UK Air Dates for US & Cult Shows in 2016
Lots and lots of UK premiere dates (and returning shows) for the first half of the year and beyond! As always, if there’s any TV Show you’d like to see a UK tv premiere date for, just leave it in the comments, and we’ll do our best to find it for you. 🙂
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GREEN = Shows in this colour are returning for part 2 of a season.
(TBC) = To be confirmed. If a show is listed as (TBC) this means it’s either not an official date from the channel, or is subject to change.
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Hotelier Alex Polizzi returns to inspect and correct troubled British hotels.
Who’s that (new) girl? It’s that Zooey Deschanel (you know, the one whose sister is in Bones!)
A crime reporter gets divorced then returns to her hometown of Aarhus in Denmark
Based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.
Comedy about the goings on behind the scenes on an American dating show.
Ashley Jensen (Extras) stars as PR-guru turned-amateur-sleuth Agatha Raisin as the bright and witty murder mystery returns with eight stories based on MC Beaton’s bestselling whodunnit novels.
The 2nd half of season 7 finally returns to ITV2.
Two FBI agents go missing in this mystery from M Night Shyamalan. Season 1 began on the same day as the US (so actually before them due to the time difference) – with season 2 coming to us a couple of weeks after them.
Join Dara, Hugh and guests for more fun at the expense of current affairs.
The firefighters and medics of Engine 51 are back in the UK courtesy of Sky Living… Previously it aired in Oct, and then June. Begins from the start on 5USA from 2nd March
Mel B, Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum judge allegedly talented Americans.
Comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics that follows Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of Congress members and Hill staffers.
Show about the hidden lives of a couple that appear to have it all…
Remake of the 2005 BBC Two series, this version stars Kim Cattrall as Davina as a woman going through a mid-life crisis.
Police orientated Chicago Fire spinoff. Usually airs in the Spring in the UK.
Cancelled by CBS, then almost resurrected by TNT and Lifetime but ultimately renewed by CBS and subsequently cancelled again, then resurrected AGAIN for a fourth season on A&E who’ve now cancelled it again! It’s somewhat the Rasputin of tv shows… Assuming Sky do pick up season 4, it probably won’t air till the Summer.
Brilliant Netflix Original drama about a socialite who ends up incarcerated in a women’s prison.
Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans) and Charlotte Spencer (Line of Duty, Glue) star in a new supernatural BBC One drama from Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes, Moonfleet) about a brilliant young couple inherit the farm and are determined to start a new life together. But their presence in this isolated corner of England starts to unleash strange, unsettling and dangerous supernatural phenomena that will start to threaten their marriage. NOTE: The entire show will premiere as a ‘box set’ on BBC iPlayer on FRIDAY 17th June, then on BBC One 28th June.
Max and Caroline have been back in November and January in the past, but looks like it’s going to be June this year.
Polish drama about human trafficking, first episode due on Channel 4 under the Walter Presents banner (and subsequent episodes under the same banner on the All4 streaming service).
PLL may have vanished from normal TV, but all seasons are now on Netflix with new episodes airing less than 24hrs after the US.
Affluent Boston family The Hawthornes discover shocking secrets from the past and present revealing one family member may be linked to a string of grizzly murders.
Prisoner Cell Block H remake is back for a 4th season.
New E4 comedy about 4 friends wasting away their lives away in a small west country village. Stars Danny Kirrane, Dylan Edwards, Gwyneth Keyworth, Rose Reynolds… And… Sean Bean?? (No really! It really does!)
A Dutch series about a young couple, having recently lost a baby, realising their nice neighbours may not be entirely as they seem
A global catastrophe wipes out most of the life on the planet, again. This time, the cast and crew of an American navy destroyer are amongst the only ones left, and with the help of Michael Bay, have to find things out.
A high school becomes a battleground in a new comedy from HBO, as two vice principals lock horns over control of the halls.
The Rock brings his unique combination of charm and muscle to the small screen in this comedy about a retired sportsman.
From Netflix comes this new series about a young Marco Polo in the Mongol court.
A crew wakes up aboard a spaceship and has to work out why they are there.
Liev Schreiber returns as a man who can solve all the difficult problems of Hollywood’s rich and famous.
