Looking forward to watching some tip-top TV shows next year? Spoiler: there are tonnes. Here's what you need to tune in to over the next twelve months…
We’ve all been pretty lucky this year; there’ve been a huge number of fantastic TV shows streamed into our living rooms and onto our phones – and 2019 looks set to be no different. But with a whole 12 months of quality TV to look forward to, we know picking out the real must-sees can be hard, which is why we’re here to help.
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The Grand Tour (season 3)
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will be back on the road for The Grand Tour’s third season. Expect the usual daredevil driving, dangerous drifting, and loud explosions, mixed in with plenty of bant – all from 18 January. Clarkson’s recently revealed that it’ll mark the end of the boys’ well-worn studio format, but we’ll sure they’ll go out with a bang.
Catastrophe (season 4)
No relationship is perfect, and that’s definitely true for Rob and Sharon – a couple who met, fell instantly pregnant and tried to make their catastrophic relationship work in season one. Season two and three followed their turbulent lives as newlyweds and parents dealing with mortgages, postpartum depression, and Brexit woes. Season four will reportedly cover the reality of sex in a long-term relationship, as well as Rob’s lingering alcoholism.
Tin Star (season 2)
Ex-detective Jim Worth (Tim Roth) thought leaving London and moving his family to the small Canadian town of Little Big Bear would be the start of a simple, and better life. He thought wrong. Jim’s battle with alcoholism and his alter ego, Jack, duly follow, meaning this seemingly gentile police chief’s troubles are far from over. Season one left many for dead, and we weren’t even sure if Jim survived the end of the last episode. The arrival of season two suggests he’s back for some more tough times.
Just Add Magic (season 3)
One for younger eyes, now. Just Add Magic centres on three young friends who discover a cookbook with a difference. Turns out Shut’em Up Shortcake actually silences people, and only the Healing Hazelnut Tart can cure it. Of course. Season one, two, and the upcoming third season follow the BFF’s magical capers.
Hanna (season 1)
Based on the extraordinary 2011 action thriller of the same name, this new series brings us more of its titular hero – a girl with a different childhood to most. Raised in a forest and taught to survive at any cost, this unusual coming-of-age drama promises to follow her trials and tribulations, as others try to unearth who she really is.
Based on Terry Pratchett’s novel, Good Omens tells a story of a demon named Crowley (David Tennant) and an angel named Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) who have both lived on Earth since the dawn of creation. The thing is, they quite like it here now, which means this unlikely duo must work together to stop the coming of the antichrist – and the impending battle between Heaven and Hell. We’re long overdue a good Pratchett adaptation, so colour us excited.
Mr Robot (Season 4)
Mr Robot’s fourth season Is set to be its last, though we don’t yet know whether that’s because series creator Sam Esmail has an awesome ending in mind, or because star Rami Malek has now veered too far into superstardom. Either way, the show’s three prior seasons have been a masterclass in offering stylistic thrills, so we’re excited for its conclusive outing towards the end of 2019.
Transparent (Season 5)
The world’s most dysfunctional family are back again, albeit without the titular ‘trans-parent’ Jeffrey Tambor, who left the show last year following a spate of bad press. The show will go on, though; showrunner Jill Soloway says of the show: “We look forward to another season of comedy and drama, love and weirdness, God and sex — in the service of community and in pursuit of peace, joy, freedom and human rights for all.”
American Gods (Season 2)
Based on the best-selling fantasy book by Neil Gaiman, American Gods’ first season was a visual feast, managing to make some of the book’s seemingly unfilmable scenes, well… filmable. Its second season will land in March, continuing the journey of Shadow and Mr Wednesday (otherwise known as Odin), as the two seek to regain power for the old gods in the face of America’s new ones – gods representing the media, globalisation, computers, and finance.
Jack Ryan (Seaon 2)
John Krasinski’s turn as reluctant hero Jack Ryan enjoyed a barnstorming first season this year, but did you know the second season was already greenlit four months before it hit Amazon Prime Video’s digital shelves? By the time we were all watching, the cast and crew were two months into shooting, so we can expect Jack’s return behind enemy lines at roughly the same time (August) in 2019.
Set in a neo-noir city, and with a slathering of fantasy elements, Carnival Row looks set to be a real treat. It stars Orlando Bloom, a detective on the case of a serial killer who feasts on the mythical creatures gathered throughout the city – only to become a suspect himself. Guillermo del Toro is one of the show’s co-writers, so you can expect some instantly iconic set pieces.
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Game of Thrones (season 8)
Eek! This is it. The year that the Game Of Thrones saga comes to a close, and the Iron Throne is claimed. The final season’s resolution is shrouded in mystery, but we know two things for sure: winter is here, and the Wall ain’t. The action kicks off in April.
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) 13 November 2018
Escape at Dannemora (season 1)
Directed by Emmy-winning Ben Stiller, Escape at Dannemora is a mini-series that follows two convicts planning their escape from a maximum security prison. Their method? Both becoming romantically entangled with a female prison employee, who they convince to help them. You can start scheming with them from 1 Jan.
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The Blacklist (season 6)
Now on its sixth season, The Blacklist is a fast-paced American crime thriller following the life of former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington. The blacklist in the title refers to Red’s list of the most dangerous criminals in the world, which he’s willing to hand over to the FBI in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Season six includes betrayal, bloodshed, and questions as to who Red really is.
Curfew comes screeching onto our screens this year as a high-octane eight-part miniseries, staring some big names like Sean Bean, Billy Zane, Adam Brody, and Ike Bennett. With the prize of freedom on offer, this rag-tag crew stops at nothing to win the world’s fastest, most furious illegal night-time street race. It’s set to be bleak, funny, violent, and hopefully all at the same time. No word yet on whether Sean Bean will survive all eight episodes.
Dylan (Damien Molony) and Vinnie (Joe Gilgun) have been best pals since forever, getting up to all sorts of no good in a northern suburb, and trying to make ends meet. But when Dylan’s girlfriend (Michelle Keegan) wants to leave town to start a new life, and adulthood appears on the horizon, the threat of disbanded friendships looms large.
Big Little Lies (Season 2)
Big Little Lies may have stuck close to its age-old ‘murder in a small community’ archetype, but it was all the better for it – the show was a gripping adaptation of an already stellar book, and deservedly picked up a few Emmys and Golden Globes as result. The book’s story may have wrapped up neatly at the end of the season, but the principle cast are all back for more in 2019, this time with the addition of Meryl Streep.
True Detective (season 3)
Super-stylised crime drama True Detective focuses on a different mystery every season. The first featured Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and was met with huge critical success. We joined Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams for a slightly more muted second. And for the third? We’ve got Mahershala Ali (The 4400), Stephen Dorff (Blade), and Ray Fisher (Justice League’s Cyborg), with series creator Nic Pizzolatto back at the helm once again.
One of the best graphic novels of all time already made a (somewhat-difficult) transition to the screen with Zach Snyder’s 2009 adaptation, but maybe it’s best served over a dozen or so hours, instead of four? That’s the thinking behind HBO’s upcoming series, which will look to retell the epic, alternate history of America’s superhero vigilantes as they face personal struggles, game-changing reforms, and the threat of Nixon-era nuclear war.
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