Queen Charlotte, Loki and Big Brother some of the most anticipated shows of 2023

There’s might be more choice than ever before when it comes to settling in for a night on the sofa and trying to decide what to tune into.

Your TV and devices are probably overflowing with a selection of streaming services, which likely have even longer lists of shows saved to get around to one day.

But if it’s something new you’re after, the next year has no shortage of picks that will keep you captivated.

Whether it be a reboot of an old reality series like Big Brother or Gladiators, a brilliant British drama, like Nolly or The Crown, a sci-fi or fantasy favourite, like The Mandalorian or The Witcher, or the latest blockbuster blow up in Succession or The Handmaid’s Tale, 2023 is set to provide plenty to pick from.

Here are our picks of the 23 TV Shows to keep an eye out for as we head into the New Year.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Netflix)

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A prequel series to the period drama that got plenty of people hot under the collar when it first premiered, the latest Bridgerton tale will explore the origins of Queen Charlotte.

It will star India Amarteifio as the monarch and follow not only her rise and prominence to power, but her ‘great love story’with George (Corey Mylchreest), the man she ended up marrying and having 15 children with.

A first look clip at their meeting was released in September, and shows sparks flying between the pair.

While Charlotte doesn’t feature in the Julia Quinn series of books, the author has been working with Shonda Rhimes on the story, which will also feature younger version of Bridgeton favourites Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.

Golda Rosheuvel will also appear as the older Queen in the series.

A third series of Bridgerton is also on its way next year, and it’s set to follow the budding romance between Miss Penelope and Colin Bridgerton.

Release date: TBC

The Last of Us (Sky Atlantic)

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Based on the 2013 Playstation franchise of the same name, this series takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed.

Joel (The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Bella Ramsey, His Dark Materials), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone.

But what starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal joruney as they traverse the United States and depend on each other for survival.

Created by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and programmer Neil Druckmann, the adaptation has been a long time coming after previous plans for two feature films fell apart.

Developing a beloved video game into a television series is no small feat, and gamers will be watching on closely to see if the source material has been respected.

A huge fan of the game himself, Mazin has said it is ‘the greatest story that has ever been told in a video game’.

Release date: January 16

Secret Invasion (Disney Plus)

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One of Disney’s many upcoming Marvel series, this one sees Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn reprise their roles as Nick Fury and Skrull Talos after first meeting in the 2019 movie Captain Marvel.

While details are limited about just what will unfold, it has been teased that the six-episode series will showcase ‘a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years’.

Fury was last seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home, where he was enjoying a vacation onboard a skrull spaceship, but it looks like he’s now going to have to get back to work and find out more about the invasion.

It will also star Cobie Smulders, Martin Freeman, Dermot Mulroney and Kingsley Ben-Adir, as well as Olivia Colman who will play Special Agent Sonya Falsworth.

Release Date: TBC

Kaleidoscope (Netflix)

An anthology heist series, Kaleidoscope promises to push the boundaries and provide a totally new television viewing experience.

Spanning 25 years, it follows a crew of thieves including Giancarlo Esposito, Paz Vega and Rufus Sewell, who work to unlock a seemingly unbreakable vault in pursuit of the biggest payday in history.

But standing in their way is the world’s most powerful corporate security team and the FBI.

The eight episodes are each named after a different colour and set during different times before the heist.

All except the finale can be watched in whatever order the viewer chooses and will give different viewpoints on the characters.

Release Date: January 1

Ahsoka (Disney Plus)

The latest Star Wars spin-off series to add to the list, this one centres on Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano.

Taking place in the same timeframe as The Mandalorian, Rosario Dawson reprises her role in the franchise, as does Hayden Christensen who will return as Anakin Skywalker, her original Jedi Master.

But while we’ve had a brief glimpse of the character, nothing else about the series has been released to date since production began earlier this year, so we will have to wait to find out more.

However Dawson did tell Vanity Fair that her character represents ‘truly the best of the Jedi’.

‘I love that she is this wanderer character who is going to just do good in the universe.

‘The Jedi Order has disappeared in many ways, it’s so fractured, and so many people are targeted.

Since the very beginning, the way that has been pulling her is to be vigilant, and to be brave, and to be wise, and to always have her eye set on rooting out evil.’

Release Date: TBC

Welcome to Chippendales (Netflix)

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This true crime series starts with Somen ‘Steve’ Banerjee and his dream to establish a successful business in America.

Eventually settling on an idea that would come to be known as Chippendales (yes, that one), a male touring dance and stripping troupe, he teams up with some new partners to grow the business.

But in the space of a decade, jealousy takes hold and despite having a hugely successful business he eventually becomes an accessory to murder.  

Kumail Nanjiani plays Steve, while The White Lotus’ Murray Bartlett is his business partner and choreographer Nick De Noia.

A truly stranger than fiction story, buckle up for a wild ride with this one.

Release Date: January 11

The Crown season 6 (Netflix)

We’ve only just binged the latest season of this sprawling drama but the sixth and final season has already been filming for months.