Still set in Montreal, this English remake of the French original series sees an urban policeman team up with a rural partner.
Spoof police procedural in the vain of Police Squad.
Justified was dropped by 5 prior the Viacom acquisition with season’s 5 & 6 airing on Sky On Demand. Season 6 has now returned to linear broadcast tv on Spike.
The first series aired on Living, while the second and third were on alibi. The 4th and 5th and 6th are available on iTunes, with up to season 5 on Netflix. Universal will be running the series from the start.
J Lo stars as an NYPD Detective forced to work with the FBI’s anti-corruption task force after they catch her in a sting.
American remake of the British series about a group of women and their various affairs.
Stars Rami Malek (Ahkmenrah in Night at the Museum, The Pacific) as young hacker and security technician Elliot Alderson and Christian Slater as Mr. Robot, a digital anarchist who recruits him to his hacker group. Already renewed for a 2nd season. Premieres on Amazon in the UK, with linear broadcast of Season 1 on Universal channel 21st July 2016 at 9pm, and repeats later in the week on Universal and on Syfy UK.
A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. Stars Winona Ryder.
Formerly named “Clan”, this is a Belgian series about five sisters who are very close, who decide to bump off the nasty husband of one of them, and who then have to deal with the consequences.
A Canadian detective series with a hint of Columbo (in that we the audience are told before the protagonists who the baddie is).
Animals become smarter and start making a series of planned attacks on humans in this new series from James Patterson.
Based on the best-selling novel The Book Of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows My Name is a six-part series that follows Aminata Diallo played by Aunjanue Ellis (True Blood, Quantico) on her incredible journey in 18th century America. A strong and determined woman, Aminata is intent on overcoming slavery and hardship to secure her freedom. Also stars Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Ben Chaplin.
Rapper 50 Cent (about 30p) exec produces (and occasionally pops up on screen) in this series about a drug lord who runs a nightclub starring Omari Hardwick. The first 2 seasons laned on Netflix UK on 1st April 2016, with the 3rd season following.
Desperate Housewives spinoff
Will Arnett’s voice stars in this sitcom where humans and animals live side by side
New drama remake based on the 1987 CBS show of the same name, which was inspired by the famous fantasy tale… Beauty in this version is Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk with ‘The Beast’ played by Jay Ryan (Terra Nova). Incredibly, and against all odds, again, it got a renewal for a 4th season (the last though)… clearly someone in BatB’s production team has dirt on The CW… 😉
The BBC has broadcast series 1, 2 and 3, with seasons 4-7 coming to Dave.
Comedy drama about a pathologist in Florida.
40yr old tries to reboot her career by pretending to be 26.
Hank is a doctor in the wealthy Hamptons somewhat forced to help less wealthy patients. Usually airs in the summer
In the 1980s, when British computing pioneers such as Sir Clive Sinclair and Sir Tim Berners-Lee were showing us the future, clever folks in Texas were doing similar things.
Comedy about a successful doctor with an iffy personal life. Cancelled by its US network but saved by Hulu and given a fourth season
Western set after the United States Civil War show returns.
San Francisco detective series. I’m hoping for some Bullit-style car chases!
New comedy television starring Don Cheadle & Kristen Bell based on the book ‘House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time.’
American remake of Belgium’s Cordon from Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals), set in Atlanta because besides Coke, the CDC is based there.
From the creator of Shameless, this comedy drama follows a police station in a rough part of Manchester.
Robot Wars returns to BBC2 with all new updated bots battling it out to be Robot Wars Champion! Starts filming in March, and on screen ‘soon after’ according to ginormous headed host Dara Ó Briain. Not sure on Dara’s definition of ‘soon’, so it’s in Summer for now.
A sort of QI meets Call My Bluff with Lee Mack returns.
Back to the Dog and Dart and apparently moving back to Sky 1.
From producers of Orphan Black, about a trio of intergalactic bounty hunters!
Fame for Generation Y. A musical drama set in New York.
Hard-nosed wise-cracking Detective Rizzoli teams up once again with the brilliant social misfit Dr Isles. season 7 will be the last.
