Our 20 most anticipated new TV shows of 2016
It’s finally the New Year and could the prospect of returning to ordinary lives in the office feel any more grim? We don’t have a solution for that, but we can assure you there is a lot of fantastic television to look forward to in 2016.
Here is a list of our most eagerly anticipated new television shows scheduled to debut in the year ahead.
1. Jericho (ITV)
In an exciting new period drama from ITV Studios, Fortitude and Call the Midwife actor Jessica Raine will star as Annie Quaintain, a woman who refuses to let a tragic past define her as she strives to make a new life for her family in the shantytown of Jericho.
Jericho is home to a community of pioneers, settlers and outcasts who have been brought together to build a viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales during the 1870s. It is rare land of opportunity, a place where one can build a fortune or escape from a livelihood-threatening secret.
2. The Night Manager (BBC One)
Big names Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston will star modern adaptation of the critically-acclaimed John le Carré novel, brought to life by a partnership between the BBC and American network AMC.
Described as “a complex story of modern criminality”, The Night Manager follows former soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) as he investigates a shadowy alliance between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. However, Pine must become the most believable of criminals to stand a chance of infiltrating the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie).
3. The Cormoran Strike Mysteries (BBC One)
The Casual Vacancy producers Brontë Film and Television will produce an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, based on the best-selling novels The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil.
The stories revolve around injured war veteran turned private detective Cormoran Strike, who investigates a series of shocking crimes in modern day London with his assistant Robin. J.K. Rowling will serve as an executive producer on the project.
4. Victoria (ITV)
Doctor Who‘s Jenna Coleman will make a swift return to our screens this year as Queen Victoria in an ambitious new period drama from ITV.
The eight-part series will explore the early life of Britain’s second longest-serving monarch, from her ascension to the throne while still only a teenager, to her relationship and marriage to Prince Albert.
Speaking about her casting as Queen Victoria, Coleman said: “I am delighted to be cast as Queen Victoria in this ambitious drama of her life. She is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can’t wait to tell her story.”
5. National Treasure (Channel 4)
This gritty new drama will examine the impact of a historical crime on the life of a well-known celebrity whose television career has spanned decades.
National Treasure follows Paul Finchley – a celebrity best known for being one half of a comedy duo, until he is accused of raping a woman in the 1970s. As his life begins to unravel, his family, manager and partner are all caught in the crossfire.
6. Vinyl (Sky Atlantic)
Mick Jagger’s rock and roll drama will air for the first time simultaneously on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK in February 2016.
The series is set in 1970s New York and will explore the drug and sex-fuelled music industry through the eyes of a record executive looking for the next new sound.
7. American Crime Story (FX)
From the creators of Glee and American Horror Story, American Crime Story is a thrilling television adaptation of some of the the world’s most famous criminal cases.
The first season, which airs in February in the US, is subtitled The People v. O. J. Simpson. It will follow the highly-publicised murder trial of O.J. Simpson, a former American footballer and actor who was tried for the murder of his wife and a waiter in June 1994.
8. Outcast (FOX)
Based on the comic by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Outcast follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a man whose whole life has been plagued by demonic possession.
When local youngster Joshua Astin (Gabriel Bateman) begins showing signs of demonic possession, Kyle and local preacher Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) race to help him. But how is this possession linked to Kyle?
9. The Path (Hulu)
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul will star with Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) as the Clearys, a married pair of religious converts involved in a controversial religious movement, in an exciting new drama from Parenthood writer Jessica Goldberg.
Hannibal star Hugh Dancy will portray the charismatic leader of the Scientology-style cult, whose members begin to question the movement.
10. Limitless (Sky Living)
Set in the same world as the film from which it took its name, Limitless stars Jake McDormand as Brian Finch, another man who receives the NZT-48 miracle drug, which enables him to access every neutron in his brain.
Brian must use his superhuman abilities to help FBI agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter) solve crimes. Meanwhile, Limitless film star Bradley Cooper appears as the mysterious U.S. Senator Eddie Morra.
11. Westworld (Sky Atlantic)
Hollywood visionary J.J. Abrams is at the helm of this exciting new science fiction thriller television series, created for HBO in the US.
Westworld is based on the 1973 film of the same name about a future in which high-technology robots at a theme park begin attacking visitors. The original film was written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton.
12. Legends of Tomorrow (Sky 1)
The eagerly-anticipated Arrow and The Flash spin-off will premiere this year on Sky 1.
The story revolves around time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who uses his abilities to prevent dangerous futures from taking place. He is tasked to assemble a team of heroes and villains to confront one threat he cannot handle alone, but will his ragtag group be able to prevent the supervillain Vandal Savage from destroying the world and time itself?
13. Lucifer (Amazon)
Being the Lord of Hell isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in this new series, which is based off the comic book character created by prolific author Neil Gaiman.
The series will loosely follow the comic book The Sandman and its spin-off Lucifer, which were both published by DC Comics’ Vertigo. It follows Lucifer Morningstar, usually known as Satan or the Devil, as he swaps the pits of hell for the glitz and glam of Los Angeles. While there, he becomes an investigator for the Los Angeles Police Department and also runs an upmarket nightclub.
14. Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)
The third of five planned series about Marvel’s Defenders, Marvel’s Luke Cage will focus on the story of Luke Cage, an ex-con with super strength and unbreakable skin as the result of an experiment.
Mike Colter will reprise his role as Cage, after playing the superhero in the critically acclaimed Marvel’s Jessica Jones, released last year.
15. Game Face (E4)
Stand-up comedian Roisin Conaty stars as Marcella, an optimistic thirty-something trying to get her life on track, in this new six-part comedy from Objective Productions.
A pilot starring Conaty aired on Channel 4 in 2014, in which Marcella blagged a speech at her former high school about a made up career.
16. The Catch (Sky Living)
Fresh off the back of hits such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, Shonda Rhimes will debut a new series The Catch in 2016.
The Catch is the story of a fraud investigator who loses everything after her fiancé turns out to be a criminal after her money. The Killing‘s Mirielle Enos will star in the new series.
17. Sneaky Pete (Amazon)
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranson will test his writing skills with new crime drama series Sneaky Pete, which first premiered a pilot on Amazon last year.
The story revolves around a con man (Giovanni Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself — and discovering a family life he’s never had.
18. The Crown (Netflix)
Reportedly the most expensive show Netflix has ever made, The Crown stars Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) as Elizabeth II in a biographical drama about her early years as Queen.
The new series begins in the years before Elizabeth’s coronation and covers her ascension to power and courtship and marriage to Prince Philip in 1947.
19. Doctor Thorne (ITV)
Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes will adapt the classic tale of Doctor Thorne, originally by Anthony Trollope, for ITV.
Tom Hollander will portray Doctor Thorne, a doctor who lives in the village of Greshamsbury with his beautiful but penniless niece Mary. When Mary captures the heart of the son of the local Lord and Lady of Gresham, Frank, the Lady of Gresham is horrified by the potential match. With the Gresham family fortune in tatters, the terrifying Lady Arabella will make sure her son marries wealthy at any cost.
20. Morning has Broken (Channel 4)
Morning is Broken is a new six-episode British comedy about a failing breakfast TV show from Nick Mohammed (The King is Dead) and Julia Davis, who was behind BBC Three’s Nighty Night and Sky Atlantic’s Hunderby.
Schwimmer will play an American TV producer hired to rescue the breakfast show, which stars Davis herself as ‘Queen of Daytime’ Gail Sinclair and Mohammed, who will portray one of Gail’s co-presenters.