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GabyBaby posted 2/23/2014 16:32 PM

I'm a huge Downton Abbey fan.
That show spurred me to check out another series on Netflix (which was recommended by a friend) called "Call the Midwife", also a show out of the UK. Love that show too!

What are some of your favorite British tv series?
It can be drama, comedy, or sci-fi and preferably be available on Netflix.


I did my homework and decided to share in case anyone else is interested:

*************** Available on Netflix: ***************
Being Human (UK)
2009-2013 - 5 series)

Trying to fit into modern society is a vexing -- and often impossible -- challenge for a genius werewolf, a flighty ghost and an urbane vampire who share a household in this engaging supernatural drama.

Doctor Who
2005-2011 - (6 series)

After more than a decade off the air, this epic sci-fi series returns with an all-new look -- and the ninth (and beyond) incarnation of everybody's favorite time-traveling Doctor, who promptly sets about fighting nefarious aliens and other foes.

Classic Doctor Who
1964-1989 - (18 collections)

Since 1963, the Doctor and his companions have been traveling through time and space in a miraculous police box called the TARDIS. These early seasons of the show develop the character of the Doctor, and introduce familiar villains like the Daleks.

Doc Martin
2005-2011 - (4 series)

Crippled by a sudden and inconvenient fear of blood, flashy surgeon Dr. Martin Ellingham abandons his bustling London practice and sets up shop as a country doctor in this medically minded British sitcom.

Hotel Babylon
2006-2008 - (4 seasons)

Hardships abound for the wealthy and spoiled clientele of one of London's poshest hotels, as witnessed behind the scenes by the men and women who must serve them as employees of Hotel Babylon.

House of Cards (BBC)
1990-1995 - (3 parts)

After he's passed up for a promotion, British
politician Francis Urquhart vows to exact revenge on the system that's holding him back. Through charm and persuasion, Urquhart gains the trust of his colleagues while simultaneously undermining them.

Prime Suspect
1991-2004 - (6 series)

Jane Tennison, a London homicide detective, finds her perps in the highest echelons of power while combating entrenched sexism on the job.

Monarch of the Glen
2000-2004 - (6 series)

Drama/comedy about a young man who accepts his role as laird of a giant, expensive, run-down Scottish castle.

2010-2012 - (2 series)

In this updated take on Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved mystery tales, the eccentric sleuth prowls the streets of modern-day London in search of clues.

The Bletchley Circle
2012 (1 series)

Four ordinary women with an extraordinary flair for code-breaking and razor-sharp intelligence skills are the focus of this murder-mystery drama. Having served as code breakers in World War II, the four now focus their talents on catching killers.

Midsomer Murders
1997-2010 (13 series)

In this detective drama, police inspectors Tom Barnaby and cousin John crack hard-to-solve crimes in the fictional English county of Midsomer.

Land Girls
2009-2011 (3 series)

Set on a farm in the English countryside during World War II, this program follows the lives, loves, highs and lows of four members of the Women's Land Army who are working at the Hoxley Estate.

Foyle's War
2003-2010 (6 series)

Set in the English coastal town of Hastings during World War II, this compelling crime drama follows police inspector Christopher Foyle, who discovers that crooks don't stop for anything -- not even war.

George Gently
2007-2012 (5 series)

On the eve of his retirement, Scotland Yard Inspector George Gently decides to pursue one final murder case, suspecting that it's the handiwork of a gangster who's already gotten away with the murder of Gently's own wife.

In this innovative police drama, dedicated detective John Luther is trying to keep from losing a grip on his personal life as he contends with the psychological factors underyling the crimes he's been assigned to solve.

Inspector Lewis
2011-2012 (2 series)

Police inspector Lewis returns to solving homicides after a long absence and partners with the clever, university-educated Det. Sgt. Hathaway, whose knowledge of the modern world frequently proves helpful to his old-school boss.
Keeping Up Appearances
1990 (1 season)

This comedy series follows the antics of snooty Hyacinth Bucket -- pronounced bouquet -- whose insistence on proper form at all times is a perpetual thorn in the side of her husband, Richard.

The Vicar of Dibley
1994-1999 (3 series)

When a boisterous woman named Geraldine (Dawn French) becomes their new vicar, the dumbfounded residents of the conservative English village of Dibley have a fit. But with her sharp wit and tender compassion, Geraldine slowly wins the hearts of all those who doubted her. This popular British comedy series co-stars Gary Waldhorn as parish council chairman David and James Fleet as David's polar-opposite son, Hugo.

Ripper Street
2013 (1 series)

In April 1889 -- six months after the last Jack the Ripper killing -- East London is emerging into a fragile peace, hopeful that the murderer's reign of terror might have finally run its course.

The IT Crowd
2006-2010 (4 series)

In the age-old clash of IT vs. the corporation, a pair of basement-dwelling dweebs squares off against their cloddish owner-come-lately, with their ambitious but tech-illiterate manager running interference.

The Office (UK)
2001-2002 (2 series)

Set in suburban London at a dysfunctional paper company, this caustic British sitcom follows the day-to-day troubles of the firm's uninspired desk jockeys while a documentary team captures every cringe-inducing moment on film.

Gavin & Stacey
2007 (1 season)

Twentysomethings Gavin and Stacey finally meet in person after a six-month long-distance courtship, but they must contend with friends and family who all have strong opinions about their love lives.

Peep Show
2003-2012 (8 series)

Thrown out by his girlfriend, slacker Jeremy moves in with his friend Mark, who has a very different -- but still dysfunctional -- view of the world.

