All the shows we know to be coming to terrestrial TV and Sky channels.
Trigger Point Sunday 23rd January 2022 ITV – Six-part drama. Vicky McClure stars as front line officer Lana Washington, who is an experienced bomb disposal operative. Reckless and out of control, Lana is ex-military and pushed to breaking point dealing with a series of improvised explosive devices which threaten the capital during a terrorist summer campaign. Under extreme pressure and searching for answers, Lana can’t help but become suspicious that the bomber is premeditatedly targeting her unit. It’s a terrifying thought, but against all odds how does she prove it and discover the bomber’s real identity? Adrian Lester and Kerry Godliman co-star.
The Responder Monday 24th January 2022 BBC One – Crime drama from ex-police officer Tony Schumacher, drawn from his real-life experiences which holds a mirror up to the emotional, often heartbreaking extremes of modern-day policing as it follows Chris, played by Martin Freeman, tackling a series of six night shifts on the beat in Liverpool as an urgent response officer. Martin Freeman and Myana Buring star.
The Gilded Age Tuesday 25th January 2022 Sky Atlantic – Historical drama set in New York and created by Downton Abbey’s Jullian Fellows. It tells the story of New York City wealth in the 1880s and features Carrie Coon, Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Taissa Farmiga, Audra McDonald, and Morgan Spector.
Frayed Thursday 27th January 2022 Sky Max – Second series of the comedy from Sarah Kendall.
Starstruck February 2022 BBC Three – Second series of Rose Matefo’s charming rom-com. Series 2 is set to continue the story of Jessie (Rose Matafeo), a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the complications of becoming romantically involved with famous film star Tom (Nikesh Patel). After having decided to stay and pursue a relationship with him, Jessie must deal with the real-world consequences of her grand gesture. Minnie Driver is set to reprise her role as Tom’s agent Cath, while Russell Tovey joins the cast.
The Fear Index February 2022 Sky Atlantic – Josh Harnett stars in this four-part drama based on the novel from Robert Harris. Dr Alex Hoffman is launching VIXAL-4 to investors - an AI-driven system that exploits fear in the financial markets and operates at lightning speed to make big returns. What follows is a terrifying journey through the worst 24 hours of Alex’s life -cutting across reality, memory and paranoid fantasy, forcing him to question everything he sees with his own eyes. In the pulse of Geneva’s financial district, Alex’s sanity is shaken after he is viciously attacked at his home by a man who knows all of his security codes.
This is Going to Hurt February 2022 BBC One – Ben Whishaw, Harriet Walter and Alex Jennings lead the cast of the adaptation of former junior doctor Adam Kay’s bestselling memoir which is based on the real-life experiences on the NHS frontline. Set on a labour ward, the show was originally announced for eight 45-minute episodes – but it has now been cut down to seven episodes, and shifted from BBC Two to BBC One. It will document the highs, lows and gruelling 97-hour weeks — and the toll being a junior doctor can take back home. The cast also includes Dame Harriet Walter, Ambika Mod, Michele Austin, Alex Jennings and Rory Fleck Byrne.
Peaky Blinders February 2022 BBC One – The final series of the epic drama from Creator Stephen Knight.
Killing Eve March 2022 BBC One/BBC Three – Fourth and final season of the comedy crime drama starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer ran by In My Skin writer Kayleigh Llewellyn.
The 1% Club 2022 ITV – Quiz show hosted by Lee Mack. 100 contestants begin every show – but to make it to the end and win the top prize of up to £100,000, contestants must correctly answer a question only 1% of the country would get right.
A Funny Woman 2022 Sky Max – 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. Based on the Nick Hornby novel ‘Funny Girl’ starring David Threlfall and Rupert Everett.
Ackley Bridge 2022 Channel 4 – Fifth series of the school-based drama.
And Then You Run 2022 Sky Max – Comedy-drama. A close-knit group of rebellious London schoolgirls open the door to chaos when a spontaneous getaway to Rotterdam descends into a race across Europe with five kilos of heroin and a gun in their luggage. Tara (Leah McNamara) and her childhood friends – reckless Stink (Vivian Oparah), bright Ruth (Yasmin MonetPrince) and fearful Nessi (Isidora Fairhurst) – are hunted across the continent by her uncle Reagan, a notorious gangster determined to find his missing cache of drugs. But he isn’t the only one they should fear – all the while a terrifying and mythical serial killer known only as ‘The Traveller’ is on a collision course with them all.
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 2022 ITV
Atlanta 2022/2023 BBC Two – Third and fourth seasons of the inventive comedy from Donald Glover.
Avenue 5 Sky Max 2022 – Second series of the space set comedy from Armando Iannucci and starring Hugh Laurie.
Avoidance 2022 BBC One – Six-part comedy co-written by and starring Romesh Ranganathan. He will star as Jonathan, a man with severe conflict avoidance issues who is forced to change for the sake of his son. Lisa McGrills and Jessica Knappett co-star.
The Baby 2022 Sly Atlantic – Darkly comic drama about a woman in her late thirties who’s unexpectedly landed with a baby that takes over her world. The series comes from debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace.
Barry 2022 Sky Comedy – Third season of Bill Hader’s dark comedy about a hitman who juggles his darkside with a love of amateur dramatics. Bill Hader, Sara Goldberg and Henry Winkler star.
Best Interests 2022 BBC One – Four-part drama from Jack Thorne which tells the story of a family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make. Andrew and Nicci’s daughter, Marnie, has a life-threatening condition. The doctors believe it is in her best interests to be allowed to die, but her loving family disagree. And so begins a fight that will take them through every stage of a legal process, as they struggle to contemplate this huge decision. Who decides? And in whose best interests will it be?
Better 2022 BBC One – Six-part drama from From the writers of Humans, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, The series is a redemption story set in Leeds, using the landscape of the city and surrounding countryside as a backdrop to what becomes an epic battle for one woman’s soul. After a family tragedy is narrowly averted, a corrupt police detective undergoes a painful moral awakening and decides to put right 20 years of wrongdoing – but satisfying her newfound conscience won’t be straightforward. She slowly realises that her redemption will only be complete once she brings down the powerful gangster she has worked for all this time, a man she helped rise to power, and has come to love like a brother.
Better Things 2022 BBC Two – Fifth and season of the semi-autobiographical comedy from star Pamela Adlon.
Big Boy 2022 Channel 4 – Six-part comedy from Jack Rooke which tells the story of a university fresher desperately trying to find his tribe whilst still finding himself. Dylan Llewellyn is confirmed to star.
