20 British TV shows we’re excited about in 2022

2021 was a really robust 12 months for British tv.

We had the poignant drama of Russell T. Davies’ It is a Sin, the submarine-based thriller of Tom Edge’s Vigil, and the don’t-watch-with-your-parents thrills of Bridgerton.

The excellent news is 2022 is already shaping as much as be simply pretty much as good. We have combed by way of the 12 months forward and dug out probably the most promising new shows, together with some favourites that shall be again for brand new (and in some instances remaining) instalments — from the would possibly of The Crown to the finale of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Killing Eve. This is 20 British TV sequence we’re trying ahead to this 12 months.


Georgina Campbell and Lydia West in “Suspicion.”


Credit score: Apple TV+

The title says all of it with this one, when 5 seemingly random Brits are arrested in New York below suspicion of kidnapping the son of a rich media mogul (performed with a no-nonsense iciness by Uma Thurman). All declare they’re harmless victims, however judging by the tense trailer there’s extra to the scenario than meets the attention — and it will be troublesome to know, who, if anybody, we are able to belief. Kunal Nayyar, Tom Rhys Harries, Georgina Campbell, Elyes Gabel, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Noah Emmerich make up a formidable solid that is simply another reason so as to add this thriller to our listing. — Sam Haysom, Deputy UK Editor

Methods to watch: Suspicion will stream on Apple TV+ from Feb. 4.


Erin Doherty as Becky in

Credit score: BBC / Mam Tor Productions / David King

Created by Intercourse Schooling author and director Alice Seabright, Chloe is a psychological thriller revolving across the obsessive world of social media. The story follows Becky (Erin Doherty), a temp employee whose mom suffers from early-onset dementia, and who finds her escape compulsively scrolling by way of Instagram. However after one influencer she’s grow to be obsessive about, the titular Chloe, turns up useless, Becky decides to imagine a brand new identification and attempt to discover out what occurred to her. Yep, we’re already hooked. — S.H.

Methods to watch: Chloe will stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK from Feb. 6, and Prime Video in the U.S.

That is Going to Harm

Ben Wishaw as Adam in

Credit score: Sister/Anika Molnar

Primarily based on Adam Kay’s extremely well-liked ebook chronicling his years coaching to be a health care provider in the UK’s Nationwide Well being Service (NHS), That is Going to Harm adapts his diary entries right into a comedy drama starring Ben Wishaw and Ambika Mod. The present follows Adam (Wishaw) as he struggles to steadiness his personal life with the calls for of working near 100 hours every week on a chaotic obstetrics and gynaecology ward. The sequence has been shot by The Finish of the F**king World director Lucy Forbes and exec produced by Kay himself, so you understand it is in good fingers. — S.H.

Methods to watch: That is Going to Harm will stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK in February and AMC+ in the U.S.

The Midwich Cuckoos

John Wyndham’s legendary sci-fi novel The Midwich Cuckoos, a narrative about a small village in England that falls pray to a parasitic alien race, has already had two movie adaptions (bear in mind Village of the Damned?) and a bunch of radio productions. However that is the primary time it has been reimagined for TV. Starring Keeley Hawes (of Line of Obligation and Bodyguard fame) and Homeland’s Max Beesley, the story sees a complete city falling concurrently unconscious — just for half to get up inexplicably pregnant. Yikes. — S.H.


Methods to watch: The Midwich Cuckoos shall be out there on Sky/NOW TV in the UK this spring.

Peaky Blinders (Season 6)

Cillian Murphy in

Credit score: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky

Steven Knight’s vicious post-WWI gangster story set in Birmingham, UK and starring Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy is lastly coming to an finish this 12 months with its sixth and remaining season. “It feels blasphemous to name Peaky Blinders a gangster present or against the law drama, as a result of none of these storylines, whereas they might present visceral struggle scenes set to rock music, come anyplace close to the gripping heartbeat of Tommy and the Shelby household,” wrote Mashable’s Proma Khosla after we included it in our listing of the most effective British shows on Netflix. Knight just lately told Empire that the present will “go into and past the Second World Warfare”, and the excellent news for diehard followers is that the sixth sequence is not actually the tip — a movie is already in the planning stages. “I consider this sixth sequence as the tip of the start,” Knight mentioned. — S.H.

