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Whitstable Pearl success leads to more cosy crime dramas on Acorn TV

Feast your eyes on a bit of cosy crime

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Whitstable Pearl on Acorn TV has proved a sleeper hit with fans of ‘cosy crime’ and there are loads more good crime dramas in the same vein.

According to good old Wikipedia, cosy crime – or ‘cozies’ – is “a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence occur off stage, the detective is an amateur sleuth, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community”.

So now Whitstable Pearl is over, what to watch next?

What to watch now Whitstable Pearl is over…

Whitstable Pearl series 2 has been greenlit
Whitstable Pearl with Kerry Godliman was a huge hit (Credit: Acorn TV)

Agatha Christie’s Marple

The doyenne of cosy crime, Agatha Christie’s classic creation still can’t be beaten when it comes to cosy crime.

With classic episodes on several ITV channels, you’ll be able to see the likes of Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie in the title role, as well as the late, great Joan Hickson.

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Where to watch: ITV3, ITV Hub, Britbox, Alibi

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The gardening detectives in Rosemary & Thyme (Credit: YouTube)

Rosemary & Thyme

A hit in the 1990s, you don’t get much cosier than this.

It starred Felicity Kendall and Pam Ferris as two green-fingered ladies brought together after former police officer Laura’s husband leaves her.

Together they solve crimes together across the countryside.

Where to watch: Britbox, Acorn TV

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Mark Williams as Father Brown (Credit: UKTV)

Father Brown

Mark Williams stars in the BBC daytime hit, which features a priest in a Catholic church in the Cotswolds in the 1950s.

We’ve had eight series of pleasant crime-solving so far, and we’re in store for more new stories soon.

Speaking of men of the cloth solving crimes…

Where to watch: Alibi

Cosy crime dramas to watch after The Whitstable Pearl
The boys from Grantchester (Credit: ITV)


Set in the fictional Cambridgeshire village of  Grantchester in the 1950s, the five series are based on James Runcie’s best-selling novels.

That’ll be James Runcie, son of former Archbishop Of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.

Robson Green stars as no-nonsense copper Geordie, and (in the first few series at least) James Norton is local priest Sidney. Who helps Geordie solve crimes, obviously.

Where to watch: Britbox

Ashley Jenson in Agatha Raisin
What’s a PR girl to do in a sleepy Cotswold village? (Credit: Acorn TV)

Agatha Raisin

Based on MC Beaton’s books, Agatha is played by Ashley Jensen.

Agatha finds herself in a sleepy Cotswolds village after leaving her life as a high-powered PR guru in London.

However, the village of Carsley isn’t as sleepy as she hoped and Agatha is soon peering over the hedgerows.

Series four is currently filming.

Where to watch: Acorn TV

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The three crime authors of Queens Of Mystery (Credit: Acorn TV)

Queens Of Mystery

When young detective Matilda is assigned to her home village’s local police force, she enlists the help of her three crime author aunts for help in solving the crimes.

Julie Graham, Sarah Woodward and Siobhan Redmond play Matilda’s aunts.

Series two is on its way.

Where to watch: Acorn TV

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Midsomer is a cosy crime legend (Credit: ITV)

Midsomer Murders

For 23 series, Midsomer Murders has presented us with some of the cosiest crimes ever seen in this country.

Now starring Neil Dudgeon as DCI Barnaby, you can take a tour around the bucolic surrounds of Midsomer. Just watch out for all of those murrrrders.

Where to watch: ITV, ITV3, ITV Hub

Cosy crime dramas to watch after The Whitstable Pearl
Mark Benton and Jo Joyner in Shakespeare & Hathaway (Credit: BBC)

Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators

Set in William Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon, this BBC series features Mark Benton as a private investigator called Frank Hathaway and Jo Joyner as Luella Shakespeare.

Luella once hired Frank to help find out more about the fiancé she met online.

Now’s she a member of the team.

Where to watch: BBC iPlayer, Alibi

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Death In Paradise is always a cosy winner (Credit: BBC)

Death In Paradise

It may not have any amateur sleuths or be based in a quaint English country village, but there’s no denying that Death In Paradise is as cosy as they come.

Set on a fictional Caribbean island, there are 10 series to enjoy starring the likes of Ben Miller, Kris Marshall, Ardal O’Hanlon and Ralph Little.

Where to watch: BBC iPlayer, Britbox, Alibi

Cosy crime dramas to watch after The Whitstable Pearl
Anna Maxwell Martin in The Bletchley Circle (Credit: YouTube)

The Bletchley Circle

Before she became a true household name in Line of Duty, Anna Maxwell Martin headed up this period drama.

A little bit darker than your usual cosy crime drama, it nonetheless featured a group of codebreakers from World War II who didn’t know what to do with themselves.

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Instead of sitting on their laurels, they decide to solve crimes.

Also starring Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham.

Where to watch: Britbox

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Nancy Brown
Associate Editor