The biggest TV shows still to come 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?

TV still to come in 2019

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

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We’ve rounded up all the TV shows still to come in 2019 (or currently on air), from shiny-floor entertainment programmes to crime dramas to adaptations of much-loved classics.

Some of these might slip over into 2020 – while the rest are coming our way this autumn and winter. Here’s to what to look out for:


His Dark Materials

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Sunday 3rd November

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This much-anticipated adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novels is set to arrive on our screens this autumn. Stars include James McAvoy, Daphne Keen, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 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


Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK

Channel: BBC3

Air date: 3rd October 2019

RuPaul's Drag Race

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


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


War of the Worlds

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Autumn 2019

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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


Motherland

Channel: BBC2

Air-date: Monday 7th October

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Sharon Horgan’s painfully funny sitcom – in which chaotic parenting and middle-class mum wars abound – returns with Anna Maxwell Martin as a mother at her wit’s end. Read more


The Crown series 3

Channel: Netflix

Release date: Sunday 17th November

Olivia Colman in Netflix's The Crown

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


Girl/Haji

Channel: BBC2

Air date: Thursday 17th October

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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 Apprentice

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Wednesday 2nd October

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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.


The Good Karma Hospital series 3

Channel: ITV

Air date: 2019 (unconfirmed)

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 Accident

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: Thursday 24th October

The Accident

The Accident 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: Sunday 29th September

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


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 Great British Bake Off

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: Tuesday 27th August

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Another series in the GBBO tent awaits, featuring a whole new set of bakers keen to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their culinary creations.


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


Strictly Come Dancing

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Saturday 7th September

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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


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 Pale Horse

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

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And Then There Were None and Ordeal by Innocence writer Sarah Phelps tackles her next Agatha Christie tale – The Pale Horse –  set in 1961 and centring around the character of Mark Easterbrook, a man whose name appears on a mysterious list found inside the shoe of a dead woman. 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


Ozark season 3

Channel: Netflix

Release date: TBC

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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

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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


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


Dublin Murders

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Monday 14th October

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Dublin Murders on BBC1

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


The Name of the Rose

Channel: BBC2

Air date: Friday 11th October

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The BBC has snapped up John Turturro’s adaptation of The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco’s dark murder mystery set in an abbey in the fourteenth century. Read more.


Gold Digger

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Autumn 2019

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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.


Defending the Guilty

Channel: BBC2

Air date: Tuesday 17th September

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BAFTA award winner Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) plays a cynical barrister in BBC2’s brand new comedy about a cutthroat team of lawyers, based on the acclaimed tell-all book Defending The Guilty: Truth And Lies In The Criminal Courtroom by Alex McBride. Read more.


Frayed

Channel: Sky One and NOW TV

Air date: 26th September 2019

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Sky’s brand new bittersweet and raucously funny comedy is set in the glitz of the late 1980s, and follows a rich London housewife who’s forced to return to the hometown in Australia she’s been working so hard to escape. 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


Inside No. 9

Channel: BBC2

Air date: TBC

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Inside No 9 (BBC, EH)

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: Autumn 2019

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

This twisted 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


The Snail and the Whale 

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Christmas 2019

The Snail and the Whale

The makers of The Gruffalo, The Highway Rat and Zog are bringing another beloved children’s book by Julia Donaldson to the small screen this Christmas. 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


The X Factor

Channel: ITV

Air date: October 2019

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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.


I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Channel: ITV

Air date: autumn 2019

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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”.


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