A cat-and-mouse drama, which focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects. Comprising 12 stories set in four different countries, each takes place within the confines of a police interview suite.
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.
Unlike the solo detective or slightly mismatched pairs of cops, these shows feature teams of complementary (and often quirky) sleuths; there is no "I" in team, although to be fair there is an "i" in crime.
It all started with Sherlock Holmes and Dr Moriarty--the epic and prolonged chess match between two worthy adversaries--full of relentless pursuit, near captures, and tight escapes. Whether it's spies, serial killers, or terrorists these baddies are too slippery to catch easily.
Many cop shows feature a scene or two inside the interrogation room, but these dramas make them the center of the action--these shows are more psychological thrillers than typical police procedurals--and Line of Duty is the best of the lot.