Complete list of 2000s British detective series

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Below is a list of British mystery/crime/detective series from the 2000s. This includes series that started prior to 2000 and continued into the decade, as well as shows that started in the 2000s and continued into the 2010s and beyond. At the turn of the millennium, there was a surge in popularity of reality and true-crime series. However, as I want to focus on scripted/fictional shows on this website, and so documentary-type series were not included in the list below.

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.


  • Above Suspicion (2009-2012) [stream here]
  • Agatha Christie’s Marple (2004-2013) [stream here]
  • Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989-2013) [stream here]
  • Amnesia (2004)
  • Ashes to Ashes (2008-2010)
  • Badger (1999-2000)
  • The Bill (1983-2010) [stream here]
  • The Blind Date (2000)
  • Bloodlines (2005)
  • Blood Strangers (2002)
  • Blue Murder (2003-2009) [stream here]
  • The Brief (2004-2005) [stream here]
  • Burnside (2000)


  • City Central (1998-2000)
  • City of Vice (2008) (historical) [stream here]
  • Conviction (2004)
  • The Cops (1998-2001)
  • Cracker (1993-1995, 1996, 2006) [stream here]
  • Criminal Justice (2008-2009) [stream here]
  • The Cry (2002)
  • Dalziel and Pascoe (1996-2007) [stream here]
  • Daylight Robbery (1999-2000)
  • Father & Son (2009-2010) (UK-Ireland co-production) [stream here]
  • Feel the Force (2006) (sitcom)
  • The Fixer (2008-2009) [stream here]
  • Foyle’s War (2002-2015) [stream here]


  • Heartbeat (1992-2010) [stream here]
  • He Kills Coppers (2008) [stream here]
  • Helen West (1999-2002)
  • HolbyBlue (2007-2008) [stream here]
  • Hunter (2009)
  • In Defence (2000)
  • The Innocence Project (2006-2007)
  • Inspector George Gently (a.k.a. George Gently) (2007-2017) [stream here]
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001-2008) [stream here]
  • Inspector Morse (1987-2000) [stream here]
  • Instinct (2007)
  • It’s a Mystery (1996-2002) (children’s programme)



  • McCready and Daughter (2000-2001)
  • Merseybeat (2001-2004)
  • Messiah (2001-2008)
  • Midsomer Murders (1997-present) [stream here]
  • Missing (2001-2010)
  • Moses Jones (2009) [stream here or here]
  • The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (1998-2000) [stream here]
  • Murder (2002)
  • Murder City (2004-2006) [stream here]
  • The Murder Game (2003) (reality/gameshow)
  • Murder in Mind (2001-2003)
  • Murder in Suburbia (2004-2005) [stream here]
  • Murder Investigation Team (2003-2005) [stream here]
  • Murder Prevention (2004)
  • Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes (2000-2001) [stream here]
  • Murderland (2009) [stream here or here]
  • Murphy’s Law (2001-2007) [stream here]


  • NCS: Manhunt (2001-2002)
  • Never Never (2000)
  • New Tricks (2003-2015) [stream here]
  • Outlaws (2004)
  • Paradox (2009) [stream here]
  • Prime Suspect (1991-2006) [stream here]
  • Psychoville (2009-2011) [stream here]
  • Y Pris (a.k.a. The Price) (Welsh) (2007-2009)


  • Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000-2001) (revival of 1960s series of the same name)
  • Real Men (2003)
  • Rebus (2000-2007) [stream here]
  • Red Riding (2009)
  • Roman Mysteries (2007-2008) (children’s historical programme) [stream here]
  • Rose and Maloney (2002-2005)
  • Rosemary & Thyme (2003-2007) [stream here]
  • The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (a.k.a. The Inspector Wexford Mysteries) (1987-2000) [stream here]
  • Second Sight (2000-2001) [stream here]
  • Serious & Organised (2003)
  • Silent Witness (1996-present) [stream here]
  • Sirens (2002)
  • State of Play (2003) [stream here]
  • The Stretch (2000)


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!


    1. Thanks for letting me know about that series! I haven’t heard of it before, but looking it up it seems that it originally ran in 1998-1999. I’ll be sure to include it when I compile a list of 90s shows.


  1. There was a series shown in the US in the 1990s or 2000s, I think, about a police detective investigating a crime that involved some women living together. They had covered up the murder of the husband of one of the women years before. The detective ended up getting involved with one of them. What was that series??? It most likely was shown on PBS in the US, or possibly on A&E.


  2. Hi, I’m trying to find a series set in two time lines, one in 1980 maybe then in the present. It was a murder where the people agreed to cover it up, but somehow is solved in the end. It had the song Babylon’s burning in it. Tia


  3. “Mayo”, adapted from the Gil Mayo Mysteries series books by Marjorie Eccles, a British television detective fiction-comedy series, first broadcast on BBC One on 12 March 2006 and included seven episodes based on the books and one episode for the ending from an original storyline from the lead actor, Alistair McGowan. It was released in Australia as “The Gil Mayo Mysteries”.


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