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The Best Police TV Shows on BritBox

Finding a good Police TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Police TV shows of all time streaming on BritBox.

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1. Prime Suspect

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8.4/10
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76/100
Year: 1991-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Highly skilled Detective Inspector Jane Tennison battles to prove herself in a male dominated world.

Where to Watch: 15 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, AcornTV & BritBox). 15 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $4.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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2. Life on Mars

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73/100
Year: 2006-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A detective chief inspector from 2006 is investigating a serial killer when he is knocked over by a speeding car. Waking up, he finds himself mysteriously transported back in time to 1973. Initially struggling to come to terms with his situation, he has to come to terms with the old-fashioned technology and attitude of the day, while figuring out how he came to be trapped in the past.

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (64%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 17 episodes (68%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & Vudu).

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3. Midsomer Murders

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72/100
Year: 1997-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 20
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: The peacefulness of the Midsomer community is shattered by violent crimes, suspects are placed under suspicion, and it is up to a veteran DCI and his young sergeant to calmly and diligently eliminate the innocent and ruthlessly pursue the guilty.

Where to Watch: 113 episodes (91%) are available to watch free online (IMDb TV). 123 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, AcornTV & BritBox). 123 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & YouTube).

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4. Shetland

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70/100
Year: 2013-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Created from the novels by award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, Shetland follows DI Jimmy Perez and his team as they investigate crime within the close knit island community. In this isolated and sometimes inhospitable environment, the team have to rely on a uniquely resourceful style of policing.

Where to Watch: 26 episodes (96%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 27 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Vera

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Year: 2011-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 10
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A sharp detective with a messy life, DCI Vera Stanhope patrols her “patch” of northeast England, pursuing the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. Vera is obsessive about her work and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage.

Where to Watch: 36 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV & BritBox). 32 episodes (89%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Inspector Morse

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Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 12
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Inspector Morse is a detective drama based on Colin Dexter's series of Chief Inspector Morse novels. The series starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis, as well as a large cast of notable actors and actresses.

Where to Watch: 33 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 35 episodes (95%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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7. Scott & Bailey

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Year: 2011-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
Crime, Drama

What it's about: D.C. Rachel Bailey and D.C. Janet Scott have a robust and engaging friendship which enables them to draw upon each other’s strengths and investigate murders for the Manchester Metropolitan Police.

Where to Watch: 33 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 33 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Maigret

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Year: 2016-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Adaptation of the novels written by Georges Simenon featuring his fictional French police commissioner Jules Maigret.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 2 episodes (50%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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9. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

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58/100
Year: 2002-2019Seasons: 6
Drama, Crime

What it's about: DS Barbara Havers is assigned to work with the upper-crust DI Thomas Lynley to solve murders.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (74%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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10. What Remains

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Year: 2013-2019Seasons: 1
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: When the decomposed body of Melissa Young is found by a couple in their new flat, Detective Len Harper is determined to discover what happened to her and why nobody noticed she was missing.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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11. Taggart

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Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 27
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Taggart is a Scottish detective television programme.The series revolves around a group of detectives initially in the Maryhill CID of Strathclyde Police, though various storylines have happened in other parts of the Greater Glasgow area, and as of the most recent series the team have operated out of the fictional John Street police station across the street from the City Chambers.

Where to Watch: 85 episodes (53%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, AcornTV & BritBox). 2 episodes (1%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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12. In Plain Sight

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Year: 2016-2019Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Based on the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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13. Good Cop

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Year: 2012-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Crime

What it's about: A dutiful Liverpool beat cop discovers what he is truly capable of after his partner is brutally murdered in a targeted attack by a local gang.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (50%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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14. The Thin Blue Line

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Year: 1995-2019Seasons: 2
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: The Thin Blue Line is a British sitcom starring Rowan Atkinson set in a police station that ran for two series on the BBC from 1995 to 1996. It was written by Ben Elton.

Where to Watch: 14 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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15. Heartbeat

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Year: 1992-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 20
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Set during the 1960s in the fictional North Yorkshire village of Aidensfield, this enduringly popular series interweaves crime and medical storylines.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (3%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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16. The Last Detective

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Year: 2003-2019Seasons: 5
Drama, Crime

What it's about: The Last Detective is an ITV drama starring Peter Davison as Dangerous Davies. The first series aired in 2003 with three more seasons succeeding this. The first consisted of a pilot and three episodes, the second and the third series both consisted of four normal episodes and the fourth series increased the run to five episodes and the duration of each individual episode to 90 minutes as opposed to the previous 70-minute format. As of 2007 this series had 17 episodes in total.