Big Zuu’s Big Eats 2022 Dave – A third series of the comedy cooking series that will see TV chef and grime artist Big Zuu and school friends Tubsey and Hyder return to fire up their trusty food truck and cook for some of entertainment’s biggest names, only this time the guests come to Zuu’s kitchen.
The Birth of Daniel F Harris Channel 4 – Eight-part drama series. 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 Bottomely will portray his cousin Aaron.
Black-Ops 2022 BBC One – Six-part comedy-thriller created by Famalam alumni Gbemisola Ikumelo and Akemnji Ndifornyen. The series focuses on Dom and Kay who join the met police but quickly find themselves thrust into the world of deep-cover infiltration.
Bloods 2022 Sky Comedy – Second series of the paramedic sitcom starring Jane Horrocks and Samson Kayo.
Bloodlands 2022 BBC One – Second series of the crime drama set in Northern Ireland and starring James Nesbitt.
Blue Lights BBC One – Six-part drama centred around rookie (probationary) police officers working in contemporary Belfast, a city in which being a frontline response cop comes with a unique set of pressures and dangers. As they learn the basics of their profession, our new officers have to come to terms with a constant threat.
Brassic 2022 Sky Max – Fourth series of the comedy drama starring Joe Gilgun and Michelle Keegan.
Breeders Sky Max – Third series of the comedy starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard about the paradoxes of parenting, the show has been co-created by Freeman alongside Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison and is a co-production between Sky and FX.
Britain’s Top Takeaways (w/t) BBC Two – Competition show hosted by Sara Cox and Darren Harriott which sees some of the nation’s best-loved independent takeaways battling for supremacy in a fast-food showdown that crowns a different winner each week.
But When We Dance 2220 BBC One – Single drama from Vicar of Dibley writer Paul Mayhew-Archer about two people who fall in love at a ballet class for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Call the Midwife 2023 BBC One – A twleveth series of the hugely popular period drama.
The Capture 2022 BBC One – Holliday Grainger returns as Rachel Carey, following series one’s shock ending that saw Carey seemingly join forces with the shadowy correction team she had previously sought to expose. Paapa Essideu joins the cast as the series’ guest lead playing rising MP Isaac Turner. Indira Varma and Andy Nyman will also join the cast whilst Ben Miles, Lia Williams, Ron Perlman, Nigel Lindsay and Cavan Clerkin are all set to return.
Cash Carraway *Working Title* 2022 BBC One – Inspired by her book Skint Estate, Cash Carraway is a wild and punky tale of being trapped below the poverty line and doing everything it takes to escape. Daisy May Cooper (This Country) stars as a young working-class single mum living with her ten-year-old daughter in the brutal lonely landscape of austerity Britain. Told with a dark lick of humour and an anarchic attitude, Cash Carraway skewers stereotypes of what it means to be working class and underlines the importance of love, dreams and friendships.
Champion 2022 BBC One – Drama series from Candice Carty-Williams, the award-winning writer of Sunday Times bestseller Queenie, Champion tells the story of what happens when fame collides with family. Bosco Champion. The golden boy of the Champion family and a UK rap sensation before he was jailed is home from prison, and he’s ready to dominate the music industry once more. Since she can remember, his younger sister Vita has been his personal assistant, running around after him, getting him out of trouble and hiding his various misdemeanours. But when Vita’s own talent is discovered by Bosco’s rival, Belly, she steps out of her brother’s shadow to become a performer in her own right, setting the Champion siblings against one another in their quest to both reach the top spot in the charts, and to be the star of the family. Even their parents, soundman turned radio DJ Beres and nineties R&B one hit wonder Aria, can’t stop Bosco and Vita from splitting the Champion family down the middle as they go head to head in a very public and messy battle. In fact, it might be in their best interests to keep Bosco and Vita apart….
The Children *Working Title* 2022 BBC Two – True life drama. One summer’s night in 1945 a coach-load of children, some as young as three years old, are in transit from Carlisle airport to the Calgarth Estate in Lake Windermere, England. They are child survivors, and presumed orphans, of the Holocaust.
Chivalry 2022 Channel 4 – Six-part comedy-drama written by and starring Sarah Solemani. An unlikely couple are put together by a cynical studio exec to salvage a failing movie. Steve Coogan is also confirmed to star. Further cast includes Wanda Sykes, Sienna Miller, Lolly Adefope and Robert Lonsdale. There will also be cameos from Peter Mullan, Paul Rudd and Amy Landecker.
Chloe 2022 BBC One – Thriller from Alice Seabright. Becky thinks Chloe has the perfect life. Years after Chloe abandoned her when they were teenagers, Becky still obsessively watches Chloe’s life through her picture-perfect social media. But when Chloe dies suddenly, Becky’s need to find out how and why leads her to assume a new identity and infiltrate the enviable lives of Chloe’s closest friends. Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Jack Farthing will star.
The Chris and Rosie Ramsey Show BBC Two – New six-part series in which the couple will be joined each week by another celebrity couple to poke fun at life growing-up, relationships, parenting and everything in between.
Code 404 2022 Sky Comedy – Third series of the sitcom starring Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton ITV – Four-part drama series based on the debut novel by Sara Collins who has adapted her story for the screen. Karla Simone-Spencer stars in the lead role as the drama’s young protagonist, who has been born into a life of slavery and his desperate to tell her story. Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore and Steven MacIntosh are also set to star.
The Control Room 2022 – BBC One – Three-part drama set in Scotland. It tells the story of Gabe, an ordinary man who works as an emergency call handler for the Scottish Ambulance Service in Glasgow. His world is turned upside down when he receives a desperate life-and-death call from a woman who appears to know him. With Gabe under pressure to work out who she is, he makes a decision that threatens to have devastating consequences. Iain De Caestecker, Sharon Rooney and Joanna Vanderham are confirmed to star.
Conversations with Friends 2022 BBC One – Adaptation of Sally Rooney’s 2017 novel which follows two college students Frances and Bobbi, and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with a married couple, Melissa and Nick. From the team who adapted Normal People.
Crossfire 2022 BBC One – Three-part drama starring Keeley Hawes as Jo who, whilst on holiday in a luxurious resort in the Canaries, hears gunshots ring out across the complex as gunmen, out for revenge, have turned a slice of paradise into a terrifying heart-breaking hell. The drama co-stars Lee Ingleby, Daniel Ryan, Josette Simon and Anneika Rose .
