When you’re not attending Christmas parties and visiting family, these are the brand new TV shows you’ll want to be curling up on the couch with. With plenty of drama to sink your teeth into, the lead up to Christmas will go pretty quickly with these brand new TV shows not to miss.
This is Us
NBC’s hit drama series will premiere on Channel 4, the show has been described as a refreshingly honest and provocative series. It follows a unique cast as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. As the series moves we find that several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect.
The drama series was recently picked up for a full season of 18 episodes, it stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Harley and more.
Channel 4, December 6 at 9pm
In Plain Sight
The three-episode series is based on the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s quest to bring justice to notorious Scottish killer, Peter Manuel.
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ITV, December 7 at 9pm
White Rabbit Project
In White Rabbit Project, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara head down the rabbit hole to investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history. Under their microscope are topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy world war two weapons. In each episode, the hosts immerse themselves in experiments, builds and tests as they sleuth the truth behind these and other well-googled themes.
Netflix, December 9
Medici: Masters of Florence
Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden and Stuart Madden all star in this story of the Medici family, headed by Giovanni de’ Medici, who founded a powerful bank he entrusted to his sons Cosimo and Lorenzo. With his strategic thinking, Giovanni devised a way to circumvent The Pope’s ban on “usury,” ushering in a new era of financial freedom that led to the expansion of commerce throughout Europe. The family became one of the wealthiest financiers in Europe and a political dynasty in the 15th Century and beyond. The complete first season will be available to stream when it premieres.
Netflix, December 9
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Netflix is co-producing the series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency with BBC America, the series is an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ wildly successful comic novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and is set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood). This season, Dirk and Todd wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery, crossing unlikely paths with a bevvy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.
All ten episodes will be available to stream when it premieres.
Netflix, December 11
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NBC’s time-travel drama follows a group of unlikely heroes thrust into the adventure of their lives as the chase a mysterious group of criminals through time. Encountering some of the most seminal moments in history, the group attempts to thwart a dark conspiracy that is a threat to all of humanity.
Channel 4, December 14 at 9pm
The new Syfy series is coming to Netflix for the UK in December, the series is loosely based on the Van Helsing character.
The show picks up after a catastrophic volcanic eruption when the last remaining underground vampires rise up through a dark, ash-filled sky to overtake America. Vanessa Van Helsing, a descendant of the legendary line of vampire hunters, awakens from a three-year coma to discover that she’s not only immune to the bloodthirsty predators – but also has the ability to make them human again. With this “cure” threatening the vampire’s existence and a target on her back, can Vanessa save humanity?
Netflix, December 17
Sky Atlantic look set to end the year on a high, with this eight-part drama based on the novels by Max Allan Collins.
When Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972, he finds himself drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River.
Sky Atlantic, December 21 at 9pm
Another time-travelling series premieres in December.
Hundreds of years from now, the last surviving humans discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These “travelers” assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions in order to save humanity from a terrible future. These travelers are: FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (Eric McCormack), the team’s leader; Marcy (Mackenzie Porter), a young, intellectually disabled woman in the care of her social worker, David (Patrick Gilmore); Trevor (Jared Paul Abrahamson), a high school quarterback; Carly (Nesta Marlee Cooper), a single mom in an abusive relationship; and Philip (Reilly Dolman), a heroin-addicted college student. Armed only with their knowledge of history and an archive of social media profiles, the travelers discover that 21st-century lives and relationships are as much a challenge as their high-stakes missions.
Netflix, December 23
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So this animation is not just one for the kids to watch. From the limitless imagination of master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro comes a tale of two worlds set to collide in the epic saga DreamWorks Trollhunters.
When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilisation of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Strong-willed and seeking adventure but wholly unprepared for the responsibilities thrust upon him, Jim is forced to take on the exalted mantle of Trollhunter, sworn to protect the good trolls from powerful enemies bent on revenge. The first human ever to hold the honour, Jim abruptly goes from fighting his way through the daily mayhem of high school to joining a war that has raged for centuries, a conflict that now threatens all of mankind and troll-kind alike. Accompanied by his closest human friends and a few key troll allies, the courageous fifteen-year-old must plunge headlong into a fantastical world of astonishing creatures, glorious cities, and fierce enemies desperate to destroy him. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil with stakes that couldn’t be higher, Jim is determined to save the world — right after gym class.
DreamWorks Trollhunters is a heroic tale that uncoils with ambitious, complex storytelling and stunning visuals that raise the bar for animated series, creating an event series that will thrill the entire family.
Netflix, December 23
The Last Dragonslayer
This year’s Sky Christmas spectacular is based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s series of novels. This fantastical world blends magic and medieval with the modern day and follows indentured orphan Jennifer Strange (Ellise Chappell) who reluctantly discovers her destiny to become the last Dragonslayer.
Sky 1, December 25 at 6pm
Sensual and passionate cook Gina (Dawn French) was once married to Leo Vincent, a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner, with whom she shares a daughter. Leo made his fortune from his exceptional Italian cooking – a family tradition he inherited from his ex-wife – and runs the idyllic Penrose Hotel in the Tamar Valley.
Since divorcing Gina, Leo’s culinary empire has continued to grow, with the fruits of success now being shared with his new wife Sam. However, Leo is keeping a secret which is set to upturn all of their lives. In a friendship already born out of betrayal, Gina and Sam face the secrets and scandal that will bind them together in the most unlikely of circumstances.
Sky 1, December 30 at 9pm