Above Suspicion ITV1 – Two-part drama adapted by Lynda la Plante from her own novel, starring Kelly Reilly as DC Anna Travis, an ambitious police officer who is following in her late father’s footsteps and is assigned to her first murder case, with Ciaran Hinds as her volatile boss, DCI Langton.
Law & Order: London ITV1 – A UK version – with 13 parts in the first series – of the long-running US crime drama series. Stars Freema Agyeman as strong-willed prosecutor Alesha Phillips, with Bradley Walsh as East End copper DS Ronnie Brooks, Jamie Bamber as his charming police partner DS Matt Devlin, Harriet Walter as their boss DI Natalie Chandler, Ben Daniels as crown prosecutor James Steel, and Bill Paterson as CPS director George Castle. Written by Chris Chibnall (credits include Torchwood); made by independent production company Kudos.
Collision 2009, ITV1 – Five-part drama about a car crash and the aftermath. Stars Douglas Henshall and Kate Ashfield as the senior police officers in charge of the investigation, Paul McGann as millionaire property dealer Richard Reeves, Dean Lennox Kelly and his brother Craig Kelly as dodgy dealing siblings Danny and Jeffrey Rampton, Zoe Telford as Jeffrey’s wife Sandra, Claire Rushbrook Karen Donnelly, who survives the crash, Phil Davis as crash victim Brian Edwards, Jan Francis as his wife Christine and David Bamber as Sidney Norris, a piano teacher with guilty secrets. Written by Anthony Horowitz and Mike Walker.
Unforgiven 2009, ITV1 – Three-part drama starring Suranne Jones as Ruth Slater, who is trying to rebuild her life following a 15-year sentence for the murder of two policemen. With Will Mellor as her new boyfriend Brad, Jack Deam and Matthew McNulty as Kieran and Steve Whelan, the vengeful sons of one of her victims, Peter Davison and Siobhan Finneran as John and Izzie Ingrams, Faye McKeever as Steve’s wife Hannah, Douglas Hodge and Jemma Redgrave as Michael and Rachel Belcombe, and Emily Beecham and Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Lucy and Emily. Written by Sally Wainwright; made by Red Production.
Whitechapel ITV1 – Drama about a modern day Jack the Ripper operating in Whitechapel, east London. Stars Rupert Penry-Jones as media-savvy DI Chandler, Phil Davis as hard-bitten DS Miles and Steve Pemberton as a Ripperologist called Buchan. Written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip.
An Englishman in New York 2009, ITV1 – A sequel to the award-winning 1975 drama The Naked Civil Servant. John Hurt reprises the role of Quentin Crisp (aka “the stately homo of England”), following his life in the 1980s and 1990s when he lived in New York. With Cynthia Nixon (of Sex and the City fame) as performance artist and playwright Penny Arcade, Denis O’Hare as magazine editor Phillip Steele, Jonathan Tucker as Patrick Angus, a young artist who befriended Crisp, and Swoosie Kurtz as Crisp’s American agent, Connie Clausen. Written by Brian Fillis.
Wuthering Heights ITV1 – Adaptation of Emily Brontë’s love story by Peter Bowker starring Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley as lovers Heathcliff and Cathy, with Sarah Lancashire as housekeeper Nelly, Andrew Lincoln as Edgar, Cathy’s forlorn husband, Burn Gorman as Cathy’s brother Hindley and Kevin Mcnally as Mr Earnshaw.
The Prisoner ITV1 – A six-part remake of cult 1960s classic The Prisoner, starring Sir Ian McKellen as the sinister Number 2 and Jim Caviezel as Number 6, a former secret agent who was abducted and kept in a sinister village. The cast also includes Ruth Wilson as Number 313, Hayley Atwell as Number 41-5, Lennie James as Number 147 and Jamie Campbell-Bower as Number 11-12. Written by Bill Gallagher (credits include Lark Rise to Candleford and Clocking Off). It was due to be aired on Sky One but the broadcaster pulled out.
Trial & Retribution 2009, ITV1 – Reyurn of the crime drama with three two-part films. Stars David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit and Dorian Lough.
Affinity ITV1 – One-off film adapted by Andrew Davies from Sarah Waters’ Gothic ghost story/love story set in a Victorian prison. Starring Anna Madeley as prison visitor Margaret Prior, Zoe Tapper as enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes, Anna Massey, Anne Reid and Amanda Plummer.
Moving Wallpaper ITV1 – A second series of the comedy drama set behind the scenes of TV production, created by Tony Holland. Ben Miller’s Jonathan Pope is now producing a Renaissance, a horror drama starring Kelly Brook. The cast again includes Raquel Cassidy, James Lance, Sarah Hadland, Elizabeth Berrington, Lucy Liemann, Dave Lamb and Sinead Keenan.
