Inspector Morse is arguably the most successful modern British detective franchise, spurring the sequel Inspector Lewis, the prequel Endeavour, and several shows with similar vibes. Set against the backdrop of a historic English village, these noir-free series feature detectives (often grizzled but erudite) pursuing baddies over cobblestoned lanes.
As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Later series sees the retired detective working as an MI5 agent operating in the aftermath of the war.
British crime investigation series based around aristocratic, Oxford-educated Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his working-class assistant Sergeant Barbara Havers.
Set in Cornwall, Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe, who works along with his colleagues DI Doug Kersey and DI Lucy Lane, investigates murder cases with his trademark determination and clinical accuracy.