The best TV shows of 2019 so far

It's been a big year for television – here are the best shows to make it to our TV screens in 2019

Best TV shows in 2019 so far

2019 has brought us plenty of TV treats. We’ve lost our fingernails to Line of Duty, had our brains boggled by Black Mirror, cringed and delighted at Fleabag, and collectively survived the end of Game of Thrones.

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But if you missed out on any of this year’s top telly, fear not – there’s plenty of time to catch up. Here’s a list of all the best TV shows to air so far in 2019…


DRAMAS


Baptiste

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: Sunday 17th February

Baptiste, BBC1
Baptiste on BBC1

The Missing’s beloved detective, Julien Baptiste, gets 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


Traitors

Channel: Channel 4

Original air date: Sunday 17th February

L-R: LUKE TREADAWAY as HUGH FENTON MICHAEL STUHLBARG as ROWE EMMA APPLETON as FEEF SYMONDS KEELEY HAWES as PRISCILLA GARRICK BRANDON P BELL as JACKSON COLE

A thriller set in the aftermath of the Second World War, Traitors stars Clique’s Emma Appleton as an ambitious 20-something woman who is tasked with spying on her own government. The starry ensemble cast also includes Keeley Hawes and Luke Treadaway. Read more


MotherFatherSon

Channel: BBC2

Original air date: Wednesday 6th March

Richard Gere and Billy Howle in MotherFatherSon (BBC, EH)
MotherFatherSon on BBC2

Richard Gere stars as a media tycoon and Helen McCrory as his estranged wife in this starry new series from the writer of The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Billy Howle also features as their son Caden who threatens to topple the family’s empire. Read more


Cheat

Channel: ITV

Original air date: Monday 11th March

Molly Windsor and Katherine Kelly in Cheat

This psychological thriller stars Katherine Kelly as university professor Leah, who starts a dangerous relationship with her student Rose (Molly Windsor) and is thrust into a case of academic deception which has fatal consequences. Read more


Victoria series 3

Channel: ITV

Original air date: Sunday 24th March 2019

Victoria season 3

This third series of Jenna Coleman’s royal period drama rejoins the young Queen in 1848, a “turbulent and uncertain time” for monarchs and subjects alike. Read more


Line of Duty series 5

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: Sunday 31st March

AC-12 return to fight yet more police corruption. Joining regulars Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston are Stephen Graham as John Corbett, Rochenda Sandall as Lisa McQueen and Anna Maxwell-Martin as Patricia Carmichael. Read more


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 2

Channel: Netflix

Original release date: 5th April 2019

(Netflix)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series 2 on Netflix

Kiernan Shipka reprises her role as the teenage witch for a second series of the Sabrina fantasy. Netflix has already confirmed the series will run for at least four seasons. Read more


The Durrells series 4

Channel: ITV

Original air date: Sunday 7th April 2019

The Durrells (ITV, EH)
The Durrells series 4 on ITV

Keeley Hawes returns for a fourth and final (or is it?) series of this drama based on the real-life British Durrell family, who moved to the Greek island of Corfu in the years leading up to World War II. Read more


The Victim

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: Monday 8th April

The Victim

Scottish actors Kelly Macdonald and John Hannah lead the cast of this new legal thriller which is told from the perspective of the plaintiff and the accused, and promises to offer “a constantly surprising and twisting perspective on who is really ‘the victim’”. Read more


Game of Thrones season 8

Channel: Sky Atlantic

Original air date: 15th April

Game of Thrones

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 can the denouement meet fan expectations? Read more


Trust Me series 2

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: Tuesday 16th April

Alfred Enoch plays Corporal Jamie McCain

Trust Me returns to BBC1 – but with a whole new cast and without Jodie Whittaker. The new series follows a different medical storyline at the centre of which is Corporal Jamie McCain (Harry Potter’s Alfred Enoch), a survivor of a shock enemy attack. Ashley Jenson, Richard Rankin and John Hannah also star. Read more


The Looming Tower

Channel: BBC2

Original air date: Friday 26th April

Jeff Daniels) stars in The Looming Tower, coming to BBC2 in spring 2019 (Photo by: JoJo Whilden/Hulu)

The Looming Tower is a political thriller charting the events in the run-up to 9/11 during the late 1990s. It stars Jeff Daniels as the chief of the New York FBI’s Counterterrorism Centre, and follows internal rivalries between the FBI and the CIA. Read more


Chernobyl

Channel: Sky Atlantic

Original air date: 7th May 2019

Chernobyl
Chernobyl on Sky Atlantic

This five-part critically acclaimed drama tells the human story of the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986, and stars Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård and Jared Harris.


