The best new TV series to watch in spring 2022

Zoe Gunn

25 January 2022

Keep ahead of the cultural conversation with our guide to the best new shows and series available to stream this spring

25 January 2022 Zoe Gunn

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etflix, iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Disney+, whatever your streaming service of choice, chances are it’s become something of a lifeline over the past couple of years. And, while lockdowns look set to become nothing more than a bad memory, we're willing to bet your viewing habits aren't going to let up any time soon – and a good thing too, as there's a roster of stellar new shows coming to our screens this season. From big names hitting our small screens to hard-hitting shows guaranteed to get everyone talking, here’s our guide to the best new TV series to watch in spring 2022.

Trigger Point

 

If there’s been a big Line of Duty-shaped hole in your life since seasons six aired last year, we’ve got some good news. Trigger Point will see Line of Duty producer Jed Mercurio and star Vicky McClure team up again in this six-part series following a pair of bomb disposal experts as they tackle a terrorist threat in London. A classic Sunday night thriller, expect edge-of-your-seat action from start to finish.

Where to watch: ITV
Release date: 23 January 2022

The Gilded Age

 

If you thought the savvy show runners over at HBO would see the success of Netflix's Bridgerton and not want a piece of the action, you’d be much mistaken. The Gilded Age transports the period drama across the pond to the monied world of New York City in 1882. Moving to the big city from Pennsylvania following the death of her father, protagonist Marian finds herself caught between her aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon), prominent members of the old-money set, and their ruthless, ambitious and thoroughly modern neighbours. We predict a costume drama that’s about as lavish as they come.

Where to watch: Sky Atlantic/NowTV
Release date: 25 January 2022

Pam & Tommy

 

Disney+, home to superhero capers and wholesome Pixar fare, may not seem like the obvious platform for the raucous tale of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Especially when the crux of said story lies in the world’s first viral video: a stolen sex tape that was leaked online. Pam & Tommy does, however, promise to be one of this year’s most successful series and, if Disney knows anything, it’s how to cash in on a hit.

Starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan (whose, frankly incredible, transformations have already caused a stir online), alongside Seth Rogan and Nick Offerman, the eight-part series follows the couple as they deal with the fallout of the leaked tape and the impact it had on their highly public marriage.

Where to watch: Disney+
Release date: 2 February 2022

Inventing Anna

 

Shonda Rhimes, the seriously in-demand producer behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Bridgerton, returns to Netflix this spring with another series guaranteed to grip the world. Inventing Anna tells the story behind real-life con woman Anna Delvey (born Anna Sorokin), who wormed her way into elite New York society with illusions of wealth and family connections, all while living in five-star hotels and travelling the world on the bank accounts of her unsuspecting rich friends. Emmy-winner Julia Garner will take the titular role, while Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) and Alexis Floyd (The Bold Type) will also star. The director of The Devil Wear Prada, David Frankel, can be found behind the camera.

Where to watch: Netflix
Release date: 11 February 2022

Killing Eve, Season Four

 

Everyone's favourite assassin will return to the BBC for the fourth, and final, season of Killing Eve. Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh are both set to reprise their roles as Villanelle and Eve respectively, with the cat-and-mouse chase playing out across various European locations. As tradition dictates, a new female lead writer has been appointed, with Laura Neal (who also worked on Sex Education), following in the footsteps of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell and Suzanne Heathcote, while the Bafta-winning writer of In Her Skin, Kayleigh Llewellyn, also joined the writing team for the final installment.

Where to watch: BBC One
Release date: Early 2022

Peaky Blinders, Season Six

 

Another major BBC series coming to a close this year, Peaky Blinders is promising to go out with a bang in season six. And, while rumours of spin-off series and a big-screen movie rumble on, what we do know is that the final television installment will see the stakes higher than ever for the Peaky gang. Picking up where season five left off, Cillian Murphy will be back as Tommy Shelby, while Tom Hardy (Alfie Solomons), Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby), Anya Taylor-Joy (Gina Gray) and Finn Cole (Michael Gray) will all also return. Hints dropped by writer and creator Steven Knight suggest there may be some A-list cameos to keep an eye out for.

Where to watch: BBC One
Release date: Early 2022

Conversations With Friends

Following the runaway success of 2020’s Normal People, an adaptation of novelist Sally Rooney’s 2018 book which went on to gain both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, the BBC has enlisted the same creative team to bring to life Rooney’s 2017 work Conversations with Friends. Exploring themes of class, romance and relationships that will be familiar to anyone who caught Normal People, Conversations follows friends, former lovers and poetry partners Frances and Bobbi as they become entangled with an older married couple. Jemima Kirke and Joe Alwyn have been enlisted to play the latter while newcomers Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane will take on Frances and Bobbi respectively.

Where to watch: BBC Three
Release date: Early 2022

This Is Going to Hurt

Adam Kay’s multi-award winning, multi-million selling memoir of his time as a junior doctor in the NHS was such an enormous hit that it was only a matter of time before someone picked it up for adaptation. Thankfully, the Beeb was wise enough to snap up this homegrown success story and the eight-part series, starring Ben Whishaw as Kay, is set to air within weeks. Happily, the series is also being written by Kay, so you can expect all the wit, humour and emotional intelligence that made the book such a sensation.

Where to watch: BBC One
Release date: Early 2022

The Dropout

Anna Delvey isn’t the only con artist getting the small screen treatment this spring – although The Dropout takes on a story with much more tragic consequences. Based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, The Dropout depicts the rise and fall of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who promised to revolutionise blood testing and became the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire before the reality of her deceptions brought everything crashing down around her – and the investors and patients who got caught up in her false promises. Starring Amanda Seyfried as Holmes and Naveen Andrews as her life and business partner Sunny Balwani, with an American jury having recently handed down a damning verdict in the criminal trial against Holmes, expect this to be the series everyone is talking about.

Where to watch: Disney+
Release date: 3 March 2022

Bridgerton, Season Two

 

We probably don’t need to tell you there’s a new season of Bridgerton coming. If you were a fan of the first series of Shonda Rhimes’ Regency romp (and who wasn’t?), you’ve probably had 25 March marked in your calendar since Netflix announced its release date on Christmas Day. As per the Julia Quinn books on which the series is based, the second season will switch focus to the marriage prospects of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey). And, while we’re unlikely to see Regé-Jean Page return to the show, Phoebe Dynevor, Nicola Coughlan and Golda Rosheuval will be back as Daphne Bridgerton, Penelope Featherington (AKA Lady Whistledown) and the inimitable Queen Charlotte, respectively.

Where to watch: Netflix
Release date: 25 March 2022

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