American musical drama starring Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, Spin City) and Hayden Panettiere (Heroes). Season 4 moves from More4 to Sky Living.
Join the foul mouthed boys and their friends in the quiet little mountain town.
A genius computer type, eccentric of course, and some other young geniuses team up to save the world weekly via computers. Robert Patrick is also present
From the team behind Flash/Arrow comes Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, cousin of Superman, who was sent away from Krypton and taken in by by the Danvers family where she hides her identity as Kara Danvers.
New spin off from the CSI franchise, starring Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek following the Cyber Crime Division at Quantico, Virginia.
Arthur Darvill and Brandon Routh star in DC’s stab at creating a TV series not in support of their cinematic universe. A time traveller has to bring together forces of good and bad to fight some kind of a threat. In an interesting Prison Break reunification, Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller also star.
originally paired with Modern Family on Sky1, the Middle has been on Comedy Central since season 5.
Medical drama set in an overcrowded and understaffed ER in LA.
From the guys behind Arrow, Grant Gustin dons the speedster outfit to take on the role of Barry Allen aka The Flash.
Anna Faris stars in this sitcom about a dysfunctional mum and daughter.
Stephen Amell returns as Green Arrow to try and not ‘fail this city’.
Another new version of Gerry Anderson’s classic, mixing live action with animation!
An army officer returns from fighting nationalist rebels in the colonies only to find his former Cornish life in disarray. Aidan Turner (Being Human) stars.
New horror TV show from Guillermo del Toro, about a vampiric virus that breaks out in NYC. Based on the Chuck Hogan novels.
Scifi drama from Kudos about a world where humans and robots are identical. It is based on the Swedish series Akta manniskor (Real Humans)
New show from Murphy’s Law/The Runaway scribe Alan Cubitt starring Gillian Anderson as a detective in the Northern Ireland Police, and Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time’s Sheriff/Huntsman) as the serial killer she’s trying to catch!
A return to the slightly odd Arctic town for a 2nd season. Should appear around Oct.
Doctor Who spin-off set at Coal Hill School. Filming in Spring, and airing later in the year.
European crime series set in a fictional police unit in The Hague. The team includes British, French, German, Italian and Dutch police as well as Donald Sutherland as a Dutch judge.
NCIS in New Orleans, starring Quantum Leap and Enterprise’s Scott Bakula, American Gothic’s Lucas Black, C. C. H. Pounder from Warehouse 13, and Zoe McLellan (Dirty Sexy Money).
The spiritual continuation of the Clarkson, Hammond & May era Top Gear, which sees the 3 presenters in a big tent in a different worldwide location each episode.
Rising like a phoenix from the flames of BBC cancellation, Ripper Street will return, premiering on Amazon Prime Instant Video, then air on the BBC1 afterwards. Ending with its 5th season.
Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) stars as the transgender Maura Pfefferman in a half hour novelistic series that explores family, identity, sex, and love.
Irish mother and son go on adventurous trips again.
He’s the greatest. He’s fantastic. Wherever there is danger he’ll be there.
The boys from the Dwarf are due back in 2016 with a twelfth series in 2017.
Spinoff from The Closer, and performing well. Usually airs a couple of months after the Us
Netflix-produced drama about drug lord Pablo Escobar
One of five new live-action Marvel shows on Netflix. Daredevil will be first, then Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, with a 13 episode Defenders series at the end including all the characters.
Yonderland follows 33-year old Mum Debbie Maddox (Howe-Douglas) who unexpectedly finds herself in an extraordinary world inhabited by a collection of eccentric (and usually idiotic) characters, some of whom happen to be puppets, with only an Elf by her side. Click here to listen to our interview with the cast!
Sky’s popular supermarket sitcom returns for a new series
Anthony Hopkins stars in this Jonathan Nolan remake of the Yul Brynner film.
American horror-comedy from Glee and American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy.
The worst of American criminals continue to be dramatically showcased. Could return in Oct, or may be Jan. We’ll have to wait and see!
The US cable ratings monster returns for a 7th season in the Autumn, usually October. NON-SKY CUSTOMERS: We’ve confirmed with Channel 5 that neither Channel 5 or Spike will air season 6, so your best bet is to Buy it from Amazon Video, or wait a little longer for it to come onto Amazon Prime, if you have a Prime account.
