Television programmes to look forward to in 2013

Neela Debnath

Untitled 1 300x225 Television programmes to look forward to in 2013

Clockwise from top left: Ripper Street, The White Queen, Mr Selfridge and Utopia (BBC, Channel 4, ITV)

As 2012 draws to a close and the long, dark days of January approach, here are some television shows to look forward to in 2013.

Ripper Street (BBC1)

The first episode of this Victorian detective drama was broadcast yesterday and featured grisly murder victims and a spot of early forensics. There was also some excellent acting from the three leads played by Matthew Macfayden, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, prepare for more of the same.

Big Brother (Channel 5)

The reality television is back for its celebrity edition. This time the housemates include X Factor finalist Rylan Clarke, actor Ryan Moloney who plays Toadfish on Neighbours, jockey Frankie Dettori and television presenter Jim Davidson. Clarke has been named the favourite to win the show.

Utopia (Channel 4)

This brand new thriller will be hitting the small screen in a few weeks and see a group of unconnected people hunted by a shadowy organisation after they are handed the original manuscript of a graphic novel called The Utopia Experiments. The six-part series stars Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Alex Roach.

Mr Selfridge (ITV1)

Entourage star Jeremy Piven turns to period drama in ITV1’s new series Mr Selfridge in which he plays the womansing Harry Gordon Selfridge. Mr Selfridge has been written by Andrew Davies, who also wrote the scripts for Pride and Prejudice and Bleak House, and tells the story of the man behind the famous London department store.

Spies of Warsaw (BBC4)

Starring David Tennant and Janet Montgomery, this inter-war spy thriller sees French and German intelligence forces locked in a battle of wits in the run up to the second World War. Tennant plays war hero Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier who is drawn into a world of espionage that spans Warsaw, London, Paris and Berlin.

Doctor Who (BBC1)

On Christmas day audiences watched as the Doctor was brought out of retirement and back into the Tardis to find his companion-to-be. Get ready to watch the second half of the series as Doctor Who enters its 50th year, no doubt there will be some surprise guest stars as well.

Derek (Channel 4)

Last year Ricky Gervais brought audiences Derek, a comedy-drama about working in an old people’s home with Gervais playing the eponymous character. The pilot generated enough interest and now the programme has been commissioned for a full six-part series to be aired in 2013.

The Village (BBC1)

Focusing on an English village in 1914 and starring John Simm and Maxine Peake, this drama charts the highs, lows, births and deaths of the people in this small rural community.

Luther (BBC1)

Idris Elba reprises his role as the troubled DCI John Luther for another series, comprising of four parts. But the question is will Alice be coming back?

Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)

HBO’s epic fantasy drama returns for a third season, with plenty of sex, violence and some dragons there is something there for everyone. The show has scooped up numerous accolades and mainstream popularity. This year sees actors Paul Kaye, Mackenzie Crook and Thomas Brodie-Sangster among others join the cast.

The White Queen (BBC1)

Escaping from the present recessional times seems to be a common theme that is emerging both on film and television, here is another new period drama. This time it is set during the War of the Roses as one woman finds herself caught up in the power play and conflict over the throne. Watch Phillipa Gregory’s novel brought to life in this 10-part series.

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  • Emily Thorne

    Yes, and Southland?

  • PhilipWallace

    Some grammatical errors are harder to stomach than others and my personal tolerance invariably snaps when I come across “comprising of”. More than any other solecism, it screams, “I have no ear for the language”. At the very least, it’s not what you expect from a supposedly upmarket publication. Don’t get me wrong – no one should be obliged to speak or write correctly, any more than we should be forced to know the offside rule or how to make a risotto. But if you earn your living as a journalist, it helps to know the basics.

  • Karen Barclay

    It all sounds promising… apart from Game of Thrones (which might be brilliant – but I never have the concentration for American shows. They have too many episodes).

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