Our 10 most-anticipated returning shows in 2016
Following our 20 most anticipated brand new shows of 2016, we’re excited to bring you the continuing shows we can’t wait to watch more of this year.
1. Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)
Has anyone ever been as excited for a new season of a show as we are for Game of Thrones‘ sixth season? After a jaw-dropping season five finale cliffhanger, most of us have spent the last year debating the likelihood of Jon Snow staying dead. That’s not even to mention the fates of his siblings. Sansa was last seen jumping to an almost certain death, Arya turned blind, while Bran has been on the down low training with the enigmatic three-eyed-raven. Even Mother of Dragons Daenerys had a rocky season five, eventually ending the series isolated in the wilderness and surrounded by an unknown khalasar. Bring on April 24 already.
2. Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix)
Last year’s fantastic adaptation of Marvel’s man without fear erased all memories of the horrific Ben Affleck film, and for that we can be eternally grateful. The first of five planned Marvel series in collaboration with Netflix, its high quality was proved not to be a fluke with Marvel’s Jessica Jones also receiving high praise from critics. While we can’t wait for the stories of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, we’re also desperate for Matt Murdock’s next chapter following his defeat of the villainous Fisk and the unveiling of his new Daredevil costume.
3. Black Mirror (Netflix)
The transfer of satiricist Charlie Brooker’s dark speculative drama to Netflix from Channel 4 caused a huge buzz when it was first announced in September last year. With previous episodes of the show leaving us broken, confused and mind blown, we’re not sure we could ever emotionally ready to stream all episodes all at once. We’re certain we’re going to try, however.
4. Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Let’s face it, after a year of mostly heavy drama on our screens, we are looking forward to the return of a show that genuinely makes us laugh. The lovable comedy Fresh Meat, which is about a group of students in a shared house who attend the fictional Manchester Medlock University as they face life’s obstacles will all the bright-eyed optimism that only exists before attaining a job. In their third and final year (and our final series), the group will attempt to deal with job offers, separation anxiety, and trying to make their last year of university the best one yet.
5. Ripper Street (Amazon)
It’s been more than a year since we saw Inspector Reid hang up his hat as Head of the H Division at Whitechapel for a position by the sea with daughter Mathilda. None of us expect Reid to stay away from Whitechapel long however, nor for Drake’s newfound happiness to last. Long Susan is pregnant and due to be hanged, and what of her husband Jackson, with whom she has recently reconciled? And let’s not forget, we still don’t know who committed the Ripper atrocities!
6. Top Gear (BBC Two)
We admit, we’re terribly curious as to how Chris Evans’ Top Gear revamp is going to go down. It could be beautiful, but it could also be an utter train-wreck without Clarkson at the helm. The BBC are not about to drop a proven money-spinner however, so it looks like we can look forward to a few series of the Evans version regardless of how well it is received. We’re hoping it’s a viable rival to Jeremy Clarkson’s new Amazon show.
7. Humans (Channel 4)
Where to start on Humans? Gripping, thought-provoking and fast-paced television on our screens week in week out was some of the best of the last year in television. In an explosive finale, Max was revived from the dead, Dr. Elster’s family activated the synth-consciousness programme, and Fred was revealed as a secret agent for Hobb. Oh, and the synths got away! We also saw Niska slip away with a copy of the consciousness programme. We can’t imagine what will come next, as the show was refreshingly unpredictable. Here’s for another whopper of a season!
8. House of Cards (Netflix)
Last year’s season three was the first of the bunch to garner somewhat mixed reviews, as Frank Underwood’s grasp on power and life began to crumble. Personally, we found it an interesting and believable turn of events. Although seasons one and two were incredibly entertaining, Underwood can’t continue winning forever. And would we want him to, really? Nevertheless, we reckon him and estranged wife Claire still have a hell of a lot of bite left in them. This will be no slow grind to the death.
9. Happy Valley (BBC One)
The story of the dangerous town of Happy Valley surprised all of us in 2014 to be a gripping, dark, crime thriller. The drama later deservedly emerged victorious at the BAFTAs in 2015. After the terrifying hostage scene that took place in the last episode of season one, can season two do anything that could possibly raise our adrenaline levels any higher? We don’t know, but we’ll be watching to find out.
10. Better Call Saul (Netflix)
The Breaking Bad prequel that proved its worth will return for a second series, in which we’ll continue to watch the transformation of Jimmy McGill into the Saul Goodman we knew in Breaking Bad up close. In the last episode of season one, Jimmy took a huge step to his criminal future when he seemingly questioned his morals and declared what stopped him taking the money from the embezzlement case will “never happen again”. Also, we still haven’t seen the potential Walter White or Jesse Pinkman cameos that absolutely have to happen. Will this be the year?