The 20 best series to stream on BritBox in Australia
If you’re doing a deep dive into British TV series, watch these titles first.
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There's never been a better time to be a fan of British television. More new shows are coming out than ever before, across all genres. Plus, streaming services make them easily accessible to international audiences, so we can indulge anytime, anywhere.
BritBox is a niche platform that offers a generous library of British TV series, from worldwide hits like Line of Duty to underrated gems like Black Books.
Even better, the service offers a 7-day free trial, so you can sign up and consume a whole lot of content for an entire week, no strings attached. But once your account is up and running, what should you watch first? We suggest kicking off your binge with one of the highly acclaimed titles listed below.
Here are the 20 best series streaming on BritBox in Australia.
1. Line of Duty
- Year of release: 2012
- Cast: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson
This British crime drama has been all the rage in recent years and it's easy to see why. The writing is fantastic, the acting stellar and the storylines are intriguing enough to keep you coming back for more. The series revolves around the detectives of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit. Repeat viewings aren't out of the question for Line of Duty.
2. Doctor Who
- Year of release: 1963
- Cast: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Capaldi, Nicholas Briggs
Doctor Who first aired in 1963 and a cult classic was born. Since then, a number of actors have portrayed the Doctor, but the series lost none of its charm. You can watch classic or modern seasons of the show on BritBox, so you can pick and choose based on preference.
New to the show? It's about an extraterrestrial being who explores the universe and helps people in need. Fun!
3. All Creatures Great and Small
- Year of release: 2020
- Cast: Nicholas Ralph, Anna Madeley, Samuel West, Rachel Shenton
If you're looking for a feel-good show, you can't go wrong with this one. Set in the 1930s, All Creatures Great and Small centres on a young man fresh out of veterinary college. He moves to the Yorkshire Dales for work, only to discover that when treating animals you sometimes have to treat their owners as well.
Older viewers will fondly remember the version of this show from the 1970s and 80s. This remake also has a picturesque setting and heart to spare. Prepare to be mesmerised.
- Year of release: 2015
- Cast: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing, Beatie Edney
Based on the novels of the same title by Winston Graham, Poldark is an outstanding historical drama that follows Ross Poldark in the aftermath of his return to Cornwall after fighting in the American War of Independence.
He finds that a lot has changed, but he's passionate about making the most of his late father's estate. Maybe he'll manage to do so with a little help from his new maid?
5. Fawlty Towers
- Year of release: 1975
- Cast: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Connie Booth, Andrew Sachs
A comedy revolving around Basil Fawlty, the world's rudest hotelier, and his terrifying wife, Fawlty Towers is manic, hilarious and legendary. If you've somehow missed it until now, there's no time like the present to catch up on some of the best entertainment Britain has to offer.
6. Wolf Hall
- Year of release: 2015
- Cast: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy
Dubbed "a historical drama for a modern audience", Wolf Hall is an adaptation of two of Hilary Mantel's novels which offer a fictionalised biography of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power. Adviser to King Henry VIII, Cromwell must navigate deadly political intrigue in the court, as well as help the king overcome numerous hurdles. Compelling and well-acted, the show will grab you from episode one.
7. Call the Midwife
- Year of release: 2012
- Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Stephen McGann
A moving drama about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s, Call the Midwife makes for a comforting and satisfying binge. The show depicts the day-to-day lives of the midwives, but also shows how historical events impacted their lives. The kindness of these characters will warm your heart.
8. Mr. Bean
- Year of release: 1990
- Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler
Mr. Bean likely needs no introduction, but here goes – he's basically a child in a grown man's body. He also has a knack for turning simple everyday tasks into chaotic situations and brings havoc everywhere he goes. Based on that description, a show that centres on his adventures can be nothing less than a hoot.
9. Pride and Prejudice (remastered)
- Year of release: 1995
- Cast: Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha
Remastered exclusively for BritBox, this iconic 1990s series about love and class is not to miss. Based on the Jane Austen novel, it chronicles the blossoming romance between the strong-minded Elizabeth Bennett and the conceited Mr Darcy. It's a dazzling adaptation, so get yourself a strong cup of tea and settle in. You'll have plenty to gush about.
