2021 has been a stellar year for the small screen in terms of TV shows captivating the heart of millions.
Squid Games broke all records and became one of the most binged shows overnight. Marvel shows did not stay aside as well. Many viewers welcomed back shows like Succession, among others, this year. The year 2022, we think, will be much better than its predecessor, introducing us to many new shows and most expected returning shows this year. While waiting for the shows in our list below, you can indulge in www.elroyalecasino.com to pass away the time.
The title for this show speaks volumes about the premise of the show in which the son of a power mogul, played by Uma Thurman, is kidnapped. 5 random Brits are captured on suspicion of this kidnapping. All of them are apparently innocent, as the nail-biting trailer shows. This trailer leaves the audience wondering who is the real culprit and if these seemingly random Brits are innocent or not. A great cast with Kunal Nayyar, Georgina Campbell, Uma Thurman, etc., is another reason to invest in this show based on the trailer.
Doctor Who Specials
Let Doctor Who take you on a magical ride this year in one of the final outings of Jodie Whittaker as Time Lord with Aisling Bea and John Bishop. We saw the great new year special in which Doctor Who is battling Daleks in an exciting time loop as Whittaker joined up again with Sara, played by Aisling Bea, the Elf Storage owner, in the show. They are not alone as they are joined by Sara’s customer Nick, played by Adjani Salmon.
The second outing of this season was aired in spring. The last episode will air in the fall, after which the producers will look for a new 14th Doctor Who incarnation.
Chloe is a psychological thriller created by the prominent writer of Sex Education, plus Alice Seabright as the director. The thriller revolves around the world of social media and how obsessive it can become. It is the story of Becky, played by Erin Doherty. She seeks salvation from her troubles in the scrolling world of Instagram. The story kicks off when her favorite influencer Chloe, is found dead, and she obsessively tries to find out what happened to her. She takes on a new role to meet her goals.
The Essex Serpent
This Victorian Era drama can be seen on Apple TV Plus and is based on the book of the same name by Sara Perry, starring Claire Danes as Cora. She is looking for a fresh start after spending most of her life in her abusive marriage as she relocates to a superstitious village in the heart of Essex. The superstition is about a mythical serpent played by non-other than the mastermind ‘Loki’ actor Tom Hiddleston.
The premise and the fantastic cast are enough for us to be excitingly anticipating this show.
This is Going to Hurt
We hope not because this is a bad show, because many dreams will get crushed in this case. This comedy-drama is based on Adam Kay’s diary, later turned into a book that chronicles his long training to be a doctor in NHS England. The drama stars Ben Wishaw and Ambika Mod, where Ben struggles to manage the house working 100 hours a week in the Gynae and Obstetrics wards. We know it is in good hands as it is directed by Lucy Forbes, who also worked on the amazing “The End of the F**king World”, and Adam Kay is the executive producer.
Welcome to Wrexham
The show will be aired on Disney Plus, a documentary series hosted by none other than the amazing Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool, and Rob McElhenney. Rob is known for his show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. This show is about them acquiring a small British soccer club called Wrexham AFC. The club is in Wales, located in a small market town. The show revolves around both the hosts getting a crash course on how to run this club, hoping to change its winnings and enhancing the hopes of this Welsh town.
The Midwich Cuckoos
The show re-imagines this Sci-fi story from the novel of the same name, which has already had two film adaptations like the Village of the Damned. It’s about a tiny village falling prey to an alien race parasiting in England. In the show, the village falls unconscious, and half of them wake up pregnant. This makes an excellent precursor to a fantastic story, as strange as it sounds. The latest re-imagining stars are Keely Hawes from the Line of Duty fame and Max Beesly from Homeland. You can watch this show on Sky or Now TV in Spring.
‘Bridgerton’ Season 2
Fans can’t wait for season 2 of the American/British mix to know what will happen to the Birgerton Sisters. Unfortunately, Duke, played by Regé-Jean Page, isn’t going to appear this season. Shonda Rhymes produces the show. One of the Best Brits to watch, Simone Ashley playing Kate Sharma, joins the cast. Simone is geared up for a romance with Daphne’s brother Jonathan Bailey playing Anthony. The show started streaming on 25th March. It is known for scandal, sexy and exquisite costumes, on-screen crushes, and great boxing scenes.
This fantastic and vicious post-WW1 gangster saga is coming to an end with its 6th season by Steven Knight. The tale is set in Birmingham, starring powerful actors like Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. No platform exists that doesn’t bombard its shorts with amazing clips and dialogues from the show and the adventures of the Shelby family. It is not just a gangster tale but a romantic drama, full of fights and intrigues gripping audiences to their chairs. The best news for the fans about peaky blinders is that the story doesn’t end here; the next step is the movie beyond the 2nd WW. Peaky blinders are being streamed on BBC’s iPlayer.
