Best returning TV series for 2017
Guide to the best shows including Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Girls, 24 and Curb Your Enthusiasm
2016 was an amazing year in TV. And 2017 is shaping up to be another cracker as we catch up on some of the best dramas and comedy coming your way over the next twelve months. And if you are wondering why 2016's biggest premiere Westworld is missing it's because the writers have decided to push it back to 2018 (as showrunner Jonathan Nolan explained to Variety: 'We're not going to follow the annual year-on-year tradition of television. Television's changing. And the ambition of the project is such that we're going to take our time to get the second season right.'). But don't worry there's plenty to keep you entertained.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 4 (E4, 5 Jan)
American cop comedy. Silly, goofy and incredibly funny headed by Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Andre Braugher, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz and Terry Crews as the dysfunctional family that make up the 99th precinct.
Fortitude: Season 2 (Sky Atlantic, Jan)
The plot to season 1 was all over the place but featured some stunning scenery and a fantastic cast. Hopefully season 2 can hone the story as Dennis Quad joins the cast for another subzero mystery.
Homeland: Season 6 (Channel 4, Jan)
Carrie (Claire Danes) is back in the US attempting to crack another conspiracy, this time during a presidential election.
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: Season 4 (E4, Jan)
Marvel's TV spin off continues with more super powered espionage. Season 4 introduces Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna).
24: Legacy (FOX UK, 14 Feb)
24 without Jack Bauer?! Though might be worth giving Corey Hawkins, as he faces terrorists against the clock in the brand new 24, a chance before we write off the whole enterprise as sacrilege.
Girls: Season 6 (Sky Atlantic, Feb)
The final season of Lena Dunham's comedy-drama about a group of female friends in New York.
Doctor Who: Series 10 (BBC One, Spring)
Writer Stephen Moffat's last series of Who introduces a new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and adds bumbling alien Nardole (Matt Lucas) to the time travelling team.
Game of Thrones: Season 7 (Sky Atlantic, Summer)
The fantasy epic heads towards an epic conclusion. Just two more series to go with a late return in summer for the populous of Westeros, where winter has most certainly come and as key characters are converging on the North. Unlike previous seasons, the seventh features only seven episodes, here's hoping they are all extended in length.
American Horror Story: Season 7 (FOX, October)
The theme is a complete mystery but the glossy anthology horror show is definitely returning in 2017.
The Walking Dead: Season 7.2 and 8 (FOX, Feb and October)
Season 7 returns on 13 Feb with season 8 back in October. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang can kill zombies in their sleep by now but will they have solved their very nasty Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) problem by then?
American Crime Story: Season 2 (BBC Two, date tbc)
After examining the OJ Simpson murder trial ACS takes a slight detour to tackle Hurricane Katrina and it's devastating aftermath in New Orleans.
Catastrophe: Series 3 (Channel 4, date tbc)
The most realistic relationship comedy on TV. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney have confirmed they are writing two new series of Catastrophe.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 9 (Sky Atlantic, date tbc)
After a five year break we catch up with TV's funniest curmudgeon, Larry David, for more semi-autobiographical calamities.