From Inventing Anna to The Pursuit Of Love, these are the TV shows we cannot wait to start watching in 2021.
We’re calling it: 2021 has been, and will continue to be, a truly excellent year for TV.
Despite filming delays brought on by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it seems a whole host of brilliant new TV shows will be coming to our screens this summer and beyond, and we genuinely can’t wait to sink our teeth into them all/
There’s crime thriller The Rig, as well as the much-anticipated second season of Aisling Bea’s This Way Up. Gossip Girl, too, will be getting a reboot for 2021, while The Confessions Of Frannie Langton looks set to be a must-watch for armchair detectives everywhere.
Elsewhere, we have Amazon Prime’s Kevin Can F**k Himself, Netflix’s Inventing Anna, and a third instalment of Penn Badgley’s You to sink our teeth into. And let’s not forget that there are some excellent adaptations in the works, too: think JP Delaney’s The Girl Before, Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt, and Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends, to name but three.
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With that in mind, then, these are some of the best new TV shows to look out for this year.
Please note that this article will be updated regularly to include new titles.
Kevin Can F**k Himself
Already shaping up to be one of the best shows of the year, Kevin Can F*** Himself “explores the secret life of a woman we all grew up watching: the sitcom wife. A beauty paired with a less attractive, dismissive, caveman-like husband who gets to be a jerk because she’s a nag and he’s ‘funny’.
“Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera zaniness, the series asks: ‘What happens when this supporting character is presented as a real person? And what if that person is pissed?’”
With Annie Murphy in the lead, and rave reviews from the US already, we can’t wait to binge this one.
Release date: Kevin Can F**k Himself is coming to Amazon Prime this August.
The North Water
Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McGuire, this five-part series tells the story of Patrick Sumner (Jack O’Connell), a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic.
However, the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, with Drax (Colin Farrell), a harpooner and distinctly brutal force of nature. As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and beyond the safe moorings of civilisation.
Release date: The North Water will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer this autumn.
Hollington Drive focuses on the lives of two suburban sisters, Theresa (Anna Maxwell Martin) and Helen (Rachael Stirling), who – from the outside, at least – appear to be very close indeed. And, when Theresa invites Helen and her family over for a barbecue, it seems like just another perfect summer’s evening for the duo.
Everything changes, though, when Theresa’s 10-year-old son asks to play in the nearby park with his cousin, Eva.
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As per ITV’s press release for the series: “When the children don’t return on time, Theresa goes in search… [and] finds the children on the edge of a woodland area, where they appear to be fighting. Immediately her instincts tell her something terrible has happened.”
It’s not long at all before Theresa’s distraught neighbour, Jean, is rushing round to inform everyone that her own 10-year-old son has gone missing. How are the two scenarios connected, though? And what role (if any) did Theresa’s family have in the child’s disappearance?
Release date: Hollington Drive will air on ITV this autumn.
The Morning Show: Season 2
The much-anticipated second season of The Morning Show picks up exactly where the first left off; UBA’s national feed has cut to a test pattern following Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) and Alex (Jennifer Aniston)’s announcement.
“Picking up after the explosive events of season one, season two finds the Morning Show team emerging from the wreckage of Alex and Bradley’s actions, to a new UBA and a world in flux, where identity is everything and the chasm between who we present as and who we really are comes into play,” promises the show’s official synopsis.
Release date: The Morning Show season 2 will air via Apple TV+ on 17 September 2021.
This psychological thriller from Jessica Biel’s production company is described as an “unconventional series” told from alternating POVs, a format which will see the show’s mystery unveiled piece by piece.
According to the official synopsis, Cruel Summer takes place over three summers from 1993-1995 in a small Texas town when a “beautiful and popular” local teen called Kate goes missing.
At the same time, a seemingly unrelated girl called Jeanette goes from being an “awkward outlier” to the most popular girl in town. However, that doesn’t last long, as by the summer of 1995, she is the most despised person in America.
Release date: Cruel Summer is released in the UK on 6 August 2021 via Amazon Prime Video.
Based on Jo Bloom’s novel of the same name, Ridley Road tells the story of a young Jewish woman who goes undercover at a fascist organisation in ’60s London.