Methods to watch: Peaky Blinders will stream on BBC iPlayer in spring 2022.


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Life After Life

Thomasin McKenzie in

Credit score: BBC

The mixture of a really robust solid, a success novel because the supply materials, and an intriguing premise make this one a should for us. The story — from bestselling writer Kate Atkinson — revolves round Ursula Todd (Thomasin McKenzie), who dies as a child in 1910 solely to maintain being reborn into totally different iterations of the identical life. The potential is large, the supporting solid (which incorporates Fleabag’s Sian Clifford and Courageous New World’s Jessica Brown Findlay) is powerful, and the very fact the novel’s been tailored by Boardwalk Empire author Bash Doran actually would not damage. — S.H.

Methods to watch: Life After Life shall be streaming quickly on BBC iPlayer in the UK (date TBC).

The Ipcress File

Joe Cole in

Credit score: ITV

A Sixties Chilly Warfare spy thriller based mostly on the novel by Len Deighton, The Ipcress File follows British military sergeant-turned-spy Harry Palmer (Joe Cole) as he is pressured into an undercover mission to keep away from a stint in jail. Cue a continent-spanning journey involving kidnapped scientists, treason, and a stable supporting solid together with Lucy Boynton, Shireen Farkhoy, and Tom Hollander. This one will possible have Tinker Taylor vibes, and it additionally has earlier kind on the display — the novel’s 1965 film adaptation, starring Michael Caine as Harry Palmer, has a solid 7.2 rating on IMDb. — S.H.

Methods to watch: The Ipcress file will stream on ITV Hub “in the approaching months” (date TBC).

Bridgerton (Season 2)


Sure, we all know it is a Shonda Rhimes manufacturing, so basically an American/British present, however we’re together with Bridgerton. It has been slightly over a 12 months now for the reason that Netflix sequence twirled its method onto our screens, brimming with scandal, beautiful costumes, tenuous boxing sequences, and extra on-screen crushes than you can flap a velvet glove at. Whereas Season 1 focussed on Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and her dramatic courtship with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Web page), Season 2 will shift its focus to Daphne’s older brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) — and judging from the just lately launched teaser, there will be extra of the identical gloriously barbed exchanges that we got here to like and count on first time round. Simply bear in mind to not watch it along with your dad and mom. — S.H.

Methods to watch: Bridgerton will stream on Netflix later this 12 months (date TBC).

The Crown (Season 5)

Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in

Credit score: Alex Bailey/Netflix

What will we even must say? The Crown has been one in every of Netflix’s shiniest jewels ever because it first marched onto our screens again in 2016, and it is stayed there by way of two (quickly to be three) totally different casts and over half a century of dramatised royal historical past. The fifth (and penultimate) instalment sees Imelda Staunton reigning as Queen Elizabeth II, changing earlier representatives Olivia Colman and Claire Foy. Count on extra sharp writing, beautiful costume and design, and loads of regal scandal that — though blurring the road between truth and fiction — is at all times an entertaining watch. — S.H.

Methods to watch: The Crown Season 5 will stream on Netflix later this 12 months (date TBC).


Joe Locke and Kit Conner in

Credit score: Netflix

In 2016, artist/author Alice Oseman created a webcomic called Heartstopper about the blossoming romance between two pupils, Charlie and Nick, at an all-boys faculty. In 2018, the comedian was revealed as a graphic novel and now, just a few years on, it is making its technique to Netflix as a live-action sequence. Particulars are restricted for the time being however the sequence has been tailored by Oseman herself and directed by Euros Lyn, who’s beforehand labored on the likes of Broadchurch and Physician Who. Newcomer Joe Locke stars as Charlie alongside Equipment Conner (the voice of Pantalaimon in His Darkish Supplies) as Nick. Count on romance, sweetness, and poignancy aplenty. — S.H.

Methods to watch: Heartstopper will stream on Netflix (date TBC).

