After a summer of sport, TV is getting its act together this autumn. Yes, the World Cup will disrupt things in November but the streamers have plenty to keep us non-footie fans occupied. Here are the shows we’re looking forward to over the next few months.
Minx Wednesday 14th September 2022 Paramount Plus – This comedy which lives on HBO Max in the US has found its streaming home on Paramount + in the UK which is a strange anomaly. That being said, it’s another we’ve heard good things about and one you should be seeking out. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the half-hour comedy centres around Ophelia Lovibond’s earnest young feminist Joyce Prigger who joins forces with a low-rent publisher to create the first erotic magazine for women. The one catch is that each issue must feature a nude male centrefold. With a second season already confirmed, we hope this one will live up to expectations.
Inside Man Monday 26th September 2022 BBC One
We’re not the biggest fans of Steven Moffat. His big HBO show earlier this year The Time Traveller’s Wife was a confused mess and was rightly axed by the cable giant in the US soon after finishing. His last BBC drama with longtime collaborator Mark Gatiss Dracula was billed as their follow-up to Sherlock but quickly turned into something people grew tired of. We reserve the right to take this back if Moffatt has penned another dud but we’ve been intrigued by this since was announced. Little is known about Inside Man and the tagline does sound utterly bonkers. But, we said the same about Life on Mars when that was first announced. This four-part drama focuses on a woman trapped in a cellar under an English vicarage and an American death row prisoner who cross paths in an unexpected way. David Tennant, Dolly Wells, Lydia West Stanley Tucci are confirmed to star lead the cast whilst Lynsey Marshall, Dylan Baker and Kate Dickie will also feature. As we say, putting this on the list is a huge risk. Moffat’s output has been hugely disappointing for a long time but we hope this is just odd enough to surprise us.
The Old Man Wednesday September 28th 2022 Disney+
This action drama from FX received strong reviews when it arrived in the US in June and has already been greenlit for a second season. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, this series stars Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, and Alia Shawkat and centres on Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges), who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future, he now must reconcile his past. Dropping weekly.
Am I Being Unreasonable? September 2022 BBC One – It’s not unreasonable to say that Daisy May Cooper has struggled to find a role that fits her talents since her wonderful creation This Country came to an end. The Witchfinder didn’t garner much conversation nor did her turn as a team captain on Sky’s reboot of Nevermind the Buzzcocks, but this new comedy not only stars Cooper in a lead role but she’s also co-written it with co-star Selin Hizli. We’re hoping this will remind people what a talent Cooper is. She’ll play Nic, a mother stuck in a loveless marriage who is grieving a loss she can’t share. That is until Jen, played by Hizil arrives in town and her life is lit up with laughter and through this kindred soul, her dark secret starts to bubble up. Jessica Hynes and Karla Crome will also star. It sounds properly intriguing and we’re desperate to see Daisy May Cooper in another strong role.
Industry September 2022 BBC One – This claustrophobic drama centred around young Traders working in London was one of the more original dramas when it launched at the end of 2020. The second season, which is currently airing in the US on HBO, will look at how the financial markets weathered the pandemic. In a TV landscape oversaturated with thrillers, Industry is truly unique and could be considered one of the best new dramas. A promotion to BBC One also shows that the BBC have faith in the series and we hope they shout a bit more about this time.
What We Do in the Shadows September/October 2022 BBC Two/BBCiPlayer – One of the best comedies in recent memory, What We Do in the Shadows will return this autumn for its fourth season. It’s frustrating that the BBC has to wait for it to finish airing all its episodes in the US before it can boxset the entire series but it’s always well worth the wait. The ensemble cast Kayvan Novak Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén and Mark Proksch are magic together and the show is always inventive and surprising after the way season 3 ended it’ll be interesting to see how everything comes together.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Netflix – Ryan Murphy’s massive deal with Netflix has yet to give the streamer any hits. Ratched, The Policitican and Hollywood were all slated and didn’t garner any conversation. The streamer is hoping this 10-part drama about the serial killer will be Murphy’s first true hit for them. Monster chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, largely told from the point of view of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree. The series dramatizes at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series also is expected to touch on white privilege, as Dahmer, a cleancut, good-looking white guy, was repeatedly given a free pass by cops as well as by judges who were lenient when he had been charged with petty crimes. Murphy’s longtime collaborator Evan Peters will play the titular role. Richard Jenkins and Penelope Ann Miller will play Lionel and Joyce Dahmer, respectively, who are Jeffrey’s parents.The other series’ lead will be Niecy Nash. Nash will play Glenda Cleveland, a neighbour of Dahmer’s who called the police numerous times and even tried calling the FBI to alert them of Dahmer’s erratic behaviour, to no avail. Of all of the new dramas coming to Netflix soon, this is one we’re most intrigued by even if we’ve been burnt by high expectations of Ryan Murphy’s shows before.