Demons ITV1 – Saturday evening drama series starring Philip Glenister,in which the legacy of Dracula infects modern-day London. Glenister plays American sceptic Rupert Galvin, with Christian Cooke as his teenage godson, Luke, the descendant of vampires, Holliday Grainger as his best friend Ruby, Zoe Tapper as blind pianist Mina Harker Zoe Tapper, who is an authority on the entities preying on humanity, Richard Wilson as Father Simeon, Mackenzie Crook as the villainous Gladiolus Thrip and Kevin McNally as half-man half-rat Mr Tibbs.
Agatha Christie’s Marple 2009, ITV1 – Julia Mackenzie takes over from Geraldine McEwan as Agatha Christie’s detective, in four new mysteries A Pocket full Of Rye, They Do It With Mirrors, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? and Murder Is Easy. Featuring guest appearances by Hannah Murray, Rik Mayall, Sean Biggerstaff, Georgia Moffett, Warren Clarke, Richard Briers, Helen Baxendale, Samantha Bond, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Anna Chancellor, Joan Collins, Brian Cox, Rupert Graves, David Haig, Sean Hughes, Alex Jennings, Matthew Macfadyen, Ian Ogilvy, Maxine Peake, Wendy Richard, Jemma Redgrave, Alexei Sayle, Prunella Scales, Rafe Spall and Penelope Wilton.
Albert’s Memorial ITV1 – Single black comedy drama starring David Jason as Harry, one of two World War Two veterans taking a dying friend to Hinderburg in Germany. With David Warner and Michael Jayston. Written by Thomas Ellice.
U Be Dead ITV1 – Single drama starring David Morrissey and Tara Fitzgerald based on the true story of a woman who was jailed for nine years stalking a London doctor. Morrissey plays Dr Jan Falkowski with Fitzgerald as his fiancée, Debbie Pemberton, Lucy Griffiths and Monica Dolan. Written by Gwyneth Hughes (credits include Five Days).
Boy Meets Girl 2009, ITV1 – Comedy drama starring Martin Freeman plays dreamer Danny Reed, who is struck by lightning and wakes to find himself trapped in a woman’s body and swapping lives with glamorous female fashion journalist Veronica Burton (Rachael Stirling). With James Lance, Tamzin Malleson, Marshall Lancaster and Angela Griffin.
Lewis ITV1 – Four new episodes of the detective drama starring Kevin Whately with Laurence Fox, Clare Holman and Rebecca Front. Guest stars include Helen Baxendale, Zoe Boyle, Simon Callow, James Fox, David Hayman, Anastasia Hille, Adrian Lukis, Joanna Lumley, Art Malik and Jenny Seagrove.
Wild At Heart ITV1 – Series four of the drama series about a British family in Africa, with Dawn Steele and Juliet Mills joining the cast, which includes Stephen Tompkinson, Lucy-Jo Hudson and Hayley Mills. Amanda Holden has left the show.
Blue Murder ITV1 – Return of the crime drama series starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis with Ian Kelsey as DI Richard Mayne. Guest stars include Tina O’Brien and Chris Gascoyne.
Pushing Daisies ITV1 – Series two of the US comedy drama starring Lee Pace and Anna Friel.
Dexter ITV1 – Series two of the US crime drama starring Michael C Hall.
The Feelgood Factor ITV1 – Entertainment show encouraging viewers to get fit.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV1 – The former journalist talks to celebrities about their lives.
It’ll Be Alright On The Night 2009, ITV1 – Bloopers show hosted by Griff Rhys Jones.
Hell’s Kitchen ITV1 – Return of the reality show fronted by Marco Pierre White.
Mumbai Calling 2009, ITV1 – Seven-part sitcom set in a Mumbai call centre. Commissioned after a pilot aired on Wednesday 30 May 2007 written by Sanjeev Bhaskar, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. Bhaskar, who has written the series with Andrew Collins, plays Kenny Gupta, a British-born Indian sent to run the call centre, alongside Dev (Nitin Ganatra).
The Truth About Beauty ITV1 – Series investigating society’s obsession with looks.
All Star Mr & Mrs ITV1 – Return of the game show fronted by Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton.
Beat The Star ITV1 – Return of the game show hosted by Vernon Kay.
Billy Connolly: Journey To The Edge of the World (previously listed as Billy Connolly: Ocean To Ocean) ITV1 – Four-parter following the Scottish comedian as he journeys across the Arctic Ocean’s notorious North West Passage.
Piers Morgan On… ITV1 – Series on luxurious lifestyles featuring reports from Dubai, Monaco and Los Angeles.
Doctors and Nurses at War ITV1 – Series following NHS trauma surgeons, paramedics and nurses who have volunteered for three-month’s service with the British army in Afghanistan.