Cunk on Earth 2022 BBC Two – Five-part mockumentary that sees Dianne Morgan’s creation attempting to unlock the mystery of human civilisation and discover humankind’s greatest achievements. Along the way, Philomena will be asking experts hard-hitting questions about humanity’s progress, as well as standing near impressive old ruins, or inside museums, before the shot cuts away from her to some archive of the bits that don’t exist anymore.
The Curse Channel 4 – Six-part crime comedy co-written and starring Tom Davis as one of a group of small-time criminals in the 1980s who inadvertently find themselves embroiled in one of the era’s most infamous robberies.
Death in Paradise 2023 BBC One – Twelfth series of the crime drama set in the Caribbean. The guest stars for series eleven include Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicholas Bailey and Jason Done.
Derry Girls 2022 Channel 4 – Third and final series of the critically acclaimed comedy from Lisa McGee.
Desire 2022 ITV – Five-part drama which focuses on Leia, who is just about managing to hold her life together in the face of a messy divorce when she finds herself falling in love with an intensity she’s never experienced before. It’s the wrong man at the wrong time but Leia can’t give the relationship up. Desire looks at what happens when a passion is so powerful it starts to jeopardise your job, your home, and even your kids…
Devils 2022 Sky Atlantic – Second series of the drama set in the world of global finance starring Patrick Dempsey.
DI Ray 2022 ITV – Birmingham-set crime thriller written by Maya Sondhi and starring Parminder Nagra as Leicester-born Rachita Ray, a police officer who takes on a case that forces her to confront a lifelong personal conflict between her British identity and her South Asian heritage.
The Diplomat 2022 Alibi – Six-part crime drama from Ben Richards which follows Laura Simmonds and her Barcelona Consul colleague and friend Alba Ortiz as they fight to protect British nationals who find themselves in trouble in the Catalan city. Mixing the roles of lawyer, counsellor and cop, Laura and Alba’s diplomatic skills are stretched to the limit by the stream of cases that walk through the Consul’s doors.
Django 2022 Sky Atlantic – A high concept retelling of the classic Western Django (loosely based on the Sergio Corbucci feature film). Award-winning Matthias Schoenaerts plays the mysterious gunfighter Django, joined by Noomi Rapace, Nicholas Pinnock and Lisa Vicari. After the Civil War, John Ellis has founded New Babylon, a city of outcasts, full of men and women of all backgrounds, races, and creeds, that welcomes everyone with open arms. Haunted by the murder of his family eight years earlier, Django is still looking for his daughter Sarah, relieving she may have survived the killing. He is shocked to find her in New Babylon, about to marry John. But Sarah, now a grown woman, wants Django to leave, as she holds him accountable for their family’s slaughter after he left to join the War. However, Django is adamant that he will not lose his daughter twice and decides to stay, siding John in the fight against his enemy: the Lady.
Doc Martin 2022 ITV – Tenth and final series of the Cornish set drama starring Martin Clunes as the uptight doctor.
Doctor Who 2022 BBC One – Three special episodes which will lead up to Jodie Whitaker leaving her role as The Doctor.
The Elephant Man BBC One – Two-part dramatisation of John Merrick’s extraordinary story, from birth to death written by Neil McKay and starring Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton in the lead role.
The English 2022 BBC One – Six-part drama written by Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line, The Honourable Woman) 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.
Englistan 2020 BBC Two – Nine-part drama series created by Riz Ahmed exploring three generations of the same Pakistani family over four decades as they attempt to settle in England.
Everything I Know About Love 2022 BBC One – Adapted by award-winning journalist Dolly Alderton from her own memoir of the same name, which gives an unflinching account of surviving your 20s. Maggie and Birdy, besties since school, finally land in London to live it large, when the unexpected happens – dependable Birdy gets a steady boyfriend. A generous, funny, warm-hearted and uplifting Sex & The City for Millennials which covers bad dates and squalid flat-shares, heartaches and humiliations, and, most importantly, unbreakable female friendships. Emma Appleton and Bel Powley have been cast in the lead roles of Maggie and Birdy.
Extinction 2022 Sky Max – Eight-part thriller which follows the story of a man who begins to re-live time after witnessing the world end. Paapa Essiedu stars.
Finding Alice 2022 ITV – Second series of the comedy/drama that follows Keeley Hawes’ Alice navigate life after the death of her beloved husband Harry.
The Flight Attendant 2022 Sky Comedy – Second season of the comedy thriller starring Kaley Cuoco as Flight Attendant Cassie.
The Following Events Are Based On A Pack Of Lies 2022 BBC One – Six-part thriller that tells the story of two very different women and the conman they have in common; a dark, funny, and unpredictable thriller about three remarkable characters trapped in a triangle of epic proportions. Alice is a formidable PA, a single mother, and a lifelong Madonna fan. Caroline is a bestselling fantasy author who, recently bereaved, now lives alone with her toy poodle, Goblin. Rob is an eccentric and celebrated ecopreneur… who may or may not be trying to destroy them both.
Freddie’s First Eleven BBC One – Freddie Flintoff fronts this three-part factual series which sees the cricketing legend find eleven youngsters from underprivileged backgrounds in his native Lancashire and turning them into a cricket team.
The Gallow’s Pole 2022 BBC One – Period drama from This is England writer/creator Shane Meadows in his first BBC drama. The series is on the novel of the same name by Benjamin Myers and fictionalises the remarkable true story of the rise and fall of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners. Set against the backdrop of the coming industrial revolution in eighteenth-century Yorkshire, the compelling drama follows the enigmatic David Hartley, as he assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a revolutionary criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history. Michael Socha, Thomas Turgoose, George MacKay, Tom Burke, Sophie McShera, Cara Theobold, Yusra Warsama, Eve Burley, Nicole Barber Lane, Samuel Edward-Cook, Anthony Welsh, Joe Sproulle, Adam Fogerty, Fine Time Fontayne are confirmed to star.
Gangs of London 2022 Sky Atlantic – Second series of the gritty drama set in contemporary London that is being torn apart as its dark underbelly rises up, throwing everything into chaos. The murder of a gang boss creates a power vacuum that threatens to the fragile peace that exists between London’s powerful international gangs.
Gaynor and Ray BBC One – One-off Comedy Playhouse pilot starring Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones as a newly-married couple on their honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands.
Generation Z 2020 Channel 4 – Six-part comedy from Ben Wheatley. Billed as ‘a timely, startling and thrillingly outrageous ride through a green and pleasant land rent by division, disappointment and…death.
