The BT TV hot list: From The Terror to Expedition Amelia - what to watch in October 2019 and coming soon

Our pick of the best shows to watch on Freeview and BT TV’s extra entertainment channels in October and the rest of 2019.

There’s so much telly to get excited about this October on BT TV.

If you’re looking to get your teeth into something new, Expedition Amelia premieres on National Geographic, while a brand new season of horror anthology The Terror, above, kicks off on AMC.

Looking for something familiar? The Apprentice is back on BBC One for its fifteenth season, and Preacher returns to AMC.

And don’t forget, with BT TV, you can access catch-up services for Freeview channels, watch Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and buy or rent box sets from the BT TV Store - depending on your subscription.

What to watch in October 2019

UEFA Champions League: Tottenham v Bayern Munich

TOTTENHAM

When is it on?

Watch all the action on BT Sport 2 HD, BT Sport Ultimate and BT Sport's digital platforms from 7pm on Tuesday, October 1. Find out how to watch here.

What's it about?

Spurs play Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Why watch it?

With Tottenham finalists in 2019 and Bayern one of the top teams in Europe, it’s set to be one of the greatest showdown's in this year's group stage. 

The Apprentice season 15

LORD SUGAR

When is it on?

The Apprentice returns to BBC One on Wednesday, October 2 at 9pm. You're Fired! with Tom Allen is on BBC Two straight after. Catch up with the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Multi-millionaire Lord Alan Sugar sets a series of tasks designed to test some of the brightest entrepreneurs in the country, who are competing to go into business with him.

Why watch it?

Winners of The Apprentice have gone on to launch successful businesses, including IT recruitment, confectionery, a Botox clinic, plumbing installation, and corporate cakes.

The Terror: Infamy

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When is it on?

The Terror: Infamy premieres on AMC (BT channel number 332 / 381 HD) on Monday, October 7 at 9pm, exclusive to BT TV customers.

What’s it about?

The Terror season 2 is set during the Japanese American internment during World War II.

The 10 episodes follow the story of “an uncanny spectre that menaces a Japanese American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific”.

Why watch it?

The renowned Star Trek actor, author and activist George Takei, above, will star in the new series and also work as a consultant on the show.

[Read more: The Terror season 2 cast and characters]

Damian Lewis: Spy Wars

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When is it on?

Damian Lewis: Spy Wars will premiere on the History channel (BT channel number 327 / 379 HD) on Monday, October 7 at 9pm. It will consist of eight one-hour episodes.

What’s it about?

Damian Lewis: Spy Wars will reveal the remarkable true stories behind some of the most gripping and important international spy operations of the last 40 years.

Packed full of espionage, surveillance, undercover work and covert operations, the series brings forth these real events as well as the profound personal and geopolitical consequences for all involved.

Utilising innovative and highly stylised reconstructions, Spy Wars is shot on location in London, Moscow and Israel.

Why watch it?

Spy Wars is Damian Lewis’ (Homeland, Billions) first factual role.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

EL CAMINO

When is it on?

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premieres on Netflix on Friday, October 11.

What’s it about?

It’s a two-hour companion film to Breaking Bad, following on from the events of the final episode Felina.

Why watch it?

Fan anticipation for El Camino is red hot, with it set to be one of the biggest TV moments of 2019.

World Championship Boxing: Josh Warrington v Sofiane Takoucht

JOSH WARRINGTON

When is it on?

The fight will be broadcast exclusively live on BT Sport on Saturday, October 12.

What’s it about?

Josh Warrington, above, will make the third defence of his IBF world featherweight title against France’s Sofiane Takoucht in his hometown of Leeds. Read a preview of the fight here.

Why watch it?

Josh Warrington v Sofiane Takoucht is set to be your big October fight night.

Preacher season 3

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When is it on?

Preacher season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 15 at 9pm on AMC (BT channel number 332 / 381 HD), exclusive to BT TV customers.

What’s it about?

Fulfilling a promise to his deceased father, one-time outlaw Jesse Custer returns home to West Texas to take over his dad’s church. Jesse’s mission, however, becomes twisted when his body is overcome by a cryptic force that unleashes within him a highly unconventional power.

Together with hell-raising ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vagabond Cassidy, the preacher-in-training embarks on a journey to find God in a world inhabited by holy, hellish, and everything-in-between characters.

