Autumn 2021: the best TV shows, including The Morning Show S2, Showtrial, and Maid

Autumn TV: 30 brilliant new TV shows to get stuck into this season

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From Help to The North Water to Maid, these are the big new TV shows everyone is going to be talking about this autumn.  

Autumn is upon us, and it brings with it a new golden age of TV. And, quite frankly, we can’t wait to snuggle up on the sofa under a cosy blanket – ideally with a box of chocolates balanced on our laps – and get stuck into the bevy of addictive dramas, horrors, comedies, and thrillers on the horizon.

From returning favourites like The Morning Show and Sex Education, to must-watch new shows like Y: The Last Man, HelpThe Chestnut Man and The North Water, there is so much to get invested in.

With that in mind, then, here is everything we recommend watching this autumn.

Mumbai Diaries 26/11

On 26 November 2008, 10 terrorists arrived by sea and opened fire, killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring countless others during a 60-hour siege in Mumbai.

Mumbai Diaries 26/11 “depicts the untold story of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and hospital staff who worked tirelessly to save lives during these terror attacks,” explains the show’s official synopsis.

Release date: 9 September via Amazon Prime

The North Water

Colin Farrell in BBC Two and BBC iPlayer's The North Water
Colin Farrell stars in The North Water.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McGuire, The North Water tells the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, particularly brutal harpooner Drax. As the true purpose of the expedition becomes clear, confrontation between the two men erupts, taking them on a journey far from solid ground and beyond the safe moorings of civilisation.

Release date: 10 September at 9.30pm via BBC Two

The Cleaner

Starring Greg Davies and Helena Bonham Carter, this dark comedy follows a crime scene cleaner who, after CSI has finished, mops up any grizzly remains. And you’d be amazed who you can run into at the scene of a crime…

Release date: 10 September at 9.30pm via BBC One

Help

Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham’s new must-watch drama, Help, is set in a fictional Liverpool care home during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, as one young woman goes to extraordinary lengths to protect those in her care.

Release date: 9pm on 16 September via Channel 4

Sex Education: Season 3

It’s a new year for the students of Sex Education, which means we can expect some casual sex, true love declarations, feminist awakenings, commitment animals, alien phenomena, vulva cupcakes and plenty more unexpected surprises. We can’t wait!

Release date: 17 September via Netflix

The Morning Show: Season 2

“Picking up after the explosive events of season one, season two finds the Morning Show team emerging from the wreckage of Alex and Bradley’s actions, to a new UBA and a world in flux, where identity is everything and the chasm between who we present as and who we really are comes into play,” promises the show’s official synopsis.

Release date: 17 September via Apple TV

Y: The Last Man

“Based on DC Comics’ acclaimed series by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates every mammal with a Y chromosome but for one cisgender man and his pet monkey,” explains the official synopsis.

“The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better.”

Release date: 22 September via Star on Disney+

Dear White People: Season 4

Dear White People’s final chapter is taking a bit of a different form, since it’s the show’s first-ever musical season. And creator Justin Simien has promised that “virtue signalling” will be the prevailing theme.

“The myth of meritocracy, which sounds so highfalutin, but this idea that we can sort of put up an Instagram post, to support Black lives and then sort of like wipe our hands and we’re done,” he explains to Deadline. “Or the sort of false equivalent of a Black person getting an opportunity because suddenly the world is invested in Black lives and they think that they’ve done enough. You know what happens next? You know capitalism is still here and alive and well. Racism and the patriarchy and all kinds of horrible things live on in every institution, including capitalism.

“So, what happens to a Black life after it’s been declared that it mattered was really the question of this season before we realised how urgent that question needed to be asked.”

Release date: 22 September via Netflix

Midnight Mass

The arrival of a mysterious priest (Hamish Linklater) shocks the island in Netflix's Midnight Mass.
The arrival of a mysterious priest (Hamish Linklater) shocks a local community in Midnight Mass.

From the creators of The Haunting Of Hill House, Midnight Mass sees a charismatic priest unexpectedly arrive in a dying island town – leaving miracles, mysteries and renewed religious fervour in his wake.

Release date: 24 September via Netflix

Foundation

According to Apple TV’s synopsis, ambitious sci-fi drama Foundation “chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilisation amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.”

Release date: 24 September via Apple TV

The Chestnut Man

From the creator of The Killing comes The Chestnut Man, a thrilling Nordic noir about a series of brutal murders in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen.

Release date: 29 September via Netflix

Maid

MAID (L to R) MARGARET QUALLEY as ALEX and RYLEA NEVAEH WHITTET as MADDY in episode 110 of MAID Cr. RICARDO HUBBS/NETFLIX © 2021
Maid promises to be every bit as uplifting as it is thought-provoking.

Inspired by true events, Maid follows the story of Alex, a young mother who, after fleeing an abusive relationship, is forced to become a cleaner in order to support herself and her young daughter. In the process, she becomes a “nameless ghost” to her upper-middle class clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about.

Release date: 1 October via Netflix

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Just like the OG movie, Amazon Prime’s I Know What You Did Last Summer sees a group of teenagers stalked by a mysterious killer just one year after a fatal accident on the night of their graduation. Who will make it out alive, we wonder…

Release date: 15 October via Amazon Prime

You: Season 3

In the third season of You, Penn Badgley’s Joe is tackling fatherhood as he is forced to leave and settle in a new town called Bainbridge. There, he meets and falls in love with a new woman called Mary Kay DiMarco. And, based on his romantic (read: obsessive and murderous) history so far, it’s safe to assume that things don’t go smoothly…

Release date: 15 October via Netflix

Angela Black

Angela Black ITV
Angela Black is coming to ITV this autumn.