Gentleman Jack 2022 BBC One – Second series of Sally Wainwright’s period drama starring Suranne Jones as landowner Anne Lister.
Get Millie Black 2022 Channel 4 – Six-part crime noir following the inimitable Millie-Jean Black, a police detective forced to quit Scotland Yard and return home to Jamaica, where she’s soon pursuing a missing persons case that threatens to expose more than she may be willing to confront.
Ghosts 2022 BBC One – Fourth series of the popular comedy starring Charlotte Ritchie.
The Gold BBC One – Six-part drama based on the Brinks-Mat Robbery and written by Neil Forsyth.
The Good Karma Hospital 2022 ITV – Amanda Redman returns to star for a fourth series of the gentle hospital drama set in India.
Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars 2022 BBC One – Gordon Ramsay is on the hunt for country’s most exciting and innovative new food and drink entrepreneurs and he’s prepared to put his money where his mouth is by backing the winner with an investment to take their idea to the next level.
Grace 2022 ITV – Second series of the crime drama from Endeavour’s Russell Lewis. Adapted from the popular Peter James’ crime novels regarding Brighton-based DS Roy Grace; a hard-working police officer who has given his life to the job. John Simm returns as Grace.
The Great 2022/2023 Channel 4 – Elle Fanning and Nicholas Holt return for a second and third season of this US comedy loosely based on the life of Catherine The Great.
The Great British Bake-Off 2022 and beyond – Three more series of the competition show.
Happy Valley 2022 BBC One – Third and final series of the gripping drama starring Sarah Lancashire. 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.
His Dark Materials 2022 BBC One – Third and final series of the fantasy series written by Jack Thorne.
Holding 2022 ITV – Four-part drama based on a novel from Graham Norton, Conleth Hill will star as local police officer, Sergeant PJ Collins, a gentle mountain of a man, who hides from people and fills his days with comfort food and half-hearted police work. When the body of long-lost local legend Tommy Burke is discovered, PJ is called to solve a serious crime for the first time in his career. PJ finally has to connect with the village he has tried hard to avoid. The show will be written by Dominic Treadwell Collins and directed by Kathy Burke. Brenda Fricker, Siobhan McSweeney and Pauline McLynn are also set to feature.
The Holiday 2022 Channel 5 – Four-part dama, based on T.M. Logan’s novel, about 4 female best friends on holiday in the south of France. Their lives are turned upside down when one finds out her partner is having an affair. She then discovers that someone in the villa where they are staying may be prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden. Jill Halfpenny confirmed to star.
House of The Dragon 2022 Sky Atlantic – Game of Thrones prequel based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen. The series stars Emma D’Arcy as “Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen”: The king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man. Matt Smith as “Prince Daemon Targaryen”: The younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air… Steve Toussaint as “Lord Corlys Velaryon” (“The Sea Snake”): Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. As “The Sea Snake,” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world. Olivia Cooke as “Alicent Hightower”: The daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen. Rhys Ifans as “Otto Hightower”: The Hand of the King, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.
Hullraisers Channel 4 – New six-part sitcom written and created by Lucy Beaumont looking at the lives of three friends as they navigate life, love and friendship.
Hungry For It BBC Three – Eight-part cooking competition show hosted by Stacey Dooley The series gives ten aspiring cooks the chance to win a life-changing prize and will take part both in a restaurant and a street-food inspired pop-up. The series will blend competition and reality show as the contestants will also be living together.
Hypothetical 2022 Dave – Fourth series of the panel show fronted by Josh Widdecombe and James Acaster.
I Hate You Channel 4 – New sitcom from Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper which focuses on the complicated friendship between two twentysomethings.
I Hate Suzie 2022 Sky Atlantic – Second series of the comedy drama starring Billie Piper as a former pop star.
I Like The Wave U Move BBC3 – 2022 – Second series of the dancing dating show fronted by Jaimie Laing and KK Harris.
Independence Day? How Disabled Rights were Won 2022 BBC Two – Single drama from Jack Thorne about the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act. Ruth Madely stars.
Industry 2022 BBC Two – Second series of the drama series exploring the world of international finance, as seen through the eyes of ambitious twenty-somethings struggling to secure their futures. The ensemble cast includes Freya Mavor, Will Tudor and Ken Leung.
Inside Man 2022 BBC One – Four-part drama series from Sherlock creator Steven Moffat. The 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 and Stanley Tucci confirmed to star lead the cast whilst Lynsey Marshall, Dylan Baker and Kate Dickie will also feature.
Inside No.9 2022 BBC Two – Seventh series of the darkly comedic anthology from Steve Pemberton and Reese Shearsmith. The guest cast for this series includes Daniel Mays, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, Jessica Hynes, Diane Morgan Daisy Haggard, Annette Badland, Siobhan Redmond and Ron Cook.
Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr 2022/2023 – Two more series of the interior design competition show fronted by the toothy comedian.
The Ipcress File 2022 ITV – Six-part adaptation of the acclaimed spy novel from Len Deighton. The series stars Joe Cole as Harry Palmer alongside Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander. The Ipcress File is an enthralling and atmospheric espionage thriller set in Berlin and London during the 1960’s.
Irma Vep 2022 Sky Atlantic – “Mira” (Alicia Vikander) is an American movie star disillusioned by her career and recent breakup, who comes to France to star as “Irma Vep” in a remake of the French silent film classic, “Les Vampires.”Set against the backdrop of a lurid crime thriller, Mira struggles as the distinction between herself and the character she plays begin to blur and merge. Irma Vep reveals to us the uncertain ground that lies at the border of fiction and reality,
artifice and authenticity, art and life.
Karen Pirie *Working Title* 2022 ITV – Three-part adaptation of the novels from Val McDermid with Outlander star Lauren Lyle taking the lead role. Karen is a refreshingly normal and charmingly unfashionable young woman – slick, maverick cop she is not – but her quick mouth and ingenuity make her an impressive investigator. Following her promotion to Police Scotland’s Historic Cases Unit, Karen is tasked with reopening the investigation into a murder that has been the subject of a provocative true crime podcast. When teenage barmaid Rosie Duff was stabbed to death in 1995, suspicion fell on the three drunken students who discovered her body. But despite police suspicion, the boys were never charged. Nearly 25 years on, DS Karen Pirie is determined to uncover what happened that fateful night. Do the men know more than they previously revealed? When Karen uncovers flaws in the initial investigation, she finds herself in conflict with the very officers who led the original hunt for the killer.
