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. 🙂
RED = Shows in this colour are the latest updates!
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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90s favourite sitcom returns after 15 years, making the jump the BBC to itv. The three original stars are all returning.
Sir David Jason returns to the classic sitcom
Historical drama from US channel History, first UK run courtesy of Amazon Prime, then airing on the History Channel UK.
Rich young businessman hire a personal chef, played by Rex Lee.
Some people were born on the same day as each other in this drama starring Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Gilmore Girls), Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones.
Continuation of US sitcom Full House, which sees the Tanner family arrive on Netflix for 13 episodes.
New show from the Mythbusters producers looking at weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history, where the presenters immerse themselves in experiments, builds and tests as they sleuth the truth behind the themes.
Drama from The Man In The High Castle’s Frank Spotnitz about the the Medici banking dynasty, set in 15th century Florence. Stars Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden and Stuart Martin.
Samuel Barnett & Elijah Wood stars in this new BBC America adaptation of the Douglas Adams story.
Total War the tv show returns after a 10 year break.
Sherlock in New York. Still on Sky Living, and running without a mid-season break this year.
Goran Visnijc stars as a bad guy who steals a time machine in order to change history (specifically American history.)
Anna Faris stars in this sitcom about a dysfunctional mum and daughter.
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.
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi return for one final show as Freddie and Stuart.
New Syfy series based loosely on the Van Helsing character, with a female descendant in America hunting vampires.
Which county in the whole of Britain has by far the highest murder rate? Answer- the English county of Midsomer of course! Barnaby’s cousin continues to investigate grisly deaths in quaint locales.
Canadian tv cop show set in the 1890’s following William Murdoch as he solves crime in Toronto using cutting edge (for 1890!) forensic science. There is a Christmas Special, with Season 10 following from the 2nd January 2017.
Eight-part drama based on the novels by Max Allan Collins about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the soldiers whose sacrifices were too quickly forgotten. All episodes will be on Sky Box Sets from Weds 21st Dec 2016.
Another time-traveling TV series, this one starring Eric McCormack.
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 will arrive 5th May 2017.
Animated series from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation about good and evil trolls.
A priest, who also happens to be a retired Scots Guard, teams up with a policeman in 1950s Cambridgeshire.
The popular historical medical drama returns to the BBC, with a Christmas Special on 25th Dec 2016, followed by series 6 early in the new year.
There will be a Christmas special in 2016, but the full 10th series won’t air till Spring 2017 (I suspect Easter). Steven Moffat is leaving as showrunner, and his final episode will be the 2017 Christmas Special, with Torchwood & Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall taking over in 2018 for series 11.
This year’s Sky Christmas spectacular will be The Last Dragonslayer, based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s series of novels.
Robot Wars returns to BBC2 with all new updated bots battling it out to be Robot Wars Champion! 2 Christmas Specials in 2016 on the 28th & 29th of Dec, with a new season coming in Summer 2017.
Alan Davies returns as the expert magic engineer crime sleuth in David Renwick’s long-running series
America’s biggest comedy returns.
Dawn French stars in story of love, heartbreak, food and female friendship.
New spin off from the CSI franchise, starring Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek following the Cyber Crime Division at Quantico, Virginia.
San Francisco detective series. I’m hoping for some Bullet-style car chases!
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.
Not a low-budget remake of The 4400, but a drama about a small group of youths sent back to an Earth destroyed by a nuclear war – 100 of them. The US air it as a midseason replacement which puts it in early 2017.
Jim Caviezel and his handy billionaire return for the short (13 episodes) final season. No official news from Channel 5 yet, but we’re assuming early(ish) 2017 based on previous air dates.
Follows the plot of the film to begin with – Time travel, deadly virus etc…
Premiering on AMC Global in the UK, but seeing as only about 6 people have that channel, we’re tracking the Amazon Prime uk air date too. All 6 episodes of the show will drop at the same time.
Similar to Marvel’s Agents of Shield in that it is set in the superhero world without the superheroes, this is essentially Batman without Batman. However, it does feature a young Bruce Wayne and a number of the well-known Batman characters such as the Penguin, Catwoman and the Riddler.
The term “modern-day retelling” doesn’t always fill me with delight, especially when coupled with the resurrection of a long-dead character. However, the forces behind this particular modern-day retelling with resurrection of title character are Kutzman and Orci – the geniuses behind Fringe, so in this case delight is in abundance!
American political thriller. First two seasons aired on More4, then moving to Sky Living from season 3.
Each week Micky Flanagan’s Detours will see Micky delve into the past and the present with episodes focusing on a variety of diverse subjects.
Marvel Universe series continues. Now with added Ghost Rider! Looks like they are planning to wait till the new year so they can remove the mid-season break this time around.
