Coming Soon: All the TV shows we’re looking forward to!


James Corden and Ruth Jones with Gavin & Stacey script

Call us telly addicts if you like – we’d take it as a compliment! – but there’s something just so exciting about the promise of fresh new TV shows coming soon to look forward to.

Whether it’s old favourites returning, new faces joining established shows or never-before-seen work from our favourite writers and stars, we absolutely love keeping up with what’s coming down the TV track.

Here’s everything you need to know!

Top UK TV shows coming soon

Gavin & Stacey

Who: James Corden, Ruth Jones, Joanna Page, Matthew Horne, Allison Steadman, Larry Lamb, Rob Brydon

Where: BBC1

When: 25 December 2024

What: You could practically hear the hoots of joy from die-hard fans around the UK when James Corden uploaded an image to his Instagram account that showed him with co-writer Ruth Jones and a script entitled Gavin & Stacey: The Finale.

“Some news… It’s official!!! We have finished writing the last ever episode of Gavin and Stacey. See you on Christmas Day, BBC One. Love Ruth and James,” the post was captioned.

A final episode of the BAFTA-winning comedy, which comprised three series and a Christmas special between 2007 and 2010, has long been mooted.

A one-off Christmas episode in 2019 drew a staggering 18 million viewers – and we suspect the return of Gav, Stace, Smithy, Nessa and the gang for one last knees-up could just top that.

As if we needed another reason to look forward to Christmas!

Death In Paradise

Don Gilet, new lead detective in Death in Paradise.

Don Gilet will be the new lead detective in hit show Death in Paradise Pic: BBC Pictures

Who: Don Gilet, Don Warrington, Shantol Jackson, Ginny Holder, Élizabeth Bourgine and Danny John-Jules

Where: BBC1

When: Christmas 2024

What: Ex-Eastenders star Don Gilet has been announced as the newest lead detective in the BBC’s sun-soaked cosy crime behemoth, Death In Paradise.

He’ll join the cast as Detective Inspector Mervin Wilson, first appearing in a one-off Christmas special in 2024 and reprising the role for the new season in 2025.

Gilet follows in the footsteps of Ralf Little, Ardal O’Hanlon, Kris Marshall and Ben Miller, who have all helmed the show since it first aired in 2011.

Vera

Brenda Blethyn as Vera

Brenda Blethyn as Vera Pic: ITV

Who: Brenda Blethyn

Where: ITV

When: 2025

What: After spending 13 years in DCI Vera Stanhope’s sensible shoes, Brenda Blethyn will be retiring from the role in 2025 as ITV’s long-running detective series Vera comes to a close with season 14.

She was spotted filming the show’s final scenes in Gateshead in May 2024.

Vera is based on the books by My Weekly favourite Ann Cleeves.

The Good Ship Murder

The Good Ship Murder

Shane Ward and Catherine Tyldesley, The Good Ship Murder Pic: Channel 5

Who: Shayne Ward, Catherine Tyldesley, Claire Sweeney

Where: Channel 5

When: Late 2024

What: Take one luxury cruise ship, a bunch of ex-soap stars and a murder to solve: who would’ve thought you’d have a hit on your hands? Well, us, for one. And we weren’t wrong!

We were thrilled to hear that, following the success of Shayne Ward’s sleuthing as Jack Grayling in the first series of The Good Ship Murder, the show had been renewed for two further seasons, as well as a Christmas special.

With season two due to air in late 2024, we’re promised new faces among the crew, guest stars, and a watch “packed with sun, showtunes and subterfuge”.

Bear Grylls’ Bear Hunt

Bear Grylls and Holly Willoughby

Bear Grylls and Holly Willoughby to star in Bear Hunt Pics: Shutterstock

Who: Bear Grylls, Holly Willoughby

Where: Netflix

When: February 2025

What: Touted as a classic game of ‘cat and mouse’, Bear Hunt will see survivalist Bear Grylls try to track down 12 at-large celebrities in the Costa Rican jungle.

Spice Girl Mel B and rugby union star Danny Cipriani are rumoured to be among those taking part – along with Shirley Ballas, who recently got the all-clear after a cancer scare.

Will the Strictly judge be able to quickstep out of Bear’s grasp? One thing’s for sure – we’ll be tuning in to find out.

Holly Willoughby is confirmed to present the show, which will be new to Netflix in the new year.

The Traitors

Claudia Winkleman films The Traitors

Claudia Winkleman, The Traitors Pic: BBC Pictures

Who: Claudia Winkleman

Where: BBC1

When: Likely early 2025

What: While details about season 3 of everyone’s favourite game of TV deception are thin on the ground, what we do know is that it is definitely happening – the news was confirmed in November 2023, before season 2 had even aired.

Applications to appear closed in February 2024, so we can imagine there’s a lot happening behind the scenes right about now.

The flame of excitement burns strong for this one!

This Is Your Life

This is Your Life Kate Garraway possible new host of iconic reboot. Image features Kate on Good Morning Britain. She's smiling wide and resting her chin on her hand. She's wearing a pale pink blouse with black floral decoration.

Kate Garraway, has been tipped for ‘This is Your Life’ reboot

Who: Kate Garraway

Where: TBC

When: TBC

What: Details on this one are still sketchy, but we couldn’t omit the rumoured return of This Is Your Life after a hiatus of over 20 years – after all, we are talking about the very best TV shows coming soon. This one’s iconic!

Kate Garraway is tipped to be the one who’ll wield the famous big red book containing an epic trip down memory lane for one lucky recipient.

The Night Manager

Tom Hiddleston to reprise his role as Jonathan Pine

Tom Hiddleston to reprise his role as Jonathan Pine Pic: BBC Pictures

Who: Tom Hiddleston

Where: BBC1 and Amazon Prime Video

When: TBC

What: Based on John le Carré’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Night Manager was a multi-award-winning runaway success for BBC1 in 2016 – so we were only mildly surprised to hear that it had been commissioned for two more series.

Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as Jonathan Pine, as well as serving as executive producer alongside Hugh Laurie, who fans will remember starred as arms dealer Richard Roper in season one. (The Night Manager is available on BBC iPlayer if you want to refresh your memory.)

The action will pick off eight years after Roper’s arrest in Egypt, with filming due to start in late 2024.

The question is – what action? As Le Carré fans will know, he didn’t write an official sequel to The Night Manager.

His sons, who now run his estate, said: “Revisiting the story of Pine also means going beyond the events of John le Carré’s original work: that is a decision we have not taken lightly, but his compelling characters and the vision David [Farr, writer] has for their next chapter were irresistible.”

Hot Flush

Writer Sally Wainwright, arms outstretched at sides

Writer Sally Wainwright Pic: Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

Who: Sally Wainwright (writer)

Where: BBC1

When: TBC

What: After the success of Happy Valley, eminent dramatist Sally Wainwright has turned her attention to Hot Flush: a “celebration of women of a certain age, and all the life-stuff they suddenly find themselves negotiating/dealing with”.

Set in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, the story will follow five friends as they form a punk-rock band – and discover they have a lot to say.

Further details, such as casting and a release date, are yet to be announced.

Watch this space. We’ll keep this list of top TV shows coming soon up to date with all the latest!


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Leisa Millar

I'm a digital editor with experience of writing and editing for some of the UK's best-known women's lifestyle titles - and I'm delighted to count "The People's Friend" and "My Weekly" among them! A busy mum of three young children, I also host a parenting podcast called The SEN Mums' Career Club.