9 must-watch new shows on BT TV in 2018

From period dramas and supernatural epics to brand new reality shows, there is something for everyone.

From stunning nature documentaries to life-changing reality shows, BT TV has more choice than ever when it comes to brand new TV shows in 2018.

Across National Geographic, Alibi, W, MTV, Comedy Central, AMC and all the extra channels, there will be more drama, laughter and jaw-dropping moments than ever before.

[Read more: The best new shows on AMC in 2018]

Here are just a few tasty teasers of what is in store over the next 12 months.

1. One Strange Rock - National Geographic

Will Smith

From Academy award-nominated film maker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Fighter) comes 10-part global event series One Strange Rock. This is the incredible story of life on Earth, told by the only people to have left it behind - astronauts.

From the perspective of space, astronauts see a world that’s stranger than sci-fi, where every living creature is part of one extraordinary, interconnected system that keeps alive over 8 million different species of fantastical plants and creatures

Revealing there truly is no place like home, One Strange Rock is a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explores the fragility and wonder of our planet, one of the most unique places in the universe. Revealing why life as we know it exists on Earth, the series visits the world’s most spectacular locations to unravel the unbelievable chain of accidents, coincidences and connections that makes a living planet, and us.

[Read more: All you need to know about One Strange Rock]

2. Ex on the Beach: Body SOS - MTV

Vicky Pattison

Vicky Pattison is returning to MTV with brand new show, Ex On The Beach: Body SOS.

Vicky is on a mission to help 16 individuals get beach body confident. So if you over did the Christmas dinner this year - tune into Ex On The Beach: Body SOS on Wednesday 17th January at 8pm, on MTV, BT TV channel 309/371 HD.

Vicky and her squad of trusty trainers will be taking on two lucky individuals per episode, as they transform from eating kebabs to rock-hard abs.

Whether exercising for the first time or learning to love the bodies they have, the 16 individuals will have 12 weeks to transform not only their bodies but their confidence. Expect a lot of sweat and even more tears.

3. Roast Battle - Comedy Central

On Roast Battle UK, host Jimmy Carr will be joined by judges Russell Brand and Katherine Ryan for an unmissable war of words between the country's finest comic performers.

Two roasters enter an arena filled with bloodthirsty comedy fans with just one simple mission: to bring their opponent to their knees with five of the most ferocious jokes their minds can muster. These gags won't be for the faint of heart. Expect a no-holds - barred assault where no topic is off-limits.

This is not a harmless comedy showcase or a friendly panel show... this is competitive roasting.

The line-up includes Iain Stirling, Joel Dommett, Joe Lycett, Nick Helm, Alex Brooker and Matt Forde.

4. Jane - National Geographic

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionised our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

National Geographic worked with Jane to create a documentary on her work that today revolves around action and awareness of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and educating on how we can make a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.

Jane Goodall is a pioneer – aged 26 with no training or a scientific degree and just a notebook and a pair of binoculars, she travelled to what is now Tanzania to study chimpanzees. With unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, Jane won the trust of these shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. Jane’s work in Gombe and her study of chimpanzees still continues today and is the longest continuous study of any animal in their natural habitat in history.

Jane will air on the National Geographic Channel on Monday 12th March 2018 at 9pm - BT TV channel 317/373.

5. The Terror - AMC

The Terror

Inspired by a true story, The Terror is one of the most highly anticipated TV series of 2018. It centres on the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage.

Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.

The ten-episode series stars Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men) as Captain Francis Crozier; Tobias Menzies (Outlander) as Captain James Fitzjames; Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones) as Sir John Franklin; Paul Ready (Cuffs) as Dr. Henry Goodsir; Adam Nagaitis (Suffragette) as Cornelius Hickey; Nive Nielsen (The New World) as Lady Silence; Ian Hart (Finding Neverland) as Thomas Blanky; and Trystan Gravelle (Mr. Selfridge) as Henry Collins.

