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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Great new TV shows to look forward to in 2015

Get ready for a new season of superb entertainment!

It’s 2015 and with the new year, comes some awesome brand new TV shows to look forward to in the UK. Both terrestrial and satellite TV platforms have been hard at work in creating some of the best entertainment around and 2015 looks set to be a ground breaking year. So if you’re here in the UK or overseas, check out some of these exciting new shows that will soon be hitting our screens:

Critical (Sky1)

Lennie James heads up this brand new real-time medical drama coming to Sky television viewers, that follows trauma consultant Glen Boyle (James) and his team over a single hour every week, also starring Claire Skinner and Kimberley. This is the latest TV project from Jed Mercurio, who also created the groundbreaking medical series Bodies and Line of Duty; so unsurprisingly expectations are high for this one.

Wayward Pines (FOX UK)

Already drawing huge comparisons to the classic David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks, this is a new thriller from Director M Night Shyamalan who’s assembled a pretty impressive an all-star cast in the shape of Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Juliette Lewis for this ten-part series, which follows a US Secret Service agent trapped in a small town. Sound familiar? Hmmm… just a little. Director Shyamalan has freely admitts that he’s “copying the s**t” out of his filmmaking hero Lynch. Well they do say imitation is the greatest form of flattery and with the confirmed return of Twin Peaks on the horizon, there will undoubtedly be even more comparisons made. This could be one to watch!

Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)

If you thought Wayward Pines had an impressive cast, then this Arctic-set murder-mystery thriller could just trump it, with an assembled cast that can only be described as simply stunning, including Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Guillory, Michael Gambon, Richard Dormer and The Killing’s Sofie Grabol, returning to the genre that made her name. This epic 12-part series looks set to be Sky’s most ambitious original series to date. Definitely worth a look in.

War & Peace (BBC One)

Adapting this hugely important and vast work of internationally recognised literature for TV is no job for the faint hearted. But if anyone is up for a challenge, it’s Andrew Davies, whose past works include Mr Selfridge, the ’90s adaption of Pride and Prejudice and the original BBC House of Cards series. Downton Abbey’s Lily James, Happy Valley’s James Norton and Paul Dano, star of 12 Years a Slave will all feature in this BBC version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel.

Thunderbirds are Go! (ITV)

I kid you not, Thunderbirds are back! 2015 is set to be a FAB year (sorry!) as ITV looks to revamp the classic Gerry Anderson puppet series using a combination of modern CGI animation and live-action footage. This reboot of the classic original will feature Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike as the new voice of Lady Penelope, funnyman Kayvan Novak as Brains and for the purists out there, veteran voice artist David Graham will be reprising his role of Parker. Superb!

Jekyll & Hyde (ITV)

Acclaimed comedian, actor and author Charlie Higson is the brains behind this small-screen sequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson horror novella. Set 40 odd years after the original, this new Jekyll & Hyde will follow Robert, grandson of the original Dr Jekyll, as he battles ghouls, zombies, werewolves and vampires, as well as his own inner demons.

Strange and Norrell (BBC One)

War and Peace is not the only ambitious literary adaptation in the works at the BBC, with Doctor Who writer Peter Harness bringing Susanna Clarke’s innovative fantasy novel to our screens. Ray Donovan star Eddie Marsan and Babylon standout Bertie Carvel have been cast as the titular pair in this seven-part drama, set in an alternate history where magic exists.

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