Netflix's latest original series Safe is set within the sleepy confines of a gated community in the North of England. Residents have to pass by a security system to get in and out of the community, but this still doesn't mean they are safe from danger. If you've already marathoned the series and are craving another look at the dark underbelly of small town life, then these crime dramas set in a sleepy British town will certainly pique your interest.
As you no doubt remember, Safefollows the recently widowed surgeon Tom Delaney (played by Michael C. Hall, who you might recognise as Dexter) as he attempts to track down his daughter, who has gone missing after attending a local house party. The series was created and written by Harlan Coben, an American mystery novelist, with The Telegraph labelling Coben's take on English town life as a bit "stagey."
It certainly has an element of caricature about it — the community could be more representative of British life, and I personally can't help but wonder who on earth would choose to live in a gated community — but as all true TV fans will know, plausibility has never been a huge obstacle on the course to watchability, and the dramatic performances in Safe make it very compelling.
It's got a fun, intricate plot with lots of soapy twists and turns that have you blearily agreeing to "one more episode" long after you should have gone to bed. So if you've now reached the finale and are looking for something similar to fill the gap, read this list will point you back in the direction of deliciously creepy suburbia.