Table of Contents
- The Tourist (BBC) – Release Date: New Years Day
- Peaky Blinders season 6 (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
- Afterlife Season 3 (Netflix) – Release Date: January 14
- Pam & Tommy (Disney+) – Release Date: February 2
- This Is Going To Hurt – Release Date: TBC
- How I Met Your Father (Hulu) – Release Date: January 18
- Killing Eve Season 4 (BBC) – Release Date: February 27
- Triggerpoint (ITV) – Release Date: TBC
- Bridgerton Season 2 (Netflix) Release Date: March 25
- Ant and Dec’s Limitless Win (ITV) – Release Date: January 8
- Derry Girls season 3 (Channel 4) – Release Date: TBC
- Everything I Know About Love – Release Date: TBC
- Riches (ITV) – Release Date: TBC
- Screw (Channel 4) – Release Date: January 6
- SAS: Rogue Heros (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
- The Split Season 3 (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
- The Dropout (Disney+) – Release Date: March 3
- Selling Sunset Season 5 – Release Date: TBC
- Conversations With Friends (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
- RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus the World (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
- House of the Dragon (Sky/HBO) – Release Date: TBC
- Hard Cell (Netflix) – Release Date: TBC
We are SO excited for what 2022 has to offer (Picture: BBC; Hulu)
The last 12 months made for some truly exceptional TV, but we’re already excited for what 2022’s got to offer – here’s some of our picks of what you need to be watching in the months to come.
But with just a few days left of 2021, we’re looking ahead to what will be essential viewing in the year to follow.
From Peaky Blinders drawing to a close in the New Year after a two year break, through to Bridgerton’s second season and even Ant and Dec’s exciting new gameshow with the UK’s first limitless jackpot, there really is something for even the pickiest viewer.
There’s old favourites back for more, mixed in with some brand-new series’ that we’re definitely going to be keeping an eye on as the year progresses.
We’ve somehow whittled it down to 22 TV shows you’ve got to be tuning as we say hello to 2022.
The Tourist (BBC) – Release Date: New Years Day
Starting off the New Year off with a bang, it’s The Tourist, where viewers will see Jamie Dornan portray a British man who literally loses his mind after being involved in a devastating road accident.
Set in the heart of the Australian outback, Jamie’s character later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive with one rather large problem to tackle – he has no idea who he is.
Line of Duty’s Shalom Brune-Franklin and Bird Box star Danielle Macdonald complete the cast of this explosive new drama, which follows the character as he tries to discover who he is once more.
The six-part thriller comes from Harry and Jack Williams, who previously penned The Missing and One of Us.
Peaky Blinders season 6 (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
Cillian Murphy has portrayed gang leader Tommy Shelby since 2013 (Picture: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky)
Fans have been waiting patiently since 2019 for answers after an epic cliffhanger saw main man Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) point a gun to his head as he struggled with his grief for late wife Grace (Annabelle Wallis).
Although his fate still hasn’t been officially confirmed, Tommy’s been shown in teaser clips ahead of season six, so it seems he’s back and ready to lead by the order of the Peaky Blinders once more.
Stephen Graham and Australian actor James Frechevill join the star-studded cast for its final outing. Also, you know a show’s a special one when there’s an announcement just for the trailer – which drops on January 1, by the way.
Afterlife Season 3 (Netflix) – Release Date: January 14
Afterlife will finish with season 3 (Picture: Netflix)
Ricky Gervais’s critically acclaimed series Afterlife melted the hearts of all fans during its first two seasons, returning to Netflix for what will be its third and final season in January.
Not much has been said about the plot just yet, but we imagine it will explore the aftermath Tony’s (Gervais) father’s death to dementia in his nursing home, and how the widow manages to cope with his latest loss.
The funeral didn’t take place at the end of the last season, so it’s likely this is how things could pick back up in the new instalments. Whatever happens, it’s sure to be an absolute tearjerker – so have those tissues at the ready.
