We’ve been spoiled with lots of great TV this year, but don’t worry there’s plenty yet to come in 2019.
There’s an impressive mix of new drama, comedy, TV adaption and reality shows on the horizon, ready to pick you up from your post-Christmas slump.So, if you haven’t been doing so already over the festive period, sit back, relax and let the new year roll in with a bang.
A high-octane end to series four saw Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) take back control of his empire after seeing off arch nemesis Luca Changretta (Adrien Brody). And it looks as though the next instalment will be no less dramatic.Set in the wake of the financial crash of 1929, Steven Knight’s crime family saga continues and finds the world thrown into economic turmoil.
When Tommy Shelby MP is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.
The Peaky Blinders gang gave us a sneak preview of what is to come when the crew visited the city to film in the backstreets of Manchester, transforming it into 1930s Birmingham.
And fans were more than a bit excited when Cillian Murphy was spotted as a dramatic funeral scene was filmed in and around Princess Street, for an unknown character named Peter.
The series will find a new home on BBC One, from BBC Two, sometime in 2019.Perhaps the most hotly anticipated TV show of 2019, Game of Thrones’ final outing is almost here, and fans cannot wait to realise the fate of their favourite characters in Westeros. A trailer announcing the return of the hit series was released in November, showing clips from key moments in the show with the tagline “For The Throne”.
The last moments from season seven saw the White Walkers finally breaking through the Wall at Eastwatch, with an ice-breathing zombie dragon in the form of Viserion wreaking havoc with the Night King at the helm. The final season of the show will be six episodes long but the episodes are thought to have very long run times – around 90 minutes each. Game of Thrones season eight will be simulcast on Sky Atlantic and Now TV here in the UK.
Another binge-worthy series to look forward to is the next instalment of The Crown, which has a new cast line-up for series three. Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies will take over as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh when the drama returns to Netflix. Broadchurch star Olivia succeeds Claire Foy as the long-reigning monarch, with Tobias taking the reins from Matt Smith.
The third and fourth series will span the years 1964-76 of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, so you can take a few guesses at what is likely to feature (Prince Charles’ coronation as the Prince of Wales in 1969, for example).
Show bosses have kept tight-lipped on what the series will cover, but producer Suzanne Mackie said at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival 2017 that the new season would also see the introduction of Charles’ second wife Camilla Parker-Bowles.
The series was initially expected to be aired around Christmas, but its delay is likely due to the reshuffling of the cast. But don’t worry, it’s expected that it will be recorded back to back with series four, so we shouldn’t have to wait too long for the next outing.
Catch-22, Channel 4, 2019
George Clooney has not only directed this six-part series, he’s also starring in it, so hopefully that means it will be as good as it sounds. Based on Joseph Heller’s bestselling satirical World War II novel, Catch-22 follows US Air Force bombardier Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.
But it’s not the enemy he has to worry about – it’s his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.
All Yossarian wants is to complete his service and leave, but his efforts are thwarted by Catch-22 – a ridiculous bureaucratic rule which states that pilots don’t have to fly if they are certified insane. Sadly for Yossarian, the same rule also states that fear is a rational emotion, and a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity, therefore meaning ineligible to be relieved from duty.
The series features an all-star cast including Christopher Abbott (Yossarian), Kyle Chandler (Colonel Cathcart), George Clooney (Scheisskopf), Hugh Laurie (Major de Coverley), and Giancarlo Giannini (Marcello).
Anything with Sheridan Smith in it is usually worth the watch, and this is no exception if you go off the trailer.The six-part series follows the story of office cleaner Sam (Smith) who is struggling to control her life as a devoted mum after becoming addicted to online gambling.
With debt coming out of her ears and the fear of her family being made homeless, getting back to black looks impossible for Sam when she works a zero-hours contract on minimum wage.
But when she discovers access to lucrative stock market information that could be the answer to all her prayers, she hopes this will turn her life around.With the help of her best friend Jess, Sam starts to turn the tables on the system that has cheated her and begins to navigate the dark and dangerous world of insider trading.
The American version of the reality show is already a hit on Netflix, and now the infamous drag show is coming to the UK for the first time in the new year. Since it launched in 2009, the US version of RuPaul Drag Race has attracted global audiences with its blend of talent-show drama and all-star celebrity guests – including Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian.
RuPaul is on the lookout to crown one of the UK’s top drag artists the ‘Queen of Great Britain’ – but it will take more than just a wig and pair of heels to win the coveted prize.
Ten contestants will take part in weekly challenges and face off against each other to keep themselves in the competition before preparing for the Maxi Challenge – hoping they won’t be asked to “sashay away”.
RuPaul, says: “It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three. I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens. And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”