2022: Our Most Anticipated Shows

by | Jan 5, 2022 | All, Opinions

2021’s television was outstanding but we’ve high hopes for the shows of 2022. In this piece, Site Editor Luke Knowles and site contributor Hannah Fletcher pick their most anticipated new and returning shows. It’s entirely possible that none of our picks will live up to our expectations but these are the shows we’re most excited to see this year.

THE AFTERPARTY Friday 28th January (APPLE TV+) 

Comedy murder mysteries are in vogue all of a sudden. Only Murders in The Building proved a huge success with that format last year and this one looks funny and interesting too. Set after a high school reunion someone is murdered. Each of the eight episodes feature a retelling of the same night told through a different character’s perspective. The impressive ensemble cast includes Tiffany Haddish Ben Schwartz, Sam Richardson and Stath himself Jamie Demetriou in his first US role. The idea and the cast are interesting enough for me to be excited to see this. Luke Knowles.

ANATOMY A SCANDAL NETFLIX  David E Kelley is proving very hit & miss at the moment. I loved Big Little Lies but the less said about The Undoing and Nine Perfect Strangers the better. I’m crossing my fingers that his Netflix drama won’t be another misfire. The series is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughan. The story centres around British politician James Whitehouse who is accused of sexual assault, throwing his marriage and political career into jeopardy. Doubts, accusations, and outcry follow as the public, and his wife, try to uncover the truth. Rupert Friend, Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery are confirmed to star. Luke Knowles.

ATLANTA (FX/BBC TWO)

It’s been such a long wait for more of Donald Glover’s masterpiece. Season Two of his comedy creation gave us some of the most inventive and talked about episodes of television in recent memory. Details of what we can expect in Season 3 are scarce, but we know there will be episodes set in London. It has a confirmed US airdate of the 24th March and we can only hope we get it soon on the BBC iPlayer thanks to their deal with FX. Luke Knowles.

BARRY (HBO/SKY ATLANTIC) The wait for Bill Hader’s dark comedydrama is nearly over. We’ll finally get the third series of this brilliant show that sees Hader star as a trained hitman who falls in love with amateur dramatics. Easily one of the best series of the last decade, Barry is always funny and continually surprising. It’s been so long since the end of Season Two that I may need to go on a quick refresher course before I sit down with the new episodes but that’ll be no hardship. Luke Knowles.

BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC/NETFLIX) The wait for the final season of the Breaking Bad prequel has been agonising. Delayed initially by the pandemic and then by a health scare for star Bob Odenkirk, 2022 is the year we’ll finally find out what happened to the characters we’ve come to care so much about over the last five seasons. I have been so worried about Kim Wexler since the superb fifth season ended in 2020. I’ll miss this show so much and in a lot of ways I don’t want it to end, but I’m desperate to have these people back in my life again and see how the story ends. Luke Knowles.

BETTER THINGS (FX/BBC TWO)

Pamela Adlon’s semi-autobiographical comedy has quietly been one of the best shows on television over the last four years. This year’s fifth season will be the last and I can’t wait to see how the story ends. Adlon’s laid back style will probably mean it’ll be a low key affair but I just love being part of Sam Foxs’ life and I’ll miss it so much when it ends. Luke Knowles.

BORGEN SEASON 4 (NETFLIX) Despite working on the site for nearly 20 years, some TV news can still surprise me. I had no idea that Netflix was planning to revive this perfect Danish political drama. Details about the new series are few and far between but I’m comforted by the fact that Series Creator Adam Price is back at the helm and will bring back key characters from the original series including Birgitte Nyborg Christensen (played by Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen who played Katrine Fønsmark. I have faith that Price wouldn’t resurrect the series unless he had a good story to tell and I’m crossing my fingers the quality matches that seen in the first two series. Luke Knowles.

BRIDGERTON (MARCH 25,NETFLIX)

Although later than expected, because let’s face it we were all hoping this would be our festive warmer on Christmas Day, this period drama will return on March 25th and continue to follow the high society siblings seeking their ultimate happiness. While season one brought us the thrilling reveal that Lady Whistledown, a notorious gossip writer, is actually Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan), season two is expected to be even more fervent as it will focus on the romantic pursuits of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and newcomer Simone Ashley (Sex Education) who will play Kate Sharma. If Bridgerton didn’t catch your attention the first time around then trust that one bite on this apple will have you caught up in a televised daydream. Hannah Fletcher.