The very long running crime drama returns to Universal.
Each week Micky Flanagan’s Detours will see Micky delve into the past and the present with episode subjects as diverse as: The Monarchy, Men & Women, Patriotism and the Mid-Life Crisis.
Paul and Ian are back with ten more episodes of the popular comedy panel show.
Not Yet Scheduled TV Shows 2016
These are shows which we've been told have a UK channel, but there is not enough info out there to predict an air date.
Norwegian drama about a man who leaves Norway for Asia after been acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend, and returns 20 years later as a successful businessman to save the main employer in his small town from bankruptcy.
A Dutch drama about a man falsely accused of a hit and run
Charlie Brooker’s futuristic satire has moved to Netflix…
Five friends in their 50s, having buried their friend 13 years ago, return to our screens as we revisit the groundbreaking comedy from the turn of the century.
Sitcom by Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan about a ‘show business legend’ (or possibly a self important, elderly, out of work actor…)
After a 5 year break, Larry David’s ground breaking comedy show returns. We’re assuming it’ll air on Sky Atlantic, although More4 did have the first run rights previously, we’re assuming that deal no longer stands.
Crime thriller set in Paris
English language intrigue miniseries from France set in Africa, the Middle East and Europe
Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk till Dawn movie gets a tv overhaul for his own ‘El Rey Network’ in the US, but is airing on Netflix internationally, and (for none Netflix people) coming to Spike in Jan 2016.
Jason Momoa (Game Of Thrones, and DC’s new big screen Aquaman) stars in a adventure drama set around the late 18th century North American fur trade.
New sitcom starring the towering Greg Davies returns, without Rik Mayall sadly.
No no. No no no no. No no no no. No no there’s no limit.
A spy drama from Framce.
Dutch drama about a widow who has to run her late husband’s criminal empire
New sci-fi show from The Wachowskis (Matrix, V for Vendetta) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) about 8 people around the globe who find themselves telepathically connected. Renewed for season 2 (which should arrive around June if it follows the release pattern of season 1).
Show about a con-man (Giovanni Ribisi) who steals the identity of his ex-cellmate as a way to avoid the wrath of a furious mob boss (Bryan Cranston).
Set in the premise that Germany won the Battle of Britain, this adaptation of the Deighton novel follows an American journalist involved in a murder
The clever lawyers are back on our television for a 6th season.
Based on the Philip K Dick novel, this series presents a bleak alternate timeline where the Nazis won the War (as opposed to the bleakness of rampant nationalism and religious extremism). Set, of course, in America, the former USA has been split (much as Germany was in reality) between the Japanese, the Nazis, with a neutral zone in between. It’s produced by Amazon with Ridley Scott and after a successful pilot, a full series has been ordered.
New drama coming to Netflix created by indie film makers Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, with Marling also staring… That’s all we know at this point, other than there are 8 x 1hr episodes!
Polish drama about border guards on the Poland-Ukraine border
A three part series about the rise and fall of a Dutch banker
Familiar face Lars Mikkelsen leads a multinational cast in this Danish multi-language cross-border Euro police drama.
Jude Law stars as Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history.
We return to the dictatorship from Aberdeen (joke clarification: you know, really the fictional place is called Abbudin, which sounds a little similar, so it’s basically a play on words) for a third series.
The Unknowns - TV shows not yet picked up in the UK or no exact air date info
This is a list of everything else! TV shows people have asked about, but have yet to be picked up by any UK network, or have been dropped by their UK network, or we simply have no air date info about them!
A spinoff of sorts from the original series starring Kiefer Sutherland. This time round, a younger actor, Corey something stars as a Ranger (that’s US Army, not Park) returning home and being faced with a terrorist plot (and a ticking clock).
Adaptation of the Richard Morgan scifi novel developed and produced by Logoeta Kalogridis, the writer of Shutter Island, Terminator Genisys. Show is about a future where your mind can be uploaded into a new body, which is what happens to ex-military criminal Takeshi Kovacs, who must solve a murder in a world where technology has made death practically impossible, in order to gain his freedom.
Not to be confused with American Crime Story, American Crime is also anthology crime drama.
