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17 shows to look forward to in 2017

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2017 has finally arrived and with it comes a wide array of exciting new and returning TV series. 

Here, we have compiled a list of 17 shows that you should definitely look out for in the coming year. We just hope your New Year's resolution wasn't to cut down binge-watching!

1. Taboo

Opening the year with a bang, this forthcoming drama mini-series follows the exploits of an adventurer who returns to Britain from Africa along with 14 stolen diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Created by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke) and starring Tom Hardy, this latest BBC gem promises to thrill.

Taboo will air weekly on BBC One from 7th January.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's much loved series of children's novels, A Series of Unfortunate Events, has been reinvented for the small screen in Netflix's latest original project. Starring Neil Patrick Harris as the despicable Count Olaf, the story follows a trio of orphaned siblings who attempt to escape from the clutches of their ruthless guardian. Based on the first four books in the series, we're certainly hopeful that this series will top the 2004 film adaptation, starring Jim Carrey.

A Series of Unfortunate Events will be available on Netflix from 13th January.

3. Powerless

Our TV screens are inundated with superhero series at the moment, but NBC's latest series Powerless seems to be something different. The first sitcom of the DC universe, the series follows a group of office workers at Wayne Security who specialise in creating products that make defenceless bystanders feel safer from the collateral damage of the heroes and villains that monopolise their cities. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk, this could be refreshing after last year's DC disappointments.

Powerless is set to air weekly from 2nd February in the US. A UK broadcaster/airdate has yet to be confirmed.

4. Legion

Speaking of superhero series, 2017 has plenty more on the way, including FX's upcoming X-Men series, Legion. Created by Noah Hawley (Fargo), the series follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), a schizophrenic young man who slowly comes to realise that there may be more to him than his mental illness. Taking the subject of mutants to a whole new and interesting level, this is definitely a series to get excited about.

Legion is set to air weekly on FOX UK from 9th February.

5. Broadchurch

After a two-year wait, the highly anticipated third and final series of Broadchurch is expected to arrive in February. David Tennant and Olivia Colman return as Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller to investigate a serious sexual assault on the fictional coastal town. Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sir Lenny Henry are among those joining the cast this series.

Broadchurch is expected to air in February on ITV 1.

6. Inside No. 9

Following the recent Christmas special, the third series of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's dark comedy anthology series, Inside No. 9 is expected to continue in the early part of this year. The 'No. 9' settings of this series include a restaurant, a professor's study, a karaoke booth and an art gallery. The upcoming episodes will also feature guest appearances from the likes of Keeley Hawes, Tamzin Outhwaite, Felicity Kendal and Philip Glenister.

Inside No. 9 is expected to continue in Early Spring on BBC Two. 

7. Girls

The sixth and final season of Lena Dunham's HBO comedy Girls is set to arrive this Spring. The upcoming series picks up on tensions established in season five, including Jessa's romantic involvement with Hannah's ex, Adam. Drawn from Dunham's own experiences, the series has had quite a cultural impact and is sure to end just as effectively.

Girls is expected to air on Sky Atlantic in Early Spring.

8. House of Cards

After a year full of political surprises and disappointments, you'd think we'd tire of political satire and drama, but no. Perhaps stronger and more impactful than ever, House of Cards is set to return for its fifth season this year. Following the machivellian exploits of Frank and Claire Underwood (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright), the fifth season will likely explore their new, dastardlier approach of inciting fear to secure the election.

House of Cards is expected to launch on Netflix in Spring (March/April).

9. Iron Fist

The first of this year's Netflix-Marvel output is Iron Fist - the final piece of the puzzle that leads to The Defenders. Starring Finn Jones, the series will explore the origins of Danny Rand, a billionaire buddhist monk, proficient in kung-fu, who gains the ability to call upon the power of the Iron Fist (a surge of chi that he can wield in his hand). 

Iron Fist will be available on Netflix from 17th March.

10. American Gods

The much anticipated television adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel, American Gods, is finally set to arrive this year. Developed by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green, the series will focus on Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), a man who is unexpectedly released from a three year jail sentence and persuaded into the employment of the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). 

American Gods is expected to launch on Amazon Prime in April.

11. Star Trek: Discovery

Bryan Fuller is also involved in another series in our list of highly anticipated 2017 shows: Star Trek: Discovery. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original 1966 series, the series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they explore new worlds and civilisations. The season-long storyline supposedly revolves around "an incident and an event in Star Trek history that's been talked about but never been explored." Trekkies, get excited.

Star Trek: Discovery is expected to air on Netflix in May.

12. Game of Thrones

HBO's goliath fantasy series will embark on its penultimate season this year, as the various kings and queens of Westeros ready themselves to win or die in the Game of Thrones. Following the revelations and developments of the last season, the next chapter is sure to be just as exciting and gut-wrenching as previous seasons, if not more so. 

Game of Thrones is expected to return to Sky Atlantic this summer.

13. Twin Peaks

Perhaps one of the most anticipated returns of 2017, Twin Peaks is set to come back for a limited third series this year. David Lynch's 90s cult classic will also see the return of Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn and Dana Ashbrook. Little is known about the plot, but it will seemingly be set 25 years after Dale Cooper's investigation into the murder of Laura Palmer.

Twin Peaks is expected to launch on Sky Atlantic in the first half of 2017.

14. The Defenders

The second series of this year's Netflix-Marvel output is the story that it's all been driving towards; the planned collaboration of The Defenders. In this Avengers-like series of bringing various heroes together, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist unite to fight crime in New York City. Charlie Cox, Kristen Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones all reprise their roles. 

The Defenders is expected to launch on Netflix in late 2017.

15. Stranger Things

Heralded as the show of 2016, fans eager to return to the Upside Down needn't wait too long, as a second season of Stranger Things is already in production. Set in 1984, the second season is expected to explore the repurcussions of the first season. Winona Ryder and David Harbour are set to return in their roles as Joyce Byers and Chief Hopper.

Stranger Things is expected to return to Netflix in late 2017.

16. Feud

Feud, the latest anthology series to be developed by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Scream Queens), centres around the backstage battle between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis on the production of their infamous 1962 film, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? With Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon signed up to play Crawford and Davis respectively, this is sure to be a firecracker of a series.

Feud is expected to air on FOX UK in late 2017. 

17. The Cormoran Strike Mysteries

Finally, the BBC adaptation of The Cormoran Strike Mysteries is also expected to arrive on our screens at some point this year. Reminiscent of the Beeb's previous crime-solving successes (Sherlock, Luther, The Fall), this series is based on Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)'s three novels; The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil. Tom Burke stars as the eponymous detective, with Holliday Grainger appearing as his sidekick, Robin Ellacott.

The Cormoran Strike Mysteries are expected to air on BBC One in late 2017.




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