Britain is a nation of ‘armchair detectives’, with nearly a third confident in their ability to solve real illegal misconducts thanks to the skills they have picked up watching crime TV.
And of these ‘Holmes-from-home’ detectives, 71 per cent reckon they have the analytical skills and resources to solve a murder case – in real life.
A study of 2,000 adults has revealed the intrigue of the private eye profession, and the impact crime dramas have on the public.
Exactly half of those who watch crime dramas rate themselves as ‘armchair detectives’, picking apart clues and motives in TV shows.
And 91 per cent can’t resist regularly chiming in throughout a police procedural to try and identify the killer.
The research was commissioned by new streaming service Viaplay, which has recently launched in the UK and includes Nordic Noir box sets, documentaries, and films.
Filippa Wallestam, EVP and chief content officer at Viaplay Group said: “The heroic detectives of crime fiction often make it look easy, gathering evidence, putting the pieces together and catching the villain red-handed.
“There’s a real thrill to watching the plan come together as the killer’s web begins to unravel, and we understand the thrill at home of trying to match wits with on-screen super sleuths.
“When it comes to Nordic Noir, this is especially evident due to its unpolished dark brutality and very authentic style of storytelling.”
When considering how a killer gives themselves away, 25 per cent believe accidentally leaving DNA at the scene is most likely to be their undoing.
Leaving an incriminating item to be discovered by the detective, getting caught in the act on CCTV and being found with a souvenir from the victim’s body were all identified as factors which catch slap-dash crooks out.
Despite confidence in their abilities as sofa-bound private eyes, the average Brit reckons they only guess the

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