Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Police/Crime Dramas You Need To Watch (If you like Line of Duty)


With Line of Duty in full swing I won't spoil anything I promise I thought I'd share with you a couple of police and crime dramas you need to watch. I've always loved a good police drama, I reckon the first one I really got into was FOX's Bones, albeit American and more FBI/Forensics, along the same lines, how could you not love a big of David Boreanaz running around in a suit. I've then since probably watched most ITV/BBC police/crime TV shows that have come out and whilst these aren't all of them, I hope this gives you an idea on a couple of shows to add to your list. 

Line of Duty - BBC

Obviously the first one to share and really the thing we're all watching at the moment. Line of Duty follows the anti-corruption unit AC-12 which looks at investigating and catching "bent coppers." I won't spoil too much, but I love how Line of Duty takes on a different side of police dramas, looking at investigating police officers who are involved in organised crime, cover-ups and well a hell of a lot of unlawful stuff. There's an overall arc and story that follows through so make sure to pay attention and I would highly recommend a good binge-watch!

Unforgotten - ITV

I started watching this a couple of years ago when it first came out and now with all seasons available on ITV (including the latest one that came out) it's the perfect police crime show. Unforgotten follows two detectives, Detectives Cassie Stuart and Sunil 'Sunny' Khan as they solve a series of cold cases and murders. What I love about this show is that the series are all quite short, but follow the same sort of style, there's always a handful of "suspects" or "characters" that are show at the beginning, and as the show unravels you start to think which character is the one. This show is totally underrated in my opinion and the latest season was amazing. 

The Killing - Disney +

I watched this a good couple of years ago, but remember this being so good. This is a US based crime based in Seattle and is so incredibly eery. It follows a police investigation of the murder of a young girl and has three stories all interlocking and coming together. The two investigators are not your usual English-coppers at all, but instead have their own dark and mysterious backgrounds. There are three seasons which I think was perfect, it was enough to keep you on the edge, but not too many to keep the story dragging 

Broadchurch - Britbox

I was incredibly late to the Broadchurch party a couple of years back, but another 3 season crime/drama, with David Tenant and Olivia Colman (two brilliant actors) if you haven't got round to watching it you need to. A body of an 11-year-old boy turns up on a beach in Broadchurch, Dorset. David Tenant's character, Alex Hardy is positioned to take over the investigation which enrages the local community and police officers.What I think was great about Broadchurch was that a lot of the investigation focused on the family, their grief and what went on behind the scenes which I think is sometimes a bit overlooked on some crime shows. 

Bodyguard - Netflix 

 I mean I think we all remember when Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes graced our screen with this epic show. From the makers of Line of Duty - David Budd (Richard Madden) becomes a Met Police sergeant and ends up protecting home secretary Rt Hon Julia Montague M. With terrorism threats, her own political agenda, the home secretary is under a lot of threat and David Budd is always on hand, even if he doesn't agree with everything she said. I mean this show has everything, suspense, grip and has you screaming at the TV. I can't believe there's only one season of this, but here's hoping there's more! 

The Bay - ITV 

The Bay is based in a small seaside town where two twins have gone missing. Very similar to Broadchurch, this show is very much a 'family crime' drama, in the sense of the storyline revolves much around the families and the community. It's not as gun flailing and action packed as Bodyguard or Line of Duty, it's still bloody brilliant! 

The Fall   - Netflix

I mean Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson, what more do you want. Jamie Dornan plays the serial killer who hides behind the facade of being in a family man and Gillian a detective superintendent. I remember being totally creeped out by this show but it was incredible and I think both characters just played their retrospective character so well. 


Let me know in the comments below if you have any police/crime TV show dramas you'd recommend! 
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10 comments

  1. Great list! I love crime investigation dramas! Always love a good thrill. This is so helpful for planning holiday viewing xx

    lenne | lennezulkiflly.com

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  2. Marcella is good, 2 seasons on Netflix and 3rd is on ITV

    Also Hannibal (Amazon prime)

    And Sharp Objects with Amy Adams mini series is incredible (Amazon prime paid but worth it)

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  3. Line of Duty is just the BEST. Also I loved watching the Bodyguard, Richard Madden was amazing in it! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  4. Love these picks - I really need some new TV series to get into so this is super handy!

    Molly xx
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  5. I've watched them all all apart from The Bay, so that'll be next on our list x

    Beautylymin

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  6. The Fall, Bodyguard, Unforgotten and Line Of Duty are some of my favourites!
    Haven't watched any of the others you have mentioned though, so I might have to give them a watch!

    Claire || www.kaysangelscents.co.uk || www.clairejoanne.com

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  7. The bodyguard is amazingggg! I've only watched one episode of line of duty, so late to the game I know. x

    Zoey | www.zoeyolivia.com

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  8. Line Of Duty is the best isn't it?! Couldn't quite believe the ending of last week's episode...the cliff hangers they're giving us. I really enjoyed Broadchurch and another firm favourite of mine is Happy Valley!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  9. I really haven't watched much of this genre, but everyone makes it sound so interesting! The Killing and The Bay sound pretty intriguing, and Broadchurch always seemed kind of good every time I scrolled past it on netflix haha :')

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  10. You will love The Rookie! Its amazing and full of plots and twists x

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