CALL MY AGENT (AMAZON PRIME VIDEO) Confession time: I’ve not seen the French series that this UK remake will be based on. I’ve been meaning to, but there’s so much great TV out there and I didn’t feel a great rush to see this. I am very interested to see the UK adaptation mainly because it will be run by the great John Morten who is the master of the mockumentary being responsible for BBC Two’s 2012 and W1A. The adaptation retains the essence of the French series, where a Parisian talent agency’s employees must scramble to keep their star clients happy and their business afloat after the sudden death of their founder. However, the remake will incorporate John Morton’s unique British sensibility and introduce some new storylines. The cast includes Jack Davenport, Lydia Leonard, Maggie Steed, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Hiftu Quasem, Fola EvansAkingbola, Rebecca Humphries, Harry Trevaldwyn, Tim McInnerny, Natasha Little, Edward Bluemel, Eleonore Arnaud and Jim Broadbent with Kelly Macdonald, Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams to cameo. It may even inspire me to seek out the French original so it’s basically a winwin! Luke Knowles.

CASH CARRAWAY *Working Title* (BBC ONE) – I’m excited about this one simply because it stars the brilliant Daisy May Cooper in her first dramatic role. 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. Cooper stars as a young workingclass single mum living with her tenyearold 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. Luke Knowles.

CHLOE (BBC ONE

I’ve been looking forward to this thriller since it was announced. Written by  Alice Seabright it follows Becky who thinks Chloe has the perfect life. Years after Chloe abandoned her when they were teenagers, Becky still obsessively watches Chloe’s life through her pictureperfect 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 BennettWarner and Jack Farthing star. Luke Knowles.

CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS (BBC ONE)

I adored the BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People and so when it was announced they’d purchased the rights to another of her novels it was always going to make this list.  Conversations with Friends 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. Luke Knowles.

CROSSFIRE (BBC ONE)

This tense drama sounds right up my street. Keeley Hawes leads the cast 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 impressive cast also Lee Ingleby, Daniel Ryan, Josette Simon and Anneika Rose. It may only be three episodes but it’s an interesting premise with a strong cast and I’m really looking forward to this one. Luke Knowles.

DERRY GIRLS (CHANNEL 4) It’s a darn right shame that Erin, Orla, Clare, and Michelle will be leaving us this year as they have been our Irish forever friends through a series of teenage awkwardness in this hit comedy set in 1990’s Ireland. Last time we were with the gang romance was blooming between Erin (SaoirseMonica Jackson) and James (Dylan Llewellyn), Clare (Nicola Coughlan) made a brave decision, Orla (Louise Harland) made us the happiest, and an important reunion happened that might just change everything for them going forward. The third series promises to raise the stakes and is sure to make us scream laugh all the way through.

 So, for one last time, be a Derry Girl and say goodbye to the chaotic clan as they take one more adventure. Hannah Fletcher.

THE DEVIL’S HOUR (AMAZON PRIME)
Have you ever woken up in the middle of a dark bleak night with an uneasy feeling? Has it ever been 3.33am? The Devil’s Hour is a series inspired by the supernatural superstition that the middle of the night is when the barrier between the human and the otherworldly is at its thinnest. It will follow Lucy, played by Jessica Raine, who finds herself struggling to believe what is real and illusory after waking up every night at 3.33am with terrifying visions connected to a series of brutal murders. Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and Nikesh Patel, who recently starred in Starstruck will play their respective roles as dangerous recluse and empathetic detective. The show has serious potential with Sue Vertue (Sherlock) and Steven Moffat as executive producers and is set to release sometime in 2022. Hannah Fletcher.

THE GALLOW’S POLE (BBC ONE) Ordinarily, period drama doesn’t float my boat, but I’m intrigued by this one because This Is England mastermind Shane Meadows is at the helm. It’s his first BBC drama and I’m a fan of the naturalistic performances he gets out of the actors he directs. 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 eighteenthcentury Yorkshire, the compelling drama follows the enigmatic David Hartley, as he assembles a gang of weavers and landworkers to embark upon a revolutionary criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history. Meadows reunites with This Is England stars Michael Socha and Thomas Turgoose with George MacKay, Tom Burke, Sophie McShera, Cara Theobold, Yusra Warsama, Eve Burley, Nicole Barber Lane, Samuel EdwardCook, Anthony Welsh, Joe Sproulle, Adam Fogerty, Fine Time Fontayne also confirmed to star. Luke Knowles.

