The BT TV hot list: From Line of Duty to Blockbusters, what to watch in March 2019 and coming soon

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

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

If you’re looking to get your teeth into something new, Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo premieres on National Geographic.

Meanwhile, over on W channel, The Shift: Women on The Force has unprecedented access to women at every level of the West Yorkshire Police Force in a new and exclusive series.

Looking for something familiar? Fleabag and Derry Girls both return for their highly-anticipated second seasons this month. For the start dates for both shows, and loads more on your favourite programmes coming this month and in the year ahead, read on.

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 March 2019

Free Solo

Free Solo

When is it on?

Groundbreaking documentary Free Solo has its television premiere on Sunday, March 3 at 8pm on National Geographic (BT channel number 317/373 HD). It will be available for catch up on the BT Player from Monday, March 4th until Wednesday, April 3.

What’s it about?

The documentary film follows world renowned climber Alex Honnold, above, as he becomes the first person ever to climb the 3,000-foot face of the El Capitan vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park without safety ropes or a climbing partner.

Why watch it?

Free Solo followed up on its 2019 Bafta success by winning Best Documentary at the 91st Academy Awards in February.

Fleabag series 2

Fleabag

When is it on?

A second series of cult Brit comedy Fleabag was confirmed in 2017. It will premiere on BBC Three on Monday, March 4 at 10am, and on BBC One on 10.35pm. Catch up with the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

In season 1, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character Fleabag is trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.

Since the end of the last hilarious series - when her entire family rejected her, her darkest secret was revealed and she nearly threw herself in front of a car - Fleabag is back for more laughs than ever.

Fleabag and sister Claire are brought together by an unexpected attack, and tensions rise as another side of her sister emerges. Further afield, Dad still can’t look Fleabag in the eye and Godmother slithers closer into the girls’ lives.

Joyful, bleak, poignant and sucker-punch funny, the original cast is joined by a car-crash of new characters as we delve further into the world of Fleabag.

With hope and faith at the core of series two, our heroine finds herself in the midst of a battle she is determined to win: Fleabag versus God.

Why watch it?

There are so many reasons to watch Fleabag, but if you haven’t seen season 1 yet, let’s just say Ben Aldridge’s character is an absolute scene-stealer.

In season 2, Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) and Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve) are all set to appear.

Watch the trailer for Fleabag series 2 below:

Ride with Norman Reedus season 3

Ride with Norman Reedus

When is it on?

The third season of Ride with Norman Reedus premieres Monday, March 4 at 9pm on AMC (BT (channel number 332/381 HD).

What’s it about?

Ride with Norman Reedus follows The Walking Dead star and motorcycle enthusiast as he hits the open road to explore local bike culture and celebrate the best and brightest collectors, mechanics, and craftsmen in the US and across the world.

Why watch it?

This season’s guest stars include Jethro Tull, Andrew Lincoln, Marilyn Manson, Melissa McBride and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

When Missing Turns To Murder

when missing turns to murder

When is it on?

Documentary series When Missing Turns To Murder premieres Monday, March 4 at 9pm on Crime+Investigation (BT channel number 328/380 HD).

What’s it about?

This brand new, gripping and highly emotional true crime series features one case per episode of a missing person. The show works closely with families affected and the investigators who worked tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Why watch it?

Family members featured in the series include the inspiring Marie McCourt, mother of murdered 22-year-old Helen McCourt. Marie has been campaigning for the introduction of Helen’s Law to prevent parole for killers who refuse to reveal the location of their victims’ bodies.

The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off

Bake Off SU2C

When is it on?

The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off premieres Tuesday, March 5 at 8pm on Channel 4. Catch up with the All4 app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Celebrity edition of the Channel 4 family favourite, where each contestant shows off their baking ability to make a Signature, Technical and Showstopper bake in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

Why watch it?

Actress Michelle Keegan, comedian Russell Brand and TV presenter Rylan Clark-Neal are just some of the celebrities taking to the Bake Off tent for charity this year.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Derry Girls series 2

Derry Girls

When is it on?

The second series of TV comedy Derry Girls returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday, March 5 at 9.15pm. Catch up with the All4 app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Amidst the political conflict of Northern Ireland in the 1990s, five secondary school students square off with the universal challenges of being a teenager, in what’s being described as the new Inbetweeners.

Why watch it?

