10 British TV Shows You Need To Add To Your Watch List
If you’re a TV junkie like I am then you probably have a running list of must-see TV shows in your watch list. I usually tackle my watch list over the summer since most network shows are on hiatus until the Fall. Most of my queue contains British TV shows from ITV, BBC, or PBS. Thanks to Netflix and Amazon Prime, I’ve been able to watch over 20 British TV series on my Kindle, iPhone, and TV (using Google Chromecast).
Since its summer and the living is easy, I thought I’d share 10 British TV shows you need to add to your watch list. I’ve watched all ten of these TV series and they’re so good that I would hate for my fellow TV lovers to miss out. These shows are listed in no particular order because there’s no way I could pick a favorite!
Idris Elba, who portrays Luther, is nothing short of amazing. He has a dark side which helps him think like the criminals he chases. The IMDb summary:
Luther is a brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective who is tormented by the dark side of humanity while hunting down murderers. Once the self-destructive detective knows the killer’s identity, it becomes a psychological duel between predator and prey.
2. The Fall
Starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, this show is an edge of your seat ride. Everything you know about serial killers will be questioned. Every thing you think you know about people will be questioned. The Fall is chilling, intense, and fascinating.
I was never a Benedict Cumberbatch fan until I watched this series. I can’t imagine anyone else playing Sherlock now. Benedict brings the character to life with just the right amount of quirkiness and complexity. He makes Sherlock both frustrating and likable. Keep an eye out for Andrew Scott who plays Moriarty. He’s one mesmerizing psychopath.
4. Inspector Morse
This series aired from 1975-1999 so it shows its age but John Thaw is magnificent as the long-suffering Inspector Morse. This is a procedural drama so don’t expect fast-paced action. This show is interesting because it delves into Morse’s mind and showcases the relationship he has with his sergeant—Lewis (played by Kevin Whately).
5. Inspector Lewis
This is a spin-off of the Inspector Morse series so Kevin Whately reprises his role as Lewis. When the series begins, Lewis has been promoted to Inspector. His partner is Sgt. James Hathaway portrayed by Laurence Fox. Hathaway has a bit of Morse in him so it makes for an interesting dynamic. The plot lines are interesting and the scenery is stunning. Set in Thames Valley (near Oxford), there are plenty of opportunities to view Cambridge, Oxford, and surrounding areas.
Endeavour is a prequel to the Inspector Morse series. It features a young Constable Morse who challenges authority and convention yet he’s able to close cases and catch the bad guys. Shaun Evans, who portrays young Morse, captures all of the physical nuances of Morse to a tee. Between views of the English countryside and edge-of-your-seat stories, this show is addictive.
7. Foyle’s War
During World War Two in Hastings, Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle battles thieves, murderers, and spies. If you like reading historically based books, you’ll love this TV series. There’s a total of 28 episodes that last approximately 90 minutes each so you’ll have plenty of material for a Netflix marathon.
David Tennant gives one of his best TV performances as moody detective Alec Hardy. With the help of Detective Ellie Miller (actress Olivia Colman), Hardy and Miller work together to uncover who killed 11-year-old Danny Latimer. Just when you think you’ve solved the mystery, the show leads you down a different path and makes you question everything. Broadchurch is one of the most interesting and addictive series I’ve ever watched (of course I’m a David Tennant fan too 😉 ).
9. Call the Midwife
Set in the 1950’s of East End London, Call the Midwife is based on the best-selling books by Jennifer Worth. Newly educated as a midwife, Jenny moves to Nonnatus House which is actually a residence for nuns (who are midwives themselves). The show addresses poverty, birth control, abortion, birth defects, and abuse without being preachy or judgmental. Sister Monica Joan provides comic relief while eschewing words of wisdom. This show will make you laugh, cry, and give thanks that women’s rights have come so far.
Starring the handsome James Norton, Grantchester is about an unconventional clergyman (Sidney Chambers) who helps a local detective (played by Robson Green) solve murders. Sidney loves jazz music and whiskey which sometimes clashes with his faith. He’s smart but troubled just like the detective he works with (Geordie). Grantchester reminds us that not every problem can be solved but those problems are much easier to endure with friends around.
So there you have it. Ten of my favorite British TV shows. I could easily list ten more but I’ll save that for another day.