Why watch it?

Developed by Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad), Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express) and Seth Rogen (The Interview), the show continually pushes boundaries and remains one of the most underrated shows of the decade.

Premiership Rugby: Bristol vs Bath

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When is it on?

The new Gallagher Premiership Rugby season kicks off on Friday, October 18 at 7.45pm live on BT Sport.

What’s it about?

Bristol Bears, above, take on Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate in a West Country derby, as part of a compelling first round of Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

Why watch it?

The Gallagher Premier Rugby season, all live on BT Sport, is part of a mega rugby weekend as it’s also the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Japan.

My Famous Babysitter

my famous babysitter

When is it on?

My Famous Babysitter premieres Monday, October 21 at 10pm on W channel (BT channel number 311 / 383 HD).

What’s it about?

In each episode of My Famous Babysitter, a celebrity guest will take full parental responsibility for a family of at least three children, providing an insight into the challenges of 21st century family life in Britain.

Why watch it?

Rachel Riley, Professor Green, Anita Rani and Georgia Toffolo are the star names in the babysitting line-up.

Expedition Amelia

expedition amelia

When is it on?

Expedition Amelia premieres Friday, October 25 on National Geographic (BT channel number 317 / 373 HD).

What’s it about?

In a two-hour special, ocean explorer Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, is setting out to search for Amelia Earhart’s airplane. 

Why watch it?

Ballard will bring his proven undersea search strategy and high-tech research vessel, E/V Nautilus, to the hunt for Amelia Earhart.

Dublin Murders

dublin murders

When is it on?

Dublin Murders will premiere on BBC One in autumn 2019, rumoured to be sometime in October.

What’s it about?

Dublin Murders is a dark, psychological mystery which focuses on a murder investigation led by two ambitious and charismatic detectives, Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox.

Why watch it?

The series is based on the gripping books In the Woods and The Likeness by American-Irish writer Tana French.

TV shows confirmed for 2019

His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

When is it on?

The eight-part series will premiere on BBC One in the UK on Sunday, November 3. 

In December 2018, it was announced that filming had wrapped:

What’s it about?

Based on the novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials is an epic fantasy adventure TV series following the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes.

Why watch it?

Dafne Keen (who fans may remember as young Laura in X-Men spin-off movie, Logan) has been hailed as one to watch in 2019 following her casting in His Dark Materials, with DigitalSpy.com writing that she “is set to rise to even greater heights”.

His Dark Materials also stars Ruth Wilson (Luther), James McAvoy (Atonement) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns), and is directed by Tom Hooper (Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech).

Watch the first teaser trailer for His Dark Materials below:

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

When is it on?

The BBC’s brand-new adaptation of HG Wells' famous sci-fi novel is premiering on BBC One in autumn 2019. It features in this thrilling trailer teasing what’s coming up on the channel in 2019:

What's it about?

Set in Edwardian England, this new adaptation of The War of the Worlds tells their story of George (played by Rafe Spall) and his partner Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) as they face the escalating terror of an alien invasion, fighting for their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension.

Why watch it?

Wells’ 1989 novel of the same name is the original and arguably the best alien invasion story, with producers saying audiences will be “terrified” by this TV adaptation.

[War of the Worlds: Everything we know about the BBC's forthcoming adaptation]

I'm A Celebrity season 19

im a celeb

When is it on?

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! season 19 will start on ITV later this year - it usually premieres on the third Sunday night in November, so this would be Sunday, November 17 2019.

What’s it about?

The show sees a group of celebrities living together within an Australian jungle camp, undertaking challenges to secure additional food and treats for the group, but also to be crowned Jungle King / Queen by viewers.

Why watch it?

Last year's I'm A Celeb, won by former football manager Harry Redknapp, was the most-watched series in the show's history with an average rating of 12.14million viewers per episode.

Traces

traces

When is it on?

Traces is coming to Alibi channel (BT channel 312 / 382 HD) in December 2019. 

What’s it about?

Traces is a suspense-filled crime thriller told from a fresh point of view, where forensic science takes centre stage.

Set in Scotland and exploring the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science, Traces introduces us to three compelling and very different female characters - Emma Hedges, Professor Sarah Gordon and Professor Kathy Torrance - who together will use the rigors of forensics to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case.

Why watch it?