The only season to be filmed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we already know quite a bit about what will unfold, with most of the cast also confirmed to be returning.

This time around, the fallout of the marriage breakdown between Charles (Dominic West) and Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) will be more explosive, with West already teasing this season would be ‘as tumultuous as it gets’.

The final moments of Diana will also be retold, with the crew spotted filming in Paris recently.

It’s also expected to cover Tony Blair’s years in power and his professional relationship with the Queen (Imelda Staunton).

Release Date: TBC

Big Brother (ITV2)

After a five year hiatus, the pioneer of reality TV, Big Brother, is about to be rebooted.

A whole new batch of housemates are set to be thrown into a house and forced to live in close quarters while being followed by cameras and have their every move dissected by the public watching along at home.

While AJ Odudu is tipped to take over the hosting gig, just who will be leading the series is yet to be confirmed.

However ITV boss Paul Mortimer has said that it will be a ‘refreshed, contemporary series’ that would ‘contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today’s audience’.

Release Date: TBC

You season 4 (Netflix)

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No-one has quite captured our attention like Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), a serial killer who is still convinced he’s a romantic at heart and not totally twisted.

Wherever you sit, whoever he sets his sights on next better watch out as romance hasn’t ended well for the previous women in his life.

This time around Joe has jetted away from New York and is now living in London after having reinvented himself with a new identity, where he is now going by Professor Jonathan Moore.

His new fixation is on a woman named Kate (played by Charlotte Ritchie) who is likely going to find herself in a bit of hot water if feelings start developing.

Release Date: February 10

The Mandalorian season 3 (Disney Plus)

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Fans of this Star Wars spin-off series were given some long-awaited information about the latest season this week when Disney revealed some details about what to expect.

Coming over two years since the second season wrapped up, the next will see Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu journey to Mandalore.

‘The journeys of the Mandalorian through the Star Wars galaxy continue. Once a lone bounty hunter, Din Djarin has reunited with Grogu,’ the official synopsis said.

‘Meanwhile, the New Republic struggles to lead the galaxy away from its dark history. The Mandalorian will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together.’

Release Date: March 1

Ted Lasso season 3 (Apple TV Plus)

It was confirmed all the way back in 2020 that there would be a third season of this heart-warming comedy which managed to surprise a lot of people who initially thought it was simply a show about sport.

However, some tension is set to arise this time after Nate (Nick Mohammed) did the unthinkable and abandoned AFC Richmond, defecting to West Ham out of spite.

Ted (Jason Sudeikis) will surely be feeling totally betrayed, so it will be interesting to see if he declares all out war, or just throws out some inspiring quotes to try and repair the fractures.

While it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s also believed that this will likely be the final season.

Release Date: TBC

The Witcher season 3 (Netflix)

It remains to be seen whether the decision to totally recast Geralt of Rivia, the main star of The Witcher, will work, but if the fan reactions so far are anything to go by, they’ll be expecting big things.

Since announcing in October that he would be leaving the series, there’s been plenty of talk about how the exit of Henry Cavill will be filled by his replacement, Liam Hemsworth.

But before then, Henry will star in the third season, which will be based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel The Time of Contempt.

The TV adaptation’s creator Lauren S Hissrich has said this season is ‘the closest thing that we’ve done as a one-to-one adaptation of the books’.

‘Time of Contempt gave us so many big action events, plot points, defining character moments, huge reveals of a big bad,’ she said.

‘There’s so much to do that we were able to stick really, really closely with the books.’

Release Date: TBC

Race Across the World season 3 (BBC)

There’s perhaps no more solid sign that the pandemic is in the past with the return of this reality series which sees teams race around the world to win big.

Starting out at the very edge of the Pacific in Vancouver, the teams will travel over 16,000 kilometres, across six time zones, all at ground level to the finish line in North America’s most easterly city, St John’s Newfoundland.

With the chance to win £20,000 and travel the globe (albeit without actually getting to properly sightsee), you can bet this will have viewers hooked.

There will also be a season of Celebrity Race Across The World.

Release Date: TBC

Loki season 2 (Disney Plus)

The God of Mischief shows no signs of slowing down, with a second season on its way to continue sharing the story of Thor’s brother, played by Tom Hiddleston.

Like many Marvel blockbusters, plot details are being kept closely under wraps, but Tom has said the show is ‘continuing to excite and challenge me’.

‘Loki’s almost more unstable, and as turbulent and passionate and chaotic as he’s ever been.

‘And maybe some of that needs resolution. There’s stuff to unpack.’

With the first season ending in total chaos and Loki being stranded in another dimension, Tom also teased that the second season would be ‘a battle for the soul of the Time Variance Authority’.

Release Date: TBC

Nolly (ITVX)

The latest series from Queer as Folk and It’s A Sin creator Russell T Davies stars Helena Bonham Carter as Crossroads star Noele Gordon.

The three-part drama will tell the story of the soap stars unceremonious sacking from the long-running series, which she starred on from 1964 until 1981, at the peak of her fame.

‘It’s quite an extraordinary story, and quite an eccentric story,’ Russell said.

