Drama

ITV commissions adaptation of Belgravia

The Napoleonic Wars

The six-part series will be set in London during the climax of the Napoleonic Wars and will follow the dark secrets of upper-class households.

During the evening of the Battle of Waterloo, the Trenchards accept an invitation to an extravagant ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond, triggering a sequence of events that lead to secrets being unravelled and devastating consequences for decades to come.

Julian Fellowes will adapt the novel alongside Downton Abbey producers Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Liz Trubridge.

Netflix announces adaptation of The Stranger

Richard Armitage as John Porter in Strike Back (Credit: Sky)

The eight part thriller follows Adam Price (Richard Armitage), a happily married man who is shocked to discover that his wife Corinne has kept a dark secret.

Adam does his best to hide the devastating secret but ends up tangled in a wider conspiracy which could put lives in danger.

The Stranger was one of my most challenging novels — and definitely the most twisted,” said Harlan Coben, who will be an executive producer on the series.

“When I wrote it, I never imagined that I’d be part of a ‘Dream Team’ of extraordinary talent bringing it to life.”

Robert James-Collier and Charlie Hardwick join Ackley Bridge

Robert James-Collier and Charlie Hardwick (Credit: Channel 4)

Having recently been taken over by the Valley Trust, new deputy head teacher Martin Evershed (Robert James-Collier) and director of behaviour Sue Carp (Charlie Hardwick) are called in to put the school to rights.

Ackley Bridge’s upcoming third season will also see Jo Joyner return as headteacher Mandy Carter, along with Poppy Lee Friar and Amy-Leigh Hickman who play school friends Missy and Nasreen.

 “I am thrilled to be asked to play the part of Martin Evershed, the new Deputy Head at Ackley Bridge,” said Robert James-Collier on his new role.

Top TV picks: 29th December

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The Secret World of Emily Brontë

Channel 4, 6.05pm


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Emily Brontë superfan Lily Cole hosts a one-off documentary, The Secret World of Emily Brontë, exploring the Yorkshire landscape that influenced Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.

Cole also makes her own film in this special, Balls, which reimagines Heathcliff’s early life in Liverpool.