“When Vivien Epstein (Aggi O’Casey) follows her lover into danger and he is caught between life and death, she finds herself going undercover with the fascists, not only for him but for the sake of her country,” reads the BBC’s synopsis of the four-part drama.
Release date: Ridley Road doesn’t yet have an official release date, but the BBC has confirmed that the show will be debuting at some point in 2021 (likely the autumn).
Joanne Froggatt teams up with the writers behind the hugely popular Liar to bring this new psychological thriller.
Angela Black follows the story of a woman whose suburban London life looks idyllic with her husband, Oliver, and their two sons. However, beneath this façade, Angela is actually the victim of domestic abuse. She is approached out of the blue by a private investigator called Ed, who spills Olivier’s darkest secrets. And when faced with some horrifying truths about her husband, a stunned Angela is left reeling.
Angela’s life switches from school runs to private detectives and buried secrets as she risks everything she holds dear to fight back against the man who has suppressed and tormented her for most of her life.
Release date: ITV has confirmed that Angela Black will air in autumn 2021.
BBC drama Vigil will, over the course of six episodes, follow the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine, which brings the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services.
DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) leads an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
Rose Leslie and Martin Compston will also star in the drama, which is being made by the same people behind Line Of Duty and Bodyguard.
Release date: Vigil is expected to be released by the BBC in autumn 2021.
Based on true events, Deceit (previously known as My Name Is Lizzie) enters a dysfunctional world, where a female undercover officer, codename ‘Lizzie James’ (Niamh Algar), is asked to become sexual bait for a suspected killer.
As per Channel 4’s synopsis: “Five months on from the murder of Rachel Nickell, and The Met Police are still no closer to capturing the man they’re convinced is responsible.
“First identified through a BBC Crimewatch appeal, the evidence is stacked against Colin Stagg. The media feed a national obsession, covering every detail of the case and demanding justice. The police are determined to catch the man who, in their eyes, is guilty before he kills again.
“In desperation, the relatively young Detective Inspector leading the case, engages the nation’s most famous criminal proﬁler to devise a bold undercover operation which will see an attractive, young female officer start a relationship with Colin Stagg.”
And the result? One of the most controversial cases in police history.
Release date: Deceit will air on Channel 4 this autumn and will be subsequently be available on All 4.
The Chair, as you may have guessed from the title, follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she navigates her new role as the Chair of the English department at Pembroke.
“Ji-Yoon is faced with a unique set of challenges as the first woman to chair the department, and as one of the few staff members of colour at the university,” promises the official Netflix synopsis for the series, which has been created by Game Of Thrones bosses David Benioff and DB Weiss.
Release date: The Chair is officially set to premiere on Netflix on Friday 27 August.
Based on real life events, Stephen “tells the story of the ongoing struggle by Doreen and Neville Lawrence to achieve justice and how a detective, DCI Clive Driscoll – working closely with the Lawrences – puts together an investigation that finally secures the convictions of two of the gang who committed the murder of Stephen.”
Release date: Stephen will air on ITV this autumn.
Only Murders In The Building
Only Murders In The Building follows three strangers (Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short) who – much like basically everyone in the entire world, if Netflix’s Top 10 list is to be believed – are utterly obsessed with true crime. They soon realise, though, that playing armchair detective is infinitely more enjoyable when… well, when a) there’s a TV screen separating you from all the gore and guts, and b) there’s an actual armchair involved.
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As per the show’s official synopsis: “When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth.
“As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years… [but] perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another.”
It finishes starkly: “Soon, the endangered trio comes to realise a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late.”
Release date: Only Murders In The Building will premiere exclusively via Star on Disney+ as a Star Original from Tuesday 31 August.
The Girl Before
The Girl Before is based on JP Delaney’s bestselling book of the same name, and tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a woman who, while looking for a place to rent, stumbles upon the “rental opportunity of a lifetime.”
That’s right; she can move into a luxurious, ultra-minimalist house known as ‘One Folgate Street’, as long as she abides by a long list of exacting rules laid out by her landlord, an “enigmatic architect.”
However, when she makes the shocking discovery that her predecessor Emma died in the house, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities…
Release date: The Girl Before doesn’t yet have an official release date, but the BBC has confirmed that the show will be debuting at some point in 2021 (likely the autumn).