Following its initial release on Channel 4 in early 2018, Derry Girls season 1 was released on Netflix in late 2018 - bringing with it a new wave of international critical acclaim.

Watch the trailer for Derry Girls series 2 below:

Leaving Neverland

Leaving Neverland

When is it on?

Two-part documentary film Leaving Neverland premieres Wednesday, March 6 at 9pm on Channel 4. Catch up with the All4 app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

According to DigitalSpy.com, Leaving Neverland features interviews with two men who allege that they were abused by the late Michael Jackson as children.

Why watch it?

The documentary had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and has been the subject of controversy ever since.

[Read more: All you need to know about Finding Neverland]

MotherFatherSon

MotherFatherSon

When is it on?

Drama series MotherFatherSon premieres on BBC Two on Wednesday, March 6 at 9pm. Catch up with the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Richard Gere - returning to TV for the first time in almost three decades - will play Max, a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world.

Helen McCrory will play Kathryn, a British heiress who has been estranged from Max following the breakdown of their marriage some years before.

Their 30 year-old son, Caden (Billy Howle), runs Max’s UK newspaper and is primed to follow in his father’s footsteps as one of the most powerful men in the world.

But when Caden’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the devastating consequences threaten the future of the family, its empire, and a country on the brink of change.

Why watch it?

MotherFatherSon was created and written by Tom Rob Smith, Emmy-winner for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

[MotherFatherSon: Everything you need to know about the Richard Gere drama]

Cheat

Cheat

When is it on?

Cheat premieres on Monday, March 11 at 9pm on ITV, and will air over four consecutive nights.  

Catch up on the ITV Hub app, which BT TV customers can find under the Players & Apps tab on their TV box.

What’s it about?

Four-part mini series Cheat is a psychological thriller that tells the story of a dangerous relationship between university professor Leah, and her student Rose.

What begins as a seemingly open and shut case of academic deception, quickly spirals out of control, ending in fatal consequences, and triggering a devastating sequence of events that threaten to engulf them both.

With two fiercely intelligent minds unwilling to back down, Cheat will keep audiences guessing from the start, exploring just how far we’re prepared to stand up for what we believe, and at what cost.

Why watch it?

Cheat, another Two Brothers Pictures production, stars The Night Manager’s Katherine Kelly (pictured on location for the show in Cambridge, above) and Three Girl’s Molly Windsor.

Porters series 2

Porters

When is it on?

The second series of hospital comedy Porters premieres Thursday, March 14 at 10pm on Dave (BT channel number 12/387 HD), and will be available for catch-up on the UKTV Play app.

What’s it about?

Porters sees daydreaming wannabe doctor Simon (Ed Easton, above) graft in the basement world of the porters in the fictional St Etheldreda’s hospital.

Why watch it?

Series 2 features guest stars including Line of Duty’s Daniel Mays and Derry Girls’ Siobhán McSweeney.

[Read more: Porters and Zapped to return to Dave]

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day

When is it on?

Comic Relief’s biennial night of charity TV, Red Nose Day, will air Friday, March 15 on BBC One. Catch up with the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

The fundraising giant is back for another night of feelgood TV in aid of good causes, and there’ll be various events and programmes in the lead-up to the big day and night.

Why watch it?

Some huge stars have pledged their support to the campaign, including Comic Relief’s co-founder Richard Curtis. He’s offering fans of his classic rom-com Four Weddings and a Funeral a very special treat – the chance to see what has become of Charles and Carrie 25 years on in One Red Nose Day and a Wedding.

[Read more: All you need to know about Red Nose Day on the BBC]

The Shift: Women on the Force

The Shift

When is it on?

Documentary series The Shift: Women on the Force premieres Friday, March 15 at 10pm on W (BT channel number 311/383 HD).

What’s it about?

With unprecedented access to West Yorkshire Police, this landmark series reveals the realities of policing in Britain today, and the everyday pressures and challenges which women officers at every level have to confront.

Each episode in this six-part series charts the unfolding stories of three women across a week-long shift for the force.

Why watch it?

Voiced by actress Sarah Lancashire, this real-life Happy Valley story explores the extraordinary demands and dangers female police officers face on a daily basis and the impacts it can have on their lives - on duty and at home.

The Bay

The Bay

When is it on?

Six-part drama The Bay starts Wednesday, March 20 at 9pm on ITV. Catch up with the ITV Hub app on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) investigates a missing person in the coastal town of Morecambe Bay. At first it seems like any other - tragic, but all too familiar.

