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Unmissable TV in 2021
What to Watch
New Original Drama
Inspired by real events, Landscapers explores the lives of convicted killers Susan (Olivia Colman) and Christopher Edwards and asks how this devoted and mild-mannered couple came to kill Susan’s parents and bury them in the back garden of their Mansfield home, in a crime the remained undiscovered for over a decade. This blackly comic, narratively playful true crime drama is based on extensive research, hours of interviews and direct access to the accused, who have always protested their innocence.
Intergalactic follows Ash Harper, a fearless young cop and galactic pilot, who has her glittering career ripped away from her after being wrongly convicted of a treasonous crime and exiled to a distant prison colony. But on the way there, Ash's fellow convicts seize control of their prison transfer in search of the free world – Arcadia; and Ash is the only pilot who can get them there. A new series starring Parminder Nagra, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Savannah Steyn, and Eleanor Tomlinson.
Based on Guido Maria Brera’s bestselling novel, Alessandro Borghi (Suburra) stars as Massimo Ruggeri, the Head of Trading at one of the most important investment banks in the world. Massimo’s successes have seen him make hundreds of millions of dollars for his employers, and with it, all but certain promotion to vice-CEO. However, a scandal involving his wife puts a break on Massimo’s ambitions, leading his American CEO and mentor Dominic Morgan (Patrick Dempsey), to withdraw his support.
Based on the novel by Roberto Saviano, this fast-paced series directed by Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah) and Janus Metz (True Detective) follows the buyers, sellers and brokers who drive the frenzied and lethal world of international drug trafficking. The eight-episode series follows the journey of a cocaine shipment, from the moment a powerful cartel decides to buy it until the cargo is delivered and paid for, passing through its packaging in Mexico and shipment across the Atlantic Ocean.
After the death of his mother, 16-year-old Juri and his father Jaschek move into a run-down housing complex on the outskirts of the city. While Jaschek tries to establish a new existence for them as caretaker of the building, Juri slowly discovers that the house has a vicious life of its own and feeds on the suffering of its inhabitants. Juri must persuade the partly hostile, partly apathetic block population to rebel against his father who has fallen deep under the building’s corrosive spell.
Created and written by Simon Burke (Fortitude), Domina brings to life the power politics of Ancient Rome, told through the eyes of Livia Drusilla. This epic eight-part, highly topical drama follows the life and extraordinary rise of Livia (Kasia Smutniak, Perfect Strangers), a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination. We follow her as she overcomes adversity to eventually become Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress.
A Discovery of Witches S2
The second series of A Discovery of Witches sees Matthew and Diana hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London – here they must find a powerful witch to help Diana master her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life. In the present day however, their enemies have not forgotten them.
Bulletproof South Africa
Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters return as Bishop and Pike for a special outing for the wise-cracking London cops. Taking a much-deserved holiday in South Africa, the pair are ready for some sun, sea and serenity. Unfortunately, the rest and relaxation will have to wait as they get swept up in the kidnapping of a young girl. With time running out, the duo have to slip their protective vests under their Hawaiian shirts in order to track her down and solve a conspiracy.
Temple is back and this time, Daniel is in even deeper trouble. In the first season, he just about kept the plates in the air as he looked after his wife, Beth, in an illicit clinic underneath Temple tube station. But now everything comes crashing down as Beth wakes from her coma and demands answers. Eve wants to know why her parents have been lying to her, Lee joins forces with a charismatic activist and Anna is desperate to make something positive out of the situation.
The lights may be back on, but the country’s troubles are far from over. In the aftermath of both solar and political storms, Prime Minister Robert Sutherland attempts to steer the country on a more even course. He is assisted by his loyal Chief of Staff Anna Marshall, alongside a team of advisers. An assassination on British soil, however, unleashes a chain of events. An invisible global enemy, is bent on our destruction, leaving an entire country unsure as to who is friend and who is foe.
Britannia returns with Sophie Okonedo joining an all-star cast including David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook, Annabel Scholey, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Julia Rhind-Tutt and Eleanor Worthington-Cox. Cait’s journey as the Chosen One undergoes a dramatic transformation. She will abandon and then reclaim her destiny – but from now on, only on her terms. She embarks on a quest to claim a sacred spear that will unite both the Druids and the divided tribes, and her choices will define the future of their world.
