Updated 9th September 2010
Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent ITV – Third 3-part crime drama from Lynda La Plante. Following a fatal shooting in a notorious drug dealer’s squat, the murder team quickly identify the victim as Frank Brandon – an ex-police officer from the drug squad and a friend of James Langton. Travis begins to uncover suspicious links between Brandon and the notorious drug trafficker Alexander Fitzpatrick
Accused BBC1 – Brand new drama from acclaimed writer Jimmy Mcgovern (Cracker, The Street) each episode features a separate story, which start as an ordinary individual is led to the dock to hear his fate. As each episode unravels we learn how each man came to be there. But on reflection should they be the accused? Starring Christopher Eccleston (in Willy’s Story) and Mackenzie Crook (in The Soldier’s story)
Ancient Worlds Autumn 2010 BBC2 -Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles embarks on a six-part odyssey from the first cities of Mesopotamia to the Christianisation of the Roman Empire to tell the story of what he argues is mankind’s greatest achievement – civilisation.
Arctic with Bruce Parry Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Series that sees explorer Bruce Parry immerse himself in the remote communities of this freezing world to learn how they live and how their ancient ways of life may be about to change forever.
Behind Closed Doors Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Historian Amanda Vickery goes behind the stately exterior of the Georgian house in a new three-part series in which she reveals how the British passion for homes began.
The Bible’s Buried Secrets Autumn 2010 BBC2 – three-part series where Hebrew Scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou examines how recent archaeological discoveries are changing the way stories from The Bible are interpreted and how these, in turn, are forcing a re-assessment of the understanding of the legacy of Judaism, Christianity and Islam both in the Middle East and in the West.
Benidorm 2010/2011 ITV1 – A Christmas Special and a fourth series of the sitcom set in the holiday resort.
Beautiful Equations BBC4 – Art critic Matt Collings looks at Mathematic equations. As he explores the most famous equations in science – Einstein’s E=mc2, Dirac’s equation on anti-matter, and Newton’s laws of gravity – Matt realises that concepts of beauty and elegance have been used by many scientists to advance their work.
The British at Work Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Kirsty Young hosts a four-part series exploring the state of Britain’s post-war workplace.
The Buying Game BBC2 – New 7-part business series that sees Dragons’ Den star Theo Pathitis go behind closed doors at some of the biggest names in UK retail to expose the secret world of buying for the first time. In a twist, these buyers won’t be turning to their trusted suppliers for the next big thing. Instead they’ll be gambling on the talents of the British public in their quest to find the best and most innovative new products. For the fledgling designer, this is a chance in a lifetime.
Getting On BBC4 – Second series of the comedy set in a hospital written by and starring Jo Brand and directed by Peter Capaldi.
Being Human BBC3 – Third series of the supernatural drama starring Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner Featuring special guests, Lacey Turner & Robson Green.
Catchment BBC2 – Documentary filmed in Birmingham, one of the largest education authorities in Europe, the series gives a fascinating insight into the reality of choice (or otherwise) available to parents in Britain today.
Christopher & His Kind BBC2 – Drama starring Doctor Who’s Matt Smith as Christopher Isherwood who escapes his English society upbringing and his suffocating relationship with his mother, Kathleen (played by Lindsay Duncan), for the decadent – and politically unstable – world of Thirties Berlin.
Come Rain or Shine ITV – One-off family drama starring David Jason as cockney ex-docker Don, a man whose family means everything to him. The story focuses on Don’s determination to keep his family afloat, emotionally and financially, after they lose virtually everything. Also stars Alison Steadman
David Suchet on the Orient Express Autumn 2010 ITV – Leaving London, David embarks on a journey across Europe as the train travels through stunning scenery and alluring locations, including Venice and Prague. En route he discovers some of the
extraordinary real life dramas the train has witnessed and realises a schoolboy dream when he
is allowed to drive it. David meets the train’s staff to discover how they keep it on track and mingles with his fellow passengers to experience the ups and downs of 1920’s style luxury as 21st century travellers sacrifice speed and space for charm and elegance.
