In this era of peak TV, it seems like there's a new must-watch series being released every week. Here's what you should be exicited for in 2019.
Game of Thrones season 8 - April 2019
After seven fantastic seasons of dragons, gleeful scheming, some truly epic battles and the deaths of way too many beloved characters, April 2019 will see the release of the final six episodes of David Benioff and D. B. Weiss’s staggeringly popular fantasy juggernaut Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic.
Given that the source material ran out long ago, it’s almost impossible to predict what will happen but it’s sure to feature plenty of breathtaking action and clever plot twists as each episode will be over 60 minutes long and some of the best behind-the-scenes talent will be returning, including director Miguel Sapochnik who helmed the incredible Hardhome and Battle of the Bastards.
True Detective season 3 - 14th January
There’s a cautious sense of optimism surrounding the upcoming third series of Nic Pizzolatto’s once great crime anthology as early reviews seem indicate that the creative team, which also features Hold The Dark’s Jeremy Saulnier and Game of Thrones’s Daniel Sackheim on directing duties, has to recaptured much of the magic which made the first such a dizzying success.
The many trailers display some beautifully haunting cinematography that even in those few minutes is very successful at creating that eerie, hopeless atmosphere and much has been made of Mahershala Ali’s mesmerizing performance as cop Wayne Hays who’s attempting to untangle the engrossing mystery surrounding the disappearance of two children.
Big Little Lies season 2 - potentially June 2019
Originally conceived as a one-off miniseries, Jean-Marc Vallée’s darkly glossy murder-mystery was surprisingly renewed for a second series a short while after the first concluded with the book’s original author Liane Moriarty brought back into write the script.
Vallée is no longer directing but will be replaced by Andrea Arnold, whose excellent 2016 film American Honey featured a similarly dreamy atmosphere, and alongside the major new addition of Hollywood royalty Meryl Streep, the star-studded cast that’s headed up by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley are all set to return.
Killing Eve season 2 - mid 2019
One of the best new series of 2018 was Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brilliantly subversive take on the spy thriller which pitted bored MI5 desk agent Eve (Sandra Oh) against psychopathic assassin Villanelle (a delightfully manic Jodie Comer) in a very funny and utterly compelling game of cat-and-mouse that’s thankfully set to continue across a second outing in 2019.
Everything will pick back up right where the first left off immediately after that major cliffhanger and confirmed to be joining the cast in unspecified roles are Nina Sosanya, Edward Bluemel and The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt.
Watchmen season 1 - late 2019
Having previously been made into a feature-length film by Zac Snyder in 2009, which despite the internet’s collective rage is a pretty decent attempt at adapting an incredibly complex work, Lost creator Damon Lindelof is now set to bring what he’s termed a “remixed” version of Watchmen to the small screen, crafting a new modern story set in Alan Moore’s universe.
Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Jean Smart and Tim Blake Nelson are all set to star but it’s not yet known who they’ll be playing. Major plot details are also being kept tightly under wraps, but if it’s anything like the original richly detailed narrative it’ll be one that’s perfectly suited to the extended nature of TV.
The Crown season 3 - late 2019
The always excellent Olivia Colman is set to take over from the much acclaimed Claire Foy as a slightly older Queen Elizabeth II in the next show of Netflix’s award-winning royal biopic, which will also see Game of Thrones’s Tobias Menzies replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Vanessa Kirby hand over the role of Princess Margaret to Helena Bonham Carter.
Showrunner Peter Morgan has stated it’ll cover the period of her reign between 1964 and 1976 exploring the development of her strong working relationship with then prime minister Harold Macmillan, Prince Charles’s coronation as the Prince of Wales and the slow breakup of Princess Margaret’s marriage to Lord Snowden.
Fargo season 4 - mid to late 2019
The future of Noah Hawley’s quirky Minnesota-set anthology was uncertain for awhile due to his many other TV and film commitments, including but not limited to brilliantly trippy superhero series Legion and the upcoming Doctor Doom film, but it was recently officially confirmed a 1950s set series is set for release sometime this year.
An interesting casting choice will see comedian Chris Rock star as the head of a crime family who, in a bid to keep the fragile peace with a rival, agrees to a swap which’ll see them raise each other’s oldest son. When that rival suddenly dies on the operating table, all bets are off and Fargo’s colourful, slightly twisted but always compelling mix of criminal hijinks ensues.
Peaky Blinders season 5 - mid to late 2019
The hugely popular period crime-drama’s status as a national obsession has been fully cemented with its move from BBC Two to primetime BBC One for this upcoming series, which will see semi-legitmate gangster Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his family happily wielding more power than ever before now he’s an officially elected member of parliament.
Trouble is set to follow in the form of his WW1-related mental health issues and new charismatic politician (Sam Claflin) who puts forward a hugely intriguing proposition. Leaked set photos showing Split actress Anna Taylor Joy and Michael (Finn Cole) also suggest some of the action will be set stateside, following the latter being dispatched to inform the mafia of Luca Changretti’s (Adrien Brody) death.
What We Do in the Shadows season 1 - Spring 2019
The BBC have thankfully picked up what is sure to be the absolutely hilarious spin-off of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s brilliant vampire mockumentary from 2014 which transports the action from a quiet suburb of Wellington to Staten Island, New York.
It’ll focus on a brand-new group of eccentric vampire flatmates, leader Nandor (Kayvan Novak), goofy Lazslo (Matt Berry), ice-cool Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) and Colin (Mark Proksch) an energy vampire who bores his victims to death, as they prepare for the arrival of ancient vampire leader The Baron who thinks they’ve conquered America.
Stranger Things season 3 - 4th July
It’ll have been almost two years since our last visit to the mysterious town of Hawkins, Indiana by the time the third series of Netflix’s beloved 1980s set sci-fi drops, and fans couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of seeing more dimension-hopping adventures from our plucky gang of teenage heroes.
The cool-looking announcement poster and fake advertisement for the soon-to-be-open Starcourt Mall released so far don’t give much of an official plot synopsis, although further confrontation with the terrifying Mind Flayer seems to be a dead set, while 80s Princess Bride icon Cary Elwes and Jake Busey will be joining the cast as the town’s hotshot mayor and a sleazy news anchor respectively.