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Shows Like Poirot: Agatha Christie and Her Admirers

A round-up of mysteries, written by Agatha Christie or inspired by the grande dame of crime mysteries. These series often feature citizen sleuths who solve crimes in their spare time. Lighthearted and breezy, they are perfect for watching in front of a roaring fire, preferably with a warm pot of tea close to hand. Note that a few of the more recent interpretations are darker fare, and may not appeal to Poirot fans. If you're looking for darker adaptations of the Queen of Mystery's classics, see our list "Modern Takes on Agatha Christie," and if you like the lighter fare, try "Cozy British Detective Shows."

Shows like Broadchurch: Best British Crime

The birthplace of Sherlock Holmes has produced some of the greatest crime and detective series in recent years, including Peaky Blinders, Line of Duty, Happy Valley, Luther, Broadchurch and of course Sherlock--don't forget to check out related lists including British Women on the Case, Grizzled British Detectives, Cracking the (Inspector) Morse Code, and Agatha Christie and her Admirers.

Greatest Modern British Drama TV

The United Kingdom has produced some of the greatest series in television's Golden Age, including Sherlock, Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders, Luther, and of course Downton Abbey, and we've rounded up the best of the lot based on audience ratings, popularity, and critical acclaim.

Shows like Murdoch Mysteries: Lighthearted Historical Mysteries

Nothing too heavy in these mysteries set in the days when detectives had to solve crimes without the benefit of security cameras, DNA, and standardized time-keeping (seriously, think about all those pocket-watches).

Shows like Poirot: Coziest (mostly British) Detective Series

These shows avoid brooding landscapes, serial killers, and disturbed coppers; Instead these amateur detectives are well-adjusted, typically middle-aged, and often women. The crimes are serious but never dark, and oddly enough it never rains, even in England. So butter those scones and grab a cuppa. Most are set in England, but we've included some cozy international mysteries as well.

Shows like Inspector Morse: Cracking the Inspector Morse Code

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.

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