The D0-gooders Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Ian Hislop looks at the dramatic 19th-century cultural revolution that saw Britain undergo one of the most remarkable periods of social change in our history. Focusing on attitudes to children, alcohol and institutional morality, The Do-Gooders uncovers the achievements of those high-minded men and women whose legacy was a Britain worth living in.
Downtown Abbey Autumn 2010 ITV – Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.
Downton is the home of the Crawleys, who have been the earls of Grantham since 1772. In the
drawing rooms, library and beautiful bedrooms,with their tall windows looking across the park,
lives the family, but below stairs are other residents – the servants, as fiercely possessive of
their ranks as anyone above. Some of them are loyal to the family and are committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, onthe lookout for new opportunities, love or just adventure. Starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Laura Carmichael, Jessica Brown Findlay, Brendan Coyle, Thomas Howes, Sophie McShera, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James-Collier and Joanne Froggatt. Written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes.
DCI Banks: Aftermath Autumn 2010 ITV – Two-part drama based on the successful novel from award-winning international crime writer Peter Robinson starring Stephen Tompkinson in the lead role.
Edwardian Farm BBC2 -Archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and domestic historian Ruth Goodman will return to front Edwardian Farm, spending a full year delving into Britain’s rural heritage.
Episodes BBC2 – Comedy surrounding a happily married English couple, Sean and Beverly Lincoln who also happen to be successful producers of a hit British TV show called Lyman’s Boys. At an awards ceremony in London they are wooed by a hugely powerful and charismatic US network executive who persuades them to move out to LA and remake their hit show for an American audience – with disastrous results. Starring Matt Le Blanc who plays himself and Tamsin Greig and Stepehn Mangan from Green Wing.
The Event Autumn 2010 Channel 4 – New US Thriller. Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) is an everyman who, while investigating the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer), unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.
Faulkes on Fiction 2011 BBC2 – Best selling novelist Sebastian Faulks (The Girl At The Lion D’Or, Birdsong, A Week In December) looks at the history of the novel through its characters, each episode focusing on a different archetype – the Hero, the Lover, the Snob and the Villain – and how they have developed over the centuries.
The First Animals BBC2 – Sir David Attenborough embarks on a journey to the very beginnings of life on Earth. He’s hunting the most elusive wildlife yet – the first animals that ever lived. Ancient fossil seams and extraordinary visual effects enable him to bring prehistory to life, as the animals he discovers live, grow and prey upon each other for the first time in half-a-billion years. And, in these astonishing monsters, he discovers the blueprints of all modern animals – including humans.
Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights Autumn 2010 Channel 4 – Six-part series mixing the comedians stand up with sketches.
Frost on Satire BBC4 – Sir David Frost charts the story of satire in the UK and America and its impact on 20th-century politics.
Hattie BBC4 – Drama starring Ruth Jones as Carry On actress Hattie Jacques.
Hustle 2011 BBC1 – Seventh series of the con-artist drama.
Moving On BBC1 – Second series of the daytime drama series penned by Jimmy McGovern compries of 10 stand alone dramas. The cast includes John Simm (Doctor Who, Life On Mars), Anna Massey (Hotel du Lac, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles), Robert Glenister (Hustle, Spooks), Gerard Kearns (Shameless, Mark Of Cain), Roy Marsden (The Green Green Grass,) and Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snatch)
Alan’s Garden Secrets BBC2 – Series in which Alan Titshmarsh visits most spectacular showpiece
Doc Martin 2011 ITV – Fourth series of the Martin Clunes drama
George Gently BBC1 – Two more episodes of the 1960’s crime drama starring Martin Shaw.
Giles & Sue Live the Good Life Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the classic BBC comedy The Good Life, Giles Coren and Sue Perkins step back in time to 1975 to try their hand at becoming self-sufficient and see if it really is possible to live “the good life”.
