74 New British TV Shows in 2019: Dramas, Comedies, Mystery Series

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It was a great year for British television. Today, as we close out the year, we wanted to take a look back at the new British TV series and miniseries that premiered in 2019. 

Please note that not all of these shows are legally available to stream in the US. We'd love to see more of them getting picked up, but for now you may  have to look to UK DVDs if you really want to see something. It’s possible to order DVDs from Amazon UK, but you’ll need a region-free DVD player to view them if you’re in most other parts of the world. We've listed streaming availability where possible.

In the UK, we recommend checking iPlayer, BritBox, or Amazon to locate any series for which you’ve missed the original air date.

 

New British TV Shows in 2019

Sarah Lancashire stars in The Accident

THE ACCIDENT

Network: Channel 4

Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) stars as a hairdresser named Polly in this series about a small Welsh community torn apart by a terrible accident. The series takes us through the aftermath – families waiting for news, lives changed forever, and the search for someone to blame.

Where to Watch: Hulu

 

After Life streams on Netflix

AFTER LIFE

Network: Netflix

Ricky Gervais (The Office: UK) stars as Tony, a man whose life is forever altered when his wife dies of breast cancer. Rather than killing himself, he decides to choose anger, attempting to punish the world by doing whatever he pleases, no matter who it might hurt.

Where to Watch: Netflix

 

 

BACK TO LIFE

Network: BBC One

After 18 years in prison, Miri Matteson (Daisy Haggard) attempts to rebuild her life. In the process, she forms a friendship with Billy (Adeel Akhtar), a man who cares for the elderly woman next door.

Where to Watch: Showtime | Hulu

 

Tchéky Karyo returns to his role as Julien Baptiste

BAPTISTE

Network: BBC One

This spinoff from the series The Missing sees Tchéky Karyo returning as Julien Baptiste, a clever detective who agrees to help the Dutch police look for a missing sex worker in Amsterdam. Tom Hollander (Rev) and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) also appear.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

THE BARKING MURDERS

Network: BBC

Stephen Merchant stars as serial killer Stephan Port in this factual drama about Port’s 2014-15 murders. Using the app Grindr, Port victimised a total of eleven men, ultimately being sentenced to life in prison for his crimes.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

The Bay premiered in 2019

THE BAY

Network: ITV

Morven Christie stars in this series about a family liaison officer assigned to missing persons case for two children. Though capable, her position is compromised by the fact that she unwittingly had a one-night stand with their stepfather.

Where to Watch: BritBox

 

BEECHAM HOUSE

Network: ITV

Set in 1795, this period drama depicts the lives of a former East India Company soldier who’s determined to create a safe home in Delhi for his family. Critics have dubbed it “The Dehli Downton”. Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair) and Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) star.

Where to Watch: PBS | DVD

 

BRASSIC

Network: Sky One

This working-class comedy follows a young man named Vinnie (Joe Gilgun) and his occasionally criminal friends as they go about their lives in the northern English town of Hawley.  It’s a lively, rough-around-the-edges comedy about desperate small-town life and the ever-present question of whether there might be something better elsewhere.

Brassic gets its name from Cockney rhyming slang. It’s a shortening of “boracic lint”, slang for “skint”.

Where to Watch: DVD US | DVD UK | Hulu, date TBD

 

THE CAPTURE

Network: BBC One

Holliday Grainger (C.B. Strike) stars as DI Rachel Carey in this six-part miniseries about a detective assigned to arrest and charge a special force soldier accused of a terrible crime allegedly captured on CCTV. While investigating, she uncovers a dark conspiracy that calls the accuracy of the footage into question.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

Helen Mirren stars in Catherine the Great

CATHERINE THE GREAT

Network: Sky Atlantic & HBO

Helen Mirren stars as Catherine the Great in this four-part miniseries. The series covers the later portion of her life, from 1764 until her death in 1796. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), Richard Roxburgh (Rake), and Paul Ritter (No Offence) also appear.

Where to Watch: HBO

 

CHEAT

Network: ITV

When university lecturer Dr. Leah Dale confronts a student about suspected cheating, the student takes it as a personal attack. A simple academic issue soon spirals out of control, putting both women at risk. Katherine Kelly (Happy Valley) and Molly Windsor (Three Girls) star in this chilling psychological drama.

