Looking for something to do this weekend? How about engaging in the latest trend in television viewing and binge watching a quality British TV show? There are tons available on the streaming services that will be so addicting you won’t be able to stop watching. Most of the shows listed below are available on Netflix and Amazon Instant as well as AcornTV. All require a subscription.
By far one of the biggest global hits to come out of the BBC in recent years, you can’t go wrong with spending the weekend with Sherlock and Watson played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Call the Midwife
Mrs Anglotopia and I both love this show and it’s now available to stream. Set in 1950’s East London is deals with a group of mid-wives and nuns who bring new life into the world in various challenging scenarios. It’s very compelling drama.
This is by far one of my favorite British TV shows of all time and I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to watch from great British mystery telly. Set in the seaside town of Hastings during World War II, Christopher Foyle is a brilliant detective who has to deal with the various crimes that take place even during wartime.
The IT Crowd
I’m a bit of a computer nerd so I love The IT Crowd, a situation comedy set in the basement IT department of an anonymous British corporation. As the show goes on, it become more about the characters than computers and it’s just plain hilarious. The show has finished its run now and with episodes only about 20 minutes long, you can easily breeze through the whole series in a weekend.
This is a British comedy classic! Fawklty Towers is set in a fictional hotel in Devon and features the one person in Britain who has no business running a hotel – Basil Fawlty. The joke is that running a hotel would be a great business if it wasn’t for the guests. The situations are hilarious – the comedic timing is perfect. It’s a classic. Don’t miss the episode with the Germans.
The Bletchley Circle
A newer show currently in its second series in Britain. The Bletchley Circle is a television mystery drama miniseries, set in 1952, about four women who used to work as codebreakers at Bletchley Park. A series of murders takes place that seem to have a pattern. The police apparently overlook the pattern, so the women start investigating it themselves.
The Forsyte Saga
This is another one of our all time favorites. It’s a story that became a benchmark for appointment television in the 1960s returns in a lavish new production with an all-star cast. Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) stars as Soames Forsyte, a successful London solicitor and wealthy scion of a respectable upper-middle-class Victorian family. Soames marries the beautiful Irene–all he needs to complete his golden existence–but finds that he can never truly possess her. Based on the first two of John Galsworthy’s nine books about the Forysytes, this sweeping drama follows the family through two tumultuous decades that reflect the pivotal times in which they live.
This is a great crime series that takes place in northern England. The central character is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Vera Stanhope of the fictional Northumberland & City Police who is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. If she’s lonely she doesn’t show it and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage, often with highly strung bad temper. Her trusted and long-suffering colleague is Detective Sergeant (DS) Joe Ashworth (David Leon), her right-hand man and surrogate son.
House of Cards (the Original)
The media has been going nuts with the buzz about House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey but did you know that it’s based on a brilliant UK show of the same name? It’s a sprawling tale of dirty politics and ambition. It’s quite good! Also give you an interesting look at British politics and how they work (and don’t!).
You haven’t seen Doc Martin yet? Have you gone bodmin? Doc Martin is another show that’s become a global hit. Set in the Cornish seaside town of Portwenn, the show follows the misadventures of Doctor Martin Ellingham as he treats the patients in a town. The catch is that he hates dogs and people in equal measure. He also has an on/off relationship with local teacher Louisa. It’s delightfully charming and once you start watching it, you won’t be able to stop! What’s your favorite British TV show that’s perfect to binge watch in a weekend? Let us know in the comments!