British TV Mysteries on Acorn TV (US) in 2024

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Feel like a good British mystery? In this post, we'll take a look at all the British TV mysteries currently on Acorn TV (as of late May 2024) – along with the Canadian, Australian, and European shows dotted around the service's offerings. To make it easier to browse, we've added original air dates and descriptions.

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British TV Mysteries on Acorn TV (US) in 2024

 
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Acceptable Risk

Acceptable Risk – 2017 to present – This thriller follows Sarah Manning (Elaine Cassidy, The Paradise), a woman whose world is turned upside down when her husband Lee (Paul Popowich, Schitt's Creek) is murdered while on a business trip in Montreal. As Sarah investigates Lee's past to uncover the truth, she discovers a web of corporate corruption and international intrigue. Angeline Ball (The Commitments) stars as Detective Emer Byrne, who assists Sarah in her quest for answers.

The Agatha Christie Hour – 1982 – This series is a collection of one-hour dramas based on Agatha Christie's short stories. Each of the adaptations feature talented casts with British actors like John Nettles (Midsomer Murders), Amanda Redman (The Good Karma Hospital), and Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin).

Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime – 2015 – David Walliams (Little Britain) and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) star in this updated adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence Beresford stories. Together, they solve mysteries and search for enemy spies in Cold War Britain.

Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution – 2016 – In 1920s London, a handsome townhouse is the setting for the brutal murder of Emily French, a glamorous young socialite. Toby Jones (Detectorists) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) are among the members of this feature film’s all-star cast.

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Agatha Raisin

Agatha Raisin – 2016 to present – Based on the M.C. Beaton novels, Agatha Raisin leaves her high-flying London PR life for a peaceful existence in The Cotswolds – or so she thinks. Not familiar with the series? You can view all the Agatha Raisin books in order HERE

Alibi – 2003 – Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War), Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), and Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) star in this thriller about a man discovered with the dead body of his business partner. When a nearby witness helps him dispose of the body, the situation spirals out of control and she wonders what she’s gotten herself into. This series is presented in three episodes.

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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None – 2015 – Based on the Agatha Christie novel, this miniseries sees 10 strangers invited to an island, only to be killed off one by one.

BäckströmSweden – 2020 – This Swedish crime drama follows detective Evert Bäckström, a stand-out detective with a record of solving nearly every case he takes on.

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Balthazar

Balthazar France – 2018 to present – This French crime drama revolves around Raphael Balthazar, a brilliant forensic pathologist who’s haunted by the memory of his murdered wife. Highly unconventional in his approach, he frequently helps police commander Hélène Bach solve some of Paris’ most baffling murder cases.

The Best of UsFrance – Known in France as Le meilleur d'entre nour, this French crime thriller begins when a local star athlete is found dead in a snowy field. Police captain Awa Sissako is dispatched from a nearby city to help the local lieutenant deal with the serious case.

Betrayal of Trust – 2011 – Based on investigative journalist Chris Moore's book, this movie tells the story of the horrific serial child abuser Father Brendan Smyth, who managed to get away with his crimes for thirty years. The film features Ian Beattie (Blackbird), Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones), Richard Dormer (Fortitude), and Stuart Graham (Harry Wild). 

Blinded: Those Who Kill – 2021 – This Danish drama follows criminal profiler Louise Bergstein (Natalie Madueño, Bedrag) as she dives into the psychology of suspects in murder cases. When she embarks on a new case, she quickly uncovers a pattern to the unsolved murders of three young men – but she may have a blindspot where this particular case is concerned. The series is a spin-off of Darkness: Those Who Kill, and there are eight episodes in the first season.

Blood – 2018 to 2020 – Ireland – Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) stars as a respected doctor and new widower in a small Irish town. Though everyone else believes his wife’s death was an accident, his daughter has her doubts. Carolina Main (Unforgotten) stars alongside Dunbar as his daughter, Cat.

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James Nesbitt as Tom Brannick, Charlene McKenna as Niamh McGovern – Bloodlands _ Season 1, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Steffan Hill/AcornTV

Bloodlands – 2020 to 2022 – Produced by Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty), this series begins when an expensive car is pulled out of the water with a suicide note but no body. James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) stars as Northern Ireland police detective Tom Brannick, who instantly sees a connection to a cold case.

