All the TV Shows You Need to Watch in 2019
With the festive period officially over and everyone now back to work, it’s time to start looking forward to the fruits 2019 has to offer. And as usual, we’ve got a whole load of new TV series/seasons to look forward to. With virtually every TV show on the planet available in one way or another, we thought we’d give you a run-down of some of the TV shows you should be looking out for during the course of 2019!
TV Show Returning in 2019
Game of Thrones (Season 8)
Date: 14th April 2019
Channel: Sky Atlantic
Where else could we start? Arguably the most highly-anticipated television events of all time is set to land in April with the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Closing out with a six-feature-length-episode run, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister are all set to battle for the Iron Throne to rule the seven kingdoms. But if the Night King and his ice dragon(!) aren’t defeated, will there be a land left to rule? Hold on to your knickers…
Stranger Things (Season 3)
Date: 4th July 2019
We’ve had to wait longer than usual for the third season of Stranger Things thanks to some apparent grander production, but rest assured it’s arriving in summer 2019. Netflix has confirmed it will drop on 4th July, and while we’ve not had any plot points yet, it’s safe to assume Season 3 carry on where Season 2 left off, following the Smoke Monster’s appearance on the school’s roof in the parallel Upside Down dimension at the end of the Snow Ball. Just no more leaving Hawkins, please, Eleven…
The Crown (Season 3)
Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies will take over as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when The Crown returns to Netflix for Season 3 of The Crown this year. It’s been confirmed that the third and fourth series of the show will span the years 1964-76, with series one and two having covered the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. That means we should see Queenie’s relationship with then Prime Minister Harold Wilson and maybe even some 1966 World Cup celebrations…
Line of Duty (Season 5)
Date: April 2019
Channel: BBC One
The BBC’s much-loved crime drama Line of Duty returns to the small screen for Series 5 this April. Joining regular series lead stars Vicky McClure (DS Kate Fleming), Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) and Adrian Dunbar (Supt Ted Hastings) will be the always brilliant Stephen Graham, who will guest lead alongside Rochenda Sandall as key figures in a deadly organised crime group.
True Detective (Season 3)
Date: 14th January 2019
Channel: Sky Atlantic
Season 2 of True Detective may have fallen short of expectations but we’d put good money on Season 3 bouncing back with a bang. Playing out in three separate time periods, the next instalment of True Detective focusses on a grisly crime involving two missing children in the heart of the Ozarks. Moonlight star Mahershala Ali will star as Wayne Hays, a state police detective obsessed with finding out the truth, with Stephen Dorff and Carmen Ejogo co-starring.
Black Mirror (Season 5)
With most of our New Year’s being taken up all the alternative endings to Bandersnatch, the appetite for a full new series of Black Mirror couldn’t be any more ravenous. It’s been over a year since Black Mirror unleashed its fourth season onto Netflix and Charlie Brooker and co. are set to drop a full fifth series later this year. According to Brooker, things will be a little more ‘optimistic’ than normal and that was seemingly confirmed when a suitably unsettling teaser trailer was released in 2018 bearing the tagline, “The future will be brighter than ever.” Yeah, we’ll see about that…
Peaky Blinders (Season 5)
Channel: BBC One
Season 5 of Peaky Blinders will return in 2019 and we have some details too. According to the Beeb, the fifth series will be set in a ‘world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929’. The end of Series 4 saw the Shelby family assume more power than ever before, following Tommy’s (Cillian Murphy) election victory. He’s now an MP for Birmingham South and when he’s approached by a ‘charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.’ We also know the show will also be switching channels from BBC Two to BBC One.
Killing Eve (Season 2)
Channel: BBC One
Our favourite new TV show of 2018 was undoubtedly assassin comedy-thriller Killing Eve. Starring the extraordinary Jodie Comer as lovable psychopath killer Villanelle and Sandra Oh as scatty MI5 officer Eve Polastri, Season 2 will resume the game of cat-and-mouse around Europe. Not many details have been released but a teaser for the second series has at least confirmed Villanelle is alive – albeit bloodied – having been stabbed by Eve at the end of the first series. You won’t have to wait long either with a second series expected in Spring 2019.
Big Little Lies (Season 2)
Channel: Sky Atlantic
Deception will return to coastal Monterey for a second series of the darkly comic drama Big Little Lies later this year. Despite being conceived as a limited series, HBO’s hit series will pick up after the first season’s shocking finale, with Meryl Streep joining Reece Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern to play Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) mother-in-law. While an exact premiere date hasn’t been announced yet, Kidman has hinted that the second season will be arriving in June.
New TV Show to Watch in 2019
Channel: Amazon Prime
Based on the 1990 fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, one of 2019’s must-watch new series will be Good Omens, Amazon Prime Video’s latest original series. Set in modern times where the end is nigh and final judgment is set to descend upon humanity, Michael Sheen will play Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, while David Tennant will star as Crowley, a fast-living demon. The unlikely duo don’t fancy the apocalypse and therefore join forces to try and stop it happening. Frances McDormand will star as the voice of God, while Jon Hamm will also get a turn as the angel Gabriel.
Channel: Channel 4
Joseph Heller’s 1961 satirical novel, Catch-22, is getting its first ever television adaptation this year courtesy of Hulu and Channel 4 and it should be big. Set in Italy during WWII, the TV series will see Christopher Abbott play Captain John Yossarian, a 28-year-old Air Force bombardier who is furious ‘because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him’. George Clooney is on directing duty, while the cast includes the likes of Hugh Laurie and Kyle Chandler as Major de Coverley and Colonel Cathcart, respectively.
What We Do in the Shadows
Based on the hilariously quirky New Zealand comedy, What We Do in the Shadows will follow the exploits of Laszlo, Nadja, and Nandor as they attempt to live a semi-normal life in New York City. The only issue? They’re vampires. Original director/writer/star Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) has co-penned the series and is back to direct the premier episode too, with Flight of the Conchord’s Jemaine Clement also on writing duty.
I Am The Night
Date: 29th January 2019 (USA)
Between Wonder Woman films, director Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine are set to bring us a noir murder mystery based on the gruesome Black Dahlia murder case called I Am the Night India Eisley co-stars as Fauna Hodel, a girl given away at birth, who one day makes a discovery that leads her to question everything she knows to be true. Pine plays a washed up reporter and together they follow a sinister trail in Hollywood.
Writer/director Alex Garland is one of the hottest names is sci-fi film-making having delivered 2014’s superb Ex Machina and 2018’s Annihilation. But in 2019, Garland will be offering his debut TV series in Devs. Reuniting with Ex-Machina’s Sonoya Mizuno, Garland’s TV show will follow young computer engineer, Lily (Mizuno) who investigates the covert work of a tech company’s development division – headed by company CEO Forest (Nick Offerman) – which she believes is behind her boyfriend’s disappearance.
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