There are a few British shows on Netflix that have become international phenomena: Black Mirror, The Crown, Peaky Blinders, and Sherlock just to name a few.
But we wouldn’t want you to think that this was the limit of the quality shows coming out of the British Isles. So, leaving these well-known hit shows to one side, we have put together a list of 10 fantastic British shows, all released within the last two years, that are currently available to stream on Netflix.
Many of these titles are the result of Netflix’s investment of $500 million in producing British Originals in 2019. We are sure more great titles will be coming soon (pandemic permitting).
Since British shows tend to have shorter and fewer seasons, they are much faster to binge through than any of their American counterparts.
If you are a fan of The Crown, then you should also check out our list of recent films about British Royalty.
Steven Moffat, the mastermind behind both the Doctor Who reboot and Sherlock, takes on the classic Bram Stoker legend with Claes Bang in the titular role.
Season one shows us Dracula in 1897 when he finds himself mixed up with Jonathan Harker and one of the Van Helsings. But a series of events sees him sleeping for more than 100 years, and he wakes up in a new world, which he thinks that he is going to like a lot.
The End of the F***ing World (2019-)
At only 17 years of age, James (Alex Lawther) already believes that he is a psychopath and decides to nurture his buddying nature. While he believes that he does unobserved, classmate Alyssa (Jessica Barden) thinks that he might be a way for her to get out of an impossible home life.
Will Alyssa join James in his murderous intentions, or does James just see her as another potential victim to practice his art.
The English Game (2020-)
Julian Fellows, the mastermind behind Downton Abbey, brings us a new period drama that focuses on the birth of the great game of football.
Originally created at Eton for the posh boys studying there, as it becomes more popular, they must deal with it transforming into a pastime for the masses.
In this British-Japanese crossover series, a Japanese detective (Takehiro Hira) finds himself out of his comfort zone as he travels to the UK to find the brother that he presumed dead and who is on the run from the Yakuza.
He teams up with a British detective (Kelly Macdonald) to navigate the streets of London, and the two delve into the Japanese underworld that exists in the international city.
The Innocents (2019-)
In this British supernatural series, two teenagers decide to run away together when one of them starts to show unusual powers. On their own and without guidance they soon see threats closing in on all sides.
Sorcha Groundsell and Percelle Ascott star as the teens, whilel Guy Pearce makes a compelling appearance as a man who treats people with supernatural shapeshifting abilities (a bit of a spoiler right there).
A Letter for the King (2020-)
Newcomer Amir Wilson stars as an aspiring knight who volunteers for the perilous mission of caring a letter for the king who lives on the other side of the great mountains. He must prove his metal and intelligence at every turn.
The six-part series is based on the popular Dutch novel of the same name and is set in a fictional medieval world beset by supernatural dangers.
Top Boy (2019)
Set on a fictional London estate, a young boy Ra’Nell finds himself alone after killing his own father in self-defense and after his mother is admitted to hospital. He soon finds himself under the wing of a disgraced enforcer of the gangs that run the estate.
The estate gang leaders have their eye on Ra’Nell to join the team, but he finds himself on their bad side when his best friend gets tangled up with the gang.
Set in London in 1945, a young woman, played by Emma Appleton, is recruited by the American Office of Strategic Services to try and find a Soviet spy within the British Cabinet Office. The naive youth agrees to the mission, but is immediately out of her depth.
The show combines a mystery to solve with the evolution of a young woman from a naive girl into a savvy woman of the world.
White Gold (2019-)
If you know Ed Westwick from Gossip Girl you might forget that he is actually English, so check him out in this English sitcom. He plays the head of a double-glazed windows sales team in Essex in the 1980s.
He convinces two old friends, Joe Thomas and James Buckley from The Inbetweeners, to join him in the business and teaches the art of selling anything to anyone.
White Lines (2020-)
Laura Haddock stars in this British-Spanish drama as Zoe. She makes her way to Ibiza when her brother is found dead, 20 years after going missing while he was DJing in Ibiza. She was only a child at the time, but now, she is determined to find answers.
Flashbacks tell the story of how four British teens jetted out to Ibiza and quickly set themselves up as some of the hottest DJs on the island.
What To Watch Next?
Britain is not the only place where Netflix has been investing big in quality new content. Korea has been another focus area for the streaming service, so check out this list of the new Korean dramas that landed in 2020. Some groundbreaking and compelling programming has also come out of Brazil.