Storm Rider ITV1 – Three-parter in which film-maker Chris Terrill captures human experiences during the world’s greatest storms.
The South Bank Show 2009, ITV1 – The arts magazine returns with programmes on Peter Cook and John Cleese, Will Young, The Tempest, Handel, TV director Peter Kosminsky, scriptwriter William Goldman, African writer Chinua Achebe and Julie Walters.
Claire Sweeney: My Big Fat Diet ITV1 – Documentary in which the actress explores being overweight.
Taste the Nation ITV1 – Series in which teams of amateur cooks compete.
Britain’s Best Dish: Celebrity Special ITV1 – Cookery competition featuring Aggie MacKenzie, Steve Backley, Ingrid Tarrant, Raef Bjayou, Sherrie Hewson and Eddie Edwards.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ITV1 – Return of the cult cartoon featuring Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello.
Bookaboo! ITV1 – Children’s series that promotes reading.
The New Worst Witch ITV1 – Return of the children’s drama series.
The Hairy Bakers’ Christmas Special Thursday 11 December 2008, BBC2 – Food special with Dave Myers and Simon King.
BBC Radio 3 Choir Of The Year Friday 12 December 2008, BBC4 – Competition between six choirs at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Legends – The Big O In Britain Friday 12 December 2008, BBC4 – Documentary marking the 20th anniversary of the death of US singer Roy Orbison.
Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen December 2008, BBC2 – Five-part advice series with Nigella Lawson.
BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Sunday 14 December 2008, BBC1 – The annual sports review/awards ceremony presented by Gary Lineker, Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey from Liverpool.
The Swing Thing Friday 19 December 2008, BBC4 – The story of swing music, narrated by Kenneth Cranham.
English Country House Tuesday 9 December 2008, Channel 4 – Six-part series presented by Ruth Watson, previously presenter of Five’s The Hotel Inspector, in which she gives advice to the owners of some of Britain’s stately homes.
The World’s Greatest Stand Up Friday 12 December 2008, Channel 4 – Performances at the International Comedy Festival in Montreal from Lee Evans, Dara O’Briain, Dave Chappelle, Denis Leary, Dylan Moran, Omid Djalili and Tim Allen.
Countdown Channel 4 – Return of the words and numbers game with new presenter Jeff Stelling and maths expert Rachel Riley.
The Family Channel 4 – A second series of fly-on-the-wall documentary, featuring a new family.
Britain’s Biggest Loser ITV1 – Reality show in which contestants live and work together for several weeks and compete to lose the most weight.
24 January 2008, Sky1 – Series seven of the US drama starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Dirty Sexy Money January 2008, E4 – Series two of the US drama.
Gossip Girl January 2008, ITV2 – Series two of the US drama.
Supernatural January 2008, ITV2 – Series four of the US drama.
The Speaker BBC2 – Series searching for Britain’s best young speaker, judged by comedy star Jo Brand, former basketball star John Amaechi and performance coach Jeremy Stockwell.
Top Of The Pops Christmas Day/New Year’s Eve BBC1 – Two special editions of the pop show, hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates.
George Gently 2009, BBC1 – Four more stories featuring Martin Shaw as Inspector George Gently, a detective working in 1964 Northumberland. With Lee Ingleby as ambitious Detective Sergeant John Bacchus. Adapted by Peter Flannery and Mick Ford from the novels by Alan Hunter.
The Royal Variety Performance December 2008, BBC1 – The 80th anniversary show takes place at the London Palladium with performances by Take That, Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Duffy, George Sampson, John Barrowman, Naturally 7, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Josh Groban, Only Men Aloud, the stars of Jersey Boys, Zorro, The Lion King and La Cage Aux Folles, Brian May and Kerry Ellis, Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, Peter Kay as Geraldine McQueen, Jimmy Carr, Michael McIntyre, Rhod Gilbert and Armstrong and Miller.
Reaper January 2008, E4 – Series two of the US drama.
Samantha Who? January 2008, E4 – Series two of the US comedy.
The British Comedy Awards Saturday 6 December 2008, ITV1 – Hosted by Angus Deayton.
MacIntyre: World’s Toughest Towns 2009, Bravo – Ten-part series in which Donal MacIntyre visits some of the world’s toughest neighbourhoods.
Lost Sunday 25 January 2008, Sky1 – Series five of the US drama.
Oops TV! Sky1 – A 50-part series voiced by Justin Lee Collins featuring funny home videos, YouTube clips, sporting bloopers and TV out-takes.
Extreme Male Beauty Channel 4 – Four-part series in which men are given a makeover, plus reports on journalist Tim Shaw’s attempts to get fit and a search for the vainest man in Britain.
Medium Monday 12 January 2008, SciFi – Series four of the US drama.