Brand New UK TV 2017

by Mark_a_Wood | created - 29 Dec 2016 | updated - 07 Oct 2018 | Public

A list of brand new British TV programmes broadcast on UK television in 2017.

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1. Eric, Ernie and Me (2017 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

How Eddie Braben transformed Morecambe and Wise into the nation's most beloved entertainers.

Director: Dan Zeff | Stars: Stephen Tompkinson, Mark Bonnar, Neil Maskell, Liz White

Votes: 129

One-off docu-drama about the writer Eddie Braben and his partnership with comedy greats Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

Broadcast 29th December 2017 on BBC Four.

2. The Miniaturist (2017)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

A young woman moves to 17th century Amsterdam and hires a mysterious local miniaturist to furnish the dollhouse she received from her merchant husband as a present, but the lifelike miniatures somehow start eerily foreshadowing her fate.

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai, Hayley Squires, Alex Hassell

Votes: 4,745

2-episodes. Fantasy period drama set in Amsterdam in 1686. A young wife receives a doll's house that seems to be reflecting and predicting events in the household.

Broadcast Boxing Day Tuesday, 26th December 2017 & Wednesday, 27th December 2017.

3. Little Women (2017)

TV-PG | 180 min | Drama

Dramatization of Louisa May Alcott's novel about the lives of the four March sisters during the American Civil War as they learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up.

Stars: Maya Hawke, Kathryn Newton, Dylan Baker, Willa Fitzgerald

Votes: 3,798

3 part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel.

Broadcast Boxing Day Tuesday, 26th December 2017, Wednesday, 27th December 2017 & Thursday, 28th December 2017 on BBC One.

4. The Highway Rat (2017 TV Movie)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A greedy rat travels the highway in search of other animals' food.

Director: Jeroen Jaspaert | Stars: Rob Brydon, Frances de la Tour, Tom Hollander, Husaam Kiani

Votes: 844

One-off animated adaptation of the children's book.

Broadcast Christmas Day Monday, 25th December 2017 on BBC One.

5. Maigret (2016– )
Episode: Maigret in Montmartre (2017)

90 min | Mystery

Maigret investigates the random murders of a Countess and a showgirl and discovers a dark secret that links their past lives at the Grand Hotel in Nice.

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Nicola Sloane, Sebastian De Souza, Simon Gregor, Olivia Vinall

Votes: 3,379

Rowan Atkinson returns for a fourth feature-length outing as the French detective.

Broadcast Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December 2017 on ITV.

6. Shamed (2017 TV Movie)

48 min | Drama

Aged 17, Sarah Ivy was a happy, carefree teenager with a world of opportunity before her. Fast-forward 10 years and she has two men kidnapped and held in a room.

Director: Anthony Philipson | Stars: Nick Blood, Tanya Fear, Faye Marsay, Ryan McKen

Votes: 177

One-off drama. A young woman exacts a terrible revenge on the man she blames for ruining her life when she was 17.

Broadcast Tuesday, 19th December 2017 on Channel 4.

7. ABBA: When All Is Said and Done (2017 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Documentary

This is a UK Documentary that details the ups and downs faced by the world known Swedish sensation ABBA. It is part actual footage and part enacted drama. The documentary is filmed from the... See full summary »

Directors: Storm Theunissen, Bill Thomas | Stars: Siobhan Hewlett, Jo-Anne Stockham, Lainy Boyle, Christina Balmer

Votes: 56

One-off docu-drama about the lives of singers Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Broadcast Monday, 18th December 2017 on Channel 5.

8. Man Like Mobeen (2017– )

TV-MA | 21 min | Comedy

Mobeen is a 28 year old Brummie Muslim single handedly raising his 15 year old sister. This show documents the struggles of his criminal past, the friendships he has and the controversies he faces as a Pakistani Muslim.

Stars: Guz Khan, Tez Ilyas, Dúaa Karim, Tolu Ogunmefun

Votes: 2,182

4-episodes. Birmingham-set sitcom about a young man trying to raise his younger sister.

Made available via the BBC Three website and BBC iPlayer from Sunday, 17th December 2017.

9. Bancroft (2017– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A dark thriller surrounding Elizabeth Bancroft, a senior detective with explosive secrets.

Stars: Sarah Parish, Ryan McKen, Adam Long, Lee Boardman

Votes: 2,948

4-episodes stripped across 4 consecutive nights. Crime thriller about a female police detective with a secret.

Broadcast 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th December 2017 on ITV.

