There’s no doubt we’re in a golden age of TV at the moment with streaming: with Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Apple TV and more. What a time to be alive. With so many good shows out there and more coming up, I wanted to highlight a few I’m excited to see.
What are you keen to watch, coming up this year and next?
The Last Kingdom, season 5
I love this show. If you’re a fan of Vikings and Game of Thrones, this will be your thing. This fifth and final season, based on the ninth and tenth books in Bernard Cornwell’s series comes out early 2022. There’s also going to be a spin-off movie after the final season. No season 5 trailer yet, so watch the season 4 one above.
The Witcher, season 2
After the hugely successful first season led to an animated movie (Nightmare of the Wolf), it was inevitable that a second would not be far behind. Which, for me, is great news. Over the past two years I’ve played games The Witcher 2 and The Witcher 3 and read the first two books (I’m pacing myself). Suffice to say, I’m a fan. I even watched Witchercon. The new season arrives 17 December.
Industry, season 2
This popped up on a list of best TV shows of 2020, I think. I decided to watch it and got hooked pretty quickly. It was a joint HBO-BBC production, and had a cast of sexy young things working hard and playing hard. It felt like This Life meets Billions. Season 2 doesn’t have a trailer yet or release date yet, so watch the season 1 trailer.
Tribes of Europa, season 2
Another show that popped up on Netflix and I gave it a go. It’s post-apocalyptic, sci-fi and kind of kinky. Pretty much my thing. There’s no news on a second season yet, but I’m hopeful. It feels like a show that’s getting a cult following. The season 1 trailer is above, so check it out and see if it’s your type of show.
Inventing Anna, season 1
An upcoming limited series on Netflix from TV giant Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Bridgerton), which will star Julia Garner (Ozark) as a German heiress and Instagram celebrity who broke onto New York’s social scene with the aim to make friends and steal their money. It’s out sometime next year and looks great. Read more about it.
The Lord Of The Rings, season 1
You’d hope one of the most expensive TV shows ever made would be good, right? No pressure, Amazon. It’s got an epic cast and will essentially be a prequel to The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy. Expect this to turn up in September 2022.
House Of The Dragon, season 1
For those that felt the final season of Game Of Thrones left a bitter taste in their mouths, you’re not alone. I’m the same, which leaves me less than enthusiastic about a new show which looks again to focus on Targaryens and dragons. I’d prefer to see one of the other shows, like 10,000 Ships — give me that pirate action. Anyway, that aside I know I’ll still watch this one. It’ll probably be good.
Carnival Row, season 2
I found out the other day that Guillermo del Toro had some kind of hand in this show, which explains a lot. There’s steampunk, intrigue, magic, monsters and good and bad men. They’ve finished filming season 2 so we’re just waiting on a release date, which should be some time in 2022. For now, watch the season 1 trailer above.
Peaky Blinders, season 6
This show starring Cillian Murphy as gangster Tommy Shelby remains one of my all-time favourites. From the writing to the performances to its cinematic nature and the brooding, muscular soundtrack (mostly a lot of Nick Cave). The new season arrives spring 2022. There’s no trailer yet, so watch last season’s trailer.
Hawkeye, season 1
Disney+ continue their march towards success with another MCU show, this one featuring Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye passing the torch onto Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop, aka the new Hawkeye, and quite possibly Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, aka the new Black Widow. It looks fun and lighthearted. First episode airs 24 November.
The Wheel of Time, season 1
I’ve not read Robert Jordan’s novel so I know nothing about the world or these characters. What I do know, though, is that this epic fantasy show from Amazon looks expensive, it has magic and swords and costumes, and I’m completely here for it. We get to watch it from 19 November.
The Book of Boba Fett, season 1
Hands up, who’s beginning to get a little burnt out from the deluge of Star Wars and Marvel shows? I am, but I’m still watching and enjoying them. The latest Star Wars features a relatively minor character that people have gone a little crazy about over the years. Watch it from 29 December on Disney+.
Ozark, season 4
This final season will arrive on 21 January 2022 on Netflix. It stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, and follows them as a married couple as they rise up the ranks of the criminal world. Think a more classy and understated version of Breaking Bad.