Best new British TV series (2016 overview - TV & Netflix)



England is the one country that despite its small scale, has an answer to mindblowing stream of quality that comes from the U.S. Thanks to British television, we know Black Mirror (2011) and Downton Abbey (2010). Go England!
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best British TV series of 2016 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Debbie Horsfield, Susanna Clarke & Sydney Newman United Kingdom's best creators?


British TV series2016
Popular actorsHeida Reed, Eleanor Tomlinson & Kyle Soller
Trending TV SeriesPoldark, This is England ‘90 & Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel

Best British TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2016

Best British TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Black Mirror (Since 4-12-2011 , Season: 3 - Channel 4 )
  2. A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.

    Orwellian images of our future not only appear in books – BBC’s Black Mirror brilliantly paints a picture that is as shocking as it is near. Each episode introduces a new theme, cast and forecast. The dark side of life and technology is played out in near-future scenarios in which technology has quite a disputable influence. Most of these scenarios are not even fully improbable, which, along with the dramatic powerplay, constitutes it’s strength.

    The only bother in Black Mirror: its first episode is the best one by far, which make the following episodes seem inferior. Beyond that, an absolute must watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke5AKVtvkdc

    CreatorCharlie Brooker
    StarringDaniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell & Rory Kinnear
    Similar tv showsUtopia
    Themescommunication, heroism, human rights, identity, lifestyle, manipulation, science fiction,
    Keywordsaccurate, advanced,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Rating
    90%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Peaky Blinders (Since 30-9-2014 , Season: 3 - BBC Two)
  4. BBC made something special, but despite that it looks terrific, and really takes you back to the Birmingham just after World War 1, it is also a bit clumsy and messy at times. Simply put, it does not quite live up to its promise of becoming the ‘Brummy’ version of the American Boardwalk Empire. That being said, I did really enjoy this classic more slow-paced British gangster series, and seeing that it only has six episodes in the first season of the mini-series, you can understand that it did not hit as hard as a Boardwalk Empire. Season 2 is up for release in 2014, and it would not surprise me if the show will really pick up from there. The story and the setting are incredible, so there is a lot there to be developed. Peaky Blinders is about a local Birmingham Irish gang run by the Shelby family (one of the brothers is played by the terrific Cillian Murphy) who were controlling the city with relative ease until a new Chief of police is installed, who is not afraid to fight back. The main attraction luring me in to watch this show was its creator Steven Knight, the writer of Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises (2007) about Russian gangsters.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM12mcTEI88

    CreatorSteven Knight
    StarringCillian Murphy, Sam Neillm & Paul Anderson
    Similar tv showsBoardwalk Empire, The Sopranos
    Themescompetition, corruption, drugs, families, honor, drama,
    Keywordsaction-packed, violent,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  5. Downton Abbey (Since 9-1-2011 , Season: 6 - ITV)
  6. A portrayal of an aristocratic British family and their staff, beginning at the years before the first world war.

    BBC’s Downton Abbey is an enormous success – you’ve probably seen it, or at least heard of it. The decadence of the Crawley family is simply nice to look at, as are the shenanigans a level below (the staff) and the relationships between the family and their personnel. Yes, most characters are one-dimensional, and the fights and struggles are simplistic. No one really cares, apparently.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPwaCjE8DcY

    CreatorJulian Fellowes
    StarringHugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan & Elizabeth McGovern
    Themesbetrayal, bullying, character, emotions, families, fate, drama, romance,
    Keywordsamusing, charming, dramatic,
    CountryUnited Kingdom United States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  7. The Honourable Woman (Since 31-7-2014 , Season: 1 - BBC Two )
  8. This show clearly plays into today's hot topic of international espionage. It revolves around a woman who inherits her father’s arms business, and decides to transform it into a company that facilitates the laying of cable network between the West Bank and Israel. Grown into a role as promoter of reconciliation, she gets caught up in an international ‘maelstrom’.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQYsZEbu1RI