*Brought forward from early 2018 to replace Hatton Garden in the ITV schedules due to some problem with that mini-series*

10. John Noakes: TV Hero (2017 TV Movie)

40 min | Documentary

A tribute to the long-running Blue Peter (1958) presenter John Noakes.

Director: Verity Maidlow | Stars: John Noakes, Biddy Baxter, Alex Leger, Vicky Noakes

One-off documentary. A tribute to the life and career of the popular TV presenter who passed away earlier this year.

Broadcast 9th December 2017 on BBC Two.

11. My Son: The Serial Killer (2017 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary, Crime

Conrad Wright, the father of Steve Wright the serial killer dubbed "The Suffolk Strangler", offers his deeply personal insights into the horrific crimes committed by his son in 2006.

Director: Tom Jenner | Stars: Alison Steadman, Conrad Wright, Diane Cassell, Isabella Clennell

Votes: 10

One-off documentary. The father of the man dubbed the Suffolk Strangler offers a deeply personal insight into his son's crimes.

Broadcast Wednesday, 6th December 2017 on Channel 5.

12. Handmade in Mexico (2017)

90 min | Documentary

Three documentaries, without narration, showing craftspeople in Mexico making traditional, intricate, forms of art utilising embroidery, sculpture and wood carving respectively.

Votes: 7

3-episodes. Documentary series showing Mexican craftspeople creating three traditional items. An example of Slow TV.

Broadcast on Monday, 4th, 11th & 18th December 2017 on BBC Four.

*Broadcast as part of the Mexico season on BBC Four*

3-episodes. Alinka Echeverria explores three major influences on Mexican art.

Broadcast 4th, 11th & 18th December 2017 on BBC Four.

14. Concorde (2017)


Two-part documentary charting the history of the world's first supersonic passenger airliner. From its design and manufacture, its highs and lows and eventual retirement.

Star: David Suchet

Votes: 22

2-episodes. Two documentary films about the famous plane - its creation and its downfall.

Broadcast Monday, 4th & 11th December 2017 on Channel 5.

15. Hailmakers (2017– )


Saz and Sol are eager for success. If there's money in it, they'll do it, but on one condition: they will only work for themselves. No jobs. No bosses. No problem. Except Saz and Sol have ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Barnett, Laura Checkley, Kirsty J. Curtis, Martin Delaney

Votes: 21

4th December 2017

16. Wannabe (TV Movie)

Comedy | Pre-production

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18. Enterprice (2017– )

24 min | Comedy

Kazim and Jeremiah are two young entrepreneurs in the early stages of rolling out their home delivery business Speedi-Kazz. We follow this fledgling enterprise and this awkward bromance in this sitcom.

Stars: Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge, Kayode Ewumi, Fatou Sohna, Kiell Smith-Bynoe

Votes: 163

19. Sticky (2018– )


Adult-only animated sitcom follows four best friends (Herbert, Ashley, Ziggy, and Jay) who attend a college located in London's mythical borough of Shatford.

Stars: Tom Hardy, Kayvan Novak, Javone Prince, Charlotte Riley

Votes: 58

Pilot for an online,animated, adult-themed comedy.

October 2017?

*Part of the BBC Comedy Slices strand*

22. Can We Live with Robots? (2017 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary

Dancer and Choreographer Akram Khan explores the impact robots and AI are having on human relationships. His findings form the basis for an interpretive dance reflecting attitudes to the subject.

Director: Hannah Berryman | Stars: Akram Khan, Ching-Ying Chien

Votes: 6

One-off documentary. Dancer Akram Khan explores some of the issues surrounding robots and creates a new interpretive dance to express some of the anxieties and hopes of the future.

Broadcast Saturday, 2nd December 2017 on Channel 4.

23. The Sex Robots Are Coming (2017 TV Movie)

65 min | Documentary

Follows a company over two years as they attempt to create a fully functioning sex robot; meets a man who can't wait to own one.

Director: Nick Sweeney | Stars: Lucy Briers, Matt McMullen, Susan Pirzchalski, Kathleen Richardson

Votes: 42

One-off documentary charting the efforts of one company racing to be the first to produce a sex robot.

Broadcast Thursday, 30th November 2017 on Channel 4

*Part of the Rise of the Robots Season on Channel 4*

24. How to Build a Robot (2017 TV Movie)

65 min | Documentary

Canadian robot inventor and puppeteer David McGoran designs and builds a robot that he hopes people will instinctively embrace and engage with. He tests it on the streets of Bristol with members of the British public.