History of Ancient Britain Part 1 Autumn 2010 BBC2 -Neil Oliver embarks on an epic quest through thousands of years of ancient history to tell the story of how Britain and its people came to be. The first part of the story takes him from the glacial wasteland of ice-age mammoth hunters, through the glories of the Stone Age, to the magnificence of international Bronze Age society.
I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Autumn 2010 ITV
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margret Autumn 2010 E4 – The eponymous American Margaret (David Cross) bluffs his way into an apparently great job opportunity, heading up the sales team in his employer’s London office. The only problem is he knows nothing about British culture… or indeed anything about sales. And to add to his problems he spectacularly fails to impress Alice (Sharon Horgan), the first beautiful girl he meets.
Jamie’s Thirty Minute Meals Autumn 2010 Channel 4 – 40-part tea-time series promises to teach anyone how to cook a complete meal in just 30 minutes.
Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance Channel 4 – Second series of the parenting series from Supernanny Jo Frost.
Judith: Going Back to Congo BBC3 – Documentary that follows 23 year old Judith Wanga who grew up in London return to her Birthplace of the congo. Judith is going back to Congo to meet her parents for the first time. She wants to understand the childhood she missed and find the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of her life
The Junior Apprentice 2011 BBC1 – Second series of the teen version of Alan Sugar’s Job Interview.
Katie: My Beautiful Friends Autumn 2010 Channel 4 – Four-part follow up to last years Cutting Edge Documentary, Katie: My Beautiful Face in which Katie uses her personal experience to help rebuild the lives and confidence of people like her who are fighting for normality while living with a disfigurement.
Katy Brand Is….. ITV2 – Series fronted by Comedian Katy Brand that sees her meet a music star and try to get under their skin and find out what makes them tick – culminating in one of
her hilarious parodies of the artist.
Land Girls BBC1 – Second series of the daytime drama examining how a whole generation of women helped the war effort, and adapted to their new lives working as part of the Women’s Land Army.
Life & Death in a Cottage Garden BBC2 – New six-part series guiding viewers through a year in the lifecycle of her own garden at Glebe Cottage in Devon
Lip Service BBC3 – Drama about the sex lives and love affairs of twenty-something lesbians living in contemporary Glasgow.
The Little House Autumn 2010 ITV – Two-part drama following the story of of Ruth wife of career-minded Patrick as she is pushed towards the limits of her own sanity when
she becomes entangled in the lives of her wealthy but interfering in-laws Elizabeth and Frederick. Starring Francesca Annis, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rupert Evans and Lucy Griffiths.
London Zoo ITV – Cameras get delve takes television cameras into the world’s oldest Zoo.
The Zoological Society of London, which invented the word “zoo”, has a collection of more than 20,000 animals at its two sites, Regent’s Park in London and
(its country home) Whipsnade, 30 miles north. In this series we discover what it means to be part of ZSL’s 450-strong
Luther 2011 BBC1 – 2 two hour specials of the crime drama starring Idris Elba
Michael Roux’s Service Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Great service matters almost more to Michel Roux than great food in this series Michael trains eight young people, none of whom have previously considered this as a career, to become front-of-house superstars.
Monty Don’s Italian Gardens BBC2 – Four-part series that sees Monty Don travel from the south of Italy to the north, visiting some of the country’s most beautiful, impressive and interesting gardens.
Monroe ITV1 – James Nesbitt stars in a new drama as a brilliant and unusual neurosurgeon – a flawed genius who never lets anyone forget his flaws or his genius. Each episode will feature a compelling story about life-anddeath situations. The drama series focuses on the way in which a serious injury or disease cuts across the lives of everyone involved, from hospital staff to patients and relatives, and how that group become – in an intense few days – a reluctant dysfunctional family united by hopes, fears and grief. At the centre of this stands Monroe, his trainees, his anaesthetist, his poker school – and his female colleague, heart surgeon Jenny Bremner, who has contempt for his cockiness. The series promises stories of heightened emotion shot through with dark humour and portraying the pressures and pleasures of high-end surgery in a modern urban hospital.
