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New TV shows in 2022: dramas, documentaries, true crime and thrillers

Must-watch series include The Green Planet and Peaky Blinders

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BBC

The Green Planet with David Attenborough

The Green Planet with David Attenborough

BBC

The Green Planet

Beginning on Sunday 9 January on BBC One, David Attenborough’s new five-part series looks at the strange and wonderful world of plants. The “indefatigable” 95-year-old has now been presenting prestige nature documentaries for more than two-thirds of the BBC’s century of broadcasting, said Dan Einav in the FT. And his latest is “yet another remarkable product of the symbiosis between his decades of experience and ingenious, cutting-edge filming techniques”.

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BBC

Cillian Murphy plays Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders

Cillian Murphy plays Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders

BBC

Peaky Blinders series six 

Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby is another favourite returning to the BBC this year. Birmingham’s “most notorious flat-cap-wearing gangster” will be back on our screens in “early 2022” in the much-loved crime drama’s sixth and final series, Radio Times said. A teaser confirmed the return of Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) while Stephen Graham will also join the cast. 

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ITV

Vicky McClure in Trigger Point

Vicky McClure in Trigger Point

Ross Ferguson/ITV

Trigger Point

If you throw together Jed “Line of Duty” Mercurio, Vicky McClure and a drama about police bomb-disposal squads, you “must have TV gold on your hands”, said Alex Fletcher on BT.com. ITV’s high-octane six-part thriller will focus on the officers who risk their lives daily on “the long walk” towards danger. 

Trigger Point sounds like it’s “going to keep us on the edge of our seats”, said Martin Shore on WhatToWatch. In the show, Line of Duty star McClure plays frontline officer Lana Washington, who is an experienced bomb-disposal operative, known as an “Expo”, and Adrian Lester plays Joel Nutkins, who works alongside her. Both ex-military, the pair are close, having served together in Afghanistan.

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Sky Atlantic/Now

The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age starts on 25 January

Sky

The Gilded Age

Hotly anticipated The Gilded Age will be released in the UK on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW on 25 January. The nine-part HBO/Sky Original show reunites writer/creator Julian Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Neame and director Michael Engler, the creative team behind the award-winning Downton Abbey series and feature film.

The ensemble cast includes Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denee Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin, with Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.

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ITV

Tuppence Middleton and Martin Compston will star in Our House

Tuppence Middleton and Martin Compston will star in Our House

ITV/Rob Harper/Stefan Sieler

Our House

Martin Compston, another Line of Duty alumni, returns to our screens this year in ITV’s psychological thriller Our House. Adapted from Louise Candlish’s international bestselling novel of the same name, the “edge-of-your-seat” four-part series will see Compston joined in the cast by Tuppence Middleton and Rupert Penry-Jones. 

Fiona Lawson (Middleton) arrives home one day to find strangers moving into her house. With all her family’s possessions and furniture nowhere to be seen, Fi believes there’s been a huge mistake and insists her home isn’t for sale. With events spiralling beyond her control, her panic rises as she can’t reach her estranged husband, Bram (Compston).

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Sky Atlantic/NOW

Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in House of the Dragon

Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in House of the Dragon

HBO

House of the Dragon 

Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon is set a few hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen. Emma D’Arcy stars as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s first-born child who is of pure Valyrian blood and a dragonrider. Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne.

Paddy Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen while Steve Toussaint (Lord Corlys Velaryon), Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower) and Rhys Ifans (Otto Hightower) also join the cast for the ten-episode series. HBO has not revealed when it will air but “reports in the US say it is likely to be sometime in 2022”, Sky News said. 

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ITV

Aidan Turner plays Dr Joseph O’Loughlin in The Suspect

Aidan Turner plays Dr Joseph O’Loughlin in The Suspect

ITV

The Suspect

Upcoming psychological thriller The Suspect promises to have viewers “on the edge of their seats”, said the Daily Express. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Michael Robotham, Poldark star Aidan Turner will play Dr Joseph O’Loughlin in the five-part ITV drama. O’Loughlin is a “complex character” who has a “hidden dark side”.

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Netflix 

Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown

Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown

Alex Bailey/Netflix

The Crown 

Fans of The Crown “will have to wait longer than usual for it to return”, Harper’s Bazaar reported. Season five will premiere in November 2022, with Imelda Staunton introduced as the Netflix show’s new Queen Elizabeth. Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki and will portray Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

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Amazon Prime Video

Jessica Raine on the set of The Devil’s Hour

Jessica Raine on the set of The Devil’s Hour

Sam Taylor/Hartswood Films

The Devil’s Hour

This six-episode show for Amazon Prime Video tells the story of a woman who wakes up every night at exactly 3.33am – in the middle of the so-called devil’s hour between 3am and 4am. Starring Jessica Raine and Peter Capaldi in the lead roles, the new TV thriller “sounds scary as hell, so prepare for some sleepless nights”, said Kayleigh Dray on Stylist

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ITV

Noele Gordon in character as Meg Mortimer in TV soap Crossroads in 1975

Noele Gordon in character as Meg Mortimer in TV soap Crossroads in 1975

TV Times via Getty Images

Nolly

Forty years after Noele Gordon’s shock sacking from Crossroads, ITV has commissioned Nolly, a three-part drama starring Academy Award-nominated actor Helena Bonham Carter in the main role and written by It’s a Sin’s Russell T. Davies. Nolly is an “outrageously fun and wildly entertaining ride” through Noele Gordon’s “most tumultuous years”, and a “sharp, affectionate and heart-breaking portrait of a forgotten icon”, ITV said. The show will go into production in 2022.

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Sky Atlantic

Colin Firth 

Colin Firth 

David M. Benett/Getty Images for Eco-Age Limited

The Staircase 

Oscar winner Colin Firth and Game of Thrones’s Sophie Turner will star in a new series inspired by true events. The Staircase was one of the “first true-crime documentaries to break out into mainstream culture” when it was released in 2004, said Deadline. Now being remade as a limited series, Firth will play Michael Peterson, the man convicted of murdering his wife, Kathleen Peterson. 

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