Reboot October Disney+ – This HULU show from one of the creators of Modern Family has a very clever premise and he’s enlisted an all-star cast to join him. Rachel Bloom stars as a young indie film writer who pitches Hulu on a reboot of the (fictional) 2000s-era sitcom “Step Right Up.” She wants to hire the original actors, bring back the original creator, and turn the former hit into a current hit — but, you know, with an edge. Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer, and Johnny Knoxville play the original cast members who get roped back in for another round, while Paul Reiser plays the out-of-touch creator. Shot with low-lighting and hand-held cameras, The show looks to skewer Hollywood’s I.P. obsession while building a brand new hit. Who knows, if it’s good enough, maybe they’ll even remake it in, what? 10 years?
Candy Wednesday 12th October 2022 Disney+ – The US has been slightly obsessed with adapting true crime stories into big dramas this year. The results have been mixed. From the excellence of The Dropout on Disney+ to the messy WeCrashed on AppleTV+, it’s not always a strategy that works. In the case of Candy, which aired on HULU in May we have higher hopes. Jessica Biel stars as a suburban mother who commits an awful act of murder. Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynskey co-stars.
The all new Original series is streaming October 12 on Disney+. pic.twitter.com/07l1Rx1AOn
— Disney+ UK (@DisneyPlusUK) August 25, 2022
A Funny Woman October 2022 Sky Max – A bit of something different from Sky. Gemma Arterton takes the lead role in this adaption of the much-loved novel Funny Girl from Nick Hornby. It centres around a young woman from Blackpool finds her voice in the male-dominated world of the1960s comedy, and in doing so takes London by storm. Gemma Arterton stars as Barbara Parker – a Blackpool Beauty queen with dreams of making it in London. It turns out London is not as quite as swinging as the one she expected, but after a series of setbacks, Barbara finds her uncompromising northern wit is her secret weapon, and she becomes a surprise hit with audiences in a new sitcom that will have an impact on British comedy for decades to come. David Threlfall and Rupert Everett will co-star.
Somewhere Boy October 2022 Channel 4 – This young-skewing drama sounds like something Channel 4 would do really well in the past. When Danny was a baby, his mum was killed in a car crash. Overwhelmed with grief, his dad Steve bought a house in the middle of nowhere and locked Danny in, telling him the world outside was full of monsters waiting to take him away. Just like they took his mum. Steve thought he’d done the right thing, bringing Danny up safe and warm, away from murderers and wars and drugs and arsehole governments and burgers and evil. For eighteen years they just stayed in, listening to Benny Goodman records and watching old movies with no sad endings. And that’s how Danny grew up. It was all he knew. And he was happy. But when Danny turns eighteen his whole world – everything he’s ever known – explodes in an instant and he has to come to terms with a new world he never knew existed. And find the real monster – the one that killed his mum. Lewis Gribben will lead the cast as Danny whilst Rory Keenan will play his dad Steve. Lisa McGrillis will play his aunt Sue and Samuel Bottomley will portray his cousin Aaron. It’s a strong cast and with at eight episodes it’s likely to be quite deep and character-driven.
The White Lotus October 2022 HBO/Sky Atlantic – The first season of Mike White’s The White Lotus was a genuine revelation. Impossible to predict and full of nightmarish characters you loved to hate it was a true one-off. That being said, things rarely stay one-offs nowadays, especially if they were massive hits. It’s no surprise then that HBO was quick to ask White to pen a second season set at another White Lotus Resort. The second season will take place in Italy with only Jennifer Coolidge’s privileged Tanya the only character to appear from the first season. The impressive new cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Sopranos star Michael Imperioli, British star Tom Hollander and F. Murray Abraham. Plaza will play Harper Spiller, a woman on vacation with her husband and his friends. The news comes as it was announced Sopranos star Michael Imperioli was the first to be confirmed as checking into the second White Lotus resort. Michael Imperioli will play Dominic Di Grasso, who travels to the White Lotus resort with his elderly father and son, a recent college graduate, in tow. We’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced and have faith White’s scripts will do the impressive cast justice.
The Patient October 2022 Disney+ – We’re taking another gamble on this one because we’re not entirely sure where this will end up here in the UK. It’s an FX on HULU show so logic tells you it should be going to Dinsey+ but we’ve been wrong before. Wherever and whenever this airs it’s likely to be one of the shows of the year. It centres around a therapy session between a therapist and a man with an urge to kill who holds the therapist hostage. Steve Carell stars opposite Domhnall Gleeson in the tense thriller which is already receiving rave reviews in the US. if the cast and premise weren’t tempting the show comes from Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, whose last FX show The Americans was one of the best shows of the last decade. This might be one of the shows we’re most excited about this autumn. We just hope it finds a platform quickly.
The Bear Autumn 2022 Disney+ – Another slight gamble as this show hasn’t been confirmed to be landing anywhere yet this autumn. We’re just hoping we’ll see it before too long. Already named as one of THE shows of the year, this stressful drama focuses on a fine-dining chef who inherits his family’s humble Italian beef sandwich shop, the tattooed short king commands attention simply by existing. Brash, tempestuous, and very passionate about his meat, Carmy (Jeremy White) is hell-bent on saving the failing restaurant. It’s brilliantly claustrophobic and filled with interesting characters. It’s unlike anything else this autumn and we just hope we’re not kept waiting for too much longer to see it.
