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Best new thriller series: 13 shows coming to a TV screen near you very soon

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From The Girl Before and Stay Close to Gangs Of London, these are the pulse-pounding new thrillers to have on your radar…     

If you prefer your TV to be on the tense, dark, and brooding side, then you’re in luck; there’s a bevy of new thrillers coming to our screens.

Hot on the heels of Line Of Duty, The Serpent, Lupin, The Pact, and Time, these shows are all guaranteed to keep you gripped from start to finish. And, whether you prefer your thrillers to be about relationships, politics, conspiracy theories, or murder most foul, then there’s something in the mix for you.

Gangs Of London

Gangs Of London
Gangs Of London: the crime drama returns to our TV screens in 2022

Upon its initial debut in 2020, Gangs Of London became the biggest Sky Original drama launch on Sky Atlantic of the past five years.

Now, the crime drama is returning for a second season, as the gangs battle to decide who will win the soul of London. Set one year after the tumultuous events of series one, series two charts London’s map and soul being redrawn. 

“Since the collapse of the Wallace Dumani empire, order is lacking and the energy and chaos of a gold rush threatens the city with gangland anarchy,” reads the official synopsis. “As The Investors step in, a new gang leader is tasked with restoring the status quo.

Release date: Gangs Of London series two is set to air on Sky and NowTV in 2022.

Trigger Point

Vicky McClure’s Trigger Point is a must-watch for Line of Duty fans
Vicky McClure’s Trigger Point is a must-watch for Line of Duty fans

This high octane thriller from Jed Mercurio focuses on a bomb disposal team, with Vicky McClure taking on the role of front line officer Lana Washington. An ex-military operative, Lana is pushed to breaking point when she’s forced to deal with a series of homemade explosives, and she can’t help but become suspicious that the bomber is premeditatedly targeting her unit. Is she right, though? And, if so, how will she discover the bomber’s real identity?

Release date: Trigger Point will premiere on ITV in 2022.

My Name Is Lizzie

Niamh Algar will star as My Name Is Lizzie’s female undercover officer, codename ‘Lizzie James’.
Niamh Algar will star as Deceit’s female undercover officer, codename ‘Lizzie James’.

Examining the complicated and toxic sexual politics of the early 90s and the police’s obsession with the wrong man, Channel 4’s My Name Is Lizzie is based on a true story. And, as the name suggests, it follows a female undercover officer, codename ‘Lizzie James’ (Niamh Algar), when she is asked to become sexual bait for a suspected killer.

Release date: The official release date has yet to be confirmed.

The English

Upcoming BBC drama The English follows Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt) as she arrives in the new and wild landscape of the West, desperate to wreak revenge on the man she believes responsible for the death of her son. 

Release date: The English is expected to air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK in the early half of 2022.

Hollington Drive

Hollington Drive: ITV's new four-part drama
Hollington Drive is a new ITV thriller by Jonathan Fisher.

Hollington Drive – aka ITV’s upcoming four-part thriller starring Anna Maxwell Martin – sees one family’s life turned upside down when their 10-year-old neighbour goes missing. But what role, if any, did they play in the tragedy?

Release date: ITV has yet to confirm a release date for Hollington Drive, although it’s looking likely to be hitting our TV screens in late 2021 or early 2022.

The Girl Before

The Girl Before, aka the BBC’s adaptation of JP Delaney’s bestselling psychological thriller, sees Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) stumble on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in an ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect. There’s just one catch; she has to live by his list of exacting rules…

Release date: The Girl Before will air on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 19 December.

BBC The Girl Before

Teacher

Starring Sheridan Smith, upcoming Channel 5 thriller Teacher tells the story of Jenna, whose life falls apart after being accused of a drunken sexual encounter with one of her pupils.

Release date: The four-part series is set to air on Channel 5 this autumn or winter.

Stay Close

Stay Close
Stay Close

Netflix’s star-studded adaptation of Harlan Coben’s bestselling novel, Stay Close, focuses on a trio of characters whose comfortable lives are thrown into turmoil when a long-lost secret comes back to haunt them.

Release date: Stay Close will begin streaming on Netflix on 31 December.

The Outlaws

The Offenders cast
The Offenders is a new BBC crime thriller with a surprising twist.

The Outlaws follows seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol.

“At first, they seem like archetypes we can easily pigeonhole,” explains the show’s official synopsis, “but gradually we see behind their façades, understand their hidden depths and what made them the people they are today. And we are reminded that no one is all good or all bad. Everyone has a story.”

Release date: The Outlaws season 2 will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK in 2022.

The Rig

The Rig, which is directed by Line of Duty and Bodyguard’s John Strickland, follows the crew of the Kishorn Bravo oil rig, which is stationed off the Scottish coast in the dangerous waters of the North Sea. But, just as they are due to return to the mainland, a mysterious and all-enveloping fog rolls through and they find themselves cut off from all communication with the shore and the outside world…

Release date: Filming on The Rig began earlier this year in March 2021. The series is expected to debut on Amazon Prime in 2022.

Anatomy Of A Scandal

Sienna Miller will take the lead in Netflix’s Anatomy Of A Scandal.
Sienna Miller will take the lead in Netflix’s Anatomy Of A Scandal.

Netflix’s Anatomy Of A Scandal follows the story of James (Rupert Friend), a high-flying Home Office minister whose marriage to Sophie (Sienna Miller) is plunged into crisis after the aide that he has an affair with, Olivia, accuses him of rape.

Release date: The series is expected to premiere on Netflix either late summer or early autumn in 2022.

Ridley

Starring Adrian Dunbar, Ridley sees its eponymous retired detective enticed out of retirement by a truly twisted murder case.

Release date: Ridley entered production in autumn this year, and is expected to air in 2022.

The Tourist

Jamie Dornan The Tourist
Jamie Dornan stars as "The Man" in BBC One's The Tourist.

The Tourist throws us headfirst into the Australian outback, where a British man (Jamie Dornan) finds himself being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road. Cue him waking up in hospital with no memory of who he is, and a string of shadowy figures from his past intent on killing him. But why? What has he done to attract their attention? And…

Well, who is he? Really?

Release date: The Tourist will air on BBC One on 1 January 2022.

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