A new season of drama will keep you glued to the sofa till spring
The Durrells ITV
More sun-soaked island vistas and warm-hearted capers await viewers returning for the second season of this Corfu-set period drama based on Gerald Durrell’s autobiographies. Keeley Hawes returns to play matriarch Louisa Durrell, whose unruly brood and lax parenting style gives rise to gentle comedy. This time, Louisa gets on the wrong side of her landlady, there’s romance ahead for Larry (Josh O’Connor) and Leslie (Callum Woodhouse) turns entrepreneur.
Brenda Blethyn slips on the crinkled trench coat and back into a Geordie accent to reprise her role as DCI Vera Stanhope in a seventh series of the crime drama adapted from Ann Cleeves’ novels. Set under the lowering skies of Northumberland, it features more murder cases for Stanhope to solve with help from her second-in-command, DS Aiden Healey (Kenny Doughty).
Little Boy Blue ITV
The tragic 2007 murder of schoolboy Rhys Jones in Liverpool is the subject of this four-part drama exploring the police investigation and the ordeal of Rhys’ parents, Melanie and Steve (played by Sinead Keenan and Brian F. O’Byrne).
Is England star Stephen Graham plays SIO Dave Kelly, who led the investigation into the murder of Rhys in a car park as the young lad walked home from football practice.
Peaky Blinders’ Helen McCrory stars in this new legal thriller from Homeland writer-producer Patrick Harbinson. McCrory plays Emma Banville, a lawyer working tirelessly on what she believes was the wrongful conviction of a man sent down for murdering a schoolgirl.
But as Emma digs deeper, she realises that powerful forces want to stop her finding out the truth. Here’s a bit of surprising casting: comedian John Bishop plays Emma’s boyfriend.
Sean Bean reunites with firebrand scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern in Broken
After working together on Accused, Game Of Thrones’ Sean Bean reunites with firebrand scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern for this new six-parter set in Liverpool. Bean plays a maverick Catholic priest who finds his congregation struggling to reconcile their beliefs with life in Britain today.
Anna Friel plays a local single mother whose desperate attempts to make ends meet pushes her to the very edge. The Paradise’s Aisling Loftus and Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar co-star.
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The Best TV to watch out for in 2017 including Peaky Blinders, Broadchurch, Homeland & The Voice UK
Born to Kill Channel 4
A chilling psychological drama co-written by Shaun Of The Dead actress Kate Ashfield, this four-parter stars The Hour’s Romola Garai as Jenny, the single mother of
a troubled teen, Sam (Jack Rowan). When Jenny hits it off with another single parent, Bill (Line Of Duty’s Daniel Mays), their two offspring meet at school and form an instant attraction. But these burgeoning relationships turn sour when it transpires that young Sam is a psychopath who may be on the verge of murder.
Prime Suspect: 1973 ITV
This prequel to the acclaimed Helen Mirren vehicle stars Doctor Thorne’s Stefanie Martini (right) as young cop Jane Tennison. Enduring sexism as a daily part of the job, Tennison fights to prove her worth when she’s thrown in the deep end with a murder investigation. The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison plays DS Spencer Gibbs and New Tricks’ Alun Armstrong also stars.
David Tennant and Olivia Colman will be reunited in Broadchurch
Broadchurch ITV, late February
After a disappointing second series, creator Chris Chibnall hopes to lure viewers back with a corking swansong to the murder serial. Most details are firmly under wraps, but we do know that David Tennant and Olivia Colman will be reunited on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to play DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller.
They’ll investigate a sexual assault on a woman, Trish Winterman, played by former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, with other guest roles played by Sarah Parish and Lenny Henry.
Line of Duty BBC1
A casting coup sees Mission: Impossible II star Thandie Newton join the cast of this mega-successful series when it moves to BBC1. Newton plays DCI Roz Huntley, who’ll be AC-12’s most devious opponent yet when they investigate her handling of the biggest case of her career, Operation Trapdoor. Joining series regulars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar are W1A’s Jason Watkins and Inspector George Gently’s Lee Ingleby.
The Replacement BBC1
Glasgow is the setting for this chiller about mixing work and motherhood. Helensburgh native Morven Christie, of Grantchester and The A Word, plays architect Ellen, who falls pregnant and recruits Paula (Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure) to cover her maternity leave. Although Paula seems friendly and enthusiastic, there’s something about her that Ellen doesn’t find quite right – soon Ellen fears for her safety as she suspects Paula has a hidden agenda.