You Don’t Know Me
Based on Imran Mahmood’s bestselling novel, You Don’t Know Me centres on a young man, who, with overwhelming evidence against him, stands accused of murder.
At his trial, Hero (Samuel Adewunmi) tells an extraordinary story. It is about the woman he loves, Kyra (Sophie Wilde) who got into terrible trouble. It’s about how he risked everything to save her. He swears he’s innocent. But in the end, all that matters is this: do you believe him?
Release date: You Don’t Know Me will air later this year on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK with a start date to be confirmed.
Gone For Good
Based on the book by mystery and thriller writer Harlan Coben, Netflix’s Gone For Good revolves around Guillaume Lucchesi (Finnegan Oldfield), who thought he had drawn a line under the terrible tragedy which saw the two people he loved the most die: Sonia (Garance Marillier), his first love, and Fred (Nicolas Duvauchelle), his brother.
Ten years later, Judith (Nailia Harzoune), whose love has made his life worth living again, suddenly disappears during his mother’s funeral. To find her, Guillaume will have to face all the truths that were hidden from him by his family and friends, as well as those that he’d long decided to ignore.
For better, but mostly for worse…
Release date: Netflix has said Gone For Good is coming to the UK very soon, likely this summer. Watch this space.
This Is Going To Hurt
This Is Going To Hurt, the bestselling memoir that offers up a no-holds-barred account of Adam Kay’s time as a junior doctor, will be coming to BBC Two later this year.
Just as is shown in the book, the series will see Adam (Ben Whishaw) struggling to adapt to life in a London obstetrics and gynaecology unit (known charmingly among medical students as the “brats and twats” unit).
Go in expecting to laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time.
Release date: This Is Going To Hurt will air on the BBC this autumn.
Inspired by real events, Landscapers brings us the story of mild-mannered Susan (Olivia Colman) and her husband, and asks us how they came to kill Susan’s parents and bury them in the back garden of their Mansfield home, in a crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade.
Based on extensive research, hours of interviews and direct access to the accused, who have always protested their innocence of murder, this Sky Atlantic and NOW TV drama promises to be a darkly comic affair.
Release date: Landscapers doesn’t yet have an official release date, but it will air later this year.
Starring Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester, Jed Mercurio’s Trigger Point will focus on counter terrorism policing and the terrifying work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad. Known as “Expo”, officers risk their lives daily on ‘the long walk’ towards danger.
To quote ITV’s chilling tagline, “death is always just a heartbeat away.”
Release date: Trigger Point will air on ITV later this year.
My Name Is Leon
An adaptation of Kit de Waal’s internationally best-selling novel, My Name Is Leon is told through the eyes of Leon (Cole Martin), a nine-year-old boy who is on a quest to reunite his family after being taken into care.
Although his foster carer Maureen, with her wild hair and potty mouth, treats him well, Leon still longs to be back with his mum and younger brother, Jake. So he goes on a journey to figure out more about the world, about love and about what family really means – all with his favourite action figure Sergeant Smith by his side.
Release date: My Name Is Leon will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.
Created and produced by TV goddess Shonda Rhimes, this Netflix series is set to bring to life the true story of Anna Delvey, New York’s ‘fake heiress,’ who famously fooled the world when she claimed to be a German socialite setting up an art foundation, and scammed numerous high-flyers and financial institutions into funding her outrageously lavish style.
Ozark’s Julia Garner will play the Soho scammer, while Anna Chlumsky of Veep fame stars as the journalist who formed a love-hate relationship with the magnetic con artist as she investigates her nefarious goings-on.
And let’s not forget that Laverne Cox – aka Sophia in Orange Is the New Black – plays a celebrity trainer who lingers on the periphery of Anna’s murky world.
Release date: Inventing Anna is likely to air on Netflix this autumn.
Nine Perfect Strangers
Adapted from Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, Nine Perfect Strangers takes us to Tranquillum House, a remote health retreat run by a mysterious Russian woman named Masha (Nicole Kidman).
It is here that nine strangers, with very little in common, gather for a 10-day-long retreat. As you’ve probably guessed, though, their path to enlightenment doesn’t run smoothly.