THE GREAT (CHANNEL 4)

The first series of Tony McNamara’s twisted retelling of the story of Catherine The Great was one of the most pleasant surprises TV gave us in 2021 and although this second season is technically already available in the UK through Streaming Service StarzPlay, we’re waiting for its arrival on Channel 4. Elle Fanning and Nicholas Holt and the rest of the cast were at the top of their game and McNamara’s scripts were razorsharp, unpredictable, dark and wickedly funny. I’ve heard that the second season continues at a great pace and I can’t wait to gorge on this properly. Luke Knowles.

HAPPY VALLEY (BBC ONE)

I’ve waited so long for this one I’d ‘nearly’ given up on it happening at all. Sally Wainwright’s crime drama showcases the genre at its very best with Sarah Lancashire giving a careerdefining performance as policewoman Catherine Cawood. The official BBC synopsis reads, ” 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 neverending problem of drugs in the valley and those who supply them, Catherine is on the cusp of retirement.” James Norton and Siobhan Finneran will also return as Catherine’s nemesis, the murderer and sex offender Tommy Lee Royce, and Catherine’s sister, the recovering addict Clare Cartwright, respectively. There’s a lot of TV I’m desperate to see this year but Happy Valley is at the top of my list.  Luke Knowles.

HARD CELL (NETFLIX)

One of Netflix’s weaker points is their lack of original British comedy.  However, comedy legend Catherine Tate looks set to change this as she moves away from sketches with this penned show about the penal system. Hannah Fletcher.

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (SKY ATLANTIC/NOW TV)
Are you still yearning for the sensational dragon action that Game of Thrones gave us so perfectly over the eightseason run? Then don’t miss House of the Dragon which is flying to screens this year. Based on George R.R Martin’sFire & Blood’, which prequels the events of Game of Thrones, the upcoming fantasy series will detail an infamous civil war in Westeros history known as the Dance of the Dragons. Ready to leave fire and blood in their wake are the Targaryen clan. Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith and Paddy Considine are confirmed to star. Although the exact date the clash between beast and man will start is unknown it is expected to be very soon. Hannah Fletcher.

I HATE SUZIE (SKY ATLANTIC/NOW) The first series of Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper’s dark comedy was one of the biggest surprises of 2019. Bold and brave, the series cleverly tapped into Piper’s past as a pop star to tell the story that examines the dangers of celebrity. I have no idea what to expect from this next chapter but I’ll binge it as soon as it arrives.

I HATE YOU (CHANNEL 4) Head of Channel 4 Comedy Fiona McDermott, director Damon Beesley (Inbetweeners) and writer Robert Popper (Friday Night Dinner) are bringing a new comedy series to your evening schedule next year. The series will star Sex Education’s Tanya Reynolds and newcomer Melissa Saint as they navigate the trials and tribulations of female friendship in today’s intense modern world. It promises laughs, drama, and all in the injokes that occur in close friendships. Hannah Fletcher.

INSIDE MAN (BBC ONE)

Steven Moffat’s new BBC drama is shrouded in secrecy promises to connect a prisoner on America’s death row, a maths teacher trapped in a cellar, and a vicar of a quiet English town together in dramatic fashion. With the star power draw of David Tennant, Stanley Tucci, Lydia West and Dolly Wells in the cast, the fourpart series has enough promise in its cast and opening hook to keep us intrigued. Hannah Fletcher.

INVENTING ANNA (Friday 11th February NETFLIX)

I’ve not fallen for any other of showrunner Shonda Rhimes‘ other shows. Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy or even Bridgerton, but her upcoming Netflix drama has me interested. The tenpart drama is based on the true story of a Russian scammer who posed as a wealthy heiress while ingratiating herself into highrise champagne circles. She was later convicted for fraud and grand larceny. The series stars Julia Garner and Anna Chlumsky and I’m really hoping it will be the first BIG Netflix drama of the year. Luke Knowles.

JULIA (HBO MAX/SKY)

2022 will feature two big performances from Sarah Lancashire. She’ll reprise her role in Happy Valley and take the lead in this upcoming biopic of cookbook author and chef Julia Child. Fraiser star David Hyde Pearce is confirmed to co-star. Luke Knowles.

