Game of Thrones actor Richard Dormer leads a squad of police misfits in this BBC America fantasy series influenced by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. Set in Ankh-Morpork, a shattered town that has diminished the strength of its police department, known as the Watch, to almost nothing, it focuses on Watch Captain Sam Vimes (Dormer) and the virtuous Lady Sybil (Lara Rossi) as they gather a squad of cops to try to rescue their crooked society from tragedy. Trolls, werewolves and other unlikely warriors join forces with disenfranchised allies against the sinister conspiracy to resurrect a great dragon that may lead to the end of civilization as they know it.
This latest true-crime drama tells how the French fraudster and killer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim) was brought to justice. Working as a diamond merchant, Sobhraj and his girlfriend, Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman) passed across Thailand, Nepal and India in the 1970s, carrying out a string of crimes the so-called ‘Hippie Trail’ through Asia.
In this eight-part drama, we see how Sobhrai constantly escaped the authorities’ grip, becoming known as The Snake of Slipperiness. Meanwhile, at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok, junior diplomat Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle) inadvertently walked into Sobhraj’s elaborate web of violence, setting off an unprecedented sequence of events that saw him becoming Interpol’s most wanted man.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe detours old-school sitcom pastiche with this new series coming to Disney+, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as their already known MCU characters White Witch Wanda Maximoff and Android View.
Set after the horrific events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda and Vision find themselves struggling to pursue their dream life in the suburbs while attempting to mask their abilities from the town of Westview. But as decades go on, the super-powered pair start to believe things aren’t quite as they appear to be in the quiet neighbourhood.
This latest workplace comedy from 30 Rock writers, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, is set in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, with Ted Danson playing the bungling head cop. Retired businessman Neil Bremer (Danson) is just working for a lark, as well as impressing his teenage daughter Orly (Kyla Kenedy). Once he wins, though, he needs to find out which policies he stands for; earn support for his main critic and current Deputy Mayor Arpi Meskimen (Holly Hunter); and strive to prevent gaffes while he eats in public, or attempts to speak Spanish, among other things. The series also features Mike Cabellon, Bobby Moynihan and Mad Ex-Vella Girlfriend’s Lovell.
When it debuted last year, this small-screen interpretation of director Bong Joon-2013 ho’s film about the Post-Apocalyptic Train World became a TV show that appealed to our modern anxieties. Currently, in season two, the revolution’s survivors are struggling to preserve harmony among the merged groups of Snowpiercer, when a whole new power struggle unfolds.
A dangerous split is formed, as people are torn between their allegiance to Layton (Daveed Diggs) and the founder of Snowpiercer, Mr Wilford (Sean Bean), heading for a competing train of new technology. When Layton is battling Wilford, Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) leads the charge of surprising discovery. Here, watch the teaser. Premieres on TNT on January 25.
Adult animation series by Matt Groening, better known for The Simpsons and Futurama, arrives on Netflix for the third season. Set in the mediaeval fantasy realm of Dreamland, the series follows the misadventures of hard-drinking Bean (said by Abbi Jacobson). She rebelled against her fate to one day become a trophy Queen in a loveless marriage. On the way, Bean is joined by the inexperienced young elf Elfo (Nat Faxon) and her own destructive personal demon Luci (Eric Andre).
Today, brave friends come to Steamland far away and encounter a new character voiced by the English comedian Richard Ayoade, who proposes an alliance between Steamland’s science and Dreamland’s magic. Here, watch the teaser. Premieres on Netflix on January 15.
The Pembrokeshire Murders
From Line of Duty and Bodyguard, this ITV mini-series is a three-part adaptation of a Welsh true crime novel of the same name. Recently returning to Pembrokeshire in 2006, detective superintendent Steve Wilkins (Luke Evans) reopened two unsolved double murders in the 1980s. Both events have cast a pall on the local police’s work, but Wilkins and his handpicked team are seeking DNA that could link the murders to a series of burglaries committed in the 1980s and 1990s.
The victim of the burglaries, John Cooper (Keith Allen), is approaching the conclusion of his life term, but if Wilkins is correct, he is still a serial murderer. Can the squad locate enough vital information against Cooper to charge their suspect before he gets out, possibly killing him again? Here, watch the teaser. Premieres on ITV and ITV Hub on January 11.
The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 fantasy novel of the same name returns for the third season, continuing the storey of the construction of war between the ancient gods of mythology and the modern gods of technology. As the plot begins, the ex-con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) moved to the idyllic Wisconsin town of Lakeside to forge his course, lead by the gods of his black ancestors – but the crafty Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane) is determined to get him back to the fold.
To escape from the New Gods, Shadow adopted a new name. But he’ll soon learn that, as the son of Odin, you can’t just refuse to be a deity, just what kind of god you’re going to be. Season three will see Dominique Jackson, Danny Trejo and Crispin Glover surface as separate iterations of the universe, the modern gods’ king.
The long-running French-language crime drama after the job and private life of the Paris police, lawyers and judges at the Palais de Justice returns for the 8th and final season. The unorthodox investigative strategies of Laure (Caroline Proust) and Gilou Escoffier (Thierry Godard) created major problems and changing power relations within the party at the end of series seven.
With Gilou facing the risk of incarceration, Laure’s squad is seeking to regain their prestige by taking on a crime that no one else wants: the murder of an identified minor in a run-down area of the city.
Both episodes are now available for broadcast on BBC iPlayer in the UK and premieres on MHz Choice in the US and Canada on January 5.