Everyone knows that TV keeps its best shows for Autumn and Winter, when the terrible weather and dark nights mean holing up in front of the box is far more appealing than going out or, y'know, talking to anyone.
Accordingly, this year's schedule is set to be a small screen feast, with new and returning dramas from the US and the UK alike. Get ready for the end of a bootlegging empire, the origins of Batman, the funny side of government cuts and not one, but three programs tackling the end of the world.More
If you’ve read our interview with star Justin Theroux, you’ll know we’re very much behind HBO’s latest apocalypse drama. Based on Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name, the series is set three years after two percent of the Earth’s population suddenly disappeared in an event known as The Departure. Theroux stars as a small town chief of police, trying to hold on to what little order is left as a mysterious cult of mute former sinners (including Liv Tyler) set about upsetting the status quo. Those worried about Damon Lindelof’s writing credit will be pleased to know that he seems to have reigned in the spontaneity a bit since the Lost days, so we’re not expecting any giant polar bears any time soon.
Sky Atlantic – 18 September
Touted as the British answer to Boardwalk Empire, the turn of the century drama about a street gang operating illegal gambling dens quickly became its own animal over the course of its six episode run last year. This time around, the Peaky Blinders (led by Cillian Murphy) are expanding their empire down to London where guest star Tom Hardy will be causing trouble for the boys from Birmingham. Expect sharp suits, slick haircuts and plenty of double crossing. Whether every episode will still feature at least one Jack White song remains to be seen.
BBC 2 – 2 October