With Boris Johnson announcing the third national lockdown earlier this week, many of us are contemplating dusting off banana bread recipes and re-downloading running apps – but it should also be noted that there are plenty of television shows arriving over the next few weeks to keep us entertained.
From the brand new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on BBC Three to Russell T Davies’ hotly-anticipated show It’s A Sin on Channel 4 and season 3 of Amazon Prime’s American Gods, the industry has been working hard to deliver groundbreaking and exciting content.
Here are a number of shows to keep an eye out for.
The Masked Singer – currently streaming
The Masked Singer returned at the end of last month, prompting viewers to slip their Sherlock Holmes’ guise back on to try and suss out which celebrity is hiding underneath lavish costumes.
Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall are back in the judging seats, with Joel Dommett presenting.
Just two episodes of the ITV show’s second series have aired so far, so it won’t take long to catch-up.
Where to watch: Saturdays at 7pm on ITV
The Serpent – currently streaming
Inspired by real events, The Serpent tells the story of how the conman and murderer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim) was brought to justice.
Posing as a gem dealer, Sobhraj and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman) travelled across Thailand, Nepal and India in 1975 and 1976, carrying out a spree of crimes on the Asian ‘Hippie Trail’ and becoming the chief suspects in a series of murders of young Western travellers.
As Sobhraj repeatedly slips from the grasp of authorities around the world, Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle), a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok, unwittingly walks into his intricate web of crime.
Although The Serpent premiered on New Year’s Day, only two episodes of the eight-part series have aired, making it easy to catch-up.
Where to watch: Sundays at 9pm on BBC
Pooch Perfect – January 7th
Sheridan Smith and her fluffy co-host Stanley are on a mission to find the nation’s top Dog Groomer in BBC One’s brand new entertainment competition Pooch Perfect.
The series will feature 16 professional dog groomers from around the country, taking part in a series of themed challenges to create epic transformations of beloved pets, as they compete to take home the title.
Where to watch: Thursdays at 8pm on BBC One
A Discovery Of Witches – January 8th
The long-awaited second series of A Discovery Of Witches is right around the corner, with Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer resuming their roles of Diana and Matthew.
The new 10-part chapter picks up after the pair travelled through time to escape the shadowy forces of the Congregation. In Elizabethan London, Matthew and Diana must locate a powerful witch teacher to help Diana harness her magic.
Where to watch: Sky One and NOWTV
American Gods – January 11th
American Gods fans have been patiently waiting since 2019 for series 3 – and there’s only just a few more days until its release.
The brand new chapter follows Shadow as he attempts to break away and assert himself as his own man, setting down roots in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin, where he’ll uncover a dark secret while exploring questions of his own divinity.
Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow must decide exactly who he is—a god seeking veneration or a man in service of the ‘we.’
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
The Pembrokeshire Murders – January 11th
The Pembrokeshire Murders is a three-part series starring Luke Evans that chronicles the race to convict John Cooper, a serial killer who was nicknamed The Bullseye Killer.
The drama has been adapted from a book by police detective Steve Wilkins and ITV journalist Jonathan Hill, who helped bring Cooper to justice.
Where to watch: Monday to Wednesday at 9pm on ITV.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK – January 14th
RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Alan Carr will soon be judging charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent as they search for the UK’s next drag race superstar.
They’ve got a whole bunch of celebrity guests on the line-up too, including EastEnders’ Natalie Cassidy, Lorraine Kelly and Maya Jama.
Where to watch: Thursdays at 7pm on BBC iPlayer
Servant – January 15th
Psychological thriller Servant returns on January 15th, with Rupert Grint and Nell Tiger Free.
The series from M. Night Shyamalan follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.
Following its suspenseful finale, the second season of the thriller takes a supernatural turn. As Leanne returns to the brownstone and her true nature is revealed, a darker future for all lies ahead.
Where to watch: Apple TV+
WandaVision – January 15th
Fresh from the Avengers: Endgame action, Wanda Maximoff aka the Scarlet Witch and Vision reunite for this new Disney+ show, which will see Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles.
The couple is living the ideal suburban life in the town of Westview, trying to conceal their powers. But as they begin to enter new decades and encounter television tropes, they suspect things are not as they seem.
Where to watch: Disney+
Finding Alice – January 17th
Keeley Hawes stars as the titular character in ITV’s new six-part drama Finding Alice, which follows Alice’s honest, raw, blackly comic journey of grief, love and life after the death of her husband Harry.
After moving into their newly finished dream house, Harry dies after falling down the stairs.
Her beloved partner of 20 years is no more, and now she can’t even find the fridge. If that were her only problem… men have a habit of hiding stuff that they don’t want to deal with, and Alice discovers that Harry was worse than most.
Where to watch: Sundays at 9pm on ITV
Bulletproof: South Africa – January 20th
Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters are back as Bishop and Pike for a South African-set special of Bulletproof.
The three-part series will see the friends become embroiled in a child kidnapping case while holidaying in the country.
‘Having befriended the young girl’s parents earlier that day, Bishop and Pike decide it’s their duty to use their expertise to help the couple win their daughter back,’ the synopsis teases.
‘The kidnappers demand an unreasonable reward for the safe return of the girl, but have no idea who they’re now up against.’
Where to watch: Sky and NOWTV
It’s A Sin – January 22nd
It’s A Sin is the hotly-anticipated new five-part series from Russell T Davies which explores the 80s AIDS crisis in the UK.
Starring the likes of Years and Years singer Olly Alexander, Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry and Neil Patrick Harris, the drama charts the joy and heartbreak of a group of friends across a decade in which the crisis changed everything.
Where to watch: Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4 and All4
Credit: Original article published here.