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Brokenwood Mysteries

The Brokenwood Mysteries – 2014 to present – DI Mike Shepard arrives in the seemingly peaceful New Zealand town of Brokenwood with a classic car, loads of country music, and a string of ex-wives. There, he quickly finds that all is not as it seems, and both secrets and animosities run deep in the local community. He’s assisted in his crime-fighting efforts by the highly capable, by-the-books assistant DC Kristin Sims.

Candice RenoirFrance – 2013 to present – Candice Renoir (Cécile Bois) is a French policewoman and single mother of four. After putting her career on hold for a decade, she's returning to work in a port town in the South of France. Now, she'll face the challenging task of solving crime while balancing the need to care for her family.

Cannes Confidential – 2023 – This France-based mystery focuses on the relationship between an underdog female cop and an ex-conman who’s on the run from both the mob and the police. It’s a classic odd-couple investigative series with a broader arc focusing on the main character’s quest to find out who framed her father for murder.

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The Chelsea Detective returns for season 2 on August 28th

The Chelsea Detective – 2022 – Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey, Miranda) stars as Detective Inspector Max Arnold, a recently-separated officer who lives on a battered houseboat while holding out hope that he’ll soon be welcome back in the flat he once shared with his wife.

City of Vice – 2008 – This short-lived historical crime drama mixes fact and fiction, beginning in Georgian London when novelist Henry Fielding (Ian McDiarmid) and his blind half-brother John (Iain Glen) set out to create a police force to tackle London's crime epidemic. As magistrates of Westminster, they helped to create Britain's modern police force through the formation of the Bow Street Runners.

The Claremont Murders – Australia – 2023 – This true crime drama re-tells the story of a late '90s case in which three young women mysteriously disappeared from the town of Claremont. What followed would be the largest unsolved murder case in the history of Western Australia. Ryan Johnson (The Heart Guy) and Erik Thomson (800 Words) star. 

Code of a Killer – 2015 – This criminal drama tells the story of the first time DNA fingerprinting was used to help solve a murder case. David Threlfall (Shameless) stars as DCS David Baker, who heads up the investigation. John Simm (Life on Mars) plays Dr. Alec Jeffreys, the scientist who invents the process for fingerprinting DNA.

Collision – 2009 – After a multi-car accident, a group of relative strangers see their secrets unfold around that single event that ties them together. This short series was written by Anthony Horowitz of Midsomer Murders fame, and Shetland fans will immediately notice Douglas Henshall as DI John Tolin.

Conviction: The Case of Stephen Lawrence – 2021 – In 1993, black student Stephen Lawrence was murdered in London during a racially motivated attack. This three-part true crime dramatisation stars Steve Coogan (Philomena) as detective Clive Driscoll, the man who worked with the family to build an investigation that would secure a conviction more than 18 years later.

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The Cry starring Jenna Coleman

The CryAustralia – 2018 – Jenna Coleman stars in this miniseries about a young couple dealing with the abduction of their baby.

Cuffs – 2015 – In quirky coastal Brighton, police officers are over-stretched and under-resourced, but they do the best they can with what they've got.

Dalgliesh – 2021 – This Acorn TV original is based on the successful Inspector Dalgliesh novels by Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park – otherwise known as P.D. James. Bertie Carvel stars as the clever, poetry-loving widower with a knack for solving tough crimes.

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Darby & Joan

Darby & JoanAustralia – 2022 – Former police officer Jack Darby (Bryan Brown, Bloom) travels in a battered Landcruiser with only his dog for company. English nurse Joan (Greta Scacchi, War & Peace) is doing much the same, but in a comfortable new motor home. Both of them are on the road looking for something, but when their nomadic lives collide, they’ll be drawn into a series of unexpected mysteries.

Darkness: Those Who KillDenmark – 2019 – This Danish crime drama follows two investigators looking into a series of murders in hopes of rescuing the next victim in time. When a young woman disappears from the streets of Copenhagen, only Detective Jan Michelsen (Kenneth M. Christensen, The Legacy) believes she could still be alive. Joining forces with an expert profiler (played by Natalie Madueño, Follow the Money), they discover the disappearance is linked with another kidnapping and murder 10 years prior.

Dead LuckyAustralian – 2018 – When a dangerous armed robber resurfaces in Sydney, two very different detectives are forced to work together to catch him.

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Dead Still Ireland – 2020 – Set in 1880s Ireland, this period mystery takes place in the world of post-mortem photography. Michael Smiley (Luther) stars as Brock Blennerhasset, a memorial photographer who’s drawn into a series of murders seemingly linked to his work.

