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Shows like Ripper Street: Dark Historical Detectives

You won't find any missing pearls or butlers who done it, but you' will find the hard-boiled detectives who caught criminals every bit as sick and twisted as their modern counterparts.

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.

Shows Like Ripper Street: British Detectives of Yesteryear

History wasn't all frilly hats and leisurely carriage rides, it was also murders, thefts, and all sorts of nefarious yellow-toothed ne'er do wells. These shows tell the stories of the detectives who caught the baddies.

Shows like Call the Midwife: Nifty Fifties in Britain

Nifty - pretty terrible word, right? But that's exactly the weird way people use to talk in the world's post-war, pre cultural revolution decade. If you don't believe us, throw on a couple of these shows and see for yourself.

Shows like Orphan Black: Best TV Psychological Thrillers

The villains in these shows - and often the protagonists - are not rational actors committing crimes for gain, but are rather driven by their inner demons.

Shows like Broadchurch: British Psychological Thriller Shows

Despite their polite exteriors and stiff upper lips, the Brits harbor a darker side that manifests itself in these dark series that are driven more by the characters' often tormented psychological states. Bonus includes some Irish and Australian series.

Shows Like Bloodline: Family Skeletons in the Closet

Every family has its secrets, but they're usually of the 'I accidentally flushed my sister's turtle down the toilet when I was eight' variety, not the accidental murders, or long-term extramarital affairs that you see in these shows.

Best Period Dramas

A list of the highest-rated period dramas spanning across eras and countries, although the UK is particularly well represented.

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