2024 BEST TV

2024 is shaping up to be another year of unmissable TV, with returning favourites like True Detective and Industry, and exciting new projects like The Regime and Ripley that have the potential to be new streaming hits. If you’re keen to know when you’ll be back in Westeros or ogling at the lavish fashion of Bridgerton, then read on for our list of the best upcoming stuff to watch on TV this year.

True Detective: Night Country

True Detective

True Detective finally makes its way back to our screens for its 4th season, with fewer episodes this time round and with the subtitle Night Country. Hollywood star Jodie Foster is our lead, playing Detective Liz Danvers, a veteran cop in a small Alaskan town that during winter lives in near total darkness. She’s joined by Kali Reis as another detective, Evangeline Navarro, as the pair work to uncover the truth of the mysterious disappearance of eight workers at an Arctic research station nearby. The twisting, icy narrative has received huge acclaim from critics so far.

‌Watch it on: Sky Atlantic

House of the Dragon

House of the dragon

It’s back to Westeros in May with the second season of House of the Dragon, for more dragons, swords and war. Queen Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) returns with a vengeance, seeking to bring justice Aemond (Ewan Mitchell), who she blames for killing her son in the finale of last season. But that’s just part of a wider civil war between the Targaryen clan, as warring factions compete to knock the recently crowned Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) off his throne, and claim it for themselves.

Returning from Season 1 alongside D’Arcy are Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Eve Best, Rhys Ifans and Fabian Frankel. Oh, and prepare for plenty more dragon action this season too.

Watch it on: Sky Atlantic

Bridgerton Season 3

Bridgerton

At last, Bridgerton Season 3 will finally land this year after a long wait, with the much anticipated TV event set to drop in May. While we’ve had plenty of time, and a whole spin off in Prince Charlotte since Season 2, Bridgerton’s new instalment will more than sate our period drama appetites. Penelope (Nicola Couglan), aka Lady Whistledown herself takes centre stage in this latest outing, as she and her longtime source of affection Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) draw ever closer, and finally (maybe!) get together. The fashion, the romance, the scandals and the glamour will all be there in spades- so much so that Netflix is doing what it often does now with big releases and splitting it into two parts, with Part 1 in May and Part 2 in June.

Watch on: Netflix

Mr and Mrs. Smith

Mr and Mrs Smith

Remember the Brangelina hit comedy Mr and Mrs Smith? Amazon Studios are turning it into a new Prime miniseries, minus those two stars, and is bringing the story into the 2020s with a new look. Donald Glover and Maya Erksine are John and Jane Smith, two spies who live together as a fake married couple. Unlike the central plot premise of the 2005 film, both counterparts are well aware that the other is a spy, and are paired together in order to carry out secretive covert missions. But even being fake married isn’t always easy, and the two agents find themselves clashing as their work becomes more and more intense.

The rest of the cast meanwhile includes Parker Posey, Michaela Coel, John Turturro, Paul Dano, Alexander Skargsgard, Ron Perlman and Eliza Gonzalez.

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Ripley

Ripley

Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller novel The Talented Mr Ripley gets a new coat of paint as Netflix brings Ripley to our screens later this year. If you’ve seen the 1999 film version, this series swaps out Matt Damon for Fleabag star Andrew Scott as the enigmatic and always calculating Tom Ripley, a skilled but not very wealthy scammer living in 60s New York. When he’s approached by a rich industrialist who’s keen for someone to convince his wayward son Dickie to return to the US from Italy, Tom accepts the challenge, but finds things more complicated than he imagined. Dickie (Johnny Flynn) has a magnetic presence, and is happy enough living a luxury lifestyle far from home along with his girlfriend Marge (Dakota Fanning), and Tom starts leaning into his darker side to get things done.