The 5th season of Sky Italy’s internationally successful series arrives on British screens in 2021. With the ceasefire with the Levante family broken and Genny in hiding, the war over Naples has been rekindled and set to be more violent than ever. New alliances will be made, alongside new betrayals, as the gangs of the city try to establish their dominance. And through it all, Ciro – back from the dead – seeks out his would-be killer Genny, for an inevitable face off. Who will be left standing?
New Original Comedy
BAFTA nominated Samson Kayo (Famalam) and Golden Globe nominated Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous) star in six-part comedy series Bloods as paramedic partners in the South London ambulance service. When tough acting loner Maleek is paired with over friendly divorcee Wendy, their partnership looks dead on arrival. But pretty soon they’re giving each other life support.
The smash-hit Sky comedy returns for a third season, picking up from the cliff-hanger ending of Brassic 2 which saw Vinnie (Joe Gilgun) finally admit his feelings for Erin (Michelle Keegan) before being apprehended by the police after a raucous stag do and the theft of an entire wedding reception.
The second season of the Sky comedy and co-production with FX, exposing the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being angry enough to want to send them there. Emmy and BAFTA award winner Martin Freeman stars alongside Daisy Haggard as a caring father who discovers he’s not quite the man he thought he was.
Code 404 S2
Get ready for version 2.0. Brought back from the dead by technology, DI Major (Daniel Mays) is part-human, part-computer and the best cop in the unit. But despite being on top professional form, his personal life is in tatters. Since he found out his partner DI Carver (Stephen Graham) had shacked up with his wife while he was ‘away’, they have severed their friendship, and to make matters worse Major is experiencing some serious technological issues. When Major’s retired-cop father re-enters the fray, things quickly go from bad to worse.
When GCHQ learn that an American cyberweapon nicknamed ‘Eternal Blue’ has fallen into the wrong hangs, the Cyber Security team must do everything they can to neutralise the threat and avoid a potentially nuclear disaster. But maverick former-NSA agent Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer) sees this as an opportunity to prove his worth and cajoles hapless junior analyst Joseph Harries (Nick Mohammed) once against to use the conspiracy as a path back to the NSA and a final chance to redeem himself.
Last series saw Fran (Sue Perkins) and Jamie (Mel Giedroyc) impersonate Simon and Garfunkel to find a mark, discover that digging a shallow grave is quite hard work, and decide that torture isn’t really their thing. But this time around, they have a new boss and their prospects in the criminal underworld are taking an upturn– until a new friend causes a rift between Fran and Jamie, ultimately jeopardising their double act dynamic.
Agatha Raisin S4
Ashley Jensen returns as the high-flying London PR exec turned Cotswolds-based amateur sleuth for the fourth series of the charming comedy-mystery series. Whether it’s a killer quiche, an ill-fated village fete or the suspicious disappearance of the local hairdresser, there’s no case too quaint for this Miss Marple of the mundane.
New Original Documentaries
This is the intimate and revealing story of one of history’s greatest minds – the remarkable life of Professor Stephen Hawking, a man who overcame many personal struggles to become one of the most renowned physicists of the 20th century. For the first time, we can glimpse Hawking’s life through private family archives filled with footage and stills plus interviews with his family, friends and colleagues.
With a career spanning seven decades and over two hundred million record sales to her name, Tina Turner has earned every right to be called the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. With exclusive access to the star herself, this documentary examines the music legend’s career to date. However, her path to global dominance was not an easy one, featuring many challenges that required immense mental strength to overcome.
The End of the Storm
For seven months, Liverpool were virtually invincible, overcoming every setback and challenge as Jürgen Klopp’s “mentality monsters” swept all before them. Fans were chanting victory in The Kop, anticipating their first league title in 30 years. Then COVID-19 struck and the celebrations, and football as a whole was brought to a standstill. With exceptional access to Liverpool Football Club, this is the gripping inside story of one of sport’s most historic triumphs.
