The new year is finally here and the holiday season may be over, but that doesn’t mean good television has to end too.
If you are looking for your next television series or drama to join in, there are tons of new and exciting shows to be seen in 2022.
We’ve looked at every major TV network – the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, and ITV – to bring you a list of some of the most anticipated new dramas to air in the New Year.
There are a multitude of book-to-TV adaptations, harrowing factual dramas, suspenseful thrillers and exhilarating police dramas – so there really is something for every TV fan in 2022.
Take a look at our top 10 TV drama tips for next year …
- 1 1. Four Lives – BBC – Jan 3rd
- 2 2. Our house – ITV – TBC
- 3 3. Inside Man – BBC One – TBC
- 4 4. Trigger point – ITV – TBC
- 5 5. Conversations with Friends – BBC Three – TBC
- 6 6. No Return – ITV – TBC
- 7 7th screw – channel 4 – January 6th
- 8 8. The Midwich Cuckoos – Heaven – Spring 2022
- 9 9. Chloe – BBC One – TBC
- 10 10. The Ipcress file – ITV – TBC
- 11 11. Crossfire – BBC One – TBC
1. Four Lives – BBC – Jan 3rd
This new factual drama from Jeff Pope and Neil McKay tells the harrowing story of the four young men – Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor – through the eyes of families and friends who were murdered by Stephen Port.
Sheridan Smith will play Anthony Walgate’s mother Sarah Sak and Stephen Merchant Stephen Port.
Four Lives will air three consecutive nights on Monday January 3rd from 9:00 p.m. on BBC One. All episodes will be shown simultaneously on BBC iPlayer.
2. Our house – ITV – TBC
Our House is an exciting thriller based on the bestseller by Louise Candlish. Line of Duty’s Martin Compston stars alongside Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey, War and Peace), who play Fi and Bram Lawson, an estranged couple.
Rupert Penry-Jones (Whitechapel, Spooks) will also star in the four-part drama for ITV.
3. Inside Man – BBC One – TBC
A star cast will lead this new drama created and written by Steven Moffat. The line-up includes David Tennant, Dolly Wells and Lydia West alongside Stanley Tucci in the title role of Inside Man.
All plot details have so far been kept strictly under lock and key, but pictures show Tucci as a prisoner on death row in the United States, Tennant as a vicar in a quiet English town, and all of the characters intersect in unexpected ways.
4. Trigger point – ITV – TBC
Line of Duty and This is England star Vicky McClure will appear in a new police drama in early 2022 as an ex-military and experienced bomb disposal.
In this new six-part series, Vicky takes on the role of Lana Washington and is accompanied by Adrian Lester. There’s no confirmed air date yet, but it will most likely be early 2022 when this intense thriller hits our screens.
5. Conversations with Friends – BBC Three – TBC
The highly anticipated adaptation of Sally Rooney’s award-winning debut novel Conversations with Friends will air on BBC Three when the station launches in early 2022.
Sally’s second novel, Normal People, was adapted for television and aired in 2020. Conversations With Friends follows the 21-year-old college student Frances, played by Alison Oliver, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to face her own vulnerabilities.
6. No Return – ITV – TBC
No Return is a four-part event drama from award-winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst (Brassic, Ordinary Lies), starring Sheridan Smith.
It follows a family of four on an all inclusive luxury vacation to Turkey. The lives of parents Kathy and Martin, their son Noah, and their younger daughter Jess are turned upside down when Noah is charged with a serious crime.
Their vacation quickly turns into a nightmare as the parents battle for the freedom of their 16-year-old son.
7th screw – channel 4 – January 6th
this brand new prison drama leads the audience into the C-Wing in a busy men’s prison, Channel 4 expects humor, emotional excellence and lots of dangers for the officers and prisoners.
The six-part series, filmed in Glasgow, will see Jamie-Lee O’Donnell of Derry Girls as a new trainee to prison officer Rose and Nina Sosanya, best known for roles in His Dark Materials and Last Tango in Halifax, as Head of Officers Leigh.
8. The Midwich Cuckoos – Heaven – Spring 2022
The Midwich Cuckoos is a modern adaptation of the 1957 science fiction novel by John Wyndham and is now airing on Sky and its streaming service.
In the eight-part series, Hawes plays the psychotherapist Dr. Susannah Zellaby and Beesley met local DCI official Paul Kirby in the quiet commuter town of Midwich.
One day at dusk on a late summer’s day everyone in a certain area of the city passes out. When they regain consciousness, they realize that the strange incident made every woman of childbearing potential suddenly and inexplicably pregnant.
9. Chloe – BBC One – TBC
Netflix star Erin Doherty will star in this upcoming psychological thriller for BBC One. Erin’s character Becky Green has been watching Chloe Fairbourne for some time on her social media, and when Chloe suddenly dies, Becky takes on a new identity and befriends Chloe’s Circle of Friends to find out what happened to her.
Companion cast include; Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jack Farthing and Brandon Michael Hall. The six hour-long episodes will air in 2022.
10. The Ipcress file – ITV – TBC
Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole takes on the iconic lead role of spy Harry Palmer in this ITV thriller. The 1962 remake of Len Deighton’s bestseller takes viewers back to the 1960s amid the Cold War.
The cast includes Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody, Murder on the Orient Express), BAFTA-winning actor Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, Birdbox) and Ashley Thomas (Them: Covenant, Top Boy, Salvation).
11. Crossfire – BBC One – TBC
Keeley Hawes will also star in this latest drama, Crossfire, which will air next year on BBC One.
The BBC has described it as an “extreme-of-your-seat” and “nail-biting” thriller and the new three-part series filmed at a resort in the Canary Islands will follow Jo – played by Keeley – who is on vacation with loved ones when armed men raided the hotel.