Get ready to welcome back some old favourites this summer as a few long-awaited sequel seasons are set to air very soon. But that’s not all – from true crime drama to exciting new adaptations, summer 2019 is shaping up to be stellar on the small screen (plus, with casts like these, they are packing serious star power). Here are the TV shows that will be worth scheduling in sofa time for, regardless of the weather.
Killing Eve season 2
Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer return this summer in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BAFTA-winning cat-and-mouse drama
Killing Eve, following the monumental success of season one (though Waller-Bridge handed over the writing reins to Emerald Fennell for season two, she’s still on board as executive producer). BBC America had it first, but it’ll finally arrive in the UK in June. The action picks up after the showdown of the first season’s finale, with a bloodied Comer back as the slick hit-woman Villanelle.
BBC One, date TBC.
Big Little Lies season 2
As if the return of the “Monterey five” in the Golden Globe-winning drama with a stellar cast (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley at the forefront) wasn’t exciting enough already, season two is bringing with it a further burst of star power – Meryl Streep.
HBO/Sky Atlantic, June 10.
Stranger Things season 3
Sci-fi fans were made to wait as
Stranger Things took a hiatus year in 2018, following the drop of the second season in late 2017, but an air date for the eagerly awaited third instalment is now confirmed – July 4 2019. All of the original cast are on board for the forthcoming season (Millie Bobby Brown has been Instagramming about how excited she is for viewers to see the new episodes), along with a few new additions (including Maya Thurman-Hawke) and the action is due to take place in the summer of 1985.
Netflix, July 4.
When They See Us
Ava Duvernay turns her brilliant hand to a four-part dramatisation of the infamous case of the “Central Park Five”. Exposing the breakdown of the criminal justice system, the series depicts the wrongful conviction of five teenage boys for the sexual assault of a female jogger in Central Park in 1989.
Netflix, May 31.
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel gets a star-studded onscreen adaptation this year, with David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jack Whitehall, Anna Maxwell Martin, John Hamm and Derek Jacobi all appearing in the apocalypse-set drama.
Amazon Prime from May 31, later on BBC Two.
Four Weddings And A Funeral
25 years after Andie MacDowell stood in front of Hugh Grant and asked him if it was still raining, she will guest star in Mindy Kaling’s television adaptation of
Four Weddings And A Funeral. With Nathalie Emmanuel as Maya and Nikesh Patel as Kash, it follows a group of friends who reunite in London for a wedding and then a tumultuous year of romance and heartbreak ensues.
Hulu, July 31, and expected in the UK shortly after. Shutterstock