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It's nearly time to plump up the cushions and put on the kettle, with the nights set to get darker there will be more sofa time to tune into the annual raft of autumn TV dramas.

As well as a plethora of hard-hitting thrillers to keep us going into winter, there is some light relief in the form of All Creatures Great and Small if you need a break from all doom and gloom.

We've picked out the new Autumn shows you won't want to miss...

Life, BBC iPlayer

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If you were a fan of the Suranne Jones-led Doctor Foster, then chances are you will enjoy Life, a six-part spin-off. Created and written by Mike Bartlett - the brains behind Doctor Foster - Victoria Hamilton reprises her role as Anna, who is now going by the name Belle and is looking to rebuild her life. Adam James will once again star as his Doctor Foster character Neil, Belle's now ex-husband. Alison Steadman, Peter Davison, Adrian Lester, Elaine Paige and Susannah Fielding also appear in the Manchester-based drama.

Des, ITV Hub

David Tenant as the serial killer Dennis Nilsen, stood against a plan background


David Tennant stars in this ITV drama based on one of the UK's most infamous serial killers in history. Dennis Nilsen spent five years murdering young lads in the late 70s and early 80s, and Tennant takes on the role of the evil murderer. Daniel Mays is drafted in as Detective Peter Jay, who seeks justice for as many of Nilsen's victims as he can, and Jason Watkins portrays the psychopath's biographer Brian Masters. The three-part series begins on September 14th on ITV.

The Sister, Coming soon to ITV

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Doctor Foster fans may also want to check out The Sister, as Bertie Carvel - who played cheating husband Simon in the BBC show - will appear in this new four-part ITV drama alongside Russell Tovey and Amrita Acharia. The Sister will see Bertie's character Bob turn the world of Nathan (Tovey) upside down when he rocks up with a terrifying secret that could destroy all he has built up. The series has been written by Luther creator Neil Cross, and is based on his novel Burial.

Us, BBC iPlayer

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The Night Manager actor Tom Hollander leads the cast of this four-part drama, which is based on the novel of the same name by David Nicholls. The series tells the story of Douglas and Connie Petersen - played by Hollander and Saskia Reeves - who decide to still go ahead with a grand, European tour with their son Albie, who is portrayed by Doctor Foster's Tom Taylor, despite the couple's marriage being severely on the rocks. There is sure to be plenty of humour, but also heartbreak, as the trio embark on their trip of a lifetime.

Adult Material, Airs Monday 5 October, Channel 4

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Channel 4 delves into the world of the modern porn industry in this four-part drama, which features Hayley Squires as mum-of-three Jolene, who has been a leading porn star for two decades. Sheridan Smith was due to play Jolene - who befriends 19-year-old Amy (Siena Kelly) in the show - but she had to quit "due to conflicting commitments". Rupert Everett, Kerry Godliman, and Joe Dempsie will also appear in the eye-opening programme, which has been written by Lucy Kirkwood.

Honour, ITV Hub

Keeley Hawes as a lead detective shown leaving a house looking tired


Keeley Hawes leads the cast of new two-part factual ITV drama Honour, in which she takes on the role of real-life detective DCI Caroline Goode. The police officer brought five killers to justice after 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod was murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong guy. Caroline vowed she wouldn't rest until she got justice for young Londoner Banaz, a promise which soon took over both her personal and professional lives.

All Creatures Great and Small, My5

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One autumn 2020 show which is already underway is Channel 5's remake of All Creatures Great and Small, and the show is such a lovely, feel-good watch, swapping pandemics and pessimism for picturesque Dales countryside views and escapism. Nicholas Ralph stars as James Herriot, who travels to Yorkshire to land his dream job as a vet. The series - and the original, which starred Christopher Timothy as the main character - is based on the books written by Yorkshire vet Alf Wight under the pen name James Herriot.

Roadkill, Coming soon to BBC

Hugh Laurie playing an eminent politician stood waving outside No.10


Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory lead the star-studded cast of this exciting, political thriller. Laurie stars as self-made and charismatic politician Peter Laurence, whose personal and professional lives are being targeted by his enemies. While he is not troubled by any guilt or remorse, the net is closing quickly around him and his secrets and lies. Patricia Hodge, Ophelia Lovibond, Katie Leung, Danny Ashok, and Us actress Saskia Reeves are among the stars in the four-part series.

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