All the exciting TV dramas and thrillers coming this Autumn

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We're ready to relinquish summer and officially enter Autumn - and with so many exciting TV thrillers arriving later this year, we can't wait to cosy up on the sofa under a blanket to watch them.

Here's a look at some of the nail-biting series set to launch on the BBC, ITV and Sky later this year, from adaptations of popular novels to brand-new stories, featuring stellar acting talent...

Angela Black

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Joanne Froggatt will star in ITV's upcoming psychological thriller Angela Black alongside Michiel Huisman and Samuel Adewunmi.

ITV's synopsis reads: "Angela Black’s life appears idyllic: a lovely house in suburban London, days working as a volunteer at the dogs’ home, two wonderful sons and a charismatic, hard-working husband, Olivier (Michiel Huisman). However, beneath this façade of charmed domesticity, Angela is also the victim of domestic abuse.

"Trapped in a relationship she cannot escape, Angela is approached out of the blue by Ed (Samuel Adewunmi), a private investigator, who spills Olivier’s darkest secrets. When faced with some horrifying truths about her husband, a stunned Angela is left reeling. Can she really trust Ed? Can she leave behind her life as she knows it and finally free herself from Olivier? With one encounter, Angela’s life switches from school runs and the dogs’ home to private detectives and buried secrets as she risks everything she holds dear to fight back against the man who has suppressed and tormented her for most of her life."

Angela Black will arrive on ITV this autumn.


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From the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard, Showtrial is thought-provoking dark drama starring Tracy Ifeachor and Celine Buckens.

When Talitha Campbell (Celine), the estranged daughter of a wealthy property developer, is charged with conspiring to murder fellow university student Hannah Ellis, the trial that follows places victim and accused - and their families - in the eye of a media storm.

Into that storm enters Cleo Roberts (Tracy), the duty solicitor on the night of Talitha’s arrest. Refusing her father’s help, Talitha wants Cleo to lead her defence against a prosecution weaponising Talitha's gender as well as her social privilege against her.

Showtrial explores how prejudice, politics and the media distort the legal process in a timely legal drama full of dark humour.

Showtrial will air on BBC One later this year.

The Tourist

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Jamie Dornan leads the cast of this mystery six-part thriller from BBC and HBO Max, and the producers of The Missing and Liar.

Set in the Australian Outback, a British man (Dornan) is pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road. The synopsis reads: "An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and The Man later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive. Except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback."

The cast also includes Dumplin' and Ladybird star Daniella Macdonald as probationary constable Helen Chambers, anf Line Of Duty's Shalom Brune-Franklin as waitress Luci.

The Tourist will launch on BBC One later this year.

The English

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Emily Blunt will star in a "high-octane epic Western" from the BBC, set in the mythic mid-American landscape in the year of 1890.

The Quiet Place actor plays Cornelia Locke, an Englishwoman who arrives into the new and wild landscape of the West to wreak revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son.

BBC's synopsis reads: "Upon meeting Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer), an ex-cavalry scout and member of the Pawnee Nation by birth, they join together and discover a shared history which must be defeated at all costs, if either of them are to survive."

The English will launch on BBC One later this year.

The Tower

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Game of Thrones and Gentleman Jack star Gemma Whelan will lead crime thriller The Tower, based on the first in Kate London’s Metropolitan series of novels Post Mortem.

Whelan will play Sergeant Sarah Collins, while Tahirah Sharif takes on sidekick cop Lizzie Griffiths. Emmett J. Scanlan takes the role of uniformed police inspector Kieran Shaw, and Jimmy Akingbola is playing DC Steve Bradshaw.

ITV's teaser synopsis reads: "In The Tower's breath-taking opening sequence, a veteran beat cop and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in south-east London. Left alive on the roof are a five-year-old boy and rookie police officer Lizzie Griffiths. Within hours, Lizzie has disappeared, and Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins is charged with leading the investigation.

"The antagonistic relationship between the experienced Sergeant Sarah Collins and the novice cop Lizzie Griffiths is at the heart of London’s novels and The Tower. What happened on the roof of the tower is the mystery that Sarah must uncover. When it’s finally revealed, the truth will cast its shadow over Sarah and Lizzie’s relationship and their lives."

The Tower will arrive on ITV later this year.

Trigger Point

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Line of Duty's Vicky McClure plays a bomb disposal operative in ITV's high-octane thriller Trigger Point.

Adrian Lester stars as Joel Nutkins, who is working alongside McClure's Lana Washington as part of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad. Both are ex-military and extremely close, having served together in Afghanistan.

ITV's synopsis adds: "The series turns the spotlight on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad. When a terrorist campaign threatens the capital over the summer, the Expos are at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before fatalities escalate….."

Trigger Point airs on ITV later this year.

Ipcress File

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The Ipcress File, the first in the Harry Palmer spy thriller series, is being adapted into a six part television series for ITV.

Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole takes on the iconic role of Harry Palmer alongside Bohemian Rhapsody's Lucy Boynton as Jean, and BAFTA award winning actor Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, Birdbox) as Dalby.

Joining the cast tare Ashley Thomas (NYPD Blue, Top Boy, Salvation) as Maddox, Joshua James as Chico (Industry, Life, Absentia), David Dencik (McMafia, Face to Face, Chernobyl) as Colonel Stok and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Dublin Murders, Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War) as Cathcart.

The Ipcress File is author Len Deighton's first spy novel introducing the British spy Harry Palmer, set in Berlin and London during the 1960s.

The series will air on ITV later this year.

Ridley Road

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BBC One's Ridley Road is a political thriller from writer Sarah Solemani, adapted from Jo Bloom's critically-acclaimed novel of the same title.

