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18 shows to look forward to in 2018


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The beginning of a New Year can mean only one thing: new TV shows to happily binge the year away with, and the exciting return of some of our old favourites!

Here at The National Student, we've decided to do the hard work for you, and round up the most exciting new and returning shows hitting our screens in 2018.

1. Call The Midwife (Season 7)

The wait is almost over - our favourite midwives from Nonnatus House will be returning to our screens for their seventh outing next weekend. With several cast members leaving, and a new face joining the cast in the form of new midwife Lucille (played by Leonie Elliott), it promises to be a series full of change, especially as the show moves further into the 1960s, with the new series starting in 1963.

Call The Midwife will air weekly on BBC One starting on 21st January


2. A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Season 2)

A Series of Unfortunate Events made a splash on Netflix when the first season released in January of last year, and the Baudelaire orphans will be returning in 2018, with ten more zany, misery-filled episodes for us to enjoy, adapting books 5-9 of Lemony Snicket (author Daniel Handler)'s bestselling series. 

A Series of Unfortunate Events returns to Netflix on 30th March

3. American Crime Story: Versace

After the success of The People vs OJ Simpson last year, Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series returns with a new story to tell, this time focused on the murder of designer Gianni Versace. It was initially intended to be the third series of the anthology drama after a series focused on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but after the source material for Katrina was changed, this series was moved up.

Versace is currently airing in the US, and will air on BBC Two in the UK later this year.

4. iZombie (Season 4)

After last year's Season 3 ended on a huge cliffhanger, I for one am very happy that the quirky, funny zombie show is returning for a fourth outing this year. It's unclear how long they will be able to keep the show going for considering that as soon as Liv is cured, the show is effectively over, but in the meantime, I am happy to continue seeing Rose McIver flexing her acting chops as Liv takes on a different brain and different personality each week.

IZombie will return in the US on 26th February. A UK release date has yet to be confirmed, but it will likely arrive on UK Netflix soon after the US release.

5. Jessica Jones (Season 2)

After a stellar first season and an outing with The Defenders, Jessica Jones is set to return in another solo outing on Netflix. Season 1 ended with everything very much up in the air, so it will be interesting to see what happens in Season 2, especially since it has been over two years since the first season was released. Fellow Marvel series, Daredevil and Luke Cage are also slated for new series in 2018, but no release dates have been confirmed for those yet. 

Jessica Jones: Season 2 will be available on Netflix on 8th March

6. Vanity Fair

After the success of Victoria, it is unsurprising that ITV are picking up another period drama, in the form of William Thackeray's 1848 novel about English society at the time of the Napoleonic wars. Vanity Fair has previously been adapted into a film starring Reese Witherspoon, which met to mixed reviews, so ITV will be hoping for a less lukewarm reception to their adaptation.

Vanity Fair will air on ITV later this year.

7. Troy: Fall of A City

An upcoming minseries focused around one of the most infamous mythological love stories: that of Prince Paris and Helen of Troy, the woman whose face launched a thousand ships! 

Troy: Fall of A City will air on BBC One later this year.

8. Victoria (Season 3)

Daisy Goodwin has confirmed that the much loved royal drama will be returning for a third outing in 2018. The third series will start in 1848, commonly known as the year of revolutions, so it should be an exciting one, although with each series that passes we edge ever closer to the 1861 death of Prince Albert. Hopefully that won't be this series though!

Victoria Season 3 will air on ITV in Summer 2018.

9. Doctor Who (Series 11)

Jodie Whittaker will make her much anticipated debut as the first female Doctor, the thirteenth incarnation of the character in the upcoming series of Doctor Who and I think I speak for many people when I say that I am incredibly excited to see her in the role, especially after where the Christmas special ended!

Doctor Who: Series 11 will air on BBC One in Autumn 2018.

10. Making A Murderer (Season 2)

Netflix's smash hit documentary series returns for a second outing, as new evidence unfolds in the case of Steven Avery, who was wrongfully convicted for murder back in 2007. Whilst details about the new season of the show remain sparse, several new developments have occurred in the case over the last few years, including Avery's convicted co-conspirator Brendan Dassey, having his conviction overturned, which will likely be explored in the new series.

Making A Murderer Season 2 will return to Netflix later this year.

11. Britannia

Another big budget historical drama (clearly capitalizing off the success of Victoria), Britannia follows the Roman Conquest of Great Britain in 43 AD and sounds like it has the potential to be a massive hit.

Britannia will air on Sky Atlantic starting 18th January.

12. Patrick Melrose

This five part miniseries marks Benedict Cumberbatch's return to the small screen, in the role of the titular character. The series is based on the semi-autobiographical novels of Edward St Aubyn. Each episode is set to show one of Aubyn's books and will follow Melrose throughout his life. Apparently Melrose is the literary character Cumberbatch has always most wanted to play, so this should be a good one!

Patrick Melrose will air on Sky Atlantic later this year.

13. A Very English Scandal

This three part mini-series will star Hugh Grant, in a story developed by former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies. It follows the story of Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe as he was tried for conspiracy to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott in 1979. 

A Very English Scandal will air on BBC One later this year.

14. Strike: Career of Evil

After the BBC adaptation of Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)'s crime novels, The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm, were so well received last year, the third book in the series, Career of Evil will be coming to the BBC at some point in 2018, to continue the story of Rowling's curmudgeonly detective, Cormoran Strike.

Strike: Career of Evil will air on BBC One later this year.

15. Outlander (Season 4)

The hit show based on Diana Gabaldon's novels will return for its fourth run in Autumn 2018, this time based on the fourth novel in Gabaldon's series, The Drums of Autumn. The series will see Jamie and Claire starting a new life in the American colonies. In exciting news for Outlander fans, the series has just been renewed for a fourth and fifth series!

Outlander will air on Amazon Video in Autumn 2018

16. Sharp Objects

Gillian Flynn's third novel is getting the silver screen treatment, after the blockbuster success of Gone Girl and the damp squib that was Dark Places. The HBO series will star Amy Adams as journalist Camille Preaker, who returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of a young girl.

Sharp Objects will air on Sky Atlantic in June 2018

17. The Handmaid's Tale (Season 2)

After the first season's unrivalled success, Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's seminal novel will return for a second season later this year. Following that shocking finale, it's anyone's guess how the Republic of Gilead will fare as the story continues.

The Handmaid's Tale will return to Hulu on 25th April. Channel 4 have yet to reveal the UK airdate.

18. The Crown (Season 3)

Leaving one of the best till last, The Crown will be returning to Netflix later this year, with Olivia Colman heading up the all new royal cast. With Helena Bonham Carter all but confirmed as Princess Margaret, The Crown: Season 3 seems set to be another royal spectacular.

The Crown will return to Netflix later this year.

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