10 TV shows to watch this autumn

Doctor Who, Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs and a new John Le Carré adaptation are heading to the small screen

Killing Eve

This female-centred spy thriller, adapted from Luke Jennings’ novel, Codename Villanelle, by Fleabag star and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has already gone down a storm in the US. Sandra Oh plays theoffice-bound MI5 operative Eve Polastri tasked with tracking down devilish assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). BBC One, September 15


Superbad duo Jonah Hill and Emma reunite for this dark comedy about two people who meet in mental health facility after a pharmaceutical trial goes wrong. Netflix, September 21

Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker will finally hit our screens as the 13th Doctor, with the show moving from its traditional Saturday slot to Sunday nights. BBC One, October 7

Les Misérables

Andrew Davies’s six-part TV adaptation of Les Mis eschews the songs made famous by the stage musical and film version, solely focusing on the source material, Victor Hugo’s classic 19th century novel. The cast includes Dominic West playing Jean Valjean (above), David Oyelowo as Inspector Javert and Lily Collins taking on the role of Fantine. BBC One, November

The Romanoffs

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s anthology series tells the stories of people from across the world who believe they are descended from Russian royalty. Mad Men alumni John Slattery and Christina Hendricks appear in the show, as does legendary French actor, Isabelle Huppert. Amazon Prime, October 12

The Little Drummer Girl

After the smash-hit success of The Night Manager, the BBC return to John Le Carré with Florence Pugh (above) 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, November

Black Earth Rising

Hugo Blick is a master of TV drama (2011’s The Shadow Line was a brilliantly knotty crime story), and his latest thriller, which is already up and running on BBC Two, is another must-watch show. Starring John Goodman and Chewing Gum’s Michaela Coel, Black Earth Rising is a thriller which explores the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and the West’s relationship with Africa. BBC Two, Mondays

The First

Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone (above) star in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Channel 4, October


The always brilliant Paddy Considine stars alongside newcomer Nabhaan Rizwan in this drama about a second generation Pakistani man from East London coerced by police to work undercover to help them thwart terrorist attacks. BBC One, TBC

This Time with Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge finally gets what his heart has desired since his lonely nights in the Linton Travel Tavern – another crack at a BBC chat show. Details are scarce, but this One Show pastiche will surely feature plenty of awkward interviews, disastrous studio stunts and, if we’re lucky, a reprise of Alan’s magnificent Kate Bush medley. BBC One, late 2018/early 2019