MY TOP 10 BRITISH TV SERIES

Updated: Apr 16

The Tudors

This Showtime drama focuses on the early years of King Henry VIII’s nearly 40-year reign (1509-1547) of England. The series looks at Henry’s famous female companions like Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn and delves into his relationships with important figures like Sir Thomas More, Cardinal Wolsey (head of the Catholic Church of England during its break with Rome), and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, who was Henry’s best friend and unofficial adviser.


Luther

Luther is a brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective who is tormented by the dark side of humanity while hunting down murderers. Once the self-destructive detective knows the killer’s identity, it becomes a psychological duel between predator and prey. Luther must grapple with the intensity of both his job and his personal life as the two become intertwined. The wildly popular, Golden Globe-winning, crime-drama series is created by Neil Cross and stars Idris Elba as DCI John Luther.


Line of Duty

Line of Duty is a British police procedural television series created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions. So, so good


Killing Eve

Eve’s life as a spy is not adding up to what she had hoped it would be when she started. She is a bored, very smart, MI5 security officer who is very desk-bound. Villanelle is a very talented killer, mercurial in mood, who clings to the luxuries of her job. Eve and Villanelle go head to head in a fierce game of cat and mouse, each woman equally obsessed with the other as Eve is tasked with hunting down the psychopathic assassin. Sarah Barnett, BBCA president, says, ” `Killing Eve’ stands out in a sea of scripted stories as refreshingly entertaining and great fun


The Fall

The psychological thriller examines the lives of two hunters — one is a serial killer who preys on victims in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the other is a female detective drafted from the London Metropolitan Police to catch him.


The Night Manager

Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine, Hugh Laurie as Richard Roper, and Elizabeth Debicki as Jed Marshall – The Night Manager _ Season 1, Gallery – Photo Credit: Mitch Jenkins/AMC


Marcella

British drama following the international success of the Swedish/Danish series `The Bridge’. Anna Friel stars in the lead role of Marcella Backland, a British police detective working in contemporary London. Set in Rosenfeldt’s unique style of Nordic Noir, the body of a missing child is discovered inside a wall and a task force is assembled to catch the killer. A complex set of characters from all walks of life and interweaving storylines will take viewers on a dark and emotional journey with turns at every corner.


Top Boy

This drama takes viewers into the housing estates of east London. There is tension between the drug gangs that operate almost openly and those who strive to live honest lives against the odds in the crime-riddled area. That tension is explored through the interlocking stories of 20-something drug dealer Dushane, who is determined to become the area’s Top Boy, and good-natured but vulnerable teenager Ra’Nell, who is forced to grow up quickly following his mother’s breakdown and enforced absence. The program combines elements of a tense gangster thriller with subtle social realism, some tenderness, innocence, and wry humour.


The Honorable Woman

Powerful businesswoman Nessa Stein is haunted by troubling events from her past. After inheriting her father’s company, she changes its purpose from supplying arms to laying data cables between Israel and the West Bank in an attempt to help stem the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that haunts her as much as it does countless lives and political agendas in the region. When a Palestinian businessman with close ties to her family’s empire is killed, Nessa is thrown into the middle of a political cat-and-mouse game.


Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Hannah Baxter, a 27-year-old college graduate, has her parents believe she works as a legal secretary, but she actually entertains clients of an exclusive London escort service as her alter ego, Belle. Her job allows her to live in something close to luxury, but the strain of leading this double life occasionally catches up with her and keeps her from enjoying a more conventionally “normal” life with her family and friends.


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