Years and Years

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: 14th May 2019

The cast of Years and Years (L-R): Daniel (Russell Tovey), Ruby (Jade Alleyne), Edith (Jessica Hynes), Rosie (Ruth Madeley), Muriel (Anne Reid), Stephen (Rory Kinnear), Celeste (T'nia Miller), Bethany (Lydia West)

This family saga from Russell T Davies is led by Emma Thompson, who plays Vivienne Rook, an outspoken celebrity turned political figure whose controversial opinions divide the nation. Read more


The Virtues

Channel: Channel 4

Original air date: 15th May 2019

The Virtues (C4)

Shane Meadows reunites with This is England co-creator Jack Thorne and actor Stephen Graham for The Virtues. It stars Graham as Joseph, a troubled man who’s lost everything he ever loved and who travels to Ireland to confront his childhood demons. While there, he crosses paths with Niamh Algar’s Dinah and a visceral love story begins. Read more


Gentleman Jack

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: 19th May 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


Summer of Rockets

Channel: BBC2

Original air date: 22nd May 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


Good Omens

Channel: Amazon Prime Video

Original 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, Benedict Cumberbatch and many more – brings to life Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s epic. Read more


Black Mirror season 5

Channel: Netflix

Original release date: Wednesday 5th June 2019

Charlie Brooker delivers another dose of his dystopian anthology series, after Black Mirror’s acclaimed interactive special Bandersnatch was released in December 2018. Read more


Killing Eve season 2

Channel: BBC

Original release date: Saturday 8th June

The stars of Killing Eve

The smash-hit, female-fronted spy thriller is as good as ever in this second series. Sandra Oh returns as Eve and Jodie Comer reprises the role of deadly assassin Villanelle, with Emerald Fennell taking over from Phoebe Waller-Bridge as showrunner. Read more


Big Little Lies season 2

Channel: Sky Atlantic

Original air date: Monday 10th June

Big Little Lies (NOW TV, BA)
Big Little Lies series 2 on Sky Atlantic

The mothers of Monterey return for a second series after the shocking climax of the season one finale. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern all reprise their roles alongside new cast member Meryl Streep(!) Read more


Jessica Jones season 3

Channel: Netflix

Original release date: 14th June 2019

Krysten Ritter in Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix, HF)

The Marvel series starring Krysten Ritter got a third and final season from Netflix, following Jessica and adoptive sister Trish as they are stalked by a new and dangerous villain. Read more


Catch-22

Channel: Channel 4

Original air date: Thursday 20th June 2019

Catch-22 (C4)

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


Beecham House

Channel: ITV

Original air date: Sunday 23rd June

Tom Bateman plays John Beecham in Beecham House

Tom Bateman, Lesley Nicol, Marc Warren and Leo Suter lead a huge ensemble cast for a new period drama set in India at the cusp of the 19th century. It follows the fortunes of the residents of an imposing and beautiful mansion called Beecham House. Read more


Stranger Things season 3

Channel: Netflix

Original release date: Thursday 4th July

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The sci-fi hit is back for a third series with all of the original cast returning to take us on a whole new set of supernatural adventures in the small town of Hawkins. Read more


Dark Money

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: Monday 8th July 2019

Dark Mon£y (BBC)
Dark Mon£y on BBC1

A four-part drama by writer Levi David Addai (Damilola, Our Loved Boy), about a London family that accepts a substantial pay-off from a renowned filmmaker to keep silent about the abuse of their youngest son. Read more


The Left Behind

Channel: BBC3, BBC1

Original air date: Wednesday 10th July 2019

The Left Behind

Gethin (Sion Daniel Young) is a single, working class young man living in South Wales with his sister and her family. He scrapes by on zero-hours employment at a chicken shop, and is content to hang out with his friends and help raise his young niece. But increasing problems lead him to question how far he’s been ‘left behind’ in his own country – and he starts to pay attention to the extremist far-right views of those around him. 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


Lethal Weapon

Channel: ITV

Air date: Friday 26th July 2019

Lethal Weapon – Warner Bros

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


Fosse/Verdon

Channel: BBC2

Air date: Friday 2nd August

Programme Name: Fosse/Verdon - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 2) - Picture Shows: rehearsing 'Damn Yankees' - (C) FX - Photographer: Eric Liebowitz

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


COMEDY


Catastrophe series 4

Channel: Channel 4

Original air date: Monday 7th January 2019

Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney and Carrie Fisher in Catastrophe (Channel 4, HF)
Catastrophe series 4 on Channel 4

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s comedy-drama ends with a fourth and final series. The concluding episodes are as brutally honest as ever and explore the reality of sex in long-term relationships as well as bidding a fond farewell to guest star Carrie Fisher’s character. Read more


Stath Lets Flats

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: 27th June 2019

Stath Lets flats, C4 publicity still

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


This Time with Alan Partridge

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: Monday 25th February

The bumbling broadcaster returns to the BBC with a new six-part series after a spell at Sky. Alan fronts a live programme with “a heady mix of consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth”. Read more


