13 top Netflix shows for Broadchurch fans

netflix shows for broadchurch fans

Most of us, at some point this week, will flick through the TV guide and complain that ‘there’s never anything on…’ – despite the fact that the there are well over six million channels and all sorts of streaming and downloadable options available to us nowadays.

But while in the olden days of terrestrial TV, with your choice of four stations or bed, that might have been true – now? If anything, there’s too much choice. How are you supposed to sort through the endless options available to you? It’s an almost impossible task. Or, at least, it would be without us to light your way through the dark.

If, like us, you loved every minute of all three series of ITV’s Broadchurch (and why wouldn’t you have?), you’ll no doubt be keen to check out some other similar shows. And there are plenty about – not least of all on Netflix. Here are some Broadchurch-esque shows on Netflix we think you should try…

13 top Netflix shows for Broadchurch fans

netflix shows for broadchurch fans

Hinterland

So you like TV crime shows about close-knit communities rocked by violent crimes, featuring hard-nosed police types and shady locals, all with slightly funny accents, do you? Well, may we recommend the BBC’s Hinterland (also known as Y Gwyll in its native Wales). There have been three series of this dark and moody Aberystwyth-set drama made to date. You can catch series one and two on Netflix now.

IMDb Rating: 7.6

netflix shows for broadchurch fans

The Killing

Now, there’s a very good chance you’ll have already caught all or at least some of this three series-long Danish masterpiece. A huge hit on its first airing, The Killing became something of a cultural phenomenon and saw sales of thick-knit jumpers rise by over 10,000% since it hit our screens. This murder investigation noir is a modern TV classic and deserves your attention. Even if for a second time.

IMDb Rating: 8.4

netflix shows for broadchurch fans

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

On the face of it, there might not be too many similarities between a programme about two mardy detectives set in Dorset and one featuring the glamour of a sassy 1920’s flapper from Melbourne. But dig down and you’ll find the adventures of aristocratic private investigator Phryne Fisher (as featured in a set of novels by Australian author Kerry Greenwood) chime a little with the world of Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller. Alright, so we’re stretching a little with this one, but hey – it’s about solving murders and we like it. And so will you.

IMDb Rating: 8.4

netflix shows for Broadchurch fans

The Lava Field

This four-part police serial drama set in Iceland centres around an apparent suicide that – wouldn’t you know it? – turns out to have more to it than first meets the eye. If you thought that David Tennant’s DI Hardy was a sombre fella in Broadchurch, just wait until you meet Björn Hlynur Haraldsson’s Reykjavik detective Helgi Marvin Runarsson…

IMDb Rating: 6.8

netflix shows broadchurch fans

Wallander

Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander novels are big news in the crime fiction world, as you no doubt know. In the telly world, the British adaptations – starring none other than world famous thesp Sir Kenneth Branagh – are pretty big news too. But for a real feel of the originals, the Swedish versions are where you should head. Krister Henriksson takes on the eponymous role and what we really like about them is that each episode is feature length, giving a true cinematic feel to this Ystad-set series.

IMDb Rating: 7.6

netflix shows for broadchurch fans

Line of Duty

The Beeb are currently showing the newest series of Jed Mercurio’s twisting, turning bent cop thriller. If you’re enjoying the latest run, but missed the earlier three series – you can hit up Netflix. Along with Broadchurch and Happy Valley, Line of Duty sits pretty at the pinnacle of British TV crime drama at the moment. Addictive stuff.

IMDb Rating: 8.4

netflix shows for broadchurch fans

The Divide

More legal drama than police procedural, there’s still plenty to enjoy in this mystery thriller. We follow Christine Rosa, a dedicated caseworker with the Innocence Initiative who’s convinced a man sentenced for a series of murders some twelve years ago is innocent of all charges. Is he guilty? Is he not? As with Broadchurch, we’re left guessing until the very end.

IMDb Rating: 7.5

netflix shows for Broadchurch fans

Top of the Lake

Stunning scenery, a child taken from its family and suspicions galore, this stunning six-parter is a nice companion piece to Broadchurch in theme and atmosphere. What we particularly love about Top of the Lake is that it’s lent true cinematic panache by its director, The Piano’s Jane Campion. The acting talent is top class too, with Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss and the incomparable Peter Mullan leading the way. If it escaped your radar back in 2013, Netflix is – very kindly – allowing you to see to that now at the press of a few buttons.

IMDb Rating: 7.6

netflix shows for Broadchurch fans

Lewis

Inspector Morse is one of British TV’s biggest icons. During John Thaw’s domination of our screens, he was ably assisted by his sidekick DS Lewis. This series, also set in Oxford, sees Kevin Whatley’s character takes the reins from Morse, and ran for nine series. Chances are, as crime TV fans from Blighty, you’ll have already seen this. But it’s well worth revisiting.

IMDb Rating: 8.0

netflix shows for broadchurch fans

Roba

If you enjoy the murky world of Scandinavian noir, you’ll no doubt have enjoyed the various novels, films and TV series that have come out of Norway, Denmark and Sweden over the past few years. Finland might be the ugly sister of Scandi Noir, but with Roba they’ve struck TV gold. Set in a crime-ridden area of Helsinki, fans of The Killing and, of course, Broadchurch, can rejoice at this.

IMDb Rating: 7.5

netflix shows for Broadchurch fans

Bordertown

Despite what we just said about Finnish TV crime dramas, there is another show from that chilly country that Broadchurch enthusiasts might enjoy. Sorjonen or Bordertown is a crimer set in Lappeenranta, a town that borders Finland and Russia – hence the name. It follows a grizzled-looking detective as he hunts down a serial killer, but – that said – it’s a slightly lighter take on the genre than most Scandinavian efforts. Fans of Hardy and Miller’s occasional banter will enjoy the caustic sense of humour our lead – Kari Sorjonen (played by Ville Virtanen) – often displays.

IMDb Rating: 7.6

netflix shows for broadchurch fans

Shetland

It may only be some 566 square miles, with less than 25,000 people in it, but you’d be surprised how much murder and intrigue you can find on the small Scottish archipelago of Shetland. Based on the novels by Ann Cleeves, this BAFTA-winning BBC Scotland crime drama stars the peerless Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez and captures a similar atmosphere as Chris Chibnall’s popular ITV show. They both use their landscapes expertly.

IMDb Rating: 7.7

netflix shows for broadchurch fans

Vexed

This BBC police procedural may not be as dark as Broadchurch, but if you love the chemistry and bickering between DS Alec Hardy and DI Ellie Miller, then you might well dig the relationship that Toby Stephens and Lucy Punch’s lead characters have in this comedy-drama. It’s irreverent, daft, and well made. If ever-so-slightly silly.

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Think we’ve missed a perfect Netflix show for Broadchurch fans? Let us know in the comments below…

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Steve Charnock

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  1. Tina says

    Jack Taylor was great as was River (in my opinion), but I miss Broadchurch!