LITVENENKO (ITV) David Tennant is a chameleon. He was unrecognisable in his last true-crime drama Des and now’s he signed up to KCB officer Alexander Litvinenko who died after being poisoned. The four-part drama also stars Mark Bonnar and Neil Maskell and will focus on the Met Police investigation into his death. I’m fascinated by the case and interested to see how Tennant transforms into the character. Luke Knowles.

LORD OF THE RINGS (SEPTEMBER 2ND AMAZON PRIME) While not much is known about the series, and we are still eagerly anticipating the first teaser from Middle Earth (barring a notable concept trailer) there are still some aspects that are exciting about the new adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings including its impressive budget, the cast involved, and the originality that will come from predating the excellent source material it is based on and instead focussing on the Second Age when the One Ring was forged. If that isn’t enough to grab your attention, then perhaps the involvement of The Witcher director Charlotte Brandstrom is. Brandstrom is responsible for two of season one’s best character looks (Rare Species & Bottled Appetites) and if we can expect the same nuanced deep dives into characters that those episodes provided then we might see some unexpected character details for our most beloved and hated characters. Hannah Fletcher.

MARRIAGE (BBC ONE) 

One of the best television shows of the last decade was BBC Two’s gentle comedy Mum from writer Stefan Golaszewski. At the heart of that show was the tender relationship of an older couple. I’ve always admired Golaszewski’s knack of creating people who feel heartbreakingly real and so when it was confirmed his next project would be a fourpart DRAMA I was immediately intrigued. Marriage sees married couple Ian and Emma negotiate the ups and downs of their 30year marriage. We see them dealing with the insecurities, ambiguities, hopes and fears that are part of all marriages, as the drama explores the risks and the gifts of a longterm intimate relationship. Sean Bean and Nicola Walker, two of the UK’s best talents have signed on to star as the couple at the heart and I need to see it now! Luke Knowles.

MOOD *Previously Titled Superhoe* (BBC THREE)

We went through a period where every female-led comedy was unfairly compared to Phoebe Waller Bridges’ Fleabag. However, this upcoming BBC Three (yay for the return of BBC Three to proper TV!) does appear to be closer to Fleabag than most of the others. Based on Nicôle Lecky’s one-woman show, the six-parter 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. Luke Knowles.

MONSTER (NETFLIX)

It’s fair to say that Ryan Murphy’s output on Netflix has been patchy. If I were to be cruel I’d say it’d had all been awful. I can completely understand why the streaming giant would want a creative like Murphy on board, but they can’t be happy with the critical response that shows like Ratched and Hollywood have received. Given his bad track record for the streamer, it’s a slight risk for me to put a show of his on the list, but his upcoming limited series Monster does intrigue me. It’s the story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer told through the eyes of his victims. Evan Peters will star as the notorious killer. I’m pinning my hopes on this being as good as the American Crime Story series. Luke Knowles.

NO RETURN (ITV)

In an age where ITV seems to make only crime dramas, this fourparter from acclaimed writer Danny Brocklehurst sounds something a bit different.  The story centres on 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 16yearold son’s freedom after he’s accused of a serious crime. Sheridan Smith, Sian Brooke and Rufus Hound are among the cast. Luke Knowles.

NOLLY (ITV) Fresh from the huge success of It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies takes on another personal project for his next project, this time for ITV. His threeparter explores the allpowerful reign, and fall from grace, of the inimitable Noele Gordon, TV legend and Queen of the Midlands, the darling of the establishment until it turned on her and betrayed her. Noele (or Nolly to her friends) was a legend in her own lifetime. As flamehaired widow Meg Richardson in the longrunning soap opera Crossroads, she was one of the most famous people in Britain. Then in 1981, at the height of the show’s success and the peak of Nolly’s fame, she was axed without ceremony, without warning and with no explanation. With the boss’s words “all good things must come to an end” ringing in her ears, Noele Gordon found herself thrown out of the show that was her life for over 18 years. Helena Bonham Carter will star. Luke Knowles.

PAM & TOMMY Wednesday 2nd February 2022 (HULU/DISNEY+)

This comic retelling of what happened when somebody stumbled across a sex tape made by Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and Motley Crue star Tommy Lee looks to be great fun. I was immediately interested when it was announced that British star Lily James would transform into Anderson for the series. It seemed such an odd choice but judging by the trailer was daft to judge it early. It looks to poke fun at the ridiculousness of the situation and could prove to be another fantastic strange truelife story to make it to the small screen. Luke Knowles.