Where to Watch: Sundance Now

 

Chernobyl

CHERNOBYL

Network: HBO & Sky Atlantic

Screenwriter Craig Mazin created this moving five-part historical adaptation of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The series includes a number of actors likely to be familiar to British TV fans, including Jared Harris (The Crown), Stellan Skarsgård (Pirates of the Caribbean), Paul Ritter (No Offence, Friday Night Dinner), and Emily Watson (Miss Potter).

Though not strictly British, this series was a US/UK co-production and included a lot of well-known British actors.

Where to Watch: HBO

 

CHIMERICA

Network: Channel 4

This four-part miniseries follows a photojournalist who goes on a journey to uncover the true identity of Tank Man. He initially captured a photo of the man during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, but it’s not until 20 years later that he decides to seek answers. Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle) stars as Lee Berger, and English actress Sophie Okonedo (Mayday) also makes an appearance.

Where to Watch: US DVD | UK DVD

 

A Christmas Carol

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Network: BBC One / FX

Guy Pearce stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in the latest adaptation of this Dickens Christmas classic. In this three-part series, he’ll be forced to confront the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future as he rethinks his way of living. Tom Hardy (Peaky Blinders) has been cast in an as yet undisclosed role, and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings) will play the Ghost of Christmas Past. Charlotte Riley (Press) will play the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Jason Flemyng (From Hell) will be the Ghost of Christmas Future.

Where to Watch: Hulu

 

A CONFESSION

Network: ITV

Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), and Imelda Staunton (Cranford) star in this drama based on a real-life tragedy. The series dramatises the search for Sian O’Callaghan, a young woman who went missing in Swindon, Wiltshire after a taxi ride.

Where to Watch: US DVD | UK DVD

 

Cleaning Up

CLEANING UP

Network: ITV

Sheridan Smith (Gavin & Stacey) stars as Sam, a debt-ridden mum trying to get by on a zero-hour contract cleaning job while her husband attempts to gain full custody of their children. While on the job, she overhears information that leads her into the world of insider trading.

Where to Watch: US DVD | UK DVD

 

CLINK

Network: 5Star

This drama is set in the fictional BPS Bridewell women’s prison, and focuses on the women who live there, and the woman who runs the place. Many have compared it to British prison series Bad Girls, and at least one cast member, Alicya Eyo (who plays new Governor Dominique Darby), was also in Bad Girls.

Where to Watch: UK Streaming | US TBD

 

The Cockfields

THE COCKFIELDS

Network: Gold

This sitcom follows a man who takes his girlfriend home to meet his family on the Isle of Wight. As would be expected of a British sitcom, the family has quirkiness in spades – a doting mother, a controlling stepdad, an Alan Titchmarsh-obsessed stepbrother, and an eccentric handyman neighbour.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

Criminal: United Kingdom is one of the new British TV shows on Netflix in 2019

CRIMINAL: UK

Network: Netflix

This police procedural anthology series takes place inside an interrogation room where investigators use every trick they’ve got to get the answers they need. David Tennant stars in one episode.

Where to Watch: Netflix

 

CURFEW

Network: Sky One

This dystopian action series takes us to a world where a virus has turned some people into “mooks” – fast, brutal, and feral creatures that attack the non-infected after the sun goes down. Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Adam Brody (The O.C.), and Billy Zane (Back to the Future) star.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

Dark Mon£y

DARK MON£Y

Network: BBC One

In this dark drama, a family accepts money from a powerful Hollywood producer to keep quiet about abuse against their son. What happens to a family after they make that kind of settlement?

Where to Watch: DVD 

 

Dead Pixels

DEAD PIXELS

Network: E4

This new sitcom focuses on three friends who are obsessed with a fictional massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, Kingdom Scrolls. British TV fans will likely recognize Alexa Davies, best known for her roles as Kate in Detectorists and Aretha in Raised by Wolves.

Where to Watch: TBD | UK Streaming

 

Deep Water

DEEP WATER

Network: ITV

Not to be confused with the 2016 Australian crime drama, this British drama follows three seemingly normal mums as they cope with a variety of secrets. The series is based on the Windermere novels by  Paula Daly, and it stars Anna Friel (Marcella), Sinead Keenan (Little Boy Blue), and Rosalind Eleazar (Rellik)

Where to Watch: PBS Masterpiece

 

THE DEMON HEADMASTER

Network: CBBC

This adaptation of Gillian Cross’s children’s book series follows an earlier 1996 adaptation, also made for CBBC. In this version, Nicholas Gleaves (Scott & Bailey) plays the strange headmaster with magical powers.

