Catch-22, Joseph Heller’s 1961 satirical novel set in Italy during World War Two, (Hulu/Channel 4) is the story of Captain John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a 28-year-old Air Force bombardier who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him – either directly by flying into his B-25 plane, or indirectly by forcing him to fly increasing numbers of missions. Available now on Netflix. But while there are many upcoming fantasy series cravenly vying to fill the void, its more authentic heir may be this other HBO epic about venal, power-hungry families – only this time, set not in a sorcerous ancient kingdom, but modern-day Manhattan. But Lost creator Damon Lindelof’s great trick for his Watchmen series has been not to film the comic book, but rather extrapolate from Moore’s original to come up with his own creation – which shifts the action from 1985 to Oklahoma in 2019, and the story from one marinated in Cold War paranoia to one ignited by the racial divisions of 21st-Century America, with a white supremacist group who wear masks with the face of original anti-hero Rorschasch being taken on by similarly covered-up cops including Regina King’s Detective Angela Abar, aka Sister Night. Intelligent and moody, Trapped is one of the few Nordic crime dramas since The Bridge that keeps audiences coming back for more. From Harry and Jack Williams, The Missing spin-off Baptiste (BBC One) sees Tchéky Karyo return as insightful French investigator Julien Baptiste. Get 20%* off tickets to the BBC Good Food Show Summer quote WB1. (Credit: Netflix) HM, The cataclysmic nuclear accident that happened in Ukraine in 1986, when a reactor in one of its power plants exploded, is a story that once occupied our collective nightmares, but has arguably been fading from view in recent years. (Credit: BBC) EM, This stripped-back 10-part British series about a couple in relationship crisis at times feels more like watching a stage play, with just two actors and a dialogue-heavy, whip-smart script from High Fidelity author Nick Hornby. *Excl Sat, T&C's apply. All props to them for keeping their resolve. Led by ambitious detectives Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene), we follow two murder investigations; seemingly unrelated, but somehow connected by powerful shared themes. His 30-year-old son, Caden (Billy Howle), runs Max’s British newspaper and is primed to follow in his father’s footsteps as one of the most powerful men in the world. If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture, head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. Its concision. (Credit: Netflix) EM, Susannah Grant’s empathetic true-crime series, based on a Pulitzer-winning article about a serial rapist, focuses its gaze onto the survivors of abuse. The crime drama, became the sleeper hit of 2016 and will need to have something special up its sleeve if it’s to keep fans happy. Ten TV shows to watch in December. They each spent between six and 13 years in prison, before finally, in 2002, the real culprit confessed to the crime. Elsewhere, the Rosebud motel is growing in reputation under Johnny’s management, although tending to the needs of grubby mayor Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott) and deadpan clerk Stevie Budd (Emily Hampshire) is proving more of a challenge. So, 33 years on, it feels like a good time for this superb docu-drama account to remind the world of the tragedy that unfolded – from the unimaginable suffering of those who were caught up in its fallout, to the misinformation and obfuscation of the Soviet authorities as they tried to cover up what really occurred. Best new and returning TV series for 2019. Harry and Meghan, September 26, 2019", according to photos posted by the Sun's royal correspondent Emily Andrews. Hundreds of miles away, meanwhile, dedicated detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall – played by Toni Collette and Merritt Wever, who develop a compelling on-screen rapport – are chasing down leads that suggests one man is preying on multiple women, and they aren’t going to let up until they arrive at the truth, no matter how inconvenient. Suranne Jones stars in Gentleman Jack (BBC One) as Anne Lister, the remarkable landowner who – after years of exotic travel and social climbing – returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home. Created by Flight of the Conchords’ Jermaine Clement, the US version stars Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak and Natasia Demetriou. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen in Greyzone as Victoria Rahbek, an engineer specialising in drones (Credit: Channel 4/Walter Presents). After the discovery of suspicious bank transfers pulled him from the safety of his desk job in season one of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime Video), the next series moves away from terrorism and to warmer climes. When rich video-store chain magnate Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) and his family of spoiled brats find themselves suddenly broke and forced to take up residence in the titular Schitt’s Creek – a tiny town bought as a joke gift for his son, David (Dan Levy) – their standard of living takes some adjustment and they learn to find joy in the simple things. Take part in one of our shows. The most highly-anticipated ending of all time must be the final season of Game of Thrones (HBO), which closes with a six-episode run. However, it looks like 2019 … And above all, there was no cuter small-screen moment this year than the sequence of an entire village of those maniacal miniature muppets, the Podlings, being washed en masse. From dramas and documentaries to comedy and entertainment shows, here are all the biggest new and returning series still to come. We follow CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinksi) as he confronts the forces in power in a dangerous, declining democratic regime in South America. A spate of murders in a fifth season of Luther (BBC One) brings self-destructive detective chief inspector John Luther (Idris Elba) and new recruit DS Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) a complex tangle of leads and misdirections that seem designed to protect an untouchable corruption. An eight-part series that blends the first two novels of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, Dublin Murders (BBC One/Starz/RTÉ) delivers a dark psychological mystery set during the height of the Celtic Tiger financial boom of the millennium. When anti-terror police discover her desperate situation, they force her to become a double agent and gain insight into her captor’s terror network. This is the yearly broadcast schedule for CBBC. Bookmark this article. The new series sees the stubborn detective become embroiled in a case in Amsterdam, when the chief of police – who happens to be an ex-girlfriend – seeks out his help. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday. In 2019, BBC Two aired a new television series titled, Giri/Haji. Chain-smoking computer game coder Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is the guest of honour at her seemingly inescapable 36th birthday bash in a New York loft hosted by her friend Maxine (Greta Lee, who makes the line “Sweet birthday, baby!” sound different every time) – but Nadia’s got bigger fish to fry, as she’s got to figure out how to get down the stairs without dying. Having been a slow-burn success story in its first season, Jesse Armstrong’s tale of a monstrous media mogul and his warring children has now, truly, moved into an imperial phase, being simply funnier, more brutal, and more timely than anything else on TV right now. And if you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. Is that OK? Billed as an unlikely love story, it is set in the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. (Credit: BBC) HM, It may be viewable from your couch, but, when the third run of Netflix’s retro-fetishizing sci-fi horror was released in July, [it proved to be more worthy of the title of 'summer blockbuster' than almost all of its big-screen, big-budget peers](http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190703-stranger-things-3-review-five-stars). The Best TV Shows of 2019. The story focusses on a grisly crime involving two missing children in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades. Stream online for free with your TV Provider. Erin Quinn, her cousin Orla and friends Clare, Michelle and 'the wee English fella' James, are figuring out their teens in 1990s Derry – a time of boy bands and bomb scares – but how will the girls face the challenge of a cross-community adventure holiday? Having started life as a web series – and the main reason the phrase “Yas Queen!” still endures – Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s Broad City (Comedy Central) where two aimless but awesome best friends try to navigate life in New York City, finally comes to an end with a fifth season. The next series is set to be the last, but with stellar writing and pleasing shadowy aesthetics, you don’t need to jump through time zones to know if it’s worth following to the end. As Nadia succinctly puts it: “It’s a long story involving multiple deaths”; but there’s a twist – she is not the only one re-living this horrible night, and that might be key to Nadia ending the nightmare. (Credit: Netflix) EM, Set against the backdrop of the Troubles, this sitcom from writer Lisa McGee is based on her own experiences growing up in Northern Ireland – and it returned even stronger for its second run. A television adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge. India Eisley co-stars as Fauna Hodel, a girl given away at birth, who one day makes a discovery that leads her to question everything she knows to be true. Available now on Netflix. The second series again focuses on agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), as they go out into the field to see if they can help crack a case – this time, the infamous Atlanta child murders of 1979-81. The Leftovers writer Damon Lindelof set out his aims to fans that he would embrace the nostalgia of the graphic novel while breaking new ground in an original story of its own. Reunited once more with cuddly bear chief of police Andri Ólafsson (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), the team of small-town cops examine an even more complex and challenging murder case, beginning with the death of a geothermal power plant employee and involving secrets hidden in the surrounding countryside. Its real trump card, alongside an idiosyncratic tragic-satiric tone, is its refusal to soften its frankly awful characters with any attributes that might bestow likeability on them. Troubled teenager Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever) reports to police that she has been raped in her home by a masked intruder, but the investigating cops – and those closest to her – start to doubt her story. (Credit: Channel 4) EM, This sunny Canadian comedy has matured over its run to deliver a balance of heartfelt goofiness and cutting droll that serves as a refreshing, bingeable break from earnest prestige TV. Joining them are Nina Sosanya, Edward Bluemel and Julian Barrett, with scene-stealer Fiona Shaw returning. Footage shows members of the public using a fire extinguisher and a tusk to confront Usman Khan. Available now on Netflix. (Credit: HBO) HM, Kids are disappearing in their small hometown of Winden, and the adults are hiding secret double lives; meanwhile smart-mouthed teens are investigating weird goings-on in the woods – it’s not difficult to see why this German-language sci-fi has drawn comparisons to the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things. And we’d love you to be in our audience for one of them. Other cast members include Sarah Lancashire and Ciarán Hinds. Search the BBC Search the BBC Alongside Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz all reprise their roles. He travels to London to find his missing brother, Yuto, who was presumed dead. In an ice-breaking session, though, the group become stumped when asked to name similarities between Catholics and Protestants, but excel in naming differences, with gems like “Protestants keep toasters in cupboards” and “Catholics love bingo.” There’s a universal appeal to its coming-of-age comedy, but there’s also