Deadwater Fell – 2019 – David Tennant stars in this dark miniseries about a Scottish family that's murdered one night, tearing apart their otherwise peaceful village and bringing secrets to the surface.

Detective No. 24Sweden – 2023 – When a young girl vanishes in the vicinity of a refugee detention center, the nation looks to the quaint village of Karkebo. Within the confines of the detention unit, Tilda, a self-righteous and inept solicitor, makes a startling discovery: the anonymous refugee she's slated for deportation is, in fact, a brilliant police prodigy. Recently dismissed from her role as a prosecutor, Tilda seizes an unexpected opportunity to secretly appropriate his insights, hoping to reclaim her self-esteem, integrity, and perhaps even her career.

The Drowning – 2021 – Jodie (Jill Halfpenny) has spent eight years rebuilding her life after the death of her son, but when she sees a teenage boy who looks just like him, she's convinced she's found her missing son. In that moment, she'll set off on a path that takes her to the edge of all reason.

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The Fall 
 

The Fall – 2013 to 2016 – Set in Belfast, this dark psychological thriller follows the cat-and-mouse game between Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson, The X-Files) and Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey), a killer who’s been targeting women. As Spector continues his reign of terror, Gibson must navigate the complexities of the investigation while confronting her own demons.

The Field of Blood – 2011 to 2013 – Set in early 1980s Glasgow, a young woman skillfully solves murders on a police force full of men. Unfortunately, her dedication to the truth also puts her in danger. The series stars BAFTA winner Jayd Johnson (River City) as Paddy Meehan, working alongside Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) and David Morrissey (The Missing).

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Foyle's War

Foyle’s War – 2002 to 2015 – DCS Foyle fights a war against crime in southern England as WWII goes on around him. Michael Kitchen (The Life of Rock with Brian Pern) and Honeysuckle Weeks (The Five) star.

George Gently – 2007 to 2017 – Loosely based on the Inspector Gently novels by Alan Hunter, this 1960s-based series follows Martin Shaw as Inspector George Gently, along with Lee Ingleby as DS John Bacchus. Together, they scour North East England‘s criminal underworld.

The Great Train Robbery – 2013 – This two-part series tells the story of 1963’s Great Train Robbery from two perspectives – the side of the robbers, and the side of the cops. Martin Compston (Line of Duty), Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train), and Jim Broadbent (Iris) star.

The GulfNew Zealand – 2019 – This series follows Detective Jess Savage (Kate Elliott, Wentworth) as she investigates crimes in Waiheke Island. After losing her memory in the same car crash that killed her husband, she sets her sights on finding the killer and bringing him or her to justice. Unfortunately, her memory issues and increasing reliance on morphine make the investigation difficult, and she begins to become paranoid that someone is out to get her because of something she knows.

Hamish Macbeth – 1995 to 1997 – Hamish Macbeth (Robert Carlyle, The Full Monty) is a talented but unambitious Highlands constable who doesn't always follow the rules. The series was filmed in the lovely Highland village of Plockton on the shores of Loch Carron, and it’s a great watch for those who enjoy good scenery.

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Happy Valley

Happy Valley – 2014 to 2023 – Created by Sally Wainwright (Gentleman Jack), this gritty West Yorkshire-based drama follows Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire, Last Tango in Halifax), a tough and dedicated police officer dealing with personal tragedy while confronting the dark underbelly of her community.

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Harry Wild

Harry WildIreland – 2022 – Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method) stars in this series about a recently retired English professor with a knack for investigation and a tendency to interfere in her police detective son’s cases.

Hidden – 2018 – When a young woman's body turns up with evidence that she was held prisoner prior to her death, the investigation leads DI Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams, Requiem) to a string of disappearances in a beautiful but remote part of Wales. Only the first season is currently available on Acorn at time of print.

Hidden AssetsIreland – 2022 – Set in County Clare, Ireland and the Belgian diamond capital of Antwerp, this series follows the action after a routine raid uncovers a link between a wealthy Irish family, a stash of rough diamonds, and a number of bombings in Belgium. The series stars Angeline Ball (Keeping Faith) as DS Emer Berry, along with Simone Kirby (His Dark Materials) and Peter Coonan (Cold Courage).

