Sherlock, Series 2
Taking a break from large hairy feet, pointy ears, and dragons, Benedict Cumberbatch (soon to be the voice of Smaug) and Martin Freeman (Hobbiting it up as Bilbo in New Zealand), make a triumphant return as Sherlock & Watson in the 2nd series of Sherlock.
Season 2 consists of 3 90-minute films inspired by 3 of Conan-Doyle’s original works. Steven Moffat takes the writing helm on ‘A Scandal In Belgravia’, Mark Gatiss takes on the gothic ‘The Hounds Of Baskerville’ and Stephen Thompson penned ‘The Reichenbach Fall’.
Sherlock, Series 2 airs on BBC1 – 1st January 2012 at 8.10pm
If you’ve been watching Sky 1 at any point over the last few weeks, you’ve probably seen at least one advert for their latest big Christmas mini-series. Taking a break from their usual ‘Pratchett’ outing, this year Sky have opted for a new look on the classic tale of Treasure Island.
Eddie Izzard stars as Long John Silver, along with a star-studded cast of international talent including Elijah Wood, Philip Glenister, Rupert Penry-Jones, Keith Allen & Donald Sutherland.
Treasure Island airs on Sky 1 – 1st January 2012 at 7pm
New Girl, Season 1
New Girl stars The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy & (500) Days of Summer actress Zooey Deschanel (also younger sister to Bones’s Emily Deschanel) as Jess Day, a loveable young woman, whose life takes an unexpected slap in the face when she discovers her supposedly ‘perfect’ boyfriend is cheating on her. Needing a new place to stay, she ends up moving in with 3 guys – Nick (Jake Johnson) a bartender who’s also been through a rough breakup; Schmidt (Max Greenfield), a ‘douche bag’ lawyer; And Winston (Lamorne Morris) a basketball player. The pilot originally has Damon Wayans Jr. as a character called Coach, but due to Damon’s other show ‘Happy Endings’ getting picked up his character is switched for Winston.
New Girl has got great reviews in the US, and Fox extended it’s 1st season to a full 24 episodes, so I’m looking forward to seeing it air over here on Channel 4 – 6th January 2012 at 8.30pm
Grimm, Season 1
It’s just typical… You wait for ages for someone to come up with a show about fairy tales set in the modern-day, and then 2 come along at once!.. Well, they do if you’re in the US, not if you’re in the UK. The other fairytale show ‘Once Upon A Time’ has yet to be picked up by a UK channel, despite getting great reviews… Anyway, onwards to Grimm!..
Set in Portland, Oregon, Grimm follows the story of homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovers that he is the last descendent of a group of hunters (known as ‘Grimms’), that fight to keep the world safe from supernatural, dark and twisted versions of fairytale creatures.
For me, apart from the concept, the most exciting thing about Grimm is that it’s created by Angel co-creator David Greenwalt and Angel writer Jim Kouf, so you have 2 people who know how to create a wonderfully dark, twisted and highly entertaining supernatural tv show. Definitely one to watch out for when it airs on UKTV’s Watch in January (exact date to be confirmed).
Being Human, Season 4
Mitchell maybe gone (once again stolen by Peter Jackson, this time to play Kili in The Hobbit), but Being Human marches on. George (Russell Tovey), Annie (Lenora Crichlow) and Nina (Sinead Keenan) are still on Barry Island, and are about to be joined by Damien Molony as Hal, a new vampire character. Molony describes Hal as “Very, very well dressed. Pressed shirts and cufflinks. Very, very posh. Very upper class. A stiff upper-lipped Brit.” It’s safe to say, he’s most definitely not a direct replacement for Mitchell!
We also know that this will be Russell Tovey’s last series as George the werewolf, so it’s looking like, should we get a series 5, it could well be Hal the vampire, Nina the werewolf, and Annie the ghost.
Being Human will be back on BBC in early January (exact date to be confirmed).