Best British Thriller TV Shows

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Best British Thriller TV Shows
Best British Thriller TV Shows
TOP TV Shows: Taboo (2017), The Stranger (2020), Sherlock (2010), Apple Tree Yard (2017), Liar (2017), The Take (2009), Prison Break (2005), Traces (2019), Rillington Place (2016), Too Close (2021), Death in Paradise (2011), Luther (2010), Gold Digger (2019), Riviera (2017), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), The Escape Artist (2013), Black Mirror (2011), Des (2020), And Then There Were None (2015), Inside No. 9 (2014).

List of Best TV Shows

 8.3
 136K
Taboo (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London from Africa in 1814 along with fourteen stolen diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, stylized, rough ...
Plot: family business, british empire, murder, incest overtones, brother sister incest, witchcraft, dark secret, adventurer, inheritance, investigation, conspiracy, blackmail ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s, georgian era
Place: england, united kingdom, africa, london, usa ...
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 7.3
 49K
The Stranger (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 363 min.
TV show
Story: A web of secrets sends family man Adam Price on a desperate quest to uncover the truth about the people closest to him.
Style: mind bending, clever, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: mystery, riddles and clues, mysterious stranger, infidelity, drug use, memory loss, husband wife relationship, betrayal, family, investigation, family relations, violence against women ...
Time: 21st century, future
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 9.1
 906K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, witty, captivating, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, investigation, murder mystery, mastermind, private detective, friendship, partners, riddles and clues, mind game, intelligence, british, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, scotland yard, europe
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Apple Tree Yard (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 223 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home, and a loving family. But appearances can be deceptive, and when she is approached by a charismatic stranger, she soon finds herself taking risks that she had never dreamt of before.
Style: psychological, captivating, touching, sincere, art house ...
Plot: lost love, female scientist, british government, love affair, scientist, married, unpunished rape, rapist, murder trial, betrayal, testimony, mental disorder ...
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 7.1
 10K
Liar (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A teacher and a surgeon are rocked by scandalous accusations after they enjoy a seemingly innocent date.
Style: suspense, captivating, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: liar, surgeon, accusation, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, police investigation, female police detective, british police, single parent, rape accusation, female teacher, police, investigation ...
Time: 2010s
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 7.7
 8K
The Take (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Freddie Jackson is just out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie dreams of having her husband home but she's forgotten the rows and the girls Freddie can't ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, mob boss, mafia, criminal heroes, betrayal, respect, ex convict, british, power struggle, relatives, crime boss ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: england, east end london, london
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 8.3
 525K
Prison Break (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, escape, fugitives, prison life, determination, confined, scheme, conspiracy, fbi, self sacrifice, siblings relations, brother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, texas, usa
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 7.0
 5K
Traces (2019)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Set against the stunning Scottish landscape in and around Dundee, three compelling female characters — Emma Hedges, Prof. Sarah Gordon and Prof. Kathy Torrance — join forces to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case that's very ...
Style: tense, captivating, atmospheric, disturbing, neo noir
Plot: lesbian relationship, murder, police investigation, mystery, crimes, society, disorder, destiny, friendship, escapades, criminal, police officer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland
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Rillington Place (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: In 1950, Timothy Evans was hanged for the murder of his baby daughter Geraldine. The police also believed that he had killed his wife Beryl. But to his final moments Evans protested his innocence. Three years later, a gruesome discovery at 10 ...
Style: dark, realistic, melancholic, bleak, atmospheric
Plot: serial killer, murder, true crime, alter ego, criminal, hidden identity, british, mentally unstable, murderer, male female relationship, murder mystery, tv show ...
Time: 1940s, 50s
Place: england, london
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 6.8
 3K
Too Close (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 143 min.
TV show
Story: A dedicated forensic psychiatrist, Emma Robertson, is assigned to assess the sanity of Connie Mortensen, a “yummy mummy” accused of a despicable crime.
Style: melancholic, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, sincere
Plot: mental institution, doctor patient relationship, memory loss, husband wife relationship, grieving mother, psychiatric patient, grief, married couple, female psychopath, murder mystery, mental illness, unsolved crime ...
Place: london, england
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Death in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Inspector Richard Poole is transferred to Sainte Marie, an island in the Caribbean. Totally unsuited to the Caribbean way of life, Richard hates the sun, sea and sand and isn't used to the Sainte Marie style of policing. Working with ...
Style: captivating, realistic, stylized, semi serious, light ...
Plot: police detective, murder, police investigation, island, crimes, whodunit, law enforcement, lifestyle change, coworker, multiple suspects, murder investigation, new job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean
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 8.4
 135K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.
Style: atmospheric, tense, rough, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, crimes, talented, partners, murder, law enforcement, cruelty, tough law enforcer, forensics, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, united kingdom, europe
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 6.7
 3K
Gold Digger (2019)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Gold Digger tells the story of wealthy 60 year old Julia as she falls in love with Benjamin, a man 25 years her junior. As this six part series progresses the impact their unconventional relationship has on her family is explored and the secrets of ...
Style: suspense, captivating, enigmatic, scenic, psychological thriller
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, lie, love and romance, mystery, parents and children, adultery, rivalry, money, betrayal, mental disorder, rich woman, tv show ...
Place: london
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 6.6
 8K
Riviera (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: After newlywed Georgina's billionaire husband Constantine is killed in a yacht explosion, she is shocked to discover the fortune and lifestyle he maintained was surrounded by violence, lies and murder. She soon must step out of her comfort zone ...
Style: disturbing, serious, captivating, emotional, exciting
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: money laundering, female nudity, murder, organized crime, husband wife relationship, false identity, blackmail, deception, obsession, forgery, secrets, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century
Place: french riviera
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Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
Story: From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.
Style: clever, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: whodunit, private detective, investigation, murder mystery, murder, who done it, murder investigation, riddles and clues, uncover truth, multiple suspects, private investigator, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, london, united kingdom