- Year of release: 2010
- Cast: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Ruth Wilson
Like most crime shows nowadays, Luther follows a clever yet troubled detective as he investigates crimes in London. Unlike in most crime shows, DCI John Luther crosses the line between personal and professional, making things that much more interesting. Add a wonderful performance from Idris Elba in the mix and you've got yourself a hit.
- Year of release: 2013
- Cast: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan
When the murder of an 11-year-old rocks a small seaside town, DI Alec Hardy is put in charge of the investigation. As he works with DS Ellie Miller to figure out the culprit, they discover that a lot of members from the community have secrets to hide.
A slowly unfolding mystery with brilliant acting, Broadchurch will keep you glued to the screen.
- Year of release: 2017
- Cast: Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Tommy Knight, Jordan Waller
This sumptuous historical drama centres on one of Britain's greatest queens. Victoria ascends the throne at the tender age of 18 but graciously grows from capricious teenager to respected monarch in record time. If you're a fan of royal intrigue, this one is a must-watch.
13. A Bit of Fry and Laurie
- Year of release: 1987
- Cast: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
Sketch comedy can be hit and miss, but it's difficult to stumble upon any true misses as you binge this classic series. The sketches boast slapstick humour, clever wordplay and musical parodies. Even better, they stand the test of time, so you'll laugh just as loudly today as you would have back in the late 1980s.
14. Black Books
- Year of release: 2000
- Cast: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Paul Beech
In Black Books, Dylan Moran plays Bernard, a bookshop owner who hates people in general and his customers in particular. We follow his hilarious day-to-day life, as well as those of his optimistic assistant Manny and their friend Fran. Manny and Fran often encourage Bernard to embrace a more socially acceptable lifestyle. Spoiler alert: they're not particularly successful.
15. A Confession
- Year of release: 2019
- Cast: Martin Freeman, Siobhan Finneran, Imelda Staunton, Peter Wight
Based on true events, A Confession centres on DS Stephen Fulcher, who risked everything, including his career, to catch the man behind a woman's disappearance. It's a sad and engaging crime drama, one that will give you plenty to think about.
16. Happy Valley
- Year of release: 2014
- Cast: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza, Charlie Murphy
Set in West Yorkshire, Happy Valley revolves around Sergeant Catherine Cawood as she leads a team of strong-willed police officers. However, the policewoman struggles when the man she thinks is responsible for her daughter's death is released from prison and becomes obsessed with finding him. Gripping stuff.
- Year of release: 2011
- Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Kenny Doughty
Follow DCI Vera Stanhope as she solves grisly crimes against the stunning backdrop of northern England. She displays unparalleled professionalism, but has wit to spare as well. The show is based on the series of novels by Ann Cleeves and greatly benefits from having the charming Brenda Blethyn as the lead.
Once you tune in, you'll find yourself completely immersed into Vera's world in no time.
- Year of release: 2015
- Cast: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jordan Long, Lewis Reeves, Nicola Walker
As far as the detectives in Unforgotten are concerned, the past never stays buried for too long. The show follows DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan, who tackle impossible cold cases in an effort to bring bad guys to justice even when it has been years since the original crime occurred.
As you can imagine, that's no easy feat – only one of the things that makes Unforgotten compulsively watchable.
19. Midsomer Murders
- Year of release: 1998
- Cast: John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Chris Wilson
Midsomer County is known for picturesque villages and sprawling landscapes … as well as for its unusually high crime rate. An iconic crime drama, Midsomer Murders centres on a veteran detective as he investigates the locals for all sorts of misdeeds. To call the show relaxing would be an understatement.
20. Upstairs Downstairs
- Year of release: 2010
- Cast: Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard, Adrian Scarborough, Neil Jackson
A continuation of the classic 1970s series of the same name, Upstairs Downstairs starts in 1936, when we return to 165 Eaton Place to welcome its new inhabitants: Sir Hallam and Lady Agnes Holland. With masters and servants living together under one roof, you can expect secrets to come to light and scandals to emerge as the series progresses.
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