Best British Thriller TV Shows

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Best British Thriller TV Shows
Best British Thriller TV Shows
TOP TV Shows: Black Mirror (2011), Happy Valley (2014), Bodyguard (2018), Chernobyl (2019), Taboo (2017), Cheat (2019), The Fall (2013), Traitors (2019), Gold Digger (2019), Line of Duty (2012), Luther (2010), The Field of Blood (2011), Behind Her Eyes (2021), The End of the F***ing World (2017), Strike Back (2010), Sherlock (2010), Gravity Falls (2012), The Serpent (2021), Utopia (2013), The Escape Artist (2013).

List of Best TV Shows

 8.8
 469K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
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: thought provoking, twists and turns, philosophical, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, social decay, distopia, society, technology, human nature, dark humor, satire, media satire, gadget, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 8.4
 35K
Happy Valley (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: Happy Valley is a dark, funny, multi-layered thriller revolving around the personal and professional life of Catherine, a dedicated, experienced, hard-working copper. She is also a bereaved mother who looks after her orphaned grandchild.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: policewoman, kidnapping, crimes, police investigation, investigator, ransom, drug lord, law enforcement, revenge, crime, rape, drug dealer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, yorkshire
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 8.1
 103K
Bodyguard (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A troubled war veteran is assigned to protect a controversial politician who may be the target of a terror plot.
Style: exciting, suspense, political, disturbing, romantic
Plot: terrorism, bodyguard, family, terrorist, security, army, police, politician, veteran, politics, stalking, minister ...
Time: 2010s
Place: middle east, london, britain, england
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 9.4
 596K
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: based on true events, thought provoking, dark, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear holocaust, nuclear explosion, nuclear threat, nuclear power plant, nuclear reactor, scientist, post nuclear, save the day, rescue mission, accident ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: ussr, chernobyl, ukraine, soviet union, russia ...
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 8.4
 120K
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: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: witchcraft, brother sister incest, british empire, family business, adventurer, incest overtones, dark secret, murder, conspiracy, investigation, inheritance, homecoming ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s, georgian era
Place: england, usa, london, europe, united kingdom ...
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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 thriller, psychological, intense, suspenseful
Plot: university, academy, theft, lecture, police investigation, lie, infidelity, manipulation, dishonesty, revenge, frame up, femme fatale ...
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 8.1
 90K
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 thriller, psychological, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, female detective, police detective, police investigation, policewoman, forensics, crimes, coworker, law enforcement, victim, crime, violence against women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, united kingdom, europe, northern ireland, belfast
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 6.6
 3K
Traitors (2019)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: 1945 London. Feef is seduced by a rogue American spy into spying on her own country. Her task? To uncover a Russian agent in the heart of the British Government.
Plot: spy, cia agent, lovers, stockings, civil servant, bridge, women's rights, train, typewriter, cold war, female boss, member of parliament ...
Place: london
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 6.7
 3K
Gold Digger (2019)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
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, psychological thriller, scenic
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, mystery, love and romance, lie, adultery, parents and children, money, rivalry, betrayal, mental disorder, mental instability, stalker ...
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 8.7
 47K
Line of Duty (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Steve Arnott is a young officer who’s fallen foul of his superiors for refusing to help in the cover-up of an operation that ended in the shooting of an innocent father. He seems ideal to join AC-12, an anti-corruption police unit, just as it ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns
Plot: police corruption, police detective, honest law enforcer, dirty cop, police investigation, female police detective, policewoman, law enforcer, right and wrong, officer, evidence, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, united kingdom, britain
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 8.4
 126K
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: tense, serious, atmospheric, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, uncover truth, forensics, crimes, talented, murder, partners, law enforcement, cruelty, psychopath, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom
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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, stylized ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, uncover truth, murder, ambition, crimes, workplace, deadly, media, danger, society, strong female presence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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Behind Her Eyes (2021)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 298 min.
TV show
Story: A single mother enters a world of twisted mind games when she begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss while secretly befriending his mysterious wife.
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, psychological thriller, enigmatic, suspense ...
Plot: employer employee relationship, single mother, friendship, mental illness, secret, supernatural, love affair, lucid dream, mysticism, mental disorder, solitude, blackmail ...
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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, slang, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: road trip, underage, psycho, murder, teenager, dark humor, teenage love, psychopath, police investigation, search for father, british humour, sexual abuse ...
Place: united kingdom
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 8.2
 30K
Strike Back (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The series follows John Porter, a former British Special Forces soldier, who is drafted back into service by Section 20, a fictional branch of the Secret Intelligence Service.
Style: heroic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: swat team, soldier, mission, top secret, terrorist, heroes, heroic mission, daring rescue, teamwork, army, military, sergeant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, iraq, afghanistan, pakistan, africa ...
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 9.1
 844K
