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The Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2016

Post Author Take1 / January 19th 2016

Whether you’re after tense spy thrillers, lavish period dramas, captivating supernatural horror or gritty drama, 2016 looks to be offering one of the best years in TV programming. With so many fantastic TV shows coming from the UK, Europe and the USA, it’s been really difficult to choose our favourites, but here are some of the highlights you can expect to see on your screen in 2016.


War and Peace, BBC 1

A great start to the New Year, this latest adaption of Tolstoy’s epic story possesses an enviable ensemble cast, including Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Lily James and James Norton. This classic drama centres around the Napoleonic War through the eyes of five aristocratic Russian families. You can expect lavish settings and costumes, and with Andrew Davies (responsible for the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice) adapting the book, you can have high expectations of this six-part series.


Vinyl, Sky Atlantic

Terrence Winter, of The Sopranos fame has teamed with Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese to create a HBO’s new glossy drama about the music industry of the 1970s in New York. You’re going to be treated to ample amounts of 70s style, a brilliantly smart and compelling script and one of the best soundtracks in years. Bobby Canavale, who you’ll recognise from Broadwalk Empire and Nurse Jackie, plays record a record executive, with Olivia Wilde and Juno Temple also starring.


Love, Nina, BBC 1

Based on Nina Stibble’s 2013 fictionalised account of working as a nanny for a literary family in North London throughout the 1980s, this TV show is almost guaranteed to have you rolling with laughter. Nick Hornby of About A Boy fame is behind the script, and Helena Bonham-Carter stars as the family matriarch.  Faye Marsay (The White Queen, Game of Thrones) will be playing Nina.


The Crown, Netflix

Spanning the life and reign of Elizabeth II, The Crown is based on the successful West-End play, The Audience. The series will explore the monarchy’s changing relationship with Downing Street on a budget of £100 million, making it Netflix’s most expensive creation. The first series sees Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) and Matt Smith (Dr Who) playing Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.


Outcast, Fox

This supernatural horror, based on the adult comics of the same name, follows Kyle, a man whose life has been plagued by demonic possession. The Evangelical preacher Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister, Life on Mars), with a penchant for drinking and gambling, will try to help Kyle find a normal life. This creepy drama has been compared to American Horror Story, and promises a lot of thrills.

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