Freesat - Autumn Drama 2019 Preview

Autumn Drama 2019 Preview

While we may be dragging our dusty coats out the attic with a collective sigh as summer draws to a close, we do also have a reason to celebrate Autumn arriving on our doorsteps... Why? Because that means all the Autumn drama is here, of course! 

So, swap that bikini for a blanket and let's take a look at all the amazing series we have to look forward to in the coming months.

Defending the Guilty - BBC Two, 19th September 


First up, we have a courtroom comedy starring Katherine Parkinson as a cynical lawyer who is training rookie barrister Will Packham, played by Will Sharpe. While he starts off as an idealist, Will soon gets worn down by his guilty clients, his disrespectful boss and his constant battle for the job. Does he really have what it takes to make it?

The Light - Channel 4, October


Following the success of Kiri, the incredible Sarah Lancashire is reuniting with writer Jack Thorne for this harrowing story of a devastating explosion in a small Welsh town. She plays Polly, the wife of a politician who championed the creation of the building project that led to the awful disaster, which also left her daughter disabled.

State of the Union - BBC Two, 8th September


Written by Academy Award-nominated and Bafta-winning writer Nick Hornby, State of the Union stars Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd as Louise and Tom, a couple who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session. With each successive episode we piece together what it was that drew them together and what has started to pull them apart. 

Dublin Murders - BBC One, October


Renowned screenwriter Sarah Phelps is back with this gory new thriller, based on the Dublin Murder Squad series by crime novelist Tana French. Starring Killian Scott and Sarah Greene, the BBC drama follows a pair of detectives investigating two murders in Ireland around the turn of the millennium.

Giri/Haji - BBC Two, Autumn


A co-production between BBC Two and Netflix, Giri/Haji is an ambitious, cross-continental drama set in both Tokyo and London. This new eight-parter (whose name translates to Duty/Shame) follows a Japanese detective, Kenzo (played by Takehiro Hira), who travels halfway across the globe to scour London for his missing brother.

His Dark Materials - BBC One, Autumn


And, of course, the deluxe drama everyone's been talking about: His Dark Materials. Adapted from Philip Pullman's beloved fantasty, this series looks set to upstage the 2007 film version. Not only does it have a star-studded cast, including Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dafne Keen, but it's also thought to be one of the most expensive dramas ever shown on BBC One, with the most money spent on CGI!

World on Fire - BBC One, October


Written by Peter Bowker and starring Helen Hunt and Sean Bean, World on Fire is a nuanced people’s history of the second world war, telling stories from all sides. The emotionally gripping series will follow the intertwining fates of ordinary people from Britain, Poland, France and Germany during the first year of the global conflict.

Gold Digger - BBC One, late Autumn


Keep an eye out for this gritty Marnie Dickens drama on BBC One. After years of putting the needs of others before herself, wealthy 60-year-old Julia begins a relationship with Benjamin, a copywriter 25 years her junior. However, it is not long before the impact their unconventional relationship has on her family is made apparent, and the secrets of their past are revealed...

End of the F***ing World: Series 2 - Channel 4, November


The first series was an instant hit with viewers, and this year End of the F***ing World will return with even more mayhem. And after one shocker of a finale in series one, we cannot wait to find out what happens next...