And it isn’t long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question: should I run while I still can?
Release date: Nine Perfect Strangers will air on 20 August 2021 via Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime’s The Rig is a star-studded new thriller (think Martin Compston, Iain Glen, Rochenda Sandall, and Owen Teale) that will be directed by Line Of Duty and Bodyguard’s John Strickland.
The series follows the crew of the Kishorn Bravo oil rig, which is stationed off the Scottish coast in the dangerous waters of the North Sea.
“When the crew are due to return to the mainland, a mysterious and all-enveloping fog rolls through and they find themselves cut off from all communication with the shore and the outside world,” promises the official synopsis.
“As they endeavour to discover what’s driving this force, bonds are broken, allegiances formed and generational fault lines exposed. The crew of the Bravo will be driven to the limits of both their loyalties and their endurance, into a confrontation with forces beyond their imagination.”
Release date: The Rig is predicted to premiere in the winter of 2021.
You: Season 3
At the end of You season two, murderous Joe (Penn Badgley) and just-as-bad Love (Victoria Pedretti) moved out to the suburbs to raise their baby together. The final scene, though, saw Joe peeking through his garden fence and watching his neighbour read a book.
“This is just the beginning. Because this is where I had to be exactly where I had to be to meet You,” he said.
“There you were with your books and your sunshine, so close but worlds away. I will figure out a way. A way to get to you. See you soon, neighbour.”
We have a feeling things are going to get even creepier in season three…
Release date: the third season of Netflix’s You will be released on Friday 9 April 2021.
Lie With Me
“Lie With Me is centred on the chilling tale of Anna and her family, who move to Australia after infidelity rocks her marriage,” promises the official synopsis for this Channel 5 thriller.
“They hire Becky, a young local nanny who isn’t as innocent as she appears, and deadly consequences follow.”
Release date: Lie With Me will air later this summer.
This highly-anticipated crime drama (an adaptation of Peter James’ award-winning novels) sees John Simm take on the role of tenacious detective Roy Grace. He’s fixated by the disappearance of his beloved wife, Sandy, which haunts his thoughts, and his unorthodox police methods have come under scrutiny. Again. Cue Richie Campbell’s DS Glenn Branson stepping in and calling upon Grace for help with a mysterious case about a missing bridegroom…
Release date: TBC (likely this winter).
Sex Education: Season 3
Netflix’s Sex Education will be back with a third season this autumn. And, while no official plot synopsis has been announced, it’s safe to predict that the new episodes will focus heavily on Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve’s relationship.
After Otis and Ola (Patricia Allison) called it a day and he sent a voice message to Maeve (Emma Mackey) confessing his love for her, we were sure we’d get a happy ending.
But Isaac (George Robinson), who’s been crushing on Maeve since forever, decided to throw a spanner in the works and delete Otis’ message before Maeve could listen to it.
Will the starstruck lovers get it together in season three? Your guess is as good as ours, quite frankly.
Release date: Sex Education will be returning to screens on 17 September.
The Witcher: Season 2
Netflix’s official synopsis for The Witcher’s second season reads: “Convinced Yennefer’s (Anya Chalotra) life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen.
“While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.”
Release date: The Witcher will return this autumn.
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The Confessions Of Frannie Langton
Sara Collins’ debut novel, The Confessions Of Frannie Langton, is being adapted into a four-part murder mystery for ITV.
For those who have yet to read the book, which is set against the dazzling opulence of Georgian London, it narrates Frannie’s journey from a Jamaican plantation to the grand Mayfair mansion of celebrated scientist George Benham and his exquisitely beautiful wife, Madame Marguerite Benham.
There, though, events take a fateful turn as the Benhams are found murdered in their beds and Frannie is accused of a murder she can’t remember.
Dragged away to prison, Frannie attempts to piece together the events of that night.She is deep into a laudanum addiction and unable to recall what happened. Will Frannie recall the haunting events of that night?All she knows is she loved Marguerite passionately and cannot believe she would have hurt her.
But if not Frannie, then who committed the double murder? And why?
Release date: TBC (likely this winter).
The Offenders follows seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol.
