Top 10 Best British TV Shows Streaming on Amazon Prime Video (US)

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Last Updated on April 10, 2024 by Stefanie Hutson

Editor's Note: This post has been updated to ensure it reflects what's currently available – so some selections may not reflect the original author's views. 

Top 10 Best British TV Shows Streaming on Amazon Prime Video (US)*

*Some of these shows may have more recent seasons that aren't included in Prime – but which require either payment or a different subscription to watch. 



Endeavour is a prequel series for Inspector Morse, the iconic 1987 crime drama starring John Thaw – but plenty of people watch and enjoy Endeavour without having seen Morse, so it definitely isn't a prerequisite to watch Morse first.  Some people even find they love Endeavour and can't quite get into the older series.

This show boasts gorgeous shots of Oxford and the surrounding area, intricately composed music with a ‘secret' message, and characters with plenty of complexities.

Endeavour stars Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse and Roger Allam as Fred Thursday along with Anton Lesser, Sean Rigby, Sara Vickers, James Bradshaw, and Caroline O'Neill. Abigail Thaw, the daughter of John Thaw, even has a recurring role. Stream Endeavour on Amazon Prime.


Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as DS Sunny Khan in Unforgotten.

Unforgotten follows the career of DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DS Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) as they work to get justice for crimes that have been largely forgotten. Season one tackles the story of a skeleton found in the cellar of a house.

Unforgotten also features realistic, modern forensic science. It veers towards the gritty side of things, but it's not too overwhelmingly gruesome. Stream Unforgotten on Amazon Prime


Tom Brittney, Robson Green, and James Norton in Grantchester.

Grantchester is a cozy mystery that isn't quite cozy. The series follows a vicar (first James Norton, later Tom Brittney) who helps a police detective while also grappling with the issues of being young and single and religious. Robson Green stars as DI Geordie Keating in all seasons to date.

The show is first set in 1950s Cambridgeshire, but now that we're up to the eighth season of Grantchester, they're beginning to get into the 1960s. Stream Grantchester on Amazon Prime.

The Outlaws

The Outlaws

Christopher Walken, Stephen Merchant, and Eleanor Tomlinson are among the stars of this delightfully original dark comedy about a group of people doing community payback for a variety of minor criminal offenses. Though each would prefer to get the hours over with and move on with life, a series of unfortunate circumstances force them into further criminal behaviour.

Along the way, each of them deal with the issues that brought them there in the first place, and they each help each other to improve in their own small ways. Stream it HERE 

UPDATE: This one was renewed for a third season in mid-2023. No word on a premiere date yet.

Good Omens

Good Omens with David Tennant (a demon) and Michael Sheen (an angel).

Good Omens is based on the book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jack Whitehall, John Hamm, and more. 

An angel and a demon must put aside their differences to stop the apocalypse. Unfortunately, they've lost track of the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy who's oblivious to his part in the grand scheme. Stream Good Omens on Amazon Prime.

UPDATE: Good Omens was just (December 2023) renewed for a third and final season.

RELATED: 13 Things You Might Not Know About Good Omens

Truth Seekers

Truth Seekers

Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) star in this oddball comedy about internet installers who moonlight as part-time paranormal investigators. Using homemade gadgets to track ghosts, their haunted adventures get increasingly terrifying as they’re drawn further into the supernatural world.

Sadly, this quirky series didn't get renewed for a second season. Stream it HERE

Clarkson's Farm

Clarkson's Farm

Back in 2008, TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson bought at 1000-acre farm in the Cotswolds. For years, the land was farmed on a contract basis by a local villager – until he decided to retire in 2019. 

Soon after, Clarkson decided to try his hand at doing the job. He bought the necessary equipment, brought in people to help him (including the way-more-patient-than-us Kaleb Cooper), and he got down to business – recording his efforts along the way.  Not everyone loves Clarkson himself, but there's no denying the series gives people insight into what farmers deal with to keep the world fed (even if Clarkson himself is quite posh and pampered).

The unusual series has been a hit, and a second season premiered in 2023. A third season hasn't yet aired, but the show has already been renewed for season 4. Watch it HERE


Poldark. BBC.

Poldark begins when Ross Poldark comes home to Cornwall after fighting for the British in the American War of Independence. Unfortunately for him,everything has changed in his absence. His father is dead, the family mine has closed, and the love of his life is engaged to his cousin. It couldn't get much worse, so the only way to go is up. The series follows along as he attempts to build a new life from the rubble of the old one.

It was a popular show with a massive following when it aired from 2015 – 2019. Poldark stars Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Phil Davis, and more. Stream all five seasons of Poldark on Amazon.

The Durrells in Corfu

The Durrells in Corfu.

In the 1930s, the Durrell family leaves England and heads to Corfu for a new start. There, they get up to all sorts of shenanigans, especially with the youngest son so interested in the native critters, a brother who doesn't know what to do with himself, a boy-crazy teenage girl, and an exasperated writer. Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) stars as their mother; she's doing her best to keep the kids in line.

This show boasts gorgeous scenery, quirky characters, and heartfelt story lines. Also starring Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Daisy Waterstone, and Callum Woodhouse. Stream The Durrells in Corfu on Amazon Prime.

The Grand Tour

James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond in The Grand Tour, an Amazon Prime Original Series.

Top Gear was the BBC's most commercially successful program and the world's most widely-broadcast factual TV show. That's a lot of hype for a “car show,” right? But it's more than that. It was much-loved by all types of people, even those who aren't gearheads. Unfortunately, the trio's last episode of Top Gear aired in June 2015. 

Since then, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond found a new home with Amazon Prime. Producer Andy Wilman and script editor Richard Porter, among other filmmakers followed the trio to Amazon, too. 

The Grand Tour focuses more on travelling, but it isn't without its kinks. Many things the trio wanted to do were halted by the BBC for being too similar to their old version of Top Gear. So, they do not interview guests in the first season and had to introduce a running gag where the people they planned to interview were killed off before they can come on. Not everyone loved this, but they were working under limitations.

Despite this, The Grand Tour is still rated an astounding 8.7/10 on IMDb.

Follow this hilarious (if sometimes cantankerous) trio across the world as they head to places like Canada, Croatia, Colombia, Georgia to Azerbaijan, Italy, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Switzerland, and more. A trip to Madagascar will air later in 2020. Stream The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime


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