joy to be had in the specificity of its Northern Irish slang and in-jokes; indeed, the now-famous mural of the Derry Girls that has sprung up in their home city is testament to the impact the show has had on local people. Stars Hugh Laurie as Major de Coverley, and George Clooney (who also directs) in a supporting role. The Best TV Shows of 2019 In a year with way too many great TV shows, our critics pick their 10 absolute favorites. Undoubtedly a little confusing at first for Watchmen newbies, including this viewer, it nevertheless coalesces into something unlike anything else on television: visually arresting and sociologically scintillating. Events aren’t faring any better for the people of Horsell Common in Surrey, as it is struck by a huge meteor, and the inhabitants of Earth slowly fall victim to a vicious invasion in War of the Worlds (BBC One). "Peaky Blinders" After five seasons, IMDb users' love for Thomas Shelby’s sharply-dressed gang is still going strong, landing the Netflix/BBC One series on our list of the Top 10 TV Shows of 2019.With tightly-paced six-episode seasons, charismatic scene-chewing characters, stylish slow-motion shots, and the suspense of guessing who will make it out alive, "Peaky Blinders" is a show to … Offer now ends 31 Jan 2021. Share on Twitter . (Credit: HBO) HM, If the Simpsons ushered in a new kind of ‘adult animation’ to TV in the Nineties, then Netflix’s BoJack has taken that maturity to new levels, telling the story of a disillusioned horse actor in ‘Hollywoo’ and dealing with subjects from depression to MeToo with a profundity to match any live action series. In season two, we are back in the company of police officer Andri Ólafsfson (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and his colleagues, as they examine an even more complex and challenging murder case. Available now on Netflix. In Devs (FX), his TV series debut, writer-director Alex Garland seeks to further instil a healthy fear of technology as he reunites with Ex-Machina’s Sonoya Mizuno. Share on Facebook Share on Linkedin. Featured Shows. Schedule Anglophenia. Series five of Peaky Blinders (BBC One) finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929, with misfortune and opportunity everywhere. By Eddie Mullan 29th November 2019. Much can be inferred,” Horsfield said. Two best friends played by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, try to navigate New York City life in Broad City (Credit: Comedy Central). Moonlight star Mahershala Ali is Wayne Hays, a state police detective obsessed with finding out the truth, with Stephen Dorff and Carmen Ejogo co-starring. With enthusiasm as it turns out, as the band of 'eejits' get to abseil with the boys from a Protestant school. Now, sadly, it is almost over: this autumn, Netflix dropped the first eight episodes of its sixth and final series, with the other eight scheduled for Jan 31 2020. It’s also notable for featuring a compelling against-type performance from Emma Thompson as a brusque, populist politician who slowly but surely morphs into a fascistic despot. Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall lead, alongside Robert Carlyle and Rupert Graves in the first British television adaptation of HG Wells’ classic novel. However, despite the occasional nod to 80s nostalgia, the foreboding atmosphere of this time-travel saga makes it a closer relation to David Lynch and Mark Frost’s weird world of Twin Peaks, albeit with a slightly more logical plot. Read about our approach to external linking. In a world in which the most anticipated TV return of the year, Game of Thrones — the title we all expected would be a top contender in this list — crashed and burned in a fiery three-episode Rotten streak to end the epic HBO series, we can’t help but be surprised about the midyear lineup in our ranked list of the best TV shows of the year through late June. (Credit: Sky/HBO) HM, Alongside Chernobyl, this is the year’s second outstanding mini-series throwing a spotlight on a particularly shameful event in recent history. Known to have links with corrupt police officers and suspected to be under direct command of the shadowy figure known only as ‘H’, John Corbett (Graham) and Lisa McQueen (Sandall) become persons of interest to AC-12 following an explosive chain of events. (Credit: Sundance TV/BBC Two) EM, Based on the real-life FBI agents who pioneered criminal profiling and psychology in the 1970s and 80s, this series, overseen by David Fincher and filmed in a similarly atmospheric style to his 2007 film Zodiac, lived up to expectation with its long-awaited return. But no piece of dramatic forecasting has felt quite as startlingly close to home as former Dr Who showrunner Russell T Davies’s latest series, which imagines the next 15 years of our planet through the eyes of one extended family, the Lyons, living in the north of England. But when Caden’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the consequences threaten the future of the family’s empire. During a business trip abroad, drone software engineer Victoria (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) meets a reporter – but the interview turns into a dangerous situation where Victoria and her son Oskar are taken hostage. The channel is a publicly funded outlet of the British government. Written by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley), the series explores Anne’s relationships, servants and professional rivals, who will use any dirty tricks they can to bring her down. Stream online for free with your TV provider. Canada’s most bingeable sitcom returns with Schitt’s Creek (CBC/Pop). The British Broadcasting Company, better known as the BBC, has been one of the most respected broadcast networks in the world for several decades. BBC full episodes, clips, news and more at Yidio! In season five the family are finally thriving and find themselves ready to take their personal relationships and business pursuits to the next level. The only consolation? This time round, the cute child protagonists at its core have become gawky adolescents, while the plot is masterfully split into a series of sub-adventures. 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