Pam & Tommy (Disney+) – Release Date: February 2
Set to be one of the biggest shows of 2022, Pam & Tommy will tell the story of Baywatch star Pamela Anderson (Lily James) and Motley Crue drummer, Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan) pair at the peak of their fame, after marrying less than a week after they met in 1995.
It also includes one of the most incredible transformations we’ve ever seen, with Lily James looking the spit of Pammy in the teaser trailer and pics.
It explores the theft and circulation of the sex tape they made during their honeymoon, which was stolen from their home.
Fans know exactly what happened next, and with the trailer promising a stream of sexy drama, it’s sure to be a TV highlight of the next year.
This Is Going To Hurt – Release Date: TBC
Ben Whishaw, need we say more? (Picture: Sister/Anika Molnar)
Based on the bestselling book by Adam Kay, This Is Going To Hurt stars Ben Whishaw as the doctor himself who shares his intricate diary documenting his demanding career.
Tracking life in and out of the hospital, the story follows Adam’s struggle to balance work and life when both are so full on.
Becoming overwhelmed with stresses of 97-hour weeks and the life and death decisions, the darkly comic drama is sure to be one not to miss.
How I Met Your Father (Hulu) – Release Date: January 18
Sure to help wash away those January blues, How I Met Your Father will act as the long-awaited spin-off to How I Met Your Mother, which ended back in 2014.
Hillary Duff stars as modern-day, unlucky-in-love Sophie, who is desperate to find the love of her life and looks to follow a similar core structure to its predecessor.
Sophie will have a trusty friendship gang in tow to help get her through all the highs and lows, with GLOW’s Chris Lowell as Jesse, Francia Raisa as her best pal Valentina, Tom Ainsley as Charlie, Tien Tran as Ellen and Suraj Sharma as Sid.
None other than Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall will play future Sophie but honestly, you had us at Hillary Duff.
Killing Eve Season 4 (BBC) – Release Date: February 27
After that weirdly heartwarming closing scene in season three, we’re thrilled to be soon catching-up with our favourite assassin for the last time.
Eve (Sandra Oh) and Villanelle’s (Jodie Comer) relationship will remain at the heart of whatever comes next, but we’re still yet none-the-wiser as to what happened after that (romantic?) exchange on the bridge – and can’t wait to find out.
Triggerpoint (ITV) – Release Date: TBC
The series has Jed Mercurio written all over it (Picture: ITV)
Vicky McClure and Jed Mercurio will cross paths once more in ITV’s latest crime drama, certain to fill the Line of Duty hole left in our lives for now.
The six-part thriller delves into the work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad during a summer bombing campaign.
Vicky stars as ex-military and experienced bomb disposal operative Lana Washington, with Adrian Lester as her colleague Joel Nutkins who share a solid bond, having served together in Afghanistan – but they’ll be pushed to breaking point with their toughest challenge yet.
Bridgerton Season 2 (Netflix) Release Date: March 25
The end of Bridgerton’s first season gave one of the best secret reveals we’ve ever seen, with Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) being unveiled as Lady Whistledown, the notorious gossip writer.
Although fans were hoping they would get new episodes on Christmas Day after last year’s original release date, it wasn’t to be.
But luckily there’s a confirmed release date to get prepare eagerly for, after creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted: ‘Prepare the carriages, dear reader. #Bridgerton is back on March 25, 2022!’
The show’s second outing will this time focus on the romantic pursuits of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), with Sex Education star Simone Ashley joining the cast as his love interest Kate Sharma.
Ant and Dec’s Limitless Win (ITV) – Release Date: January 8
Ant and Dec front a gameshow with limitless jackpot in a UK first (Picture: ITV)
If you’re already missing your fix of the nation’s favourite presenting duo, fear not – they’re back in just a matter of days time with a brand-new gameshow.
The TV presenters will front Ant and Dec’s Limitless Win on Saturday nights across five hour-long episodes in the new year.
The unique format offers contestants an endless money ladder, which they must climb by answering questions correctly. However if they push their luck too far they risk crashing out of the game and losing everything, which should make for some thrilling Saturday night TV.
