Upcoming TV Shows for 2018 - EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW of the biggest new series including return of James Norton

Upcoming TV Shows for 2018 - James Norton McMafia
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Upcoming TV Shows for 2018 - the likes of James Norton, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Zoe Wanamaker, Alison Steadman and John Cleese have been very busy of late, and are just some of the big stars coming in the brand new TV shows ready to entertain us next year…

There's a terrific offering of TV treats on their way early next year, and here's our rundown of those we're really looking forward to. Take a look at this little lot and the top stars in them....

McMafia, BBC1 - stars James Norton


In BBC1’s new thriller McMafia, James Norton plays Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia past. Although he tries to go legit, Alex finds himself drawn into his Russian family’s shady world and the action becomes global, taking the story from London to Moscow, Dubai, Mumbai, Africa and the Americas. Faye Marsay and Juliet Rylance also star.

Troy Fall Of A City, BBC1 - stars Jonas Armstrong

This eight-part series about love, intrigue and betrayal re-tells the epic ancient story of the fall of Troy. With a great cast including David Threlfall Frances O’Connor and Jonas Armstrong the drama revolves around a passionate affair between two young lovers Paris (Louis Hunter) and Helen (Bella Dayne). Their forbidden love affair has terrible consequences and leads Greece and Troy into war, threatening to bring the two empires to their knees.

A Very English Scandal, BBC1 - stars Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw


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This three-part drama tells the shocking true story of former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) who was accused of conspiring to murder his younger ex-lover Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) in the 1970s. The infamous case ended with a sensational trial in 1979. Other top cast includes Jason Watkins, Eve Myles, Michele Dotrice, Patricia Hodge and Blake Harrison.

Next of Kin, ITV - stars Archie Panjabi

This fast-paced thriller series stars Archie Panjabi (pictured) as GP Mona Shirani who lives happily in London with her husband Guy (Jack Davenport) who works in politics. When Mona’s brother is brutally murdered while working for a charity abroad, suspicion falls on Mona’s own family...

Vanity Fair, ITV - stars Suranne Jones, Martin Clunes, Michael Palin and newcomer Olivia Cooke


Newcomer Olivia Cooke stars alongside Suranne Jones, Martin Clunes and Michael Palin in this new version of Thackeray’s classic tale Vanity Fair about commoner Becky Sharpe who claws her way out of poverty and reaches the heights of English society. In the seven-part ITV drama Becky will find her way to the court of King George IV and through the famous Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes along the way.

Hold The Sunset, BBC1 - stars John Cleese and Alison Steadman

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Veteran comedian John Cleese returns to his sitcom roots to star in Hold The Sunset about widow Edith (Alison Steadman) whose children have grown up. Her old boyfriend Phil (Cleese) now lives across the road and desperately wants to marry Edith - his dream is for them to move abroad to the sunshine. But when Edith finally says yes to his marriage proposal, her son Roger (Jason Watkins) suddenly turns up and ruins everything. Jessica Hynes and Anne Reid also star.

Britannia, Sky Atlantic - stars Zoe Wanamaker

David Morrissey, Zoe Wanamaker, Mackenzie Crook and Charlotte Riley are among the cast of Sky Atlantic’s drama Britannia. It’s set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army attempts to crush the Celtic tribes of our mysterious land then ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids...

Hard Sun, BBC1 - stars Jim Sturgess and former model Agyness Deyn

Jim Sturgess (One Day) and former model Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko who are partners and enemies in a new futuristic crime drama set in contemporary London. Robert is a family man but is also a corrupt copper and Elaine is difficult but totally against any form of corruption. Together they have the difficult task of trying to enforce the law and protect their loved ones as the world slips ever closer to certain destruction.

Wedding Day Winners, BBC1 - Lorraine Kelly

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There’s a chance to win a dream wedding in BBC1 game show Wedding Day Winners, hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Rob Beckett. Each week two happy couples and their families go head-to-head in a series of challenges to bag prizes including exotic honeymoons and a fully-paid-for ceremony.

Last Laugh in Vegas, ITV - stars Cannon and Ball!

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Su Pollard, Anita Harris, Bernie Clifton, Bobby Crush and Cannon & Ball are among the veteran British stars sent to America in new ITV's five-part series Last Laugh In Vegas. They are given one last shot at putting on their dream gig in the variety capital of the world and cameras follow them living in one house together and show rehearsals and the big night itself.

All Together Now, BBC1 - stars Rob Beckett

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There’s a chance to win a cash prize if your singing voice is any good in BBC1’s new Saturday night entertainment show All Together Now, hosted by Rob Beckett. Each week, contestants must belt out a tune in front of an audience of 100 other singers. The more audience members who stand up and join in, the greater the chance of winning big. Former Spice Girl Geri Horner also has a role in helping contestants...

* Upcoming TV Shows for 2018 will be updated!

Nicholas Cannon
TV Content Director on TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.