Monte Carlo or Bust Autumn 2010 ITV – Three couples hit the road on a madcap jaunt from
London to Monte Carlo. Those taking part are Jack Dee and Ade Edmondson in a VW camper
van, Jodie Kidd and Julian Clary in a Bentley convertible and Penny Smith and Rory McGrath in
a Union Jack-bedecked Mini Cooper.
Newly Meds BBC3 – New six-part series showcasing how difficult it is to become a newly qualified doctor. Shot in the style of a glossy medical drama, the series will follow the new recruits over a four-month period as they leave their student days behind them and embark on their careers.
Nigella’s Kitchen BBC2 – This 13-part series will show Nigella cooking food for modern living, whatever the situation, at her studio kitchen, at her home and other locations.
Norman Walks BBC4 – Dan Snow visits “the forgotten” Norman Empire. . Each episode takes in prominent Norman landmarks and features a mixture of aerial archive and bespoke filming via helicopter.
On The Streets BBC4 – Documentary following the lives of Britain’s homeless by filmmaker Penny Woolcock.
The Oaks ITV1 – Five-part drama telling the story of three different families living in the same house in the 1960s, the 1980s and today, all linked by the spirit of a young girl – the dead daughter of the first family to live in the house. Starring Alex Kingston, Jodie Whittaker Annie Reid and Denis Lawson
The Only Way is Essex Autumn 2010 ITV2 – 10-part living soap follows a cast of colourful characters as they go about their totally Essex lives.
Outcasts BBC1 – Eight-part futurisitic drama set in 2040 following the loves and lives of a group of people on a recently-discovered planet. Written by Spooks writer Ben Richards and produced by Kudos Producitons.
Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood BBC2 – Paul Merton travels to America to explore how the language of cinema, and the blueprint for the contemporary film industry, were laid down in the age of silent film.
Peep Show Autumn 2010 Channel 4 – Seventh series of the Robert Webb/David Mitchell sitcom.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV
Phone Shop Autumn 2010 E4 – The pilot from Channel 4’s Comedy Showcase gets a full series.
Rich Hall’s Dirty South BBC4 – Documentary from the American Comedian using specially shot interviews and featuring archive from classic movies such as Gone With The Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Deliverance, Rich discovers a South that is about so much more than just rednecks, racism and hillbillies.
Rick Stien Food of Italian Opera BBC4 – light-hearted look at the role that food has played in the creation of Italian opera.
The Sarah Jane Adventures 2010/2011 BBC1 – Two more series of the Children’s series based on Doctor Who.
Saving Haiti Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Bafta-award winning director Patrick Forbes chronicles the inside story of an heroic attempt to rebuild Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake in January 2010.
The Savoy Autumn 2010 ITV – Series looking into the behind the scenes going’s on in the world famous London Hotel.
Secret Dealers Autumn 2010 ITV1 – Daytime series presented by auctioneer and antiques expert Kate Bliss, each episode sees two family homes paid a visit by three hard-bitten, expert antique dealers on the look-out for fresh items they can sell. While each family are out, the competing antique dealers tour their homes inspecting everything of value. From jewellery, sideboards and children’s toys, to jumbled attics, ‘kitchenalia’ and furniture; nothing is out of bounds to the dealers.
Secret Iraq Autumn 2010 BBC2 – documentary series that sets out to tell the story of the country after the invasion. Secret Iraq will provide an authoritative account of what happened and what the problems were – not from the perspective of London and Washington, but from the perspective of those in Iraq.
Sherlock 2011 BBC1 – Second 3-part series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman
Single Father BBC1 -Four-part emotinoal drama starring David Tennant as a single father who struggles to raise his four children follow ing the death of his wife. Other Single Father cast include Surrane Jones (as his new love interest) Laura Fraser, Rupert Graves, Warren Brown, Neve McIntosh, Mark Heap, Jenni Keenan Green, Sophie Kennedy Clark and Natasha Watson.
