Brand New UK TV 2018

by Mark_a_Wood | created - 06 Dec 2017 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

A list of brand new British TV programmes broadcast on UK television in 2018.

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1. Death and Nightingales (2018– )

58 min | Drama

An epic tale of love, betrayal, deception, and revenge set in the Irish countryside in 1885.

Stars: Matthew Rhys, Ann Skelly, Jamie Dornan, Valene Kane

Votes: 1,042

3-episodes. Adaptation of Eugene McCabe's modern Irish classic novel set over a tense 24-hour period in 1880s rural Ireland.

Commences Wednesday, 28th Novemeber 2018 - concludes on BBC Two.

2. Mrs. Wilson (2018)

56 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

A grieving widow discovers that her seemingly ideal husband lived many secret lives.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Iain Glen, Calam Lynch, Fiona Shaw

Votes: 4,507

3-episodes. Drama inspired by the real-life story of lead actress Ruth Wilson's own grandparents. After her husband's death a woman discovers that he was a spy, novelist and bigamist.

Commences Tuesday, 27th November 2018 - concludes on BBC One.

3. Britain by Boat (2018)

60 min | Documentary

Former BBC newsreader Michael Buerk and one-time political journalist John Sergeant take to the high seas aboard the 50ft cutter yacht Bonaventure exploring Britain's coast.

Stars: John Sergeant, Michael Buerk, Margaret Thatcher

Votes: 8

4-episodes. Former BBC newsreader Michael Buerk and one-time political journalist John Sergeant explore Britain's coast.

Commenced Friday, 23rd November 2018 - concludes on Channel 5.

4. Esther Rantzen's House Trap (2018)

60 min | Documentary

Esther and her team help catch dodgy traders red-handed by rigging the homes of volunteer OAP's with hidden cameras, recording the workmen as they try to fleece their elderly customers.

Star: Esther Rantzen

4-episodes. The consumer affairs champion and her team help catch dodgy traders red-handed by rigging OAP's homes with hidden cameras.

Commenced Thursday, 22nd November 2018 - concludes on Channel 5.

5. The Interrogation of Tony Martin (2018 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

A verbatim drama focusing on the 3 days farmer Tony Martin was questioned by police following the shooting of a 16 year old burglar who broke into his farmhouse in 1999. A story that split the nation. Was it self defence or murder?

Director: David Nath | Stars: Steve Pemberton, Daniel Mays, Stuart Graham, Tristan Sturrock

Votes: 139

One off drama recreating the events in 1999 when a Norfolk farmer shot at two burglars with his shotgun.

Broadcast Sunday, 18th November 2018 on Channel 4.

6. 100 Years of the RAF (2018 TV Movie)

99 min | History, War

For 100 years the Royal Air Force's courage, perseverance and innovation have secured freedom, survival and safety for the many - at home and abroad. Since its infancy, the RAF has ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Jukes

Votes: 15

One-off documentary recounting the story of Britain's Royal Air Force in its centenary year.

Broadcast Friday, 16th November 2018 on Channel 5.

7. Robbing Your Relatives (2018–2019)

120 min | Documentary, Crime

True crime documentary series. Families are meant to love and support one another, but family fraud is on the increase, with millions of pounds being stolen from victims by their own relatives.

Star: Craig Kelly

2-episodes. Documentary series about people whose lives have been ruined by criminals in their own family.

Commenced Thursday, 15th November 2018 - concludes on Channel 5.

8. Inside the Foreign Office (2018)


Over the course of one extremely turbulent year cameras go behind the scenes at heart of the UK's Foreign Office to show the work of British diplomats.

Stars: Michael Waldman, Simon McDonald, Boris Johnson, Rilwan Akiolu

Votes: 31

3-episodes. Documentary series going behind the scenes at the UK's Foreign Office over the course of a turbulent year as they deal with crises from Russia to Burma.

Commenced Thursday, 15th November 2018 - concludes on BBC Two.

9. James Bulger: The New Revelations (2018 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary, Crime

25 years after the verdict in the Jamie Bulger murder trial, we reveal what the jury, public and press never heard, and what his two killers, Thompson and Venables, said during their time in custody from arrest to release.

Director: Gillian Pachter | Stars: Denise Fergus, Mandy Waller, Dominic Lloyd, Jim Fitzsimmons

Votes: 22

One-off documentary marking 25 years since the trial of the two 10-year-old boys who murdered two-year-old James.

Broadcast Wednesday, 14th November 2018 on Channel 5.

One-off variety show to celebrate the 70th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Broadcast Tuesday, 13th November 2018 on ITV.

11. WWIs Secret Shame: Shell Shock (2018 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, History, War

From shell shock in WWI to PTSD today many of those who made it home from war were left mentally scarred and traumatised. Historian Dan Snow explores the on-going mental health crisis in veterans.

