There’s been loads of quality drama on TV already this year, but ITV are raising the bar again. And with everything from noirs to thrillers, there really is something for everyone. We thought we’d pick a few of our favourites to get you started.
And remember, if you want to catch up with any of our choices, you can find them all over on the ITV Hub.
Premieres on ITV 9pm Sunday 29 April
First up we’ve a new date for your diary, and a show that’s definitely not to be missed.
An extraordinary tale of a real life double murder, The Secret will have you gripped from its opening scene. The four-part series, which is set in Northern Ireland, stars acclaimed actor Jimmy Nesbitt as Colin Howell, a respectable dentist and pillar of the community, who became a killer when he embarked on a destructive and passionate affair with Sunday school teacher Hazel Buchanan, played here by Genevieve O’Reilly.
ITV 9pm Mondays
ITV’s new noir thriller, starring Anna Friel as Marcella, is full of dark mysteries and shocking discoveries. So get ready to embark on a journey where any character could be a witness, victim or potential suspect.
Brought to our screens by the acclaimed director of the Nordic drama The Bridge, the show follows Friel’s heartbroken detective as she tries to get to the bottom of a serial murder case in which the modus operandi of the killer bares a striking resemblance to an unsolved spate of killings that took place a decade ago.
If you’re new to the series, you can catch up with it here. But hurry, because you’ve only got until Monday to watch the first episode.
Scott & Bailey
ITV 9pm Wednesdays
Acclaimed cop drama Scott & Bailey is back! Yep, Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp have returned to ITV as DC Scott and DS Bailey for one last three-part special.
Four years after they first appeared on our screens, the crime fighting duo are tackling one of their darkest cases yet, in a story that seamlessly mixes the personal problems of the two leading ladies with a disturbing tale of the dark web. This is one that definitely should not be missed. Especially as it’s the last time these two will be gracing our TVs.
If you’ve missed any of the episodes so far, you can catch up with them all here.
ITV 8pm Sundays
Based on the memoirs of naturalist Gerald Durrell, The Durrells is set in 1935, and focuses upon Gerald’s mother Louisa, played by the wonderful Keeley Hawes. With her husband dead and his money all but gone, her life is in meltdown and her four unruly children are going off the rails. So, she does the unthinkable (for the time) and takes the whole family to live on the island of Corfu.
The result? A genuinely lovely mix of family feuds and high jinx, coupled with lots of beautiful animals and stunning scenery. Perfect Sunday night TV basically.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, you can catch up with the series so far here.
Available on catch up now
Set in 1950s Paris, this brand new period drama stars Rowan Atkinson as the legendary fictional French detective Jules Maigret.
The first of two made for TV films adapted from the original, and much loved novels by George Simenon, Maigret Sets A Trap sees Atkinson joined by an impressive cast of familiar faces, including Fiona Shaw, David Dawson and Aidan McCardle. The second film, Maigret’s Dead Man, is set to hit our screens later this year.
You can catch up with the Parisian policeman here. But you best be quick, as it’s only available for a few more days.
So, those are our picks, but don’t forget, you can use our brand new TV guide to discover what else is on as well.