The best British series to stream

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How many of these British gems have you watched? They’re all ready for a bloody brilliant binge-session on Showmax.

CRIME

The Victim

A Scottish thriller miniseries. A mother, whose son was murdered by an older boy 14 years prior, goes on trial after she is accused of posting the new identity of the man she believes murdered her son. Watch now »

The Bay

A gripping British crime drama that follows Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong as she investigates a disturbing case with a complicated personal connection. Watch now »

The Capture

A riveting British crime mini-series. When a British soldier is charged with a crime, the tenacious young detective handling his case begins to uncover a multi-layered conspiracy. Watch now »

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Five Days: In England a young mother and her two children vanish in a crime that divides a family. This HBO/BBC drama includes Hugh Bonneville and Penelope Wilton from Downton Abbey.

A Confession: Martin Freeman stars in this intriguing British miniseries based on a true story in which a cop puts his career and reputation on the line to catch a killer. 

FANTASY

The Nevers

Victorian-era London is beset by people who suddenly manifest fantastic and dangerous abilities. A ragtag gang of women champions this new underclass against its enemies. Watch now »

His Dark Materials S1-2

Based on the books by Philip Pullman, this HBO series takes place in a rich fantasy world where humans all have animal familiars, and where an orphan uncovers a dangerous secret. Cast includes James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Watch now »

A Discovery of Witches S1

In this gorgeous, romantic series, historian Diana (Teresa Palmer) discovers an ancient manuscript that threatens the fragile peace between witches, vampires, demons and humans. She has no choice but to embrace her own status as a witch, and seek help from an unlikely source: the enigmatic vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode). Season 2 is coming first to Showmax soon. Watch now »

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Game of Thrones S1-8

Eight seasons of the greatest fantasy series of all time. Immerse yourself in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. 

Noughts + Crosses

In a parallel 21st-Century Britain, black people, called Crosses, rule over the lower-class white population, called Noughts. Despite the challenges presented by racial segregation, two people from opposite sides fall in love. 

Britannia S1-2: Set in AD43, this gory historical drama tells of the Roman conquest of Britain, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids.

DRAMA

I May Destroy You

Londoner Arabella lives a carefree life, with a great group of friends and boyfriend. But when she can’t recall the details of a night out she starts to question everything. Creator Michaela Coel stars in this much-awarded series. Watch now »

The Third Day

This limited series is told in two parts, Summer and Winter. In Summer, a man named Sam (Jude Law) is drawn to the mysterious British island of Osea, while Winter follows single mother Helen (Naomie Harris) as she comes to the island seeking answers. Watch now »

Years and Years

Emma Thompson stars in this drama that gives a chilling forecast of what the future could hold. When a celebrity comes to power in Britain on a populist platform, society’s changes are seen through the eyes of one family. Watch now »

HISTORICAL DRAMA

World on Fire

In this British WWII drama, stories of the devastating effects of war on people living in the US, Britain and Europe intertwine. The cast is headed up by Sean Bean and Helen Hunt. Watch now »

Victoria S1-3

Starring Jenna Coleman, this series follows Queen Victoria from the time she ascended to the throne at 18. In Season 3, she’s a mother of six facing the rising tide of revolution. Watch now »

The Halcyon

A glimpse into life at a glamorous five-star hotel in London in the early years of World War II, as the staff struggles to maintain the illusion of the good times while the world crumbles around them. Watch now »

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Summer of Rockets: A Russian inventor takes on an unlikely role in the Cold War. This semi-autobiographical series stars Toby Stephens and Keeley Hawes. Watch now »

Harlots S1-3: Sex, revenge and cunning are everywhere in this raunchy show about an 18th-Century London brothel starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Liv Tyler. 

Beecham House: Tom Bateman drives this period drama that follows the enigmatic, soulful John Beecham during his time in Delhi, India in the 19th century. 

Downton Abbey S1-6: This is as authentic as period drama gets: actual historical events shape the plotlines about the Crawley family and the servants who live with them in Downton Abbey. 

Gentleman Jack: Yorkshire, England, 1832. Landowner Anne Lister will do whatever it takes to save her ancestral home, and that includes marrying well – but not to a man. Based on the story of the real-life Anne and her search for a wife. 

ACTION

Strike Back S1-7

Based on the novel by real-life former SAS soldier Chris Ryan, this British spy adventure follows the military operatives in Section 20, a covert branch of the Defence Intelligence service. This series is more than pure action - it scores 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Watch now »

Stream all these series and more, plus some great British movies, on Showmax. Subscribe and get a 14-day free trial »  Need longer to enjoy all the entertainment Showmax has to offer? Pay once and subscribe for three, six or twelve months and save up to 50% on Showmax or Showmax Mobile. Valid until 31 August 2021. Sign up here »

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