PISTOL (DISNEY+)

Based on legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the series promises to offer a fascinating and new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories – moving from West London’s council estates to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of “Never Mind the Bollocks”, which is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time. It could be a mess, but we get so few stories of this type, I’m hoping it delivers something fresh and exciting. Luke Knowles.

THE RECKONING (BBC ONE)

However the final product turns out, or how it’s perceived by the viewing public, this an incredibly brave drama for the BBC to commission. Neil McKay’s factual drama that will trace the life of Jimmy Savile (Steve Coogan) a man who rose from workingclass 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. McKay has handled some tough true stories with great success like ITV’s Appropriate Adult which centred on the murders committed by Fred & Rose West, and the Shannon Matthews case in The Moorside but telling of Saville’s story must be an incredibly tricky one and I’m incredibly intrigued to see this one. Luke Knowles.

THE RESPONDER January (BBC ONE)

This crime drama looks at things from a different angle. It’s sure to feel more authentic than most others as it comes from ex-police officer Tony Schumacher and is drawn from his real-life experiences. The series ‘holds a mirror up to the emotional, often heartbreaking extremes of modern-day policing’ Martin Freeman stars as Chris who is tackling a series of six night shifts on the beat in Liverpool as an urgent response officer.  Myana Buring co-stars. Luke Knowles.

RUSSIAN DOLL (NETFLIX)

The first series of Natasha Lyonne’s black comedy was one of the best and most original series of 2019. It does feel a LONG TIME ago though. To refresh your memory, Lyonne plays Nadia, a woman who is caught in a time loop as the guest of honour at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. She dies repeatedly, always restarting at the same moment at the party, as she tries to figure out what is happening to her. She meets a man who is experiencing exactly the same thing in a different event. Netflix is keeping plot details of this delayed second season close to their chest but they have confirmed Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy is joining the cast. I have no idea what to expect from the series and that’s what makes it so unique. I have faith Lyonne can deliver for a second time. Luke Knowles.

THE SANDMAN (NETFLIX)

Good Omens is still one of Prime’s popular productions, but Netflix hopes to compete with it this year with the adaptation of another property of English author Neil Gaiman. The upcoming American fantasy series will be based on the beloved Vertigo graphic novel which is centred on Morpheus, the Dream King, and his quest to reclaim his power after decades of imprisonment. There is also a talented team on both sides of the camera including  Neil Gaiman and Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman) as cowriters, His Dark Materials Jamie Childs in the directorial chair, and a starstudded cast including Jenna Coleman, Gwendoline Christie, Joely Richardson, and David Thewlis. As one of the most expensive TV shows that DC Entertainment has ever done it will be interesting to see whether the programme can make its impressive budget back with a dedicated audience or whether it will suffer the same fate as American Gods. Hannah Fletcher.

SEVERANCE Friday 18th February (APPLE TV+)  

This might appear to be an offbrand choice from yours truly but there’s something about Apple’s upcoming scifi comedy that feels really appealing. Firstly the cast, Adam Scott, John Turturro, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Walken. The central premise sounds really interesting too Scifi thriller following a man who works at Lumen Industries, where a “severance” program is used to separate the nonwork memories of their employees from their work memories. Surely, with a premise like that and a cast of that calibre, it can’t let me down! Luke Knowles.

SHERWOOD (BBC ONE)

We get A LOT of crime drama, but when they work they can still be one of the most exciting shows on television. Last year that was proven by HBO’s Mare of Easttown. Whilst I’m not expecting the BBC’s Sherwood to match the quality of Mare, this six-part drama written by James Graham is inspired by true events and boasts a great cast. 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 impressive ensemble cast that features Alun Armstrong, Lesley Manville, Philip Jackson, Lorraine Ashbourne, Claire Rushbrook and Kevin Doyle. Given the talent involved, I’ve high hopes for this one. Luke Knowles.

THEN BARBARA MET ALAN (BBC ONE)

Writer Jack Thorne has long championed for more stories to be told about the disabled. This oneoff drama 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. Cowritten by deaf actress turned writer Genevieve Barr and starring Ruth Madely and newcomer Arthur Hughes, I’ve no doubt this will be another powerful and thoughtprovoking drama from Thorne and it’s wonderful to see the BBC showcasing disabled talent. Luke Knowles.

