TV Shows to Watch in 2018
With the festive period officially over and the new year in full swing, it’s time to start looking forward to 2018 and a bunch of new TV series/seasons. 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 shows you should be looking out for during the course of 2018!
Date: 18th January
Channel: Sky One
Sky will be looking to fill the large gapping swords-and-sandals void left by Game of Thrones this year when Britannia hits out screens mid-Jan. Written by Jez Butterworth (co-writer of Spectre, Edge of Tomorrow and Black Mass), the ten-part series turns the clock back to AD43 as the Roman Empire sailed across the ocean to claim a little island we now call home. But the invasion is less than simple with wild warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld fighting back. Celtic rivals Kerra (Kelly Reilly) and Antedia (Zoë Wanamaker) must work together to fight off the Roman invasion led by Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey).
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Date: Early 2018
Channel: BBC Two
FX will be hoping to repeat the success of The People v OJ Simpson this year with the second installment of their true-crime series, American Crime Story. For 2018, the series will be exploring the events surrounding the assassination of fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramírez) outside his Miami home in 1997. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story centres on the manhunt of serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), and stars none other than Ricky Martin as Versace’s partner, with Penélope Cruz in playing his sister Donatella.
The Bridge (season 4)
Date: Early 2018
Channel: BBC Two
We’re all over the rise of Nordic Noir television. And while it may have calmed a little in 2017, it should pick up again this year with the final series of arguably the best of them all. The Bridge follows Swedish detective Saga Norén, played by the brilliant Sofia Helin, as she takes her vintage green Porsche across the Øresund Bridge for one last trip to Copenhagen to investigate a disturbing series of crimes. Set two years after the last season, season 4 sees Saga coming to terms with the consequences of being accused of her mother’s death, while her Danish partner Henrik Sabroe continues to search for his missing children. The series has already started airing in Denmark, so expect it to hit the BBC within a few weeks.
The Americans (season 6)
Date: 28th March
If you’ve never heard of The Americans, we’ll put good money on it being the best TV you’ve never heard of. Part family-drama, part Cold War espionage exposé, The Americans comes to an end in 2018 with season 6. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys play KGB officers in a post-Cold War Washington. Their hearts are no longer in the game and their eldest daughter is no in on the secret. But will they make it out alive? Will their friendly FBI agent over the road ever catch on? We can’t wait to find out.
The Handmaid’s Tale (season 2)
Date: April 2018
Channel: Channel 4
Praise be, The Handmaid’s Tale will return to Channel 4 this April/May with its second series. Continuing on from where we left off in season 1, the Margaret Atwood adaptation follows pregnant handmaid Offred (Elizabeth Moss) as she openly rebels against the Republic of Gilead’s oppressive theocracy.
Westworld (season 2)
Date: Spring 2018
Channel: Sky Atlantic
Probably out favourite new show of 2016/2017, Westworld will be back in the springtime for a second series. And for our money, it’s the natural successor to Game of Thrones’ stronghold on the ‘most popular show on TV’. The sci-fi/western epic has scope for some serious twists in season 2 thanks to the possibility of robots samurais hinting at the end of the first season. Evan Rachel Wood will return as revolutionary robot Dolores, alongside Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright, picking up with the hosts threatening to take control of the futuristic theme park.
Making A Murderer (season 2)
The documentary series that turned all of us into cynical private investigators, Making a Murderer is getting itself a second series in 2018. Last we saw in the news, Brendan Dassey’s conviction was overturned, meaning he’ll make it out for WrestleMania, but Steven Avery was still locked up. The second season is set to dive straight back into Manitowoc County, Wisconsin and the US criminal justice system, almost certainly focussing on Avery’s new legal team and possibly an different suspect for the killing of Teresa Halbach in 2005. It’ll be interesting to see whether the documentary can live up to the inevitable hype that will surround it.
Channel: BBC One
Ah ha! Twenty years after he made its commissioning editor smell cheese, Alan Partridge is finally returning to the Beeb. Though few details have been released, including the title, we do know North Norfolk Digital’s finest will be travelling up and down the country, reaching out to the good folk of Little England who voted for Brexit. Not much else is known about the show, but with that premise, it’s hard to see how this won’t be one of the year’s must-see television events.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Though the Coen Brothers have long been the darlings of indie film, they’ve surprisingly never ventured into the small screen – only serving as Executive Producers on the Fargo TV series. But that’s set to change in 2018 with Netflix’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. James Franco, Zoe Kazan and Ralph Ineson (Finchy from The Office) will star in this Western six-parter, which will showcase separate stories set around the American frontier. Tim Blake Nelson, who starred in the Coens’ O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will play the titular Buster Scruggs.
Troy: Fall of a City
Channel: BBC One/Netflix
Arguably the BBC’s biggest release of the year – biggest budget at least – Troy: Fall of a City has been made in partnership with Netflix and will be shown on the streaming network everywhere but the UK. Starring David Threlfall, Frances O’Connor and Chloe Pirrie, Troy has been written by The Night Manager’s David Farr and will be told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the famous siege. It’ll be worth watching alone to see the transformation of David Threlfall from Shameless’ Frank Gallagher to King Priam!
House Of Cards (season 6)
Though it’s still one of Netflix’ flagship productions – it was their first ever ‘Original’ don’t forget – it’s probably not unfair to suggest that House of Cards lost its way somewhere around season four and probably should have already ended. But season 6 has peaked our interest for one main reason: the departure of Kevin Spacey. Lucky for the show, the allegations of sexual misconducts against the show’s star shouldn’t actually hurt it too much plot-wise. The Underwood’s relationship was strained to say the least and writing Frank out of the show could have been much more of a task a few seasons back. The sixth season of House of Cards is set to be its last and the show has always been about Claire Underwood anyway.
Channel: Sky Atlantic
Though we’re not getting a series of Sherlock this year and maybe for the foreseeable future, Benedict Cumberbatch will still be on our TV screens this year as he takes on the role of aristocratic playboy Patrick Melrose. Based on the Edward St Aubyn novels, the Sky Atlantic/Showtime production will be telling the semi-autobiographical story of the antihero growing up in a dysfunctional upper-class English family, coming to terms with childhood trauma and drug abuse.
In other Film/TV news, the 2018 BAFTA Film Award nominees have just been announced!