New UK TV Series for 2022: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky Dramas, Britbox & More


The answering machine (January)

Filming began in May 2021 on this five-part BBC Two series from new screenwriter and former police officer Tony Schumacher, who was mentored by Jimmy McGovern as part of a BBC Writers Room initiative. The answering machine will be the star The Hobbit and Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman as Officer Chris, who works a series of night shifts in Liverpool, alongside his new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo). The series is described as funny, tragic and showing the realities of policing in Britain.

The platform (to confirm)

The Cast of Rig Amazon Prime Video

In November 2020, Amazon Prime Video gave the green light to this six-episode supernatural thriller from Course of action and Bodyguard director John Strickland, written by David Macpherson. Filmed in Scotland, it takes place aboard the Kishorn Bravo oil rig in the North Sea. The crew find themselves stranded on the platform by a mysterious fog that cuts off communication with the outside world. Course of actionMartin Compston, Owen Teale and Rochenda Sandall will star, alongside Iain Glen, Mark Bonnar and more (see above.)

The Seven Deadly Evelyn Hardcastle (to confirm)

The Seven Deadly Evelyn Hardcastle

Now this that sounds a bit good. Based on Stuart Turton’s novel of the same name, it’s a seven-part murder mystery coming to Netflix. The story is a high-profile thriller about a woman trying to solve a murder who keeps waking up in someone else’s body every time she gets closer to the answer. Sophie Petzal (The last kingdom, Blood) adapts it, and the announcement didn’t arrive until late 2020, so don’t expect that for a little while. The casting is to be determined.

The three (to confirm)

Book cover three cropped

Another BBC drama commission based on a series of books, The three, “an international thriller with a supernatural twist,” was announced in late 2017 but there has been no news since then. The premise of Sarah Lotz’s trilogy sees four planes crash on the same day in four different countries, leaving three children as the miraculous survivors … Wolves Room‘s Peter Straughan was committed to the adaptation of this eight-part drama, but for now it still has to feature on his IMDb credits. We will keep you posted if more arrive.

The tourist (January)

Jamie Dornan in The Tourist

Writer-Producers Harry and Jack Williams (Chip bag, Baptist, Missing, Liar) are back with a six-part BBC-HBO Max drama set in South Australia. The tourist is a black outback on a British man chased through the Australian outback by a tanker. When the man wakes up in a hospital without remembering who he is or how he got there, his search for answers takes him to troubling places. Chris Sweeney (Back to life) directs, with The fall‘s Jamie Dornan as the head of the cast. It starts on BBC One on January 1, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET.

The undeclared war (to be confirmed)

The undeclared war

Channel 4 has teamed up with Peacock to commission this six-part cyber thriller written by Wolves Roomis Peter Kosminsky. It takes place in 2024, when a team of cyberspecialists from GCHQ secretly works to fend off a cyberattack on the British electoral system. There is an impressive cast, by Mark Rylance (pictured above in Bridge of Spies), to Adrian Lester, Alex Jennings, Simon Pegg, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and newcomer Hannah Khalique-Brown. The commission was announced in April 2021.


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