“At first, they seem like archetypes we can easily pigeonhole,” explains the show’s official synopsis, “but gradually we see behind their façades, understand their hidden depths and what made them the people they are today.
“We are reminded that no one is all good or all bad. Everyone has a story.”
Release date: The Offenders will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year – although an official release date has yet to be confirmed.
The Shrink Next Door
Based on real-life events, this dark comedy (starring Paul Rudd, Katherine Hahn, and Will Ferrell) explores what happens when Dr Isaac “Ike” Herschkopfl used his position of power to manipulate his patient, Marty Markowitz, and take over his life, isolating him from everyone else he holds dear.
“The series explores how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an exploitative relationship filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest,” reads the synopsis for The Shrink Next Door.
Release date: The Shrink Next Door will be released on Apple TV+ from 19 November.
Based on books and reports on the famous true case, The Staircase begins when Michael Peterson (Colin Firth) rings 911 to report an accident; his wife, Kathleen (Toni Colette), has died after falling down the stairs at their home, he says.
When police arrive on the scene, however, it’s not long before they begin to suspect that Michael had orchestrated the murder and staged her death to look accidental.
Sophie Turner is also set to star in the HBO series.
Release date: TBC on HBO.
Conversations With Friends
Normal People fans, rejoice! Conversations With Friends – the debut novel by author Sally Rooney – is getting its very own BBC adaptation, too.
It tells the story of two college students – Frances (Alison Oliver) and Bobbi (Sasha Lane) – living in Dublin, who form a complicated connection with an older married couple, Nick (Joe Alwyn) and Melissa (Jemima Kirke).
Despite their obvious differences, the foursome quickly embark on a “complex ménage-à-quatre” that’s played out in a world of glamorous dinner parties, beautiful homes and holidays to Provence. But the strange new dynamic quickly shines a light on vulnerabilities no-one saw coming.
Release date: this adaptation will air in late 2021 on BBC Three.
This Way Up: Season 2
Channel 4 has confirmed that the second season of Aisling Bea’s honest, warm and downright hilarious comedy-drama This Way Up will be returning to our screens later this month.
“Aine’s starting to leave her time in rehab behind and live less cautiously, which may not be entirely wise,” reads the official synopsis. “Will she and Richard make a cheeky go of it? Or continue to exist in the odd tension of the employer-employee dynamic? Or is emotional risk the ‘sexy’ bit?”
Release date: This Way Up season 2 begins on Channel 4 at 10pm on Wednesday 14 July.
Based on the podcast of the same name, The Dropout (starring Amanda Seyfried) tells “the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong.”
“How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as ‘the next Steve Jobs’ find herself facing criminal charges—to which she pleaded not guilty—and up to 20 years in jail?” asks the podcast’s synopsis.
Release date: The Dropout is expected to hit Hulu later this year.
Anatomy Of A Scandal
Netflix’s Anatomy Of A Scandal follows the story of James (Rupert Friend), a high-flying Home Office minister whose marriage to Sophie (Sienna Miller) is plunged into crisis after the aide that he has an affair with, Olivia, accuses him of rape.
Release date: this Netflix series is expected to air in late 2021.
Starring Sheridan Smith, upcoming Channel 5 thriller Teacher tells the story of Jenna, whose life falls apart after being accused of a drunken sexual encounter with one of her pupils.
Release date: Teacher will air in autumn 2021.
The Chestnut Man
Set in Copenhagen, Netflix’s The Chestnut Man plunges us headfirst into a terrifying murder investigation. A body has been found in a children’s playground – with one of its hands missing. And, hanging above the body is the killer’s calling card; a “chestnut man” – basically a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts. Cue a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse, as detectives fight to unmask the killer before it’s too late…
Release date: The Chestnut Man is expected to air in autumn 2021.
Colin In Black And White
Emmy winner Ava DuVernay’s new series will chart the life of NFL player and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick, who made global headlines when he began kneeling during the national anthem at sports games as a form of protest.
“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally,” says DuVernay.
“Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”
Release date: the series is expected to air later this year.
Emily In Paris: Season 2
Netflix’s Emily In Paris is, as suspected, getting a second season. And, while creator Darren Star admits that he hasn’t thought about where all the different characters will end up, he has promised that the new episodes will see Lily James’ Emily come into her own.
