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From The Tudors to Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ 21st-century Sherlock, no one does prestige drama quite like the British. Call me a UK fanatic, but there’s nothing that catches my eye like an Elizabethan collar, a thick Irish accent, or a hunt for justice on the dark streets of London — all of which are readily available in these wildly popular British drama TV shows. From period pieces to police procedurals, star-crossed lovers, and beyond, the best British dramas have centuries of material to draw on — and quite a bit more of it is available to stream right now than you may realize.
So, what UK world would you like to get lost in today? On Netflix, we have the crown jewel of British drama The Crown, starring Olivia Colman as the Queen, as well as 1920s crime drama Peaky Blinders. On Hulu, we have sexy, filled-with-longing love story Normal People — or, sexy, eye-catching crime drama Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. (Yes, all the shows on Hulu are sexy.)
And on Amazon, there’s a whole other treasure trove of British drama TV to be explored: the PBS Masterpiece channel, which houses fan faves like Sanditon, Grantchester, Inspector Lewis, and so many more. Binge at your own peril — and don’t blame us if you look up and find your weekend has suddenly vanished.
Ready to dive into some grade-A British TV? Here are all the must-see dramas, and where to watch.
A version of this article was previously published in July 2020.