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6 English Mystery TV Shows to Watch During Quarantine

Hello Friends!

So, besides all the bread you are baking, runs you are taking, work you are doing, how about an escape?

If you are binging on shows or catching a few favorites, how about something that isn’t quite as mainstream as “Ozark” or “Tiger King?”

Perhaps it is my English heritage ( 25%) but I love a great English mystery or thriller, and mostly view shows on Acorn Tv (  some of these shows are on Netflix.’ Most of what I am sharing is on Acorn TV ( this is not affiliated in any way). I am a True Crime lover and most of what I watch is on Discovery ID. However, for a great story and a mystery/thriller, I turn to my favorite English programs.

Here are some of the shows I love and watch.

  1. Midsommer Murders. The small countriesque down in Causton is so charming. Being a Music Major, I was first endeared to this show by the Theremin playing the theme song. Good to know those Theremin majors out there have a gig! The first in a series of wise detectives, was my favorite, an  older gentleman, Detective ( DCI)  Barnaby, played by John Nettles. The town and its characters were derived by a series of books by Caroline Graham. I just love the vibe of the town and the small English country cottages. I could live in one of those! The spirit of the show, especially toward the latter part of the series, is a bit campy, but that adds to the charm. This Is one of the longest-running shows as well. If you love good characters and the setting of a quaint English town, this is a must-see.
  2. Line of Duty– Another show with very strong characters is Line of Duty. Line of Duty focuses on the AC-12 Unit,  Anti-Corruption. The characters are interesting, flawed, and often a source of concern for the Chief. The Unit focuses on catching criminals, but sometimes it is the police officers working in the “line of duty”. A wonderful cast, just riveting!
  3. Deadwater Fell a fan of actor David Tennant ( Broadchurch another must-see~) plays a Scottish man who has lost this wife and 3 young girls in a house fire. Suspicion falls on Tom ( his character) and his friends and family start to question their beliefs. Very good! I just couldn’t stop watching.
  4. Wire in the Blood– Based on a series of books from writer Val Mcdermid, this mystery thriller takes you on some windy roads. The main character, played by Robson Green, is a clinical psychologist who “gets into the mind” of the killer, or in this case serial killers. I began watching this series when I first became sick with EDS, and was mostly bedridden. I couldn’t wait to watch the next episode, as it was exciting and edgy.
  5. Prime Suspect Have you ever seen Helen Mirran interviewed? She has sass!  She can be a tough cookie, and I love her! This series has Helen Mirren in the lead role of Jane Tennisen, one of the first Detective Chief Inspectors in London. This procedural shows some of the perspective of women in such a role, and how she faces this battle within the police unit. It’s very good! ( On Amazon Prme)
  6. Vera- Vera could be my grandmother. She is that likable. Dressed a bit dowdy, Oscar Nominee Brenda Blythyn, stars as Vera,  an endearing, self-sufficient, determined investigator who doesn’t give up. Wonderful performances.

There are many other excellent British mystery shows such as Luther, The Accused, Broadchurch, and others!

    Now, if you choose one or more of these to watch, I must tell you. A pot of tea is mandatory! lol. How many English mysteries are solved over a good ole cup o tea?  ( Maybe that is another reason I love tea. hmmm)

I hope you all are well, and have something planned for the weekend. Here in NC, we are in Phase 1, parks, trails and some businesses are open at a smaller capacity, continuing to practice safe social distancing. We have only gone grocery shopping but will take a walk on the trails near our house this weekend.  Hubby and I will take the pups for a hike at our local Latta Plantation. We purchased different cheeses and hummus to make a charcutarie board minus the meat, along with some excellent bottles of wine to open. We’ve been enjoying sitting on the deck when its nice out.

So, on those rainy days, I hope you may check out one of these recommendations.

I’d love to hear some of your favorites in the comments, if you are a fan of British Mysteries

Have a great weekend!

Stay Safe,

Jess xx

Back with more fashion Monday!

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    shelbeeontheedge1
    May 25, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    I love it, Jess! I have never watched this genre of television. I may have to look into it! Thanks for sharing and linking up.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 26, 2020 at 11:55 am

      🙂 It is really my favoritre along with thrillers . enjoy!

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    yourtrueselfblog
    May 19, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Hi, Jess – Although I am just as busy in my home office as before, it’s good to have alternatives. My husband loves classic mystery stories and loves to guess the ending! Thanks, Angie – http://www.yourtrueselfblog.com

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 20, 2020 at 10:23 am

      Hi Angie! Glad you enjoyed the post, give some of the programs a try!

  • Reply
    Amy Christensen
    May 17, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Jess, I love British mystery shows. I watched all the Midsommer ones a while back. Recently I watched Cadfael, Medieval murder mysteries. I also liked Murder in Paradise and Miss Fischer Murder Mysteries. So many good ones to watch. I’ll have to check out the ones you listed. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are well. – Amy
    https://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 18, 2020 at 9:20 am

      I see there are alot of fans out there! I will have to check out the ones you mentioned as well. Thanks Amy! Take care as well!