Director: Elizabeth Dobson | Stars: Dan Snow, Sean Jones, Stefanie Linden, Edgar Jones

Votes: 12

One-off documentary exploring the mental health crisis for military veterans from WWI to the present day.

Broadcast Monday, 12th November 2018 on BBC Two.

4-episodes. Documentary series telling the real stories of some of Britain's most notorious gangsters who ran the UK drugs trade.

Commenced Monday, 12th November 2018 - concludes on Channel 5.

13. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson

Votes: 25,362 | Gross: $17.96M

Peter Jackson's film exploring World War I through archive footage that has been restored, colourised and had audio added.

Broadcast Sunday, 11th November 2018 on BBC Two.

14. Dynasties (2018– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Follow the true stories of five of the world's most celebrated, yet endangered animals; penguins, chimpanzees, lions, painted wolves and tigers. Each in a heroic struggle against rivals and... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,386

5-episodes. David Attenborough looks at how environmental change is affecting some of the planets best known creatures and how they struggle to preserve their social groups.

Commenced Sunday, 11th November 2018 - concludes on BBC One.

15. Alone at Home (2018)

60 min | Documentary

Studies show that British parents are among the most anxious in Europe, so in this unique challenge, four UK families leave their children alone at home for four days to look after themselves.

Star: Oliver Britten

Votes: 6

4-episodes. Cameras monitor children as they are left to fend for themselves for four days home alone.

Commenced Friday, 9th November 2018 - concludes on Channel 5.

16. I'll Get This (2018– )

30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

It's going to be an expensive night for someone. Five celebrities meet at a restaurant for a fancy meal. The catch is they have to play games between courses and the loser will have to pay the bill for everyone.

Stars: David Flanagan, Rob Beckett, Adrian Chiles, Rylan Clark-Neal

Votes: 56

6-episodes. Five celebrities meet in a restaurant for a meal, between courses they play games with one loser paying the entire bill for the meal.

Commenced Tuesday, 6th November 2018 - concludes on BBC Two.

17. Make Me a Dealer (2018– )

45 min | Talk-Show

Paul Martin takes to the road as he searches the length and breadth of Britain in pursuit of a new generation of moneymaking antiques dealers.

Stars: Paul Martin, Mark Curry, Helen Adams, Dean Brittles

Votes: 13

20-episodes. Antiques expert Paul Martin teaches the tricks of the trade to two contestants who go head-to-head to see who makes the biggest profit.

Commenced Monday, 5th November 2018 - concludes Friday, 30th November 2018 on BBC One.

18. Saluting Dad's Army (2018)


Alexander Armstrong presents this documentary series looking at the genius and the lasting impact of this classic British comedy. He pays tribute to the people who created it and learns of the true stories that inspired it.

Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Hugh Dennis, Caroline Dowdeswell, Stephen Lowe

Votes: 10

4-episodes. Documentary about the classic British sitcom Dad's Army.

Commences November 2018 on Gold.

19. The Reluctant Landlord (2018– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

A man reluctantly serves as the proprietor of a pub, which he inherited from his late father.

Stars: Alexander Molony, Romesh Ranganathan, Sian Gibson, Yasmine Akram

Votes: 516

6-episodes. New semi-autobiographical Sky One sitcom starring Romesh Ranganathan.

Commences Tuesday, 30th October 2018 - concludes Tuesday, 4th December 2018 on Sky One

*Sky Television have already commissioned Series Two before an episode has been broadcast*

20. The Little Drummer Girl (2018)

55 min | Drama, Thriller

A Palestinian assassin is targeting prominent Israelis. An English actress is recruited by the Israelis to infiltrate the assassin's terrorist cell. This will require all of her acting talents and put her at considerable risk.

Stars: Daniel Litman, Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 8,353

6-episodes. Anglo-American co-production. Adaptation of the taut John Le Carre novel. Receives a world premiere at the London Film Festival in October 2018.

UK: Commences Sunday, 28th October 2018 - concludes on BBC One. USA: All 6-episodes to be available from AMC from November 2018.

21. Sally4Ever (2018– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

For 10 years Sally has lived a dull suburban life with David. But on the night he asks her to marry him, Sally has a crisis and embarks on a wild affair with Emma, a seductive, charismatic, boho actress, singer, musician, poet and author.

Stars: Julian Barratt, Julia Davis, Felicity Montagu, Catherine Shepherd

Votes: 1,399

7-episodes. Comedy about a young woman living a dull life but when her boring boyfriend proposes to her she has a personal crisis and embarks on a wild affair with a bohemian actress.

Commences Thursday, 25th October 2018 - concludes Thursday, 6th December 2018 on Sky Atlantic.