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Richard Harrington as Tom Mathias, Mali Harries as Mared Rhys-Hinterland_Season 2, Episode 2-Photo Credit: Warren Orchard/AcornTV

Hinterland – 2013 to 2016 – This Welsh-noir police procedural follows DCI Tom Mathias and his team as they solve grisly crimes around the coastal town of Aberystwyth.

Holding Ireland – 2023 – Based on TV presenter Graham Norton's novel of the same name, Holding takes place in the sort of tiny Irish town where nothing much ever happens – until it does. When human remains are found buried on a farm, police sergeant PJ Collins (Conleth Hill) suddenly finds himself with a real crime to solve. As he investigates the case, the secrets of townspeople start to emerge, and PJ will have to come to terms with his own demons.

Hollington Drive – 2021 – In an idyllic suburb, a 10-year-old boy goes missing. Anna Maxwell Martin and Rachael Stirling star as two sisters who fight to hold their lives and families together as long-held secrets begin to emerge within the community.

Injustice – 2011 – A defense barrister has to deal with the consequences of defending an indefensible crime. Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders screenwriter Anthony Horowitz created the series, and it features an all-star cast with actors like James Purefoy (Rome), Dervla Kirwan (Ballykissangel), Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element), and Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries).

Jack Irish Australia – 2012 to 2018 – Guy Pearce (Memento) stars as Jack Irish, a talented PI and ex-lawyer with a checkered past. Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home) also appears as his occasional girlfriend and talented journalist helper.

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Iain Glen stars in Jack Taylor

Jack TaylorIreland – 2010 to 2016 – Resistant to rules, ex-cop Jack Taylor becomes a private investigator after losing his job with the Guard. Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) stars in this series set against the city of Galway. It’s based on a series of novels written by Ken Bruen.

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Eve Myles stars in Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith – 2017 to present – A Welsh lawyer cuts her maternity leave short when her husband goes missing. As she tries to solve the crime before she’s arrested for it, she finds herself knee-deep in the criminal underworld of her small town. Eve Myles (Torchwood) stars, though some might argue her yellow anorak deserves a mention, too.

The Killing – United States – 2011 to 2014 – Based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, this Seattle-based series follows the murder investigations of detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman).

Killing Eve – 2018 to 2022 – A bored but highly competent MI5 officer trades her life behind a desk to pursue an elusive and particularly aggressive female serial killer.

The Level – 2016 to 2017 – A detective is the missing witness in the murder of a drug trafficker. The police want her, and the killer wants her dead.

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Line of Duty

Line of Duty – 2012 to present – This suspenseful British police series is set in the fictional “anti-corruption unit” AC-12, where the police police the police. Yes, we know that sounds a bit odd. Lennie James, Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, and Adrian Dunbar all feature. Acorn TV has seasons 1-5.

Loch Ness – 2017 to present – Highlands Detective Annie Redford faces her first murder case when a human heart is found.

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Bailey Patrick and Hugo Speer

London Kills – 2019 – This Acorn TV Original follows a team of London’s top detectives as they investigate homicides. Hugo Speer (The Full Monty) stars as DI David Bradford, the lead investigator whose talents seem to solve every case but the disappearance of his wife. Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) and Bailey Patrick (Bodyguard) also star.

Lost: Those Who KillDenmark – 2019 – Though a recent case has left her a bit on edge, the brutal murder of a couple leaves criminal profiler Louise Bergstein determined to get back to work and hunt down the killer. Teaming up with police investigator Frederik Havgaard, it won't be long before she's staring into the darkness again.

The Madame Blanc Mysteries – 2022 – This series follows Jean White, a respected antiques dealer in Chesire who’s left bereft after her husband tragically dies on the way home from their favourite antiquing spot in the South of France. Things turn dark(er) when she learns their money is gone, their shop has been re-mortgaged, and nearly everything they own is gone.

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Manhunt

Manhunt – 2018 to present – Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars in this series based on the real investigation into the death of French student Amélie Delagrange. Clunes plays DCI Colin Sutton, the man who led the task force that ultimately brought her killer to justice. Though it feels very much like a miniseries, it’s been confirmed that another series will be produced at some point in the future.

The Man Who DiedFinland – 2022 – Based on the bestselling novel by Antii Tuomainen, this darkly funny six-part series stars Jussi Vatanen as Jaakko, a mushroom entrepreneur who learns he's been the victim of a slow poisoning. With his days numbered, he sets out to find the killer. Though people are dying all around his investigation, he's having the time of his life. 