Single-Handed ITV – Second series of the gentle crime drama with Simone Lahbib and Matthew McNulty and and Sean McGinley joining Owen McDonnell, who plays police sergeant Jack Driscoll.
Silk 2011 BBC1 – Law drama from Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice) Starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry Jones as two high flying Barristers with opposing views.
The Sinking Of The Laconia Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Two-part drama based on factual accounts of the attack and sinking of RMS Laconia in September 1942. The drama will explore the human side of the story, which later became known as “The Laconia Incident”. Written by Alan Bleasdale.
Skins 2011/2012 E4 – Two more series of the teen drama with a brand new cast.
South Riding BBC1 – Three-part adaptation of Winifred Holtby’s novel reworked by Andrew Davies. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin and David Morrisery.
Space Dive Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Documentary following American base-jumper Felix Baumgartner as he attempts to become the first person ever to break the sound barrier in free fall.
The Restoration Man Channel 4 – Second series that sees George Clarke advise people tackling their own restoration projects
The Truth about the Generation Gap Autumn 2010 BBC2 – 3-part documentary series that sees a group of young people take over a care home for the elderly at the start of an inspirational, amusing and emotional journey of discovery that hopes to change the way the young and the old think about each other.
Toast BBC1 – Family drama based on the Novel of the same name by Food writer and Chef Nigel Slater. Set in sixties Britain its a drama documenting the sight and smells that a young boy experiences on his journey into adulthood. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, with Freddie Highmore set to portray Slater as a 15-year-old boy.
Waterloo Road 2011 BBC1 – Seventh series of the school based drama with Robson Green and Mark Benton joining the cast.
Wags Hit South Africa BBC3 – In the build up to the World Cup, five wives and girlfriends of top English footballers leave behind their privileged world and undertake a life changing journey to gain an understanding of the reality of daily life in South Africa.
Wall to Wall ITV – Series reuniting families hosted by Davina McCall
When Piers Met Lord Sugar ITV – Piers Morgan visits Lord Sugar at his stunning multimillion-pound waterfront home in Florida. He learns the story of his success, admires his private plane and sees the miniature
Ferrari he bought for his grandson. He meets Lord Sugar’s wife, Lady Ann Sugar,
who talks about how they met. He also indulges in Lord Sugar’s favourite hobby, road cycling. And Piers goes with him to Clapton, in London, to the estate where Lord Sugar grew up and began his first forays into business. They visit his old primary school, and he tells Piers about the challenges he faced as a child.
Wedding House Autumn 2010 Channel 4 – Documentary series in which a team of experts take over a country manor house to play host to wedding ceremonies for 50 couples – with every moment captured on camera. There’s one condition – once the bride and groom have had a chat about what their dream wedding would entail, they won’t get to see a single thing until they arrive at the venue on their wedding day.
Whitechapel Autumn 2010 ITV1 – Second three-part series of the dark thriller starring Rupert Penry Jones and Phil Daniels. the second series draws on an iconic cult crime born
out of London’s East End. After Jack the Ripper comes the gangster brutality of the Krays, and
in Whitechapel the paranoia of this era and the faded glamour of the former East End overlords
characterise the drama.
We Are Mongrels BBC3 – Second series of the Adult, puppet comedy, tells the tale of four urban animals who hang out together in the bin yard of an inner-city pub.
Wonders of the Universe Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most dramatic parts of the globe to explain the fundamental principles that govern the laws of nature – light, gravity, energy, matter and time.
Wonderland Autumn 2010 BBC2 – Second run of the quirky observational documentary series.
Vera ITV – Four-part Crime drama starring Brenda Blethyn as Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope. Vera is an obsessive character with a caustic wit and a real intuitive sense for crime-solving. Together with her trusty sidekick and surrogate son Joe Ashworth
Updated 9th September 2010