‘It’s very mad in places. A whole generation will remember Benny and Miss Diane of the Crossroads reception, so there’s a lovely sigh of recognition. But that’s not what it’s about.’

Instead, according to ITV, it will ‘bring the true Noele Gordon once more into the spotlight’ and explore ‘how the establishment turns on women who refuse to play by the rules, the women it cannot understand and the women it fears’.

Release Date: February

Gladiators (BBC)

Another reality show set to make its return next year is the adrenaline-pumping Gladiators.

After being cancelled in 2009, the reboot will feature new and old games, with four contestants competing against experienced athletes and bodybuilders in a series of physically demanding events to eventually make it to the final.

It will feature classic challenges from the original series (including the famous Eliminator), as well as new events that will test the physical ability of all who take them on.

But almost just as important are the personas of the Gladiators themselves, who will need to be able to put on a spectacle.

Release Date: TBC

Black Mirror season 6 (Netflix)

It’s sent a shiver down it’s spine as it shows off just how technology can exacerbate the worst of human behaviour, with some of its episodes having eerie parallels to the real world.

Now after living in what seems like a dystopia of our own over the past two years, it’s time to tune back into this thought-provoking series and hope what unfolds stays firmly on screen.

A whole three years after the last season, this one is set to have serious star power, with reports that Salma Hayek and Annie Murphy are involved, while Aaron Paul and Kate Mara have been confirmed.

However it’s now a waiting game to find out anything more.

Release Date: TBC

That 90’s Show (Netflix)

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The latest teen sitcom to sink our teeth into is actually inspired by one millennials grew up with back in the early 2000s.

Set 15 years after the events of That 70’s Show, this sequel series centres on Leia Forman (Callie Haverda), the teenage daughter of Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), who makes a group of friends as she spends the summer of 1995 with her grandparents, Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) in Point Place, Wisconsin.

Back in the small town ‘where nothing ever happens’, the teens are bound to get up to a bit of mischief.

With the original series running for eight seasons and making household names out of its stars, anticipation is high to see if this will live up to the hype.

Luckily there’s not much longer to wait.

Plus, keep an eye out for Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Wilmer Valderrama, who will appear in recurring roles.

Release Date: January 19

Succession season 4 (Sky Atlantic)

The family we all love to hate, but can’t get enough of, Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his dysfunctional brood will be back next year.

While Kendall’s (Jeremy Strong) ‘revolution’ now dead in the water, it’s cleared the path for the sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgard).

Even more familial divisions are set to emerge (and explode) and of course, there’s going to be a power struggle for all involved.

Release Date: TBC

Fleishman is in Trouble (Disney Plus)

Based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner 2019 book of the same name, this series sees recently divorced 41-year-old Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) jump back into dating, just as his ex-wife goes missing.

When Rachel (Clare Danes) goes MIA, Toby is left with 11-year-old Hannah and 9-year-old Solly and no hint of where she is or whether she plans to return.

Balancing parenting, work, a social life and all the eligible women that Manhattan has to offer, it eventually becomes clear he won’t be able to find his ex until he takes a step back in time and face what unfolded in their marriage.

Release Date: February 22

Daisy Jones and the Six (Prime Video)

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The next big book adaptation that will have fans of the novel watching closely, the small screen version of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel of the same name could very likely follow on from the success of Where the Crawdads Sing.

Also produced by Reese Witherspoon, this story follows a rock band in the 1970s from their rise in the LA music scene to becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world and explores the reason behind their split at the height of their success.

Partly inspired by the author’s experience growing up and by watching Fleetwood Mac performances on television, it will star Riley Keough as Daisy Jones, as well as Camila Morrone, Sam Claflin and Suki Waterhouse.

Release Date: March 3

Heartstopper season 2 (Netflix)

Wrapping filming for the second season just a few weeks ago, this coming-of-age teen drama picked up plenty of fans of all ages when it was released earlier this year.

Celebrated for sharing the story teen LGBTQ+ love and the many forms it may take, its inclusive depictions of queer characters was embraced by audiences and critics alike.

While Nick (Kit Connor) and Charlie (Joe Locke) were the couple at the centre, plenty of other characters made their mark, and most will be back this time around.

There will also be some new faces, with Bel Priestly, Ash Self and Thibault De Montalembert announced as new cast members last month.

However we must wait to see what storylines will set out hearts aflutter this time around.

Release Date: TBC

The Handmaid’s Tale season 6 (Channel 4)

For a while there it felt like The Handmaid’s Tale was getting a little bit stale with repetitive storylines which left audiences yelling at their screens as June (Elisabeth Moss) kept going back into Gilead time and time again.

However the most recent season has seen a return to form with fresh storylines and while it’s only just finished airing here, we already know another is on its way.

In September showrunner Bruce Miller said that it had ‘been a true honour to tell the story of Margaret Atwood’s ground-breaking novel and chillingly relevant world’, which will end with the next season.

This is a spoiler free zone for those yet to catch up on the latest episode, but you can bet June is going to have her work cut out for her to try and bring down the dictatorship.

Release Date: TBC

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