THIS IS GOING TO HURT (FEBRUARY 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 reallife experiences on the NHS frontline. Set on a labour ward, it will document the highs, lows and gruelling 97hour weeks — and the toll being a junior doctor can take back home. There are so few medical dramas on television and I’m expecting a lot of dark humour in this one. Luke Knowles.

THREE LITTLE BIRDS (ITV) This drama written by Sir Lenny Henry, is inspired by his mother’s stories about leaving Jamaica and coming to Britain in the 1950s. I’m sure it’ll be funny and heartwarming and in an era where ITV is overly reliant on pulpy and forgettable crime dramas, this feels like a breath of fresh air. Luke Knowles.

TOP BOY (NETFLIX)

We’ve always championed this series. Channel 4 didn’t realise what a gem they had on their hands when they cruelly axed the Ashley Walters series in 2013. Netflix came to the rescue and the third series, which expanded the story to ten episodes was an utter masterpiece. Since its axe from Channel 4, it has felt like it’s a series always on the verge of disappearing which I was so pleased when Netflix committed to the fourth series for 2022. Plot details aren’t easy to come by but I’m just happy I’ll soon be able to the dangerous and unpredictable landscape these characters inhabit. Luke Knowles.

WE OWN THIS CITY (HBO/SKY ATLANTIC/NOW) It’s fair to say David Simon hasn’t managed to recapture the magic of The Wire. To be fair to him, he probably hasn’t been trying to and it’s unfair of me to expect that of him. Simon has told plenty of interesting stories since The Wire ended but his latest HBO project has me interested because it sees him reteaming with his Wire collaborator George Pelecanos and even better than that, it sees him return to Baltimore and The Baltimore Sun Newspaper. The 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. Jon Bernthal, Josh Charles and Jamie Hector star. Luke Knowles.

THE WHITEHOUSE PLUMBERS (HBO/SKY ATLANTIC/NOW)

I don’t know what’s happening to me, I don’t normally gravitate to these period pieces but I’m looking forward to this one as it’s a story I’m not overly familiar with and has a great cast. Based in part on public records and the book Integrity by Egil “Bud” Krogh and Matthew Krogh, the fivepart series 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. Luke Knowles.

THE WITCHFINDER (BBC TWO)

We haven’t heard yet with Alan Partridge will return for more ‘This Time‘ but we already know that the minds behind it, brothers Neil and Rob Gibbons have a new original comedy coming in 2022. It’s the year of our Lord 1647 and fear of witchcraft is rife. Puritanical Christianity, deepseated 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 selfappointed 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 lifechanging ordeal. Luke Knowles.

THE WOMAN ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW Friday 28th January 2022 NETFLIX

For its title alone this darkly comic thriller deserves a watch.  Kristen Bell’s first TV role since The Good Place is another tick in its favour. Bell stars as  Anna a heartbroken woman who spends every day the same until a handsome neighbour moves in across the street. However, she then believes she may have witnessed a gruesome murder. It’s a premise you may feel you’ve seen before, but I’m confident this will offer something very different. British actor Tom Riley costars. Luke Knowles.

Shows we hope we get in 2022.

  • Heartstopper –  This Netflix series is an adaptation of the graphic novel from Alice Oseman. The story of Charlie and Nick who meet at an all-boys school, become friends, and quickly discover a romance is blossoming between them. Over the series, Charlie and Nick fall head over heels for each other. Along the way they realise there is a strong community of allies and friends around them, helping them to access their authentic selves, but also teaching them there is no ‘right way’ to come out.
  • Only Murders in the Building – Steve Martin tweeted a picture from the set of Season two so I’m fairly confident this will be back in 2022. One of the most inventive, charming and properly funny shows of last year I can’t wait to be back with them again.
  • Pieces of Her – This Netflix drama sounds really interesting. Toni Colette stars as Laura, the mother of a 30-year-old daughter, Andy, who finds herself drawn on a cross-country journey to discover the dark secrets of her family after a violent act throws their lives into chaos.
  • Succession – I really hope the pandemic doesn’t delay the fourth season of HBO’s masterpiece. The season three finale was one of the best hours of television in 2021, maybe ever, and I just hope we see it in autumn 2022 where it belongs.
  • What We Do in the Shadows – The funniest shows on television ended its third season with a ton of cliffhangers. I just hope we will see the fourth season in 2022.
Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

05/01/2022

Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!

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