Britflix: 11 of the best British original series and films on Netflix
- Henry Northmore
- 16 February 2017
Including The Crown, Black Mirror, iBoy, Katherine Ryan and Frankie Boyle
Netflix have shifted their focus from distribution to production in recent years. Now home to some of the best original drama, comedy and movies, most of their content is still sourced from the United States but there's a growing catalogue of quality British Netflix exclusives. So if you are in the mood for some homegrown talent on your telly box read on for our guide to the 11 best British Netflix exclusives.
Charlie Brooker's satirical sci-fi moved to Netflix for the third series. Brooker remains the head writer with a host of directors and stars (including Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Kelly MacDonald and Jerome Flynne) exploring our dark future.
Perhaps the most British show on Netflix. Written and created by Peter Morgan (The Queen) The Crown is based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II (played by Claire Foy) and Prince Philip (Matt Smith), from the death of King George VI onwards.
Frankie Boyle: Hurt Liked You've Never Been Loved
Glasgow's most acerbic comic caught live in 2015. There are also three more Frankie Boyle stand-up specials available.
Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams and Bill Milner star in this techno thriller about a teenage lad who develops super powers after a freak accident involving his mobile phone.
Into the Inferno
Mesmerising documentary from visionary film-maker Werner Herzog as he visits some of the most active volcanoes in the world and the people who live in their shadow.
Jimmy Carr: Funny Business
Another Brit stand up special as Carr delivers a solid hour of non stop one-liners.
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble
And let's make that a hat-trick of stand ups with honorary Brit Katherine Ryan (the Canadian moved to the UK in 2008) recorded live at the Hammersmith Apollo.
Slightly confusing as this is actually the second season of sitcom Scrotal Recall (originally on Channel 4) following Dylan (Johnny Flynn) as he tracks down all his past lovers after contracting VD.
My Beautiful Broken Brain
Feature length doc following the life of 34-year-old Lotje Sodderland after a severe stroke. A fascinating look at the complexity of the human mind.
Comedy written and directed by Ricky Gervais as a reporter (Eric Bana) and his technician (Gervais) pretend they are covering a war in South America when they are actually holed up in New York.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2015, Virunga focuses on the dedicated park rangers in the Congo protecting some of the last remaining wild gorillas, as civil war and multinational oil corporations threaten their habitat.