22. Embarrassing Pets (2018– )

30 min | Documentary

A team of experts help desperate owners from across the UK with their beloved pets' embarrassing behavioural or health problems.

Stars: Elizabeth Gill, Caroline Clark, Gavin McDonagh, Deepti Sharma

Votes: 13

Experts help owners with their problem pets.

Commenced Monday, 22nd October 2018 - concludes on Channel 4.

23. The Lakes with Paul Rose (2018)

120 min | Documentary

Adventurer and broadcaster Paul Rose showcases the wondrous beauty of the Lake District, climbing England's highest mountains and meeting the people who live and work in the UK's most-visited National Park.

Star: Paul Rose

24. There She Goes (2018– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama

A young girl with a learning disability makes her way through life.

Stars: Edan Hayhurst, Jo Cameron Brown, Jessica Hynes, Miley Locke

Votes: 428

5-episodes. Comedy drama about a family learning to cope with the everyday demands of a disabled daughter. Based on the real story of writer Sean Pye.

Commences Sunday, 16th October 2018 - concludes on BBC Four.

25. Informer (2018)

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young East London man is coerced by an officer to work undercover for him.

Stars: Paddy Considine, Nabhaan Rizwan, Bel Powley, Reiss Jeram

Votes: 3,774

6-episodes. Tense thriller about a young British-Asian man recruited by British counter terrorism police to infiltrate and inform on extremists within his own community.

Commences Tuesday 16th October 2018 - concludes on BBC One.

26. For Facts Sake (2018– )

30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

Host Brendan O'Carroll is joined by cast members from Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011), members of the public and celebrity guests acting as experts in the comedy panel show all about ordinary people and extraordinary facts.

Stars: Brendan O'Carroll, Pat Shields, Jennifer Gibney, Danny O'Carroll

Votes: 33

6-episodes. Comedy panel quiz show hosted by Brendan O'Carroll, with other cast members from Mrs. Brown's Boys a team captains, celebrity "experts" and members of the public.

Commences Monday, 15th October 2018 - concludes on BBC One.

27. Butterfly (2018– )

60 min | Drama

Eleven-year-old Max identifies as a girl and wants to live her life as Maxine. Her separated parents, Vicky and Stephen, attempt to work out how best to cope with and support this huge life decision.

Stars: Emmett J Scanlan, Callum Booth-Ford, Anna Friel, Lorraine Burroughs

Votes: 1,509

3-episodes. An estranged couple try to support their 11-year-old transgender child Max who identifies as a girl and wants to live her life as Maxine.

Commences Sunday, 14th October 2018 - concludes on ITV.

28. The Bisexual (2018– )

40 min | Comedy, Drama

Dramedy series examining the life of a woman who breaks off with her long term girlfriend and tries having a straight relationship for a change.

Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Maxine Peake, Brian Gleeson, Saskia Chana

Votes: 839

6-episodes. Comedy drama about two housemates who enter into an unusual agreement to help them both with their relationship problems.

UK: Commences Wednesday, 10th October 2018 - concludes Wednesday, 14th November 2018 on Channel 4. US: From 16th November 2018 on Hulu.

29. Women on the Verge (2018– )

40 min | Comedy

Set in Dublin, Women on the Verge tells the darkly comic tale of three career-driven friends in their 30's, at various stages of their lives, who share the same nagging concern - that ... See full summary »

Stars: Kerry Condon, Nina Sosanya, Eileen Walsh, Sharon Horgan

Votes: 151

6-episodes. Dublin set comedy about three women having varying degrees of success at various aspects of life.

Commenced Thursday, 11th October 2018 - concludes Thursday, 15th November 2018 on W.

30. Why Does Everyone Hate the English? (2018– )

44 min | Documentary

Comedian Al Murray travels to some of England's nearest neighbours to explore some of their gripes with the English, with the help of a comedian from each nation he visits.

Stars: Al Murray, Antoine de Caunes, Elis James, Fred MacAulay

Votes: 12

5-episodes. The comedian visits five countries to find out what they have got against the English and why.

Commenced Monday, 8th October 2018 - concludes on History.

31. Armchair Britain (2018– )

30 min | Documentary, History

Miriam Margolyes narrates a whistle stop journey around the UK. Footage from the television archives is utilised to show places of interest, ancient local customs and everyday life.

Stars: Miriam Margolyes, Ken Dodd

Votes: 14

10-episodes. Miriam Margolyes narrates a documentary series using television archive footage to look a places of interest around the UK.

Commenced Monday, 8th October 2018 - concludes Friday, 19th October 2018 on BBC One.

32. Mediterranean with Simon Reeve (2018– )

60 min | Documentary

The travel writer and broadcaster journeys around the Mediterranean discovering the extremes that lie beneath the picture postcard tourist veneer.

