Helen Mirren

BBC broadcasts season of content celebrating 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio

A man portraying William Shakespeare walks down a period-appropriate street

The programming is being broadcast across TV, radio, iPlayer and BBC Sounds, and features both archival and original content.

The First Folio compiles 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, 18 of which had never been published prior, including such major works as Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night. As such, it is often credited with preventing these works from becoming lost to time.

Comfort Classic: Prime Suspect

Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect

Prime Suspect is a police procedural, one of many over the past decades, and certainly not the first or last cop show to feature serial killers, dead naked women and mean city streets. So far, so what?

But, when Lynda La Plante’s uncompromising creation was first broadcast on ITV in 1991, a nation sat up and noticed, with more than 14 million people tuning in to watch. 

Helen Mirren’s DCI Jane Tennison, appointed to head the Met’s murder squad after its boss suffers a fatal heart attack, is treated with contempt and worse by the all-male incident room.

Sky orders new dramas starring Helen Mirren and Sean Bean

Multi-award-winning actress Helen Mirren will star in new four-part drama Catherine the Great. The  series will explore the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history.

She wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century. “She rewrote the rules of governance by a woman, and succeeded to the extent of having the word Great attached to her name, Catherine the Great,” said Mirren.

Stefanie Martini to star in ITV's Prime Suspect prequel

The show follows a young Jane Tennison (Stefanie Martini - Doctor Thorne) who, at 22, is just starting out on her career in policing in 1970s London.

The prequel is based on a book by Prime Suspect creator Lynda La Plante. It explains how Tennison became such a powerful presence in the London Met and the personal sacrifices that she made for her career.

Sam Reid (The Riot Club, The Railway Man) and Blake Harrison (Inbetweeners, Dad’s Army) also join the cast as Tennison’s superiors, DCI Len Bradfield and DS Spencer Gibbs.

Seth Rogen's comic book thriller to air on Amazon UK

Preacher is adapted from a comic book published by DC comics' adult arm Vertigo. Set in Texas, the show stars UK actors Dominic Cooper and Joseph Gilgun alongside Ruth Negga

The story follows Jesse Custer (Cooper), a preacher who gains supernatural powers when he finds his body inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis. He is joined on his unconventional journey by vampire Cassidy (Gilgun) and assassin Tulip (Negga).