I Hate Suzie (Season 2)

Billie Piper and Leila Farzad in

Credit score: HBO Max / Sky

Created by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper, I Hate Suzie is a present with zero causes to despise — and at last, it’s coming again for a second season. The Sky Atlantic sequence was one of many highest British TV shows of 2020. Piper is unrelentingly good as former pop star Suzie Pickles, whose cellphone is hacked and compromising pictures of her are leaked to the press. Other than this unlawful invasion of privateness, it kickstarts a chaotic chain of occasions for Suzie, whose greatest wager to outlive all of it is clinging to her greatest good friend and agent, Naomi, performed with unshakeable cool by Leila Farzad. It’s a sensible, humorous, and unnerving story of movie star, sexism, motherhood, and type of sort of realizing what the hell you’re doing along with your life. And fortunate for us, Season 2 is in the works, with Sky confirming filming starts in 2022. No phrase on plot but, however count on chaos.* — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor

Methods to watch: I Hate Suzie shall be out there on Sky/NOW TV in the UK and HBO Max in the united stateslater in 2022.

Starstruck (Season 2)

Rose Matafeo in

Credit score: BBC / Avalon UK / Mark Johnson

New Zealand comic Rose Matafeo delivered her personal pleasant spin on Notting Hill final 12 months, and we completely beloved it. The primary sequence of millennial rom-com Starstruck leant into the mess of liking somebody new, particularly when one in every of you is a film star. Jessie (Matafeo), a twenty-something working in London has a one night time stand with a well-known film star, Tom Kapoor (Nikesh Patel) with out realizing who he’s. Delightfully awkward chaos, lurking paparazzi, and unsubtle mates ensue. Fortunately, Season 2 is coming in February, and given the place we left off in Season 1, we’re quite excited to see the place this complete journey goes for Jessie and Tom, with hopefully one thing as air-punchingly nice as the primary sequence’ superb “Return of the Mack” sequence.* — S.C.

Methods to watch: Starstruck Season 2 shall be out there to stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK and HBO Max in the U.S (date TBC).

Conversations with Pals

Alison Oliver as Frances in

Credit score: BBC/Component Footage/Hulu/Enda Bowe

Are you continue to pondering about BBC Three’s adaptation of Regular Folks? Did you wait in line for Irish writer Sally Rooney’s newest (and vastly anticipated) ebook Stunning World The place Are You? Welcome to the membership, good friend. This is one thing you will get pleasure from: the upcoming adaptation of Rooney’s 2017 debut novel Conversations With Pals. The story follows the lives of 4 individuals and their (quite messy) relationships with one another — there’s Frances, the narrator, Bobbi, her greatest good friend, and Melissa and Nick, a married couple. Women star Jemima Kirke will play Melissa and The Favorite’s Joe Alwyn will take the function of Nick. Newcomer Alison Oliver will play Frances alongside Loki’s Sasha Lane as Bobbi. Director Lenny Abrahamson and author Alice Birch, who each labored on the difference of Regular Folks, are helming the sequence. — Rachel Thompson, Senior UK Tradition Reporter

Methods to watch: Conversations with Pals shall be out there to stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK (date TBC).

Killing Eve (Season 4)

Jodie Comer as Villanelle in

Credit score: BBC/Sid Light Silms

We’re unsure the place the time’s gone, however by some means Killing Eve — Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s tense spy thriller about British intelligence agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and her cat-and-mouse sport with murderer Villanelle (Jodie Comer) — is already revving up for its fourth and remaining season. The present was arguably at its greatest in its first season, however as Mashable’s Proma Khosla wrote in her assessment of Season 3, “Killing Eve could string us alongside for season after season, but when these award-winning actresses can preserve us hooked with their killer chemistry and high quality writing, we’ll be right here.” — S.H.

Methods to watch: Killing Eve is obtainable to stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK, and BBC America in the U.S. (date TBC).

Inside Man

Atkins Estimond and Stanley Tucci in

Credit score: BBC/Hartswood/Paul Stephenson

Once you see the names David Tennant, Lydia West, and Stanley Tucci on a solid listing, the one justifiable questions are a) When does the present begin?, and b) The place can I watch the present? Written by Sherlock and Physician Who scribe Steven Moffat, Inside Man is a thriller thriller that entails a connection between a U.S. loss of life row inmate and a lady trapped in a basement in the UK. Color us intrigued. — S.H.