Watch it on: Netflix

Masters of the Air

Masters of the air

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg reunite for their long-awaited follow-up to Band of Brothers and The Pacific, the WWII based drama Masters of the Air. The series follows a group of soldiers fighting in the 100th Bomb Group of the US Army, pilots sent on dangerous and often costly missions to help turn the tide of the war. Based largely in Britain, the show will feature the same comradery and emotional depictions of the hardships of warfare as its predecessors, with a large cast that includes Austin Butler, Barry Keoghan, Ncuti Gatwa, Callum Turner, Nate Mann, Anthony Boyle and more. It arrives on Apple TV+ later this month.

‌Watch it on: Apple TV+

Griselda

Griselda

Loved Narcos? Netflix’s Griselda, coming to the streaming service later this month, is something of a spiritual successor, with much of the same crew behind it. Spearheaded by Sofia Vergara, this miniseries is quite different from anything we’ve seen from the actress before, as she steps into the role of one of modern history’s most fearsome yet more obscure criminals, the drug lord Griselda Blanco. Blanco came from Colombia to the United States in the late 70s with her young sons, and during the next decade operated out of Miami to establish herself as a ruthless kingpin with a booming cocaine empire. The series will chart her rise and eventual fall, with the same stylish flare and tense atmosphere as Narcos.

Watch it on: Netflix

The Regime

Kate Winslet

If you love absurd, satirical comedies, then The Regime, starring Kate Winslet will be right up your alley. Produced by some of the same team behind Succession, this upcoming series sees Winslet play a tyrannical leader of a small European nation who’s becoming increasingly threatened by disruptions to her autocratic regime. As she tries to keep a lid on growing unrest, she must deal with challenges from other political figures in the country (like the leader of the opposition, played by Hugh Grant), and outside influence, namely the USA in the form of the Secretary of State (Martha Plimpton), who is trying to retain American interests. It certainly looks like a fun ride, with a lead performance that could be up for awards in the future.

Watch it on: Sky and NOW

Mary & George

Mary & George

Bridgerton might be the talk of the town when it comes to lavish period dramas, but Sky’s upcoming new series Mary & George certainly doesn’t look like one to sniff at. Hollywood star Julianne Moore, fresh from her acclaimed performance in May December, leads as Mary Villers, a woman who’s keen to work her way up the rungs of society, and particularly to mould her son George (Nicholas Galitzine) to seduce the ruling King James of Scotland and England (Tony Curran) to become his new lover. Her ultimate aim is to get as much power as possible, and she sees that the best way to get that is through influencing the king’s court through her son. The outrageous historical story will arrive on screens later this year.

Watch it on: Sky and NOW

The Sympathiser

the Sympathiser

Robert Downey Jr is the star draw in HBO’s new series The Sympathiser, a black comedy set during the Vietnam War era. Actor Hoa Xuande stars as a character only known as The Captain, a North Vietnamese plant sent to spy on the American backed South Vietnamese army. With the war coming to an end, he ends up travelling to the mainland US with a group of refugees, and is told to continue his role of surveillance behind enemy lines and reporting back to the Viet Cong. But The Captain slowly begins to find that he might have conflicting loyalties, as he gets used to a different country and a different way of life that appeals to him, despite his ties to back home. Downey Jr will every tool in his acting toolbox as he plays various different roles across the dark comedy miniseries.

Watch it on: Sky and NOW

Industry Season 3

Industry

Industry’s third season is another one of our most anticipated TV releases this year, and while its been a while since we’ve heard much about it, there’s still a few key nuggets of info that we know. Set continue the story of Harper (Myha’la Herrold), Yasmin (Marisa Abela) and co., season 3 will take Pierpoint into new directions, as it works to expand its businesses and clientele. A new arrival in this season is Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington, who plays a CEO of a fast growing green tech company that Pierpoint is very interested in investing in, alongside his portfolio manager played by Sarah Goldberg. Expect it to be as intense and nerve-wracking as always, with the show set to finally return in the summer.

Watch it on: BBC and BBC iPlayer


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