2006-2007 (2 series)

This quirky Britcom profiles Tommy Saxondale, a former roadie stuck in his glory days who isn't afraid to speak his mind -- loudly and offensively.

Top Gear (UK)
2003-2013 (18 series)

Jeremy Clarkson and his crew of car lovers test the limits of luxury vehicles -- and even wreck them, if they choose. Highlights include the segment "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car," which puts celebrities behind the wheel.

Touch of Frost
1992-2010 (15 seasons)

Nonconformist Det. Jack Frost avoids trouble with his disgruntled superiors by consistently solving his hometown's most perplexing criminal cases.

Spiral (Engrenages)
2005-2012 (4 seasons)

This gritty crime drama set in the dark underbelly of Paris follows police officers and lawyers as they investigate and prosecute crimes.

Upstairs, Downstairs
1971-1975 (5 series)

This addictive English series, set in early 1900s London, centers on the aristocratic Bellamy family, whose lives often parallel their loyal servants.

The Inspector Lynley series
(2002) – 4 titles on Netflix

“Well-Schooled in Murder”
"Payment in Blood”
“Missing Joseph”
“For the Sake of Elena”

Rosemary & Thyme
(2003-2006) - 3 series

Former constable Laura Thyme and plant pathologist Rosemary Boxer find common ground in catching criminals in this British mystery series. Together, the two investigate a singer's death, a political dispute and more.

Inspector Morse
(1987-1990) - 4 series

Inspector Morse has an abundance of intellect, but not much patience when it comes to his superiors or low-brow culture. Along with his cheerful sergeant, Lewis, Morse tackles the most devious crimes found in the diverse community of Oxford.

Call the Midwife
(2012) - 2 series

Set in the 1950s, this period drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth follows new midwife Jenny Lee and the other midwives and nuns working in a nursing convent in an impoverished section of London's East End.

The Fall
(2013) - 1 series

When the Belfast police are stalled in their investigation of a spate of murders, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson is drafted to investigate. Under her lead, the team uncovers an intricate web of lives entangled by the killings.

***************Not Currently Available for Streaming on Netflix: ***************
Orphan Black
Life on Mars
Mad Dogs (same cast as Life on Mars, British Breaking Bad, it's AWESOME)
Ashes to Ashes
Are You Being Served
Father Ted
Absolutely Fabulous
Touching Evil
Wire in the Blood
Friday Night Dinner
The Benny Hill Show
Ready Steady Go
Silent Witness
One Born Every Minute
Only Fools and Horses
Green Wing
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
The Hour
Line of Duty
Death in Paradise
Coronation Street
South Riding
Being Eileen – Lapland
Dolphins – Spy in the Pod
Last Tango in Halifax

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 1:34 PM, March 1st (Saturday)]

Sad in AZ posted 2/23/2014 16:58 PM

The British version of Being Human is a favorite of mine.

nowiknow23 posted 2/23/2014 17:00 PM

Doctor Who (of course)
Orphan Black

FaithFool posted 2/23/2014 17:10 PM

Life on Mars
Mad Dogs (same cast as Life on Mars, British Breaking Bad, it's AWESOME)
Doc Martin
Hotel Babylon
House of Cards (the original)

Prime Suspect (not on Netflix in Canada :*( )
Ashes to Ashes (')

[This message edited by FaithFool at 5:13 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)]

tryingagain74 posted 2/23/2014 17:22 PM

I am watching Monarch of the Glen on DVD; it's a comedy-drama about a young man who accepts his role as the laird of a giant, expensive, run-down Scottish castle. It's pretty hilarious. I think it ran from 2001-2007.

mainlyinpain posted 2/23/2014 17:29 PM

Sherlock! I think that's a British one.

GabyBaby posted 2/23/2014 17:31 PM

You all are awesome!
I'm adding all of these to my list to check out!

Thanks so much.

lost_in_toronto posted 2/23/2014 18:38 PM

The Bletchley Circle
Midsomer Murders
Land Girls

MinorBee posted 2/23/2014 19:43 PM

Foley's War
Life on Mars
George Gently

GabyBaby posted 2/23/2014 19:48 PM


GabyBaby posted 2/23/2014 21:42 PM


The list has been moved to my initial post so you don't have to dig.

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 8:09 PM, February 24th (Monday)]

Random thoughts posted 2/23/2014 22:13 PM

Sherlock Holmes
Inspector Lewis
Dr. Who
Are You Being Served
Keeping Up Appearances.

jadedheart posted 2/23/2014 22:45 PM

Father Ted

The Vicar of Dibley

Absolutely Fabulous


Ripper Street

I love the BBC!

GabyBaby posted 2/23/2014 22:53 PM

Thanks Random and Jaded!
I updated the list with your contributions.

InnerLight posted 2/23/2014 23:12 PM

I really liked Foley's War and Land Girls. I loved call the midwife at first, but then all the grunting and groaning got too much.

I do streaming on netflix and I am bummed I can only get season 1 of downton abbey!

Awesome list GB. Thanks!

[This message edited by InnerLight at 11:13 PM, February 23rd (Sunday)]

GabyBaby posted 2/23/2014 23:20 PM

I loved call the midwife at first, but then all the grunting and groaning got too much.
LOL it was a bit much, but the series was so good, I could get by that part.

purplejacket4 posted 2/23/2014 23:39 PM

Touching Evil
Wire in the Blood

GabyBaby posted 2/23/2014 23:49 PM

Thanks PJ!

DixieD posted 2/24/2014 00:39 AM

That's a great LIST you made Gaby

I'd add The IT Crowd because I think Chris O'Dowd is a cutie.

brooke4 posted 2/24/2014 02:34 AM


Friday Night Dinner

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