Star: Simon Reeve

Votes: 142

4-episodes. The travel writer and broadcaster travels around the Mediterranean not only seeing the beautiful scenery but also the dark underbelly.

Commenced Sunday, 7th October 2018 - concludes on BBC Two.

Mike Dilger and Rico Hizon head to one of the world's great biodiversity hotspots to explore its wildlife and culture.

Broadcast Sunday 7th October 2018 on BBC Two.

34. The Big Audition (2018– )

60 min | Music, Reality-TV

A group of hopefuls try to make it in a number of fields including chasing the lead role in a West End musical, aspiring TV presenters hoping to land their first on-screen role, and making it as a hand model.

Stars: Julie Walters, Mylan Anna, Braydon Bent, Amanda Berry

Votes: 10

6-episodes. Feelgood series offering hopefuls the chance to audition for dream roles.

Commenced Friday, 5th October 2018 - concludes on ITV.

One-off documentary following the crusading work of Christians Against Poverty debt counsellors as they help people overwhelmed by personal debt.

Broadcast Friday, 5th October 2018 on BBC Two.

36. The Great Model Railway Challenge (2018– )

60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

Teams of the UK's most talented model railway enthusiasts compete in a series of knockout heats to create amazing miniature masterpieces on specific themes against the clock. Expert judges determine who will go on to the next round.

Stars: James Richardson, Tim Shaw, Steve Flint, Kathy Millatt

Votes: 28

6-episodes. Competition in which teams of model railway enthusiasts make amazing themed dioramas.

Commenced Friday, 5th October 2018 - concludes Friday, 9th November 2018 on Channel 5.

37. The Bank That Almost Broke Britain (2018 TV Movie)


Ten years on from the global financial crash, this documentary tells the extraordinary story of how a small Scottish bank briefly grew to become the biggest in the world before collapsing ... See full synopsis »

Director: Leo Burley | Stars: Alistair Darling, Blythe Duff, Fred Goodwin, George Mathewson

Votes: 21

One-off documentary telling how RBS grew to become (briefly) the largest bank in the world before collapsing.

Broadcast Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 on BBC Two.

38. The Cry (I) (2018– )

Not Rated | 57 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The disappearance of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young couple as they deal with an unthinkable ... See full summary »

Stars: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie, Asher Keddie, Alex Dimitriades

Votes: 2,877

4-episodes. Jenna Coleman stars in this adaptation of Helen Fitzgerald's taut novel about the disappearance of a couple's newborn baby.

Commenced Sunday, 30th September 2018 - concludes on BBC One.

One-off docu-drama following the life of Queen Victoria's husband examining his role and influence.

Broadcast Saturday, 29th September 2018 on Channel 5.

40. Sick of It (2018– )

30 min | Comedy

Sick of It is a scripted comedy series that sees Karl Pilkington take on two roles - himself, and the voice inside his head, as he muddles through the mundane life he may have led if he hadn't met Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Stars: Karl Pilkington, Sondra James, Marama Corlett, Rachel Sophia-Anthony

Votes: 1,743

6-episodes. Comedy drama about a cab driver whose inner self isn't afraid of speaking his mind.

Commenced Thursday, 27th September 2018 - concludes on Sky One.

41. Peston (2018– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

Robert Peston presents a new Wednesday evening political talk show interviewing leading figures from British politics about the issues of the day. Replacing Peston on Sunday (2016).

Stars: Anushka Asthana, Robert Peston, Lisa Nandy, Nicky Morgan

Votes: 6

Robert Peston presents a new Wednesday evening political show talking to key figures in British politics about the issues of the day. Replacing his Peston on Sunday programme.

Commenced Wednesday, 26th September 2018 - concludes on ITV.

42. Football Genius (2018)

Comedy, Game-Show, Sport

Two teams of supporters representing their favourite clubs play against each other in a game of virtual football by answering football-related questions.

Stars: Tim Vine, Sam Quek, Paul Sinha, West Bromwich Albion F.C. Supporters

Votes: 10

6-episodes. Teams of football club supporters take each other on in a game of virtual football by answering footie-related questions.

Commenced Tuesday, 25th September 2018 - concludes Tuesday, 30th October 2018 on ITV4.

43. Queen of the World (2018– )

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary, History

A rare look inside the life of Queen Elizabeth II, featuring footage from the Queen's private film archive, as complex preparations for the traditional royal summit with all 53 member states of the British Commonwealth begin.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Sophie Countess of Wessex, Benjamin Fraser, Tony Johnstone-Burt

Votes: 61

2-episodes. Documentary examining the relationship Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family have with the Commonwealth.

Broadcast Tuesday, 25th September & Tuesday, 3rd October 2018 on ITV.

44. Walking Britain's Lost Railways (2018–2020)

60 min | Documentary