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 still to come. What will you be watching?

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2019 has been a stellar year for TV so far – and there’s much more to come.

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Whether you’re into period dramas like Peaky Blinders or Sanditon contemporary thrillers such as The Capture and Liar, 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 delightful late summer sprinkling of Bake Off.

In comedy, Aisling Bea’s This Way Up rivals the dizzy heights of Fleabag and Catastrophe, meanwhile RuPaul is getting ready to strut onto UK screens for a new version of Drag Race.

Check out all the series still to air in 2019, below…


DRAMAS


Peaky Blinders series 5

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Sunday 25th August at 9pm 

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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


Deep Water

Channel: ITV

Air date: Wednesday 14th August

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Adapted from Paula Daly’s Windermere novels, this series follows three women (played by Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar) living in the bleakly beautiful Lake District who meet at the school gates and whose lives become intricately woven together. Read more


The Loudest Voice

Channel: Sky Atlantic

Air Date: Thursday 5th September 

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Oscar-winner Russell Crowe stars in the seven-part series as television executive Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News and later an advisor to the Donald Trump presidential campaign, whose career ended following sexual harassment accusations. Read more


Adult Material

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: TBC

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Hayley Squires 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. Sheridan Smith was originally attached to the project but dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Read more


Sticks and Stones

Channel: ITV

Air date: late 2019

Ken Nwosu as Thomas Benson in The Man

Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett is back with a new three-parter, Sticks and Stones, which looks at the impact of workplace bullying. Ken Nwosu stars in the lead role of the psychological drama as Thomas Benson, a hard-working father who bottles it during a pitch to a client, a career mistake which ends up having disastrous consequences. Read more


Bancroft

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

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ITV’s murder-mystery is set to return for a second series, after the show’s cliffhanger series one finale which left us guessing about the fate of Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft. Read more


Temple

Channel: Sky

Air date: Friday 13th September 2019

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For Mark Strong’s character Daniel Milton, a desperate mission to save his wife from life-threatening illness takes him deep underground into the tunnel network beneath Temple tube station in London. He is a talented surgeon, and sets up a literal “underground” clinic. But how far is he prepared to go for the woman he loves – and what will be the consequences? Read more


Catherine the Great

Channel: Sky Atlantic

Air date: Autumn 2019

Helen Mirren stars as the Empress of Russia in this four-part period drama full of “politics, passion and power”, which delves into the “politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history” – Catherine the Great. Mirren’s co-stars include Jason Clarke, Gina McKee and Rory Kinnear. Read more


The Luminaries

Channel: BBC2

Air date: TBC

The Luminaries

Casino Royale’s Eva Green is starring in the TV adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries. The drama promises to be “an epic story of love, murder and revenge” and is set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island during the boom years of the 1860s gold rush. Read more


The Nest 

Channel: BBC1 

Air date: TBC

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Nicole Taylor, the Bafta-winning writer behind Three Girls, is back with a brand new Glasgow-set surrogacy thriller which explores the life-changing consequences of a wealthy couple asking a teenage girl to carry their baby. Read more


A Confession

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

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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

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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 Trial of Christine Keeler

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

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James Norton and Emilia Fox star in this series shining a light on the infamous Profumo Affair of 1963, promising to “take a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories.” 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


Strike: Lethal White

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike (BBC, EH)

Sleuthing double act Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) and Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger) will be back on our screens for a new four-part adaptation of JK Rowling’s latest crime novel, Lethal White. The story begins when Strike receives a visit from Billy, a troubled young man asking the detective to investigate a crime he believes he witnessed as a child. Read more


Poldark series 5

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Sunday 14th July 2019

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Poldark series 5 on BBC1

The fifth and final series of Poldark moves away from the novels by Winston Graham, as we see the cast cope with the devastating events at the end of the last series. Read more


Death Comes As the End

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

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Seasoned Agatha Christie adapter Sarah Phelps hands over to Vanity Fair creator Gwyneth Hughes for this year’s festive drama taking place in 1944 and, according to the BBC, “a groundbreaking murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt.” Read more


Girl/Haji

Channel: BBC2

Air date: TBC

Giri/Haji (BBC)

Two estranged brothers live on opposite sides of the world in London and Tokyo. But when detective and family man Kenzo’s younger sibling goes missing, he heads to the UK to track him down — and discover the truth about his life.