The series is set against the backdrop of a swinging sixties London we haven’t seen: an East End world where far right fascism is on the rise. Newcomer Aggi O’Casey plays Vivien, a young Jewish woman who follows her lover into danger and finds herself going undercover within a Neo-Nazi organisation in London in the 1960s.

Actress and writer Solemani told the BBC: "Britain’s relationship with fascism is closer and more alive than we like to think. Luckily, so is our rich heritage of fighting it. Jo Bloom’s gripping book revealed a darker side of sixties London and the staggering contribution the Jewish community made in the battle against racism. I am thrilled to be working with Red [Production Company] and the BBC to bring this little-known slice of British history to the screen."

Ridley Road will air on BBC One later this year.

The Long Call

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Our Girl's Ben Aldridge will star in the leading role as DI Matthew Venn in ITV’s new adaptation The Long Call.

The evocative four-part event drama is inspired by the best-selling novel of the same title from award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, creator of Vera and Shetland series. Des and Baptiste screenwriter, Kelly Jones, will write all four episodes in her first solo series.

The series follows the intriguing and flawed protagonist, Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, who has returned to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband, Jonathan. It’s a place Matthew walked away from 20 years ago, after being rejected by his family.

ITV's synopsis reads: "We first meet the reserved, but intense Matthew Venn outside the local church as his father's funeral takes place. Sadly, the day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family too.

"Now he's back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major murder. A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew'snew home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, has been stabbed to death."

Aldridge will be joined by Juliet Stevenson playing Matthew Venn’s mother, Dorothy and Martin Shaw as the spiritual Brethren leader Dennis.

Anita Dobson, Neil Morrissey, Pearl Mackie, Dylan Edwards, Sarah Gordy, Amit Shah and Alan Williams. Anita Dobson, Neil Morrissey, Pearl Mackie, Dylan Edwards, Sarah Gordy, Amit Shah and Alan Williams also add their talents to the illustrious cast.

Death Comes as the End

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Vanity Fair screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes is adapting Agatha Christie's novel set in Ancient Egypt in the early 20th Century and about a young woman who suspects her priest father may be tied up in the death of a concubine.

The cast has yet to be announced.

Death Comes as the End will air on BBC One later this year.


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Suranne Jones plays DCI Amy Silver in BBC One's upcoming thriller which follows the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine bringing the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services.

DCI Amy leads an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

The cast also includes Anjli Mohindra, Martin Compston, Paterson Joseph, Connor Swindells, Adam James, and Gary Lewis.

Vigil is written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge (Judy, The Crown, Strike) with episodes by Ed Macdonald (The End Of The F***ing World) and Chandni Lakhani (Dublin Murders).

Vigil is airing on BBC One now.


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Sex Education [above pictured] director Alice Seabright is the creator, writer and director of BBC One's six-part thriller exploring obsession, identity, grief, and truth.

BBC's synopsis reads: "Becky thinks Chloe has the perfect life. Years after Chloe abandoned her when they were teenagers, Becky still obsessively watches Chloe’s life through her picture-perfect social media. But when Chloe dies suddenly, Becky’s need to find out how and why leads her to assume a new identity and infiltrate the enviable lives of Chloe’s closest friends.

"Who was Chloe? What happened to her? And why does Becky think Chloe was trying to send her a message before she died? Through her alter-ego Sasha, Becky becomes a powerful, transgressive heroine, trapped in a dangerous web of lies, only some of which are her own."

Chloe will air on BBC One later this year.

Stay Close

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Harlan Coban recently signed a five-year deal with Netflix to adapt 14 of his crime thriller novels, and following The Stranger (which proceeded compelling drama Safe) Stay Close is next up for adaptation. The Stranger's Richard Armitage will lead, playing one of three characters whose dark secrets threaten to destroy their lives.

The cast also includes Cush Jumbo and James Nesbitt.

Stay Close will launch on Netflix later this year.

Hollington Drive

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Blood screenwriter Sophie Petzal is behind ITV's four-part evocative thriller, which follows two grown-up sisters who become embroiled in a tense mystery when their children are involved in the disappearance of a 10-year-old local boy.

Line of Duty's Anna Maxwell Martin plays Theresa, while Rachael Stirling plays her older head teacher sibling, Helen. Theresa's partner Fraser will be played by Rhashan Stone (Finding Alice) and Helen’s partner, David, by Peter McDonald (Dublin Murders).

The cast also includes Peter McDonald, Ken Nwosu, Jonas Armstrong and Jodie McNee.

TV's synopsis reveals that the series opens on a warm, balmy evening, barbecue sizzling on the patio, the perfect family setting. The atmosphere is relaxed, as the family lounge in Theresa and her partner Fraser's perfectly manicured garden. Apart from Fraser's brother Eddie winding everyone up, there’s hardly a hint of tension, but this is the calm before storm.

When Theresa’s ten-year-old son, Ben, asks to play in the nearby park with his cousin Eva, the adults begin to niggle, adding to Theresa's fears of foreboding and growing feelings of anxiety.

Theresa finds the children on the edge of a woodland area and they appear to be fighting. Immediately her instincts tell her something terrible has happened. This is all too realised when later that evening distraught neighbour, Jean, calls on the family. Her ten-year-old son Alex has gone missing...

Hollington Drive will launch on ITV later this year.

Manhunt II: The Night Stalker (ITV)

Martin Clunes returns as former London Metropolitan Police detective, DCI Colin Sutton in ITV's Manhunt II: The Night Stalker.

The four part drama tells the real life story of the police pursuit of a notorious serial rapist, whose 17 year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in south east London living in fear. It is based on the diaries of Colin Sutton.

Manhunt series 1 featured Clunes as DCI Sutton, which told the real life story of how the murder of Amelie Delagrange in 2004 was eventually linked to the murder of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school in 2002.

Manhunt II: The Night Stalker will air on ITV later this year.

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