As a police Family Liaison Officer, she's trained never to get emotionally involved. Her job is to support families during the worst time of their lives while also being the eyes and ears of the police investigation: a cuckoo in the nest.

But there's something very different about this particular case. With horror Lisa realises she's got a personal connection with this frightened family, one that could compromise her and the investigation.

As she grapples to get justice for the grieving family, Lisa discovers it could come at the cost of her own.

Why watch it?

The show’s lead Morven Christie has made a name for herself in the world of drama with outstanding performances in TV shows including The Replacement and The A Word.

Blockbusters

Blockbusters

When is it on?

Blockbusters will premiere Thursday, March 21 at 8pm on Comedy Central (BT channel number 307/370 HD).

What’s it about?

The 80s cult gameshow is back with a comedy reboot. With Dara O’Briain as your host, Blockbusters pits contestants against each other as they take on the iconic gold run for a chance to win exciting experiences.

It won’t be long until that famous Blockbusters theme tune will once again be hummed across living rooms up and down the country.

Why watch it?

The show was a student classic when it aired on ITV between 1983 and 1993.

[Read more: What to watch on Netflix in 2019]

Victoria series 3

Victoria

When is it on?

The third series of historical drama Victoria starts Sunday, March 24 at 9pm on ITV. Catch up on the ITV Hub.

What’s it about?

Starting in 1848, the third instalment of the lavish drama will depict a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy.

With revolutions on the continent, and the Chartist working class movement reaching its peak in London, Queen Victoria is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety.

Why watch it?

Jenna Coleman is absolutely superb as the Queen Empress, and stars alongside real-life boyfriend Tom Hughes, who plays her consort Prince Albert.

Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book

When is it on?

Project Blue Book starts Wednesday, March 27 at 9pm on SyFy (BT channel number 319/375 HD).

What’s it about?

The drama series follows Dr. J Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen), a brilliant yet underappreciated university professor, who is recruited by the US Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation called “Project Blue Book.”

Along with his partner, Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey), Hynek is summoned to investigate UFO sightings around the country and uses science to discover what really happened.

Why watch it?

Based on a true story, Project Blue Book is set to appeal to both fantasy and sci-fi fans, particularly those who loved The X-Files.

[Read more: Mysterious UFO sightings are revealed in Project Blue Book online archives]

Line of Duty series 5

Line of Duty

When is it on?

British drama series Line of Duty returns to BBC One on Sunday, March 31 at 9pm.

Don’t miss it with the BBC iPlayer app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Line of Duty originally aired on BBC Two, where it was the channel’s most-watched drama series in 14 years. It follows the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit, where DS Steve Arnott was transferred after he refused to be part of a police cover-up.

Why watch it?

Its main stars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar give phenomenal performances season after season, but series 5 also sees the arrival of This Is England actor Stephen Graham.

[Line of Duty series 5: All you need to know about the return of AC-12]

Confirmed for 2019

Killing Eve series 2

Killing Eve

When is it on?

The second series of the spy drama started filming at the end of 2018, and it’s airing in the US in April 2019, so hopefully we haven’t got to wait too long after that.

What’s it about?

Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh, best known for Grey’s Anatomy) is a desk-bound MI5 security officer who’s bored in her job and yearns for a more exciting life.

When a Russian politician is murdered, she is given the task of protecting the only witness and soon finds herself on a collision course with a psychopathic assassin known as Villanelle (Jodie Comer, Doctor Foster).

Why watch it?

Killing Eve was one of the most talked-about shows of 2018 thanks to its impeccable casting, defiance of espionage cliches and Villanelle’s stunning wardrobe. It even earned Oh a Golden Globe.

[Killing Eve season 2: Everything we know so far]

Peaky Blinders series 5

Peaky Blinders

When is it on?

Series 5 of British drama Peaky Blinders will air on its new home of BBC One - moving from BBC Two - in 2019, although a specific release date has not been confirmed. Don’t miss it with the BBC iPlayer app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Set in the aftermath of World War I in Birmingham, Peaky Blinders is an British crime drama following the exploits of the Shelby crime family.

The notorious gang are led by the fierce Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost. It also stars Helen McCrory, Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody and Charlotte Riley.

Why watch it?

Peaky Blinders was hailed a critical success and a cult hit, especially for its original script and compelling performances.

