These are the new shows you’ll be addicted to in 2017
Whatever else is going on in the world, these are great times if you’re a TV lover. 2016 saw the debut of inventive, critically-acclaimed shows like Stranger Things, The Night Of and Luke Cage, and 2017 is set to continue this trend as the likes of Netflix, HBO, and the BBC have polished off a number of wonderful rough diamonds for viewers to binge gaze upon. Grab yourself a cold beer from the fridge, pour some crisps into a bowl and make yourself comfortable on the sofa.
Here are 7 exciting shows you shouldn’t miss:
- Iron Fist
- The Terror
- The Deuce
- American Gods
- Twin Peaks
UK airdate: March 17, Netflix
Cast: Finn Jones, David Wenham, Jessica Henwick
Story: Iron Fist is the latest Marvel superhero series to land on Netflix. It’s the story of Danny Rand who was raised by Buddhist monks where he acquired the power of the “Iron Fist” after defeating a dragon in hand-to-hand combat, before returning to Earth – New York, to be precise - with revenge on his mind. Iron Fist is the final piece of the Defenders jigsaw on Netflix. The other three members each have their own series: Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
UK airdate: Episode one began on 7 January, but it’s available to watch on BBC iPlayer
Starring: Tom Hardy, Jonathan Pryce, Franka Potente
Story: The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney who has returned to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to continue his father’s trading empire, having been presumed long-dead. Taboo was created by Hardy and his father “Chips”, while legendary director Ridley Scott is on board as a producer, so the show can be considered something of a coup for the BBC and appointment viewing.
UK airdate: TBA, but will air on AMC on BT TV
Cast: Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciarán Hinds
Story: AMC, the broadcasters who brought us Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, are hoping to pull another rabbit out of the hat with upcoming anthology series The Terror, which is an adaptation of a book by Dan Simmons. The story is loosely based on Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to the Arctic in 1845-1848 to force the Northwest Passage.
UK airdate: TBA, but will air on Sky Atlantic
Starring: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Story: This HBO show about the early days of the porn industry is set in 1970s New York. Created by David Simon, who wrote the cult series The Wire, The Deuce stars James Franco in a double-lead role (playing twin brothers), while Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a prostitute hoping to try her luck in the porn business. Think of it as a Boogie Nights, the series.
UK airdate: 9 February, FOX
Starring: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller
Story: Yet another superhero series, but this X-Men spinoff from Fargo mastermind Noah Hawley is worth getting excited about. This Marvel Comics adaptation revolves around the mutant Legion who suffers from schizophrenia and is played by David Haller. After a strange encounter with a fellow mental health patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.
UK airdate: TBA, but will stream on Amazon Prime
Starring: Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning
Story: This series is based on the highly successful Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, and stars former Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle as the mysterious lead character Shadow Moon, who has served three years in prison for assault. He is recruited by a man known as Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who happens to be the Norse god Odin, to take down the New Gods – Media, Technology and a host of others.
UK airdate: May 22, Sky Atlantic
Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick, Sheryl Lee
Story: This cult series from the early 1990s makes its long-awaited return 26 years after the original ended, and fans will be looking forward to a reunion with characters like Agent Dale Cooper, Laura Palmer and the Log Lady. Plot details have been kept firmly under wraps so far, but viewers can expect more otherworldly mystery from the master of cult cinema, David Lynch.