Alibi confirmed an award-winning cast for its first UKTV Original, including Molly Windsor (Three Girls, Cheat, above), Laura Fraser (The Missing, Breaking Bad) and Jennifer Spence (You Me Her, Travelers), alongside Line of Duty star Martin Compston.

Rumoured for 2019

Liar series 2

liar

When is it on?

A second series of ITV drama Liar will air in autumn 2019, according to RadioTimes.com.

It was announced in April 2019 that filming for series 2 had started, with Katherine Kelly (Cheat), Howard Charles (The Widow, Musketeers) and Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey) joining the cast.

What’s it about?

The first series of Liar told the tale of serial rapist Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) and his victim Laura Nielson (Joanne Froggatt), who fought to bring him to justice.

The plot for the second series hasn’t been announced.

Why watch it?

Froggatt and Gruffudd will both return for the new series, which will again be written by Jack Williams and Harry Williams of Two Brothers Pictures.

Marcella series 3

Marcella

When is it on?

According to Variety.com, the third season of Marcella is coming to ITV in 2019.

A first-look picture from the set of series 3 was released in March 2019:

What’s it about?

Friel plays cop Marcella Backland, who is tackling the cases of serial killers while fighting her own demons – a series of recurring blackouts and a break-up with her husband.

The crimes got even darker in series two as Marcella took on the case of a disturbing child killer.

The plot for the third series hasn’t been announced.

Why watch it?

Marcella has a strong Nordic Noir vibe thanks to writer Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of Scandanavian classic The Bridge.

Our Girl series 4

our girl

When is it on?

A release date for Our Girl series 4 on BBC One has not been confirmed, but filming started in South Africa in April 2019, and we know that the new run will consist of six episodes.

What’s it about?

Our Girl series 4 will take place one year on from 2 Section’s last tour in Bangladesh.

A positive Georgie (Michelle Keegan) is making leaps in her career, having been promoted to Sergeant, and is now training a new bunch of medics.

Happily living back in Manchester with her family, Georgie is insistent to her friends in 2 Section that she’s happily settled in her new job and will not be joining them on their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, no matter how much they want her to.

However, when a night on the town results in a near-fatal incident, she can’t deny that the painful memories of losing the love of her life, Elvis, to a Taliban attack, is the real reason she doesn’t want to go back.

Georgie realises that she needs to return to Afghanistan to face her own fears.

Why watch it?

Michelle Keegan, above, was nominated for a National Television Award for her role in the BBC One drama.

[Read more: Michelle Keegan returns to Our Girl]

Bancroft series 2

BANCROFT

When is it on?

The start date of the second season of Bancroft on ITV hasn’t been confirmed yet, but DigitalSpy.com predicts that it will air mid-to-late 2019.

What’s it about?

Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge), leading actress Sarah Parish (above, in season 1) plays respected police officer DCI Elizabeth Bancroft, a woman with dark secrets in her past.

In the first season of Bancroft, we met ruthless and courageous copper Bancroft. She has given her life to the police force. Consequently, she’s trusted and adored by her colleagues and promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent looks assured.

Bancroft is running an operation to bring down the pernicious and vicious Kamara gang. She adopts dubious methods, but the most violent brother, Athif (Amit Dhut), rules the local town with an iron fist, so it’s hard not to applaud her actions.

Why watch it?

The first season of Bancroft on ITV was one of the channel's best performing dramas of 2017.

[Read more: Is Bancroft the new Liar?]

Sticks and Stones

Mike Bartlett

When is it on?

A release date for Sticks and Stones, formerly known as The Man, on ITV has not been announced, but the series began filming in September 2018, so sometime in 2019 is a safe bet.

What’s it about?

Sticks and Stones is a workplace psychological drama centered around middle management.

Ken Nwosu (Christopher Robin, Killing Eve) plays Thomas Benson, a hard-working father and husband who works in a business park outside of London.

Reliant on bonuses and winning pitches, Benson often finds himself leading the team when trying to win new business.  

When he freezes during a pitch the fall out is monumental. Determined to win back a big client, Thomas goes to increasingly desperate lengths to remain successful.

But as he does, he begins to feel undermined, under attack and out of control. Has he lost his confidence and just feeling paranoid or is his own team, and maybe the wider world, now out to get him?

Why watch it?

Sticks and Stones was created by Doctor Foster and Press creator Mike Bartlett, above.

