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The best new TV shows in 2021

The best new TV shows in 2021

If you thought 2020 was a top year for telly, wait until you check out what’s in store for 2021…

The Sandman

Neil Gaiman’s legendary comic earns a big-budget adaptation of its own with this much-anticipated new sci-fi from Wonder Woman scribe Allan Heinberg.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Sandman will be available to watch on Netflix with a transmission date TBC.

 

Finding Alice

Keeley Hawes stars as the titular Alice who, after her architect husband takes an unexpected tumble, finds herself and her family lost inside the dream home she and her ill-fated partner designed in this gripping new drama.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Finding Alice will be available to watch on ITV HD (CH 103/113) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Too Close

An unnerving relationship develops between Emily Watson’s forensic psychologist and amnesiac Denise Gough in this chilling new miniseries.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Too Close will be available to watch on ITV HD (CH 103/113) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Bloodlands

A thrilling, Northern Ireland-set crime drama executive-produced by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio and starring James Nesbitt? Where do we sign? Expect some serious thrills from this one.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Bloodlands will be available to watch on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Magic: The Gathering

The smash-hit card game of the same name is brought to the small screen with this suitably fantastical new animated series from Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Magic: The Gathering will be available to watch on Netflix with a transmission date TBC.

 

The Witchfinder

Speaking of all things magical, this brand new sitcom from Alan Partridge writers Neil and Rob Gibbons, in which failed witch-hunter Tim Key transports suspected witch Daisy May Cooper across 17th century Britain, will be well worth a watch.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Witchfinder will be available to watch on BBC Two HD (CH 102) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Lingo

We’ve nothing to base this on whatsoever, but we’ve got a feeling this brand new game show (in which finding words is key if contestants are to claim the lucrative cash prize) could well be the next Pointless…

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Lingo will be available to watch on ITV HD (CH 103/113) on New Year’s Day.

 

White Stork

Tom Hiddleston delivers another sleuth-ey and oh-so-smooth The Night Manager-esque performance in this captivating new political thriller focusing on the paradox of truth in a post-truth world.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

White Stork will be available to watch on Netflix with a transmission date TBC.

 

Jack Reacher

Lee Child’s legendary, all-kicking, all-punching loner gets another adaptation with this Amazon Prime series that sees towering, ex-Military Policeman Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson) criss-crossing the US and solving all manner of mysteries along the way.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Jack Reacher will be available to watch on Amazon Prime with a transmission date TBC.

 

Professor T

Ben Miller in Professor T


Ben Miller stars as OCD-suffering, mystery-solving criminology professor Jasper Tempest in this brilliant new crime drama based on the Belgian series of the same name. Expect to delve into a plethora of brain-tickling whodunnits, as well as Professor T’s murky past…

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Professor T will be available to watch on ITV HD (103/113) with a transmission date TBC.

 

The Irregulars

This intriguing-looking new crime drama sees a band of misfits, employed by none other than Sherlock Holmes himself, set out to save London from supernatural elements.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Irregulars will be available to watch on Netflix with a transmission date TBC.

 

The Peripheral

Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy deliver another suitably mind-bending sci-fi series with this bold new adaptation of William Gibson’s novel exploring two distinct, quite horrifying futures.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Peripheral will be available to watch on Amazon Prime with a transmission date TBC.

 

Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown

Chaser, comedian and quick-witted TV trivia whizz Paul Sinha presents this brand new game show that sees celebs pit their TV knowledge against one another in a riotously funny quiz.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown will be available to watch on ITV HD (103/113) with a transmission date TBC.

 

In From The Cold

A mother’s life is turned upside down when she is forced to return to her past as a… bioengineered Russian agent (huh, who knew?) in this thrilling new spy drama.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

In From The Cold will be available to watch on Netflix with a transmission date TBC.

 

Around The World In 80 Days

Jules Verne’s classic novel (in which a bold adventurer sets out on a whirlwind circumnavigation of the world) is once again brilliantly brought to life with this cracking new adaptation starring David Tennant.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Around The World In 80 Days will be available to watch on BBC One HD (101/108) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Dangerous Liaisons

The story of the classic novel and acclaimed film returns with a twist in this brand new adaptation from Call The Midwife writer Harriet Warner, with the legendary tale now being told from an all new perspective…

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Dangerous Liaisons will be available to watch on StarzPlay with a transmission date TBC.

 

Starstruck

A young woman discovers the side-splitting pitfalls of having a one-night stand with a global superstar in this hilarious new sitcom.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Starstruck will be available to watch on BBC Three with a transmission date TBC.

 

The One

If you’ve often imagined what life would be life if a DNA test could find your soulmate within minutes, then this brand new series (in which such an eventuality is possible) will be right up your test tube!

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The One will be available to watch on Netflix with a transmission date TBC.

 

Paper Girls

Brian K Vaughan’s visionary sci-fi comics, in which a group of teenage girls are caught up in a time-travel war while on their paper round, jumps onto screens with this stylised adaptation.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Paper Girls will be available to watch on Amazon Prime with a transmission date TBC.

