The best TV shows airing in 2019

From dramas and documentaries to comedy and entertainment shows, here are all the biggest new and returning series of the year. What will you be watching?

Best TV shows 2019 (BBC, Netflix)

2019 is set to be a stellar year for TV.


Whether you’re into period dramas like Gentleman Jack and Peaky Blinders or contemporary thrillers such as Line of Duty and Traitors, there’s a scintillating range of series on offer.

In the world of entertainment, there’s also the return of some of Britain’s biggest shiny floor shows – take Strictly and The X Factor for instance – as well as the addition of The Greatest Dancer and a Shipwrecked reboot.

In comedy, Catastrophe is back for a final series and Alan Partridge bumbles back onto our screens with a brand new show.

The biggest movie releases of 2019

And finally there’s a diverse selection of documentaries, from David Attenborough’s new Netflix series to Danny Dyer’s exploration of his family history.

Check out all the series to look out for in 2019, below…


Gentleman Jack

Channel: BBC1

Air date: spring 2019

Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle in Gentleman Jack (BBC, EH)
Gentleman Jack on BBC1

Two of television’s most influential women unite – Suranne Jones on screen and Sally Wainwright behind the camera – to tell the remarkable story of Anne Lister, the Regency landowner. Read more

Good Omens

Channel: Amazon Prime Video

Release date: Friday 31st May

Good Omens
Good Omens on Amazon Prime

An all-star cast – including David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jack Whitehall, Anna Maxwell Martin, John Hamm, Derek Jacobi, Mark Gatiss and many more – brings to life Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s epic. Read more

Adult Material

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: TBC

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Adult Material on Channel 4

Sheridan Smith stars as a leading British porn star in a drama examining the adult film industry. It promises to be a timely look at how porn’s influence on mainstream culture has affected society’s ideas of consent.


Channel: BBC1

Air date: Sunday 17th February

Baptiste, BBC1
Baptiste on BBC1

The Missing’s beloved detective, Julien Baptiste, is getting his own spin-off show. The new drama stars Tchéky Karyo as the titular sleuth and Tom Hollander as a man desperately searching for a disappeared sex worker in Amsterdam. Read more

Summer of Rockets

Channel: BBC2

Air date: spring 2019

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Summer of Rockets on BBC2

Stephen Poliakoff’s semi-autobiographical six-part series set in Britain during the Cold War stars Toby Stephens and Keeley Hawes. Read more

A Confession

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

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A Confession on ITV

The latest drama based on real events from writer Jeff Pope focuses on the disappearance of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan in March 2011 and the lengths Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher (Martin Freeman) went to in order to catch her killer. Read more

War of the Worlds

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

War of the Worlds on BBC1

Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall star in a brand-new adaptation of the HG Wells sci-fi classic, which follows a young couple as they defy the prejudices of society and attempt to start a life together, all the while trying to survive an alien invasion. Read more

The Crown series 3

Channel: Netflix

Release date: TBC

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The Crown series 3 on Netflix

Olivia Colman inherits the burden of the crown worn so dazzlingly by Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth in series one and two. The saga of the British royal family now moves into a new era covering 1964-76. Read more

Line of Duty series 5

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Sundy 31st March

AC-12 are back in business fighting police corruption. Joining regulars Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston is Stephen Graham. Could he be ‘balaclava man’ and, more importantly, will he make it past the first episode? Read more

Peaky Blinders series 5

Channel: BBC1

Air date: spring 2019

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Peaky Blinders series 5 on BBC1

Cillian Murphy returns as Tommy Shelby in Stephen Knight’s Birmingham-based gangster family epic, which is moving to BBC1. Sam Claflin and Emmet J Scanlan (seen most recently in Butterfly) join the fray. Read more

Game of Thrones season 8

Channel: Sky Atlantic

Air date: 15th April

The smash-hit fantasy is back for an eighth and final series, meaning the last battle for Westeros is almost upon us. But what will happen to Jon Snow and Daenerys? And will the White Walkers finally triumph? Read more

Catch 22

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: summer 2019

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Catch 22 on Channel 4

George Clooney stars in, directs and executive produces the adaptation of Joseph Heller’s tale about Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier in World War II. Read more

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