Belgravia

belgravia

When is it on?

The brand new ITV drama began filming in spring 2019, so the earliest we’d expect it to air would be at the end of this year.

What’s it about?

Belgravia is a best-selling novel by Julian Fellowes, above, which he is adapting into a TV series for ITV.

Billed as “a story of secrets and dishonour amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century”, Belgravia focuses on the Trenchards, a family invited to the now-legendary ball of the Duchess of Richmond, held on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

What happens that evening will set in motion events that resonate for decades to come, as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of the grand houses of Belgravia in the 1840s.

Why watch it?

The award-winning Downton Abbey producer is back in his specialist genre of posh period drama for the new series, reuniting with his Downton Abbey team, which includes Carnival Films and producer Gareth Neame.

[Read more: All you need to know about Belgravia on ITV]

Looking further ahead

Dracula

Dracula

When is it on?

Filming for Dracula, a BBC and Netflix co-production, began in 2019. A release date has not been confirmed, but the series will consist of three feature-length episodes of 90 minutes each.

Mark Gatiss confirmed on Twitter in March 2019 that filming for Dracula had started:

What’s it about?

According to the BBC, this re-imagining of the famous tale will reintroduce the world to Dracula (Danish actor Claes Bang, pictured above), the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.

Why watch it?

It’s been written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, known for their work on Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Bodyguard season 2

Bodyguard

When is it on?

Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio has confirmed he’s “got some ideas” for a second series of the hit BBC One drama, but its leading man Richard Madden confirmed that a second series wouldn’t air before 2020 as the crew “need a break”, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s it about?

As a second series hasn’t been confirmed, we don’t have a plot yet, but in season 1 of the political drama, Richard Madden’s character David Budd is assigned to protect Keeley Hawes’ character, Julia Montague.

Why watch it?

If you haven’t watched season 1 yet, have you been living under a rock? No but seriously, catch up on BBC iPlayer now - it’s the biggest new drama on British TV in more than a decade.

[Read more: What to watch after you’ve finished Bodyguard]

Line of Duty season 6

line of duty

When is it on?

There’s no current release date for Line of Duty season 6 as it’s not yet been filmed, so the earliest we’d expect it is the spring of 2020.

What’s it about?

There are still many loose ends to be tied up following the series 5 conclusion, and it’s believed that main scriptwriter Jed Mercurio already knows what’s going to happen in series 6, although he has yet to write it.

Why watch it?

Season 5 of Line of Duty was set up around answering one of telly’s most burning questions: Who is the corrupt police officer known as H?

By the finale, we'd discovered that H was not one person, but was actually made up of four Caddies, signalled by original Caddy DI Matthew 'Dot' Cottan who the team noticed had been tapping out the Morse Code for H - four dots - in his dying declaration.

Mae and George

mae and george

When is it on?

A release date for new E4 / Netflix comedy Mae and George (working title) has not been announced, but it started filming in Manchester in early 2019.

What’s it about?

Mae and George is a semi-autobiographical comedy series that follows recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviours and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life.

Life is further complicated by a new and all consuming relationship with her new girlfriend, George...

Why watch it?

Written by and starring Mae Martin, the show also features Friends actress Lisa Kudrow as Mae's powerful and charismatic mother Linda "who, despite living in Canada, still impacts Mae's life from afar".

Flack season 2

FLACK

When is it on?

Flack series 2 will air in 2020 on W channel (BT channel number 311 / 383 HD) in the UK. A start date has not been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Flack follows showbiz publicity guru Robyn (Anna Paquin) in the high-stakes world of celebrity PR in London.

Why watch it?

Daniel Dae Kim and Sam Neill join the cast for season 2, the latter cast as Duncan, who has a very complicated relationship with PR agency boss, Caroline (Sophie Okonedo).

We Hunt Together

we hunt together

When is it on?

We Hunt Together doesn't have a confirmed release date, but it will premiere on Alibi (BT channel 312 / 382 HD) and consist of six episodes.

What’s it about?

We Hunt Together follows two star-crossed killers who are on the loose with two dysfunctional detectives in hot pursuit.

Why watch it?

It's been written by Gaby Hull (Cheat) and stars Babou Ceesay (Dark Mon£y, National Treasure) and Eve Myles (Keeping Faith, Broadchurch), above, according to TVWise.co.uk.

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