The United Way
The story of Manchester United is one of the ultimate stories of our time and it has never been fully told this way before. This highly cinematic one-off feature documentary relays the swirling rise of an iconic sporting dynasty with comprehensive, unseen footage, untold anecdotes and unprecedented depth. All led by the legendary Eric Cantona, who provides the creative and storytelling spine throughout the film.
Bruno v Tyson
Covering the highs and lows of one of boxing’s most fondly remembered rivalries, this is the story of Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno. It was presented as a battle of hero versus villain. Britain’s gentle giant versus America’s ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’. But behind the headlines and hype that surrounded both fighters, their lives were connected. This feature length film charts the sensational path of two of the world’s most iconic black sports men, capped off with a reunion between the two old foes.
The Wimbledon Kidnapping
Marking the 50th anniversary of the first ever kidnap and ransom trial in Britain, one of those convicted in this extraordinary crime story speaks for the first time. On the 29th of December 1969, 55-year-old housewife Muriel McKay mysteriously vanished from her home in Wimbledon, five minutes away from the famous tennis courts.
Murder at the Cottage: The search for justice for Sophie
In 1996, two days before Christmas, Sophie, the wife of French filmmaker Daniel Toscan du Plantier, was brutally murdered at her holiday cottage in Schull, West Cork. The murder rocked the quiet, Irish town and 24 years later, the case remains a mystery. Piecing together original evidence, never-before-seen footage and interviews with those closest to the case, master storyteller and Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan tries to make sense of what happened that night.
Shark with Steve Backshall
Naturalist and Shark-lover Steve Backshall celebrates the wonder of sharks and dispels the myth that they’re cold-blooded killers. Steve will make some incredible discoveries, including sharks that glow in the dark, walk on land and ancient sharks that have lived for over 500 years! Now more than ever this incredible aquatic family needs our help. Coming eye to eye with this deeply misunderstood animal, Steve will reveal the world’s most feared predators as you’ve never seen them before.
Patrick Aryee’s Wild World
Patrick Aryee, biologist, documentarian and explorer take you on a mission seeking answers to big questions about the natural world. This is a monumental journey and Patrick is uniquely qualified to be our guide. The series is packed with knowledge and magical moments. Despite centuries of scientific discovery, there’s always more for Patrick to discover. He has an ever-expanding catalogue of curiosities which act as his roadmap to adventure.
New Original Entertainment
Ant Middleton & Rebel Wilson: Straight Talking
Former Royal Marines Commando Ant Middleton returns for the second of his unique interview specials. Last year, Ant travelled to the Namibian desert with One Direction’s Liam Payne, where the pair were able to open up about their respective experiences away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This time, Ant spends some one-to-one time with Australian-born actress Rebel Wilson for more honest conversations and self-discovery.
A League of Their Own Roadtrip: Loch Ness to London
A League of Their Own Road Trip is back with a UK-based version. Jamie Redknapp, Freddie Flintoff and Romesh Ranganathan are on the road again, and throughout their trip the trio will be joined by starts from the world of sport and entertainment, with a very special guest appearance from Jack Whitehall. The guests will be joining them for activities including an SAS survival challenge and the Highland games in Scotland, as well as rally car racing and sheep herding in Wales.
Rob & Romesh Vs S3
Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan return to dip their toe into the unknown once again. Their close friendship will be put to the test as Rob tries to convince Romesh to share his love for golf and the guys delve into the world of tennis, drag performing and art. Along the way, they will once again be joined by experts to guide and introduce them to their vocations and the boys will share their unique views with the likes of Ian Poulter, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Andy Murray and Lachlan Goudie.
A League of Their Own S16
Jamie Redknapp, Freddie Flintoff and Romesh Ranganathan are back for the sixteenth series of sports-based trivia, challenges and laughs. A firm favourite for Sky One viewers, it’s great to welcome back one of the most popular entertainment shows in the channel’s history.
Russell Howard S5
One of Britain’s most successful comedians, Russell Howard, returns to present his satirical take on global news, politics and stories dominating the cultural zeitgeist with another series of The Russell Howard Hour. The critically acclaimed and highly topical show has amassed over 400 million views on social media with multiple segments going viral online and has been home to in-depth interviews with an array of fascinating guests.