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January 08, 2021

The 10 Best British TV Shows to Binge on Peacock

Whether you’re looking for classic sitcoms, mega-hit movies, or the best British TV shows, Peacock's got you covered. What’s more? You can stream all of this on X1 and Xfinity Flex at no additional cost! Ready to dive in? Discover some of the best TV shows from our friends across the pond below.

1. Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey tells the tale of the distinguished Crawley family and their servants. A tour-de-force British drama, Downton Abbey achieved long-lasting fame (and more recently, a movie!) thanks to its riveting storylines and talented cast (including the iconic Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, and more).

2. The Capture

The Capture is a conspiracy thriller that looks at a troubling world of fake news and the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services. When soldier Shaun Emery’s (Callum Turner, “War & Peace,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned due to flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter. But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, Shaun’s life takes a shocking turn and he must soon fight for his freedom once again. Detective Inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger, “Strike,” “Patrick Melrose”) is drafted to investigate Shaun’s case, but she quickly learns that the truth can sometimes be a matter of perspective.

3. Noughts + Crosses

Adapted from the first book in celebrated British author Malorie Blackman’s award-winning breakthrough YA series, Noughts + Crosses imagines an alternate universe in which history happened in racial reverse. In this world, Africa – or “Aprica” – invaded Europe centuries ago, enslaving its people. In present-day London, “Albion,” slavery is an institution of the past, but Jim Crow-esque segregation laws maintain the power dynamic: a ruling class of Black “Crosses” control the country’s politics, wealth and culture over an oppressed, impoverished underclass of white “Noughts” who are at the brink of revolt. Against this backdrop, a forbidden love story unfolds.

4. Intelligence

Intelligence is a workplace comedy set in the UK's Government Communications Headquarters - a kind of weedier, geekier, more bureaucratic version of MI5 and MI6, where they tackle international and domestic Cyber Crime from a desktop. When a pompous maverick NSA agent Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer, "American Crime Story," "Friends," "Band of Brothers") comes over from the U.S. to join the team, he enlists an inept and tactless computer analyst Joseph (Nick Mohammed, "The Martian," "Ted Lasso," "Christopher Robin") in a power grab that threatens to disrupt the team's ability to combat cyber terrorism.

5. Departure

Passenger plane Flight 716 shockingly vanishes, and brilliant investigator Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"), alongside her mentor Howard Lawson (Christopher Plummer, "Knives Out") are brought on to lead the investigation. When battling forces threaten to undermine their work, Kendra must find the truth and stop it from happening again.

6. Save Me

In Nelson "Nelly" Rowe's quest to find Jody, his missing daughter, he will save lives, reunite loved ones, make enemies of friends and continually end up back on his feet after falling flat on his face. Starring Lennie James as Nelson Rowe.

7. Save Me Too

In the dramatic continuation of season one, Save Me Too heads deeper into a dark, hidden world. Nelly Rowe’s life was turned upside down when he was accused of abducting the daughter he barely knew. Now, 17 months later, his daughter Jody is still missing but Nelly’s quest to find her lives on as he put his relationships, and his life, on the line. New potential suspects are revealed, and long buried secrets unearthed as Nelly is torn between protecting Grace, the young woman he found in a caravan park, and continuing his mission to find Jody.

8. The Fall

In The Fall, a detective superintendent from England investigates a politically sensitive murder in Belfast. Starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, this psychological thriller is sure to impress and have you on the edge of your seat throughout the length of its three seasons.

9. Code 404

DI John Major (Daniel Mays, “White Lines”) and DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham “Boardwalk Empire”) are the best of the best at an elite undercover police team. When Major’s cover is blown and he is met with his untimely death, he is brought back to life with some glitchy AI technology. Now, he’s better than ever - or so he thinks.

10. Hitmen

Best friends Jamie (Mel Giedroyc) and Fran (Sue Perkins) are trying to make their way in the world with only each other to rely on. They also just happen to kill people for a living. Fueled by their antics and frivolous bickering, each job inevitably gets derailed, leading them into bizarre misadventures, full of oddball characters and unexpected dilemmas.

No matter what British TV shows you enjoy, you can catch all the titles listed above (and many more!) on Peacock. Just say “Peacock” into your Xfinity Voice Remote to start watching.

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