“In season 2, she’s going to be more of a part of the fabric of the world she’s living in. She’ll be more of a resident of the city,” he told Oprah Magazine.
“She’ll have her feet on the ground a little more. She’s making a life there.”
Release date: TBC, but likely winter 2021.
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The Time-Traveller’s Wife
Based on Audrey Niffenegger’s novel of the same name, this new series – another from Steven Moffatt – is all about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about Clare, his wife, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences of reappearing in odd places.
It’s been confirmed that Rose Leslie and Theo James will star in the lead roles.
Release date: Sky Atlantic has yet to reveal a release date for this one.
Written by Abby Ajayi, this witty ITV drama introduces Stephen Richards, a successful and smart businessman, who always gets his own way. He’s built his life and business empire around the fact everything he touches turns to gold. Even abandoning his first wife and two older children, Nina and Simon, turned out well for him.
“After 20 years of success, Stephen’s at the helm of his multi-million pound cosmetics empire and is reaping the rewards of his business acumen and ambitions. He’s a great advocate for Black-owned business, powerful, driven and impassioned, and with a glamourous, younger second wife, Claudia, life is never dull. Along with their adult children, Alesha, Gus and Wanda they love spending their hard-earned cash. The Richards are all about the good life and they’ve earnt it,” reads the show’s official synopsis.
“In New York, Nina and Simon have established themselves as business people in their own right but when Stephen suffers a stroke, the family’s world comes tumbling down. As Stephen’s life hangs in the balance, his children are about to collide and with secrets and lies rising to the surface and the empire at stake, it’s bound to be a complicated family reunion…”
Release date: TBC, but it’s rumoured to be hitting screens in late 2021.
We Are Lady Parts
We Are Lady Parts seamlessly blends together four Muslim women’s love affair with punk rock, as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussein (Anjana Vasan), a geeky PhD student who is recruited to be the eponymous band’s unlikely lead guitarist.
Catch up with We Are Lady Parts on All 4 now.
Mare Of Easttown
Kate Winslet’s nerve-jangling detective drama tells the story of Mare Sheehan, a detective in a small Pennsylvania town who carries the weight of fading hometown glory on her shoulders.
When she is assigned to investigate the murder of a young girl, the line between her personal life and professional duties soon begins to blur, and it’s not long before she finds herself struggling to stop her world from falling apart around her.
As the show’s official synopsis puts it, Mare Of Easttown is an “exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present.”
Catch up with Mare Of Easttown on NOW.
Written by and starring Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian, writer and actor Rose Matafeo, Starstruck tells the story of Jessie, a millennial woman living in East London juggling two dead-end jobs.
However, things get out of control when Jessie finds herself in a rather unusual ‘morning-after-the-night-before’ type situation when she realises that she accidentally slept with a famous film star called Tom (played by Nikesh Patel).
As the first episode’s synopsis reads: “A drunken New Year’s Eve hook-up becomes far more complicated for Jessie when she discovers her one night stand is actually a film star. What she thought would become an amusing anecdote soon turns into something else.”
Catch up with Starstruck on BBC iPlayer now.
In Finding Alice, Keeley Hawes plays a woman going through a “honest, raw, blackly comic journey of grief” after her husband of 20 years falls down the stairs of their dream house and… well, and dies.
However, she soon realises that Harry left behind a storm of secrets, debt and criminality for her to clean up.
ITV teases: “Men have a habit of hiding stuff that they don’t want to deal with, and Alice discovers that Harry was worse than most.”
Catch up with Finding Alice on ITV hub now.
Inside No. 9
Inside No. 9 has been merrily weaving a dark and twisted path for a long time now, but Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s critically acclaimed anthology series remains as fresh and provocative as ever. And the latest season, boasting cameos from the likes of Gemma Whelan, Adrian Dunbar and Sian Clifford, is a corker.
Catch up with Inside No. 9 on BBC iPlayer now.
The Pembrokeshire Murders
Adapted from the true-crime book Catching The Bullseye Killer, The Pembrokeshire Murders sees newly-promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins (Luke Evans) take it upon himself to reopen two unsolved double murders from the 1980s.
Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his handpicked team soon uncover microscopic DNA and fibres that potentially link the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 80s and 90s.
The perpetrator of these crimes, though, is already in prison and nearing the end of his sentence. Will DS Wilkins and his team find the evidence they need to keep the killer behind bars?
Catch up with The Pembrokeshire Murders on ITV Hub now.
Call The Midwife
Call The Midwife’s 10th season seamlessly blends social history, women’s rights and matters of the heart, culminating in one of the greatest series finales yet.
Catch up with Call The Midwife on BBC iPlayer now.
It’s A Sin
Russell T Davies has joined forces with Channel 4 to bring us the searing tale of It’s A Sin. The five-part drama will examine the lives of a group of young gay men who are hit by the outbreak of a new deadly virus, HIV, after they move to London during the 1980s.
In a statement, Channel 4 said: “Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin are young lads, strangers at first, leaving home at 18 and heading off to London in 1981 with hope and ambition and joy… and walking straight into a plague that most of the world ignores.
“Year by year, episode by episode, their lives change, as the mystery of a new virus starts as a rumour, then a threat, then a terror, and then something that binds them together in the fight.
“It’s the story of their friends, lovers and families too, especially Jill, the girl who loves them and helps them, and galvanises them in the battles to come. Together they will endure the horror of the epidemic, the pain of rejection and the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade.”
Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, and Keeley Hawes will lead the drama.
Catch up with It’s A Sin on All 4 now.
The Bay: Season 2
The second outing of The Bay will see Morven Christie reprise her role as police family liaison officer DS Lisa Armstrong as we return to Morecambe Bay for a brand-new case.
According to ITV’s announcement about the second series, “After dealing with the repercussions of her actions from last year, DC Lisa Armstrong is given the opportunity to step up when asked to assist a murder investigation in Morecambe.”
Catch up with The Bay: Season 2 on ITV Hub now.
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The Serpent, which stars Tahar Rahim as French conman and mass murderer Charles Sobhraj, is based on the true story of how he was caught and brought to trial.
The BBC drama follows Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle), a junior diplomat from the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok as he unwittingly walks into the web of crime that leads him to chase down the murderer in the twilight years of the Asian Hippie Trail.
Jenna Coleman also stars as Sobhraj’s partner and frequent accomplice, Marie-Andrée Leclerc – suggesting she may have been coerced and manipulated into abetting him.
Catch up with The Serpent on BBC iPlayer and Netflix now.
A Teacher follows the story of Claire (Kate Mara), a new teacher at Westerbrook High School in Texas.
Claire married her sweetheart straight out of college, and she’s grown dissatisfied with the slow and steady relationship. And so when one of her students begins to take an interest in her, she begins to revel in it.
Eric (Nick Robinson), you see, is the sort of teenager his classmates all aspire to be. He’s the captain of the soccer team, he’s popular, he’s handsome, and his life seems entirely perfect… on the surface, that is. Because, while he puts on a front, Eric is struggling to juggle the pressures of school, applying for college and a part-time job, all while helping take care of his two younger brothers.
At first, it seems as if the connection between student and teacher has nothing more than the makings of an innocent friendship. Over time, though, their relationship shifts, becoming something far more dangerous… and damaging.
Catch up with A Teacher on BBC iPlayer now.
Channel 4’s The Great is, surprise, all about Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning). As in, yes, the longest-reigning female ruler in Russian history. But, while we may think we know everything there is to know about the so-called “Messalina of the Neva”, this show winds things back to when she was just Catherine the Teenage Outsider, shipped into a strange country for an arranged – and extremely ill-fated – marriage to Emperor Peter III (Nicholas Hoult).
Much like The Favourite before it, The Great keeps up a deliciously sardonic tone throughout. And, whether layered over scenes of searing drama or utter mayhem, it’s this which gives the show its edge.
This writer caught the series when it aired on Starzplay earlier this year, and rest assured that Fanning’s portrayal of a mutinous young woman on the brink of greatness feels wholly relatable, too. Especially if you’ve ever been manterrupted mid-meeting.