Where to Watch: TBD (but you can get the older version HERE)

 

Toby Jones stars in Don't Forget the Driver

DON’T FORGET THE DRIVER

Network: BBC One

Toby Jones (Detectorists) takes on another comedy role in this series about a depressed single dad who works as a coach driver. His mundane existence is shaken up when he takes a group across the English Channel and finds a migrant stowed away in his wheel arch. Jones co-wrote the series with playwright Tim Crouch.

Where to Watch: TBD | UK Streaming

 

Dublin Murders

DUBLIN MURDERS

Network: BBC One & Starz & RTÉ

Based on the Dublin Murder Squad book series by Tana French, the first season of this British-American-Irish co-production features eight episodes adapted from In the Woods and The Likeness. Killian Scott (C.B. Strike) stars as Rob Reilly, and English detective dispatched to investigate the murder of a young girl just outside Dublin.

The case forces Reilly to confront his own dark past, and it puts his relationship with partner Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene, Penny Dreadful) to the test.

Where to Watch: Starz

 

ELLIE & NATASIA

Network: BBC Three

In this sketch comedy series, comedians Ellie White and Natasia Demtriou perform sketches about modern life, motherhood, and feminism. In one sketch, they do lifestyle demonstrations for other mums, pledging to be “as small and as clean as possible”. In another, Demetriou’s plans for finding love involve playing to the desire men have for a small, hairless creature that is both sexually appealing and helpless.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

Flack

FLACK

Network: W & Pop TV

Anna Paquin stars as Robin, an American PR executive living in London. Though she succeeds in the office, her personal life is another matter entirely. The cast includes many familiar British faces, including Sophie Okonedo (Mayday), Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), and Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon).

Where to Watch: Showtime

 

FLATMATES

Network: BBC

In this Manchester-based (but Belfast-filmed) sitcom, five teenagers get their first flat – and all the worries and uncertainties that go along with that step. Topics covered range from the trivial to the serious, with episodes on anxiety, mental health, and sexual identity.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

FRAYED

Network: Sky One & ABC

In this comedy-drama, a wealthy London housewife faces serious chances of circumstance after her husband dies. She’s forced to move herself and her two children back to her hometown of Newcastle in Australia, only to find that no one there likes her. Star Sarah Kendall was also the creator and writer of the six-episode series.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

 

Gentleman Jack airs on HBO

GENTLEMAN JACK

Network: BBC One & HBO

The incomparable Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) ventures into historical drama, bringing us the story of 19th century English industrialist, landowner, and lesbian Anne Lister. Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) stars as Lister, a Yorkshire woman who was very much ahead of her time.

Other cast members include Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker, Timothy West as Jeremy Lister, and Stephanie Cole as Aunt Ann Walker.

Where to Watch: HBO or streaming purchase | See also: The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

 

Ghosts

GHOSTS

Network: BBC One

Ghosts is a quirky new sitcom about a group of ghosts that have accumulated over the course of centuries in a country house. When a young couple inherits the grand but crumbling pile, they have to learn to co-exist. The series was written and performed by a number of cast members from the BBC children’s series Horrible Histories.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

GIRI/HAJI

Network: BBC Two & Netflix

A Japanese detective Kenzo Mori travels to London to figure out whether his brother Yuto, presumed dead, is actually dead. Yuto is believed to have killed the nephew of a Yakuza member, and the search draws Kenzo into the dark and dangerous criminal underworld of London.

Where to Watch: Netflix

 

Julia Ormond stars in Gold Digger

GOLD DIGGER

Network: BBC One

Julia Ormond stars as Julia Day, a wealthy 60-year-old woman who falls in love with a handsome man 26 years her junior. As secrets come to light, no one can be sure what’s real and what’s merely convenient.

Where to Watch: Acorn TV, Summer 2020 | UK Streaming

 

Good Omens

GOOD OMENS

Network: Amazon Studios & BBC Two

David Tennant and Michael Sheen star in this adaptation of the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman book of the same name. It follows angel Aziraphale (Sheen) and demon Crowley (Tennant) as they attempt to prevent Armageddon.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

 

GUILT

Network: BBC Scotland / BBC Two

This Edinburgh-based dramatic miniseries centers around two brothers who accidentally run over and kill an old man. When they attempt to cover it up, they trigger all manner of consequences they never imagined.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

The Heist at Hatton Garden premieres on BritBox in July 2019

HATTON GARDEN

Network: ITV

Also known as The Heist at Hatton Garden, this series is based on the true story of a spectacular diamond heist carried out in London by a group of elderly criminals. The all-star cast includes Timothy Spall (Blandings), Alex Norton (Taggart), David Hayman (The Paradise), and Kenneth Cranham (The White Princess). 

