The 9 Shows That Make This Is A Ridiculously Good Autumn For TV

Trust us, you're going to need to clear out that hard drive

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So, the golden era of television seems to be showing few signs of ending anytime soon. In fact, there's so much choice out there right now, there just aren't enough hours in the day to do the choosing, let alone watching.

Fortunately, we're on hand to pick out the shows most worthy of your attention this autumn.

Our advice? Cancel all plans. From returning old-timers to fresh blood, these are the shows to keep on your radar from now until year's end.

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1 | Mr Robot

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Premiering on streaming services in the US, such was the acclaim heaped upon Mr Robot's first season that it found itself renewed for a second before it had even aired on the box. The series follows a computer programmer (Rami Malek) whose flair for hacking leads to his recruitment by a mysterious anarchist known only as Mr Robot (Christian Slater). That it's from the producers of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sets the tone just right.

Mr Robot airs exclusively on Amazon Prime from 16 October

2 | The Returned

It's hard to believe it's been three years since we met the residents of this sleepy Alpine village. Where did the horde of non-zombified returnees vanish to at the end of the first series? Is The Lake Pub still in business after the entire town flooded? Will creepy kid Victor give us more sleepless nights? All burning questions that French drama The Returned will hopefully answer in its second season.

The Returned season two airs on More4 from 16 October. Season one is available on Netflix

3 | Fargo

Nobody could have anticipated quite how impressive this spin-off to the Coen Brothers' nineties belter Fargo was going to be. A prequel set in 1979, the second season follows Lou Solverson – the father of season one deputy, Molly (Allison Tolman) – as well as the events preceding the oft-mentioned Sioux Falls massacre. The entire cast have been ditched à la True Detective with Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson and Kirsten Dunst sharing lead duties. 

Fargo season two airs on Channel 4 from 19 October. Season one is available on Netflix

4 | The Last Kingdom

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British TV's answer to Game of Thrones is on its way. Only, instead of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, the source material here is Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories; in place of Westeros, we're based in ninth century England – then comprised of several kingdoms; and instead of a cast mostly comprised of Brits, it stars... well, another cast of Brits, including Jason Flemying and Matthew Macfadyen. Throw Rutger Hauer in to the mix and The Last Kingdom is born.

The Last Kingdom airs on BBC2 from 22 October


5 | The Affair

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If you were one of many left reeling by the stirring events of The Affair's first season finale, good news: Sky Atlantic are unveiling the next load of episodes just three months on. Dominic West (forever The Wire's McNulty to us) and Ruth Wilson – who won a Golden Globe for the show back in January – both return as Noah and Alison in the drama that depicts an illicit affair from the perspective of the parties involved.  

The Affair season two airs on Sky Atlantic from 28 October

6 | Peep Show

You probably thought you'd already said goodbye to Mark and Jeremy back in 2012, but with series nine of cult Channel Four comedy Peep Show comes their final farewell. Instagram snaps from co-creator Sam Bain have hinted at returns for both Dobby (Isy Suttie) and Alan Johnson (Paterson Joseph), as well an exciting trip to Dalston for Mark. Can't come quick enough.

Peep Show season nine airs on Channel 4 from 11 November 

7 | The Last Panthers

A jewel heist thriller starring John Hurt and Samantha Morton from the co-writer of This Is England; is your remote pulsing yet? Jack Thorne's Carré-esque trilingual thriller tracks Morton's loss adjuster Naomi, who is tasked with recovering stolen diamonds following a European heist conducted by gangsters and bankers. The fact David Bowie's recorded an original theme song for the show confirms this as a November must-watch. 

The Last Panthers airs on Sky Atlantic from 12 November

8 | Jessica Jones

Marvel's web of output spread to Netflix earlier on this year when the first of four planned shows fronted by four new superheroes arrived in the form of Daredevil. Next up is the eponymous Jessica Jones which follows an ex-superhero turned private investigator, played by Krysten Ritter (you'll remember her as Jesse's junkie girlfriend from Breaking Bad). That it'll all lead to an Avengers-style series titled The Defenders is reason enough to jump on board.

Jessica Jones will be available to stream on Netflix from 20 November


9 | Luther 

Not so much a concluding fourth series than a double episode swansong to sew things up nicely (well, as nice as a British series that's featured mass-murdering twins can manage), Idris Elba returns as the hulking DCI John Luther, now in the clear following the brutal death of his partner Ripley (Warren James). No current word on plot or, more importantly, on whether Ruth Wilson will show up as ruthless fan favourite Alice Morgan. We can only hope.

Luther's final two episodes will air on BBC1 in December



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