With the surname “Queen of Scots”, it was apparent young Mary was destined for greatness. Airs as a mid-season replacement in the US, so should return to Netflix in the UK, early 2017.
New series from the creators of Veronica Mars about a girl who solves crimes by eating the brains of the dead victims… because she’s a zombie. Airs as a mid-season replacement in the US, so should return to Netflix in the UK, early 2017.
New comedy staring Rupert Grint, Nick Frost and Don Johnson about how desperate a person’s actions can become when a lie starts to spiral out of control.
Supernatural drama where three strangers share the same dream
New comedy starring stand-up comedian and singer/songwriter Nick Helm as Andy, a dissolute out-of work musician who forges an unlikely alliance with his 12-year-old nephew Errol after being morally blackmailed into looking after him by his chaotic sister Sam – all on the day Andy was planning to kill himself… Back for a 3rd and final season in early 2017.
UK version of the US’s hugely popular Lip Sync Battle.
Western set after the United States Civil War show returns.
Another American police show. This time however, it is a comedy making fun of all the other American police shows.
Tea Leoni is the Secretary of State with a CIA background.
US sitcom set in the 1980’s, based on a fictionalised version of the childhood of the writer, Adam F. Goldberg.
A return to the slightly odd Arctic town for a 2nd season.
Drama about a group of young FBI and their life after training at Quantico.
Nicola Walker (Spooks) leads a strong cast in this cold-case murder mystery
Lucky Man is the story of DI Harry Clayton (James Nesbitt), a cop from Central London’s notorious Murder Squad, who is given a charm that seems to confer upon the wearer the ability to control luck.
Starring Claire Danes, the American remake of Israeli “Prisoners of War”. Returns to the US in January 2017, and shortly thereafter in the UK.
Character drama about a former convicted rapist returning to his home town.
The greatest moustache in the world returns for another outing.
Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle’s well known detective and Martin Freeman as his sidekick Watson.
Another season for the California spinoff.
The popular remake with the classic theme tune is back for a new season.
Forensic pathologists help police solve murders in Manchester
More fun to come with the Winchester boys, thanks to E4. The channel are currently planning to air season 12 in January 2017!
From the creator of Shameless, this comedy drama follows a police station in a rough part of Manchester.
New werewolf show starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V) as Elena Michaels, the only female werewolf in existence. Canadian show, which airs on Space in Canada and SyFy in the US, and most recently on Syfy in the UK from the beginning
More light hearted murder investigation in the Caribbean.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service return as the veteran police procedural continues.
Eight-episode drama set in 1814 starring Tom Hardy as a son thought long dead, who returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire. Executive produced by Hardy alongside Ridley Scott and Peaky Blinder’s Steven Knight. This will be one to watch!
A little known cartoon… Still going strong.
Bull stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of ‘Dr. Phil’ McGraw.
Patrick Warburton stars as Lemony Snicket in Netflix’s adaptation of the Lemony Snicket novels, with Neil Patrick Harris playing Count Olaf.
FBI cases consist of the weekly discovery of, well, bones, and only one person can help. Renewed in Feb 2016 for a 12 episode final season.
Medical drama set in an overcrowded and understaffed ER in LA.
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.
The clever lawyers are back on our television for a 6th season.
Pirate drama from Michael Bay. First run is on Amazon, with second run on History.
Comedy staring Lena Dunham following a group of friends in their 20s as they navigate life in New York City. Coming to end after it’s 6th season in 2017.
The US cable ratings monster returns for the 2nd half of 7th season.
Machiavellian politics & finance drama starring Damian Lewis as a brilliant but cut-throat hedge fund boss, and Paul Giamatti as a U.S. Attorney.
Based on the Marvel X-Men character, the show tells the story of a diagnosed schizophrenic who discovers that it’s possible the voices he hears and visions he sees may not all be in his head.
A spinoff of sorts from the original series starring Kiefer Sutherland. This time round Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead, Straight Outta Compton) stars as a Ranger (that’s US Army, not Park) returning home and being faced with a terrorist plot (and a ticking clock).
The cop drama with fairy tales will return for a shorter final sixth season.
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
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s critically acclaimed comedy returns for a 2nd series.
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
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
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
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.
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!
Billionaire tech genius Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk – Weeds, Tyrant) takes control of Chicago’s troubled 13th District after his friend is brutally murdered and bleeds out in his arms. Can Gideon’s new gadgets and toys turn things around for the local police? Comes from the creator of Burn Notice, Matt Nix.
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.
Zach Galifianakis plays twin brother Chip and Dale Baskets. Chip dreams of becoming a professional clown, but after failing clown school in Paris, he ends up back in his hometown of Bakersfield, California.
Richard Armitage stars in this CIA spy series set in the German capital
4th Chicago show, this time covering the legal system of the windy city.
