We're no longer slaves to the TV schedules now that many of us have catch-up TV services and an ever-increasing amount of choice on subscription services such as LoveFilm and Netflix. Here's a quick survey of what's currently available for fans of TV crime shows and thrillers.
Lovefilm Instant – 5000 movies and TV episodes
Available on: internet-enabled TVs, PS3, Xbox 360, computers and iPads
Price: £4.99 a month (introductory offer). 30-day free trial
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Overview: Amazon-owned service, familiar to everyone through its DVD postal service, but which now offers Lovefilm Instant. Currently has bigger selection of TV shows than Netflix.
State of Play: the 2003 conspiracy thriller with John Simm and Kelly Macdonald.
Prime Suspect: various series including the 1991 original smash hit original with Helen Mirren.
A Touch of Frost: various stories with David Jason.
Cracker: the still much-missed series about profiler Robbie Coltrane, from series one, which went out in 1993.
Inspector Morse: from 1987's very first episode, The Dead of Jericho, starring John Thaw.
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, Return of Sherlock Holmes, Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: the classic ITV series with Jeremy Brett and David Burke.
Hustle: the BBC's first series with Adrian Lester, Marc Warren.
Appropriate Adult: award-winning drama about Fred West, starring Dominic West and Emily Watson.
Lewis: various episodes with Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox.
Wallander: the UK (Kenneth Branagh) and Swedish (Krister Henriksson) versions.
Poirot: various episodes with David Suchet.
Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes: the 1970s and 80s reboot with John Simm, Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes.
Above Suspicion: a couple of series with Kelly Reilly.
The Jury: 2011 courtroom drama with Julie Walters.
Castle: series one about the mystery novelist and the cop with Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. Whitechapel: Jack the Ripper in modern day London with Rupert Penry-Jones and Phil Davis.
Zen: the excellent crime drama set in Rome with Rufus Sewell.
Spooks: various series, with Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris and Peter Firth.
Vera: last year's cop drama with Brenda Blethyn.
New Tricks: the Beeb's hugely popular retirees are back on duty, from 2003's series one, with Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, James Bolam and Alun Armstrong.
The Prisoner: The Patrick McGoohan original from 1967.
The Saint: with Roger Moore.
Starsky and Hutch: the original from 1975, with David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser.
Gone and forgotten, but worth a second look?
Family: 2003 mini-series about a crime family, starring Martin Kemp.
Vincent: 2005 private eye series with Ray Winstone.
Blue Murder: the 2003 series with Caroline Quentin.
Serious and Organised: drama from 2003 with Martin Kemp and Danny Dyer.
Diamond Geezer: 2005 prison drama with David Jason.
Jericho: 2005 period detective drama with Robert Lindsay.
Messiah: chilling cop drama with Ken Stott from 2001.
Lincoln Heights: 2007 US police drama with Russell Hornsby.
Kidnapped: US drama from 2006 about the teenage son of a wealthy New York City family being abducted.
Rose and Maloney: Rose Linden investigates possible miscarriages of justice. From 2002, with Sarah Lancashire.
Netflix – films and TV programmes
Available on: internet-enabled TVs, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, computers, iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch
Price: £5.99 a month. Month-free trial
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Overview: This leading global internet subscription service launched in the UK in January 2012. It has 20 million streaming customers in 47 countries.
Dexter: the first three series in the drama about Dexter Morgan, the serial killer who targets other serial killers. Starring Michael C Hall and Jennifer Carpenter.
24: series 1-8 of the Emmy-winning thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Breaking Bad: the first three series of one of the absolute best crime dramas of recent years, starring Bryan Cranston as the chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer who decides to produce his own high-grade and illegal crystal meth to secure his family's future.
Prison Break: from 2005, it's the tale of a man trying to bust his wrongly imprisoned brother out of jail, starring Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell.
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