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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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.
Mockumentary based in the border security office of fictional Northend Airport.
From producers of Orphan Black, about a trio of intergalactic bounty hunters!
HBO show which revolves around three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. Stars Jonathan Groff & Frankie J. Alvarez. Final wrap-up movie.
An American take on British history, specifically the thirteenth century around the Welsh rebellion. Written by Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter the story centres on the eponymous axeman.
Documentary-style police show starring Being Human’s Damian Molony.
A well-heeled young teacher is posted to a small Canadian mining town in the 19th century.
Andrew Dice Clay off of the 80’s returns in a new comedy about a washed up 80’s comedian trying to make it big again. Entire season will be released on Sky Box Sets from the 9th as well so you can binge watch your way through it.
No longer airing on linear broadcast tv in the UK, however it is on iTunes, Amazon UK Instant Video (sadly not included in Amazon Prime) or BlinkBox the day after the US if you want to pay, or available on Netflix.
American remake of Turkish crime drama Suskunlar
Fame for Generation Y. A musical drama set in New York.
Companion show to the main Walking Dead series, this time set in LA. Coming to new channel AMC Global, which it looks like is a multi-year carriage deal with BT… So, you can get it on BT’s YouView (if you have BT Broadband… although it’ll make watching it hard with it stuttering and crashing all the time) or IF you have the £20 a month BT Sport package on Sky, you have AMC Global thrown in with it for ‘free’. But it won’t be in HD on Sky. It will also be streamed onto Amazon Prime (and released on DVD/BD) if you’re happy to wait a little while!
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.
A newlywed couple return from their honeymoon and are promptly murdered in this new British drama.
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.
The baking competition with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
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.
Back with Simon Cowell… and some other people!
Jenna Coleman stars as Queen Victoria.
People cook things and are judged accordingly, in Australia.
Stargate’s Michael Shanks (husband of Continuum’s Lexa Doig) , and Smallville’s Erica Durance star in this Canadian hospital drama where a doctor becomes a patient. Seasons 1 & 2 aired on Watch who subsequently dropped the programme due to low ratings. Now airs on Sony.
A sort of QI meets Call My Bluff with Lee Mack returns.
Eve, a 19-year-old American tourist is targeted by crazed serial killer Mick Taylor. She survives his attack and embarks on a mission of revenge.
American medical drama about the nightshift of a ER at San Antonio Medical Center.
Back to the Dog and Dart and apparently moving back to Sky 1.
A Philadelphia policeman gets involved in hunting alien terrorists and his wife goes missing
Misfits meets Buffy with a British twist. Howard Overman (Misfits) brings a new show to E4 about unlikely duo of demon hunters, played by Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey) and Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum).
The BBC’s fascinating genealogy show returns.
Modern reimagining of aboriginal mythology in this new sci-fi drama
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
New british comedy about a boy geek who develops an app that makes his family rich.
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.
Marvel Universe series continues. Now with added Inhumans! Returned late Sept in the US, and moved from Channel 4 to E4 in the UK.
From the creator of Shameless, this comedy drama follows a police station in a rough part of Manchester.
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.’
Another new version of Gerry Anderson’s classic, mixing live action with animation!
Another programme about zombies, this time from the people behind Eureka. Airs on SyFy in the US, and on Sky’s Pick TV here.
American legal drama about a group of law students, and their professor, Annalise DeWitt (Viola Davis), who become entangled in a murder plot…
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!
Western set after the United States Civil War show returns.
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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) stars as the transgender Maura Pfefferman in a half hour novelistic series that explores family, identity, sex, and love.
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.
Eastender Grant Mitchell has reinvented himself as an extremely popular investigative journalist and his series, which visits some of the world’s roughest spots.
He’s the greatest. He’s fantastic. Wherever there is danger he’ll be there.
Based on Peter Moffat’s series Criminal Justice, this eight-part show delves into the intricate story of a fictitious murder case in New York City.
Jack McBrayer and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog sidekick, get their own show.
Netflix-produced drama about drug lord Pablo Escobar
Spitting Image-esque puppet/CGI satirical comedy series returns.
The more violent US version of Robot Wars comes to the UK. Bigger, badder, and way more destructive! Read our interview with BattleBots’ exec Tom Gutteridge.
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.
Not content with hosting everything on BBC2, Dara O’Briain has expanded to Dave, to bring us Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit, a game-show based on classic video games!
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.
Baby Daddy means “the baby’s daddy”, and in this show the baby’s daddy has to look raise the baby by himself. Well, with his brother and his mother and some friends too.
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.
Michelle Keegan takes over the lead role in the BBC’s army drama
Join Dara, Hugh and guests for more fun at the expense of current affairs.
New horror TV show from Guillermo del Toro, about a vampiric virus that breaks out in NYC. Based on the Chuck Hogan novels.
