Complete list of 1970s British detective series

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Below is a complete list of British detective/mystery/crime series from the 1970s. This includes series that started prior to 1970 and continued into the decade, as well as shows that started in the 1970s and continued into the 1980s. Titles of series that only lasted for a single year/season have been left unbolded.

Clicking on a title link in the list below will take you to my post about that specific show (if I have created one). Additionally, the list also includes links to places where you can watch/stream the show online.


  • Barlow at Large (1971-1975)
  • Cribb (a.k.a. Sergeant Cribb) (1979-1981)
  • Crown Court (1972-1984) [stream here]
  • The Danedyke Mystery (1979)
  • Dixon of Dock Green (1955-1976)
  • The Famous Five (1978-1979) (children’s programme based on Enid Blyton novels)
  • Father Brown (1974)
  • Gangsters (1976-1978)
  • Hazell (1978-1979)
  • Jack the Ripper (1973)
  • Justice (1971-1974)


  • Law & Order (1978)
  • The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder (1969-1971)
  • New Scotland Yard (1972-1974)
  • Out (1978)
  • Parkin’s Patch (1969-1970)
  • Paul Temple (1969-1971)
  • The Persuaders! (1971-1972) (starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore) [stream here]
  • Police 5 (1962-1992, 2014)
  • The Professionals (1977-1983)
  • Public Eye (1965-1975)
  • Raffles (1977) [stream here]
  • Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969-1970) [stream here]
  • The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971, 1973) [stream here]


  • The Sandbaggers (1978-1980) [stream here]
  • Second Verdict (1976)
  • Sexton Blake (1967-1971)
  • Shoestring (1979-1980)
  • Softly, Softly: Taskforce (1969-1976)
  • Special Branch (1969-1974) [stream here]
  • Spyder’s Web (1972)
  • Sutherland’s Law (1973-1976)
  • The Sweeney (1975-1978) (starring John Thaw) [stream here]
  • Target (1977-1978)
  • Van der Valk (1972-1992) [stream here]
  • Villains (1972)
  • Whodunnit? (1972-1978) (game show)
  • The XYY Man (1976-1977)
  • Z-Cars (1962-1978)

If you know of a show that is missing from the list above, or if you have any other additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments!

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