The Crime Drama Series Guide – Crimescene UK
Crime Drama remains one of the most popular categories of TV Drama with new content being produced all the time both here in the UK and abroad. Our guide is an attempt to bring together as many crime drama series and films as possible, starting with pioneering early shows such as Dixon of Dock Green and Z Cars through to the present day with such favourites as Shetland and Line of Duty.
This guide is primarily for content that is produced in the UK. In the main that will include material written by UK writers and produced by UK production companies but we will also include material by non-UK sources if it is set in the UK and/or uses UK actors.
Where there have been many versions of an original work, e.g. Sherlock Holmes or the work of Agatha Christie we will deal with each one separately.
Find out more about crime drama authors in our Crime Drama Authors Guide.
No Hiding Place
Created by Glynn Davies (1959 – 1967) – 10 Series
236 Episodes most of which are “lost” – 26 are said to have survived.
Dixon of Dock Green
Created by Ted Willis
(1955 – 1976) – 432 Episodes
Created by Troy Kennedy Martin (the creator of Z Cars from which Softly softly was a spin-off)
First episode aired 1966. 5 Series 120 Episodes. Series concluded 1969 followed by a spin-off entitled Softly Softly Task Force which ran from 1969 to 1976 with some of the characters from the original series.
Created by Ian Kennedy Martin
First episode aired 1975. 4 Series 53 Episodes. Series concluded December 1978
Created by Robert Banks Stewart.
First episode aired September 1979. 2 Series 21 Episodes. Series concluded December 1980.
Created by First episode aired 1983. 26 Series 2425 Episodes. Series concluded August 2010.
Created by Robert Banks Stewart
First episode aired 1981. 9 Series 87 Episodes. Series concluded 1991
Created by Ellis Peters ( a pseudonym of Edith Pargeter)
First episode aired 1994. 4 Series 13 Episodes. Series concluded 1998
Created by Caroline Graham
First episode aired 1997. 22 Series 132 Episodes. Series ongoing.
Created by David Renwick
First episode aired 1997. 5 Series 32 Episodes. Most recent episode 2016
Created by Linda La Plante
First episode aired 1991. 7 Series 15 Episodes. Series concluded 2006. A prequel series entitled “Prime Suspect 1973” with 6 episodes was aired in 2017.
Waking the Dead
Created by Barbara Machin
First episode aired September 2000. 9 Series 92 Episodes. Series concluded April 2011.
Created by: Nigel McCreryRoy Mitchell
First episode aired January 2003. 12 Series 107 Episodes. Series concluded October 2015.
Created by Anthony Horowitz
First episode aired October 2002. 8 Series, 28 Episodes. Series concluded February 2015.
Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Thirteen episodes have been produced, with four three-part series airing from 2010 to 2017
First episode aired 2010. 4 Series 13 Episodes. Series concluded 2017.
Created by Russell Lewis based on characters created by Colin Dexter.
First episode aired 2012. 8 Series 33 Episodes. Series ongoing.
Prequel to Inspector Morse.
The Bletchley Circle
Created by Guy Burt,
First episode aired 2012. 2 Series 7 Episodes. Series concluded 2014 however there was a spin off series The Bletchley Circle San Francisco which aired in the UK during 2018 1 Series, 8 Episodes..
Created by Anne Cleeves
First episode aired 2011. 11 Series 44 Episodes. Series ongoing.
Created by Abi Morgan
First episode aired 2015. 1 Series 6 Episodes. Series concluded November 2015.