Call My Agent
Airing on Amazon Prime and Sundance, Call My Agent is inspired by the French comedy of the same name. The show’s basic premise is the difficulties different talent agents overcome while controlling their dramas under the shade of their client’s dramas. The more the series becomes popular, the more it is slated for top-drawer cameos making an appearance on the show. Stars like Helena Bonham Carter from Harry Potter, David Oyelowo from The Water Man, and Phoebe Dynevor from Bridgerton, among many others. The show will air on Prime Video in countries like the UK, Australia, and many more.
Life After Life
A must-watch because of lots of source material from the novel it is based on with a stellar cast and, finally, a fantastic premise. The story revolves around a baby dying in 1910 who keeps on coming back in the same life but with different iterations. With this considerable premise played by Thomasine McKenzie, we believe this series has great potential. Thus show stars Sian Clifford, known by “Fleabag” support McKenzie, and Jessica Brown Findlay from “Brave New World” and is adapted for the screen by Bash Doran, the writer of “Boardwalk Empire”. BBC will stream the show on BBC iPlayer.
Jed Mercurio and Vicky McClure are the dream team from the Line of Duty, and they again work together on this show. In Trigger point, they are part of a bomb disposal unit show, airing on ITV. Mercurio has taken over the writing reigns for this 6-part thriller where McClure is the bomb expert working with Adrian Lester, the actor from “The Day After Tomorrow”. This duo has served in Afghanistan, where their bonding grew into a real friendship. The story gets intense as the duo realizes they have a real enemy hunting their squad.
The Ipcress File
This spy thriller is about a British Army sergeant who became a spy and went undercover in prison. The show is based on a novel by Len Deighton, written in the Cold War era, in the 1960s. Harry Palmer, played by Joe Cole, is seen adventuring around the continents to mysteries of kidnapped scientists. Stop treason together with Joe Cole and his supporting cast Tom Hollander and Shireen Farkhoy, on ITV Hub.
The show is taken from the autobiography of Sex Pistol Band’s lead guitarist Steve Jones called “Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol.” This mini-series tells us the story of a humble beginning group of guys who landed their fame in punk rock in the Hall of Fame. The series is directed by Danny Boyle, famous for Slumdog Millionaire but was subject to recent legal proceedings among the band members as they wanted to license the band’s music for the mini-series.
The cast is further star spangled by Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones playing the punk fashion icon Jordan and Emma Appleton from the Witcher series playing Nancy Spungen. She was rumored to be stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Sid Vicious.
The Crown has become so popular that it is called the jewel of Netflix. It has been a beloved show since 2016, even though casts have changed for this over-dramatized royal history that spans half a century. The latest season, 5, is said to be the second season for this show, where Imelda Staunton is Queen Elizabeth 2. She has successfully replaced the younger roles of Olivia and Clair. Similarly, Dominic West is the new Prince Charles replacing Josh O’Conner, while Elizabeth Debicki is now Princess Diana after Emma Corrin.
We are waiting a lot for this show as we are expecting more fantastic writing with much more exquisite costumes and tons of royal scandals. Even though it will mire the line between truth and fiction, it is always entertaining to watch such drama.
This season will show the annus horribilis in 1992 and evidently the time when Windsor Castle caught fire. Now among other changes, a new cast is also coming in the shape of Dodi Al Fayad, played by Khalid Abdalla, the boyfriend of Princess Diana. Presumably, this time around, the show will encapsulate the rundown of what led to the car crash in 1997.
The show by Apple TV Plus is a story of older spies who have made terrible career mistakes that cost them a lot. These spies are exiled to Slough House, where Jackson Lamb, played by Gary Oldman, is recently relocated as his retirement gift. He is joined by Kristin Scott Thomas from The English Patient fame, another high-ranking spy in MI5.
An Oliver Twist prequel set before the fantastic novel by Charles Dicken is led by Christopher Eccelston, the famous Doctor Who Time Lord. He portrays the criminal in this Victorian-era drama who lives with and teaches a young gang of thieves and pickpockets. He is joined by the protagonist Dodger, played by Billy Jenkins. Billy has also appeared as young Prince Charles in the drama The Crown.
This fantastic show is based on a popular webcomic by Alice Oseman, about the romance between two young pupils in an all-boys school. It became so popular that the romance of Charlie and Nick was published as a graphic novel in 2018 and finally came as a mini-series on Netflix. For the moment, it is known that the series is adapted for television by Oseman herself and will be directed by Euros Lyn. Lyn has worked previously on Doctor Who and Broadchurch. Heartstopper will be aired on Netflix, but the date is still undetermined.