Mayday – 2013 – When the May Queen disappears just before May Day celebrations, a small town is thrown into chaos.

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Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders – 1998 to present – In Midsomer County, the landscapes are beautiful, the villagers all have secrets, and murder is rampant. This British mystery classic features John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby through the first 13 seasons, with Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby for the later seasons.

Midsomer Murders: Neil Dudgeon’s Top 10 – This special collection doesn’t include any new episodes of Midsomer Murders, but it does feature commentary and behind-the-scenes stories from Neil Dudgeon.

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Acorn TV

Miss Fisher’s Murder MysteriesAustralian -2012 to 2015 – In 1920s Melbourne, Miss Phryne Fisher works as a skilled private detective. Essie Davis and Nathan Page star.

Miss Fisher & The Crypt of TearsAustralian – 2020 – This movie is a continuation of the original Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries stories, and it premiered in early 2020. In this one, Essie Davis returns to the role of Phyrne in 1929 Jerusalem. There, she rescues a young Bedouin girl and finds herself on a globe-trotting adventure with her favourite handsome detective, Jack Robinson (Nathan Page).

Missing – 2006 – Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) stars as a young runaway who scams men to survive. When one of them turns up dead, she becomes the main suspect in a string of murders.

Missing AngelFrance – 2021 – Eight years after her daughter's 2012 disappearance, Suzanne Brunet finds her hopes reawakened when she sees a newspaper photo that might just be her daughter. Her back is facing the camera, but she's wearing the same shirt her daughter had on when she went missing.

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Clive Owen in Monsieur Spade. Photo Credit: Jean-Claude Lother/AMC

Monsieur Spade – 2024 – Loosely based on Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled detective stories featuring Sam Spade, this series imagines a life in which Spade retired to the south of France, only to find his peaceful village existence disrupted by murder.

 

Mr. and Mrs. MurderAustralian – 2013 – A married couple runs a crime scene cleaning business while also helping to solve the murders they clean up.

Mrs. Sidhu Investigates – 2023 – Based on the BBC Radio 4 series of the same name, this mystery stars Meera Kyal (Yesterday) as a recently-widowed, crime-solving Indian caterer in Berkshire. Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty) plays DCI Burton, a world-weary detective she often assists.

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Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries

Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder MysteriesAustralia – 2019 to present – In this spin-off to the original Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series, Phryne Fisher’s long-lost niece follows in her aunt’s footsteps as a 1960s lady detective with her own handsome officer. Geraldine Hakewill stars as Peregrine Fisher, and Joel Jackson plays Detective James Steed.

Murder Investigation Team – 2003 to 2005 – A London-based team of elite investigators handles exceptionally challenging murders.

Murderland – 2009 – This miniseries looks at a murder from the perspectives of the daughter, the detective, and the murder victim.          

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Murdoch Mysteries

Murdoch MysteriesCanada – 2008 to present – Set in the 1890s, Murdoch uses early forensics to solve murders. Yannick Bisson stars as Detective William Murdoch, Helene Joy plays Dr. Julia Ogden, and Thomas Craig and Jonny Harris fill the roles of Inspector Thomas Brackenreid and Constable George Crabtree, respectively.

Murdoch Mysteries: The MoviesCanada – 2004 to 2005 – Before it was a hit television series, there were three Murdoch Mysteries movies. Also set in 1890s Canada, the movies feature Peter Outerbridge as Detective William Murdoch (as opposed to Yannick Bisson) and Keeley Hawes (The Durrells, Bodyguard) as Dr. Julia Ogden.

Murphy’s Law – 2001 to 2007 – James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) stars as Tommy Murphy, a charming but tough Northern Irish cop with a tragic past.

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Lucy Lawless as Alexa Crowe – My Life is Murder | Photo Credit: Matt Klitscher/AcornTV

My Life is MurderAustralia – 2019 – Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) stars as retired Melbourne cop Alexa Crowe. Alexa is a mystery, but we know she’s tough, smart, hurting from a past trauma, and great at baking bread. She’s also slowly warming up to the cat who’s invited itself to live with her. In each episode, her old boss (played by Bernard Curry) requests her assistance on a tough case – and on each case, she seeks a bit of extra help from her protégé Madison (Ebony Vagulans).