Director: James W. Newton | Stars: David Tennant, Hazel Grian, David McGoran

One-off documentary. Follows the work of an inventor and ex-puppeteer as he tests a robot that mimics human movement on the streets of Bristol.

Broadcast Wednesday, 29th November 2017 on Channel 4

*Part of the Rise of the Robots Season on Channel 4*

25. The Robot Will See You Now (2017 TV Movie)

65 min | Documentary

Cameras record personal assistance robot "Jess", which offers advice to couples on topics from marriage to obesity, interacting with volunteers. Can it ever replace a real counsellor and will people open up to a machine?

Director: Tom Fulford | Stars: Jamie Glassman, Caroline Jay, Tony Belpaeme, Ben Bashford

One-off documentary. A social experiment in which volunteers meet a robot counsellor that identifies and analyses their problems.

Broadcast Tuesday, 28th November 2017 on Channel 4

*Part of the Rise of the Robots Season on Channel 4*

4-episodes. Biographical documentary series in which the baker and TV cookery contest judge shares recipes of personal significance.

Commenced Monday, 27th November 2017 - concluded Monday, 18th December 2017 on Channel 4.

27. Guy Martin vs. The Robot Car (2017 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Racer and mechanic Guy Martin investigates autonomous vehicles, attempts to build one of his own and takes on an artificially intelligent race car.

Director: James Woodroffe | Stars: Guy Martin, Shaun Dooley

Votes: 35

One-off documentary. The racer learns about the coming age of the driverless car.

Broadcast Sunday, 26th November 2017 on Channel 4.

*Part of the Rise of the Robots Season on Channel 4*

28. Coastal Railways with Julie Walters (2017– )


Actor Julie Walters rides the UK's most beautiful coastal railways, from Scotland to Cornwall.

Star: Julie Walters

Votes: 61

4-episodes. Documentary series in which the actress travels the most beautiful and interesting stretches of Britain's coastal rail routes.

Commenced Sunday, 26th November 2017 - concluded Sunday, 17th December 2017 on Channel 4.

29. #MeToo: The Debate (2017 TV Special)

46 min | Talk-Show

Rape survivors, law-makers, support workers, voluntary organisations, journalists and celebrities drill down into issues raised by the film Raped: My Story (2017) in a studio debate.

Director: Ben Wickham | Stars: Emma Barnett, Rebecca Bellenie, Susie Boniface, Tarana Burke

One-off debate discussing the issues raised by "Raped: My Story".

Broadcast Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 on Channel 5.

30. Raped: My Story (2017 TV Movie)

67 min | Documentary

10 people speak out publicly for the first time about their rape and how the decisions they made hours, days, weeks or years after they were assaulted can result in a criminal case being won or lost.

Director: Catey Sexton

Votes: 17

One-off documentary. Rape victims speak publicly for the first time about their experiences.

Broadcast Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 on Channel 5.

31. Armchair Detectives (2017)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Game-Show

Three amateur sleuths try to solve a fictional murder case after watching events unfold, meeting the suspects and uncovering the clues.

Stars: Susan Calman, Stephen Billington, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Sarah Baxendale

Votes: 95

20-episodes. Daytime crime/drama game show in which three amateur sleuths try to piece together the clues and solve a fictional murder case played out before them by an ensemble of actors.

Commenced Monday, 20th November 2017 - concludes December, 2017 on BBC One.

32. Guy Martin WW1 Tank (2017 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Guy Martin wants to build a working replica of a World War One tank, pass his tank driving test and drive the machine at Lincoln's Remembrance Day parade.

Director: Ewan Keil | Stars: Guy Martin, Shaun Dooley

Votes: 78

One-off documentary. The racer attempts to fulfill one of his ambitions, to build a working replica World War I tank in time to drive it at a Remembrance Day parade in Lincoln.

Broadcast Sunday, 19th November 2017 on Channel 4.

33. Britain's Cycling Superheroes: The Price of Success? (2017 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Sport

The story of the triumphs and controversies of Britain's cycling medal factory. The architects of Britain's rise to cycling dominance at the Olympics and the Tour De France reveal how they did it and answer their critics.

Director: Dan Clifton | Stars: Gina McKee, Dave Brailsford, Shane Sutton

Votes: 6

One-off documentary charting the success story of British cycling but also addressing some of the criticisms made against the organisation.

Broadcast Sunday, 19th November 2017 on BBC Two.