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The Escape Artist (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: A chilling and bloody legal thriller that explores the line between law and justice. Will Burton, a talented junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm, specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. He is in high demand ...
Style: serious, intellectual, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: lawyer, legal, hotshot lawyer, courtroom drama, lawyers and clients, lawsuit, law firm, murder, revenge, crimes, mistrust, jury ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, scotland
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 8.8
 525K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: philosophical, thought provoking, twists and turns, serious, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alternate reality, human nature, distopia, computers and web, social decay, society, satire, dark humor, media satire, technology, media, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 7.6
 17K
Des (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 143 min.
TV show
Story: The story of one of the most infamous cases in UK criminal history, that of serial killer Dennis Nilsen. Told through the prism of three men, the series explores the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like ...
Style: tense, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, contemplative
Plot: serial killer, true crime, detective inspector, police, murder, murderer, who done it, death, murder investigation, police investigation, police detective, serial murder ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: united kingdom, london
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And Then There Were None (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: Ten strangers, drawn away from their normal lives to an isolated rock off the Devon coast. But as the mismatched group waits for the arrival of the hosts – the improbably named Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen – the weather sours and they find themselves ...
Style: twist ending, twists and turns, atmospheric, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder mystery, island, whodunit, isolation, murder, suspicion, justice, death, investigation, survival, accusation, bully comeuppance ...
Time: 1930s, year 1939
Place: england, united kingdom, europe
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 8.5
 17K
Inside No. 9 (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: An anthology of darkly comic twisted tales, each one taking place behind a door marked 'number 9'.
Style: surreal, semi serious, humorous, captivating, tense ...
Plot: dark humor, supernatural, surprising revelation, surrealism, ghost, haunted house, under the surface, hotel room, tv show, satire, halloween, voodoo ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: london, england
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 7.3
 9K
Baptiste (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Julien Baptiste delves into the criminal underworld of the red light district and uncovers a complex web of deceit and lies.
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private detective, criminal underworld, murder, human trafficking, missing person, niece, missing girl, retired cop, hitman, stolen money, gangsters, uncle ...
Time: 21st century
Place: england, amsterdam
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 7.6
 2K
Good Cop (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A dutiful Liverpool beat cop discovers what he is truly capable of after his partner is brutally murdered in a targeted attack by a local gang.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense, rough ...
Plot: police, rivalry, loss of friend, crimes, vigilantism, life turned upside down, law enforcement, revenge, murder, investigation, friendship, murder mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, liverpool
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 7.9
 15K
Strike (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A war veteran turned private detective operates out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Although wounded both physically and psychologically, his unique insight and background as a military police investigator prove crucial in solving ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, ironic, talky ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, private investigator, partners, female partner, multiple suspects, mind game, riddles and clues, expert, antisocial behavior, police investigation, handicapped ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: england, britain, london, united kingdom, oxford university
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 8.1
 104K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When the Police Service of Northern Ireland are unable to close a case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must ...
Style: psychological, captivating, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, female detective, police investigation, crimes, policewoman, coworker, forensics, violence against women, law enforcement, victim, misogyny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, united kingdom, belfast
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The Night Manager (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 358 min.
TV show
Story: Former British soldier Jonathan Pine navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer ...
Style: suspense, tricky, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, arms dealer, secret service, corruption, undercover, working undercover, hotel, arms dealing, betrayal, crimes, british secret service ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: cairo egypt, europe, london, england, egypt ...
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 6.7
 3K
Cheat (2019)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 181 min.
TV show
Story: University lecturer Dr Leah Dale has always prided herself on her academic integrity so when final year student Rose, submits a suspiciously top-grade essay, Leah is quick to call her out. But there’s more going on than meets the eye as Rose takes ...
Style: psychological, intense, suspenseful, psychological thriller
Plot: university, lecture, police investigation, theft, academy, dishonesty, lie, manipulation, infidelity, mental illness, frame up, femme fatale ...
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 9.4
 714K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
TV show
Story: A dramatization of the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Style: dark, atmospheric, harsh, thought provoking, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear power plant, nuclear holocaust, nuclear reactor, scientist, nuclear threat, nuclear explosion, save the day, abandoned city, salvation, accident ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: chernobyl, ussr, ukraine, europe, russia ...
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The Field of Blood (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Adaptation of Denise Mina's thriller set in 1982. When the story of a murder has huge implications for her family, newspaper copy boy Paddy Meehan battles prejudices to get to the truth. As she inches closer to revealing the truth, her ...
Style: tense, captivating, realistic, suspense, serious ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, uncover truth, murder, media, workplace, crimes, ambition, murder mystery, society, bbc, workplace situations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
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The End of the F***ing World (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a darkly comedic road trip in search of her real father.
Style: tragicomedy, ironic, road movie, captivating, intellectual ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenager, underage, murder, psycho, road trip, dark humor, teenage love, psychopath, tragic love, police investigation, search for father, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Place: united kingdom
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 8.9
 101K
Gravity Falls (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Argentina, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are in for an unexpected adventure when they spend the summer helping their great uncle Stan run a tourist trap in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon.
Style: exciting, captivating, not serious, fairy tale, humorous ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens, horror for children
Plot: supernatural, friendship, adventure, youth, mysterious place, good versus evil, small town, monster, twins, magical, family relations, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa, california
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