The Good Karma Hospital series 3

Channel: ITV

Air date: 2019

Good Karma Hospital

Set in an Indian hospital and starring Amanda Redman and Amrita Acharia, ITV’s The Good Karma Hospital will return for a third series. Read more


The Light

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: TBC

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The Light sees writer Jack Thorne reunite with Sarah Lancashire for a new drama, inspired by Grenfell, about the explosion of a large construction project which leaves many dead and devastates the local community. Lancashire plays Polly, the wife of the local politician who championed the project. Read more


Marcella series 3

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

Marcella (ITV, EH)

Marcella will be returning for a third series on ITV, with Anna Friel reprising her role as the troubled detective. The new eight-part season will “delve further into the psychology” of Marcella and follow her new line of work as an undercover cop. Read more


World on Fire

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

World on Fire

Sean Bean, Helen Hunt, Lesley Manville and Blake Harrison star in this World War Two drama which tells the story of the first year of the global conflict, exploring the war’s impact on ordinary people from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States. Read more


Dracula

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

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Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss – the team behind Sherlock – reunite to put their own spin on the Dracula tale. Having helped launch the career of Benedict Cumberbatch, can they now do the same for their leading man, Danish actor Claes Bang? He certainly looks the part… Read more


The Elephant Man

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

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The Elephant Man will chart Joseph Merrick’s working-class beginnings in 19th-century Leicestershire, through the workhouse and a life of poverty to a London human oddities show, where he met Dr Frederick Treves, who would go on to become a lifelong friend. Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) will play the titular role in the two 90-minute episodes. Read more


Lethal Weapon

Channel: ITV

Air date: Friday 26th July 2019

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American buddy cop drama Lethal Weapon, based on the action film franchise of the eighties and nineties, returns for its third and final season. The drama is set within the LAPD in Los Angeles and stars Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh, with American Pie actor Seann William Scott joining the cast as former international CIA operative Wesley Cole – a man who “has been everywhere and seen everything.” Read more


Mindhunter season 2

Channel: Netflix

Release date: 16th August 2019

Mindhunter

The dark and complex drama that looks into the motives of killers achieved critical acclaim when it debuted on Netflix, and it’s coming back for a second series starring Jonathan Groff. Read more


Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher series 2

Channel: S4C and BBC1

Air date: 12th May 2019 for Welsh-language version; 23rd July for English-language version

Eve Myles in new drama Keeping Faith (BBC)
Keeping Faith series 2 on BBC1

Eve Myles is back for a second series of the hit Welsh drama about lawyer, wife and mother Faith Howells. The new episodes see Faith battling to keep her family and business together. Read more


Homeland season 8

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: late 2019

Claire Danes in Homeland (Channel 4, EH)
Homeland series 8 on Channel 4

The eighth and final season of Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, will bring an end to the ever-twisting political thriller. Read more


Liar series 2

Channel: ITV

Air date: autumn 2019

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Liar series 2 on ITV

Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd will both return for the second series of Liar to answer the many questions we had after the shock series one ending. Read more


The Capture

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

The Capture

Strike star Holliday Grainger plays a detective in this new surveillance thriller, which promises to look at a “troubling world of misinformation, fake news, and the extraordinary technological capabilities of the intelligence services.” Read more


Sanditon

Channel: ITV

Air date: Autumn 2019

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Master adaptor Andrew Davies (War & Peace, Les Misérables) returns with a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Sanditon, which tells the story of a spirited and impulsive woman who moves from her country home to Sanditon, a fishing village trying to reinvent itself as a seaside resort. Rose Williams (Curfew, Changeland) leads the cast as Charlotte, and Kris Marshall also stars as an enthusiastic and happily married man who wants to put Sanditon on the map. Read more


A Christmas Carol 

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Christmas 2019

Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge in new BBC drama A Christmas Carole (Robert Viglasky/FX)

