Get ready for a new year of brand new shows on UK television

It’s just a matter of days now until we say farewell to 2015 and welcome in the new calendar year. And with the new season, comes a whole load of great TV shows scheduled to air very soon on British free-to-air television. Want to know what we think you should be watching? Here’s our pick of the bunch!

War & Peace, BBC One

Fans of Downton Abbey and period dramas rejoice! Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and Gillian Anderson lead an all-star cast in this highly anticipated adaption of Tolstoy’s epic story of the lives of five aristocratic Russian families living through the Napoleonic War. Adapted by Andrew Davies, famed for his highly rated BBC adaption of ‘Pride And Prejudice’, we’re expecting big things from this six-part mini series. Certainly one not to miss!

Queen Victoria, ITV

If one new period drama wasn’t enough for you then have two! Harnessing the massive popularity and appeal of Downton, ITV knew they’d left a gaping hole in their schedule with it’s departure. And so, to capture that audience demanding a replacement, ITV snapped up the acting services of Jenna Coleman of Dr. Who fame, giving her the lead role in this fascinating and insightful look into the life of the monarch, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert

The series has been created and written by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut, who will also serve as executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Indian Summers) and Damien Timmer (Poldark). Anticipation for this one is hotting up, with a final airing date yet to be confirmed on ITV.

Love Nina, BBC One

There’s high hope’s for the adaption of Nina Stibbe’s 2013 book; a fictionalised account of her time nannying for a literary family in North London during the 1980’s. Nick Hornby takes the reins with scriptwriting, whilst popular actress Helena Bonham-Carter is cast as the forthright matriarch, with Nina herself played by Faye Marsay, of Games of Thrones fame.

Undercover, BBC One

Fans of Silk will be delighted as creator Peter Moffat has put together a brand new drama series with a kickass female lead. Sophie Okenedo stars as Maya, the first black Director Of Public Prosecutions; as her life comes under scrutiny in the media, she discovers that her husband, played by Adrian Lester, has been lying to her for years. But what’s his secret? You’ll have to watch to find out.

The Night Manager, BBC One

Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston star in this adaptation of famous spy novelist, John le Carré’s story about a secret corrupt alliance between the intelligence community and the arms trade. Hiddleston plays a former British soldier who must infiltrate their inner circle with the help of arms dealer Laurie. Initial reviews have been positive, stating the show is smart and exhilarating.

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