Celebrities including Julia Roberts have also praised the show, confessing she was “blown away” by the British drama.

Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, David Bowie, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are also said to be fans.

Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack

When is it on?

Brand new British-American historical drama Gentleman Jack is due to air on BBC One in early 2019. A specific release date has not been confirmed. Don’t miss it with the BBC iPlayer app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Gentleman Jack is set in the complex, changing world of Halifax - the cradle of the industrial revolution - just as it’s all kicking off in the 1830s.

The drama will explore remarkable landowner Anne Lister’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals, who will use any dirty tricks they can to bring her down.

At its heart is her relationship with her would-be wife, the wealthy heiress Ann Walker.

Why watch it?

The new drama stars Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones, Happy Valley’s Katherine Kelly and The Killing’s Sofie Gråbøl, and is directed by Sally Wainwright (Last Tango In Halifax, Happy Valley).

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]

The Terror season 2

The Terror

When is it on?

The second season of anthology series The Terror is expected to air in 2019 on AMC, exclusive to BT customers (channel number 332/381HD).

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 will star in the new series and also work as a consultant on the show.

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

Years and Years

Years and Years

When is it on?

Six-part drama series Years and Years will air on BBC One in 2019. A release date has not been confirmed.

What’s it about?

Years and Years follows the Lyons family over 15 years in Manchester, living in a Britain rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances.

But when their lives converge on one crucial night in 2019, the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years.

Why watch it?

Award-winning writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, A Very English Scandal) wrote the script for the show, which also stars Emma Thompson (pictured above).

The Widow

the widow

When is it on?

There’s not a confirmed release date for limited series The Widow, but it will be airing on ITV sometime in 2019.

What’s it about?

In The Widow, Kate Beckinsale plays Georgia Wells, a woman whose life is turned upside down following a phone call in the middle of the night.

Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.

Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking. Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance.

Still haunted by the past, Georgia is grieving for the man she loved and the life they've lost, but she hasn't given up hope.

Why watch it?

The Widow, which will be produced in conjunction with Amazon Prime Video, has been written by Emmy, Golden Globe and Bafta-nominated screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams (Liar, The Missing).

A Confession

A Confession

When is it on?

There’s not a confirmed release date for A Confession, but it’s thought to be airing on ITV some time in 2019.

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.

Beecham House

Beecham House

When is it on?

Six-part drama series Beecham House will air on ITV this spring.

What’s it about?

Set in Delhi, India, on the cusp of the 19th century, the epic drama follows the fortunes of the residents of Beecham House, an imposing and beautiful mansion owned by enigmatic, soulful John Beecham, a former soldier determined to begin a new life with his family.

However, John is haunted by his past and with dangerous enemies in high places, rival suitors competing for his heart and discord with family members, his plan for a new life does not run smoothly.

Why watch it?

The drama is directed and written by Gurinder Chadha OBE (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, Viceroy’s House).

Emma Willis: Delivering Babies series 2

emma willis

When is it on?

The second series of Emma Willis: Delivering Babies will air on W channel later in 2019, along with a one-off special in which Emma meets the babies from series 1.

What’s it about?

The TV presenter reprises her role in the maternity unit at the same hospital she spent three months training at last summer - this time as a fully-qualified Maternity Care Assistant.  

Emma will be on shift alongside her old team, ready to assist the hard-working staff as they help bring new life into the world. But now, it’s time to put everything she’s learned to the test as her days as a trainee are over.

Why watch it?

The first series of Emma Willis: Delivering Babies was a stand-out hit for W and became the channel’s most-watched series of 2018, with almost a million people tuning into the opening episode.

[Read more: Emma Willis Delivering Babies reveals what it's really like to be a midwife]

Love Island

Love Island

When is it on?

Dating show Love Island will return to ITV2 in summer 2019. A release date has not been confirmed but it’s usually around June. Don’t miss it with The ITV Hub app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Glamorous singles live in a beautiful villa in Majorca under the watchful gaze of the audience at home, who have the power to decide who stays and who goes home.

Why watch it?

In recent years Love Island has become a British cultural phenomenon, with as much gossip around what goes on after the show than what happens on it.

The Great British Bake Off

Bake Off

When is it on?

The Great British Bake Off will return to Channel 4 in 2019, host Sandi Toksvig confirmed last year. A specific date has not been confirmed, but it usually starts in August. Don’t miss it with the All 4 app, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

What’s it about?

