10 great dramas to look out for

From Penny Dreadful and Orange Is the New Black to Vera, 24, Quirke and the second series of In the Flesh...

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10 great dramas to look out for
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Radio Times staff

1. HAPPY VALLEY 

Don’t let the title mislead you. Sarah Lancashire stars in a new six-part crime thriller based in Yorkshire set around a kidnapping. It’s nowhere near as simple as that sounds. Coming to BBC1 in April.

2. FROM HERE TO THERE

Philip Glenister and Liz White return to our screens in a family saga about a man whose life completely alters after the explosion of an IRA bomb. Coming to BBC1 in May.

3. VERA

Brenda Blethyn returns for the fourth series of this detective show based on Ann Cleeves’s books. Coming to ITV in April.

4. PENNY DREADFUL

It’s horror, it’s Victorian London, it’s weird and made by John Logan and Sam Mendes (who last collaborated on James Bond’s Skyfall). Classic literary figures such as Frankenstein and Dorian Gray rub shoulders. It stars Josh Harnett, Rory Kinnear, Timothy Dalton and Billie Piper. Coming to Sky Atlantic in May.

5. A POET IN NEW YORK

As part of a huge collection of programming on TV, radio and online to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth, this one-off drama (written by Andrew Davis) looks at the last few days of Thomas’s life in New York. Tom Hollander portrays the troubled poet. Coming to BBC2 in May.

6. QUIRKE

A twist on the crime drama genre as Gabriel Byrne takes the role of a 1950s Irish pathologist. Think Silent Witness’s granddad. Coming to BBC1 in May.

7. PREY 

John Simm is back as a detective solving crime. This time he’s doing it while on the run as the police actually think he’s guilty of the brutal murder. It is a tough juggling act: hide from the police while searching for the real killer. Coming to ITV in April. 

8. IN THE FLESH

This Bafta-nominated zombie drama returns to see if the rocky peace established between the humans and, well, not-so-humans can be kept. Unlikely. Coming to BBC3 in May. 

9. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Just who won the fight in the last episode of this women's prison drama? And who can make it through this second series? Coming to Netflix in June. 

10. 24

Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) is back in a new world-saving adventure, this time set in London. Stephen Fry co-stars as the British PM. Coming to Sky1 in May. 


 


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