10 British Dramas To Binge Watch in Isolation
Updated: Jan 31
British Movies have just as much to offer as Hollywood! And lucky for your isolated self, we've got a list setup for you! Here's 10 of the best dramatic, plot twisting, 'put the kettle on!' British Movies for you to binge!
Starring Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters as the two leads. Bishop and Pike are partner police officers who share a brotherly relationship with streetwise and smarts perfect for their job on the force. Bishop (Clarke) grew up in care homes and on the streets not knowing his family whilst his partner Pike (Walters) aspires to be a family much like his beloved father who was decorated policeman before him.
Starring Ashley Walters stars as Dushane with Kane Robinson as Sully. Dushane and Sully run the crime filled Summerhouse estate. But a rival drug dealer named Kamale (Tayo Jarret) from London Fields begins to challenge their power by stealing from their supplier Bobby Raikes (Geoff Bell). This puts the two friends Dushane's and Sully's partnership and friendship into a jeopardy.
Starring Nabhaan Rizwan as Raza Shar, a 2nd Generation British Pakistani from East London who after getting arrested by the authorities for possession of party drugs, after his girlfriend Charlotte (Nell Hudson) end up in hospital. He is coerced by Gabe (Paddy Considine) to become a police informant for the Counter Terrorism Special Unit. Along the way he befriends a British Somali man named Dadir Hassan as they work together to uncover who killed Dadir's older brother Yousef and the connection to the terrorist cell that Paddy was investigating.
Welcome to Sparkhill Birmingham the Cap- Oh wait wrong series. Whilst Citizen Khan is worth the watch. Here we are talking about Man like Mobeen. Starring Corner Shop guest star Guz Khan as the Titular character Mobeen. A British Pakistani man in Birmingham struggling to take care of his Teenage sister Aqsa (Duaa Karim) as they are abandoned by their estranged and divorced parents. With no one but his best friends, a ditz British Pakistani nicknamed Eight (Tez Ilyas) and a good British Nigerian Christian Nate (Tolu Ogunmefun from Funny Somebodies) to help him. Mobeen generally struggles to be a good example to his sister while parts of his troubled teenage hood life tends to bite back at him. We also get a cameo of Mistah Islah himself in Season 3 of Man like Mobeen so keep an eye out.
With previous high school dramas like Grange Hill and Waterloo Road. Ackley Bridge had it hard to live up to their predecessors standards as a new school drama. However it does deliver its best to represent the two communities of Yorkshire. The English and Pakistanis. In some parts of Yorkshire, these two communities are generally segregated from each other until recent school closure and new academy reopening meant cohesion. Featuring a cast of Teachers, Parents and Students of mostly Pakistani and English origin. Ackley Bridge provides us with a better representation of British Asian students (well Pakistani Muslims in the Midlands mostly) whist previous school dramas were somehow in short supply of Asian students. Starring the likes of Jo Joyner, Adil Ray, Arsher Ali and Liz White with the young cast featuring Amy Leigh Hickman, Maariah Hussain, Sam Retford, Nohail Mohammed, Poppy Lee Friar and Zain Khan.
Asa Butterfield stars as Otis Milburn a teenager struggling with his Mum Dr Jean F. Milburn's (Gillian Anderson) occupation as a sex therapist and her interference with his personal and sexual life. With him is his best friend Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa) a homosexual British Ghanaian/Nigerian Christian who tries to help him along the way to get laid. Among the cast include Emma Mackey, Rakhee Thakrar, Kedar William Stirling, Mimi Keen, Chaneil Kular and Simone Ashley to name a few.
7) Killing Eve
A live action adaptation of Luke Jennings' novella series Villanelle. Sandra Oh stars as a British M.I.5 agent who develops an obsession with a Psychopathic skilled assassin that she is tasked to track down and capture. Jodie Comer portrays said assassin named Oksana Astankova aka Villanelle who develops a mutual obsession with the agent tracking her. Both women begin to focus less on their initial missions in order to desperately seek more about the other.
8) Save Me
Starring Lennie James as Nelson "Nelly" Rowe a down and out, sofa surfing womaniser finds his life takes a turn after his 13 year old daughter Jody (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness) goes missing. With the help of Jody's mother Claire (Suranne Jones) as well as his friends a Computer Whiz named Fabio (Stephen Graham) and a club Bartender named Tam (Jason Flemyng), Nelly will stop at nothing to find his daughter and get her home safe.
9) Our Girl
Here's a little break from the usual drama in the UK. Lets see how our soldiers are doing. Our Girl's first series focuses on Molly (Lacey Turner) enlisting to the British Military after being cheated on by her boyfriend. Being the only women in her section she also encounters one of her ex's Dylan (Iwan Rheon) as well as butts heads with Captain James (Ben Aldridge). Season 2 and onwards begins to change the formulae up with Lance Corporal Georgie Lane (Michelle Keegan) leading the series from then on. The series tends to be set in many British military tours in Afghanistan but also in other nations for humanitarian or training needs. Series 2 shows us Kenya whilst Season 3 is split between Nepal, Nigeria, Belize and Bangladesh. They are joined by cast regulars Rolan Bell, Sean Sagar, Sean Ward, Harki Bhambra and Shalom Brune-Franklin as Section 2, special forces cast Luke Pasqualino and Olly Rix. Plus many foreign military representatives portrayed by Jonas Khan, Anthony Oseyemi, Steve Toussaint, Josh Bowman and Navin Chowdhry.
10) The Stranger
Starring Richard Armitage as Adam Price a family man one day is taking his sons to their sunday league football game. He is approached by the Titular stranger (played by Hannah John-Kamen) who tells him a secret that changes his life forever. Adam finds his wife going missing and determined to discover who this stranger is and what connection they have to himself and his wife. Along the way the same stranger appears to have an agenda of their own as Adam's life is not the only one they are stirring trouble and spilling beans on.
A cheeky number 11 would be Netflix's Topboy! But I think everyone knows about that already...right?