Community Post: 11 British TV Shows You Need To Become Aquatinted With
1. The Fades
Hands down one of my favourite shows, this BAFTA Award-winning sci-fi drama was cut short after one epic season by BBC Three. Starring Iain De Caestecker Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), the series follows a high school kid who finds out that he is destined to save the world from the dead, who want to rid the world of humans.
2. The Returned
Yes this show is from France, but it aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. and is definitely one you should watch. The series follows a group of people who have come back from the dead, yet they have no recollection of their death. They try to go back to their lives only to find that everything isn’t the way that they left it.
3. In the Flesh
One of my favourite shows of 2013, In the Flesh centers around Keiren, a teenager suffering from PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) being reintegrated back into the population after months of theory and drug treatment. When he returns home, he must hide from his neighbours because they may not be too welcoming.
Three young men are just having to have a fun time in the big city of Rome. The catch: it’s ancient Rome. Not only is this show hilarious, but the background music is provided by old school reggae and ska artists like Toots & The Maytals, Baba Brooks and Beenie Man.
5. Friday Night Dinner
Starring Tamsin Merchant (Episodes), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners) and Tom Rosenthal (Plebs), this series revolves on a family that comes together every Friday night for dinner. And we all know, there’s not such thing as a normal family dinner.
6. Line of Duty
Starring Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Jericho), the series follows a Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates who is being investigated for being a crooked cop. He pleads his innocence, but a call from his mistress turns his life upside down.
7. The Fall
Another great show in 2013. Starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time), the series follows a British Detective Superintendent who is called to Belfast to look at the files of the case that hasn’t been solved. She discovers that Belfast as a serial killer on their hands.
The show that gets you asking “where is Jessica Hyde?” A group of people become friends after discovering they love the same graphic novel. After discovering that there is a sequel, they go on the hunt for it and realize they aren’t the only ones looking for it. HBO just announced that Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn and David Fincher will be adapting it for HBO.
Reverend Adam Smallbone has been moved to a “socially disunited” church in London that has a problem with a attendance and features an odd list of parishioners including an alcohoic that just wants to help out and a elderly woman who is in love with the reverend.
Talk about gritty. Southcliffe follows the small town with the same name as they are shaken by a lone gunman who starts killing people. The series stars Sean Harris (The Borgias) and Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones).
11. The Wrongs Mans
Sam Pinkett just wants to go to work. But on the way, he witnesses a car crash and finds a cell phone ringing on the side of the road and decides to answer it. On the other end of the phone: a man wanting Mr. Stevens to bring him the money to get his wife back. Pinkett find himself trapped locked in this crime and must help save Mrs. Stevens without getting himself killed.