10 best shows like Des (2020)

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Des 2020
The story of one of the most infamous cases in UK criminal history, that of serial killer Dennis Nilsen. Told through the prism of three men, the series explores the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like Nilsen.
List of the best shows and series like Des (2020): White House Farm, Mindhunter, A Confession, Manhunt, The Truth Will Out, The Serpent, Prime Suspect 1973, Shetland, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, The Loch.

White House Farm (2020)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom

Factual drama based on the notorious White House Farm murders, and the ensuing police investigation and court case.

Mindhunter (2017)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:14

An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.

A Confession (2019)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom

The story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation.

Manhunt (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom

The true story of London Metropolitan police detective Colin Sutton's manhunt for serial killer Levi Bellfield.

The Truth Will Out (2018)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySweden

Police detective Peter Wendel leads a cold case group. Based on an original idea by Leif GW Persson, one of Sweden’s most recognized criminologists.

The Serpent (2021)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom

The remarkable story of how murderer Charles Sobhraj was captured. As the chief suspect in unsolved murders of young Western travellers across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1975 and 1976, Sobhraj had repeatedly slipped from the grasp of authorities worldwide to become Interpol's most wanted man, with arrest warrants on three different continents.

Prime Suspect 1973 (2017)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom

Prime Suspect 1973 tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison's first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry.

Shetland (2013)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom

Created from the novels by award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, Shetland follows DI Jimmy Perez and his team as they investigate crime within the close knit island community. In this isolated and sometimes inhospitable environment, the team have to rely on a uniquely resourceful style of policing.

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:07

An intense and fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892.

The Loch (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:02

The search for a serial killer becomes a matter of life and death for detective Annie Redford, who is trying to cope with her first murder case.

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Jack the Ripper (1988)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration03:06

Jack the Ripper is a 1988 two-part television film/miniseries portraying a fictionalized account of the hunt for Jack the Ripper, the unidentified serial killer responsible for the Whitechapel murders of 1888. The series coincided with the 100th anniversary of the murders.

Hidden (2018)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:41

DI Cadi John and DC Owen Vaughan try to solve a case involving Mali Pryce, a young woman whose body was discovered in a stream in the woods.

Dublin Murders (2019)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom

Two detectives are dispatched to investigate the murder of a young girl on the outskirts of Dublin, but as the case of the missing children intensifies, both are forced to confront the darkness that lies in their past.

London Spy (2015)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:30

Danny is a gregarious, hedonistic romantic who gets drawn into the dangerous world of British espionage in this contemporary, emotional thriller. He falls for the anti-social but enigmatic Alex, both from opposite worlds, and they soon realise they’re perfect for each other. But when Alex suddenly disappears, Danny is utterly ill-equipped to take on his complex and codified world. Young, innocent and adrift he needs to decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth?

In the Dark (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:52

DI Helen Weeks grapples with pregnancy as she undertakes a very personal abduction case.

The Pembrokeshire Murders (2021)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom

Detective superintendent reopens two unsolved murder cases from the 1980s. Forensic methods link the crimes to a string of burglaries. Steve's team has to find more evidence before the perpetrator is released from prison.

In Plain Sight (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom

Based on the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel.

The Victim (2019)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom

A grieving mother is accused of identifying online the man she believes killed her son. But is he really a notorious child murderer or a tragic victim of mistaken identity?

Ripper Street (2012)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
Duration07:20

A drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the "Ripper" murders. The action centres around the notorious H Division – the police precinct from hell – which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. Ripper Street explores the lives of characters trying to recover from the Ripper's legacy, from crimes that have not only irretrievably altered their lives, but the very fabric of their city. At the drama's heart our detectives try to bring a little light into the dark world they inhabit.

Rellik (2017)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:29

A serial killer thriller told in reverse, unravelling the truth behind a series of murders as DCI Gabriel Markham hunts down a brutal killer.

Endeavour (2012)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:30

The early days of a young Endeavour Morse, whose experiences as a detective constable with the Oxford City Police will ultimately shape his future.

Eye Candy (2015)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:35

Tech genius Lindy, convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, begins to suspect that one of her mysterious suitors may be a deadly cyber stalker. When her friends at the elusive cyber-police uncover a potential serial killer in Manhattan, all signs point to one of Lindy’s dates. Teaming up with this band of hackers Lindy works to solve the murders while unleashing her own style of justice on the streets of New York City.

Aquarius (2015)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA

In the late 1960s, a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson.

Innocent (2018)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:20

After seven years in prison, David Collins is acquitted of the murder of his wife. Now, he must fight to rebuild his shattered life while police search for the real murderer.

Arthur & George (2015)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom

Arthur & George is a three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes' novel about Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle as played by actor Martin Clunes. Set in 1906 in Staffordshire, Hampshire and London the drama follows Sir Arthur and his trusted secretary, Alfred ‘Woodie’ Wood as they investigate the case of George Edalji, a young Anglo-Indian solicitor who was imprisoned for allegedly mutilating animals and writing obscene letters.

Chasing Shadows (2014)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom

Chasing Shadows' follows a team of special operatives who are tracking down serial killers.

Unbelievable (2019)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:39

A teenager is charged with lying about her rape allegation, but two determined investigative female detectives discover a far more sinister truth.

River (2015)
Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration00:40

Respected police officer John River, a gifted cop with a troubled mind, struggles to come to terms with the recent loss of a close colleague, and chases a potential suspect across London - with tragic consequences. Now at odds with authorities both within and outside of the police service, River finds himself in a precarious position as he seeks to bring closure to the mother of murdered teenager Erin Fielding, who blames him for failing to keep his promise to bring her daughter back alive.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2018)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUSA

A writer gets caught up in a murder investigation involving his mentor, an esteemed American author. Based on the book of the same name, by Joël Dicker.

Ordeal by Innocence (2018)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration00:30

The black sheep of the Argyll family, Jack Argyll, was accused of murdering their matriarch a year ago, but now a man shows up on their doorstep claiming Jack’s innocence. The family must come to terms with this news and the fact that the real killer might still be among them.




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