UK TV: 2016 Dates For New & Returning Cult Shows

 

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There’s so much SF and fantasy on TV these days it’s sometimes difficult to keep track. So here is Buzz’s handy guide to when new cult shows are expected to debut here in the UK, and when others will be returning, with the proviso that all dates may change. (Agent Carter for one has changed its UK debut date three times now). If there is no exact date mentioned that means we know the month a show will start or restart but not the exact day (at the time of press).

NEW SHOWS

January

Limitless • Sky Living, January 2016
TV spin-off of the Bradley Cooper film (though he’s not starring in it) from US network CBS. Jake McDorman stars as Brian Finch, who takes a drug that gives him perfect recall and so he helps the FBI.

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man • Sky1, January 2016
James Nesbitts stars in a show c0-created by Stan Lee especially for Sky. Learn loads more here.

Heartless • Walter Presents, 3 January
Danish supernatural series about a brother and sister who survive on the life force of other humans.

Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands • ITV, 3 January
Lavish TV retelling of the epic poem. Learn more here.

Shadowhunters • Netflix, 12 January
TV spin-off from The Mortal Instruments, airing in the UK almost immediately after its US screenings on the Freeform network.

Killjoys • Syfy UK, 25 January
The silly-but-fun space opera from the US Syfy channel.

February

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow • Sky1, February 2016
Latest from the Arrowverse. Learn more here.

Broadcaster Known, Date Unknown:

Aliens • Channel 4, early 2016
Nope, not a TV spin-off of the James Cameron film, but a UK culture clash sitcom about aliens secretly living on Earth. Stars Stars Michael Socha (Being Human, Once Upon A Time), and Ashley Walters (Outcasts, Top Boy, Hustle).

Lucifer • Amazon Prime Instant Video, early 2016
Tom Ellis (Miranda) stars as the Devil, who decides to run a night club. Very, very, very vaguely based on characters from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics.

Outcast • FOX UK, Spring
New show from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman all about possession. It looks really grim. Learn more here.

Class • BBC Three
Doctor Who YA spin-off that’s being written by the utterly brilliant Patrick Ness. This could be very good indeed.

Luke Cage • Netflix
Can it be as good as Daredevil and Jessica Jones? It’s a tall order but the Netflix/Marvel collaboration is going great guns so far.

Preacher • AMC Global
After what seems like an eternity in development Hell cult comic fave Jesse Custer finally makes it to screen starring Dominic Cooper. It’s airing on AMC in the States so we’re guessing it’ll be on AMC here too but there’s no conformation of that.

Westworld • Sky Atlantic
HBO’s lavish reimagination of the ’70s films about fatally glitchy robots at a theme park has Jonathan Nolan (Person Of Interest) in charge so we’re expecting good things.

 

Yet To Be Picked Up:

11.22.63

11.22.63

11.22.63
Hulu’s adaptation of the Stephen King time travel novel. Learn more here.

American Gods
TV version of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, from Starz. Bryan Fuller is one of the executive producers and since his CV contains Hannibal and Pushing Daisies he would see to be the perfect choice when it comes to combining whimsy and darkness.

Bitten
The Canadian werewolf show will be on its third season come 2016 but we’ve yet to see it here in the UK.

Colony
Josh Holloway versus the aliens. Starts airing in the States in January on the USA network.

Damien
A&E show based on The Omen.

iZombie 
The much-loved zombie show from the creator of Veronica Mars is on its second season in the States but still MIA in the UK for some inexplicable reason.

Second Chance
Previously titled The Frankenstein Code and Lookinglass this stars former EastEnder Rob Kazinsky as a dodgy old copper who’s reborn as a much younger superman. The concept sounds horrendous but Howard Gordon (24, Homeland, Awake) so hopefully there’s more to it.

Minority Report 
Excruciatingly dull TV version of the Spielberg film we’re not really worried if this never gets picked up in the UK.

 

RETURNING SHOWS

Ripper Street

Ripper Street

January

Black Sails Season 3 • Amazon Prime Instant Video, January 2016
The Musketeers Season 3 • BBC One, January 2016
Castle Season 8 • Alibi, 5 January
Transporter: The Series Season 2 • Spike, 8 January
Agents of SHIELD Season 3  • E4, 10 January Note that this has moved from its previous home on Channel 4.
Gotham Season 2 • Channel 5, 11 January
Extant Season 2 • Syfy UK, 13 January This is already available on Amazon.
Ripper Street Season 4 • Amazon Prime Instant Video, 15 January
Grimm Season 5 part 2 • Watch, 26 January
Agent Carter Season 2 • FOX UK, 28 January

February

The Muppets Season 1 part 2 • Sky1, February
Arrow Season 4 part 2 • Sky1, February
The Flash Season 2 part 2 • Sky1, February
The Walking Dead Season 6 part 2 • FOX UK, 15 February
Better Call Saul Season 2 • Netflix, 16 February

March

Supergirl Season 1 part 2 • Sky 1, March
House Of Cards Season 4 • Netflix, 4 March

April

Game Of Thrones Season 6 • Sky Atlantic, April
Airs 12 April in the US, so we’re expecting it to return on the 13 April in the UK but there’s no confirmation yet.

Unknown

The Originals Season 3  • Syfy UK, early 2016 (TBC)
Vikings Season 4 • Amazon Prime Instant Video, early 2016
12 Monkeys Season 2 • Syfy UK, early 2016
Wolfblood Season 4 • CBBC, early 2016
The X Files miniseries • Channel 5, early 2016
Penny Dreadful Season 3 • Sky Atlantic, Spring
The 100 Season 3 • E4, Spring
Bates Motel Season 4 • Universal Channel
Black Mirror Season 3 • Netflix
Daredevil Season 2 • Netflix
Doctor Who Series 9 • BBC One
Fear The Walking Dead Season 2 • AMC
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Season 3 • Netflix
Heroes: Reborn miniseries • 5*
Humans Season 2 • Channel 4
Outlander Season 2 • Amazon Prime Instant Video
Peaky Blinders Season 3 • BBC 2
Red Dwarf Season XI • Dave
Sense8 Season 2 • Netflix
The Man In The High Castle Season 2 • Amazon Prime Instant Video

 

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