Warren

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: Monday 25th February

Warren

Martin Clunes plays a fastidious driving instructor who moves from the South of England to Preston when his partner’s father falls ill. A born pedant, he always thinks he knows best and causes chaos and disaster as he tries to adjust to his new life. Read more


Fleabag series 2

Channel: BBC3

Original air date: Monday 4th March

Fleabag series two, BBC Press Centre
Fleabag on BBC3

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s anti-heroine returns for a second series that achieves the seemingly impossible feat of topping the first. Oscar winner Olivia Colman also returns as the evil godmother and Sherlock actor Andrew Scott joins the cast. Read more


Derry Girls series 2

Channel: Channel 4

Original air date: Tuesday 5th March

Lisa McGee’s coming-of-age comedy set during the Irish troubles is just as funny in its second series which features Bill Clinton’s 1995 visit to Derry. Read more


Don’t Forget the Driver

Channel: BBC2

Original air date: Tuesday 9th April

Don't Forget The Driver (BBC Pictures)

Written by and starring Toby Jones, this new comedy follows a coach driver and single dad whose soul is thrown into disarray upon discovering a dead body on the serene Bognor Regis shoreline. Read more


Year of the Rabbit 

Channel: Channel 4

Original air date: Monday 10th June 2019

Year of the Rabbit - Matt Berry as Detective Inspector Rabbit with Freddie Fox and Susan Wokoma

“Bonkers” period police comedy Year of the Rabbit follows Detective Inspector Rabbit (Matt Berry), a “hardened booze-hound cop in Victorian London,” and his two partners Wilbur Strauss (Freddie Fox) and Mabel Wisbech (Susan Wokoma). Read more


Wild Bill

Channel: ITV
Original air date: Wednesday 12th June
Rob Lowe plays Bill Hixon in Wild Bill

Rob Lowe stars as a high-flying US cop who shakes up the Lincolnshire Police Force in the UK and is determined to make his mark as the new Chief Constable. Read more


ENTERTAINMENT


Love Island

Channel: ITV2

Air date: Monday 3rd June 2019

Caroline Flack, Love Island ITV, EH)
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.

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The Voice UK

Channel: ITV

Original air date: Saturday 5th January

The Voice (ITV)
The Voice UK on ITV

The ITV singing show returned for an eighth series, launching at the same time and date as BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer. Olly Murs, Tom Jones, will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson made up the judging panel. Read more


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


The Greatest Dancer

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: Saturday 5th January

The Greatest Dancer: Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison, Cheryl
The Greatest Dancer on BBC1

Former X Factor judge Cheryl, Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly pro Oti Mabuse judged this brand new dancing competition masterminded by Simon Cowell – and greenlit for a second series by the BBC. Read more


Dancing on Ice

Channel: ITV

Original air date: Sunday 6th January

Gemma Collins, Dancing on Ice (ITV, KB)
Dancing on Ice on ITV

TOWIE legend Gemma Collins, Love Island’s Wes Nelson and Westlife’s Brian McFadden were among the celebrity contestants taking to the rink for the 11th series of the talent competition. Read more


Shipwrecked

Channel: E4

Original air date: Monday 28th January

Vick Hope (Getty)
Shipwrecked on E4
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A reboot of the desert island dating show Shipwrecked, helmed by Strictly’s Vick Hope, made its way to screens after a seven-year hiatus. Read more


Comic Relief’s Four Weddings and a Funeral

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: 15th March

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Comic Relief’s Four Weddings and a Funeral on BBC1

Hugh Grant and the Four Weddings and a Funeral cast reunited after 25 years for a Red Nose Day sequel to the beloved rom-com. Richard Curtis wrote the script and the sequel was directed by original director, Mike Newell. Read more


Eurovision

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: 18th May

Eurovision logo 2019
Eurovision

Eurovision 2019 took place in Tel Aviv, Israel and was hosted once again by Graham Norton. The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence took over from Israel’s Netta Barzilai as the reigning champion. Read more


DOCUMENTARIES


Danny Dyer’s Right Royal History

Channel: BBC1

Original air date: 23rd January 2019

Danny Dyer, TV Choice Awards (Getty, EH)
Danny Dyer’s Right Royal History on BBC1

EastEnders star Danny Dyer digs deeper into his family tree after discovering his royal roots on Who Do You Think You Are? From the Vikings to the Tudors, Dyer dresses, eats and lives his way through his family’s history. Read more


Our Planet

Channel: Netflix

Original release date: 5th April 2019

David Attenborough was announced as the presenter of Our Planet on Netflix at WWF’s State of the Planet Address (James Gillham/Netflix)
Our Planet on Netflix

David Attenborough narrates an epic new natural history series on Netflix, which was filmed over four years in 50 different countries and comes from the team behind Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Read more