14 best new and returning autumn dramas

From Jekyll and Hyde to Cider with Rosie, here are the shows worth staying in for

1. An Inspector Calls 

What? Miranda Richardson (Sybil Birling) and Chloe Pirrie (Sheila Birling) play a wealthy mother and daughter interrogated by mysterious Inspector Goole (David Thewlis) over the suicide of a young woman in JB Priestley’s thriller, set in 1912. 

When? September, BBC1

 2. The Go-Between 

What? Lesley Manville, Ben Batt and Stephen Campbell Moore star alongside Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave and Joanna Vanderham in LP Hartley’s 1953 tale of lost innocence. 

When? September, BBC1


3. Cider with Rosie

What? Set in a Cotswold village in the aftermath of the Great War, Laurie’s Lee childhood memoir is brought to life by a cast including Jessica Hynes (Miss Crabby), June Whitfield (Granny Wallon) and Annette Crosbie (Granny Trill). 

When? September, BBC1

4. Jekyll and Hyde

What? Expect characters that are human, ghoulish and freakish — sometimes all at once —in Charlie Higson’s action fantasy series inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, which stars Tom Bateman as the grandson of the eponymous man/monster. See the first episode at an exclusive screening at the Radio Times Festival.  

When? Coming soon on ITV


5. The Dresser

What? Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen work together for the first time in Richard Eyre’s version of Ronald Harwood’s play. Who could ask for more? 

When? October, BBC2


6. From Darkness

What?  Anne-Marie Duff plays a former policewoman dragged back to a life and people she hoped she had left behind when bodies from past investigations are dug up. 

When? October, BBC1