The Best Drama on TV this Autumn

Posted September 22, 2017 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

As the nights get darker and cooler there’s only one thing for it – curl up on the couch with Freeview and live vicariously through the characters in the best dramas TV has to offer this autumn. Scorned wives hellbent on revenge, Texan revolutionists, bereaved couples, Colombian drug lords, rural island detectives and space tourism – there really is something for everyone. Don’t say we’re not good to you!


 

The Child in Time
BBC One
Sunday 24 September at 9pm

Swapping the detective work for the literary world, Benedict Cumberbatch is back on our screens this weekend as children’s author Stephen in this adaptation of Ian McEwan’s classic novel.

The story follows Stephen and his wife Julie (Boardwalk Empire’s Kelly McDonald) two years after a horrible event – the abduction of their daughter. Now separated, this 90-minute drama looks at the impact of grief on the couple, and the impact of the fluidity of time on their emotions.


 

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Channel 4
Sunday 24 September at 9pm

Fan of anthology series like Black Mirror and American Horror Story? Then Electric Dreams is the one for you this Sunday evening.

Based on the work of writer Philip K. Dick (also responsible for Minority Report, Blade Runner and Total Recall), the second instalment follows two cynical space tourism employees who grant an elderly woman’s request to journey back to Earth – a planet that’s been dismissed as a myth in this reality.

The series’ 10 episodes are all unrelated so don’t worry if you missed the first one last week – although we’d recommend catching up with it on Freeview Play.

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Doctor Foster
BBC One
Tuesday 26 September at 9pm

If you caught last week’s episode then you’ll know that Gemma left us on a bit of a cliffhanger – where are you going in that car, Doctor?! And what’s in the box that you gave new wife, Kate, as a present?

For those of you that aren’t fully immersed in the tangled web that is Parminster – what are you waiting for! With two episodes to go, you’ve still got time to get up to speed thanks to Freeview Play before the drama reaches its climax and we see how it ends up for the Fosters. Prediction: not well…

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Black Lake
BBC4
Saturday 23 September at 9pm

While you’re on a catch up kick, you could do worse than devote some time to this Swedish supernatural ski-resort (try saying that 10 times in a row fast) thriller.

Influenced by classic horror stories like The Shining and The Ring, prepare to hide behind the cushions as you follow the group as they descend on an isolated ski lodge. It’s been closed to the public for 20 years for a reason, guys!

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Medium
CBS Drama
Saturday 23 September at 9pm

If you’d prefer to spend your quality time with someone who uses their supernatural abilities for good, then this drama following a psychic who uses her powers to solve crimes is a great option.

Starring Oscar winner Patricia Arquette as dead person whisperer Alison Du Bois, there’s a whole seven seasons to immerse yourself in. Phone setting: do not disturb.

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The Calling
Sony Movie Channel
Saturday 23 September at 9pm

Not got as much time to indulge in some quality TV? Then get your drama fix from a couple of hours well spent with another Oscar winning actress.

Susan Sarandon is soon to be retired Detective Inspector Hazel Metcalf, whose plans for a quiet life are derailed by a gruesome murder in small town Port Dundas. Combined with her health and marital troubles, there’s more than enough drama.

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Texas Rising
Blaze
Sunday 24 September at 10pm

Usually tucked up in bed at this time on a Sunday in preparation for the week ahead? Well this one might be worth staying up for.

Starring a host of big names like Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ray Liotta, this 10 part miniseries follows the events of the Texas Revolution against Mexico and takes a look at the creation of the Texas Rangers.

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Shetland
Drama
Saturday 23 September at 9pm

This popular series is the ultimate in rural drama, set in the picturesque Scottish isles and starring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez.

The second series reaches its conclusion this weekend but if you want to get up to speed, UKTV Play has got your back.

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…and a little more from on demand

Narcos
Netflix
Now streaming Season 3

Freeview Play isn’t the only catch up option on your Smart TV – you can also access the extensive libraries of streaming giants, Netflix and Amazon.

The start of September saw the premiere of the third season of Narcos, which now moves beyond the life (and death) of infamous Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. While the Escobars aren’t fans themselves – Pablo’s brother has suggested that Netflix should hire hitmen themselves as security – fans all over the world have been gripped by the series’ high drama.

The third outing picks up after the bloody climax of the hunt for Escobar, and see the DEA turn its attention to the Cali Cartel, the richest drug trafficking organisation in the world. Led by four powerful godfathers, this cartel is a different operation to Escobar’s, favouring bribery of government officials and keeping its violent actions a bit more under the radar.


 

Stranger Things
Netflix
Now streaming Season 1

The countdown is on: Season 2 of last year’s top drama debuts on October 27. Somehow missed the adventures of Eleven and the gang in the Upside Down last year? There’s still plenty of time to catch up on the first season before we join them for round two – fittingly just in time for Halloween.

Is Eleven being kept supplied with her favourite pancakes? Is it still easier to get hold of Joyce through the fairy lights than the phone? So many questions to be answered.

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The Tick
Amazon Prime
Now streaming Season 1

In the mood for something less mind-bending? Head over to the Amazon Prime app to catch up on this hilarious superhero caper starring comedian Peter Serafinowicz.

The story of a superhero who’s not quite as bright as his costume, you’ve got six episodes to catch up on before the second half of the season premieres next year.

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