February isn’t the best month for outdoor activities. It’s cold outside and the menacing British climate means rain is never too far away. So what could be better than snuggling up on the sofa with a great new television series over the next few weeks?
Here’s our pick of the 10 best new television shows, perfect for slobbing out in front of with a selection of snacks and blankets, with most available to watch at your leisure on Netflix, iPlayer or 4OD.
Just when you though you’d had enough of cold climate murder mysteries, along comes another one that’ll have you acting detective when you get home from work. Fortitude was filmed in the UK and Iceland, and stars Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci, Sienna Guillory and Christopher Eccleston. A 12-part thriller that promises to be addictive.
9pm, January 29, Sky Atlantic
Combining the talents of Pulling writer and star Sharon Horgan with lumbersexual US comic Rob Delaney, Catastrophe is the most foul-mouthed rom-com you’re likely to see all year. Fast paced and fun, the action starts when a week long fling ends in pregnancy and the two transatlantic strangers decide to keep the baby.
10pm, Mondays, Channel 4
A stately adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s dark historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, thiss star-studded six-parter sees Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII and Joanne Whalley as Catherine of Aragon. It’s already bought in BBC2’s biggest ratings for a drama in 10 years, so you’re probably already as engrossed as us in the goings-on of the Tudor court.
9pm, Wednesdays, BBC2
Better Call Saul
Binge watching TV fans who’ve been weeping onto their remote controls since Breaking Bad finished will be letting forth a screech of joy upon hearing news that the Netflix debut of spin-off show Better Call Saul is almost upon us. It follows the life of dodgy lawyer Saul Goodman and is set six years before the action begins in Breaking Bad.
February 9, Netflix
The Casual Vacancy
The BBC have joined forces with US television titans HBO for this adaptation of JK Rowling’s ‘grown-ups’ book from 2012, with EastEnders and Being Human writer Sarah Phelps at the helm. Make up of three hour long episodes, this mini series is set in the fictional English town of Pagford and sees Keeley Hawes and Miss Marple’s Julia McKenzie’s starring against Michael Gambon as a surprise death disrupts sleepy country life.
February 15, BBC
The ever-wonderful Julie Walters stars in Channel 4’s pricey new period drama. With a budget of £14 million, it’s the most expensive show the channel has ever commissioned, so expect lavish sets and scenery from the show, which looks at a group of British toffs living in India in the 1930s, before the country separated from the Empire.
February tbc, Channel 4
Best known for penning Queer As Folk and Doctor Who, Russell T Davies’ latest triumph of a show looks at gay life in contemporary Britain. As groundbreaking as ever, the show - which also runs alongside another series called Banana, and an online show called Tofu - looks specifically at the dynamic between older gay men.
9pm, Thursday, Channel 4
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Penned by 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper from the US version of The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is based on a slightly ludicrous premise – that our leading lady has just been freed from doomsday cult and decides to travel to New York to become a nanny. Lots of hilarious misunderstanding ensue, and with Fey up front, it’s bound to be a barrel of laughs.
March 6, Netflix
Starting out as a budget web series, the second season of Broad City finds best friends and seasoned stoners Abbi and Ilana continuing to struggle – albeit hilariously – with twentysomething life in New York. Expect hip-hop interludes, naked dance sequences and the occasional epic gross-out joke.
UK tbc, Comedy Central
The latest offering from US mumblecore kings, Mark and Jay Duplass, Togetherness is a new family and friendship drama which mixes every present fears of turning 40 against an LA backdrop, and with some sterling performance from Amanda Peet and Melanie Lynskey.
10.35pm, Mondays, Sky Atlantic