Kate and Koji 2022 ITV – Second series of the sitcom starring Brenda Blethyn with Okorie Chukwu taking over the role of Koji from Jimmy Akingbola,
Life after Life BBC One – Four-part adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s Novel. The story centres on Ursula Todd, who dies one night in 1910, before she can draw her first breath. On that same night in 1910, Ursula is born and survives. She finds herself time and again, living and dying in different circumstances only to be reborn into a new, alternative iteration of life once more. Sian Clifford, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jessica Hynes and Thomasin McKenzie are confirmed to star.
The Light in the Hall 2022 Channel 4 – Drama Written and created by Regina Moriarty which is filmed in Both English and Welsh. The cast includes Journalist Cat Donato originally from the same town as Ela Roberts, who has always been obsessed with her murder Ela’s mother has never stopped grieving the loss of her daughter. Joe Pritchard a quiet, unassuming gardener, was arrested for Ela’s murder after her DNA was found at his caravan. With so many questions unanswered, Joe’s return to the community could be a way to get to the bottom of the mystery once and for all. If Joe Pritchard did kill Ela, why did he do it, and where is the body? Alexander Roach, Joanna Scanlan, Iwan Rheon, are confirmed to star.
Litvinenko 2022 ITV – Four-part drama focusing on the Met Police investigation into the death of KCB officer Alexander Litvinenko from polonium poisoning. Written by George Kay, the drama will star David Tennant as Litvinenko alongside Mark Bonnar and Neil Maskell in supporting roles.
Louis Theroux: Forbidden America (w/t) 2022 BBC Two – In this new three-part series, Theroux will travel the length and breadth of the US meeting an assortment of content creators who promote far-right views, self-destructive performers – and in some cases alleged predators – whose work involves them promoting and enacting the most risqué, immoral and illegal behaviour.
Marie Antoinette 2022 BBC Two – Eight-part series written and created by The Favourite’s Deborah Davis which focuses on the life of the French queen. Emilia Schüle will star in the lead role of Antoinette.
Master of Ceremonies (w/t) BBC Two – Six-part factual entertainment series which sees six fledgling wedding planners fight it out to be crowned Britain’s next big wedding guru. Each week the planners will work together to help couples whose nuptials have been hindered by lockdown. However, they face elimination if the panel of experts deem that they haven’t pulled their weight that week.
Marriage 2022 BBC One – Four-part drama from Mum and Him and Her writer Stefan Golaszewski. The show examines in intimate detail the fears, frustrations and salvation of marriage and the comfort that can only be found in togetherness. Sean Bean and Nicola Walker will star in the lead roles of couple Ian and Emma.
Meet the Khans BBC3 – Second series of the documentary focusing on retired boxer Amir Khan and his family.
Meet the Richardsons Dave 2022 – Third series of the mockumentary following the lives of real married couple Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont. The series will consist of 8 episodes and a Christmas Special.
The Midwich Cuckoos 2022 Sky Atlantic – Eight-part modern-day reimagining of John Wyndham’s classic science fiction novel. Midwich, a small English commuter town, is liberal and aspirational, populated by nuclear families and affluent high streets. A place where nothing much happens – and for a very good reason. That is until the twilight hours of a summer’s day when a sleepy corner of Midwich is plunged into panic. People pass out on their feet without warning, without reason. Anyone who tries to enter meets the same fate. And nobody can understand why. When the mysterious blackout is lifted, life for those affected returns to apparent normality – except every woman of child-bearing age inside the zone has suddenly and inexplicably fallen pregnant. Keeley Hawes, Max Beesley and Aisling Loftus, Lewis Reeves and Rebekah Staton are confirmed to star.
The Misinvestigations of Romesh Ranganathan BBC Two – New three-part spin-off in which Romesh tries his hand at true crime as he gets to the bottom of some of the most high-profile mysterious deaths that shocked a generation.
Mood *Previously titled ‘Superhoe‘* 2022 BBC Three – Six-part drama based on Nicôle Lecky’s one woman show which follows 24-year-old Sasha Clayton who dreams of being a singer and rapper, but spends most of her time in her bedroom smoking weed and stalking her ex-boyfriend on Instagram. Forced to fend for herself when she’s kicked out of her family home she finds an easy way to make money through cam work and sex work.
My Brilliant Friend 2022 Sky Atlantic – Third series of the Italian drama based on the novels of Elena Ferrante.
My Name is Leon 2022 BBC One – An adaptation of the novel of the same name, this single drama tells the story of nine-year-old Leon, a mixed-race boy who goes on a quest to reunite his family after being taken into care .Set in 1980s Birmingham, the drama is told through Leon’s eyes as we follow his journey and the touching relationship with his foster carer Maureen. Cole Martin will take the lead role of Leon starring alongside Sir Lenny Henry, Malachi Kirby, Monica Dolan, Olivia Williams and Christopher Eccleston.
The Nevers 2022 Sky Atlantic – The Victorian-era superhuman drama continues with the second part of The Nevers first season. Laura, Donnelly, Rochelle Neil, Tom Riley, Ben Chaplin and Nick Frost star.
Newark, Newark 2022 Gold – Three-part comedy starring Morgana Robinson as chip shop manager Maxine who tries to move on from her divorce and find someone who lights her fire. Matthew Horne, Nina Wadia and Beverly Callard will feature in supporting roles.
No Return 2022 ITV – Four-part drama set around an idyllic family holiday to Turkey which turns into a living nightmare for Kathy and her husband Martin when they are left desperately fighting for their 16 year old son’s freedom after he’s accused of a serious crime. Written by Danny Brocklehurst. Sheridan Smith confirmed to star. Michael Jibson, Sian Brooke and Rufus Hound will also feature in supporting roles.
Nolly 2022 ITV – Three-part drama from Russell T Davies starring Helena-Bonham Carter as legendary actress Noele Garden who was the darling of the TV establishment until it turned on her and betrayed her.
Noughts and Crosses 2022 BBC One – Second series of the drama based on Malorie Blackman’s bestselling novels and the irresistible, forbidden love story at its heart.
Our Changing Planet 2022 – Described as ‘the most ambitious environmental series the BBC has ever presented’, Our Changing Planets will see cameras set up in six destinations across the globe, with the programme updating viewers on a yearly basis to the changes that these environments have gone through. The series is set to debut in April 2022.
