The best new TV shows to watch in 2022
January returns again, bringing with it new hopes and resolutions. While 2021 might have been a year to forget, we’re hoping at least to see some more of the quality TV dramas that defined the year.
It’s a strong start, with 2022 already promising some high profile television adaptations with some of the world’s finest creative teams at the helm.
Here’s a quick run down of 10 new series we have high hopes for in 2022:
1. The Gilded Age, Sky Atlantic and NOW TV
The latest period drama from the creator of Downton Abbey, The Gilded Age explores the lives of wealthy New Yorkers in the late 19th century. Its star-studded cast includes Louisa Jacobson, Denée Benton, Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Coon and Morgan Spector.
2. Reacher, Amazon Prime Video
A new adaptation of the novels by Lee Childs, Alan Ritchson plays Jack Reacher, a former US Army Major who takes to investigating crimes. The first series follows the plot of ‘Killing Floor’, which sees Reacher wrongly arrested for the murder he came to investigate.
3. Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, Amazon Prime Video
The result of a fan-funded kickstarter, which saw $11 million pledged towards a $750,000 target, Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina brings the popular Dungeons and Dragons web-series to life.
4. Vikings: Valhalla, Netflix
The new sequel to the long-running historical drama, Vikings: Valhalla moves both a hundred years into the future and to a new home: Netflix. The end of an era is nigh as the new drama explores the exploits of Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Harald Hardrada and the Norman King William the Conqueror.
5. Sister Boniface Mysteries, Drama
A new spin-off of the beloved Father Brown series, Lorna Watson returns as Sister Boniface – the crime-solving, Vespa-driving, forensics expert nun – in a light-hearted new murder mystery series.
6. No Return, ITV
A family holiday goes horribly wrong in gripping new ITV drama No Return, starring BAFTA award-winner Sheridan Smith. Stuck in the unfamiliar Turkish legal system, two parents fight for the freedom of their young son.
7. The Ipcress File, ITV
A major new adaptation of Len Deighton’s bestselling novel, Joe Cole stars as legendary spy Harry Palmer. The Ipcress File tells the story of a well-connected young army sergeant in newly-partitioned Berlin who finds himself on the wrong side of the law, only to be offered a tempting way out of prison.
8. The Responder on BBC One
The latest surprise policing duo comprises Martin Freeman’s unconventional urgent response officer and a new rookie played by Adelayo Adedayo. Based in Liverpool, The Responder sees the troubled partnership tackle the infamous night crime scene.
9. Sherwood on BBC One
A timely new crime drama exploring the state of modern Britain, Sherwood is inspired by real-life events. When two tragic killings bring Sherwood’s past and present into juxtaposition, a divided community braces itself to relive its worst moments.
10. Inside Man on BBC One
A star-studded new mini-series sees Hollywood star Stanley Tucci portray the titular ‘Inside Man’ in a series all about surprise personal connections. David Tennant, Dolly Wells and Lydia West also star.