Where to Watch: BritBox

 

His Dark Materials

HIS DARK MATERIALS

Network: BBC One

Based on the trilogy by Oxford novelist Philip Pullman, this eight-episode fantasy series takes place in an alternate world where each human has an animal companion called a daemon. A young orphan girl living at Jordan College, Oxford, is drawn into a dangerous puzzle when her friend, a fellow orphan, is kidnapped.

Where to Watch: HBO or streaming purchase

 

Home

HOME

Network: Channel 4

After a holiday to France, a middle-class British family finds an illegal immigrant, Sami, hiding in their boot. This comedy-drama follows Sami as he builds a new life in the UK.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

LITTLE BIRDS

Network: Sky Atlantic

Set in 1955 Tangier, an American debutante (played by English actress Juno Temple) begins to free herself from the social rules she’s lived by. The series is based on Anais Nin’s famed collection of erotic short stories.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

From left to right: Bailey Patrick, Sharon Small, Hugo Speer, and Tori Allen-Martin of London Kills

LONDON KILLS

Network: Acorn TV

Hugo Speer and Sharon Small star in this gritty police procedural that follows an elite murder investigation squad in London. At the same time, team lead DI David Bradford (Speer) is still puzzling through the mysterious disappearance of his wife.

Where to Watch: Acorn TV

 

The Mallorca Files

THE MALLORCA FILES

Network: BBC One

This drama stars Elen Rhys (Ordinary Lies) and Julian Looman as a pair of international detectives who solve crimes on the Baleric island of Mallorca. It’s a light, action-driven drama with a bit of British and German culture clash between the detectives.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

Manhunt

MANHUNT

Network: ITV

Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars in this series based on the real investigation into the death of French student Amélie Delagrange. Clunes plays DCI Colin Sutton, the man who led the task force that ultimately brought her killer to justice.

Where to Watch: Acorn TV

 

THE MIND OF HERBERT CLUNKERDUNK

Network: BBC Two

Award-winning comedian Spencer Jones plays his alter ego Herbert Clunkerdunk, a man constantly distracted by his imagination. It’s an imaginative series that’s perfect for any adult who’s ever had trouble shutting down their childlike thoughts and being a proper adult.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

Richard Gere stars in the BBC's MotherFatherSon

MOTHERFATHERSON

Network: BBC TWO

Richard Gere stars in his first major television role as Max Finch, American newspaper owner. The 8-part series is a psycho thriller about power, politics, and the media. Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders), Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Sinéad Cusack (Marcella), and Ciarán Hinds (Above Suspicion) are among the other cast members.

Where to Watch: Starz, Streaming purchase

 

MUZLAMIC

Network: BBC Three

This sketch comedy is designed to shine a light on the British Muslim experience. Starring Ali Shahalom and Aatif Nawaz, sketches include colleagues competing to be the whitest in the office, Muslim holidaymakers trying to get through security, and an enthusiastic barber from Bethnal Green.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

Noughts & Crosses

NOUGHTS & CROSSES

Network: BBC One

This series is an adaptation of the novel series of the same name by Malorie Blackman. The series takes place in a dystopian world where black “Cross” citizens rule over the white “Noughts”, and the writing was overseen by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

Pitching In on Acorn TV

PITCHING IN

Network: BBC One Wales

Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters (both of Gavin & Stacey) reunite in this fun family drama about a North Wales holiday camp owner who contemplates selling up after his Welsh wife dies. Though the series has been criticised for inauthentic North Wales accents, it offers a feel-good viewing experience and scenery from a different part of the UK than we typically see in TV and film. Hayley Mills (Wild at Heart) also appears as Iona.

Where to Watch: Acorn TV | UK Streaming | DVD

 

PURE

Network: Channel 4

This quirky sitcom focuses on a young woman who is plagued by constant, irrepressible sexual thoughts. She doesn’t know what’s wrong with her, but it’s intruding on her ability to function normally. As she attempts to get a handle on her problem, she’s also embarking on a journey of personal growth and exploration in the city of London. The series is an adaptation of Rose Cartwright’s book of the same name.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

Queens of Mystery premiered in 2019

QUEENS OF MYSTERY

Network: Acorn TV

DS Matilda Stone (Olivia Vinall) solves crimes with substantial interference from her crime writing aunts Cat (Julie Graham), Beth (Sarah Woodward), and Jane (Siobhan Redmond) Stone.  Doc Martin writer Julian Unthank wrote, produced, and even acted a bit in the series (as “man in drag” and “author Waldo Butcher”).