Our House 2022 ITV – Four-part drama based the novel of the same name from Louise Candlish. Our House is the story of Fiona Lawson who arrives home one day to find strangers moving into her house. With all her family’s possessions and furniture nowhere to be seen, Fi believes there’s been a huge mistake and insists her home isn’t for sale. With events spiralling beyond her control, we feel her panic rising as she can’t reach her estranged husband, Bram. As she reflects upon the safe space in which she and her family had made a life together, Fi begins to peel back the layers of her relationship and discovers her husband has also disappeared. With her life shattered, she realises the secrets and lies have only just begun, but her husband isn’t the only one with things to hide…… The novel has been adapted by Simon Ashdown. Martin Compston, Tuppence Middleton and Rupert Penry-Jones have been cast in the lead roles.
The Other One BBC One – Second series of the Holly Walsh created sitcom starring Rebecca Front and Siobhan Finneran.
The Outlaws BBC One 2022 – Second six-part series of Stephen Merchant’s comedy drama.
People vs The Post Office 2022 ITV – Four-part drama telling the true-life story of the postal workers who were wrongly jailed for embezzling money from the Royal Mail. The script will be written by Gwyneth Hughes.
Perry Mason 2022 Sky Atlantic – Second season of the lawyer’s origin story starring Matthew Rhys.
Professor T 2022 ITV – Second series of the crime drama starring Ben Miller and Frances De La Tour
Queenie Channel 4 – Eight-part adaptation of Candy Cartice-Williams’s hit novel.
Race Across the World BBC Two – Two more series of the reality series where couples compete for a cash prize by getting across the world without using flights.
Ralph & Katie 2022 BBC One – A spin-off of The A Word that follows Katie and Ralph, two characters with Downs Syndrome as they navigate through married life.
The Reckoning *Working Title* 2022 BBC One – Factual drama that will trace the life of Jimmy Savile, a man who rose from working-class origins to become one of the biggest stars of British television, but in death has become one of the most reviled figures of modern history. The story will trace Savile through his early years in the dance halls of northern England, his career with the BBC, to his twilight years when, in failing health and with his fame in decline, he sought to dispel the growing rumours about his life and the legacy he would leave behind. Steve Coogan is set to play Savile.
Red Rose 2022 BBC3 – 8-part horror series which follows a group of teenagers, adrift in the long hot summer following GCSEs, hanging out on the Bolton moors.
Riches 2022 ITV – Six-part drama focusing on Stephen Richards, a successful and smart businessman, who always gets his own way. After 20 years of success, Stephen’s at the helm of his multi-million-pound cosmetics empire and is reaping the rewards of his business acumen and ambitions. He’s a great advocate for black-owned business, powerful, driven and impassioned, and with a glamourous, younger second wife, Claudia, life is never dull. Along with their adult children, Alesha, Gus and Wanda they love spending their hard-earned cash. The Richards are all about the good life and they’ve earnt it. Created and written by Abby Ajayi. The cast will feature Deborah Ayorinde, Hugh Quarshie, Sarah Niles, Brendan Coyle and Hermione Norris.
Reunion Hotel 2022 BBC Two – Alex Jones oversees this new series which sees people reunited with someone from their past whether it be romantic reunions, emotional homecomings or the ex-pupil reunited with the teacher who changed his life.
Ridley 2022 ITV – Contemporary detective drama staring Adrian Dunbar in the title role. The retired detective, who is now working in a consultancy role, resumes his partnership with his former protégée, DI Carol Farman, played by Bronagh Waugh who is now in charge of investigations. When he’s enlisted by Carol as a police consultant on a complex and compelling murder case, the investigation takes a dark and unexpected turn. Turning to her old mentor for support, Carol is keen to access Ridley’s unique insight into crime-solving which has served them so well in the past. With more intriguing cases to solve, Ridley will revive his formidable and successful partnership with Carol.
Ripley Sky Atlantic 2022 – Series based on the books and the film The Talented Mr Ripley. Andrew Scott will play the charismatic conman.
The Righteous Gemstones 2022 Sky Comedy – Second series of Danny McBride’s comedy.
The Rising 2022 Sky Atlantic – Eight-part supernatural thriller inspired by Belgian drama Hotel Beau Séjour. Danish actress Clara Rugaard leads the cast as Neve Kelly, a woman who discovers she is dead. She’s scared and confused by this new existence. But, when she realizes she has been murdered, she’s furious. She’s determined to find her killer and get justice, believing that it was someone she knew.
SAS: Rogue Heroes 2022 BBC One – Adaptation of Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book SAS: Rogue Heroes which tells the story of how the world’s most renowned and ruthless Special Forces unit, the SAS, came to exist. The series will be adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Steven Knight. Alfie Allen, Jack O’Connell and Dominic West lead the cast alongside Jason Watkins, Ralph Davis and Sofia Boutella.
Safe Space 2022 Sky Max – Comedy from Greg Davies. Davies stars a psychotherapist in a small town who dispenses advice to his clients to suit his need to control them.
Sherwood BBC One – Six-part drama written by James Graham, inspired by real events in the Nottinghamshire mining village in which he grew up. The series focuses on two shocking killings that fracture an already splintered community and result in a massive manhunt. David Morrissey and Robert Glenister lead an ensemble cast that also features Alun Armstrong, Lesley Manville, Philip Jackson, Lorraine Ashbourne, Claire Rushbrook and Kevin Doyle.
Shetland 2022 BBC One – Series seven of the crime drama series starring Douglas Henshall and Steven Robertson.
The Sixth Commandment *Working Title* 2022 BBC One – True-crime drama from acclaimed writer Sarah Phelps which tells the story of how the meeting of an inspirational teacher, Peter Farquhar, and a charismatic young student, Ben Field, who bonded over their love of books and involvement with the Church of England, set the stage for one of the most complex and confounding criminal cases in recent memory. It also focuses on how suspicions around Ben’s relationship with Peter’s deeply religious neighbour Ann Moore-Martin, also targeted by Field, unlocked a series of stunning revelations, culminating in a headline-grabbing trial.
The Small Hand *Working Title* 2022 Channel 5 – One-off thriller about an antiques dealer who finds himself haunted by the ghost of a young boy. Based on the novel of the same name by Susan Hill.
Somebody Somewhere 2022 Sky Comedy – Comedy Inspired by the life of comedian and singer Bridget Everett, Sam (played by Everett) is a true Kansan on the surface, but, beneath it all, struggles to fit the hometown mould. As she grapples with loss and acceptance, singing is Sam’s saving grace and leads her on a journey to discover herself and a community of outsiders that don’t fit in but don’t give up.
