2017 saw a vast amount of captivating programmes launched to an enthusiastic British audience, readily perched on the edge of the seats. While you might be tempted to turn to ever-faithful Netflix, ITV Hub or BBC iPlayer to catch up on the shows that made the TV screens last year shine oh-so-brightly (as you should), do not let the gems of 2018 pass you by. Here are our recommendations of shows to keep an eye out for in the months to come:
1. The Loch
Yes, you guessed it, set "in a community nourished and sustained by myth and bordered by untamed nature.", this scenic Scottish murder provides a blatant allusion to the menacing tale of the Lochness monster. Unapologetically British, this series seems as if it will breath life into the dusty folk story of the Scottish Highlands, and capture the imaginations of the British public, centuries down the line.
2. Vanity Fair
An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's book Vanity Fair, the programme has been commissioned as a seven-part drama for ITV. Having earned a reputation for her impressive performances in films including the thrillers Ouija (2014) and The Quiet Ones (2014), as well as the sci-fi film The Signal (2014), the shows starring of Olivia Cooke, an English actress, holds promise. Polly Hill, Head of Drama for ITV, noted "Vanity Fair feels like the perfect classic to adapt for ITV, and Gwyneth Hayes's stunning scripts bring the novel to life in a way that will really connect with a modern audience. The question was always who would be our perfect Becky Sharp and that is undoubtedly Olivia Cooke! So we are thrilled she has agreed to play Becky, in what promises to be a very exciting new drama for ITV next year."
Regularly gracing the set of Game of Thrones, many of you may recognize Kit Harington in this period drama which takes us back to the 1605 Guy Fawkes scandal. Adopting the role of Robert Catesby, a member of the Catholic nobility who plotted to destroy parliament with gunpowder explosives, Catesby acts alongside Mark Gatiss as spymaster general and the man in charge of torturing traitors, Robert Cecil. If Harrington's screenplay in GoT is anything to go by, we can expect his performance in this programme to be no less than riveting.