Catch up with The Great on All 4 now.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Season two of the UK spin-off of RuPaul’s Drag Race is just around the corner. To date, the queens have all been confirmed, and a fierce line-up of celebrity judges is slowly being revealed, which includes the likes of Dawn French, Maya Jama, Jessie Ware, Lorraine Kelly, Sheridan Smith, Elizabeth Hurley, MNEK and Jourdan Dunn.
Catch up with RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on BBC iPlayer now.
This Amazon Prime anthology series is set approximately 15 years in the future when a company has developed a test that can determine the person you were most meant to love with 100% accuracy.
Catch up with Soulmates on Amazon Prime now.
Marvel fans will definitely want to check out Wandavision, which is due to hit Disney Plus in January. The show sees superheroes Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living idyllic suburban lives.
However, they quickly come to suspect that there is something incredibly sinister going on – and, considering (spoiler) Vision died at the end of Avengers: Endgame, we’re tempted to agree with them. Just be sure to stock up on tissues for that killer finale.
Catch up with Wandavision on Disney+ now.
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The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 4
The Handmaid’s Tale is now back on Channel 4 in 2021, and, this time, it takes us far beyond Gilead’s reach.
“We’re really stretching the limits of our capabilities, production-wise, and we’re on the move a lot,” explains Elisabeth Moss, who plays the show’s eponymous handmaid, Offred/June.
“We’re not sitting in a studio between four walls very much, so it really is a bigger season and that’s taken a little [longer].”
This, alongside the explosive trailer above, makes two things abundantly clear. Firstly, June is no longer confined to her Commander’s house: she’s on the move, and none of the agents in Gilead’s theocratic society know where she is or what she’s planning.
Secondly, June has an army of her own, and the uniform of her loyal soldiers isn’t just red, but green and even blue. She has powerful allies, too, on her side. And she is a force to be reckoned with.
Especially as she knows, at long last, that she truly does have the power to do something big.
Release date: The Handmaid’s Tale airs weekly on Sunday nights via Channel 4. You can catch up on the first three episodes via All 4 now.
The Pursuit Of Love
Set in Europe between the two World Wars, the BBC’s adaptation of The Pursuit Of Love chronicles the misadventures of the fearless Linda Radlett (Lily James) and her daring quest to find true love at any cost.
While Linda’s heart takes her all over Europe, though, her best friend and cousin, Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham), decides to stay in England and follow a more conventional path.
And, as previously reported by Stylist, it’s not long before their diverging choices raise personal questions that remain intensely relevant today – questions about freedom, about love and sex, and the mystery of the human heart.
Catch up on The Pursuit Of Love via BBC iPlayer now.
Line Of Duty: Season 6
Line Of Duty made many a headline (and meme) when it returned for an explosive sixth season earlier this year, with Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar reprising their roles as the cops running AC-12.n And, while the finale wasn’t exactly well received, there’s no denying it was a thrilling ride from start to finish.
Catch up on Line Of Duty season 6 via BBC iPlayer now.
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Starring Jodie Turner-Smith, Anne Boleyn “shines a feminist light on the final months of Boleyn’s life, re-imagining her struggle with Tudor England’s patriarchal society, her desire to secure a future for her daughter, Elizabeth, and the brutal reality of her failure to provide Henry with a male heir”.
Catch up with Anne Boleyn on My 5 now.
A prisoner consumed by guilt, an officer with an impossible choice. What does it take to survive? A tense story of punishment and principles, starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham.
You can catch up with Time on BBC iPlayer now.
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Starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, Netflix’s Firefly Lane tells the story of two inseparable best friends as they transition from high school to young adulthood to middle-age. And, as such, it weaves a poignant, powerful story about women, the magic of connection, and the female friendships that become the bulkhead of their lives.
You can stream Firefly Lane via Netflix now.
Behind Her Eyes
Netflix’s adaptation of Sarah Pinborough’s novel, Behind Her Eyes, follows single mother Louise (Simona Brown) who has an affair with psychiatrist boss David (Tom Bateman), before unexpectedly becoming friends with his wife Adele (Eve Hewson).
It’s only natural, then, that Louise soon “finds herself caught in a web of secrets and lies where nothing is what it seems.”
You can stream Behind Her Eyes via Netflix now.
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