The BT TV hot list: From Strictly Come Dancing to Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, what to watch in September 2019 and coming soon

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

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

If you’re looking to get your teeth into something new, Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over premieres on W channel, while the brand new series Captain Cook's Pacific with Sam Neill kicks off on History.

Looking for something familiar? Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer, and Murdertown with Katherine Kelly is back for its second series on Crime+Investigation.

Keep reading our must-watch guide for the month ahead, and what’s coming to BT TV later this year.

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.

Available in September 2019

A Confession

A Confession

When is it on?

A Confession premieres Monday, September 2 at 9pm on ITV. Catch up with the ITV Hub app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

A Confession tells the true story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo), deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation.

Why watch it?

The screenplay for A Confession was written by Jeff Pope, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Philomena.

Celebrity Masterchef

celebrity masterchef

When is it on?

Celebrity Masterchef premieres Monday, September 2 at 9pm on BBC One. Catch up with the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Celebrity Masterchef is a spin-off of the original Masterchef in which famous faces compete against one another to win in the ultimate cooking challenge.

Why watch it?

Reality stars Vicky Pattison, above, Joey Essex and Alex George are all part of this year's celeb line-up.

The Capture

THE CAPTURE

When is it on?

Surveillance thriller The Capture premieres Tuesday, September 3 at 9pm on BBC One. Catch up with the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

When soldier Shaun Emery’s (Callum Turner) conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned due to flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter.

But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, Shaun’s life takes a shocking turn and he must soon fight for his freedom once again.

With DI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) drafted in to investigate Shaun’s case, she quickly learns that the truth can sometimes be a matter of perspective. Should she trust Shaun Emery?

Why watch it?

The Capture is an acutely timed thriller that looks at a troubling world of fake news and the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services. In this ‘post-truth era’, can we really believe what we see?

Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over

stacey

When is it on?

Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over premieres Wednesday, September 4 at 10pm on W channel (BT channel number 311/383 HD).

What’s it about?

This new series sees award-winning documentary maker Stacey Dooley spend a weekend with a range of extraordinary British families. 

It's a look at modern family life, behind the door of some of Britain's more unconventional households, with people leading lifestyles that some others might judge.

Why watch it?

Dooley has been an award-winning journalist for over a decade and has been awarded an MBE for her services to broadcasting. 

Strictly Come Dancing series 17

strictly

When is it on?

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday, September 7. Catch up with the BBC iPlayer app - under Players & Apps on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Celebrities take to the dance floor with a professional dancer to perform a dazzling display of ballroom routines, with each couple scored out of 10 by a panel of judges.

Why watch it?

The Strictly 2019 line-up has been confirmed and it includes a YouTuber, a children’s TV presenter, a Radio 1 DJ and the show’s first ever reality TV star.

The Hot Zone

the hot zone

When is it on?

The Hot Zone starts Tuesday, September 10 on National Geographic (BT channel number 317 / 373 HD).

What’s it about?

The Hot Zone will keep you on the very edge of your seat as it returns to 1989, Washington D.C., when the deadly Ebola virus made its first known appearance on U.S. soil in a scientific facility. 

Inspired by true events, The Hot Zone follows a group of courageous scientists and soldiers, led by Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Jaax (Emmy Award-winning actress Julianna Margulies), who worked tirelessly to find and contain this lethal filovirus which had a shocking fatality rate of 90% at the time.

Why watch it?

The Hot Zone drew record ratings for National Geographic in the US when it premiered earlier this year, becoming the network’s most-watched scripted series of all time, according to Deadline. A second anthology series is reportedly in the works following its ratings success.

Murdertown series 2

murdertown

When is it on?

Murdertown series 2 premieres Monday, September 16 on Crime+Investigation UK (BT channel number 328 / 380 HD).

What’s it about?

In a gripping 10-part series, Murdertown puts location centre stage, with each episode telling the story of how one extraordinary murder was solved in a particular town.

With interviews from victims, witnesses and police officers, Murdertown tells the story of some of the most shocking murders in the UK and examines the impact they had on local communities around them. 

Why watch it?

Katherine Kelly (Cheat, Mr Selfridge) returns to narrate the series and tell the step-by-step journey of how the cases were solved and how they fit a wider pattern in that city or town.

Captain Cook's Pacific With Sam Neill 

sam neill

When is it on?

Captain Cook’s Pacific With Sam Neill premieres Sunday, September 29 at 9pm on History (BT channel number 327 / 37D HD).

What’s it about?

250 years after Captain James Cook began his epic exploration of the Pacific, Sam Neill journeys in his wake uncovering stories that resonate from those times on both sides of the beach. 

Visiting the islands and lands where Cook went and meeting the descendants of the people Cook met, Neill explores the trials and triumphs, disasters and delights that followed. 

Why watch it?

Neill has switched from acting to presenting for the documentary series, following more than 130 film and TV and film roles, including Jurassic Park, The Piano and Peaky Blinders.

Confirmed for 2019

The Terror season 2

the terror

When is it on?

The Terror: Infamy premieres on AMC 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]

The Apprentice season 15

LORD SUGAR

When is it on?

The Apprentice returns to BBC One this autumn. A start date has not been confirmed, but it’s usually at the start of October.

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.

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 doesn’t have a confirmed release date, but 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]

Damian Lewis: Spy Wars

damian lewis

When is it on?

Docudrama Damian Lewis: Spy Wars will air on the History channel in autumn 2019, Variety confirmed. 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 docudrama role.

His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

When is it on?

The eight-part series will air on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the United States in autumn 2019.

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:

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?]

The Man

Mike Bartlett

When is it on?

A release date for 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?

The Man 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?

The Man 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".

Traces

traces

When is it on?

A release date for new Alibi drama Traces has not been announced, but casting was confirmed in May 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.

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).

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