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If you’re looking for fresh series to binge your way through, you might want to set your sights across the pond. British TV is some of the best in the world. Need proof? Look at the enormous popularity of Downton Abbey! We’ve picked some of Britain’s best and arranged them in a handy little list in no particular order. Give it a go!
This series about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth is incredibly watchable. It’s set in modern-day London and has a killer cast. Watch it for the witty dialogue, amazing performances and great mood enhanced by Benedict Cumberbatch’s drool-worthy deep voice.Broadchurch
What is it about? An idyllic seaside town in southern England is turned upside down by the murder of an 11-year old boy. Why you should watch it? The performances are very convincing in that way that only British TV shows can be. It could be that the stars have crooked teeth, are ordinary-looking and really, really good actors. Plus, there are many twists and turns as the story unravels and you’ll want to get to the truth of what happened to Danny Latimer and why.The Hour
The Hour is a period piece set in the 1950s but it’s nothing like Mad Men. I’d say it’s better. I know, you’re shocked. But hear me out. It’s set in the offices of the British Broadcasting Corporation and follows the questionable journalistic practices of a trio of reporters. Why watch it? There’s a love triangle, murder, deception. What’s not to like?Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders is my personal fave of the series in the list. It’s a gritty period drama set in the 1910s and 1920s. Think Boardwalk Empire but across the pond and dare I say more addictive? The English street gang known as the Peaky Blinders make their way up the food chain to big time crime syndicate and you’ll love going along for the crazy ride. Stellar performances really make this show. That and the piercing blue eyes of tortured head of the Shelby family, Cillian Murphy. Not to mention the terrifying Tom Hardy.The Fall
Move over Dr. Reid of Criminal Minds! They’re a new profiler in town. Well, not really. Technically she’s in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It’s a bit of a shock at first to watch Agent Scully with a British accent but once you get over seeing Gillian Anderson like that, you’ll fall for The Fall. There’s a brutal serial killer (played by heartthrob Jamie Dornan from Fifty Shades of Grey) terrorizing Belfast. Will she catch him? I loved it for the character development. The killer is a wolf in sheep’s clothing with a normal job, family, etc. There are a lot of sit-on-the-edge of your seat moments to keep you bingeing.Doctor Who
You’ve probably heard of Doctor Who and if you haven’t that’s okay. It just means you don’t spend a lot of time at Comic-Con. But if you think that this series is probably too geeky or cult-y for you, think again. They’re are some very good reasons to watch it like the wildly imaginative premise of space/time travel by an alien scientist using a phone booth, the humor, one-liners, monsters, intergalactic space battles and campy good fun. It’s literally been on the air for 55 years!Mr. Selfridge
This exceptional period drama tells the story of an American businessman and his department store on Oxford Street in London. You’ll love this series for its colorful characters and exquisite 1920s sets and costumes. Nothing terrible ever really happens and if something does come up it’s usually resolved in the episode. It’s the perfect comfort TV with zero anxiety or tension.
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