The goth-like queen, but not as you know her: Jenna Coleman stars as a tiny teenager who became mother of the British Empire. Expect plenty of romance alongside the regal politics – and not just with her beloved Albert.
Tim Roth and Samantha Morton star in a retelling of the macabre story of John Christie, his murder spree in 1940s and 50s Notting Hill, London, and the miscarriage of justice that ensued.
5. The Level (ITV)
A six-part thriller set in Brighton. A policewoman investigating the murder of a dodgy businessman/drug trafficker finds herself stalked by his killer. It’s hard to ask her colleagues for help when the murdered man was an old friend. Looks like she’s in trouble then…
6. Dark Angel (ITV)
Forget that sweet maid Anna in Downton Abbey, now Joanne Froggatt plays the real-life Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton — often dubbed Britain’s first serial killer.
This four-part drama wades through the impact on a family after claims of historical sexual abuse are made against a household name. Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters are the couple trying to hold their marriage together in the face of the accusations.
Aidan Turner makes his return as the 18th century muscle-packed hero! And compared with the relative sunniness of series one, series two suggests that life will prove a lot harder this time round for our dashing Cornishman.
More than a decade on, John Thomson, James Nesbitt, Fay Ripley and Hermoine Norris and Robert Bathurst are all back. The characters pick up not from 2003 when we last saw them, but today, dealing with estranged children, depression and divorce — the usual fun stuff.
We say so long and farewell to the thriller that has gripped millions as it returns for a third and final run. It finds Gillian Anderson as the detective trying to put serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) behind bars. Third series lucky, perhaps?
In what is possibly the most expensive British drama yet made we find Claire Foy rising to the challenge of portraying our current queen. With Matt Smith as Prince Philip, this ten-parter is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon). Hopefully, by the final credits we won’t have seen anyone sent to the Tower.
It’s Paris 1948 and the storyline bubbles around the centre of a family fashion empire. Expect drama and glamour in the mix — it’s created by Oliver Goldstick, showrunner of Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty.
Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton are just a few of the gems in this show developed by JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Wars). Inspired by the 1973 film, it’s set in a futuristic theme park staffed by robotic hosts.
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