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Love crime shows but need a new one to solve? Pick a box set from our list of critically-acclaimed crime dramas including Boardwalk Empire, Luther and Hannibal. From award-winning fiction to gripping adaptations of true stories, you'll be glued to the screen all winter...
The gritty crime drama, set in Belfast is definitely worth catching up on if you missed it. Starring the gorgeous 'Fifty Shades of Grey' actor Jamie Dornan and the fabulous Gillian Anderson who plays his arch nemesis, the super savvy Detective Inspector Stella Gibson, this show has constantly been on people's lips. Picture: Amazon
If Second World War time and Cold-war espionage are your thing, then this clever drama will be right up your street. Think 'Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy', meets 'The Imitation Game'. Picture: Amazon
Compelling thriller series Hannibal sees the famous cannibal Dr. Lecter work beside some of the FBI's brightest minds on a high-profile case as they hunt down serial killer, the Minnesota Shrike. Little do they know Hannibal is just as capable as the man they're hunting...
Period drama Boardwalk Empire is not only a totally epic series, it's a work of art. Set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era, the show stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson - a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled the entire area during the 20s and 30s. If it's visual brilliance, historical accuracy, incredible acting and a big budget feel you're after, Boardwalk Empire is your must-watch boxset this season.
Set in London, BBC's Luther follows a brilliant (not to mention smouldering) police detective who solves some of the cities most barbaric crimes. Known for his unconventional methods, John Luther makes friends and enemies along the way as he battles the system to bring victims their justice. You'll be head over heels in love with him by the end of series 1...
Scandinavian detective drama The Killing will have you on the edge of your seat from episode one. The crime series follows Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (played by Sofie Gråbøl) and her team who work on a handful of chilling murders cases that will have you guessing and second-guessing your every thought. A total must-see!
Adapted from Piper Kerman's memoir about her time spent in a women's prison, Orange Is The New Black opens your eyes into life on the other side of the bars. Piper, played by Taylor Schilling, spends 15 months in jail for transporting drug money for her then girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon). Not only is it touching and thrilling, but at times it's hilarious!
Political drama House Of Cards isn't set in a prison or even a police department, but that doesn't mean crime is nowhere to be seen. Set in the US, it charts the movements of one Democrat who will do whatever it takes to get himself into a position of power. Kevin Spacey brings some Hollywood glamour to this adaptation of the novel by Michael Dobbs and with a host of Emmy nominations under its belt, a glittering reputation too.
US police drama not only stars acting legend Tom Selleck but the hit series has a storyline to boot. Filmed in NYC, Blue Bloods follows the Irish-American Reagan family of police officers with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). As well as murder investigations and cases to sort, there's the small matter of family business to break through. If you loved The Sopranos, this one's for you...
The Wire revolves around an inner-city drug scene in Baltimore. Along with narcotics and crime, a corrupt bureaucracy is operating behind the scenes. The show switches between the lives of every part of the social food chain, from junkies to dealers, cops to politicians. It's also heavy on the eye-candy for the ladies out there!
Dexter is thoroughly unsettling and entrancing in the same breath. The show follows the life of a blood spatter analyst who lives a double life – one as a Miami Metro employee, the other as a murderer. But all is not what it seems. His dark, soulless work, inability to feel love and cold-hearted killing will have you constantly questioning his character, but you can't help but root for him. Be prepared to fall for a serial killer!
If you haven't heard of the universally acclaimed Breaking Bad, where have you been? This Christmas join cancer sufferer and scientific genius Walter White with his unlikely sidekick Jesse Pinkman on a trip to mass destruction. Think Mexican drug lords, family deceit and a whole lot of crystal meth.
Crime drama True Detective has an A-list line-up. Its main characters? Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Its premise? Two Louisiana homicide detectives revisit a serial killer case they worked on in 1995 and reopen a HUGE can of personal and professional worms. A crime drama in its truest form.