We are always excited about new and thrilling television shows, 2015 looks really promising when it comes to the shows that will be released. Here are 10 of the best new and returning TV shows to look forward to!
1. Better Call Saul
This is the highly-anticipated spin off from the phenomenon that was ‘Breaking Bad’. Bob Odenkirk plays Saul Goodman in this prequel to his antics with Walter White, although those later events will also get plenty of reference. Coming to Netflix shortly after its February premiere on AMC in the US.
2. Lady Chatterley’s Lover
DH Lawrence’s book, banned until 1963, gets a big-budget reworking from the BBC as part of its 20th-century literature season. L’homme du jour James Norton is a war-wounded Sir Clifford Chatterley, unable to satisfy his luscious Lady, played by Holliday Grainger. Where does she turn instead? Step forward Mellors, played here by ‘Game of Thrones’ star Richard Madden. Script by ‘Line of Duty’ scribe Jed Mercurio.
3. Wolf Hall
Based on the prizewinning novels by Hilary Mantel, this six-parter has had a reported £6million spent on it, no doubt most of the budget on costume and cast – including Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Mark Gatiss, etc etc. The books’ devoted fans will be watching every frame of Thomas Cromwell’s rise and fall at the court of Henry VIII. The BBC will not want to disappoint. Starts 21 January 9pm on BBC Two.
The tireless Lena Dunham has somehow found time between running her empire, collecting awards, writing a bestseller and fending off critics of her uniquely revelatory memoir style to bring a fourth series of ‘Girls’ to HBO. The friends are at loggerheads with one another, and Hannah is debating whether to put her career ahead of love. So, business as usual, then.
Haven’t had enough of Gillian Anderson after the creepy finale of The Fall? Fear not, she’s back in action in ‘Crisis’ on Watch Channel, where she plays a Washington CEO, whose daughter is kidnapped along with the President’s. ‘Crisis’ has been cancelled in the US, which means, on the bright side, we’ll get the cracking finale we were denied in ‘Homeland Series 1’. Starts on Friday at 9pm.
Imagine if your parents were ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘The Killing’? Then you’d probably be ‘Fortitude’, set in a close village community, in this case arctic Iceland. Sky Atlantic have thrown the store at this murder-mystery, enticing a cast of the calibre of Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston, ‘The Killing’s Sofie Grabol. Not impressed yet? Ok, Michael Gambon as well. Kicks off 29 January.
7. Game Of Thrones
A televisual beast as swashbuckling as any creature beyond The Wall, and just as able to take on all comers. ‘Game of Thrones’ has found the magic formula of providing enough medieval plot for the most forensic of fantasy fans, and enough romp and rogues for the rest of us. The result, a phenomenon now into its fifth season, with another on the way. George RR Martin had better keep writing.
A drama about gay men being, well, gay… suddenly becomes interesting with news that it’s from Russell T Davies, the provocative, witty, creative force who brought us ‘Queer as Folk’ and the whole universe of ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood’. He wanted to write something real, and he has.
Two (real-life) years after the mystery of Danny Latimer’s murder was solved, we’re back in the community still devastated by his death – including detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), who must rally because there’s another crime to solve. Writer Chris Chibnall has installed the same rules of non-disclosure as for the first time around, but can the return to the coastside town possibly have the same impact on a nation of gripped viewers?