Guy Pearce, Charlotte Riley, Stephen Graham, Andy Serkis and Vinette Robinson star in the BBC’s latest festive adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which comes from the pen of Taboo and Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight. Pearce is set to play the miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Read more


Elizabeth is Missing

Channel: BBC

Air date: 2019

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This feature-length one-off drama is based on Emma Healey’s bestselling novel Elizabeth is Missing, and marks Glenda Jackson’s return to TV after more than 25 years. The Oscar-winner and former MP stars as Maud, a woman struggling with dementia who must attempt to piece together what has happened to her best friend Elizabeth. Read more


The Mallorca Files

Channel: BBC1 (Daytime)

Air date: TBC

The Mallorca Files

Trust Me writer Dan Sefton‘s crime drama The Mallorca Files stars an introverted German detective (Julian Looman) and a flamboyant German (Elen Rhys) who team up to fight crime on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Read more


Euphoria

Channel: Sky Atlantic and Now TV

Air date: Tuesday 6th August

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The series follows 17-year-old drug-addict Rue Bennett (played by Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Zendaya) who was found overdosed in her bedroom by her sister Gia (Storm Reid) and who returns from rehab just as the show begins. Read more


Ozark season 3

Channel: Netflix

Release date: TBC

Ozark, Jason Bateman (Netflix, BA)
Ozark series 3 on Netflix

Ten new episodes of Ozark will land on Netflix this year for the show’s third series, which will reunite us with the Byrde family once again. Jason Bateman directs and leads the cast. Read more


Pose series 2

Channel: BBC2

Air date: TBC

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Ryan Murphy’s colourful account of the LGBTQ community and ballroom culture in New York is returning as the House of Evangelista embraces a new decade against the backdrop of the worsening AIDS crisis. Read more


The Barking Murders

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

Stephen Merchant in The Barking Murders
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From Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, the award-winning team behind The Moorside and Appropriate Adult, this new factual drama is about the victims of “the Grindr serial killer” who drugged and murdered four young men he met on a dating app and will star Sheridan Smith and Stephen Merchant. Read more


13 Reasons Why season 3

Channel: Netflix

Release date: TBC

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13 Reasons Why on Netflix

Netflix will release 13 more episodes for series three of its hard-hitting – and controversial – teen drama. Read more


Gavin & Stacey

Channel: BBC1

Air date: 25th December 2019

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James Corden and Ruth Jones are bringing back their much-loved BBC sitcom for a one-off Christmas special. Read more


Noughts & Crosses

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

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Noughts & Crosses on BBC1

Malorie Blackman’s bestselling novel, set in a dystopian world where races are segregated and the ruling class is black, is being adapted for television. Peaky Blinders actor Jack Rowan and newcomer Masali Baduza lead the cast. Read more


Fosse/Verdon

Channel: BBC2

Air date: Friday 2nd August

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American biographical miniseries Fosse/Verdon is based on the troubled personal and professional relationship between director and choreographer Bob Fosse (played by Sam Rockwell) and his wife and unsung collaborator Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams), who was also a Broadway actor, dancer and singer. Having aired on FX in the States, it’s now set for a BBC2 broadcast. Read more


Dublin Murders

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

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Dublin Murders on BBC1

Cormoran Strike actor Killian Scott stars in this psychological crime thriller adapted from Tanya French’s bestselling novel series Dublin Murder Squad. Read more


Gold Digger

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

Julia Ormond (Getty, EH)
Gold Digger on BBC1

Gold Digger is a new noir drama that tells the story of a woman who falls in love with a much younger man, and the impact of their relationship on her already-fractured family. It stars Julia Ormond as the wealthy 60-year-old and Ben Barnes as her youthful lover.


