Binge-Watch: British Mystery Shows That are Too Good To Miss Out On!

These should be on your list...

Friday, August 11, 2017 | 6:30:47 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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When we talk about the classic mysteries, Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie are amongst the few names that come to the mind almost instantly. The classic work of numerous British writers have been adapted several times on the big screen and TV. The influence of such great novelists has made Britain 'ground zero' for the best mystery dramas in the world. 

Here are the top 5 most essential British mystery dramas that you need to add to your must-watch list for the next-binge watching session -

The Kettering Incident

The Kettering Incident revolves around Dr. Anna Macy who leaves her town, Kettering when her best friend, Gillian disappears mysteriously while the two of them are out cycling through the Tasmanian woods. 15 years later, another girl disappears under similar circumstances, which brings Dr. Macy back to her home town. She comes back to Kettering only to find that the rumours and theories about what really happened to the girls that night (which include everything from Anna killing Gillian to alien abduction) still persist. Anna feels compelled to delve deep into her past to solve the mystery behind the disappearances only to discover some shocking truths. The show airs every Tuesday at 10 PM on Zee Cafe.


Sherlock is a detective show based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is a famous household name today because of his quick wit and charm of solving crimes with his intelligence and smartness. There have been several screen and television adaptations portrayed on this fictional private detective in the past years. The British-American television drama series that premiered in 2010, stands out amongst all other adaptations as it is primarily set in present day. The show has successfully completed 4 seasons and the 5th season is set to start in 2018.

Top of the Lake

A powerful and haunting story from Oscar winning writer/director Jane Campion, Top of the Lake begins with a mystery - Tui, a 12-year-old girl, walking chest deep into the freezing waters of a South Island lake in New Zealand. She is five months pregnant and won't say who the father is. Then, she disappears. Robin Griffin is a gutsy but inexperienced detective, who is called in to investigate. But as Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, she slowly begins to realize that finding Tui is tantamount to finding herself - a self she has kept well hidden. Set against one of the most amazing and untouched landscapes left on the planet, Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness where the dream of paradise attracts it dark twin, the fall. The show airs every Thursday at 10 PM on Zee Cafe.


Endeavour is a Masterpiece Mystery! Drama, set in Oxford in the 1960s. The show revolves around the serious and socially awkward Inspector Morse, who is talented and perseverant but also, he has trouble viewing dead bodies and is liable to faint at the sight of blood. Morse is partnered with long time detective Fred Thursday, who has a stronger stomach than Morse and is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He acts as a mentor and plays a sort of father figure to the young Morse. Endeavour exposes the seedier sides of Oxford in the 60s. Morse and Thursday investigate bars, underground sex clubs, and dark alleyways; however, they also investigate corruption in the upper classes. They expose corrupt officials, shady professors and academics, as well as corrupt members of the police department.

Father Brown

Father Brown is a mystery/drama series based on the character of Father Brown, created by GK Chesterton. The series is set in the fictional Cotswold village of Kembleford during the early 1950's. Father Brown is the parish priest at St. Mary Catholic Church and he has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village. He uses the distinctive skills of his close friends as well as his own wits to solve cases, occasionally to the neglect of his more mundane parish duties.

The shows are up on Zee Cafe and Netflix! Have you watched any of them?
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Posted on: 11 August 2017 at 11:20am
There are so many! Binge-watching Hinterland atm (5th time). Our shows are among the best in terms of quality!

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Posted on: 11 August 2017 at 9:18am
+ Midsomer Murders, Agatha Christie's Poirot (David Suchet), Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Bretts as Sherlock)

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