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab – 2012 – Set in 1880s Melbourne, this period drama is based on the bestselling novel by Fergus Hume. It follows the murder of a man connected to a wealthy benefactor, along with an accused man unable to provide an alibi.

Mystery RoadAustralia – 2018 to present – Detective Jay Swan investigates crimes in the Australian Outback.

Mystery Road: OriginAustralia – 2022 – This Mystery Road prequel stars Mark Coles Smith (Halifax: Retribution) as a young Jay Swan. Set in 1999, the period mystery sees the young constable leaving the city to work in the small town where his estranged father lives. Premieres September 26th, 2022.

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No Offence, Series 2

No Offence – 2015 to 2018 – This gritty Manchester-based police drama showcases the work of some talented serious crimes investigators under the straight-talking DI Viv Deering. Sadly, one of the actors, Will Mellor, made an Instagram post letting people know that a fourth season won’t be happening due to changes at the network (Channel 4). The writer, Paul Abbott (Shameless), had already been working on ideas for a new season, but unless the show is somehow saved, it looks like we may never see them brought to life.

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One Lane Bridge

One Lane BridgeNew Zealand – 2020 – While working a murder investigation, a young Maori detective accidentally awakens a spiritual gift that may harm the case.

Outlier – 2020 – This Norwegian mystery begins when a teenager on her way home from a party finds a mobile phone ringing. The phone belongs to a missing girl, Sofie, whose body was later discovered at a camping resort a few hours away. Criminology student Maja Angell (Hanne Mathisen Haga) hears about this puzzling case in her hometown and leaves university to head north to deliver a message to the police. She believes the man who's been arrested is not the true killer, and her efforts to prove it will push her towards some of her most dangerous and repressed childhood memories.

The ParadiseFinland – 2020 – In a tiny corner of Malaga lies the Finnish community of Fuengirola. It's a peaceful place – until two murders destroy the tranquility. To help with the investigation, 60-year-old veteran detective Hikka Mäntymäki (Riitta Havukainen) travels in from Oulu, Finland. Unfortunately, the case will continue to claim new victims as Hikka and the local police scramble to untangle the case.

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Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky – 1994 to 1997 – When DI Crabbe leaves the police force to open a restaurant, they continue to pull him back in for part-time crime-solving. Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley in Harry Potter) stars, but you’ll also spot guest appearances from actors like Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Jane Wymark (Midsomer Murders), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard), Ian McNeice (Doc Martin), Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War), Derren Litten (Benidorm), Abigail Thaw (Endeavour), Nicola Walker (Unforgotten), and Joan Sims (As Time Goes By).

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Queens of Mystery

Queens of Mystery – 2019 – Young Matilda Stone is just beginning her career in law enforcement and she has not one, not two, but three crime-writing aunts. Her quirky aunts raised her after the disappearance of her mother, and they always manage to worm their way into her cases. This series was created by Doc Martin writer Julian Unthank, and features appearances by Olivia Vinall (The Woman in White), Julia Graham (Bletchley Circle), Siobhan Redmond (Taggart), and Sarah Woodward (Gems).

Rebecka Martinsson – 2017 to present – Sweden – This Swedish crime drama follows a young Stockholm lawyer as her life is turned upside down by the violent murder of a childhood friend. She quits her job and returns to her hometown to investigate a world that’s not what it seems.

 
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Recipes for Love & Murder

Recipes for Love & MurderSouth Africa – September 2022 – Maria Doyle Kennedy will star in this upcoming South African cozy mystery series based on the novel by Sally Andrew. She plays a recipe advice columnist for a small-town paper, and she’ll investigate the murder of one of her correspondents. Tony Kgoroge will co-star as the local chief detective. 

Resort to Murder – 1995 – After a woman is murdered on the West Pier in Brighton, her son dives into the local underworld to find her killer. This intricately plotted thriller stars Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line), Steven Waddington (Jamestown), Kelly Hunter (The Hole), and Peter Firth (Cheat).

Significant OthersAustralia – 2022 – This drama follows a diverse group of individuals who find themselves linked by a tragic event. When Sarah, a beloved community figure, goes missing, her family and friends are drawn together in a web of secrets, lies, and unexpected connections.

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Signora Volpe – 2022 – Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) stars in this series about a disillusioned British spy turned detective living in the heart of Italy. Trouble seems to follow wherever she goes, but her career as a spy has certainly left her with the right skills for investigation.