The Spilt 2022 BBC One – Third and final series of Abi Morgan’s legal drama starring Nicola Walker.
Starstruck 2022 ITV – Entertainment format that sees ordinary members of the public with an exceptional talent team up to transform into some of the world’s biggest music icons from Amy Winehouse to Ariana Grande, Lionel Richie to Lady Gaga, Marvin Gaye to Michael Buble, and many more in between. Sheridan Smith, Adam Lambert, Jason Manford and Beverley Knight make up with the celebrity panel each week with Olly Murs confirmed as host.
Stuck 2022 BBC Two – Five-part comedy from Dylan Moran starring Dylan Moran and Morgana Robinson. Dan and Carla are at a cross-roads. Dan has been recently made redundant, while Carla is wondering whether this is all she can expect from life. Add their age gap to the mix, and the re-emergence onto the scene of Carla’s ex-girlfriend Maya, and it’s no wonder that they’re feeling stuck. Sometimes dark, sometimes surreal, the sitcom is the first for Moran since his Channel 4 sitcom Black Books.
Succession 2022 Sky Atlantic – Fourth season of the award-winning US drama from Jesse Armstrong that centres around the fictional Roy family.
Suspect 2022 Channel 4 – Eight-part drama adaptation of Danish series Forhøret starring James Nesbitt as veteran detective Danny Frater who turns a hospital mortuary for what he believes to be a routine ID check only to discover that the body is that of his estranged daughter. Further cast for the series includes Joely Richardson, Antonia Thomas, Niamh Algar, Richard E Grant and Ben Miller.
The Suspect 2022 ITV – Five-part drama adapted from the novel by Michael Robotham starring Aidan Turner as Joe O’Louglin, a clinical psychologist who seems to have the perfect life. However, when he is drafted in to help the police with the investigation into a young woman found in a shallow grave, Joe’s life start to unravel as his secret life is revealed.
Sweetpea Sky Atlantic – Darkly comic drama adapted by Kirstie Swain from the novel of the same name by C. J. Skuse. When a chance encounter with a stranger leads to a shocking act of violence, Rhiannon’s mask slips completely and she is forced to confront the darker side she has long kept hidden.
Taboo 2022 BBC One – Second series of Tom Hardy’s atmospheric period drama.
The Teacher 2022 Channel 5 – Sheridan Smith and Kelvin Fletcher star in this psychological thriller, which follows a state schoolteacher whose life unravels after being accused of a drunken sexual encounter with one of her pupils.
Tell Me Everything 2022 ITV2 – Six-part drama exploring the stresses of mental health for today’s teens created by the omnipresence of technology and social media, whilst they are still searching for their own identity, exploring sexuality, and experimenting with relationships, drink, drugs and sex. Created by Lee & Dean’s Mark O’ Sullivan the series has cast newcomers Eden H. Davies, Lauryn Ajufo, Spike Fearn and Callina Liang as 16-year-old friends Jonny, Louis, Neve and Mei. Also joining the cast are Tessa Lucille and Carla Woodcock as new college friends Regan and Zia.
Then Barbara Met Alan 2022 BBC One – One-off drama written by Jack Thorne which tells the story of Barbara Lisicki and Alan Holdsworth; two disabled cabaret performers who met at a gig in 1989 and would go on to become the force behind the Direct Action Network, whose protests pushed the campaign for disabled rights into the spotlight.
Then You Run 2022 Sky Max – Eight-part thriller drama based on Zoran Drvenkar’s novel. Adapted by Ben Chanan (Cyberbully, The Capture), the series follows a close-knit group of rebellious London teenagers on a getaway in Rotterdam – but after the estranged father of Tara (Leah McNamara) is discovered dead, they find themselves on the run across Europe with three kilos of heroin and a host of deadly criminals snapping at their heels. Leading the hunt against Tara and her childhood friends – reckless Stink (Vivian Oparah), sharp Ruth (Yasmin Monet Prince) and loyal Nessi – is Tara’s uncle Reagan (Richard Coyle), a notorious gangster haunted by his past who will stop at nothing to track down his missing cache of drugs. But Reagan isn’t the only person they should fear – because all the while a terrifying and mythical serial killer known only as ‘The Traveller’ draws closer, on a collision course with them all.
The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe ITV – Four-part crime drama about how John Darwin faked his own death to claim his life insurance. Written by Unforgotten’s Chris Lang. Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan have signed on to star as the couple.
The Time Traveller’s Wife 2022 Sky Atlantic – Adapted by Steven Moffat from the beloved novel of the same name, The Time Traveler’s Wife follows the intricate and magical love story between Clare and Henry and a marriage with a problem…time travel. Rose Leslie and Theo James star.
This is MY House 2022 BBC One – Second series of the popular guessing game.
This Sceptred Isle 2022 Sky Atlantic – Five-part drama series co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom that will tell the story of the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. It will tell the tale of some of the most devastating events to ever befall the United Kingdom, and of a Prime Minister leading in these unprecedented times. The drama will trace the impact on Britain from this once in a generation pandemic, and the response of scientists, nurses, and doctors as they worked tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome the virus. It is based on the first-hand testimony of people from all walks of life; from Number 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), and from hospitals and care homes across the country. Kenneth Branagh is confirmed to star as Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Three Little Birds 2022 – Drama series written by Sir Lenny Henry, inspired by his mother’s stories about leaving Jamaica in the 1950’s for Great Britain, which became her lifelong home and where she raised her family.
To Sir With Love BBC One – A one-off adaptation of ER Braithwaite’s autobiographical story about a Guyanese RAF engineer who becomes a teacher in a challenging school in the East End of London.
Tom Jones 2022 ITV – Gwyneth Hughes’s adaptation of the Henry Fielding classic starring Solly McLeod in the lead role and Sophie Wilde as the heroine Sophia Western. Hannah Waddingham will also feature as Lady Bellaston whilst the cast will also include Pearl Mackie, James Fleet, Alun Armstrong, Daniel Rigby, Shirley Henderson, Felicity Montagu and Dean Lennox Kelly.
A Town Called Malice Sky Max 2023 – Comedy thriller set in Spain in the 1980s that follows the Lords, a crime family of petty thieves from South London who have fallen to the bottom of the criminal food chain. And they’re not happy about it. The series is written and created by Bulletproof’s Nick Lowe. Jason Flemyng, Jack Rowan, Tahirah Sharif and Martha Plimpton confirmed to star.