Where to Watch: Acorn TV | UK DVD

 

The Rook

THE ROOK

Network: Starz

Emma Greenwell stars as Myfanwy Thomas, a young woman who finds herself at the Millennium Bridge in London surrounded by corpses and no memory of how she ended up there. While the series is American, it features a largely British cast, and it takes place in London. It was based on the novel of the same name by Daniel O’Malley, originally adapted by Stephenie Meyer of Twilight fame.

Where to Watch: Starz

 

SANDITON      

Network: ITV

Prior to her early death at the age of 41, Jane Austen began a new and different sort of work. It was the story of Sanditon, a fledgling seaside resort town along the southern coast of England. It was never finished.

In this miniseries, screenwriter Andrew Davies (Mr. Selfridge, Pride & Prejudice) finishes her final masterpiece. Rose Williams (Curfew) stars as Charlotte Heywood, and Theo James plays the outrageous Sidney Parker. Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) and Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise) also appear.

Where to Watch: PBS Masterpiece (Coming Soon) | DVD

 

Scarborough

SCARBOROUGH

Network: BBC One

Not to be confused with the 2018 movie of the same name, this sitcom is set in the seaside town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. The series was written by Derren Litten (Benidorm), and revolves around a group of friends who meet up at a local pub each Friday night. Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin) is among the cast members.

Where to Watch: BritBox Spring 2020

 

SLICED

Network: Dave

This three-episode sitcom dives into the gritty, low-pay world of pizza delivery in South London. Friends and delivery drivers Joshua and Ricky just want to get by, move out, and meet women.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

The Spanish Princess

THE SPANISH PRINCESS

Network: Starz

This period drama is based on the novels The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory, and it’s a sequel to the previous miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess. The series follows teenage princess Catherine of Aragon as she travels to England to meet her husband by proxy.

Where to Watch: Starz

 

State of the Union

STATE OF THE UNION

Network: SundanceTV

Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd) and Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice) star in this short-form comedy about a couple that visits a pub each week before their marriage counseling session.

Where to Watch: Sundance Now

 

SUMMER OF ROCKETS

Network: BBC Two

This six-episode period drama takes place during the Cold War, and it follows a Russian-born Jewish inventor who’s been tasked with a secret MI5 mission. The man, Samuel Petrushkin (Toby Stephens), specialises in the development of hearing aids, and he’s asked to contribute his expertise to the Cold War efforts in England. Keeley Hawes (The Durrells) and Timothy Spall (Blandings) also appear.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

Temple

TEMPLE

Network: Sky One

This UK adaptation of the Norwegian series Valkyrien stars Mark Strong (Stardust), Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones), and Daniel Mays (Good Omens). In it, a surgeon runs an illegal medical clinic to treat desperate patients who can’t or won’t seek help through traditional avenues – hoping all the while that he can find a cure for his wife’s illness.

Where to Watch: US DVD | UK DVD

 

This Way Up

THIS WAY UP

Network: Channel 4

Aisling Bea (Trollied, Finding Joy) stars as Aine, a single Irish Catholic woman who has a nervous breakdown while living in London and teaching English as a second language. Sharon Horgan (Catastophe) co-produces and co-stars as Shona, her older sister.

Where to Watch: Hulu

 

Traces

TRACES

Network: Alibi

Line of Duty’s Martin Compston stars in the six-episode first season of this new crime drama based on an idea by Val McDermid, author of the Hill/Jordan books that were adapted into Wire in the Blood. The series is set at the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science, and it follows 23-year-old Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor, Cheat) as she investigates a fictitious case study that’s oddly similar to her own past.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

TRAITORS

Network: Channel 4 & Netflix

Emma Appleton stars as Feef Symonds in this period drama about a young woman recruited in post WWII London to help identify a Soviet spy in the Cabinet Office. Keeley Hawes (The Durrells) also appears.