"The Terror captures a rare combination of fascinating history, complex and flawed characters, the inextinguishable human spirit and the horror and promise of an uncharted world,"said executive producers and co-showrunners David Kajganich and Soo Hugh. “We are looking forward to bringing viewers into this world."

[First look: AMC's suspense thriller The Terror coming in 2018]

6. The Wave - W

The Wave

Welcome to a quiz like you have never seen before. To grab the cash, questions must be answered correctly. But to keep it, contestants must face the might of the Atlantic Ocean and everything it can throw at them.

In each show, Rylan Clark-Neal, safely situated in his Portuguese beach bar welcomes pairs of contestants. While one stays with Rylan and sips cocktails, the other - the swimmer - gets their kit off and heads to sea.

Two-hundred metres out is a line of six pontoons that stretch further and further away from land. Each has increasing amounts of cash inside and a written question with two possible answers and two corresponding hatches. Communicating with their land-based partner on arrival, the swimmer must select a hatch. If they are right, they discover cash and take it. But if they are wrong, they find a 1kg lead weight inside and must attach it to their belt.

[Read more: Rylan interview - The Wave]

As their partner struggles against mother nature, the team member with Rylan is also desperately answering additional questions in a bid to win time because when they decide to bail, they will only win the money if they can make it back to their partner on land in time.

Overseeing their safety as the underwater currents shift, the waves change and the dense sea fog of the Atlantic descends without warning, is Olympic silver medallist and expert long distance open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne.

And while Keri offers tips, and Rylan offers lifelines (from surfboards to goggles, which they can exchange their cash for), ultimately the team must continually weigh up the ever-changing odds and decide when it should attempt to swim it to win it!

7. Frankie Drake - Alibi

Frankie Drake

Alibi goes back to the Golden Age of crime with this brand-new and exclusive 11-part series.

Starring Lauren Lee Smith, Frankie Drake Mysteries follows Toronto's only female private detective in the 1920s as she takes on the cases the police don't want or can't handle.

Her gender is her biggest advantage - as a woman in a man's world, Frankie defies convention and has a knack for solving cases with intuition and deduction skills. But she's no cop - her brand of justice doesn't always follow the law.

Along with her partner Trudy (Chantel Riley), Frankie and the Drake Detective Agency takes on cases of all shapes and sizes: from airplanes and booze-running to American G-men, Communists and union busters. Frankie's fearless sense of adventure gets her into all kinds of trouble, but she always manages to find her way out.

In a time of change and hope, Frankie is a woman ahead of everyone. Look out for Lewis's Laurence Fox guest-starring in episode one.

8. Project Nazi - History

On 30 January 1933, Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of the German Reich, and sets out to build a new nation. But how do the Nazis convince ordinary Germans to support Hitler’s vision? Project Nazi explores how Germans were seduced into supporting Nazism through the persuasive power of outstanding design, brilliant engineering, and insidious propaganda. How incredible that a small and extremist political party under the leadership of a failed artist could convince an entire nation to give it total power.

The must-watch new series starts on Friday January 12th.

9. AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics - AMC

AMC Visionaries

Starting in January, this six-part series takes a deeper look into the stories, people and events that transformed the world of comic books.

Comic book icons and fans including Stan Lee, Patty Jenkins, Lynda Carter, Kevin Smih, Famke Janssen and Todd McFarlane have given extensive interviews.

"My love for the world of comics knows no bounds," said Kirkman. “It’s a universe of amazing stories that has been driving pop culture as a whole for decades. Being able to explore the nooks and crannies of this world has allowed me to find out secrets even I didn’t know.

"It’s been a pleasure putting this series together and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to finally share it with the world."

AMC Visionaries is a year-round documentary series in which ground-breaking artists celebrate, curate and author the untold stories and fascinating histories of their respective genres.

Forthcoming instalments in the series include “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction,” “AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror,” and “AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook” executive produced by Black Thought and QuestLove.

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