At just six episodes, “Requiem” is the perfect weekend or late-night binge that will keep you on the edge of your seat (and make you double-check the locks in your house). But if you’ve already binged your way through “Requiem” and are in the mood for more chilling British crime mysteries, we’ve got 10 series currently streaming on Netflix that you cannot miss.
After an 11-year-old boy turns up dead on the beach in a sleepy coastal town, crotchety Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) teams up with local officer Detective Sgt. Ellie Miller (Olivia Coleman) to find the killer. But the truth has devastating consequences that tears the town apart, and packs a brutal gut punch for viewers. Keep tissues handy for this one.
Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is a police sergeant in West Yorkshire whose life gets thrown into chaos when Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), the man responsible for her daughter’s rape and subsequent suicide, gets released from prison. Catherine isn’t interested in giving Royce a fresh start, and she must reckon with what happened to her daughter, while also trying to raise her grandson, who wants to know more about his father.
Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) is a mess, but that’s what makes her so much fun to watch. Marcella is a former London detective who comes out of retirement to track down a serial killer who seems to have awoken after 11 years. But she’s also dealing with the recent demise of her marriage, and her husband’s decision to take her children with him. Marcella might unravel, but she has to find a killer first. Season 2 of the series premiered in the UK this February, and will hopefully make its way to Netflix later this year.
Adapted from Henning Mankell’s novels, “Wallander” follows a Swedish detective (Kenneth Branagh) hardened by violence and questioning everything. Similar to “Sherlock,” the series is made up of standalone episodes that work as bleak mini movies, which find Wallander solving crimes while barely keeping his personal life together. Keep your eyes peeled in the first two seasons for a young Tom Hiddleston, who would soon get his big break in Branagh’s “Thor.”
The popped collar. The swagger. The cat-and-mouse game with Alice. There’s so much to love about “Luther,” and there’s good reason why Idris Elba keeps coming back for more seasons of the gritty London crime drama. John Luther saw his entire life fall apart in Season 1, and the effects of his anger and his penchant for breaking the rules have reverbated through the series. Still, there’s no one else we would want to call on if we were in danger.
Before “Fifty Shades” catapulted Jamie Dornan to stardom, he starred as Paul Spector, a terrifying serial killer and who also happens to be a loving family man in “The Fall.” Spector’s counterpart is Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson), a cold and calculating senior investigating officer who gets caught up in hunt and capture of Spector, which proves to be more complicated than she imagined. But things are just as complicated for Spector, whose past decisions will come back to haunt him.
There are plenty of British crime shows about a detective haunted by the past, but DI John River actually sees the ghosts in question. After the death of his partner, he begins seeing her (and other unsolved murder victims) and despite being warned not to, he uncovers a very dangerous truth about what really happened to his partner. But beyond this, “River” touches on society’s taboos over mental illness, and challenges the assumption that being sick means you cannot effectively do your job.
Crime happens everywhere, even on a gorgeous remote Scottish island, and that’s where DI Jimmy Perez comes in. Adapted from a series of novels by Ann Cleeves, “Shetland” follows a team investigating disapperances and unsolved murders plaguing the quiet community spread across the Scottish archipelago. With appearances by Brian Cox and Ciarán Hinds, this is one series worth checking out.
As the U.S. continues to grapple with gun control, “Southcliffe” remains essential, if slightly difficult, viewing. The mini-series explores a small town left devastated after one man goes on a deadly shooting rampage, destroying the community in the process. “Southcliffe” doesn’t glorify the violence, but instead it examines the broken pieces left behind.
A small Scottish village is rocked when two newlyweds are found brutally murdered after returning from their honeymoon. As their families and community try and cope with the shock, an injured man turns up on their doorstep — a man who seems to be the killer in question. But as always, things aren’t as black-and-white as they seem, and some dark secrets begin coming to light. “Retribution” dives into how far we will go to seek revenge, even when it goes against everything we know to be right.