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The best new TV series to watch this autumn

BBC Three on iPlayer

Daisy Haggard returns as Miri, an ex-convict attempting to get her life back on track after serving 18 years in prison for murder. With a new job in the supermarket and her relationship with Billy (Adeel Akhtar) going well, everything seems to be going to plan - until the parents of the girl she killed return to the town looking for closure. Available to stream now



Steve Coogan and Sharlene Whyte star in this three-part follow up to ITV's 1999 landmark drama The Murder of Stephen Lawrence. It moves to 2006, when Doreen Lawrence launched her campaign for justice and a conviction for the murder of her 18-year-old son, resulting in the Metropolitan police being branded institutionally racist. Available to stream now


Channel 4

The latest project by Jack Thorne ( National Treasure, Kiri) tells the story of a care home worker, Sarah (Jodie Comer), and a patient, Tony (Stephen Graham), living with young-onset Alzheimer's in a Liverpool care home in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. It's a compassionate and heartbreaking reminder of what care home workers - and their charges - went through during one of the most precarious years in recent history. 16 September

American Horror Stories

Star on Disney+

Ryan Murphy's anthology American Horror Story has been on air for 10 years, so it's a surprise a spin-off has taken this long to arrive. Each episode tells a complete scary story, some of which draw on characters from the original series, including the terrifying Rubber Man from Murder House. One to watch with the lights on. 8 SeptemberThe best new TV series to watch this autumn

The North Water


Ian McGuire's 2016 novel is adapted into a five-episode thriller set in the midst of the Arctic Ocean in 1859. Disgraced ex-army surgeon Patrick Sumner ( Jack O'Connell) joins a whaling expedition as the ship's onboard doctor, a decision he begins to regret when he realises the crew - specifically harpooner Henry Drax ( Colin Farrell) - have terrifyingly murderous intentions. 10 September

The Cleaner


The Taskmaster himself Greg Davies writes and stars in this dark comedy about a man whose job it is to clean up crime scenes. Based on the German series, Der Tatortreiniger, Davies plays gossipy trauma cleaner Paul "Wicky" Wickstead as he meets the relatives, employers, neighbours and acquaintances of the various victims whose blood he mops. Helena Bonham Carter and David Mitchell also appear. 10 September


Sky Max and Now

If you like your drama gory yet funny, the latest creation from Paul Abbott ( Shameless, No Offence) may just be for you. Babou Ceesay plays no-nonsense, rule-bending forensic scientist Professor Wolfe Kinteh, who is tasked with piecing together some of the deadliest crimes across the North of England. 10 September

Dr Death


In 2017, Texan neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch was sentenced to life in prison for murdering two patients and injuring 33 more, earning him the nickname Dr Death. Here, he's played by Joshua Jackson as a charismatic and likeable pillar of the community. But when his fellow clinician Randall Kirby (Christian Slater) grows suspicious, Duntsch soon finds himself the subject of a police investigation. 12 September

Sex Education


The third series of the offbeat high school drama sees a new headteacher, Hope Haddon (Jemima Kirke), take over Moordale High and rule with an iron fist - she even introduces uniforms. Meanwhile Adam (Connor Swindells) and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) are navigating their newly public relationship and the ultimate question still remains: will Otis and Maeve ever get together? 17 September

The Morning Show

Apple TV+

Apple's most successful show (the first season was nominated for eight Emmys) returns with another acerbic look at the workings of a morning news TV programme. The Good Wife and ER actor Julianna Margulies joins the already impressive cast of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. 17 September

Y: The Last Man

Star on Disney+

Adapted from the comic book series of the same name by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra, this apocalyptic drama imagines a world where everything - and everyone - with a Y chromosome dies, except one man and his pet monkey. As well as boasting a mostly female cast, the show is largely run by women behind the scenes, from showrunner Eliza Clark to production designers, costume designers, editors and stunt coordinators. 22 September


Just in time for spooky season, horror director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Bly Manor) releases his next project. When a captivating priest arrives in a small, isolated village at the same time as a series of unexplained events, the community turns to religion for comfort - but at what price? 24 September


Sky Max and Now

Series four of Sky's hilarious comedy Brassic is already being filmed, but we've still got to get through the third instalment before it arrives on our screens. Vinnie (Joe Gilgun) is out of prison but still under the thumb of crime boss Mr McCann, much to the chagrin of his on-off love interest Erin (Michelle Keegan). In true Brassic style, he comes up with a madcap idea to free himself, involving bulls, snakes, kidnappings and betrayal. October


Sky Atlantic and Now

The sharpest comedy of recent memory returns for a third season, revealing the fallout from Kendall's (Jeremy Strong) very public denouncing of his father, media magnate Logan Roy ( Brian Cox). Meanwhile, the battle over who will take over the Roy dynasty when the patriarch finally retires continues, with hilarious and often dark consequences. October

The Shrink Next Door

Apple TV+

Paul Rudd ( Ant‑Man) plays Dr Isaac "Ike" Herschkopf, a psychotherapist who slowly but very deliberately ingratiates himself into the life of one of his patients, Marty Markowitz (Will Ferrell, Anchorman). Written by Succession writer Georgia Pritchett, the darkly funny series explores the intimate relationship between patient and doctor and where we're willing to draw the lines of privacy. 12 November



Following in the footsteps of WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and , Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye is the next Marvel superhero to head to the small screen. Renner reprises his role as the Avengers' resident archer, though the series will see him take a potential successor, Kate ( Hailee Steinfeld), under his wing. 24 November

The Offenders


This new sitcom from Stephen Merchant ( The Office) will follow a group of strangers ordered to complete community service. Among them is Oscar-winner Christopher Walken ( The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction) in his first-ever British TV role, as well as Eleanor Tomlinson ( Poldark) and Darren Boyd ( Killing Eve). When one of the cohort is threatened by a gang, the group band together to protect themselves. TBC

Ridley Road


Based on the 2014 thriller novel of the same name by Jo Bloom, this period drama tells the story of British Jewish people oppressed under the rise of neo-Nazism in 1960s London. When hairdresser Vivien (Aggi O'Casey) moves to Manchester in search of her long lost love Jack (Tom Varey), she somehow finds herself going undercover and infiltrating a fascist group. TBC


Sky Atlantic and Now

Fresh from her tenure as Queen Elizabeth on , Olivia Colman returns to British TV to play Susan Edwards who, along with her husband Christopher ( David Thewlis) murdered her parents in 1998. The drama follows the shocking true story, from the couple's shooting of Patricia and William Wycherley on May Day bank holiday to their eventual capture by the police some 15 years later. TBC

Colin in Black & White


Award-winning film-maker Ava DuVernay ( Selma, When They See Us) teams up with American football player turned civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick to tell the story of his high school days. Jaden Michael plays the young athlete as he navigates the obstacles of race, class, and culture as the black adopted child of a white family. TBC

Scenes From a Marriage

Sky Atlantic and Now

Hollywood actors Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac lead this remake of the classic 1973 mini-series starring Ingmar Bergman. Exploring the tensions of marriage, from jealousy and hatred to infidelity and desire, Scenes From A Marriage promises to re-examine the original series through a 2021 lens. TBC

My Name is Leon


An adaption of Kit de Waal's debut novel, My Name Is Leon follows a mixed-race boy who is taken into care and sets out to reunite his family. Set against the backdrop of the race riots in 1980s Birmingham, the cast includes Malachi Kirby ( Small Axe), Monica Dolan ( A Very English Scandal), Christopher Eccleston ( The A Word) and Sir Lenny Henry. TBC

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