The TV shows we can’t wait to hit our screens this autumn

From epic nature docs to gripping drama.

By Amy Lewis, 22 September 2016
The TV shows we can’t wait to hit our screens this autumn

There are so many things that make autumn great; delicious seasonal foods, cosy sweaters, snuggling up on the sofa. Brilliant TV is of course at the top of the list, too.

From epic period dramas to comedy and gripping drama, here’s everything you can look forward to this season.

With the nights getting darker and the weather on the turn, there’s nothing better than curling up with a cosy throw, and watching some really great telly.

Luckily, this year’s autumn schedule doesn’t disappoint.

From epic period dramas to comedy and gripping drama, here’s everything you can look forward to from the telly box this season.


If you haven’t begun dedicating your Sunday evenings to Poldark series two yet, what are you waiting for? Full of drama, suspense and stunning Cornish landscape, Aidan Turner is back as Captain Ross Poldark, this time standing trial for murder. Catch up on BBC iPlayer.

Sundays, 9pm, BBC


Already five episodes in, this eight-part drama starring Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman chronicles Queen Victoria’s 64-year reign, from the moment she becomes the ruling monarch at just 18 years-old. Catch up on the ITV Hub.

Sundays, 9pm, ITV

Cold Feet

The gang are back 13 years after the last episode of Cold Feet saw Adam, Jenny, Pete, Karen and David pay an emotional farewell to Rachel, who died in a car crash. Now negotiating life in their late 40s, the new series is full of the warmth you’ll remember, with plenty of laughs and poignant drama. Catch up on the ITV Hub.

Mondays, 9pm, ITV

National Treasure

From the playwright behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this four-part series takes its inspiration from Operation Yewtree. Robbie Coltrane stars as a fictional TV star who is accused of historical rape, forcing his wife of 40 years, played by Julie Walters, to decided whether or not she believes his claims of innocence.

Tuesday 20th September, Channel 4

The Fall

Back for another gripping series, The Fall picks up with Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), after the gripping cliffhanger of series two.

Thursday 29 September, BBC Two

The Level

Misfits actress Karla Crome stars in this police drama set in Brighton, which sees a detective sergeant lead a secret double life. Her ties to a murdered drug trafficker land her in grave danger however, when the killer starts stalking her.

Friday 30 September, ITV


A bittersweet comedy drama written by Jo Brand, this series co-stars Alan Davies and focuses around worn out social workers battling funding cuts. Expect Brand’s signature wit with a window into the everyday obstacles faced by welfare workers.

Tuesday 27 September, Channel 4


Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood all star in this sci-fi series executive produced by Star Wars’ JJ Abrams. The 10-part series is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name, following a futuristic theme park run by robots which eventually turn on humans.

Tuesday 4 October, Sky Atlantic

Our Loved Boy

This one-off drama is based on the tragic true story of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor, who was attacked on the streets of Peckham sixteen years ago. The story plays out from the perspective of the Taylor family, with a script written by award-winning screenwriter and playwright Levi David Addai.

TBC October, BBC One

Planet Earth II

David Attenborough is back with a second instalment of his epic Planet Earth series, first aired a decade ago. Shot in ultra high definition and using remotely operated cameras, prepare to get closer to fierce animals than ever before.

TBC October, BBC One

The Young Pope

Jude Law stars in this dramatic imagining of the first ever American Pope. Co-starring Diane Keaton, the series follows Jude’s character Lenny Belardo, a conservative but conflicted young cardinal, who becomes Pius XIII much to the frustration of those around him.

Thursday 27 October, Sky Atlantic

Rillington Place

Period drama and crime story combine in this three-part series, which tells the story of 1940s London serial killer Dr John Christie, played by Tim Roth. Expect to have your bones chilled by the retelling of the Notting Hill murders, which switches between the different perspectives of several characters.

TBC November, BBC One

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