British Mysteries Galore – Sherlock, Cadfael, Luther, Waking the Dead

I love British mysteries but I seldom have time for them. Prime Suspect, Cracker, and Inspector Morse are some of my favorites but they are not available on instant Netflix. Netflix does have a large number of streaming BBC mysteries though.

I thought I would single out just a few of the many available. There are tons more including plenty of literary adaptations from the works of Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Ruth Rendell.

Sherlock (2010)

“In this updated take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved mystery tales, the eccentric sleuth prowls the streets of modern-day London in search of clues. At his side — though hobbling — is flatmate Dr. John Watson, fresh from the Afghan War.”

This is one I did find time for and it is quite a bit of fun. Benedict Cumberbatch is excellent as Sherlock as is Martin Freeman as Watson. Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared in the excellent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Martin Freeman is Bilbo in the upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit.

I’m lucky to have some good friends feeding my Cumberbatch addiction. They not only loaned us the first story of the new season of Sherlock (Surprise! I haven’t had time to watch it!), they also picked up tickets for Jen and I to see Cumberbatch in Frankenstein. Fathom Events is broadcasting this at select theaters June 6th and 7th. Grazi!

Cadfael (1994)

“In this unique mystery series based on the bestselling books by Ellis Peters, renowned British actor Sir Derek Jacobi stars as Brother Cadfael, a compassionate seeker of truth and justice in chaotic medieval England.”

I have loved Derek Jacobi ever since his incredible performance in I, Claudius. Strangely I have yet to find the time to watch this series. Only the first season/series is currently available on instant Netflix but it should be sufficient to whet your appetite.

Luther (2010-11)

“John Luther is a dedicated detective trying to keep from losing grip on his personal life in this innovative police drama that spotlights the psychological factors underlying the crimes the sleuth has been assigned to solve.”

Idris Elba headlines this British series that I have yet to make time for.

Waking the Dead (2000)

“This acclaimed cop drama follows Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd and his cold-case unit as they use the latest advancements in forensic science, psychological profiling and other investigative techniques to crack unsolved murders.”

A Touch of Frost (1992-2010)

“An arrogant nonconformist who despises following the rules, keenly observant Det. Jack Frost (David Jason) avoids serious trouble with his disgruntled superiors by consistently solving his hometown’s most perplexing criminal cases. This gripping police procedural finds the master sleuth, who rotates through sidekicks on a regular basis, investigating a girl’s disappearance, a string of home invasions and a multitude of murders.”

All 15 seasons of A Touch of Frost are now available on instant Netflix.



One thought on “British Mysteries Galore – Sherlock, Cadfael, Luther, Waking the Dead

  1. We should totally get started on the Caedfel mysteries; I can also remember my mom/dad watching Frost when I was a girl.

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