    CreatorHugo Blick
    StarringMaggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Rea & Lubna Azabal
    Similar tv showsOlive Kitteridge, Happy Valley
    Themesactivism, betrayal, combat, drama, thriller,
    Keywordsaction-packed, awe-inspiring,
    CountryUnited Kingdom United States
    Rating
    80%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  9. Sherlock (Since 24-10-2010 , Season: 4 - BBC One)
  10. Sherlock is not yet another Sherlock Holmes brand rip-off. This British BBC Detective show takes the most famous fictional private detective to modern-day London, and finds an excellent form to do so. Sherlock, played by the incredibly talented Benedict Cumberbatch (now also with a great role in 12 Years a Slave), describes himself aptly as a ‘highly functional sociopath’, but as the series progresses, we find that his kind heart pierces through (perhaps a bit too much in season 3, almost de-mystifying him). Together with his loyal friend Watson, he solves incredibly complex cases in the heart of London loosely based on original Arthur Conan O’Doyle stories. Season 1 and 2 are definitely must-see detectives as they are incredibly fresh and genuine, but in season 3 in 2014 the show unfortunately moves a little too much away from the original stories, and takes too much advantage of humor and Sherlock’s sensitive side.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRyG8QYV45M

    CreatorMark Gatiss & Steven Moffat
    Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman & Una Stubbs
    Similar tv showsPrison Break, True Detective
    Themesconspiracy, darkness, technology, action, crime, mystery,
    Keywordsaction-packed, addictive, mysterious,
    CountryUnited Kingdom United States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  11. Doctor Who (Since 17-3-2006 , Season: 10 - BBC One )
  12. The one and only sci fi cult hit! The Doctor is a Time Lord, who can travel beyond spacen and time and explores the whole wide universe, resulting in mind blowing adventures. Must see for sci fi fans.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0csVdLbDMO4

    CreatorSydney Newman
    StarringPeter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman & Matt Smith
    Similar tv showsThe Sarah Jane Adventures
    Themespunishment, revenge, science, adventure, drama,
    Keywordsadventurous, classic,
    CountryCanada United Kingdom
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  13. The Night Manager (Since 19-4-2016 , Season: 1 - BBC)
  14. A night manager of a European hotel is asked to be an alias for intelligence operations.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-ZcaKdvML8

    CreatorJohn le Carré
    Starringom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki
    Similar tv showsThe Night Of, 11.22.63
    Themesespionage, good versus evil, action, adventure,
    Keywordsaction-packed, adventurous, dazzling,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  15. This is England '90 (Since 13-9-2015 , Season: 1 - Channel 4)
  16. A miniseries derived from the film 'This is England' (2006). The show captures the rave culture and 1990 world football cup.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNAkC9yYyRQ

    CreatorShane Meadows & Jack Thorne
    Starring Lyra Mae Thomas, Billy Braithwait & Chanel Cresswell
    Similar tv showsThis is England '86, This is England '88
    Themescharacter, jobs, social issue, drama,
    Keywordsdramatic, truthful,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Rating
    90%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

2017 releases

Taboo (Since 7-1-2017 , Season: 1 - FX)

In the beginning of the 1800's, an adventurerer builds his own shipping empire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZYAQSlIhM4

CreatorTom Hardy
Starring Tom Hardy, Leo Bill & Oona Chaplin
Themescareer, character, greed, pride, drama,
Keywordsaction-packed, adventurous, dramatic,
CountryUnited Kingdom
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New British TV series

Best recent British TV series

Maigret by George Simenon


An adaption of the Georges Simenon's classic novels.

Release dateN/A<
CountryUnited Kingdom
StarringRowin Atkinson
Associated withdetective,
NetworkITV

Poldark (Since 21-6-2015 , Season: 2 - BBC One)

At the end of the 18th century, a man named Ross Poldark returns home from war to find his father dead, his girlfriend engaged and his land and house ruined.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A0U6kQNCN0

CreatorDebbie Horsfield
StarringHeida Reed, Eleanor Tomlinson & Kyle Soller
Similar tv showsOutlander, Desperate Romantics, Wolf Hall
Themeslove, opportunities, drama, romance,
Keywordshistorical, romantic,
CountryUnited Kingdom
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel (Since 13-6-2015 , Season: 1 - BBC One)

A mini-series about two enigmatic men bringing magic back to England.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE1nsOoTJos

CreatorSusanna Clarke
StarringBertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan & Marc Warren
Similar tv showsPoldark, Wolf Hall
Themesfriendship, identity, historical,
Keywordsbased on a novel, heartfelt, mysterious, well-designed,
CountryUnited Kingdom
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

This is England ‘90 (Since 13-9-2015 , Season: 1 - Channel 4)

A miniseries derived from the film 'This is England' (2006). The show captures the rave culture and 1990 world football cup.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNAkC9yYyRQ

CreatorShane Meadows & Jack Thorne
Starring Lyra Mae Thomas, Billy Braithwait & Chanel Cresswell
Similar tv showsThis is England '86, This is England '88
Themescharacter, city, friendship, jobs, social issue, drama,
Keywordsdramatic, truthful,
CountryUnited Kingdom
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

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