20 TV shows to watch in 2022, from House of Dragon to Mr and Mrs Smith

Ssocial media addiction! Health scandals! Misery of money! The television of 2022 certainly reflects the modern issues of the day.

But there is also a lot of escapism in the schedules. thriller comedy the after party and spy thriller The Ipcress folderto prestige period drama Golden age and big-budget fantasy the Lord of the Ringsthere’s a huge TV choice coming next year.

Here’s our pick of the 20 best new series to watch…

This is going to hurt on BBC One

The only glimpse we’ve had of this series so far is a photograph of Ben Whishaw, looking quite tired, in a blood-splattered shirt. So far, so junior doctor. The actor stars as young doctor Adam Kay in the drama, an adaptation of the real young doctor’s medical memoir, which has been read by millions around the world. His book was both hilarious and horrifying, covering everything from the removal of foreign objects from rectums to NHS politics – so we can certainly expect the same from this seven-part series.

the after party on AppleTV+

Jamie Demetriou, Tiffany Haddish, Dave Franco and Ilana Glazer are just a few of the stars on watch in this new thriller with a twist. A celebrity was murdered at her high school reunion afterparty. As it turns out, many people at the event had plenty of reasons to hate the guy, which means there are plenty of suspects. In each of the eight episodes, a different character recounts the night’s events from their perspective. Think The casebut with jokes.

The Ipcress folder on ITV

Peaky Blinders Star Joe Cole swaps 1920s Birmingham for 1960s Berlin in this new TV adaptation of Len Deighton’s classic spy novel, as he takes on the iconic role of spy Harry Palmer. Set at the height of the Cold War, the drama follows Palmer, a working-class British sergeant in Germany who ends up becoming a secret agent to avoid a stint in military prison for shady business. Lucy Boynton is her assistant and love interest Jean Courtney and Tom Hollander plays Major Dalby, a British intelligence officer.

As we see on Amazon Prime

Avant-garde coming-of-age drama “As We See It”

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In a television premiere, the three leads in this coming-of-age comedy-drama – Rick Glassman, Albert Rutecki and Sue Ann Pien – identify as being on the autism spectrum. The show follows their characters, a group of housemates, as they encounter setbacks and triumphs in the worlds of work, friendship, and romance.

Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix

big little lies Creator David E Kelley is back with a new drama delving into the life of the elite – but this time the action is set in Britain rather than California. Anatomy of a Scandal is an adaptation of the 2017 book of the same name, following the ripple effects of a rape accusation. Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery and Rupert Friend lead the star-studded cast.

Call my agent on Amazon Prime

The original French comedy, set in a Parisian talent agency, was a smash hit with viewers around the world. Now a UK version has been devised by John Morton, the creator of the perfect BBC parody W1A. Lydia Leonard plays the equivalent of Camille Cottin’s no-frills agent, Andréa Martel. As with the French show, this one will have rolling guest stars as discerning clientele: Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West are among those confirmed to star.

the Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime

The most expensive TV series of all time is finally coming in 2022. With a budget of $465 million, expectations are pretty high for the fantasy drama, set in the fantasy world of JRR Tolkien thousands of years before movie events. It will star Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Joseph Mawle, Lenny Henry, Peter Mullan and Sainte Maud starring Morfydd Clark.

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Pam and Tommy on Disney+

Lily James and Sebastian Stan in “Pam & Tommy”


The story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s infamous sex tape – “the first ever viral video” – is dramatized in this highly publicized Hulu show. It’s been doing the rounds since photos surfaced of Lily James’ extreme makeover for the role of the Baywatch icon. She stars alongside Sebastian Stan as the drummer for Mötley Crüe.

The stall on Disney+

Elizabeth Holmes, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, was at the center of the hit podcast The stall. Now this podcast is being adapted into a TV drama starring Mom MiaThis is Amanda Seyfried. He’ll tell how the disgraced founder of Theranos claimed she had invented blood-testing technology that would revolutionize healthcare – only for it all to turn out to be a scam.

Mr and Mrs Smith on Amazon Prime

Donald Glover is the co-creator and star of this adaptation of the 2005 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie film. Mr and Mrs Smith. The action-comedy revolves around a bored suburban married couple who discover the other is an assassin when they are tasked with killing each other. Flea bagPhoebe Waller-Bridge of had been cast to star opposite Glover, but left the project due to creative differences.

Brideshead revisited on BBC One

call me by your name director Luca Guadagnino adapts Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel for the small screen, with an army of stars playing the lead roles. Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes and Joe Alwyn are just a few of the actors who will appear in this story of a young British man who mingles with an aristocratic family after visiting their ancestral home.

Dragon House on Sky Atlantic

Blonde Ambition: Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen


The first of a long planned series game of thrones sequels, prequels and spinoffs, Dragon House takes place two centuries before the original series and focuses on the tensions within House Targaryen. Starring Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans, the show is adapted from events in George RR Martin’s book Fire and blood.

The staircase on HBO Max

The hit true-crime documentary of the same name is now being adapted into a fictional series, starring Colin Firth, Toni Collette and Parker Posey. It centers on Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of murdering his wife in 2001. Peterson claimed his partner, Kathleen, died when she fell down the stairs – but police suspected he had staged the scene to look like an accident.

Trigger point on ITV

From the promotional photos released so far, it’s hard to tell this new thriller from the BBC hit. Course of action. Basically, it’s Vicky McClure, looking really, really worried, in a police vest. If you look closely enough, however, there are significant differences. This time she’s playing an ex-military bomb disposal officer and there’s no charismatic Irishman talking about his life’s mission of catching twisted brass.

SAS: Rogue Heroes on BBC One

Sex education favorite Connor Swindells leads the cast of SAS: Rogue Heroesa drama about the training of the special forces of Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Much of it was shot in the Sahara Desert in 50 degree heat. “Sand everywhere,” Swindells said recently The Independent. “Sand in your ears, sand in your eyes, sand in your butt. You couldn’t escape it. I never want to go back to Camber Sands again. It was a real test of endurance, a long and old job, but fantastic.

Marriage on BBC One

This four-parter should be a flawless portrait of a wedding starring Sean Bean and Nicola Walker as they navigate the tumultuous ups and downs of their 30-year partnership. Both actors excelled at bringing grit and realism to their roles – Walker in a chill thriller Unforgettable and Bean in the prison drama Time – so it’s definitely one to look forward to.

Mood on BBC 3

‘Mood’ started as a solo piece with Nicôle Lecky as Sasha


Two of BBC Three’s best offerings started out as small, female-led plays, including Flea bag and Britney. Could Nicole Lecky’s musical drama Mood have the same success? It follows the young star as an aspiring singer and rapper who faces the temptations and dangers of the darker elements of social media and online sex work.

Chloe on BBC One

Sex education Director Alice Seabright has created this new mystery thriller that deals with themes of obsession, deception, identity and grief. He follows Becky (The crown‘s Erin Doherty), a young woman working as a temp and living with her mother who develops an unhealthy fixation with the perfect life that Chloe (Poppy Gilbert) projects on her Instagram account.

Anne on ITV

Maxine Peake stars in this drama as real-life mother Anne Williams, who campaigned endlessly for the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 97 Liverpool football fans died, including her young son Kevin . The four-parter also features Stephen Walters (Little Blue Boylisten)) as Steve, Anne’s husband.

Golden age on Sky Atlantic

Downton Abbey fans, get ready, because Julian Fellowes is back with another high-profile period drama. This time around, the action takes place in 1880s New York, where aristocratic families with old money clash with wealthy newcomers amassing vast fortunes from the railroad, coal and copper. Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon and Carrie Coon star.

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