What to watch in 2017

What to watch in 2017

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Thursday, 22nd December 2016
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With an impressive selection of drama, factual and entertainment arriving in the new year, 2017 is looking to be a fantastic year for television. 

There are many people wanting to see the back of 2016, and what better way to start the beginning of the year than getting stuck into a new television series. 

Here are some of the best picks for the new year.

Taboo (BBC)

Tom Hardy (Credit: BBC)

Tom Hardy stars as James Delaney, who returns to London from South Africa in 1814 to inherit his father’s shipping empire and rebuild his life after years of away.

James is met with a host of enemies who believed he was dead, as dark family secrets begin to unravel in a story of murder, betrayal and vengeance.

If you loved Poldark, Ridley Scott’s gritty period drama will be one to watch.

Taboo will air on 7th January on BBC One. 

The Nightly Show (ITV)

The Nighly Show (Credit: ITV)

ITV’s new late-night entertainment show The Nightly Show is the perfect comedy relief for those January blues.

The show will air five nights a week for a daily dose of celebrity guests, comedy games and a topical monologue.

Inspired by the success of American talk shows such as James Corden’s Late Late Show, the live show will bring a new dynamic to British late-night television.

David Walliams has been announced as the host for the first week, with a terrific selection of celebrity hosts to be revealed soon after.

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)

The highly anticipated Netflix drama will be the latest original series to binge-watch from the online subscription giant, following the successes of Stranger Things and Orange Is The New Black.

The television adaptation of the children’s books will follow the mysterious encounters and misfortunes of the intelligent Bauldelaire orphans, as they attempt to escape from their guardian, Count Olaf.

If the trailer is anything to go by, the series will follow the same absurd motives, complex plot and dark humour of the books and film adaptation.

The series will be available from January 13th on Netflix. 

Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC Two)

Top of the Lake (Credit: BBC)

Elisabeth Moss reprises her role of Detective Robin Griffin, for which she won a Golden Globe, in the second installment of the mystery drama series.

The second series takes place four years on and follows Detective Griffin as she investigates a body that washes up on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

Nicole Kidman and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie will join Moss in what is set to be a dramatic return.

First Dates Hotel (Channel 4)

First Dates (Credit: Channel 4)

Fred and the team are back for an extra special dating experience, flying unlucky-in-love singletons to the south of France for a summer season of matchmaking.

The hopeful romantics will be taking bigger leaps to find The One during a two-night stay at a luxury hotel, where they will experience the most exciting blind date of their lives in the sunny backdrop of Fred’s romantic homeland.

The special series will start on 2nd January on Channel 4.

The Voice (ITV)

The Voice (Credit: ITV)

The Voice is set to start the New Year off with a bang with new judges, a new channel and a new format. Veteran judges Will.i.am and Tom Jones will be joined by Bush front-man Gavin Rossdale and singer Jennifer Hudson. 

Rossdale, also known for being the ex-husband of The Voice US judge Gwen Stefani, will no doubt bring his rock music edge to the panel alongside Oscar-winning American Idol champion Jennifer Hudson, who will be swapping the stage for the judging panel.

The hop from the BBC to ITV will also see a change in the show’s format. A new twist has been introduced to the blind auditions, which is sure to create a buzz amongst fans.

Sherlock (BBC)

Sherlock (Credit: BBC)

Fans can rejoice as London’s favourite detective is back for a fourth series.

The new series starts with the joyful news that John and Mary are now parents - confirmed by a surprise congratulatory announcement in The Telegraph – and Sherlock will reluctantly be on hand for babysitting duties.

The ominous photos from the new series hints that it may be the darkest one yet, with talk of character tensions and twists already rife.

Sherlock will air on New Years Day.

Walking the Americas (Channel 4) 

Walking the Americas (Credit: October Films)

Adventurer Levison Wood explores the Americas in his latest trek, which will take him 1700 miles from the north-eastern tip of Mexico to Colombia. 

Wood's challenging expedition will take him through 8 countries before attempting to cross the dangerous Darien Gap into Colombia. 

The trip will see the former army officer return to Mexico, where he lived for 3 months, and Belize, where he trained as a soldier for the British Army.

The impressive trek will explore the incredible wildlife in Costa Rica, the jungles of Guatemala and Honduras, Nicaragua's active volcanoes, the Panama Canal, and meet the people living throughout the region.

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With an impressive selection of drama, factual and entertainment arriving in the new year, 2017 is looking to be a fantastic year for television.