - until his dead father's best friend, Rupert Galvin turns up to reveal his secret destiny: he's the great-grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Philip Glenister, Zoë Tapper, Christian Cooke, Holliday Grainger

Votes: 1,425

For Phil, as always.

8. Silent Witness (1996– )

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Crimes through the eyes of a team of forensic pathologists and forensic scientists.

Stars: Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward, David Caves

Votes: 3,815

9. Monroe (2011– )

60 min | Drama

7.6
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Medical drama series about brilliant neurosurgeon Gabriel Monroe.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Tom Riley, Sarah Parish, Thomas Morrison

Votes: 771

For James Nesbitt, always weird and scary

10. Being Human (2008–2013)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost try to live together and get along.

Stars: Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan

Votes: 21,939

11. Merlin (2008–2012)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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These are the brand new adventures of Merlin, the legendary sorcerer as a young man, when he was just a servant to young Prince Arthur on the royal court of Camelot, who has soon become his best friend, and turned Arthur into a great king and a legend.

Stars: John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Richard Wilson

Votes: 61,435

12. Collision (2009)

TV-PG | 201 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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The story of a major road accident and a group of people who have never met, but who all share one single defining moment that will change their lives.

Stars: Douglas Henshall, Dean Lennox Kelly, Lucy Griffiths, Phil Davis

Votes: 1,129

13. Bonekickers (2008– )

60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

4.7
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English archaeology professor 'Dolly' Parton's team handles high-profile (notably relic) finds. Often those prove relevant in the present, as such and/or as symbol for a cause. So the team ... See full summary »

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Julie Graham, Adrian Lester, Michael Maloney

Votes: 721

14. Primeval (2007–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.3
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When strange anomalies start to appear all over England, Professor Cutter and his team must track down and capture all sorts of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth's distant past and near future.

Stars: Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller, Juliet Aubrey

Votes: 11,779

15. Paradox (2009–2010)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.2
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During a period of high activity on the sun a physicist receives images in his lab that show an event that has yet to happen.

Stars: Tamzin Outhwaite, Emun Elliott, Mark Bonnar, Chiké Okonkwo

Votes: 1,371

It was to short... sadly !

16. Apparitions (2008– )

Action, Drama, Horror

8.0
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Father Jacob Myers, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, played by Martin Shaw, examines evidence of miracles to be used in canonisation but also performs exorcisms. As he learns, Jacob's... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Shaw, Rick Warden, Siobhan Finneran, John Shrapnel

Votes: 1,271

17. Inspector George Gently (2007– )

89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.

Stars: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard, Lisa McGrillis

Votes: 4,307

For the smile of Martin Shaw and the "innocent look" of Lee Ingleby

18. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001–2008)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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British crime investigation series based around aristocratic, Oxford-educated Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his working-class assistant Sergeant Barbara Havers.

Stars: Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, Paul Hickey

Votes: 3,289

19. Luther (2010–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 87,866

for the completely mad and uncontrollable side of john luther

20. Wire in the Blood (2002– )

69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England.

Stars: Robson Green, Mark Letheren, Emma Handy, Mark Penfold

Votes: 5,960

I love Robson Green, whatever he has done

21. Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)

180 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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DI Tom Thorne's only key to a catching a serial killer is a survivor unable to move or communicate.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Lorraine Ashbourne, Brana Bajic, Trinity Barden, Phillip Browne

Votes: 2,176

22. Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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A rookie Yorkshire journalist sets out to solve the case of a child murderer.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Andrew Garfield, David Morrissey, John Henshaw, Anthony Flanagan

Votes: 10,071

and the two others red riding, of course.

23. The Last Enemy (2008– )

60 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.1
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Britain has been transformed into a security state. A mathematical genius's search for the truth about his brother's death catapults him into a conspiracy and a love affair.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Robert Carlyle

Votes: 2,014

Again, for Benedict !

24. Mad Dogs (2011– )

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Follows the reunion of four old sixth form friends. They head to Spain to visit the fifth member of the gang, but things take a dark turn.

Stars: Max Beesley, John Simm, Marc Warren, Philip Glenister

Votes: 4,580

And again for John and Philip...

25. Whitechapel (2009– )

180 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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A fast-tracked inspector, a hardened detective sergeant, and an expert in historical homicides investigate modern crimes with connections to the past in the Whitechapel district of London.

Stars: Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton, Sam Stockman

Votes: 8,979

26. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 130,057

27. Exile (2011)

180 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A father and son story, with a thriller motor. It explores a mystery from the past with a brutal and shocking revelation.

Stars: John Simm, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Nico Mirallegro

Votes: 1,346

Again and again for John Simm !

28. Case Histories (2011– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Former soldier and policeman, Jackson Brodie, becomes a private investigator.

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Amanda Abbington, Zawe Ashton, Millie Innes

Votes: 2,432

29. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.2
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 628,194

For the quality of the show and, of course, Benedict. He's awsome, as well as Martin, Andrew and Rupert. We have to wait until 2016 to watch season 4...

30. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 60,552

31. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

8.8
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A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 120,688

32. Grantchester (2014– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.

Stars: James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones

Votes: 6,317

33. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 7,959

34. Death in Paradise (2011– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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A British inspector is transferred to Saint-Marie's police department, but he hates the sun, sea, and sand. The series follow his investigations into murders on the island. Later series see another British DI head the investigative team.

Stars: Danny John-Jules, Elizabeth Bourgine, Don Warrington, Joséphine Jobert

Votes: 9,095

35. Endeavour (2012– )

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw, Anton Lesser

Votes: 10,562

36. Code of a Killer (2015– )

65 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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The story of Sir Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by DCS David Baker in catching a double murderer.

Stars: John Simm, Anna Madeley, David Threlfall, Lorcan Cranitch

Votes: 1,847

37. Prey (2014– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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On the run accused of a terrible crime, Manchester Detective Marcus Farrow tries to prove his innocence while being hunted by his former friends and colleagues.

Stars: Rosie Cavaliero, Daniel Jillings, Darren Whitfield, John Simm

Votes: 2,286

38. The Five (2016– )

60 min | Drama, Mystery

7.7
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A mystery series created by author Harlan Coben. Jesse, a five year old boy goes missing, 20 years later his DNA shows up at a crime scene.

Stars: O-T Fagbenle, Tom Cullen, Hannah Arterton, Sarah Solemani

Votes: 4,214