Methods to watch: Inside Man will stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK and Netflix in the U.S (date TBC).

The whole lot I Know About Love

Primarily based on Dolly Alderton’s 2018 bestselling memoir of the identical identify, this seven half sequence is about friendship, intercourse, courting, and all the things in between throughout your twenties. Tailored by Alderton and directed by China Moo-Younger, the BBC One sequence tells the story of two childhood greatest mates, Maggie (Emma Appleton) and Birdy (Bel Powley). Set in 2012 in a London flat-share, the sequence options flashbacks to adolescence in the early 2000s in English suburbia. As time passes by, the friendship comes below pressure. Will this platonic love survive? Guess you will simply have to attend and see. — R.T.

Methods to watch: The whole lot I Know About Love will stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK (date TBC).

Comfortable Valley (Season 3)

Sarah Lancashire in

Credit score: BBC/Lookout Level/Matt Squire

Like Line of Obligation, Comfortable Valley is a type of British shows that often will get the entire nation hooked on the similar time at any time when a brand new season comes out. Sally Wainright’s darkish crime drama, which revolves round no-nonsense police sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), is not at all times a straightforward watch, nevertheless it’s a well-written and tense thriller that places its robust feminine lead entrance and centre. Season 2 got here out again in 2016, so followers have been ready awhile for this new (and remaining) sequence — hopefully it’s going to be definitely worth the build-up. — S.H.

Methods to watch: Comfortable Valley will stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK and AMC+ in the U.S (date TBC).

The Outlaws (Season 2)

Gamba Cole and Rhianne Barreto in

Credit score: BBC/Massive Speak/4 Eyes

Stephen Product owner’s comedy drama about a mismatched group of convicts finishing up neighborhood service collectively in Bristol, returns this 12 months for its second outing. Particulars are slightly skinny at this level, however provided that the second sequence was filmed back-to-back with the first we all know it’s going to function the identical core group of characters (Service provider stars alongside Christopher Walken, Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Darren Boyd, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Clare Perkins), and there’ll possible be the identical mixture of crime thriller and foolish comedy we noticed in the primary sequence. — S.H.

Methods to watch: The Outlaws will stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK and Prime Video in the U.S (date TBC).

The Essex Serpent

Claire Danes in

Credit score: Apple TV+

Glorious supply materials would not at all times correlate to a wonderful TV present, nevertheless it actually would not damage. Apple TV+’s The Essex Serpent is already off to begin in this respect, based mostly on Sarah Perry’s 2016 gothic fiction novel that gained each the 2016 British E-book Awards and the Waterstones E-book of the Yr. The story revolves round a lady exploring the thriller of a mythological sea serpent in an English village, after she strikes there to flee from an abusive relationship. The difference stars Clare Danes and Tom Hiddleston, and is shot by The Egocentric Large director Clio Barnard. — S.H.

Methods to watch: The Essex Serpent will stream on Apple TV+ later this 12 months.

We Are Girl Components (Season 2)

Sarah Kameela Impey, Anjana Vasan, Juliette Motamed, and Lucie Shorthouse in

Credit score: Saima Khalid / Peacock

What began as a Channel 4 comedy brief turned one of many must-see shows of 2021 — and after premiering in the U.S. in Could, it’s been renewed by Peacock for a second season. Created by Nida Manzoor, We Are Girl Components follows the formation of an all-women Muslim punk band. You’ll meet Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), Ayesha (Juliette Motamed), Bisma (Religion Omole), and Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse) as they recruit lead guitarist Amina (Spider-Man: Far From Residence and Mogul Mowgli star Anjana Vasan). As Mashable’s Proma Khosla writes in her assessment, “Seeing 5 ladies of shade lead a comedy much less in gawking at their identifiers than exploring their inside lives feels really revolutionary.” 

No date has been introduced but, however you’ll be capable to watch the brand new season on Channel 4 in the UK and Peacock in the U.S. “I can’t wait to delve again into the world of the band and go deeper into their lives,”  (*20*). “Count on extra excessive jinks, extra music, and extra flights of fancy.”* — S.C.

Methods to watch: We Are Girl Components will stream on All 4 later this 12 months and Peacock in the U.S.

*This blurb has beforehand appeared in one other Mashable listing.

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