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TV crime drama (huge nod to BBC)
Old 09-22-2020, 12:41 PM
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Thanks to my PT friends for so many excellent recommendations. Please feel free to comment or add more.

1. Broadchurch—IMO the gold standard of the genre. Outstanding. Perfect TV.
2. The Tunnel—I adored this British-French collaboration featuring a young female French detective (on the spectrum) and a kind yet unfaithful older British detective.
3. Luther—the first 3 seasons were in Broadchurch territory, but the last 2 seasons felt tired to me. However, I was always happy to watch Idris Elba.
4. The Fall—fabulous if you don’t mind a slow pace. I usually hate slow, but it works in this brilliant series.
5. DCI Banks—is good old police procedural that sticks very close to the books.
6. Blue Murder—I loved this more personal cop show.
7. Scott & Bailey—2 women coppers.
8. Secrets and Lies—Australian, stick with it, you definitely need to watch all 6 episodes.
9. Loved ALL the Harlen Coben miniseries (Safe, The Five, The Stranger, The Woods). Loved.
10. The Coroner—I just started watching this Canadian series about a coroner who moves to the country after her husband’s death.


I didn’t love:
Giri/Haji (I’ll go back and try again someday)
Dr. Foster (watched it all and am not happy I did)
Midsomer Murders (too sweet for me)
Longmire (I like it, but same old same old)

I’m sure I’m forgetting some (isn’t that embarrassing to admit—think I’m watching enough TV?). I’m ready for a new one. Ideas?



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Old 09-22-2020, 12:45 PM
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The Missing and Unforgotten are great. Broadchurch is my all time favorite.

I don't care for Midsomer Murders or Dr. Foster.
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:56 PM
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Like you, I've loved the British detective shows, and have seen most (not all) of those on your list. You've given me some others to try. Let me add a couple of suggestions:

Unforgotten - Male and female British detectives who solve cold cases. I really liked it. (It's either Prime or Netflix - sorry I've forgotten which.)

Silent Witness - British coroners who also get involved with solving crimes. It's on Prime. There are many seasons. It's different and quite intriguing.

Spiral - A French detective series on Prime. It's all in French so you'll have to use subtitles. It involves a group of French detectives, lawyers, and judges. It's extremely fast-paced. The female lead detective is feisty and energetic. I read up on its history, and apparently, critics feel this show "saved French TV" since not many people were watching and when this started, ratings were way up. Anyway, we're in the middle of it now and really like it.
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:59 PM
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"Cardinal" is based on the novels of crime writer Giles Blunt and focuses on detective John Cardinal and his partner, Lise Delorme. The two detectives investigate crime in the city of Algonquin Bay, such ones can include the murder of a young girl. Cardinal works to right past wrongs that could threaten his investigations and his career. The clock is always ticking and Cardinal has to race against the sands of time to save the killers next victims.
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Old 09-22-2020, 02:10 PM
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Amiga your list is superb!

I also agree with the addition of Unforgotten (Prime)
and The Missing (Prime or Netflix??)

I would add Hinterland (Netflix) Welsh detective?
and Shetland Scottish detective(I don't think this is on Netflix any longer)
and River (Prime) English detective


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Old 09-22-2020, 04:08 PM
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Cardinal isnít free. I draw the line at paying more.

Since the rest of you all suggested Unforgotten, I just started it. Right up my alley, thank you!
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:39 PM
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Thanks for some good ideas, Iím always looking for a good British series.
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:42 PM
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We watched Cardinal for free on Hulu. We tried to watch Coroner tonight and it wasnít free for us. Instead we are watching Secrets and Lies.
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:04 PM
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The Bletchley Circle- 1950ís England, a group of former female WWII codebreakers track a serial killer. Twist- no one knows they were code breakers because of the official secrets act.

Endeavor and Grantchester are also great!
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:17 PM
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Line of Duty-- on prime
The Bodyguard-- on Netflix

Both are British and I think have the same producer or director. They are both very intense & suspenseful!


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Old 09-22-2020, 08:03 PM
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This is a vey comprehensive list. I love British detective shows and I've seen many of the ones mentioned and found some new ones to check out.

River is my favorite. I cried at the end. The mystery itself was ok, but two leads are both good and their characters interesting. I'm not seeing it on Netflix anymore for some reason or I would rewatch it. Broadchurch is another all time favorite.

I've been watching The Code, an Australian program on Netflix. I haven't finished it, but it's good so far.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:19 PM
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I agree about Broadchurch. I never watched an entire mystery series before getting drawn into Broadchurch, and I tried it out originally because I was (am) a fan of the actors.

I enjoyed:

Mindhunter (Netflix)
The Sinner (Netflix) -- Some say this really isn't a detective show, more of a drama
Doctor Foster (Netflix)-- I know many agree with you, Amiga, and aren't fans of this show, so I was surprised I enjoyed it)
Top of the Lake (was on Netflix, now on Hulu)
The Missing (Hulu and Prime) I just found out there is a continuation on BBC called Baptiste! It looks like you can only watch it via PBS Masterpiece which I don't believe I have.
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:57 AM
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for The Bletchley Circle. Strong women characters with some historical backstory. Rachael Stirling who plays Millie is the wonderful Diana Riggs daughter.

I see Wallander has been rebooted on Netflix. Haven't checked it out but the original was very good.
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