Picking the best TV of 2023 is not easy. For a start, some of it remains under wraps. Then there’s the problem of separating the hype from the reality of programmes that are still being edited. But the biggest problem of all is boiling down the candidates to a mere 23.

In the latest issue of Radio Times magazine, our team of dedicated TV specialists has whittled down all the programmes we know are coming in the next 12 months to a list of must-see shows.

From Helena Bonham Carter’s mesmerising turn as Noele Gordon in Nolly, to Sir David Attenborough’s celebration of the fauna of Britain in Wild Isles, all the big beasts of television are here.

Hugh Bonneville and Olivia Colman come back to the BBC in hugely-anticipated dramas, the vogue for westerns continues with Sky Atlantic’s Django, plus there are returning favourites, from the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who to the fourth season of Brian Cox’s acclaimed turn as ruthless tycoon Logan Roy in Succession.

We’ve also included more than big-budget dramas, which means the biggest production of them all – the King’s coronation. When his mother was crowned 70 years ago the TV age had barely dawned. Now we can safely say, it’s in its pomp.

Who knows what the next 70 years will bring? What we predict with some confidence is that the next 12 months promise some of the best TV you will have seen.

Helena Bonham Carter Radio Times cover

Also in this week’s Radio Times:

  • Oscar winner Olivia Colman and rising star Micheal Ward on their intergenerational romance in Empire of Light, working with an intimacy coordinator, why Micheal feels “lonely, a lot”, working with Sam Mendes and positivity about more Black-led stories being told
  • Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt on 40 years of BBC Breakfast programmes, rivalry with Good Morning Britain, the move to Salford, rumours of whether Charlie wears a wig and the uncomfortable sofa
  • Joe Lycett on his favourite experiences in the new Travel Man series and his £10,000 shredding stunt before the Qatar World Cup
  • Lara Pulver on working on-screen with her husband Raza Jaffrey and best friend Parminder Nagra in Maternal, the myth that working mothers can “have it all”, and her enjoyment at starring on a drama where women are working together, not in conflict

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