Consider Bake Off the ultimate baking battle, where passionate amateur baking fans compete to be crowned the UK’s Best Amateur Baker.

Why watch it?

The bakers try their hand at one of their signature bakes and a technical challenge each episodes, but it’s the showstoppers at the end that are really, well, showstopping!

Rumoured for 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3

Handmaids Tale

When is it on?

The third season of dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale doesn’t have a confirmed release date, but as the first two seasons were released in April of 2017 and 2018, BT TV assumes an April 2019 release. We’ll update this article when we have it.

What’s it about?

Based on the novel of the same name written by Margaret Atwood, this controversial drama series is set in a dystopian future where fertility rates have dropped and the few fertile women remaining, called Handmaids, have been forced into servitude.

Why watch it?

Since launching in April 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most talked-about shows of recent years and has swept the board at the Emmys and Golden Globes.

Fear The Walking Dead season 5

FTWD

When is it on?

Fear The Walking Dead was renewed for a fifth series last year, with DigitalSpy.com predicting that it would air between April and June 2019. It will be shown exclusively on AMC in the UK (BT channel number 332/381HD).

What’s it about?

The hit companion series to The Walking Dead takes viewers to Los Angeles, telling the story of a group of people surviving after the apocalypse.

In the second half of season 4, the group will explore who they are now - as individuals and as part of the greater group - and how they will forge ahead.

Why watch it?

The first four seasons of FTWD are available to stream now on the BT TV Player - so there’s no excuse not to catch up.

[Read more: Fear the Walking Dead season 5 confirmed]

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, but no broadcast date has been confirmed.

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 for The King’s Speech).

Watch the first teaser trailer for His Dark Materials below:

Proven Innocent

Kelsey Grammer

When is it on?

A UK air date for legal drama Proven Innocent hasn’t been confirmed, but it will air on Universal TV (BT channel number 320/385 HD) sometime in 2019.

What’s it about?

Proven Innocent follows an underdog criminal defence firm led by a fierce and uncompromising lawyer, Madeline Scott, who was wrongfully convicted in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession.

Madeline now runs the legal firm with her partner, Easy Boudreau, the very lawyer who helped set her free after 10 years in prison.

In the courtroom she must also go up against Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer), the powerful and corrupt Cook County state attorney who put Madeline away.

Why watch it?

Proven Innocent is an emotional legal drama with justice at the heart, starring Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG-award winning actor Kelsey Grammer.

Liar series 2

liar

When is it on?

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

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.

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.

Catch-22

catch-22

When is it on?

Catch-22 is due to air on Channel 4 later in 2019.

What’s it about?

Based on Joseph Heller’s novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.

But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.

Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

Why watch it?

George Clooney is the big draw here – the Ocean’s Eleven star is executive producing, directing and starring in the series.

[Read more: All you need to know about Catch-22]

Year of the Rabbit

keeley hawes

When is it on?

Comedy series Year Of The Rabbit will air on Channel 4 in 2019, but an air date has yet to be announced.

What’s it about?

Year of the Rabbit sees Bafta-winning actor Matt Berry play Detective Inspector Rabbit, a hardened boozehound cop in Victorian London.

He's aided by his new partner Wilbur Strauss and the country’s first female police officer, Mabel Wisbech, as they bring justice to the streets of the east end.

Why watch it?

As well as Matt Berry, Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, Line of Duty) stars, and Ben Taylor (Sex Education, Catastrophe) takes on directing duties.

Sanditon

sanditon

When is it on?

Drama series Sanditon is expected to air on ITV later in 2019.

What’s it about?

When Jane Austen died in 1817, she left behind just 11 chapters of her final, unfinished novel - Sanditon.

The story follows heroine Charlotte Heywood as she finds herself in unfamiliar seaside town Sanditon after an accident and sets about creating a new life for herself which sees her cross paths with the charming Sidney Parker.

Taking in locations from the West Indies to the slums of London, this is the first time the work has been adapted for TV.

Why watch it?

Sanditon is being handled by period drama pro Andrew Davies, who memorably adapted Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the BBC in 1995.

[Read more: All you need to know about the cast of Sanditon on ITV]

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 starts in South Africa in April 2019, and 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 begins filming in spring 2019, so the earliest we’d expect it to air would be at the end of 2019.

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, will begin in 2019. A release date has not been confirmed, but the series will consist of three feature-length episodes of 90 minutes each.

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]

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