Autumn 2017: The best new TV shows to catch

Curb Your Enthusiasm, Star Trek and a return to the Blue Planet are all on the way

The Deuce


After the low key brilliance of Show Me a Hero, David Simon has created a New York-set drama that tells the story of the rise of the porn industry in the US in the 1970s and 1980s. James Franco and Maggie Gyllnehaal star, with Simon teaming up with crime writer George Pelecanos (one of the novelists he worked so brilliantly with on The Wire) to create the series. The Deuce has already started in America and the early reviews have been very positive. Sky Atlantic, September 26

Stranger Things

One of the most hotly-anticipated returns of the year is the second season of Netflix’s smash hit science fiction/horror series, Stranger Things. Expect this second run to stick to the winning formula of the first. Supernatural forces will upset the formerly sleepy town of Hawkins once more, and a heap of Stephen King, John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg homages will keep proceedings ticking along nicely. Netflix, October 27

Curb Your Enthusiasm

We’ve been waiting patiently since 2011 for more Curb, a wait that is, thankfully, almost over.  Larry David, LA’s most argumentative, petty and downright obnoxious resident, is heading to back our screens for a ninth season of his magnificent sitcom. If the trailer is anything to go by, Larry’s misadventures promise to be just as cringeworthy and politically incorrect as ever. Sky Atlantic, October 2

Electric Dreams

Bryan Cranston is one of the guest stars in the new series of Curb Your Enthsuiasm and he’s also playing a lead role in an episode of Electric Dreams, a series of adaptations based on stories by Philip K Dick. Adapted works include The Hoodmaker, The Commuter and The Impossible Planet and other stars who will be appearing in the series include Timothy Spall, Steve Buscemi and Anna Paquin. The run is timed sweetly, coinciding with the release of another Dick-inspired creation, Blade Runner 2049, which arrives in cinemas on October 6. Channel 4, September 24

Blue Planet II

Planet Earth II went down a storm and this follow-up series to 2001’s ground-breaking, The Blue Planet, is almost certain to be another jaw-dropping watch. Sir David Attenborough once again provides the commentary and we’ll get a first look into the depths of the deep blue sea when a preview is posted online at midday on September 27. A collaboration between Hans Zimmer and Radiohead provides the soundtrack for the trailer. BBC One, TBC

Star Trek: Discovery

After the success of JJ Abrams’ film reboots, Star Trek boldy heads to Netflix for this new, female-led show. Discovery is set 10 years prior to the events of the original series and, according to an earnest Netflix press release, it will feature ‘a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.’ Episodes will be released weekly, rather than in one go, which is a shame for anybody who is partial to a binge watch. Netflix, September 25

Gunpowder

Kit Harrington has a go at shaking off Jon Snow as he plays Robert Catesby in this dramatisation of the Gunpowder Plot. Liv Tyler, Mark Gatiss and the always brilliant Peter Mullan join him in the cast. BBC One, TBC

Brittania

Brittania doesn’t feature Kit Harrington, but this big budget drama about the Roman invasion of Britain has a distinctly Game of Thrones look to it. With GoT gone for the foreseeable future, this could be just the thing to fill that Westeros-shaped hole in our lives. The cast is a strong one (Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook) and, intriguingly, Jez Butterworth, the playwright who took the West End by storm with Jerusalem and The Ferryman, has written the scripts. Sky Atlantic, TBC


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