‘We had sleepless nights beforehand and we thought, “Are we gonna bankrupt ITV?” because there is no limit on what you can win,’ Ant said to The Sun, joking: ‘(Director of Television) Kevin Lygo was sweating when we pitched this.’
Derry Girls season 3 (Channel 4) – Release Date: TBC
We last saw the gang get together to mark Bill Clinton’s presidential visit to the city, with James (Dylan Llewellyn) having to make a big decision about his future in Derry.
We’re hoping to see more from the potential romance between James and Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), which was heavily teased in season two – we think they’d be the perfect couple.
Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell will also all return to all reprise their roles as Clare, Orla and Michelle as fans prepare to bid farewell to the chaotic clan.
Everything I Know About Love – Release Date: TBC
Dolly Alderton’s hugely popular 2018 memoir, Everything I Know About Love, is being turned into a TV series, and we are so excited for the adaptation to drop.
The Morning Show’s Bel Powley and The Witcher’s Emma Appleton lead the cast of the seven-part drama, which is a semi-fictionalised take on the memoir.
‘It took ten months of writing and rewriting, four months of shooting and countless hours of lockdown zoom meetings in which @chinamooyoung ended up being able to gauge my EXACT emotional response to notes by my exact facial expressions.
‘Anyone who knows me knows I am an obsessive – the obsessions are frequent and fervoured – but nothing has ever gripped me as much as making this TV show,’ Dolly said, after filming wrapped – so, get ready for this emotional rollercoaster sometime in 2022.
Riches (ITV) – Release Date: TBC
Hugh Quarshie will star as Stephen Richards (Picture: BBC)
The six-part series has been dubbed the British Succession and looks to be filled with high-octane drama from the off.
Riches focuses upon the exploits of the brash, super-successful and wealthy Richards family, and is written and created by How To Get Away with Murder writer Abby Ajayi.
Set across London and New York, Holby City’s Hugh Quarshie portrays self-made millionaire Stephen Richards, whose life is suddenly left hanging in the balance after he suffers a stroke and his children from two different marriages are forced to collide…
Screw (Channel 4) – Release Date: January 6
Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Nina Sosanya star in Channel 4’s tough new drama (Picture: Channel 4)
Channel 4 is billing Screw as a series that depicts prison ‘as never seen before – the uncensored, terrifying and often darkly funny reality of life as a prison officer in an all-male prison in 21st century Britain.’
Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell enters as Rose, a 21 year old trainee prison officer who, despite being pretty street smart, soon realises the challenges of the job at hand.
At the head of our group of embattled prison officer ‘screws’ is Leigh (Nina Sosanya) a woman who has devoted her entire adult life to this prison and its population.
Inspired by the creator’s experience of working and volunteering in prisons, Screw will tackle contemporary stories head on when it begins on January 6.
SAS: Rogue Heros (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
Alfie Allen, Connor Swindells and Jack O’Connell lead the way in SAS: Rogue Heroes (Picture: BBC/Kudos/Robert Viglasky)
Rogue Heroes acts as Steven Knight’s first project since wrapping up on his mega hit show, Peaky Blinders, so it already sounds promising from the get go.
Filmed on location in the UK and Morocco, SAS: Rogue Heroes is the dramatised account of how the world’s greatest Special Forces unit, the SAS, was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War Two.
It’s got a great cast in to tell the story too, including Games of Thrones star Alfie Allen, Sex Education’s Connor Swindells and Skins favourite Jack O’Connell, who will all be at the centre of the new six-part series.
There’s been a stream of teaser pics released, so we’re hoping it should land on the BBC in the first few weeks of 2022.
The Split Season 3 (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
The Defoe sisters and mum Ruth (L) have to pick up the pieces for Hannah in season 3 (Picture: BBC)
The Defoe sisters are back for the third and final season of The Split, two years after season two’s finale saw Hannah’s (Nicola Walker) affair with colleague and former flame Christie (Barry Atsma) finally exposed.
We’ll catch-up with the sisters 10 months after the end of Hannah and Nathan’s (Stephen Mangan) turbulent marriage, as the divorce lawyers now have to try and navigate what turns out to be a very complicated and brutal aftermath.