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    Deirdre
    May 16, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    I think you would love Rosemary and Thyme! It’s an older series, from the 90s or early 2000s I believe, about two ladies-of-a-certain-age who both experience upheaval in their lives–one loses her university job; the other loses her husband–and decide to start a gardening business together. They get hired to renovate lovely estates all over England but, funny thing, wherever they are on the job someone ends up being murdered! And despite the best efforts of the local police, it’s the amateur sleuthing of horticultural scientist Rosemary Boxer and ex-cop Laura Thyme that always saves the day! They both have their own very idiosyncratic but utterly fabulous sense of style. A bit dated but available on BritBox!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 16, 2020 at 5:45 pm

      Hi Dierdre! thanks so much for commenting! beleive it or not, I have seen Rosemary and Thyme! I became sick with EDS around 2008 and remember watching it back then sometime as I was not functioning as well then. It is a chamring and delightful show as are the ladies! Thank you for letting me know . I do beleive it was on Acorn back then. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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    Lisa K
    May 16, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Loving Sherlock at the minute Jess and I believe Vexed is very good xx

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 16, 2020 at 11:37 am

      Hi Lisa! Oh I love Sherlock! The Benedict Cumberbach Sherlock? Great series!! I don’t know Vexed, so I will check it out this weekend! x

  • Reply
    Neti*
    May 15, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    I do not watch thrillers or mysteries but My Mom and Sis are deep into Murdoch Mysteries.Enjoy. . .

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 16, 2020 at 9:17 am

      I heard that was good too! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! xx

  • Reply
    Jodie
    May 15, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    I have never even heard of any of these. Obviously I need to get out more, LOL
    Have a great weekend,
    OXOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 16, 2020 at 9:17 am

      I watch many of them on Acorn TV which is a British TV station, you can find some, like Midsommer Murders on Amazon.
      You too Jodie!

  • Reply
    fiercefashion
    May 15, 2020 at 11:58 am

    These are all new to me. I did go on a British tv show kick awhile back. And, I just finished reading a British murder mystery–The Cuckoo’s Calling.

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 15, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      I’ve always been attracted to murder mysteries and love the way the British Mysteries tell stories. Oh, I will have to look up that book! Happy Friday! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jess Jannenga
    May 15, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Hi Nancy! So do I! I am always looking for new shows. I used to watch Ms Marple, which I forgot to list. Wonderful show as well! I know of the others that you mentioned but havent watched them all. I thnk I have seen some of George Gently! thank you!

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    Straight A Style
    May 15, 2020 at 9:30 am

    This looks like a great list. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 15, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Thank you Amy! They are some of my favorite shows. I always had an affinity for mysteries.

  • Reply
    Jules
    May 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Other favorites: Unforgotten, a cold case show. The 3rd season is a stunner. And for fashion and mystery, there’s the Miss Fisher Mysteries, set in 1920’s Australia. The author of the Vera series, Ann Cleese, has another detective, Jimmy Perez, in Shetland.

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 15, 2020 at 9:50 am

      Hello Jules,
      Thank you for your comment! I am going to check out Unforgotten! I have watched many British mysteries over the years, so I’ll have to see if I have seen that one! I am familiar with Miss Fisher but haven’t watched it yet. Thank you for the information, I am going to check these out as well.

  • Reply
    thisblondesshoppingbag
    May 15, 2020 at 5:15 am

    I am always looking for an English mystery series, thank you! I haven’t seen most of these but I will pin this so I can check them out. Thanks Jess!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 15, 2020 at 10:08 am

      I am a British Mystery junkie! I am sure you will enjoy these, there really are some great shows. My mom just got Acorn TV so she could enjoy some of these as well.

  • Reply
    Michelle Churchman
    May 15, 2020 at 3:27 am

    I read this with interest as we watch a lot of British mysteries. We already watch Midsomer Murders and Vera, but are not familiar with the others. I’ll add my own suggestions to yours, although I apologize for not remembering if they are on Acorn, BritBox, or plain Amazon Prime. (Hubby runs the remote. 🙂

    – Endeavour – takes place after WWII. A young detective with a gift for solving mysteries. The characters have depth, all the complications of life, and evolve throughout the series.
    – Foyle’s War – takes place during WWII. It’s about a police detective solving crimes in Britain during the war. He is smart and compassionate, and his driver is young woman who is smart and feisty. I really enjoyed these characters.
    – Inspector Morse – an older detective who can be cantankerous, but really good at solving crimes, and his good natured sidekick. Takes place in Oxford.
    – Luther – a London police detective who is good at solving crimes, but is deeply flawed. Complicated character.

    We are in a phase 1 reopening as well, but Dan & I are remaining pretty well isolated.

    Stay safe!
    xoxo

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 15, 2020 at 10:10 am

      HI Michelle, So another British mystery lover! I fell in love with Midsommer when I was initially sick ad would binge watch the shows. I appreciate your suggestions! I have watched Luther, Idris Alba is one handsome guy! I will look into the others. We are the same as far as only going out for groceries, but will go for a hike this weekend. take care!

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    Nancy s Fashion Style
    May 15, 2020 at 3:02 am

    Oh Jess! I looooooove English detectives! We are now watching Line of Duty. Vera is so good, Ingave seen about all Midsummer Mulders! And what about Lewis, Endeavour Morse, George Gently, Frost! All are fan tas tic!

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