Where to Watch: 17 episodes (77%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV & BritBox). 4 episodes (18%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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17. Dalziel and Pascoe

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50/100
Year: 1996-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 12
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What it's about: British crime drama based on the "Dalziel and Pascoe" series of books by Reginald Hill, set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Wetherton. The unlikely duo of politically incorrect elephant-in-a-china-shop-copper Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel (pronounced Dee-ell) and his more sensitive and university educated sidekick Detective Sargent, later Detective Inspector, Peter Pascoe is always on hand to solve the classic murder mystery, while maintaining a down to earth wit and humour.

Where to Watch: 45 episodes (73%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 15 episodes (24%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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18. Wycliffe

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Year: 1994-2019Seasons: 6
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Wycliffe is a British television series, based on W. J. Burley's novels about Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe. It was produced by HTV and broadcast on the ITV Network, following a pilot episode on 7 August 1993, between 24 July 1994 and 5 July 1998. The series was filmed in Cornwall, with a production office in Truro. Music for the series was composed by Nigel Hess and was awarded the Royal Television Society award for the best television theme. Wycliffe is played by Jack Shepherd, assisted by DI Doug Kersey and DI Lucy Lane.Each episode deals with a murder investigation. In the early series, the stories are adapted from Burley's books and are in classic whodunit style, often with quirky characters and plot elements. In later seasons, the tone becomes more naturalistic and there is more emphasis on internal politics within the police.

Where to Watch: 37 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & BritBox).

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19. WPC 56

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Year: 2013-2019Seasons: 3
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What it's about: Drama following WPC Gina Dawson, the first Woman Police Constable to join Brinford Constabulary, a fictional police force in the West Midlands, in 1956. The show focuses on WPC Gina Dawson's struggle to gain acceptance in the male-dominated police station whilst having to deal with the sexist attitudes that were commonplace at the time.

Where to Watch: 15 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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20. The Ruth Rendell Mysteries

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Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 12
Drama, Crime

What it's about: The Ruth Rendell mysteries is a British television series made by TVS and Meridian Television for ITV between 2 August 1987 and 11 October 2000.

Where to Watch: 65 episodes (76%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, AcornTV & BritBox).

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21. 24 Hours in Police Custody

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Year: 2014-2019Seasons: 7
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What it's about: Bedfordshire Police allowed more than 80 cameras to follow their work for this landmark documentary series

Where to Watch: 19 episodes (41%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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22. The Ice House

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Year: 1997-2019Seasons: 1
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A corpse is found in an ice house ten years after Phoebe's husband went missing. The police seem determined to accuse Phoebe, to the delight of the villagers.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 3 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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23. Life of Crime

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44/100
Year: 2013-2019Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Life of Crime revolves around a female police officer named Denise Woods. Set across a span of three decades (beginning with the Brixton Riots of 1985), the drama follows Denise as she rises through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service. She initially struggles in an extremely male-orientated profession where sexism is rife and female officers must fight to be accepted. But as dawn breaks one September morning, Denise accompanies DS Ray Deans to a crime scene to discover the bruised, battered and strangled body of teenager Anna. Having had a previous encounter with the teenager, Denise is determined to bring Anna’s killer to justice. Denise works against the clear instruction and advice of her senior officers and follows her own lines of enquiry as the circumstances of Anna’s murder aren’t what they first appear. As the enquiry progresses Denise’s fervor for the case leads her to fall foul of her senior officer, DCI Ferguson.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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24. Mayo

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41/100
Year: 2006-2019Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Charismatic detective Gil Mayo wise-cracks his way through a variety of murder mysteries alongside his sexy colleague, Alex Jones. Matters aren't simple between the old flames as flirtation could become something more - but who will make the first move? Life is further complicated by Gil's precocious teenage daughter Julie, who he's bringing up by himself after the disappearance of his wife. The detective does come up with a novel way to deal with the piles of bills he keeps receiving though - hiding them in the cupboard!

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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25. Without Motive

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Year: 2000-2019Seasons: 2
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Detective Constable Jack Mowbray has seen a lot of disturbing things on the job. But somehow the family man has never taken it home with him—until now. The brutal murder of a young woman in Bristol sets off a chain of events that may change Mowbray forever and tear his family apart.When the Bristol murder is linked to a series of recent killings, the investigating team grows to more than a dozen detectives and just as many petty jealousies and full-blown rivalries. Mowbray’s boss, DCS Henderson keeps the pressure on as it becomes clear that the latest killing will not be the last. Mowbray and his colleagues race to find a predator who will strike again—without apparent motive.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV & BritBox).