Recent years have seen the Brits throw up a number of Netflix surprises. From thrillers and period dramas, to comedies and romantic operas. What with these originally Brit shows even feeding into remakes the world over. So pop on the kettle, open your laptop and enjoy your hot cuppa with 7 of our favourite British shows on Netflix. Yes favourite, not favorite.
The hit series premiered on January 2019. Season 2 released in 2020 and over 40 million subscribers on the Netflix platform have watched it already. The series stands out with its bold and hilarious take on sex and relationships and is one of the most successful Netflix Original productions. From STD advice to bedroom tips, from Otis and Maeve’s therapy clinic. Adorable characters, like the flamboyant Eric and the quirky Lily, perfectly add humour and heart to the series that resonates with its young viewers. The third season is in the offering.
The British period crime drama series, created by Steven Knight, is set in Birmingham, England in 1919. The hit show follows the exploits of the Peaky Blinders gang in the aftermath of WWI. Loosely based on a real 19th-century urban youth gang of the same name. The economic upheaval of the time has made Britain a hotbed for despair and criminal acts, with a fight for survival between returning soldiers, regular citizens, and local gangs. .
You’re living under a rock if you hadn’t heard of this show until now. Created and principally written by Peter Morgan, the show offers an intimate look on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Chronicling her drama, romances, political rivalries, along with the historical events of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the latter half of the 20th century. The show, starring Claire Foy in the titular role, explores the early years of Elizabethan reign in the first and second season. The third season explores the middle age of the queen and Olivia Colman took over the role of Queen Elizabeth II. The fourth season, which again stars Colman, is expected to be released by late 2020.
BBC’s hit detective series was one of the most anticipated shows across the world. The series stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role as modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as contemporary Doctor John Watson. The latest episode ‘The Final Problem’, which was initially premiered on BBC One in January 2017, is hinted as the conclusion of the current series. The series, created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, is set in the present day, while its one-off special – The Abominable Bride, that originally aired on January 2016, features a Victorian period fantasy resembling the original Holmes stories.
The End of the F***ing World
Personal favourite on the list. This British dark comedy-drama series is based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel of the same name. The story follows a teenager named James, who is a rebel and believes he is a psychopath. He kills animals as a hobby, gets bored with the practice and wants to find his first human to kill. In his hunger for adventure, he sets out on a star-crossed road trip with his potential human prey. The show manages to come off as a charming, coming-of-age love story while demanding the audience to empathize with the kid’s struggle to survive.
The dystopian science fiction anthology series, created by Charlie Brooker, is widely regarded as one of the best science fiction of recent times. The sci-fi series focuses on modern society, especially the unexpected aftereffects of advanced technologies, with a new story and setting in each episode. Some of the episodes have a dark and satirical tone, while some others have a more experimental and lighter approach. The series, which is described as mind-bending and chilling, has grown in popularity right after it was launched on Netflix.
The British horror comedy-drama miniseries, created by Charlie Brooker, falls between the genres zombie films and horror shows. The story, which is set in the fictional setting of the television show Big Brother, revolves around a zombie outbreak that strands the housemates in the Big Brother House. The show, led by excellent performers like Jamie Winstone and Riz Ahmed, is regarded as a proper old-school zombie flick combined with distinctly modern terrors.
There you go. An ace list of Netflix solutions for the weekend. And if this worked well, I’m sure our other lists do too!