Victoria. This new big budget period drama is going head-to-head with Poldark on Sunday nights and therefore likely to spark off a ratings battle to rival that of the X-Factor and Strictly. But rather than the rugged scenery in Poldark, this is a glossy look at the iconic Queen’s earlier years, which also delves into her relationship with her beloved Prince Albert.
Dr. Who’s ex assistant, Jenna Coleman, takes the title role - her first lead. Will it do for her what Poldark did for Aidan Turner? (August 28th)
The Collection. The first UK original series from Amazon Prime, this a must-watch TV show for autumn 2016. Centered around a postwar Paris haute couture fashion house run by two brothers – who pay a steep price for their ambition – this is less about the dresses and more about the dramz that go on in the fashion houses they come from. Starring Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gumer, Tom Riley and Richard Coyle, the show was created by the chap behind Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives and is co-produced by the company who brought us War & Peace. Definitely one with ‘hit’ written all over it. (September 2nd)
Poldark. After a 16-month-break from that chest, Ross Poldark is back… but we come with sorry news. This series is set in autumn, a cold season in wind swept Cornwall meaning, this time, the shirt is staying put. BUT there are lots more to tune in for, including bitter rivalries between Ross and Warleggan, class wars and simmering sexual tension between Poldark and his former love interest Elizabeth (Heida Reed.) Is this enough to stop you flicking over to ITV’s Victoria? We’ll have to wait and see. (4th September)
The Fall. We can reveal that Paul Spector, the world’s most handsome serial killer (played by 50 Shades hottie Jamie Dornan) survived being shot at the end of the last series (is it wrong to whisper a small “yay?”) Although he’s now behind bars, in the new, final series, the show’s creators have promised us one last game of cat and mouse between him and DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson.) Dornan himself has warned fans to 'expect the unexpected. There's quite remarkable turns in the third season that I really genuinely think people won't see coming that are hugely exciting.' (September TBC)
Humans. We’re told they’ve 'picked up the pace, 100 times' for series two. Carrie Anne-Moss – of Matrix fame – joins most of the original cast as an Artificial Intelligence expert and spoilers suggest Niska (Emily Berrington) – the synth gone rogue - will be working closely with her character… but at what cost? Co-writer Sam Vincent has also revealed: 'We want to go deeper into relationships between humans and synths, all kinds: sexual ones, love ones, romantic, love, platonic love and familial.' We’re officially excited: this is a TV show to watch in autumn 2016 (October TBC)
The Affair (season 3.) Showtime’s raunchy Hampton’s-set drama is back, three year’s later from where we left them at the end of season two where we saw the effect Noah (Dominic West) and Alison’s (InStyle cover girl Ruth Wilson) affair had on their other halves, culminating in a fatal car crash. Co-creator Sarah Treem has promised this season will get even darker, where each of the main characters will have to deal with the consequences of their devious actions. Prepared to be gripped (October TBC)
The Crown. A Netflix original, this (November 4th) new TV show to watch in autumn 2016 has an all-star cast including Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow and Vanessa Kirby. his time it's our current Queen whose the centre of attention, and focuses on the personal intrigues, romances (you get a glimpe into what Prince Phillip has had to sacrifice) and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century. Our money's on this being yet another TV gem from Netflix. (4th November)