Earlier this year I wrote the top shows to look out for in 2018 and now it’s summer, so much amazing programs have been and gone, some raving it up at the moment and more to come, I can’t wait!
Now that The Handmaids Tale has finished after that brilliant ending, which I won’t spoil if you’ve not seen it at all. The main character June played by the outstanding Elizabeth Moss, is a different person at the end of season 2 compared to the June we see in season 1. Watch it, that’s really all I’ve got to say on it then we can discuss!
Last night I finally caught up with the last episode of Unforgotten, which has been amazing too. Great cast, and a surprising twist at the end. I did not see that coming, did you?
I’m currently watching This Is Us which is back this second season and it’s great. Season 3 premieres 25th September in the US, so us Brits are a little behind. But, like the first the glue that holds all emotions and barriers that separate, lie within the father figure, Jack. Who is Jack? I’m only a few episodes in and have managed to cry my eyes out, giggle, belly laugh and snort, so I’m excited for what’s yet to come.
But what’s to come? Does the tv world have more for us to sink into? Admittedly I haven’t added any Netflix or Prime to my list as I rarely have time to catch up on the current programs as it is in my planner to start adding more!
Starring: Connie Britton, Angela Bassett and Peter Kraus.
The series follows the high-pressure experiences of first responders – including the police officers, firefighters and the dispatchers who are the first people to respond to and take action in the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. And the balance between work and their lives with their various amounts of own dramas that are unpredictable, intense and uplifting all at the same time.
Jeez the first episode had my heart in a wrench. So nerve-wracking and I’ve got to say, if it’s not said enough by all, how immensely proud of the emergency services I am and we all should be. I’m only one episode in and I can’t wait for the rest of the series. But, be prepared if you do watch this on Sky Witness, that you most definitely will cry or shed a tear at some point.
What’s to come
Bodyguard | BBC
Starring: Keeley Hawes, Richard Madden and Gina McKee.
Fans of excellent BBC crime thriller Line Of Duty know that the combination of writer Jed Mercurio and actor Keeley Hawes is a winning one. Mercurio’s new six-part drama Bodyguard reunites him with Hawes, who plays a cabinet minister paired up with a Specialist Protection Officer (Game Of Thrones and Lady Chatterley’s Lover’s Richard Madden).
Madden is war veteran David Budd, posted to serve as bodyguard to Hawes’ Home Secretary character Julia Montague. The problem for Budd is that Montague’s “politics stand for everything he despises” dividing him between his professional duty and personal beliefs. Bodyguard also stars Gina McKee, Sophie Rundle and Vincent Franklin, and arrives on BBC One later this year.
Instinct | Sky Witness
Starring Alan Cummins and Bojana Novakovic.
tnered with the feisty Lizzie (played by ), Dr Reinhart tries to put the gruesome killer – who is using Dylan’s book to send clues in a deadly game of cat and mouse – behind bars in this gripping crime series. The show has also won acclaim for the fact that Dr Reinhart is an openly gay character- which is still rare to find in lead roles.
Oh, and Whoopi Goldberg has a recurring role as Dr Reinhart’s book agent (as if you needed another reason to tune in).
Wanderlust | BBC
Starring: Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh
The amazing Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh star in this family drama exploring marriage and monogamy. Emmy and Golden Globe winning Hollywood actress Collette is in the lead role as therapist Joy Richards, and while Mackintosh plays her husband Alan.
The BBC describes Joy as “a therapist trying to find a way to keep her spark with her husband alive after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship,” adding: “As we meet her family, friends, neighbours and clients, remarkable yet relatable stories of love, lust and forbidden desire emerge.” This series will arrive in September.
Strangers | ITV
Starring: John Simm and Emilia Fox
This has been advertised for months and I’m really looking forward to watching this eight-part series. The conspiracy thriller, tells the story of Professor Jonah Mulray who finds out his wife has been killed in a car crash while working in Hong Kong. Alhough his wife lived and worked there for six months, Jonah’s fear of flying has meant he’s never visited her in that time. But is everything he’s about to discover all that it seems? Was her death an accident? Find out in September.
Trust | BBC2
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Brendan Fraser, Anna Chancellor, Charlotte Riley and newcomer Harris Dickinson.
Everyone knows the infamous story about the kidnapping of the grandson and heir of John Paul Getty in 1973, and the astonishing refusal the billionaire oil tycoon refused to pay the ransom. A star studded cast lead this drama, brought to life by the team behind Slumdog Millionaire — Oscar and Bafta winners Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy.
Starring Jodie Comer
and Sandra Oh.
Grey’s Anatomy actress Sandra Oh stars alongside Comer. Oh plays an apathetic MI5 security officer “whose desk job does not fulfil her fantasies of being a spy”. Comer plays Villanelle, “a fearsome assassin clinging to the luxuries her violent job affords her.”
The series is set to “turn the traditional spy thriller on its head” as the two women engage in an all-consuming cat-and-mouse game.
Starring Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie.
This four-partpsychological thriller based on Helen FitzGerald’s novel, sees Coleman as a young Scottish mother whose baby is abducted from a small coastal town in Australia.
The War of the World’s | BBC
Starring Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall, Rupert Graves and a Robert Carlyle.
80 years after an infamous radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds supposedly sparked a mass panic that the world was ACTUALLY ending, the BBC is gifting us with a brand-new adaptation of the HG Wells sci-fi novel.
The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair
Starring: Patrick Dempsey
Ok, I’m a little bit excited because this looks great but it’s also by the same studio they brought us The Handmaid’s Tale and it’s got Patrick Dempsey which will be a mahoosive bonus for those who perved on him in Greys Anatomy.
This suspense-filled murder mystery which focuses on novelist Marcus Goldman who has gone to stay with his old professor, Harry Quebert, in New Hampshire. Cue lots of suspense and an attempt to prove his innocence when the body of a 15-year-old who disappeared over 30 years ago is discovered. Hurry up September I want to watch this!
Luther – Series 5 is coming!
I’m probably most excited about this as Idris Elba is bloody brilliants day the whole series, since day one had been A-amazing! There isn’t actually any dates yet announced by the BBC
An air date for Luther series five has not yet been announced, although the BBC has confirmed it is “coming soon” – but there is a teaser trailer for series five, which shows the troubled detective breathing heavily and limping through a darkened corridor with the words “This. Will. Hurt.”
What are you looking forward to?