Traces 2022 Alibi – Second series of the forensic crime drama series starring Molly Windsor. The show’s second season will continue to delve into the world of forensic science, as the women of SIFA carefully analyse traces of evidence to help get to the bottom of who’s behind a series of cruel bombings in Dundee. The city is on edge as the pressure rises to identify the mystery bomber before the next bomb goes off.
The Undeclared War 2022 Channel 4 – Cyber-thriller, directed and co-written by Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall, The Government Inspector). Set in a post-pandemic 2024 in the run up to a British general election, the six-part series tracks a leading team of analysts buried in the heart of GCHQ (the UK’s version of the NSA) secretly working to ward off a cyber-attack on the country’s electoral system. During a three-year research process, Kosminsky and his team gained access to the cyber security industry on both sides of the Atlantic, allowing a realistic picture of the threat faced by the Western world to be depicted in the drama. Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, Adrian Lester, Alex Jennings, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and newcomer Hannah Khalique-Brown are confirmed to star.
Unforgivable 2022 Dave – Second series of the comedy panel show fronted by Mel Giedroyc.
Unforgotten 2022 ITV – Fifth series of the cold case crime drama starring Sanjeev Bhaskar and yet to be announced new partner.
Uptight 2022 Sky Max – Second series of Tim Minchin’s comedy.
Vera 2022 ITV – Brenda Blethyn stars in four new episodes.
The Voice UK 2022 ITV – Eleventh series of the singing competition with coaches Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones, Anne Marie and Will.i.am all returning.
Wahala 2022 BBC One – Adapted by BAFTA nominated writer Theresa Ikoko from Nikki May’s soon to be published debut novel of the same name, Wahala follows three thirty-something Anglo-Nigerian female friends living in London, successfully navigating a world that mixes roast dinners with jollof rice. Simi, Ronke and Boo have been best friends for years, sharing every aspect of their careers, family lives and relationships with one another. But when the beautiful, charismatic and super wealthy Isobel infiltrates their friendship group, mounting tensions, unravelling bonds and unearthed secrets have shocking and tragic consequences.
Waterloo Road BBC One – The school drama returns to BBC One after years away from the screen.
We Are Lady Parts 2022 Channel 4 – Second series of Nida Manzoor’s award-winning sitcom.
We Are Not Alone 2022 Gold – Single comedy set six weeks after aliens ahve invaded and completely conquered earth. Written by Ghosts’ Laurence Rickard and Ben Willibond, the comedy explores the culture clash between humankind and its new alien masters who are trying to make sense of a planet so confusing that its inhabitants can’t even agree which side of the road to drive on.
We Hunt Together 2022 Alibi – Second series of the crime drama starring Eve Myles and Babou Ceesay which picks up 10 months after the first. With a potential new accomplice on the scene and another game of obsession, murder and love to get underway. Colin Morgan, , Nico Mirallegro and Angus Imrie are confirmed as the guest cast.
We Own This City 2022 Sky Atlantic – Based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton. This limited series chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force – and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work. From George Pelecanos and David Simon (the creator of The Wire), and starring Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Josh Charles (The Good Wife) and Jamie Hector (The Wire)
Westworld 2022 Sky Atlantic – Fourth season of the sci-fi drama.
Wim Hof’s Superstar Survival 2022 BBC One – Holly Willoughby and Lee Mack host this new entertainment show where six celebrities are taken to European locations and find their survival skills tested by extreme athlete and wellbeing icon Wim ‘The Iceman’ Hof.
The White House Plumbers 2022 Sky Atlantic – Based in part on public records and the book Integrity by Egil “Bud” Krogh and Matthew Krogh, the five-part limited series The White House Plumbers will tell the true story of how Nixon’s own political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds, E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux), accidentally toppled the presidency they were trying to protect. Also stars Domhnall Gleeson and Lena Headey.
The White Lotus 2022 Sky Atlantic – Second season of Mike White’s eccentric comedy drama set in a fictional resort, The White Lotus. Sopranos star Michael Imperioli will star as Dominic Di Grasso, who travels to the White Lotus resort with his elderly father and son, a recent college graduate, in tow. Jennifer Coolidge is the only cast member confirmed to return from the highly successful first season.
The Witchfinder 2022 BBC Two – Six-part comedy created by Neil and Rob Gibbons, the writers and directors of This Time with Alan Partridge. It’s the year of our Lord 1647 and fear of witchcraft is rife. Puritanical Christianity, deep-seated superstition and a willingness to scapegoat outsiders have created a tinderbox of suspicion in which few are safe. In this environment, witchfinding has flourished, as self-appointed witch experts achieve hero status by investigating accusations of witchery and extracting confessions. A failing witchfinder (Tim Key) transports a suspected witch (Daisy May Cooper) across 1640s East Anglia to a trial that could change his fortunes forever. But his captive is the worst possible travel companion: an inquisitive, uncouth woman whose ability to prick his pomposity and ask uncomfortable questions turns a straightforward journey into a life-changing ordeal.
Without Sin 2022 ITV – Four-part psychological thriller starring Vicky McClure as Stella, a woman who is still suffering with the grief from the death of her teenage daughter three years ago. When Stella and her estranged husband receive a message from Charles (Johnny Harris), the man convicted of their daughter’s murder, they believe he wants to atone for his crime. However, when Stella visits Charles, she’s not prepared for what he has to say next.
World on Fire BBC One – Second series of the drama which tells the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of the global conflict. Written by Peter Bowker.
Wrecked BBC3 – Created by up-and-coming new writer Ryan J. Brown and filmed in Northern Ireland, Wrecked is a mystery thriller, mixing jet-black comedy with a slice of slasher, set aboard a mega cruise ship.
Yellowjackets 2022 Sky Atlantic – Second season of the US drama about a group of girls who survive a plane crash and how their experiences in the wilderness have shaped them as adults. Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress play the adult version of high schoolers.
The Yorkshire Ripper *Working Title* 2022 ITV – Six-part true-crime drama that The drama will depict one of the most notorious and shocking serial killer cases in the world, the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, between October 1975 and January 1981, police undertook the biggest manhunt in British criminal history. The search for Sutcliffe lasted five years, involved over a thousand officers and changed the way the British police worked forever.
You 2022 Sky Max – Drama from The Capture’s Ben Chanan based on the novel of the same name by Zoran Drvenkar. When Tara O’Rourke kills her estranged father in a drug-fuelled rage, she and her best friends are forced to flee across Europe.
You&Me 2022 ITV – Three-part drama from new screenwriter Jamie Davis billed as ‘a captivating relationship drama.