A 12th century monk and master herbalist, Brother Cadfael, has seen the dark and evil world that lies outside the cloistered walls of Shrewsbury Abbey. Once a soldier in the Crusades, Cadfael, brilliantly played by Derek Jacoby, has worldly experiences and an inquisitive nature that serve him well in investigating suspicious deaths. From assisting star-crossed lovers to caring for war weary Crusaders returning from the Holy Land, Cadfael serves humankind in this remarkable medieval mystery series with a unique historical flavor.

26 of Margery Allingham's mysteries chronicling the adventures of her upper crust British sleuth, Albert Campion, entertained TV audiences in the late 1980s. These period mystery dramas, set in the ‘30s, feature fantastic vintage autos, beautiful costumes and a good glimpse of the upstairs/downstairs life of British society between the war years. An elusive aristocrat, Albert Campion (Peter Davison), eagerly tracks down clues aided by his not-so-sophisticated manservant, Magersfontein Lugg (Brian Glover), a comically gruff reformed thief.

Foyle's War
An intelligent and compelling mystery series set in Britain's south coast during the 1940s. Detective Inspector Foyle (Michael Kitchen) is a complex man who struggles with the loss of his wife and personal worries for his son who is bravely serving in the RAF. All the while, Inspector Foyle is handling homicides with the help of his assistant, Paul Milner, and the outspoken ‘Sam' Stewart, a driver in the Women's Royal Army Corps.

Hercule Poirot
David Suchet gives a masterpiece of a performance as Agatha Christie's eccentric Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot. From the tips of his waxed mustache to the mincing steps of his patten leather shoes, Hercule Poirot is a force to be reckoned with both by Scotland Yard and the murderers whom Poirot unmasks. Ah, those inquisitive little grey cells, mon ami, they never stop working! Poirot's goodnatured assistant, Arthur Hastings, is convincingly played by Hugh Fraser.