COMEDY


Hold the Sunset series 2

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

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Starring John Cleese, Alison Steadman and Jason Watkins, Hold the Sunset is a sitcom about a pair of old friends who plan to get married and move abroad to a place in the sun. But their dream is disrupted when a grown-up son unexpectedly moves back home. Read more


Brassic

Channel: Sky1

Air date: 22nd August 2019

Brassic

Written by BAFTA-winner Danny Brocklehurst (Clocking Off, Accused), Brassic is a comedy which follows a group of working-class friends who find unconventional ways to win at life. This is England’s Joseph Gilgun and Ripper Street’s Damien Molony lead the cast. Read more


GLOW

Channel: Netflix

Release date: 9th August

GLOW

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling return for a third outing on Netflix, this time relocating to Las Vegas, the setting of the group’s new live show. The new series sees the return of Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin as well as enlisting the talents of Oscar-winner Geena Davis. Read more


Inside No. 9

Channel: BBC2

Air date: TBC

Inside No 9 and Jenna Coleman

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s anthology series welcomes the likes of Jenna Coleman, David Morrissey, Maxine Peake and Jill Halfpenny for new episodes. Read more


The End of the F***ing World

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: TBC

The End of the F***ing World (Channel 4, BA)

This zany black comedy was a sleeper hit when it first aired in 2017, enjoying critical success when it first aired on Channel 4 before going on to find a wider band of devotees when it was released on Netflix. James and Allysa (Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden) return for plenty more teenage angst and dark humour. Read more


Stath Lets Flats

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: TBC

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Jamie Demetriou returns to write and star in a second run of this Bafta-nominated comedy in which he plays an idiotic lettings agent alongside his real-life sister Natasha. Read more


Kaos

Channel: Netflix

Release date: TBC

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Kaos on Netflix

The creator of The End of the F***ing World – returning to Channel 4 in the autumn – has written a new, darkly comic Netflix series, Kaos, which is a modern reimagining of Greek mythology.


This Way Up

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: Thursday 8th August

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Comedian Aisling Bea is the creator and star of this new off-beat comedy which follows Aine, a woman who is trying to piece her life back together after a “teeny little nervous breakdown”. Read more


The Good Place

Channel: Netflix

Air date: 27th September

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Holy forking shirtballs, the hit US sitcom set in the afterlife is ending this year, returning for a fourth and final (sob) series as Eleanor Shellstrop & co bow out for good. Read more


ENTERTAINMENT


Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK

Channel: BBC3

Air date: TBC

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Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK on BBC3

A UK version of the internationally beloved, flamboyant US show is on its way, featuring ten British drag queens competing for the crown. Drag icon Ru Paul has already said he’d be thrilled to have the Duchess of Sussex as a guest judge… Read more


Strictly Come Dancing

Channel: BBC1

Air date: autumn 2019

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Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1

A whole new set of celebrity contestants and their pro partners will be taking to the Strictly dance floor to compete for the chance to win the coveted Glitterball Trophy. Read more


Love Island

Channel: ITV2

Air date: Monday 3rd June 2019

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Love Island on ITV2

The nation’s guilty pleasure will return once again, and a whole new raft of impossibly fit singletons will be heading into the villa to find love.

  • RELATED: Which Love Island couples are still together?

The X Factor

Channel: ITV

Air date: autumn 2019

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The X Factor on ITV

Simon Cowell may have a new entertainment show on the BBC, but ITV’s once-all conquering talent show isn’t giving up the ghost any time soon.


The Great British Bake Off

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: summer 2019

Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in front of the famous Bake Off tent (Channel 4)
The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4

Another summer in the beloved GBBO tent awaits, and we’ll be meeting a whole new set of bakers keen to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their culinary creations.


The Apprentice

Channel: BBC1

Air date: autumn 2019

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The Apprentice on BBC1

Lord Sugar will invite a new roster of budding entrepreneurs into his boardroom in 2019 in a bid to find his next business partner.


I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Channel: ITV

Air date: autumn 2019

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I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on ITV

We’ll certainly be returning to the jungle to watch celebrities tackle critters, snakes and vermin – but which contestants will be rising to the challenge this year? Sadly Holly Willoughby won’t be joining them, after she confirmed that her stint hosting in 2018 was just a “one-off”.


Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

Jeremy Clarkson in Who Wants To Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on ITV

Following the success of the ITV revival under The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the game show will be back. Read more


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