Single-Handed – 2007 to 2010 – Ireland – Jack Driscoll is transferred back to his hometown to take over the Garda Sergeant role his father left.

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The Sommerdahl Murders

The Sommerdahl MurdersDenmark – 2020 – In the beautiful Danish coastal town of Helsingør, Detective Chief Inspector Dan Sommerdahl (Peter Mygind, Flame and Citron) is the undisputed hero at North Sjælland Police. When the body of a young woman washes up on a beach, Dan and his best friend and colleague, Detective Flemming Torp (André Babikian, The Protectors), quickly determine this wasn’t an accident, and they are in hot pursuit to find the murderer and the baby the female victim had just given birth to.

The Sounds – 2020 – A happily married Canadian couple moves to New Zealand to escape the husband’s domineering family, but when he disappears soon after relocating, long-buried secrets come to light.

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Steeltown Murders – 2023 – In 2002 Port Talbot, DCI Paul Bethell jumps at the opportunity to lead the re-opened investigation into two sexually motivated murder cases from the 1970s. The narrative then unfolds along two distinct timelines. In one, we revisit the tragic events of '73, witnessing the grief that engulfed a small Welsh community. In the other, we observe young Paul as a determined junior officer. The all-star cast includes Scott Arthur (Good Omens), Sion Alun Davies (Hidden), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), and Steffan Rhodri (House of the Dragon).

Still Life: A Three Pines MysteryCanada – 2013 – In this television movie, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (Nathaniel Parker) arrives in Three Pines to investigate a strange death in the sleepy village of Three Pines.

 

Sunshine Kings Australia – 2017 – After his friend steals a Porsche and takes him and his basketball teammates on a joyride, Jacob finds that he and his friends are the prime suspects in the assault of a teenage girl. Wally Elnour (Neighbours) stars alongside Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets) and Anthony Lapaglia (Riviera). 

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Suspects 

Suspects – 2014 to 2016 – Three Greater London detectives investigate serious crimes in this heavily improvised series.

TransportFinland – 2022 – This crime drama begins with a question: what is the value of life? It's not just about human life, either. What about animal life? A unique series, it looks for the moment when our sense of justice and integrity is either celebrated or compromised.

 

The Truth Will Out – 2018 to present – Detective Peter Wendel sets out to create an elite task force to help solve cold cases, but when he finally gets his chance, the only available officers seem to be some of Sweden’s worst. Meanwhile, he’s dealing with the possibility that a noted serial killer may not have killed all his victims – leaving another murderer, or even many murderers, running free.

The Vanishing TriangleIreland – 2023 – Inspired by true events in Ireland during the 1990s, it follows a journalist, Lisa Wallace (India Mullin) who published an article about her mother's murder, only to receive a chilling letter from the killer – one that taunted her with photos of the murder and information about a new victim. Together with a local garda, Detective David Burkely (Allan Leech), she fights red tape to get answers as more girls go missing. Through it all, the killer continues to play mind games with Lisa, forcing her to choose his next victims and even threatening her in person.

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Whitstable Pearl arrived on Acorn TV in June 2021

Whitstable Pearl – 2021 – Based on Julie Wassmer's Whitstable Pearl mystery novels, this Kent-based series follows restaurant owner Pearl Nolan as she follows her long-deferred dream of investigative work. Unfortunately, her first case begins when a friend's body is found in mysterious circumstances. Kerry Godlimann (After Life) stars as Pearl, with Frances Barber (Silk) playing her mother, Dolly. Howard Charles (The Musketeers) plays DCI Mike McGuire, the friendly officer who will, of course, bristle occasionally at her meddling.

Winter – 2015 – Australia – Eve Winter, a Sydney homicide detective, solves some of the most difficult cases while dealing with bureaucracy and the challenges of being a woman in her field. Rebecca Gibney (Packed to the Rafters) stars.

Wire in the Blood – 2002 to 2009 – An eccentric psychologist helps the police solve murders by getting inside the minds of the killers. Robson Green (Grantchester) stars.

Wisting – 2019 – This Norwegian drama follows homicide detective William Wisting as he investigates the possibility of an American serial killer living in Norway.

WPC 56 – 2013 to 2015 – This period crime drama follows Gina Dawson, the first woman police constable (WPC) in her West Midlands hometown. The first two seasons focus on Gina’s struggles to gain acceptance in a male-dominated work environment, while the third season follows her successor at the station.

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