Autumn preview: The big shows on TV soon

One of the few pleasant things to look forward to at summer’s end is the new season of autumn television – and 2015’s offerings are as strong as any previous year’s.

Suranne Jones (pictured) returns to star in BBC1’s Doctor Foster, a five-part series about a GP whose life is thrown into chaos when she suspects her husband’s having an affair. But what else is on?


Sadly, we say goodbye to global hit series Downton Abbey on ITV. The sixth series is the final season, but there are rumours it could become a feature film in due course.


Idris Elba is back for a two-part Luther special on BBC1. The uncompromisingly dark London crime thriller features Luther facing a terrifying adversary while dealign with ghosts from his past. We can’t wait.


Lenny Henry wrote and stars in a one-off BBC1 drama, Danny and the Human Zoo, loosely based on his life as a teenager in the 1970s.  Danny (Kascion Ranklin) battles strict parents while trying to win the heart of an Irish girl and negotiating the stand-up comedy circuit.


Sean Bean is Inspector John Marlott in ITV’s six-part crime drama The Frankenstein Chronicles. Set in 1827, Marlott is on the case when a macabre assembly of body parts  has been used to create a mutilated child… Gulp.



Set in Brighton and starring Ashley Walters and Mr Selfridge’s Amanda Abbington, BBC1’s eight-part series Cuffs is the tale of a police team fighting crime as well as their personal demons…


Clare Danes returns in the fourth series of Channel 4’s hit political thriller, Homeland.


Danger Mouse is reinvented for a new generation of kids. The CBBC series features Alexander Armstrong voicing the heroic secret agent, while hamster sidekick Penfold is voiced by comedian Kevin Eldon.


ITV’s Jekyll and Hyde is a 10-part series based on the novel, but set in 1930s London. Tom Bateman plays the troubled Robert Jekyll, grandson of the original Dr Jekyll, while former Corrie star Natalie Gumede is Bella, who’s caught up in a love triangle with Robert.


Ray Winstone stars in ITV’s three-part drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose, the story of an armed robber who finally pays a big price for his criminal lifestyle when his family begins to fall apart. Amanda Redman, who played his wife in hit movie Sexy Beast, again plays Ray’s missus.


Denise Welch turns up in BBC2’s new romantic comedy-drama series Boy Meets Girl. Her son, Leo, brings home an older, beguiling woman to meet his mum. What he hasn’t told her is that Judy used to be a man!


The Muppets are reinvented in 2015 as a behind-the-scenes reality TV series. Sky 1 will screen the series created by US network ABC, but as we go to press, Kermit and Miss Piggy are no longer an item after she released this public statement.


Ben Whishaw is joined by Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling in BBC2’s five-part thriller London Spy. A young man is drawn into the murky world of espionage and the secret service when his new lover suddenly goes missing.


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