New season TV preview

Some of the highlights coming up later in the year


Returning dramas ranging from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey; imports including Pan Am (“the new Mad Men”) and series two of The Killing.


Comedy recommissions such as Outnumbered and Rev, plus brand-new series This Is Jinsy.

Entertainment, from the resurrected Big Brother to Simon Cowell’s latest offering, Red or Black?

Documentaries featuring David Attenborough and Stephen Fry.

Mouthwatering cookery shows with gastronomic guides Nigel Slater, Lorraine Pascale and Michel Roux Jr

It’s all here – and loads more besides.


Doc Martin ITV1

Two new arrivals for the grumpy GP – his child with Louisa, and old flame Dr Edith Montgomery

Doctor Who BBC1

As series six returns from its hiatus, Amy and Rory are parents, but baby Melody Pond is missing – and the Doctor’s deadly lakeside encounter with the Impossible Astronaut is looming

Downton Abbey ITV1

A return to Highclere Castle as series two of the immensely popular period drama rejoins the Grantham family and their servants two years after the start of the First World War

Glee Sky1

Sky outbid Channel 4 for the third series of the all-singing, all-dancing high-school comedy drama. But who’ll be back for the new semester?

The Jury ITV1

Julie Walters stars as a barrister in a reworking of Peter Bowker’s 2002 series. Not just a courtroom drama, the show takes us home with jurors struggling to decide who is telling the truth

The Killing BBC4

DI Sarah Lund’s back with a new case – and a new jumper – in the second series of the acclaimed Danish detective import aka Forbrydelsen

The Man Who Crossed Hitler BBC4

Ian Hart is the Führer, Ed Stoppard the Jewish lawyer who put him in the dock and paid with his life, in this dramatisation of a true story

Page Eight BBC2

Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Rachel Weisz star in David Hare’s film about 21st-century intelligence practices

Pan Am BBC2

The glamour of Mad Men takes to the skies as this new US drama series set in 1963 revives the world of luxury air travel. Christina Ricci is among those squeezing herself into one of the iconic hostess uniforms

Spooks BBC1

The tenth and final series focuses on Harry Pearce and a guilty secret that could destroy his relationship with Ruth

Strike Back: Project Dawn Sky1

More sex and violence than the first series of the Chris Ryan-inspired yarn, as former SAS officer John Porter (Richard Armitage) is taken hostage in Pakistan – Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton are sent to get him back

Shirley Bassey – A Very British Diva BBC2

Misfits’ Ruth Negga plays Bassey in this dramatisation of the rags-to-riches story of one of Britain’s national treasures. Part of BBC2’s Mixed Race Season

Young Herriot BBC1

What happened to the vet before All Creatures Great and Small? Find out as Iain De Caestecker brings him back with his original Scottish accent


The Comic Strip Channel 4

Old hands Rik Mayall, Jennifer Saunders and Robbie Coltrane are joined by Stephen Mangan and The Inbetweeners’ James Buckley for The Hunt for Tony Blair…

Life’s Too Short BBC2

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant team up with Warwick Davis in a docuspoof about Davis’s fictional talent agency, Dwarves for Hire

Outnumbered BBC1

A fourth series of the family comedy featuring Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner and their precocious kids

This Is Jinsy Sky Atlantic

Newcomers Chris Bran and Justin Chubb call on the experience of Harry Hill, David Tennant and Catherine Tate in their debut about an island populated by bizarre characters

Rev BBC2

Tom Hollander returns as beleaguered East End Reverend Adam Smallbone in the award-winning ecclesiastical sitcom


Celebrity Big Brother/Big Brother Channel 5

Channel 5 resurrects the original UK reality format with back-to-back series of the celebrity version and the main show

Red or Black? ITV1

Simon Cowell’s new concept show, stripped across an entire week, challenges contestants to make 50-50 choices as to the outcome of some spectacular stunts, with a cool million at stake

Strictly Come Dancing BBC1

The final takes place in Blackpool’s iconic Tower Ballroom, and a live episode from Wembley Arena will raise money for Children in Need. But who’s hitting the dancefloor?

The X Factor ITV1

How will a Cowell-free new judging panel affect the talent show’s ratings? We’ll all be tuning in to find out…


After Life BBC4

A fully equipped kitchen and garden, together with all the detritus from a typical family barbecue, are sealed in a glass box. Discover the realities of decay as maggots, moulds, bacteria, flies and mushrooms transform the contents

America on a Plate BBC4

As part of BBC4’s America Season, Stephen Smith tells the story of 20th century US culture through its most iconic institution – the diner

Britain’s Got Class BBC2

This nationwide interactive survey examines what class means in Britain today

Frost on Nixon BBC2

Sir David Frost revisits his world-famous interview with former US president Richard Nixon, alongside a screening of Frost/Nixon, Peter Morgan’s 2008 dramatisation of the events

Frozen Planet BBC1

David Attenborough explores the stunning beauty of the North and South Poles, with scenes such as chillingly choreographed attacks by killer whales on marooned seals and tender shots of suckling polar bear cubs

Fry’s Planet Word BBC2

From the cutting edge of linguistic research to the glories of world literature, Stephen Fry analyses the use and abuse of language, and its origins

Inside Job BBC2

Matt Damon narrates Charles Ferguson’s powerful documentary explaining that the global financial crisis was the inevitable consequence of a flawed and breathtakingly manipulated system. Robert Peston’s The Party’s Over – How the West Lost the War of Globalisation also forms part of BBC2’s business season

Mixed Britain BBC2

George Alagiah’s three-part documentary explores the untold story of Britain’s mixed-race community, promising a tale of illicit love, tragedy and triumph

New Power Generation: African-American Music Legends of the 1980s BBC4

Part of BBC4’s America Season, this special series from the Legends strand profiles the young talent who became some of the biggest-selling artists of all time in what was a defining decade for black pop music

Origins of Us BBC2

Anatomist Alice Roberts on how our body tells the story of human evolution

Planet Dinosaur BBC1

Picking up where Walking with Dinosaurs left off, this six-part series uses the latest palaeontological evidence to introduce us to new prehistoric monsters

Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters BBC4

The comedian hits the highway to explore one of Hollywood’s best-loved film genres, the road movie, continuing BBC4’s America Season


Home Cooking Made Easy BBC2

Likeable supermodel turned chef Lorraine Pascale follows up Baking Made Easy with a new cookery show that has a broader remit but the same easy-to-follow style

MasterChef: The Professionals BBC2

The cream of cooking shows returns, with Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace testing professional cooks across the six-week run. Meanwhile, Michel’s Classics sees the two-Michelin-starred chef giving his own kitchen masterclass

Nigel Slater’s Rules of Attraction BBC1

Why do beef and horseradish or ham and mustard work so well? Nigel explores perfect food pairings

Stein Tastes The Blues


Following last year’s Taste of Italian Opera, Rick Stein explores the food of America’s Deep South – ingrained in the lyrics of the blues – as part of BBC4’s America Season