Three British shows similar to Broadchurch

If you have watched Broadchurch and you are looking for more British shows like it, here are our three top picks of series to watch afterward.

Broadchurch is the hit British crime-drama series that first premiered in 2013 and was such a hit that it got two more seasons before it ended in 2017.

The series is lauded for its lead actors, David Tennant as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman as Detective Superintendent Ellie Miller, along with the suspense and thrilling twists and turns throughout the three season series.

Broadchurch is premised, “The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.”

After the third season’s conclusion, as it deviated from the initial premise, there are a number of other similar shows to binge on, including Luther, Gracepoint, and Shetland.

Which season of Broadchurch is the best?

Broadchurch has a total of three seasons, and each one consists of eight episodes. However, the first season of the crime-drama British series is still considered the best.

The series entire initial premise was based on the first season, and it does seem that the series was meant to be a limited series of only one season.

Season two carried on with the initial premise, but season three deviated from it completely as the murder investigation of the young boy had been solved and the team needed a new case to solve.

Three British shows similar to Broadchurch

Broadchurch is believed to have garnered its international appeal when it was made available on Netflix.

Following its natural run on British television and initially garnering a local following of its three seasons, the series later ended on Netflix, and this is considered the reason that it had such a global appeal for international fans of the series.

Therefore, it came as a surprise to Netflix subscribers when it was confirmed in 2021 that the series would leave the leading paid subscription video-on-demand platform for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in November 2021.

As such, the series is not available on Netflix anymore. The removal marked the end of a seven-year relationship as Netflix first hosted the crime-drama in 2014 after its first season.

The reason for the departure is the increasingly saturated market of paid subscription video-on-demand platforms, which has meant that the viewing rights of some shows have been revoked in order to propel the new entrants into the market to capture a niche audience based on series that they own.

As such, after the removal of Broadchurch from Netflix, it landed on PBS Masterpiece in November 2021 and it is still available on the platform. But if you have already watched the entire series, there are other similar crime-drama series to watch.

1. Luther

Luther is a British crime-drama that earned international appeal due to its leading man, Idris Elba.

Premised, “DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.”

The series had five seasons between 2010 and 2019. It is ideal for those who are looking for a suspenseful and action packed crime-drama as it does not have the same kind of dual-play in terms of the relationship between Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller.

Watch Luther on Amazon Prime Video

2. Gracepoint

Gracepoint is touted as an adaptation of Broadchurch. However, this time, Olivia Colman is replaced by Anna Gunn as Detective Superintendent Ellie Miller, while David Tennant reprises his role.

The show premiered in 2014, and it is a limited one-season series which is premised, “When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the town’s residents.”

Watch Gracepoint on Amazon Prime Video

3. Shetland

For an ongoing and compelling British crime-drama similar to Broadchurch, there is no better option than the BBC 2013 premiering series, Shetland.

Premised, “DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close-knit island community of Shetland.” The series is currently in its seventh season which is set to conclude with its sixth episode in the coming weeks on Wednesday, 14 September 2022.

The series shows no signs of stopping. The six season series is currently available to stream on BritBox with an Amazon Prime Video subscription and if you purchase the platform as an add-on. There will be more seasons to watch in the future.

Watch Shetland on Amazon Prime Video