Coming in 2018: 7 new TV shows to watch in 2018
2017 was an excellent year for television. We had dystopian drama, astonishing documentaries and laugh-a-minute sitcoms. However, Christmas is now over and as we loom into the unknown of 2018 – what is there to look forward to on TV?
Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom yet. We think the TV offerings for 2018 sound pretty strong. Here’s the line-up for the new year in television…
1. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Could anything top the investigation into the murder of OJ Simpson, which was the focus of American Crime Story‘s first acclaimed television series? Yes, the anthology strikes gold again with the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace at the hands of Andrew Cunanan. Based on Maureen Orth’s biographical book, Penélope Cruz, Édgar Ramírez and Ricky Martin take centre stage for another compelling depiction of an infamous case.
A new big-budget historical drama made as the first collaboration between Sky and Amazon, Britannia looks like it will be a big hit in 2018. Set in 43 AD, the series follows Ancient Rome’s conquest of the British Isles – a mysterious land ruled by warrior women and druids. David Morrissey stars as Roman leader Aulus Plautius in this period drama featuring the writing talents of Jez Butterworth. Could this be the new Game of Thrones? We’re stoked.
3. Altered Carbon
This one is a bit high-concept, but sounds like it could be a fantastic series nonetheless. Based on the Richard K. Morgan novel, Altered Carbon takes place in a world where a human’s consciousness can live forever, easily transferable from human body to human body (known as sleeves). The first episode follows a soldier who must try to work out who killed the person who brought him back to life. If you needed any further convincing, Miguel Sapochnik – the director who won an Emmy for sensational Game of Thrones episode ‘Battle of the Bastards’ – is directing the pilot episode.
4. Jessica Jones (Season 2)
Arguably the best of the Netflix/Marvel collaborations, Krysten Ritter’s heavy-drinking action hero returns for a second season on Netflix this March. Last series, we watched Jessica Jones struggle with the emotional damage caused by mind-controlling ex Kilgrave (David Tennant) – culminating in the defeat of the baddie. However, don’t mourn Tennant too much – he’s only back in series two for unknown, but likely nefarious, reasons. We can’t wait!
5. Patrick Melrose
Benedict Cumberbatch will be back on the small screens in 2018 in five-part miniseries Patrick Melrose, a new drama based on the semi-autobiographical novels of Edward St. Aubyn. Cumberbatch will star in the leading role and each episode will depict one of the books, which cover Melrose’s turbulent teenage years to his adult playboy lifestyle. Cumberbatch has previously revealed Patrick Melrose is the literary character he would most like to portray – so this one’s set to be something special.
6. Vanity Fair
It seems like Amazon are pretty much teaming up with everyone, as this is the first collaboration between ITV and the American giant. The series will be an adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic 1848 novel Vanity Fair, which is set in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars. Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman and Suranne Jones all star – plus period drama stalwarts Mammoth Screen (the ones behind Poldark and Victoria are at the helm to produce.
7. A Very English Scandal
Hugh Grant will star in this three-part miniseries, which is penned by former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies. It tells the story of the fall from grace of Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, who in 1979 was tried for conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover Norman Scott (played by Ben Whishaw). The scandal changed the public perception of politics forever, effectively ending Thorpe’s political career.