Norse Gods are living in America and not an almighty Johnson in sight. Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, but probably not going to land till Jan 2017 in the US on Starz, so sometime after that over here!
4th Chicago show, this time covering the legal system of the windy city.
New show starring Hayley Atwell as the daughter of a former president who is blackmailed into becoming the head of LA’s Conviction Integrity Unit.
The theme of stalking is turned into a comedy, a musical comedy at that, with a girl setting her sights on a former school boyfriend.
Following in the footsteps of Hannibal, Bates Motel and countless others, here’s another TV version of a film series, this time about the young antichrist.
Kiefer Sutherland returns to our screens as a US cabinet member that finds himself becoming president after all the people above him in the presidential line are killed.
Allison Tolman (Fargo) stars as struggling millennial Nan, with her life told from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin.
A 10 part anthology series based on the work of Philip K. Dick.
Mark Williams stars as the crime solving priest.
A family of Taiwanese origin moves from Washington to Florida.
Fantasy/Fairy tale themed musical comedy from Dan Fogelman with songs from Alan Menken & Glenn Slater.
The picturesque but drug-ridden towns of Calderdale return for a third series, once again starring Sarah Lancashire. It won’t be soon though, most likely in 2018
Due back in 2014 for the third season which begins in October in the US
A Live-action/CGI show starring Jenna Elfman as a woman and her unhinged imaginary friend.
Tim Allen sitcom. Seems to have been dropped by Sky, and not airing anywhere else at the moment.
Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid are in their seventies and rediscovering love in this romantic comedy
Another Tv series based on a film, this time the Mel Gibson vehicle which spawned three sequels. Announced in May 2016, casting fortunately does not seem to include the Leo Getz character.
Brit Michael Sheen stars in this drama based on real research into sexual dysfunction in the latter half of the twentieth century. No longer airing on More4 or Channel 4, so currently without a UK broadcaster.
A doctor becomes a therapist for an American football team. Three seasons exist.
Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) star in a show inspired by the true-life stories of cable news producer Wendy Walker and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, about the interplay of criminal law and the media.
US Drama about a struggle for power and control set in the mysterious hills of modern-day Appalachia. Focuses on the Farrells family, who behave as though they are above the law and are prepared to use any means necessary to protect their off-the-grid way of life in rural Kentucky.
Jim Caviezel and his handy billionaire return for the short (13 episodes) final season.
New limited series bringing back many of the original characters. Due in the US in 2016.
Jennifer Beals stars as a cardiothoracic surgeon who is is paid by a terminally ill billionaire (Matthew Modine) it investigate what happens after death…
Remake of the Australian TV show of the same name about a man who discovers the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime suspect in his death. This version stars Juliette Lewis & Ryan Phillippe.
Denis Leary creates and stars in a comedy about the lead singer of 80s/90s rock band The Heathens, who’s trying to get back on top after 25yrs in the musical wilderness.
William H Macy stars in another American remake.
Set 16yrs after Vader loses his legs, and 5yrs before Luke whinges about not being able to pick up power converters at Tosche Station, Star Wars Rebels is a new CGI animated series from Lucasfilm about the formation of the Rebel Alliance.
A continuation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, following the backstabbing and treachery or the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lover’s death.
Scifi drama about a Caltech student who is ‘stitched’ into the memories of recently deceased people to help solve crimes…
During WWII, British experts trained Norwegians to sabotage the Nazi nuclear programme
A TV series based on the horror film series.
Drama by US SyFy channel based on James S. A. Corey’s series of novels about a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System. Stars Thomas Jane aspolice detective Josephus Miller and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that could threaten peace across the entire Sol system. Airs in Dec in the US.
New period drama from Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) set in 1880s New York, a period dubbed the “gilded age” as vast amounts of new money exchanged hands and fortunes were made.
Jon Bernthal as returns as Frank Castle, in his own series on Netflix.
New tv series based on the Shannara books by Terry Brooks from Into the Badlands & Smallville creators Alfred Gough & Miles Millar. Airs on MTV in the US and 5star here.
Demark’s turn again for the remake honours – this time of the serial killer drama.
H.G. Wells in modern times chasing Jack the Ripper.