As the summer draws to a close – and your bank balance wonders what’s happened – it might be time to prepare for some cosy nights in front of the telly. But fear not! This autumn, loads of amazing drama is coming to our screens, proving once again that we truly live in a golden age of television.
To paraphrase the wise words of Captain James T Kirk, television is boldly going where no one has gone before.
Sunday 27 August 2017 at 9:05pm
The new series of Victoria will soon be upon us – and thank heavens for that!
In case you missed it, series 1 saw the 18 year old queen’s accession to the throne, her courtship with Prince Albert, and the birth of their first child. In this latest series, we pick up six weeks after the birth, with the queen adjusting to life as a working mother.
With some new additions to the cast – including Dame Diana Rigg, who many will know as the sharp-tongued Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones – this royal drama looks set to be just as gripping as the first series.
Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Sunday 27 August 2017 at 9:05pm
This much-anticipated crime drama, based on the novels by J.K Rowling’s alter ego Robert Galbraith, has already received some rave reviews. The story centres on Cormoran Strike (played by Tom Burke) – an injured veteran turned private eye – who is hired to investigate the mysterious death of model Lula Landry. And like most eccentric genius detectives, he has an assistant, Robin Ellacott (played by Holliday Grainger), who is mistakenly sent to him by her temp agency.
Tuesday 5 September at 9pm
The multi-award winning Doctor Foster is returning to the BBC. In the first series, Doctor Gemma Foster – fantastically portrayed by Suranne Jones – realised her marriage was terminal when she suspected her husband of having an affair. Now, Dr Foster is attempting to move on from her marriage, whilst trying to co-parent her teenage son with her adulterer husband.
“I don’t take well to people who lie to me” is the opening line of the trailer. If this is anything to go by, expect intensity, intensity and even more intensity. But remember, keep audible gasps to a minimum.
Friday 8 September 2017 at 9pm
The 90’s comedy drama about a group of couples living in Manchester was rebooted last year and is now back for another series. Most of the original cast members, including James Nesbitt, John Thomson, and Faye Ripley, are returning for this seventh series.
With the tagline “Life is complicated, make sense of it with some old friends.”, expect relationship woes aplenty as these fifty-somethings deal with the struggles of everyday life.
Monday 11 September 2017 at 9pm
A thoughtful and emotional exploration of the human condition, Liar asks the question: Are there really two sides to every story?
This psychological thriller revolves around a date that takes place between Laura (played by Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt), a school teacher fresh out of a relationship, and Andrew (Forever‘s Ioan Gruffudd), a surgeon who is the father to one of Laura’s students. This night leads to a series of accusations and lies that will have you on edge before they’ve even ordered starters.
A spiritual spin-off to the hugely successful Empire, Star follows three talented singers as they try and make it in the cut throat world of the music business. Emotion heavy, expect plenty of tears. But also plenty of original music – and the really interesting use of musical fantasy sequences to show the girls’ dreams for the future. Also, watch out for a host of big name appearances from the likes of Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt.
Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams
Master storyteller Philip K Dick has inspired blockbuster films such as Minority Report and Bladerunner, and TV shows such as The Man in the High Castle. This latest adaptation of his work will consist of ten standalone episodes, set in their own different and unique world. Described by Channel 4 as “thrilling, audacious and emotional”, these stories will feature an all-star cast including Bryan Cranston, Timothy Spall, Steve Buscemi, and Anna Paquin.
This new sci-fi anthology is a must watch for fans of Channel 4’s Humans and BBC’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Great British Bake Off
Tuesday 29 August at 8pm
Although the show has moved to a new channel – and picked up a few extra ingredients – the essential elements that people fell in love with are still there: the theme tune, the tent, and a certain Mr Paul Hollywood. We suspect there will also be loads of cake-related disasters and one or two double entendres.
Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, which is no surprise, as the show’s new hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig are soon to be hailed as TV’s funniest odd couple.
Mountain: Life at the Extreme
Wednesday 30 August at 9pm
Drama isn’t just reserved for fiction. BBC’s new documentary series explores the extraordinary animals and remarkable people that live in the iconic mountain ranges of Rockies, Himalaya and Andes. The Show introduces Jeff Shapiro, a man who launches himself with his ‘wingsuit’ from the peaks of the Rookie Mountains. And in case you’re curious, that’s about 3,000ft from where you’re supposed to be!