Autumn TV shows you won’t want to miss
Young Pope

As the summer starts to fade away and the colder nights set in, you’ll want to make sure you’re well stocked for offerings on the small screen

Fortunately, the period throughout September, October and November this year is jam-packed with rich TV pickings – throwing up some of the most exciting new comedies and dramas of the decade so far, as well as eagerly awaited returns.

Here are eleven of the most exciting shows you won’t want to miss.

Narcos

What is it? The dramatised story of the rise of Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and the violent extremes he went to to escape the law and cling on to power. Season Two continues the frankly mind-blowing tale, which is staggering at every turn.

Who’s in it? Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Joanna Christie

Where can I watch it? Netflix

When can I watch it? September 2

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Poldark

Poldark

What is it? The story of handsome, noble rogue Ross Poldark – an 18th century Cornish landowner who rails against the injustices of the time, and has an all-too complicated personal life. Ever since our Ross stripped off to scythe a field, Sunday nights have never been the same. Viewers have been eagerly awaiting his picturesque return.

Who’s in it? Aidan Turner, Elleanor Tomlinson

Where can I watch it? BBC One

When can I watch it? September 4

Cold Feet

What is it? 13 years on from its last appearance on our screens, the much-loved comedy drama returns, complete with its original cast – only this time they’re all pushing 50. Given how much hinged on their joyful bickering and mayhem as 30-somethings, expect at least some of the key players to be growing old disgracefully.

Who’s in it? James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Fay Ripley

Where can I watch it? ITV1

When can I watch it? 1st week of September

American Horror Story

What is it? A twisted, darkly funny and occasionally terrifying drama, paying homage to the horror genre’s rich history of cliches and tropes. Each season sees its ensemble cast return around a new standalone theme, from insane asylums to touring freak shows. The ultra secretive sixth series looks to have a creepy rural vibe.

Who’s in it? Sarah Paulson, Wes Bentley, Lady Gaga

Where can I watch it? FOX UK

When can I watch it? September 16

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Luke Cage

Luke Cage trailer screengrab

What is it? Based on the Marvel comic of the same name, and following in the footsteps of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Mike Colter stars as a new hero for hire. The show runs in parallel with Jessica Jones, and revolves around a super-strong former convict who now fights crime.

Who’s in it? Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games) co-stars as Cornell Stokes, with Alfre Woodard as Black Mariah

Where can I watch it? Netflix

When can I watch it? September 30

The Fall

What is it? A battle of wits and wills between a fiendish serial killer and his detective nemesis. The first two seasons of the Belfast thriller became a water cooler sensation – and it’s now back for its third and final chapter.

Who’s in it? Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Ruth Bradley

Where can I watch it? BBC Two

When can I watch it? TBC September

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

What is it? Charlie Brooker’s twisted psychological sci-fi anthology series, relocated from Channel 4 after a drawn-out sabbatical, is sounding better than ever. Satirical and thought-provoking, each standalone story explores the dark side of a life dependent on technology. We don’t know whether we should be excited or unnerved.

Who’s in it? A plethora of well-known stars, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, James Norton and Kelly MacDonald.

Where can I watch it? Netflix

When can I watch it? October 21

Westworld

What is it?  Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s new take on the classic 1973 sci-fi movie looks fascinating. More than just a fun thriller, it looks as though the premise of a Wild West theme park with cyborg ‘inhabitants’ has been used as a vehicle for a dark, absorbing descent into the moral maze of artificial intelligence. Nolan, brother of Chris, co-wrote The Prestige and The Dark Knight. Taken together with its heavyweight cast, we can expect serious quality here.

Who’s in it? Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood

Where can I watch it? Sky Atlantic

When can I watch it? TBC October

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The Crown

The Crown trailer screen grab

What is it? A dramatic retelling of the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, from her 1947 wedding to the present day. Fun fact: it’s the most expensive drama ever to be made by a U.S. based streaming company, and the first to be set in the U.K.

Who’s in it? Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, John Lithgow

Where can I watch it? Netflix

When can I watch it? November 4

The Young Pope

Young Pope

What is it? An ambitious, heavyweight drama centred on a fictional American pontiff, who rises to the most powerful position within the Catholic church. From there Pius XIII must navigate the power struggles of the Vatican, and how it is perceived by the outside world. Expect scheming to rival House Of Cards here.

Who’s in it? Jude Law, Diane Keaton, James Cromwell

Where can I watch it? Sky Atlantic

When can I watch it? TBC

The Grand Tour

What is it? Jeremy Clarkson’s second shot at global fame and glory is essentially the new Top Gear in all but name (and likely to be way more successfully received than the Beeb’s own follow-up). As you can see from the teaser above, his Richard Hammond and James May entourage will be returning, so in theory it should be more of the same dream formula of motoring, silliness and ‘banter’.

Who’s in it? Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond

Where can I watch it? Amazon Prime

When can I watch it? Release date TBC

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