The eponymous Angela Black wants everyone to believe that she’s living a completely happy life in suburban London. The reality, though, is that she’s a victim of domestic abuse and trapped in a marriage she can’t escape.

When she is unexpectedly approached by a private investigator, who shares some of her husband’s most sinister secrets, Angela is faced with a choice: continue to suffer at her violent spouse’s hands, or fight for her freedom. But can she really trust the word of that mysterious detective?

Release date: TBC via ITV

Invasion

Invasion is set across multiple continents and follows an alien invasion through multiple perspectives around the world.

Release date: 22 October via Apple TV

Showtrial

Celine Buckens and Tracy Ifeachor in Showtrial
Showtrial is the BBC's twisted new crime drama.

Showtrial tells the story of a high-profile court case that sees a privileged young woman called Talitha Campbell charged with conspiracy to commit murder. But, as she leans on duty solicitor Cleo Roberts, the pair find themselves going up against a lawyer who aims to weaponise Talitha’s gender and social privilege. 

Release date: TBC via BBC One

American Horror Story: Double Feature

The 10th season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story is titled Double Feature, reflecting its unusual structure. That’s right, AHS fans: it contains two separate stories; Red Tide is set by the sea, while Death Valley is set by the sand.

Watch the teaser for yourself below:

Release date: October via Star on Disney+

Succession: Season 3

The third season of Succession is expected to pick up exactly where things were left, in the moments following Kendall’s televised statement.

As Variety reports: “Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of season two, Logan Roy begins season three in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.”

Release date: October via Sky Atlantic

Insecure: Season 5

The Emmy-nominated brainchild of Issa Rae, Insecure is returning for its fifth and final season this autumn, and it aims to pick things up where season four left off: with Issa and Molly picking up the frayed ends of their friendship and doing their best to put them back together, before it’s too late.

Release date: October via Sky Comedy

Colin In Black And White

Colin in Black & White: Netflix just gave us our first look at Colin Kaepernick and Ava Duvernay’s new drama
Colin in Black & White is coming to Netflix this October.

Created by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Colin In Black & White tackles the obstacles of race, class and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family in Central California.

Release date: 29 October via Netflix

The Girl Before

The Girl Before tells the story of Jane, who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect. There’s just one catch: occupants have to abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways, but when she makes the shocking discovery about her predecessor, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities. As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before…

Release date: TBC via BBC One

Ridley Road

BBC's Ridley Road: Tom Varey and Agnes O'Casey as Jack Morris and Vivien Epstein
Tom Varey and Agnes O’Casey take the lead in Ridley Road.

“Inspired by the struggle of the 62 Group, a coalition of Jewish men who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain, Ridley Road sees Vivien leaving her comfortable life in Manchester and starting to work with them,” explains the BBC’s official synopsis. 

“When she realises that Jack, her missing boyfriend (played by Tom Varey) has been badly injured, Vivien infiltrates the NSM, a neo-Nazi movement which is becoming increasingly prominent in London.

“And, as Vivien descends further into the fascist organisation, both her courage and loyalties are challenged.”

Release date: TBC via BBC One

The Shrink Next Door

Based on real-life events, The Shrink Next Door explores what happens when Dr Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf used his position of power to manipulate his patient, Marty Markowitz, and take over his life, isolating him from everyone else he holds dear.

Release date: 19 November via Apple TV

Landscapers

Olivia Colman’s new true crime drama, Landscapers, brings us the story of mild-mannered Susan Wycherley and her husband, and asks us how they came to kill Susan’s parents and bury them in the back garden of their Mansfield home. 

Release date: TBC via Sky Atlantic and NOW

Doctor Who: Season 13

The 13th Doctor will be returning for a 13th season this autumn, and the BBC has promised that it will be her “biggest adventure yet.”

Release date: TBC via BBC One

The Beatles: Get Back

This three-part documentary series – directed and produced by Peter Jackson, no less – takes audiences back in time to the Beatles’s intimate recording sessions for their 1970 album, Let It Be.

Release date: 25 November via Disney+

The Tower

Based on Post Mortem, the first in Kate London’s Metropolitan series of novels, this crime drama begins as a veteran cop and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in south-east London. Cue detective Sarah Collins stepping in to uncover the truth behind the grisly deaths – and track down the lone missing survivor, too.

Release date: TBC via ITV

Help

Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham’s new must-watch drama, Help, is set in a fictional Liverpool care home during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, as one young woman goes to extraordinary lengths to protect those in her care.

Release date: TBC via Channel 4

Scenes From A Marriage

Scenes From A Marriage
Scenes From A Marriage is expected to air this autumn.

In Scenes From A Marriage, Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac play a couple trapped in a sadly disintegrating relationship. And, in the process, it aims to “re-examine [our perception] of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.”

Release date: TBC via Sky Atlantic and NOW

Hollington Drive

Starring Line Of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin, the incredibly tense Hollington Drive starts off simply enough, as the families of two sisters come together at a summer BBQ. It’s the sort of chilled out evening where it seems absolutely nothing could go wrong… until it does. Spectacularly.

Release date: TBC via ITV

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Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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