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The Best British Shows on Netflix

A handy list 12 series that would make any anglophile happy.
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Addicted to the Crown? Suffering romantic withdrawal post-royal wedding? Just love an accent? May we prescribe a regimen of binge-worthy British television. From murder mysteries to baking reality shows, Netflix has something for everyone.

1. Lovesick


A young romantic who's been free with his love finds himself diagnosed with an STD. His results leave him with no other option than to reach out to all of his exes to notify them of his status. Although the circumstances aren't ideal, feelings from the past are brought back, proving that love can truly work in mysterious ways.

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2. Ripper Street


This drama follows a community in East London six months after a murder by Jack the Ripper, an infamous serial killer. If you're all about thrillers, you'll be on the edge of your seat while making your way through these five frightful seasons.

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3. Detectorists


While trying to repair their own personal lives, two friends with a passion for metal detecting set out to achieve their dream of finding a valuable collection of items. The men go head to head with a rival metal detector club while searching for the treasure they're confident is buried in a farm field. Find out who strikes gold first in this hilarious sitcom.

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4. The Crown


One of Netflix's most popular royal series, this historical drama chronicles Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign and highlights just how closely the monarchy can intersect with politics in the U.K. Every fan of the royal family will love this enchanting series.

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5. Collateral


After a pizza delivery driver is shot, the detective in charge of the investigation suspects the murder is really just a part of a larger crime. As she gets deeper into her research, she's shocked to learn the truth about London's underworld. Penned by David Hare and starring Carey Mulligan, this is a sterling silver version of a police procedural.

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6. Peaky Blinders


This one isan intense, addictive period gangster tale that's become a cult favorite. The main character, Thomas Shelby, runs a well-known English street gang during the aftermath of the Great War. After a crate of guns goes missing, the ambitious crime boss seeks an opportunity to advance in the business realm, proving he'll do whatever it takes to be successful.

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7. Grand Designs


Upgrade your addiction to home-makeover shows. Designer Kevin McCloud hosts a creative series in which people pursue their visions and build their ideal homes. This is the perfect binge-worthy series to watch if you're in need of some design inspiration of your own. See the construction from beginning to end as each dream house becomes a reality.

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8. Sherlock


Sherlock Holmes gets his most dynamic modern remake in this BBC favorite. Don't be surprised if you find yourself hiding out in your room all weekend to finish watching this updated take on the beloved mystery. Follow along as the renowned detective—Benedict Cumberbatch at this best—takes on the streets of modern London in search of clues which appear to connect to a string of crimes.

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9. The Great British Baking Show


Bakers take on three weekly challenges in order to impress a judges' panel, which consists of food connoisseur Prue Leith and celebrity chef Paul Hollywood. Contestants hope to make it through each round to ultimately be crowned Britain's best amateur baker. Try to hold back from chocolate cravings while watching these talented bakers whip up some tasty desserts.

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10. The Investigator: A British Crime Story


A true-crime docuseries in the mold of Making a Murderer or The Jinx, The Investigator explores a series of different grisly, compelling crimes. In the first season, investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas probes the murder of Carole Packman, a wife and mother, who mysteriously disappeared in 1985. Although no body has ever been found, her husband was sentenced to life for her murder. That season prompted the local police to reopen the case.

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11. Call the Midwife


Set in the 1950s, this drama chronicles the everyday life of a newly employed midwife and her coworkers as they work out of a neighborhood convent in impoverished working-class London. Gear up for a moving look at the roles women play—from healer to mother, friend, nun, and more—as each woman is drawn into the homes and lives of the families they treat.

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12. The Frankenstein Chronicles


A detective living in London unearths what he initially believes is the body of a child, but upon closer examination, he finds that it's actually a combination of different body parts arranged to look like a human. He takes on the gruesome case and tracks the person he believes to be the killer but is suddenly lead in a far more horrifying direction.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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