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2018 TV Preview: The best shows you need to watch this year

Take a look at our selection of seriously big shows still to come your way this year. If you thought last year was good, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…

Butterfly, Season 1
ITV, October 2018

Anna Friel stars in this topical new drama about a transgender child. Friel plays the mother of 11-year-old Max, who wants to identify and live as a girl. Faced with extraordinary circumstances, she must figure out how to best support and guide her child through this life-changing transition.

Doctor Who, Season 11
BBC One, Starting 7th October 2018

The long-awaited series finally arrives as Jodie Whittaker makes her debut as the 13th Doctor. This year promises to be the perfect jumping-on point for anyone who has never seen the widely-loved sci-fi show, with ten standalone stories and plenty of new characters to enjoy.

Zapped, Season 3
Dave, 17th October 2018

Viewers will be transported back to the world of Munty when this fantasy comedy returns. The Inbetweeners’ star James Buckley leads as Brian Weaver, a simple office worker whose life is turned upside down when he unexpectedly comes to inhabit a parallel world.

The Big Bang Theory, Season 12
E4, October 2018

Much to fans’ despair, season 12 marks the end of the long-running sitcom. However, the writers and cast are keen to deliver a seriously epic close to the series and so it’s sure to be a season to remember. So, sit back, relax and enjoy some laughs with Leonard, Sheldon and the gang for one last time.

Dark Heart

This new series is as dark as the title suggests. Starring Tom Riley, the plot revolves around DI Will Wagstaffe, who is haunted by the murder of his parents when he was a teenager. The detective decides to begin his own personal hunt for their killers at the exact same time he’s called to investigate a horrific murder. Will he be able to discover the truth behind his traumatic childhood?

The First, Season 1
Channel 4, October 2018

A new space exploration drama is landing on TV screens this autumn. The show stars Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone and follows the first human mission to Mars. Set in the not-too-distant future, the exciting series examines the effects of colonising another planet and the impact on those left behind.


A must-see for 2018, this contemporary thriller promises surprises at every turn. The six-part series follows Raza (Nabhaan Rizwan), who is recruited as an undercover informant for the British counter-terrorism police. Thought-provoking and original, Informer delves into the racial tensions in current day England.

Empire, Season 5
5STAR, October 2018

The gripping musical drama is returning for a fifth season and fans can expect more powerful performances and unpredictable plotlines. Written by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the series explores the inner workings of a fictional hip hop music and entertainment company called Empire Enterprise.

Thursday 6th September, BBC One, 9pm

Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett is behind this new drama set in the offices of two fictional daily newspapers - left-leaning broadsheet The Herald and populist tabloid The Post. An all-star cast including David Suchet, Charlotte Riley and Ben Chaplin bring the fast-paced story to life as both sides compete for the latest scoop.

Black Earth Rising
Starting Monday 10th September, BBC Two, 9pm


We became lifelong members of the Michaela Coel fan club ever since we laid eyes on her magnificent E4 comedy Chewing Gum, but now she’s about to star alongside John Goodman in this thrilling story about the prosecution of international war crimes and the West’s relationship with contemporary Africa. The actions takes place across the UK, Europe, Africa and North America, and thanks to the new trailer (which is absolutely full of drama, tension and danger) we can’t wait to see what’s to come.

Starting Monday 10th September, ITV, 9pm

John Simm has had a memorable 2018 with starring roles in the BBC’s Collateral and ITV’s Trauma, but this new mystery could prove to be the pick of the bunch. The story follows John Mulray, a professor who must deal with immense grief and a fear of flying to identify the body of his wife after she was killed in a car crash in Hong Kong. However, a deep conspiracy soon unravels under the neon lights as John makes a shocking discovery which intensifies his search for the truth.

Killing Eve
Starting Saturday 15th September, BBC One, 9:15pm


Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays writer and producer in this dark thriller which stars Sandra Oh as a middle-of-the-road MI5 agent thrown in at the deep end when she's assigned to chase Villanelle, an eccentric assassin targeting high-level government figures across Europe. The killer in question - played by Doctor Foster’s Jodie Comer - is as unpredictable as she is utterly ruthless in her executions, and it took us roughly five minutes to realise that we’ve never seen a thriller quite like this before. Keep your eye out for this on BBC One and BBC Three, who will be showing the whole series as a box set.

The Little Drummer Girl


Following the immense success of The Night Manager, another John le Carré novel is being brought to the silver screen in 2018. The Little Drummer Girl (set to air at the end of the year) stars Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgård and Charlie Pugh as major players in a gripping plot to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist. The series will be directed by famed South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, who has shown he has a knack for thrilling mysteries in his homeland with films like Old Boy and The Handmaiden.

Still Game


Glaswegian pensioner pals Jack and Victor have graced the BBC’s airwaves for almost 16 years, but the time has finally come to say goodbye. Series nine, which airs later this year, will be the comedy’s last, and according to writer and star Greg Hemphill (who plays Victor): We’ve had an amazing run, but one of our hopes when we brought the show back was that we would get the opportunity to finish Jack, Victor and the gang’s journey.” Let’s hope we get a fitting finale to such a wonderful series.

Catastrophe (Series 4)
Channel 4

First off, we’d like to thank Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney for giving us one of the best comedies on British TV in the last 10 years. Series three ended in dramatic fashion with (HUGE, MASSIVE SPOILER) Rob’s alcoholism being exposed in a heart-breaking manner. How they’ll be dealing with the fall-out remains to be seen, but WE guarantee you that there’s no situation that the pair can’t take on without bringing the house down.


One of our favourite TV detectives has unfinished business, and we can’t tell you how much joy that brings us. Hold tight for a fifth series of the acclaimed drama starring Idris Elba, but with filming only getting underway earlier this year, a late arrival is on the cards for this one. Elba in particular has been busy directing his first feature film, Yardie, but he's still found time to promise fans to expect "classic Luther" with some exciting new characters to match.

People Just Do Nothing (Series 5)

The boys at London pirate radio station Kurupt FM have just announced their triumphant return with a fifth and final series set to air on BBC Two for the first time later this year. From their beginnings on YouTube to winning a BAFTA for Best Scripted Comedy last year, it’s been a whirlwind journey for MC Grindah, DJ Beats, Steves and Chabuddy G. The series has quickly established itself as one of our favourite comedies around, and if you thought they’d be cleaning up their act for their new home, you’ve got another thing coming…

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