If you’re like me and struggle with bouts of the January Blues then having some decent TV shows to obsess over are a must for getting through those long winter nights. So here’s what I’m looking forward to watching in 2016.
Vikings is the creation of Micheal Hirst (creator of other historical dramas like The Tudors and The Borgias) follows the rise of legendary viking Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick – above). When Ragnar convinces the King of Kattegat to allow him to sail West during the summer raids, he discovers Northern England and begins an ambitious rise to power. Brains, blood and plenty of Norse Mythology, and stunning cinematography. I might have to binge on Seasons 1, 2 and 3 before 4 hits Prime in the Spring.
Amazing. Elliot (played by Rami Malek) is a hacker and programmer who suffers with social anxiety disorder. He hacks everyone he knows as a way of understanding the world he lives in and those closest to him, often protecting them by hacking those who would try to harm them. A mysterious anarchist called Mr Robot contacts him and invites him to join ‘fsociety’; a hacker group with ambitious plans. So addictive and enthralling that hubs and I devoured the first season in three days!
When the trailers for The 100 appeared on E4, I was skeptical. It looked like 90210 and The Hunger Games had been crammed into a blender together. I was so wrong. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the human race has retreated to a space station called ‘The Ark’, The 100 follows the journey of 100 teen delinquents who are sent down to earth in an experiment to see whether it is now habitable. Really easy to watch with plenty of twists and turns. Can’t wait for Season 3.
Black Sails was Starz answer to filling the void left behind when Spartacus finished. It follows the feuds and friendships of Nassau’s pirates in the early 17th century. In all honesty Black Sails didn’t hook me straight away, but I stuck with it and I’m so glad I did because Season 2 was a total corker. With a blend of historical names (Blackbeard, Anne Bonney and Jack Rackham) and a few from the storybooks (Captain Flint and Long John Silver) it’s a great mix of fact and fiction, and definitely worth a look before Season 3 hits this month.
Do I really need to explain Game of Thrones? Five seasons in and I’m still hooked. Mostly because of this fierce HBIC; Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie – above).
I’ve heard so many great things about Canal+ foray into 17th Century France, and now that it’s bagged a second season I’m even more curious. Versailles follows the story of Louis XIV’s (George Blagden) expansion of Versailles from swampy hunting lodge to extravagant palace. Blinded by a determination to make his dreams a reality, the not-quite-yet Sun King has to deal with war, money woes, court intrigues, his brother Phillipe d’Orleans (played by Welshy Alexander Vlahos) and affairs of the heart. It’s like someone plucked my dream bodice ripper out my head and made it a reality!
Penny Dreadful Penny Dreadful is a Victoriana-fest and one of my favourite shows on TV. A downright gorgeous production (and cast – Eva Green is so damned beautiful), it brings the best of 19th century gothic horror – werewolves, vampires, witches, immortals, Frankenstein’s monster – to life. Eva Green plays Vanessa Ives, entangled against her will to an ancient evil that has come to terrorise Victorian London. Together with American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), they create a league that seeks out and stops supernatural threats. Season 3 is heading this way in 2016!
What shows are you looking forward to watching in 2016?