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

10. In the Dark

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August BBC1

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What’s it about?

Detective Helen Weeks has a problem. After discovering she’s pregnant with a child that could be either her partner Paul’s — who is also a detective — or the result of an affair, she’s ordered back to her hometown when an old schoolfriend’s husband is arrested on suspicion of the abduction of two young girls. In the glare of the world’s media, Helen and Paul dig deep into the case to find out if they’ve really got the right man — but when secrets of Helen’s own childhood begin to resurface, she might wish it was just a paternity question she had to deal with…

Who’s in it?

MyAnna Buring, Ben Batt and Ashley Walters.

Why watch it?

Bafta-winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst (Clocking Off, Exile, Ordinary Lies), is adapting the story from Mark Billingham’s bestselling novels.

11. The Loch

June ITV

What’s it about?

When a human heart is found by the shores of beautiful Loch Ness, local detective Annie Redford must race to catch a serial killer before her small community is torn apart by suspicion. In other words it’s another Broadchurch for ITV, but this time set in Scotland.

Who’s in it?

Siobhan Finneran, Laura Fraser and John Sessions.

Why watch it?

From the beautiful scenery of Loch Ness and the Cairngorms to the crime drama pedigree of lead actors Fraser (Breaking Bad, The Missing) and Finneran (Happy Valley), we’d say this is the perfect scenic whodunnit to occupy your evenings.

12. The Handmaid’s Tale 

Sundays at 9pm on C4. Catch up now on All 4.

What’s it about?

In a terrifying near-future, the fanatical Christian government of Gilead rules the former United States with an iron fist, stripping away the rights of women and forcing the fertile into bearing children for the ruling elite. One enslaved woman, Offred, can remember the time “before” when she had a husband, a daughter and a whole other life — but if she wants to survive, she’ll need to submit to this cruel and puritanical new world.

Who’s in it?

Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel and Yvonne Strahovski.

Why watch it?

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Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel (on which this series is based) has been a must-read for decades, and this extended adaptation has had a hugely positive reception while airing in the United States over the past couple of months.