Litvinenko November 2022 ITVX – ITV’s replacement for the ITVHub ITVX will launch in November and one of the things they’re saying about it is that will be the place to watch ITV dramas before they air on the main channel. ITV has had an awful year when it comes to their drama output. It has been one forgettable thriller after another. Paint-by-numbers detective or issue-led dramas that feel stale and uninspiring. Though we don’t quite when Litvinenko will air it’s likely to be one of the first big ones to land when ITVX is launched. David Tennant stars as Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian Federal Security Services and KGB officer whose death from polonium poisoning in November 2006 triggered one of the most complex and dangerous investigations in the history of the Metropolitan Police. Written by George Kay Lupin, Criminal), Litvinenko is the story of the determined Scotland Yard Officers who worked for ten years to prove who was responsible.
The English Autumn 2022 BBC One – We genuinely can’t remember a UK broadcaster commissioned a Western! It’s a genre we don’t dabble in. For that alone, this new drama is worth flagging. It is written by Hugo Blick who wrote 2011’s The Shadow Line and 2013’s The Honourable Woman. His dramas haven’t always worked for us. Black Earth Rising which starred the unlikely pairing of Michaela Coel and John Goodman was too dense to penetrate but we’re genuinely interested to see Blick’s take on an entirely new genre. Set in the mythic mid-American landscape in 1890. Emily Blunt stars as an Englishwoman who arrives into the new and wild landscape of the West to wreak revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son. The cast also includes Rafe Spall, Stephen Rea, Tom Hughes and Chaske Spencer. It’s one that will certainly feel very different.
Happy Valley Autumn 2022 BBC One – There were times we’d given up on all hope of going back to the Calder Valley with Sarah Lancashire’s Catherine Cawood. Writer Sally Wainwright had said she wanted to return to her incredible crime drama but wanted to wait until Catherine’s grandson had grown up. This was only ever in interviews and she’d never actually confirmed plans to write it. Once she got busy with Gentlemen Jack and other projects the likelihood of more Happy Valley seemed to be drifting further and further away. However, now, it has been filmed and confirmed for this autumn. A date is a bit far off, but we couldn’t be happier. Here’s all we know so far, When Catherine discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir it sparks a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce. Her grandson Ryan is now sixteen and still living with Catherine, but he has ideas of his own about what kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father. Still battling the seemingly never-ending problem of drugs in the valley and those who supply them, Catherine is on the cusp of retirement. Returning cast includes James Norton as dangerous offender Tommy Lee-Royce. Siobhan Finneran is also back as Catherine’s sister, the recovering addict Clare Cartwright. It has also been confirmed that Con O’Neill will reprise his role as Clare’s recovering alcoholic boyfriend Neil Ackroyd. George Costigan will return as Nevison Gallagher, with Charlie Murphy as his daughter and Catherine’s police colleague Ann. They will be joined by other Happy Valley returning favourites including Derek Riddell as Richard Cawood, Karl Davies as Daniel Cawood, Susan Lynch as Alison Garrs, Rick Warden as Mike Taylor, Vincent Franklin as Andy Shepherd and Rhys Connah as Catherine’s grandson Ryan Cawood. New cast includes Amit Shah, Mark Stanley and Mollie Winnard. To say we can’t wait is a massive understatement.
Ralph and Katie Autumn 2022 BBC One – If you watched the BBC One drama The A Word this is one you’ll enjoy. It’s a spin-off from that show focusing on the newly married disabled couple Ralph and Katie as they navigate the challenges of married life. A Word creator Peter Bowker has overseen the work of a disabled writing staff to ensure the story feels authentic and true to their experiences. Pooky Quesnel reprises the role of Louise, Ralph’s mum, now Katie’s mother-in-law. Other familiar faces are Nigel Betts and Sherry Baines who play Katie’s parents Steve and Clare. Craig Cash will also star. It’ll no doubt be a warm and engaging drama and it’s nice to have a show focused on two genuinely nice people.
Blockbuster Thursday 3rd November 2022 Netflix
There’s a strange irony in Netflix launching a ten-part comedy set in the world of Blockbuster Video given that they were a big part of the reason the video rental fell out of favour, but we’ve faith in the creative team behind this new one. Stars Randall Park and Melissa Fumero are two likeable leads and the supporting cast includes JB Smooth from Curb Your Enthusiasm. The series explores what it takes — and, more specifically, who it takes — for a small business to succeed against all odds. Randal Park plays Timmy Yoon, a Blockbuster staffer described as “an analog dreamer living in a 5G world.” The Blockbuster Yoon operates, it turns out, is the last store in the world—when he realizes the lonesome fact, he and the staff work to show their community they have a certain je ne sais quoi the big guys can’t replicate. Fumero plays Eliza, “a dedicated mother whose marriage to her high school sweetheart is on the rocks. She left Harvard after one semester to start a family and now works at Blockbuster alongside Timmy as his trusty No. 2… and maybe more.” At the time of writing it’s too far away for Netflix to release a trailer, and Netflix comedies have been more miss than hit of late, but we’re hoping this, with its interesting premise and capable cast will buck the trend.
Be sure to check Our Upcoming TV pages for confirmed air dates.