previews... - July 26, 2017 previews… August's Best TV
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Best TV of August 2017: previews the top five... previews five of the most exciting TV shows that will be coming to your screens in August…



(Air Date TBC, BBC One)


There wasn’t an awful lot of hype around Robert Galbraith’s 2013 thriller Cuckoo’s Calling when it was first published, but when it was subsequently revealed that Galbraith was, in fact, J. K. Rowling, sales soon surged and an adaptation from the BBC and HBO was ordered.

The first of the adaptations is Cuckoo’s Calling, which is the debut of Rowling’s Cormoran Strike, the former soldier now scraping a living in London as a private detective. In this story, Strike is hired to find out if a supermodel's suicide in London may have been a murder.

Tom Burke, star of The Musketeers and War and Peace, is in the title role, with Holliday Grainger playing his assistant Robin Ellacott. The series will go out in three parts.


Ray Donovan

(August 16th, Sky Atlantic)


Liev Schreiber returns for a fifth outing as the ruthless fixer Ray Donovan.

Susan Sarandon joins the cast for the new series, which also sees Eddie Marsan and Jon Voight return in key roles.

Judging by the new trailer things are about to get very difficult for Ray, with his professional and personal lives about to hurled up in the air...



The State

(Air Date TBC, Channel 4)


Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and The Promise, takes on the most controversial of topics in this new four-parter for Channel 4.

His series, which is based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, follows the experiences of four British men and women who have left their lives behind to join ISIS in Raqqah, Syria.

Samer Bisharat and Iqbal Elyas lead a largely unknown cast.



Blood Drive

(August 10th, SyFy)


If you want something bloody, gory and very, very nasty, then Blood Drive sounds like just the ticket.

Here we find ourselves in a brutal dystopia,  the Great Fracking Quakes have literally split the United States apart, with a giant ravine called the Scar being formed roughly along the route of the Mississippi River.

Into this hellhole, we go, following a former cop who is forced to team up with a brutal mercenary and take part in a death race in which cars run on human blood as fuel. As you do.

Animal Kingdom star Christina Ochoa and Alan Ritchson, alumni of Blue Mountain State and Smallville, lead the way here.



Trust Me

(Air Date TBC, BBC One)


Jodie Whittaker plays a very different doctor in this tense drama.

She stars as Cath Hardacre, a nurse who loses her job after she turns whistle-blower.

Wanting to provide a better life for her young daughter, she steals her best friend's identity as a senior doctor and lands a job in an Edinburgh hospital - a job she pursues with vigour and an armful of textbooks, leading to more than few mistakes along the way. How long will it be before she is rumbled?

Starring alongside Whittaker are The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison and Sharon Small, best known for her leading role in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.


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