The 12 best dramas coming to TV this summer

Poldark isn't the only series to hit the small screen in the next few months: from Strike with Tom Burke, to Tamsin Greig in Diana, there's plenty of TV to stay in for

4. Top Of The Lake: China Girl

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July BBC2

What’s it about?

When a young Asian girl is washed up on Bondi Beach, Sydney, it’s up to Detective Robin Griffin to dive back into the depths of Australian criminal life that nearly destroyed her in the last series of this acclaimed drama.

Who’s in it?

Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie.

Why watch it?

The first series, Top of the Lake, was a hit with critics and audiences, and this new run of episodes from Oscar-winning director Jane Campion looks set to be another winner. “The astounding cast Jane has brought together will star in a dark and beguiling story that takes Robin Griffin deep into the underworld of Sydney, and to the limits of her own heart,” says executive producer Lucy Richer.


5. Ackley Bridge

Episode one is on Wednesday (June 7) 8.00pm C4

What’s it about?

Think Waterloo Road, but with more of a social conscience. This new Channel 4 drama follows the merger of two Yorkshire comprehensives from segregated British and Asian communities into one multicultural academy, resulting in conflict and culture shocks as the two student bodies mix for the first time.

Who’s in it?

Jo Joyner, Paul Nicholls, Liz White, Sunetra Sarker and Adil Ray.

Why watch it?

Early buzz for the series is very positive, and the issues it explores couldn’t be more relevant.


6. Diana and I

Late summer BBC2

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What’s it about?

The death of Princess Diana 20 years ago shook Britain to its core, creating a sense of national bereavement. This one-off drama follows the lives of four people as they deal with the personal aftermath of the tragedy.

Who’s in it?

Tamsin Greig, Nico Mirallegro, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Laurie Davidson.

Why watch it?

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Writer Jeremy Brock says: “It’s not a film written in memoriam. It’s a celebration of what it’s like to be human — good and bad.”