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10 TV Shows You Don't Want To Miss In 2017

What you'll be talking about in the office over the next 12 months.

BY olivia ovenden | Feb 8, 2017 | Film & TV

Revenue from streaming and on-demand services surged 23% last year, proving that the Golden Age of TV is still very much upon us.

This year, the small screen will remain to place to be with the return of much-missed series like House of Cards and the even longer missed Twin Peaks, back after a 26 year hiatus.

We also have plenty of new stuff to look forward to including a suburban murder drama from the director of Dallas Buyers Club and series based on the drug cartel of El Chapo to fill that Narcos-shaped hole in your life.

These are the shows everyone in the office will be asking if you're watching, so get there before they do.

Big Little Lies

An impressive cast including Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Reece Witherspoon and Alexander Skarsgård star in this new drama based on the best-selling novel of the same name. The story follows a murder investigation in a suburban town and, like The Affair, interview footage of suspects is spliced into the plot. Oscar-winning director Jean-Marc Vallée (Mud, Dallas Buyers Club) is at the helm too, so we're expecting compelling stuff.

Coming in February


Idris Elba and Freida Pinto are amongst the cast of this new drama from the Oscar-award winning writer of 12 Years a Slave. The ShowTime six part series follows a couple who liberate a political prisoner and form an underground cell in 1970s London. Their aim is to target an anti-black activism department of the intelligence service.

Airing 13 April

El Chapo

Having been extradited just last month, nefarious drug baron and criminal Joaquín Guzmán, or 'El Chapo', will be the centre for a new Narcos-style crime drama. The project is a partnership between Univision and Netflix and will be based on the ruthless former head of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel - the world's most powerful until El Chapo's arrest. Your new favourite drug lords await you.

Coming April on Netflix

Twin Peaks (Season 3)

After 26 long years, David Lynch's cult show Twin Peaks is returning for a third season and one tidbit of information we know is that Kyle MacLachlan will be returning to the show to reprise his character Agent Dale Cooper. New cast members include Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Cera and Monica Bellucci. Fans of Stranger Things will finally get all those supernatural references everyone talks about.

Airing 21 May

House of Cards (Season 5)

Having waged a war at the final curtain fall of season 4, we can only feel sorry for who comes into the path of Frank Underwood in the next season of Netflix's Machiavellian political drama. One theory sending fans into a tailspin is the prospect of murdered Zoe Barnes returning after she appeared on a teaser trailer. Nothing can be more unbelievable than politics IRL.

Airing 30 May on Netflix

I'm Dying Up Here

Jim Carrey fills the Executive Producer chair on this comedy set in the stand-up scene of 1970s Los Angeles. This new series delves into what it is that makes people laugh and why people stand on stage wanting approval from strangers. The writer who penned scripts for Masters Of Sex and Desperate Housewives has adapted the novel of the same name.

Coming June

Game of Thrones (Season 7)

Though the penultimate season of HBO's Game of Thrones was pushed back from it's usual release date of April to the summer, it will be worth the wait. Season six ended with Cersei having seized the Iron Throne, Jon Snow reigning as King of the North and Daenerys sailing to Westeros with Tyrion. In true GoT fashion this won't be a set up that survives for the final season, Sophie Turner who plays Sansa Stark has warned that not everyone will make it to season 8.

Airing 25 June

Tin Star

Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks team up for this new 10-part drama written by the screenwriter of 28 Days Later and Before I Go to Sleep. Roth plays a former London policeman who moves to a rural town and finds it overrun with drugs, prostitution and organised crime. His attempts to help sets a gang of killers on the loose and sees him determined for revenge.

The Trip To Spain

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan's culinary car trips through England and Italy had fans endlessly mimicking their celebrity impressions and laughing at their barbed exchanges, brilliantly captured by director Michael Winterbottom. This time their trip takes them to Spain, from the Basque region to Andalusia, promising more petty competitiveness and sombred reflections on middle age along the way.

Stranger Things (Season 2)

When the teaser for the much anticipated follow-up series of Stranger Things was dropped during the Superbowl, fans promptly lost their s**t. Little is known about the second season so far apart from that it will be released on Halloween, set a year on from season one and that there will be Justice For Barb.

Airing 31 October on Netflix

From: Esquire UK