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Five brilliant British crime shows to watch after you finish Broadchurch

by Emmy Griffiths

Broadchurch's final series came to an end on Monday, and if you're anything like us you have been glued to the gloomy crime show for the last three years. The Dorset-based drama has done a brilliant job of capturing a small community's reaction to tragedy, and has been applauded for it portrayal sensitive subjects. So what should you watch now that DCI Hardy and DI Miller have left our screens? From London-based detective duos to a drama based on Manchester's police force, check out our top five picks for truly excellent crime shows set in the UK…

New Blood

This BBC drama follows Stefan Kowolski and Arash Sayyad, who are starting out in roles in the Serious Fraud Office and in the police service respectively. After being thrown together by chance, the pair find they make the perfect investigative pair, and use their unique skills to help bring down criminals. Set in London, not only does the show do a great job of demonstrating the less glamourous side of the city and the struggle for millennials beginning a career in the big smoke, the crime cases are truly engaging.

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No Offence

This Channel 4 show follows a detective in the Greater Manchester Police, Dinah Kowalska, who realises that young women with Down's syndrome are going missing throughout the city. Season one is a race against time to find the culprit, while season two focuses on Manchester's underworld crime world. The show has received several accolades and has several breakout performances, most notably by Joanna Scanlan, who plays the no-nonsense boss DI Vivienne Deering.

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Happy Valley

The BBC show sees former Coronation Street star Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood, a sergeant with a devastating past which comes back to haunt her when her daughter's rapist, Tommy Le Royce (James Norton) is released from prison. The show, which is set in West Yorkshire, has an amazingly realised ensemble of characters, and was awarded Best Drama Series at the BAFTA Television Awards.

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Luther

Idris Elba stars in this popular show about genius inspector, John Luther, who resorts to any means necessary to find his culprits. The show also introduces a truly compelling friendship between John and Alice, a psychopath who becomes interested in him after he is unable to prove that she murdered her parents. With four seasons, each better than the last, this is a must-watch crime drama.

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The Fall

This terrifying crime drama follows the game of cat and mouse between senior investigating Officer Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and Paul Spector, a serial killer who is attacking random professional women in the city of Belfast. The show is critically acclaimed, and its first two seasons are currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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