From Bridgerton to Buckingham Palace: Eight TV Series to Watch in 2022

As we enter 2022, viewers can expect a plethora of new TV series to keep them busy.

Netflix is ​​delivering a double offering of another series of naughty period dramas Bridgerton and The Crown series five, which will see Imelda Staunton debut as the Queen.

There are also new thrillers in the form of the Amazon series The Rig with Line Of Duty star Martin Compston and the crime drama The Responder with Martin Freeman.

Here are eight series you should keep an eye on in the coming months.

1. Respond

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Martin Freeman (Dominic Lipinski / PA)

Freeman leads this new BBC show, which offers a new take on the crime drama genre.

It focuses on the morally compromised emergency response Chris, who is tackling a series of night shifts on the beat in Liverpool.

He fights both personally and professionally and faces a new challenge as he is forced to take on new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo).

Based on the real experiences of the author, former police officer Tony Schumacher, it is being touted as a dark fun and intense watch.

2. Derry Girls Series Three

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Series creator Lisa McGee (Niall Carson / PA)

Creator Lisa McGee has confirmed that the next series of Channel 4 sitcom taking place during Troubles will be its last.

Series two delivered an emotional ending when James (Dylan Llewellyn) decided to stay in Derry with friends Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Orla (Louisa Harland) and Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell).

The final episodes will see teenagers slowly grow up as Northern Ireland enters a new, more hopeful time.

3. Bridgerton series two

Coughlan also stars in the drama of the Netflix era, which is based on a series of romantic novels by Julia Quinn and was an instant hit when it was launched for Christmas in 2020.

The male lead Rege-Jean Page, who played Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, is not returning last season.

Viewers, however, can expect elaborate costumes and more focus on one of the Bridgerton brothers, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey).

4. The thief, his wife and the canoe

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Eddie Marsan (David Parry / PA)

This four-part ITV drama is based on a true story.

Back in 2002, John Darwin disappeared while sailing in a canoe off the coast of Seaton Carew in Cleveland – but it turned out that he had forged his own death to claim life insurance and avoid bankruptcy, and his wife Anne was complicit.

The script is written by acclaimed screenwriter Chris Lang, whose credits include Unforgotten and Innocent, and Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan play John and Anne.

5. Shining Vale

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Courteney Cox (Ian West / PA)

This family-friendly horror-comedy series, which will be available in March in the UK, on ​​streaming service Starzplay, sees Friends star Courteney Cox return to television again.

Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear plays alongside her, and they play a couple who decide to buy a 200-year-old haunted mansion with their life savings.

One of the creators is Catastrophes Sharon Horgan.

6. The Crown series five

By the end of 2022, Netflix’s lavish royal drama The Crown will return.

A new cast portrays the royal family to reflect the years that go by, including Staunton as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.

The series is expected to cover the events of the late 1990s.

According to Deadline, it will include Diana, Princess of Wales’ famous Panorama interview on the BBC.

Author Peter Morgan has confirmed that there will be a sixth – and final – series.

7. The rig

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Martin Compston (Ian West / PA)

Line Of Duty star Compston has become one of the UK’s most acclaimed actors, and one of his projects for 2022 is this new Amazon series.

The six-part thriller takes place on the oil rig Kinloch Bravo, which is stationed in the North Sea off the Scottish coast.

When the crew is facing serious danger – fog, tremors and loss of all communication with the coast – they must try to find out what is happening.

8. Conversations with friends

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Author Sally Rooney (Costa Book Awards / PA)

BBC Three and Hulu are bringing yet another of Sally Rooney’s books on display following the success of the 2020 series Normal People.

This time it is the Irish author’s first novel about the complex relationship between the young creative Frances (Alison Oliver) and Bobbi (Sasha Lane) and the older couple Melissa (Jemima Church) and Nick (Joe Alwyn).

It takes place in Dublin and is expected to have a style similar to Normal People, as it is the same team that heads the 12-part drama.

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