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New & Returning TV Shows for 2016

New Year television that will have you glued to your TV set!

If you thought you might want to take a break from the telly in the new year and make plans for your social life, then think again. 2016 promises to be a great year as many exciting new television series are set to hit our screens, as well as the return of many fans favourites. Here’s our list of shows that you must check out, coming to a small screen near you:

Jimmy & Jamie’s Friday Night Feast

Friday, January 1st, 2016 – Channel 4 at 8:00pm

Those two cheeky chappies from Essex bring in the new year with their own brand of fun and food from the famous Southend Pier once again. In the first episode of the new series, Orlando Bloom drops by to show off his sword training whilst cooking up a tasty Moroccan tagine. Jamie prepares fragrant, aromatic Asian seafood parcels, whilst Jimmy takes on the great British banger, showing how to make your own tastier homemade version instead. The boys also discover a by-product of the goat dairy industry in the form of delicious meat, that’s currently being discarded.

War & Peace

Sunday, 3rd January 2016 – BBC1 at 9:00pm

For lovers of period dramas, this adaption of the famous novel for television by one of Britain’s finest screenwriters, Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice, House of Cards), may have come at just the right time, now that the nation’s beloved Downton Abbey has gone for good. Tolstoy’s epic story is brought to life by an impressive cast line-up, arguably one of the best ever assembled for a British drama, with name such as Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Lily James, Paul Dano, James Norton, Tuppence Middleton and Stephen Rea among the long list of names. The cast all shine in this story of the tangled lives and loves of young Russian aristocrats during the Napoleonic Wars. This is not one to miss surely.

Queen Victoria

Unconfirmed – ITV

If having one new period drama wasn’t enough for you then ITV have certainly not let the dust settle after Downton’s demise. They’re also getting in on the period drama act with recently departed Dr. Who star Jenna Coleman, getting to grips with her first lead role in this lavish eight-part drama mini series, as it follows the monarch’s early life, from coronation to marriage to Prince Albert.

The final release date is yet to be confirmed but we do know that the series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by 7 one-hour episodes.

Fresh Meat

Tuesday, 5th January 2016 – Channel 4 at 10pm

The incredibly popular cult comedy series starring Jack Whitehall will definitely be returning for a fourth and final series in 2016. Filming concluded late 2015 and to date, there have been mixed messages as to when the show will be scheduled to air again. We believe it is due to air as soon as next Tuesday but some published listings state otherwise. All we know is Episode One “The Purge” will be on our screens very soon and this has to be marked as unmissable.

Vinyl

Unconfirmed – Sky Atlantic

Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter (of ‘The Sopranos’ fame) have joined forces to create this highly anticipated HBO TV series about the music industry in 1970s New York. Bobby Canavale plays record executive Richie Finiestra, with Olivia Wilde as his wife, Devon, and Juno Temple as his ambitious A+R assistant in this gorgeous 70s style adaption of life in the industry over 40 years ago.

As yet, a date for the UK premiere is yet to be confirmed so keep your eyes peeled on Sky TV to see the latest trailers and announcements of its imminent release.