Spinoff from The Closer, and performing well. Usually airs a couple of months after the Us
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
New Sky 1 action drama about maverick adventurer Hooten (Michael Landes), who teams up with fearless historical expert Lady Alex Lindo-Parker (Ophelia Lovibond) to travel the globe in search of hidden treasures.
With a secretive plot and subtitle, the sixth season will be with us in Sept.
1960’s cop show starring David Duchovny as a cop on the hunt for Charles Manson and the Manson Family before their infamous murder spree.
Canadian procedural dramedy starring Jason Priestley as ex-pro hockey player turned P.I.
Tom Ellis stars in this DC adaptation as the Prince of Hell who moves to Los Angeles. Should return the day after the US on Amazon Prime.
Sky’s sporting comedy quiz returns.
The boys from the Dwarf are due back in 2016 with a twelfth series in 2017.
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.
Described as a hybrid VR scripted series, it’s a 15-episode police procedural will alternate between 10 episodes on Syfy linear channels and their accompanying Syfy websites, as well as five VR episodes exclusively available on VR platforms.
Once Upon A Time is back in the UK on Netflix, with new episodes airing right after the US.
Irish mother and son go on adventurous trips again.
One of the live-action Marvel shows on Netflix, starring Mike Colter as the man with super strength and unbreakable skin.
Doctor Who spin-off set at Coal Hill School. Filming in Spring, and airing later in the year.
Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in a new comedy about a very long divorce.
James Buckley (The Inbetweeners) stars as Brian, an online data marketing assistant who gets transported to a parallel world full of warriors, soothsayers and wizards!
Scifi drama from Kudos about a world where humans and robots are identical. It is based on the Swedish series Akta manniskor (Real Humans)
Jude Law stars as Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history.
Sky’s popular supermarket sitcom returns for a new series
Bruce Campbell returns as the chinny zombie-fighter in ten half-hour episodes. First five episodes come to Virgin on 1st Dec, with the rest added weekly
Anthony Hopkins stars in this Jonathan Nolan remake of the Yul Brynner film. US air date is the 2nd October, and we’d be very surprised if Sky Atlantic don’t play it like GoT, and simulcast the show, followed by an airing the evening of 3rd.
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 excellent James Spader returns as Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington for a 3rd season of Blacklisty goodness (or badness… yep, probably badness if Red is involved)…
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.
Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott and Debra Winger star in this series set on, you guessed it, a ranch. In Colorado.
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.
One part chat show, one part spoof cookery show, Harry casts his comedy eye over the world of cooking and cookery TV programmes.
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!
Charlie Brooker’s futuristic satire has moved to Netflix…
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.
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.
From the guys behind Arrow, Grant Gustin dons the speedster outfit to take on the role of Barry Allen aka The Flash.
Stephen Amell returns as Green Arrow to try and not ‘fail this city’.
From Peter Morgan, writer of The Queen, Frost/Nixon and Rush comes The Crown, a dramatisation of Queen Elizibeth II’s life, from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. Netflix bought it as 6 seasons of 10 episodes.
90s favourite sitcom returns after 15 years, making the jump the BBC to itv. The three original stars are all returning.
Samuel Barnett & Elijah Wood stars in this new BBC America adaptation of the Douglas Adams story.
Animated series from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation about good and evil trolls.
The long running medical show is still going. Back in December 2015 which is our guess for now
This year’s Sky Christmas spectacular will be The Last Dragonslayer, based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s series of novels.
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.
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.
The popular stand-up showcase returns to the BBC. NOTE: Moved from BBC One to BBC Two.
Series by Showtime starring Dominic West about, as the title suggests, an affair!
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
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.
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 Beeb does Vikings, with Wessex the eponymous last kingdom standing up to the Norse invaders.
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.
Historical drama from US channel History, first UK run courtesy of Amazon Prime, then airing on the History Channel UK.
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.
Ellen Barkin stars as Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody, matriarch of a crime family. Inspired by the David Michôd movie of the same name.
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.
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.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan comes to the small screen starring John Krasinski (The Office US), courtesy of Amazon.
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
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.
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…
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.
TV series based on the Marky Mark film (which in turn was based on a book)
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.
TV series based on the William Blatty’s original 1971 novel and the classic 1973 movie.
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 as police detective Josephus Miller and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that could threaten peace across the entire Sol system. You can buy the Blu-ray from Amazon of The Expanse Season 1.
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.
Comedy about a successful doctor with an iffy personal life. Cancelled by its US network but saved by Hulu and given a fourth season.
James Nesbitt stars in this harrowing British drama set in France, about a child who goes missing on holiday
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.
Some people were born on the same day as each other in this drama starring Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes)
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.
Goran Visnijc stars as a bad guy who steals a time machine in order to change history (specifically American history)
Another film adapted for TV. This time Bill Paxton takes the Denzel Washington role in this series produced by Jerry Bruckheimer