10 TV shows to watch in 2018

From Patrick Melrose to Alan Partridge

A Very English Scandal

Hugh Grant plays Jeremy Thorpe in Russell T Davies’s dramatisation of the explosive story behind the Liberal MP’s trial on charges of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott. Ben Wishaw co-stars as Scott. BBC One, TBC

Patrick Melrose

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title character in this big budget adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s series of novels about a self-confessed ‘narcissistic, schizoid, suicidal alcoholic’, who is part of a highly dysfunctial upper class English family. Sky Altantic, Release: TBC

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


The Coen brothers head to the small screen for the first time with this six-part anthology Western series. Netflix, TBC

Vanity Fair

Any costume drama cravings will be satisfied in 2018 by ITV’s new take on Thackeray’s enduring novel. The cast include Suranne Jones, Michael Palin and Olivia Cooke. ITV, summer/autumn

American Crime Story

After the cartoonish delights of its OJ Simpson series, American Crime Story has a new true crime case to bring to life – the hunt for the killer of Gianni Versace, who was shot dead on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion in 1997. Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin are the stars of the show. BBC Two, TBC

In the Long Run


Idris Elba and Bill Bailey play best mates in this sitcom created by Elba, which is loosely based on his experiences of living in a Hackney council estate in the 1980s. Sky 1, TBC

The Little Drummer Girl

After the smash-hit success of The Night Manager, the BBC return to John Le Carré with Florence Pugh (recently seen in the superb British film, Lady Macbeth) starring as the actress and double agent embroiled in international espionage amid rising tension in the Middle East. Director Park Chan-wook, whose critically-acclaimed films include Old Boy and The Handmaiden, directs. BBC One, TBC



After the apparently random murder of a pizza delivery man, a politician gets caught up in the spiralling repercussions surrounding the killing. A new state of the nation thriller from David Hare with a stellar cast that includes John Simm, Carey Mulligan and Billie Piper. BBC Two, February


Playwright Mike Bartlett, who scored a TV hit with Doctor Foster, has penned a drama series following the personal lives and professional tribulations of the staff at two competing national newspapers. BBC One, TBC

Alan Partridge


After his run on Sky TV and the Alpha Papa film, Steve Coogan is bringing Alan Partridge back to the BBC for a new series. Details are scarce, but there have been hints Alan’s pro-Brexit leanings may get an airing. BBC, TBC