Best returning TV series for 2018

Best Returning TV series for 2018

Doctor Who

Guide to the best shows including Westworld, Doctor Who, X-Files, Legion and Better Call Saul

2017 was yet another amazing year for TV addicts. New shows like Legion, The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies and Motherland impressed in very different ways, then there was the return of old favourites like X-Files, Star Trek and Twin Peaks. Even The Great British Bake off survived the move to Channel 4 virtually unscathed. Can 2018 live up to the same standard? Highlights include the long await return of Westworld and the first female Doctor (Who) but if you're wondering 'where the hell is Game of Thrones?' it doesn't look like the fantasy epic will be back until 2019 for the final season. But don't worry, there's plenty of other great returning shows to keep you busy.

WILL & GRACE: SEASON 9
After an 11 year break the sitcom has been revived with Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes returning.
Channel 5, Jan 5.

AGENTS OF SHIELD: SEASON 5
After encounters with Ghost Rider, the Darkhold and Aida the team head off world in this Marvel TV spin off.
E4, Jan.

AMERICAN CRIME STORY: SEASON 2
After tackling OJ the second season of this true crime series delves into the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
BBC Two, Jan (tbc).

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE: SEASON 5
Silly but stupidly funny police sitcom starring Andy Samberg.
E4, Jan.

CALL THE MIDWIFE: SERIES 7
Bafflingly popular period drama about babies and that.
BBC One, Jan.

HOMELAND: SEASON 7
Season 6 focussed on fake news and media manipulation, season 7 of paranoid thriller Homeland looks like it will continue down this road with another star turn from Claire Danes.
Channel 4, Jan (tbc)

SHETLAND: SEASON 4
Douglas Henshall returns for another series of this rugged murder mystery set on the Scottish isles.
BBC One, Jan.

SILENT WITNESS: SERIES 21
21 seasons in and there's still murders to solve in Manchester with the forensics team headed by Emilia Fox.
BBC One, Jan.

THE SIMPSONS: SEASON 29
More shenanigans with the world's favourite yellow animated family, still going strong at season 29 (!!).
Sky 1, Jan.

THE X-FILES: SEASON 11
Mulder and Scully return (again) for more sci-fi and supernatural shenanigans. Picking up from events back in the 90s it appears season 11 will focus on the FBI Agent's search for their son William.
Channel 5, Jan.

LEGION: SEASON 2
Mind bending superhero action starring Dan Stevens as a powerful mutant with destructive powers. Very loosely based on Marvel comic's X-Men universe given a stylish twist by show runner Noah Hawley (Fargo).
Fox (UK), Feb (tbc).

THE HANDMAID'S TALE: SEASON 2
A dark dystopian science fiction tackling ideas of sexism, class and religion. Season 2 heads into new territory after covering the events of Margaret Atwood's seminal novel.
Channel 4, April (tbc).

VEEP: SEASON 7
Brilliantly funny political satire, and Selina Myer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) looks like she's set her sights on the Presidency once again. Seventh and final season.
Sky Atlantic, April (tbc).

BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON 4
Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad spin off continues to excel (some might even argue it's better than its parent show).
Netflix, spring.

BILLIONS: SEASON 3
More cut throat business and shady deals as Damien Lewis returns as billionaire hedge fund manager Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod locked in a long complex game with Charles Rhoades Jr (Paul Giamatti).
Sky Atlantic, spring.

NO OFFENCE: SEASON 3
Comedy drama set in a Manchester police station, created by Paul Abbott (Cracker / Shameless). Tapping into current political tensions season three starts with the attempted assassination of a local politician by a far right group.
Channel 4, Spring.

WESTWORLD: SEASON 2
Big budget sci-fi morality tale about a super advanced old west theme park populated by androids. Returning after a two year break season one ended with the robots achieving some level of self awareness and revolting against their programming.
Sky Atlantic, spring.

DOCTOR WHO: SEASON 11
Jodie Whitakker stars as the first ever female doctor, and Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) takes over as showrunner. With all the 'girls can't be doctors' kerfuffle the fact that Bradley Walsh is a new companion (alongside Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill) seems to have slipped in under the radar.
BBC One, Autumn.

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 9
Season 8 is still running so it's hard to predict what's next in zombie land. Will we jump forward several years as appeared to be sign posted in the first episode of the current series?
FOX (UK), October.

LUKE CAGE: SEASON 2
Super strong with unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Michael Coulter) is back for more tough superhero action in the Netlflix / Marvel co-production.
Netflix, date tbc.

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