 

Shadow And Bone

A young soldier stumbles upon a power that may help piece her broken world back together in this thought-provoking new sci-fi series.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Shadow And Bone will be available to watch on Netflix with a transmission date TBC.

 

Viewpoint

Noel Clarke stars as a policeman embroiled in a long-standing surveillance operation in this gripping new crime drama co-created by Enola Holmes and Killing Eve director Harry Bradbeer.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Viewpoint will be available to watch on ITV HD (CH 103/113) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Simply Raymond Blanc

The loveable French chef is back with more mouth-watering recipes and no shortage of charm in this brand new series.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Simply Raymond Blanc will be available to watch on ITV HD (CH 103/113) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Vikings: Valhalla

Set a century after the events of Vikings’ gripping finale, this sequel series follows the adventures of a new horde of Viking warriors, but maintains the blood, guts, gore and drama that Vikings fans of old have come to know and love.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Vikings: Valhalla will be available to watch on Netflix with a transmission date TBC.

 

The Elephant Man

Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton takes on the legendary roll of the “Elephant Man” in this much-anticipated new miniseries re-telling the tragic story of Joseph Merrick.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Elephant Man will be available to watch on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) with a transmission date TBC.

 

The Cabins

Hopeful singletons embark on an intimate date inside the titular wood cabins in this cosy (though no doubt suitably salacious) new reality series.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Cabins will be available to watch on ITV2/HD (CH 115/176) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Cowboy Bebop

The legendary anime following a group of galaxy-hopping bounty hunters gets a long-awaited live-action adaptation with this brand new sci-fi series.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Cowboy Bebop will be available to watch on Netflix with a transmission date TBC.

 

The Three

Wolf Hall scribe Peter Straughan presents this epic new drama based on Sarah Lotz’ acclaimed trilogy of novels, in which four planes crash simultaneously across the world, with three children being the only survivors…

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Three will be available to watch on BBC One HD (101/108) with a transmission date TBC.

 

The 1% Club

Would I Lie To You?’s Lee Mack presents this hilarious new gameshow that sees 100 contestants attempt to answer questions only 1% of the nation answered correctly. Genius.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The 1% Club will be available to watch on ITV HD (103/113) with a transmission date TBC.

 

High Fidelity

Nick Hornby’s popular novel, in which a music-obsessed record shop owner attempts to put a lifetime of failed relationships behind them, is once again brought to the screen with this charming miniseries. This time the lead character is played by Zoë Kravitz.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

High Fidelity will be available to watch on StarzPlay with a transmission date TBC.

Cortes

Javier Bardem and writer Steven Zaillian join forces in this epic new drama exploring the eponymous conquistador’s expedition to the heart of the Aztec empire.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Cortes will be available to watch on Amazon Prime with a transmission date TBC.

 

Grace

Endeavour creator Russell Lewis scripts this brand new crime drama following John Simm’s DS Roy Grace as he solves a series of grisly murder cases in Brighton.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Grace will be available to watch on ITV HD (CH 103/113) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Intergalactic


A prison ship bound for the outer reaches of space itself is hijacked by the passengers (ahem, inmates) in this rip-roaring new sci-fi series.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Intergalactic will be available to watch on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) with a transmission date TBC.

 

The Old Man

Jeff Bridges tars as a retired intelligence officer forced to return to the world he thought he’d left behind in this gripping new spy drama that is far, far more exciting than its name may imply.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Old Man will be available to watch on BBC One HD (101/108) with a transmission date TBC.

 

Chivalry

Can romance survive in the post-#MeToo era? Well, this razor-sharp new sitcom (co-written by and starring Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan) sets out to find the answer, with hilarious results.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Chivalry will be available to watch on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) with a transmission date TBC.

 

The Power

Naomi Alderman’s thought-provoking sci-fi novel – in which women the world over suddenly gain the ability to shoot electricity from their hands – is brought to the screen with this much-anticipated adaptation.

 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

The Power will be available to watch on Amazon Prime with a transmission date TBC.


How to watch Netflix with Virgin TV

If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:

 

Press home on your remote

Select Apps & Games

Select All Apps 

Select Netflix

 

If you’re already a Netflix subscriber, you can also access the app through Search & Discover or by pressing Red on channel 204. Just sign in with your existing login and start watching. And you’ll only have to log in the first time you use it. 

 

If you’re new to Netflix, then you’ll need to subscribe to use the app. The easiest way to do this is by going to netflix.com/virginmedia. You can also subscribe using the Netflix app in Apps & Games.

 

How to watch Amazon Prime Video with Virgin TV

Prime Video is available to all Virgin TV customers with a V6 box, powered by TiVo®, and a subscription to the service. Simply sign up to Amazon Prime Video via their website, and you can log in on the box. And because Prime Video is fully integrated into TiVo®, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after.

 

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