34. David Gilmour: Live At Pompeii (2017)

Not Rated | 125 min | Documentary, Music

Former lead guitarist and singer of Pink Floyd, David Gilmour returns decades later after previously performing there with Pink Floyd. David Gilmour returned for two concerts in the ancient... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Elder | Stars: David Gilmour, Chester Kamen, Guy Pratt, Bryan Chambers

Votes: 821

One-off concert. The former Pink Floyd guitarist performs in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.

Broadcast Saturday, 18th November 2017 on BBC Two.

35. Popular Voices at the BBC (2017)

180 min | Music

Companion programme to Gregory Porter's Popular Voices (2017) in which Gregory Porter introduces a selection of live performances culled from the BBC archives.

Stars: Adele, Shirley Bassey, Björk, David Bowie

3-episodes. Gregory Porter raids the vast BBC Music archives to show performances recorded by the BBC of singers featured in his documentary series Popular Voices.

Commenced Friday, 17th November 2017 - concluded 1st December 2017 on BBC Four.

36. Gregory Porter's Popular Voices (2017)

180 min | Documentary, History, Music

Grammy award winning soul and jazz star Gregory Porter presents a 100-year celebration of the mystery, pain and joy that lies behind some of the greatest singing voices in modern popular music.

Stars: Gregory Porter, Clarke Peters, Lenny Kaye, Josh Homme

Votes: 11

3-episodes. The singer presents a documentary series looking at the stories behind some of popular music's best singing voices.

Commenced Friday, 17th November 2017 - concluded 1st December 2017 on BBC Four.

37. British Workers Wanted (2017 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary

A documentary that follows two leave voting women who are trying to recruit British workers to join their recruitment agency as many of their Eastern European workers leave Brexit Britain.

Director: Fred Windsor-Clive | Star: Nikesh Patel

One-off documentary. Two Brexit supporting women trying to recruit British workers to join their employment agency to replace departing Eastern Europeans.

Broadcast Thursday, 16th November 2017 on Channel 4.

38. Confessions of a Serial Killer with Piers Morgan (2017– )

45 min | Documentary, Crime

Through intense prison interviews, Piers Morgan revisits the crimes of three convicted serial killers and learns more about their motives.

Stars: Piers Morgan, Lorenzo Gilyard, Alejandro Henriquez, Dawn Knox

Votes: 1,349

One-off documentary. The broadcaster travels to the United States to interview serial killers.

Broadcast Thursday, 16th November 2017 on ITV.

39. Love, Lies and Records (2017– )

Not Rated | 58 min | Drama

Registrar Kate Dickinson tries to balance her personal life with the daily dramas of births, deaths and marriages and the impact they have upon her and her staff at the local Register Office in Leeds.

Stars: Ashley Jensen, Adrian Bower, Kenny Doughty, Mark Stanley

Votes: 691

6-episodes. New drama from Kay Mellor following the staff of a Registry Office in Leeds and the daily dramas of the births, marriages and deaths they officially record.

Commences Thursday, 16th November 2017 - concludes on BBC One.

TV episode? or one-off? True crime documentary about victims of the Moors Murderers.

Broadcast Wednesday, 15th November 2017 on Channel 5.

41. Saying Goodbye (2017 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Every day in the UK, more than 100 children face the death of their mum or dad. A group of 7-17-year-olds who've been bereaved or are facing the death of a parent discuss their experiences.

Director: Nick Read | Star: Helena Bonham Carter

One-off documentary film made for the BBC's Children In Need appeal. Featuring candid interviews with children who have suffered or are about to suffer the death of a parent.

Broadcast Tuesday, 14th November 2017 on BBC One.

42. The Boy with the Topknot (2017 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

One-off drama based on the critically acclaimed memoirs of British journalist Sathnam Sanghera. A touching, humorous and emotional rites-of-passage story.

Director: Lynsey Miller | Stars: Sacha Dhawan, Deepti Naval, Anupam Kher, Joanna Vanderham

Votes: 505

One-off drama based on the memoirs of journalist Sathnam Sanghera, born to traditional Punjabi parents in Wolverhampton, moving to London, graduating from Cambridge University and plucking up the courage to introduce his girlfriend Laura to his family.

Broadcast Monday, 13th November 2017 on BBC Two.

43. Howards End (2017–2018)

TV-14 | 240 min | Drama, Romance

The social and class divisions in early 20th century England through the intersection of three families - the wealthy Wilcoxes, the gentle and idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther

Votes: 5,015

4-episodes. Big-budget, BBC and Starz co-production, period drama, adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel.

Commenced Sunday, 12th November 2017 - concludes on BBC One.