Sherlock star Lara Pulver joins the cast as Kate, ‘a leading child psychologist whose arrival adds a whole new layer of complexity to Morgan’s multi-layered examination of divorce and modern marriage,’ according to the BBC.
We’re not quite sure we’ve got the emotional energy to cope with this one.
The Dropout (Disney+) – Release Date: March 3
Amanda Seyfried channels Steve Jobs in her all-black ensemble (Picture: Hulu)
Based on the ABC Audio podcast, The Dropout is about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.
Theranos was a health technology company, which claimed to have devised blood tests which only required small amounts of blood e.g. through fingerpricks, meaning they could work rapidly.
However, these claims were later proven to be false, leading to the demise of the company and Holmes herself.
Amanda Seyfried will star as enigmatic character Holmes, after original casting Kate McKinnon dropped out the project earlier this year but if the teaser pics are anything to go by, we think Amanda will suit the role to a tee.
Selling Sunset Season 5 – Release Date: TBC
Chrishell and Jason’s short-lived romance will be the main focus of season 5 (Picture: Netflix)
Okay, Netflix may have only just dropped Selling Sunset season four but we are already desperate to know what’s next for the Oppenheim Group.
Season five looks to focus predominately on Chrishell Stause’s blossoming relationship with boss Jason Oppenheim (which is sadly no more) and the aftermath of Christine Quinn’s fallout with pretty much all her colleagues.
The cast recently celebrated wrapping up filming of the upcoming season, hinting there shouldn’t be too much of a gap between the two sets of episodes – so, watch this space.
Conversations With Friends (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
The second of Sally Rooney’s books to be adapted after the undeniably huge success of Normal People, we already know this one’s going to be good.
The series follows Dublin university students Frances and Bobbi—best friends and former lovers who perform poetry together. Their tight-knit dynamic is threatened by the bond they forge with an older married couple: journalist Melissa and actor Nick.
Newcomer Alison Oliver stars as Frances, with breakout star Sasha Lane will playing Bobbi. Meanwhile The Favourite’s Joe Alwyn stars as Nick and Girls star Jemima Kirke takes on the role of Melissa.
Lenny Abrahamson, who directed the show’s predecessor, returns to the helm for this series too. We’re so ready to have our hearts broken all over again, if Normal People’s anything to go by.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus the World (BBC) – Release Date: TBC
Alan, Michelle, Ru and Graham will all return for RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus the World (Picture: BBC)
In what’s been dubbed the Eurovision Song Contest of Drag Race, this series welcomes back some of our favourite queens from Drag Race herstory worldwide, as they battle it out for the inaugural Global Drag Race Superstar title.
RuPaul will act as both the host and main judge, with Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr returning as supporting judges.
Drag Race UK has become such a huge hitter for the BBC, that this latest spin-off is being used to help celebrate the return of BBC Three as a physical channel. This means we should expect to see it on our screens sometime around late January or early February – not long left to wait!
House of the Dragon (Sky/HBO) – Release Date: TBC
Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra, while Matt stars as her uncle, Prince Daemon (Picture: Ollie Upton/HBO/PA)
If you’re still a Game of Thrones fan who hasn’t quite got over don’t worry, the House of the Dragon prequel is on its way very soon.
Excitement is rife for the upcoming fantasy series, which will star Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy and Paddy Considine as members of the ruling Targaryen clan in a tale set 200 years before the original show.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s ‘Fire & Blood,’ the series will focus on an infamous event in Westeros history known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Former Doctor Who star Smith leads the way as Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne, in the show which is expected to land later on in 2022.
Hard Cell (Netflix) – Release Date: TBC
The first teaser pic for Catherine Tate’s show Hard Cell (Picture: Netflix)
Catherine Tate has been entertaining Brits for yonks, but she’s finally taking the reins in full as she takes produces her first series for the streaming service.
The six-part comedy and mockumentary tells a story about women’s prison, with Tate playing multiple characters.
‘A documentary crew follows the inmates and staff of HMP Woldsley capturing the penal system at its brutal humorous best,’ a Netflix synopsis reads – and we think it sounds just fab.