Howard Silk (JK Simmons) is a cog in a seemingly innocuous UN agency, who discovers that they are actually guarding a path into a parallel dimension… Already has a 2 season order of 10 episodes each.
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.
He’s the greatest. He’s fantastic. Wherever there is danger he’ll be there. Season 1 has some 46 episodes and counting, with periodic breaks.
A timely reminder of problems created by splitting a country in two, this highly-rated German drama, centred on a spy for the East German Stasi, kicks off Channel 4’s new foreign language project – Walter Presents, available initially on Channel 4.
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.
The Wizard of Oz: The Series. Picked up for 10 episodes by NBC.
Drama from Pretty Little Liar’s I. Marlene King about a college girl who has to balance life as a college student whilst also landing her big break as a movie star. Adapted from the book by Rebecca Serle, and starring PLL’s Bella Thorne. Airs in the US in 2017.
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
American legal drama about a group of law students, and their professor, Annalise DeWitt (Viola Davis), who become entangled in a murder plot. Dropped by Universal Channel UK, so looking for a new home.
A Live-action/CGI show starring Jenna Elfman as a woman and her unhinged imaginary friend.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan comes to the small screen starring John Krasinski (The Office US), courtesy of Amazon.
Kevin James stars as retired police officer Kevin in new sitcom.
High concept US Comedy starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones and Mel Rodriguez. Phil is the last man on Earth after a virus wipes out the male population of the planet.
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
Remake of the classic 80’s series. Lucas Till takes the Richard Dean Anderson role. Support comes in the form of ex-CSI George Eads and bald, male Pete Thornton has become a woman played by Sandrine Holt.
Netflix’s Emmy winning documentary series about the life and convictions of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.
Adam Pally (Happy Endings) stars as a student who drags his history professor (Yassir Lester, Girls), into the past using his time machine… made out of a giant duffle bag.
Matt LeBlanc plays a stay-at-home dad after his wife goes back to work, and learns parenting is not as easy as it seems.
TV show set in the MCU which will see the introduction of Black Bolt and The Inhumans Royal Family. Set to air Autumn 2017 in the US.
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.
Witches, vampires, werewolves, Angels and that sort of thing in this new series from the True Blood author
Netflix mixes Criminal Minds with the Silence of the Lambs. BSU agents interview serial killers to help solve crimes. Netflix 2017 in the US
A doctor becomes a therapist for an American football team. Three seasons exist.
Comedy/drama about a woman who falls for a claims the world will end soon, so creates a ‘bucket list’ of things to do before the apocalypse.
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.
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…
Greg Berlanti’s rather darker take on Archie Comics.
New version of the 1977 mini-series about an African-American family’s trials from slavery to freedom.
Drama ‘event series’ from Alex Kurtzman, which follows an MIT graduate and a tech genius who stumble upon the fact that an asteroid is only 6 months away from colliding with the Earth.
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.
Stars Burn Notice’s Jeffrey Donovan as a failed magician Charlie Haverford, who now works as a psychic.
Animated character Zorn returns to earth after 10 years away at war on his home world of Zephyria to re-connect with his live-action ex-wife and son. From Wilfred staff writers Eli Jorne & Reed Agnew, and Phil Lord & Chris Miller (Lego Movie, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs).
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…
Technically not a UK premiere, but people keep on mentioning it, so it’s back in the list. Teen Wolf is continuing on ‘normal’ TV with season 2 on 5*. Hopefully the other seasons to follow (not confirmed). You can get up to Season 3 on iTunes in the UK, and also get the later seasons legally is using a DNS Switcher like Unlocator to access Netflix US if you have a Netflix account.
During WWII, British experts trained Norwegians to sabotage the Nazi nuclear programme
A tv actress is paid $10m to marry a film star.
Spin-off from The Blacklist featuring Tom Keen & Susan ‘Scottie’ Hargrave.
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.
Fantasy sitcom about Eleanor (Kristen Bell), who is killed and ends up in the afterlife. Her facilitator Micheal (Ted Danson) tells her she is in ‘the good place’ due to her good deeds… Except, she hasn’t done those good deeds… It’s an admin error… Can she hide her past and manage to stay, or will she get sent to ‘the bad place’?
The baking competition continues in name, following its move to C4
Joel McHale stars as Jack, a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication. Doesn’t start till Oct 27 in the US, so it’s not clear if ITV2 will air it this year or next at the moment.
Comedy about a successful doctor with an iffy personal life. Cancelled by its US network but saved by Hulu and given a fourth season.
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.
Another film adapted for TV. This time Bill Paxton takes the Denzel Washington role in this series produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Romantic comedy with some darker tones from the makers of ‘Weeds’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’.