Where to Watch: Netflix | UK DVD

 

The Trial of Christine Keeler

THE TRIAL OF CHRISTINE KEELER

Network: BBC One

This miniseries is based on the events surrounding the Profumo affair of the 1960s, when Secretary of State for War John Profumo was found to be having a sexual relationship with Christine Keeler, a 19-year-old aspiring model. Sophie Cookson (Red Joan), James Norton (Grantchester), and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) are among the stars of the upcoming series.

Where to Watch: TBD

 

Turn Up Charlie

TURN UP CHARLIE

Network: Netflix

Idris Elba stars as Charlie, a struggling DJ and confirmed bachelor. When he sees a possible upside for his career, he reluctantly agrees to play nanny to a good friend’s dreadful young daughter. Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) stars as his famous friend Sara.

Where to Watch: Netflix

 

The Victim premiered in the US in September 2019

THE VICTIM

Network: BBC One

This four-part Scottish miniseries tells the story of Anna Dean (Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire), a mother whose young son was murdered more than a decade prior. She’s been accused of sharing information about the man she believes to be guilty, damaging his reputation and causing him to be attacked. The series focuses on the trial and a mother’s unrelenting search for the truth.

Where to Watch: BritBox

 

Vienna Blood

VIENNA BLOOD

Network: BBC Two

Set in 1900s Vienna, this three-part drama follows brilliant English doctor Max Liebermann as he studies under Sigmund Freud. When Liebermann encounters Austrian detective Oskar Rheinhardt, they forge a partnership to take on some of Vienna’s most deadly and disturbing cases.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

THE VIRTUES

Network: Channel 4

Stephen Graham (Line of Duty) stars in this dramatic miniseries about a man whose life falls apart after his ex-wife and young son move to Australia. To cope, he travels to Ireland to find his estranged sister Anna, inadvertently dredging up a horrific repressed memory from his past.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

Martin Clunes in Warren

WARREN

Network: BBC One

In this offbeat Lancashire-based comedy, Martin Clunes stars as an impatient and unsuccessful driving instructor who has recently moved in with his partner and her teenage sons.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

 

THE WIDOW

Network: ITV, Amazon Studios

Kate Beckinsale stars in this drama about a woman who believes herself to be a widow, only to find that her husband did not actually die in a plane crash. While watching a news story on unrest in the Congo, she sees a man who looks like her husband and sets off to figure out what happened.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

 

Wild Bill

WILD BILL

Network: ITV

Rob Lowe stars as Chief Constable Bill Hixon in this comedy-drama about a widowed American police chief who moves to Lincolnshire with his teenage daughter after he’s sacked for assaulting a boy who shared inappropriate images of his daughter online. Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle, Detectorists) stars as Lady Mary Harborough, a local judge who becomes well-acquainted with Hixon.

Where to Watch: US DVD | UK DVD

 

The Witcher

THE WITCHER

Network: Netflix

Henry Cavill stars in this upcoming series about a solitary monster hunter in a world full of wicked people. It’s been billed as Netflix’s attempt at a Game of Thrones-style series, and though it doesn’t premiere until December 20th, it’s already been renewed for a second season.

The series is based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Where to Watch: Netflix

 

World on Fire

WORLD ON FIRE

Network: BBC One

This miniseries shines a light on the lives of ordinary people from Poland, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom during the early years of World War II. The large and talented cast includes Helen Hunt (Mad About You), Lesley Manville (Mum), and Sean Bean (Game of Thrones)

Where to Watch: PBS | DVD

 

Worzel Gummidge

WORZEL GUMMIDGE

Network: BBC One

Mackenzie Crook (Detectorists) stars as everyone’s favourite turnip-headed scarecrow in the latest adaptation of this much-loved children’s classic about a scarecrow who comes to life and befriends local children. Crook has written the episodes, and he’ll be doing a bit of directing, too. Other cast members include Michael Palin, Zoë Wanamaker, Steve Pemberton and Vicki Pepperdine.

Where to Watch: DVD

 

Year of the Rabbit

YEAR OF THE RABBIT

Network: Channel 4 & IFC

Matt Berry (The IT Crowd) and Alun Armstrong (New Tricks) star in this sitcom about Victorian detectives in 1887 London. While investigating a murder, the two pick up a third partner – the chief of police’s clever adoptive daughter.

Where to Watch: IFC, DVD

 

Years & Years

YEARS & YEARS

Network: BBC One & HBO

This series follows the Manchester-based Lyons family as they their lives progress through 15 years of politics, technology, and human events. Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear, and Anne Reid are among the cast.

Where to Watch: HBO

 

What's Your Favourite New British TV Show of 2019? 

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