While the sun is out longer during the warmer months, sometimes it feels like TV goes dark as many of our favorite shows take a hiatus. Not to worry though; when one show ends, another begins and there’s a lot of great programming beginning in the next few months.
Here at BBC America, we’re looking forward to One Amazing Summer:
But it doesn’t stop there. Get out your calendar because these 10 shows should be marked down in pen:
1. Next of Kin (June 21)
ITV’s drama Next of Kin is heading to Sundance Now on June 21. You can look for Coupling star Jack Davenport and The Good Wife‘s Archie Panjabi. Panjabi portrays Dr. Mona Harcourt, whose brother is brutally murdered while traveling overseas for a medical charity. Davenport plays her political lobbyist husband. To make matters worse, Harcourt’s nephew may be involved in a London bombing that went off the same day her brother went missing. As the six-part series rolls out, accusations start flying, even within Harcourt’s close-knit family.
2. Secret City (June 26)
The Australian series Secret City premiered in 2016 and now it’s heading to the U.S. via Netflix. Political journalist Harriet Dunkley (Fringe‘s Anna Torv) is rowing on a lake when she’s called in from the water because a dead body has washed up. The journo just happens to be in the right place just at the right time (not to be sorely insensitive) to get the scoop on what could be a massive story. The John Doe turns out to be a man who was running from the Chinese Embassy and jumped off the bridge in a desperate escape attempt gone wrong. You can also look for American actor Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile) as Ambassador Moreton.
3. A Very English Scandal (June 29)
Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw star as secret lovers in British miniseries A Very English Scandal. So secret, that Grant’s character, real-life PM Jeremy Thorpe, is tried for conspiring to murder his former lover, Norman Scott (Whishaw). The critically acclaimed three-parter can be found over at Amazon Prime.
4. Sacred Games (July 6)
The detective thriller Sacred Games, based on Vikram Chandra‘s 2006 novel, revolves around inspector Sartaj Singh, played by Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan. Set in Mumbai, India, Singh gets a tip about the secret hideout of gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). The inspector’s marriage has just ended, his career options are limited, so he’s determined to catch Gaitonde in the act and bring him in. We can also look for Radhika Apte as research analyst Anjali Mathur. The eight-part series is in Hindi, with English subtitles, and can be found on Netflix.
5. Sharp Objects (July 8)
Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn‘s first novel, Sharp Objects, has been made into an HBO miniseries. The psychological thriller stars Amy Adams as troubled journalist, Camille Preaker. She’s just coming off a stay at a psychiatric hospital where she was receiving treatment for self harm. Specifically, she was hallucinating words then carving them into her arm. When she’s released, Preaker’s sent to investigate the murder of a young girl, landing her in her hometown of Wing Gap, Missouri. You can look for the eight-part series via Amazon with an HBO subscription.
6. The Disappearance (July 12)
Canadian series, The Disappearance, premiered in 2017 and now it’s heading to the U.S. at WGN America. A fun day ends in tragedy when 10-year-old Anthony Sullivan (Michael Riendeau) vanishes during a treasure hunt to celebrate his birthday. His family is terrified and the community comes together to look for Anthony. But as the investigation moves forward, secrets begin to unfold as we watch the six-part series.
7. Castle Rock (July 25)
Stephen King fans are no strangers to Castle Rock, the fictional Maine town where many of the the author’s stories are set. Now J.J. Abrams and Hulu have teamed up to create the 10-part series Castle Rock. While we don’t know precisely which of King’s tales the psychological horror drama will pull from, we do know that Castle Rock (a reference from William Golding‘s 1954 novel The Lord of the Flies) features in The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Body, Uncle Otto’s Truck, Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut, The Dark Half, The Sun Dog, Needful Things and It Grows on You — to name just a few. In other words, there’s a wealth of material. The cast includes top notch King alum, too: look out for Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Bill Skarsgård (It), while André Holland (American Horror Story) takes the lead.
8. Disenchantment (August 17)
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening is back at it with a new show called Disenchantment. The 10-part fantasy series is set in the medieval kingdom of Dreamland and revolves around Bean (voiced by Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson) — a not so typical princess, known for her hard-partying ways. She’s joined by a feisty elf (Nat Faxon) and her personal demon (Eric André). Twenty episodes have been made so far, and they’ll air over two seasons. You can look for the first season of Disenchantment over at Netflix.
9. The Innocents (August 24)
The Innocents is a British TV series making its way to Netflix. The story revolves around two teens, June (Sorcha Groundsell) and Harry (Percelle Ascott), who run away together. The pair get some much-needed relief from their oppressive families but it’s short-lived. June goes for a walk and when she returns to the hotel room she’s sharing with Harry, she’s unrecognizable. Somehow, she’s swapped bodies with an older man she ran into, but she has no idea how it happened. It seems Harry has powers too, but what they are has yet to be revealed. Guy Pearce (Memento) plays a man named Halvorson, who tries to help the runaways.
10. Jack Ryan (August 31)
Jack Ryan is author Tom Clancy‘s creation, but the Amazon original TV series won’t be a direct adaptation of his books (the majority of which are set in the 1980s and 90s), and will put CIA analyst Ryan in a present day setting. Ryan, played by John Krasinski, sees some irregularities as he tracks the financial transactions of a possible high-level target. And as the saying goes, “If you see something, say something.” But in his case, Ryan is also expected to do something. Reluctantly, he’s put into the field. You can find the first eight episodes of Jack Ryan over on Amazon Prime.
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