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, captivating, witty, mind bending, psychological ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, crime, mind game, genius, prodigy, sherlock holmes, british, mastermind, partners, intelligence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
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 8.9
 82K
Gravity Falls (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, offbeat, captivating, odd, not serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: friendship, supernatural, small town, twins, adventure, family relations, imaginary, monster, youth, mysterious place, siblings relations, disney ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa, california
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 7.6
 34K
The Serpent (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: The remarkable story of how murderer Charles Sobhraj was captured. As the chief suspect in unsolved murders of young Western travellers across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1975 and 1976, Sobhraj had repeatedly slipped from the ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, twists and turns, neo noir
Plot: serial killer, tourist, manhunt, danger, crimes, murder investigation, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, death, incompetent official, murder, private investigation, corrupt official ...
Time: 70s
Place: thailand, india, bangkok thailand, nepal, paris france
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 8.4
 43K
Utopia (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: The Utopia Experiments is a legendary graphic novel shrouded in mystery. When a group of strangers find themselves in possession of an original manuscript, their lives suddenly and brutally implode.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, mind bending, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: conspiracy, buried truth, scientist, danger, life turned upside down, politician, who to trust, dishonesty, graphic violence, mysterious character, top secret, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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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: intellectual, serious, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: legal, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, courtroom drama, law firm, lawyers and clients, murder, lawsuit, revenge, deadly, crimes, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, scotland
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 6.7
 7K
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, captivating, exciting, emotional, serious
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: money laundering, female nudity, murder, organized crime, blackmail, false identity, husband wife relationship, forgery, obsession, deception, secrets, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century
Place: french riviera
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 8.4
 15K
Top Boy (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A thrilling and raw crime drama following a gang of drug dealers in Hackney, London - an honest and gripping rendition of inner-city drug and gang culture.
Style: sincere, serious, suspenseful, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: gang, teenage life, ambitious, leader, ambition, life is a bitch, partners in crime, social problems, society, struggle, gang war, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
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 5.6
 477
Penance (2020)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Maddie. Following the loss of their son, Rosalie and Luke find their marriage under immense strain. Maddie and Rosalie find themselves in the caring hands of Jed, a charming and charismatic young man that they encounter at bereavement counselling ...
Style: suspense, bleak, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: older woman younger man sex, pursuit, death of son, marital crisis, sexually frustrated woman, therapist, unhappy marriage, sexual obsession, teenage sexuality, psychological manipulation, chase, backfire ...
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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, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: private detective, murder, crime, riddles and clues, murder mystery, investigation, whodunit, who done it, murder investigation, uncover truth, multiple suspects, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london, united kingdom
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 7.5
 838
A Perfect Spy (1987)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 374 min.
TV show
Story: This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man, there is little doubt that his father Rick was the most influential character in his life. Rick was a raconteur, con man, thief, black ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, state affairs, mystery, government agency, undercover, betrayal, dishonesty, rivalry, adventure, cons and scams, midlife crisis, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, usa, austria, prague, czech republic
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 7.8
 11K
The Capture (2019)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When soldier Shaun Emery's conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned due to flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter. But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, ...
Style: twists and turns, captivating, suspense, intense
Plot: ex soldier, investigation, lawyer, murder, security camera, stalking, police, capture, court, suspicion of murder, mentally unstable, evidence ...
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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: touching, sincere, psychological, captivating
Plot: lost love, married, scientist, rapist, murder trial, female scientist, mental disorder, mysterious man, love affair, betrayal, testimony, mother child relationship ...
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 8.0
 383
Harry's Game (1982)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Harry is an undercover agent for the British army sent to Northern Ireland to infiltrate the IRA and find (and terminate) the assassin of a British Cabinet Minister. Harry is alone, the army hasn't been told he is being put in place, his wife ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: terrorism, working undercover, track down, vengeance, hidden identity, rivalry, chases and races, danger, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, profanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: ireland, europe, belfast
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And Then There Were None (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: psychological, suspense, twist ending, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder mystery, island, murder, mysterious death, isolation, retribution, suspicion, plot twist, death, survival, investigation, whodunit ...
Time: year 1939, 1930s
Place: england, europe, united kingdom
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 7.9
 12K
Giri/Haji (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 461 min.
TV show
Story: Soulful thriller set in Tokyo and London, exploring the butterfly effect of a single murder across two cities. A dark, witty and daring examination of morality and redemption.
Plot: yakuza, mafia, police detective, gangsters, terminal illness, cancer patient, father daughter relationship, missing brother, gang war, murder investigation, rent boy, lesbian daughter ...
Time: 2010s
Place: tokyo, london
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