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Best TV of December 2021: previews 10 of the best shows...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best TV of December 2021: previews 10 of the best shows... previews 10 of the most exciting TV dramas that will be coming to your screens in December and across the Christmas period...


And Just Like That... 

(Sky Comedy)

17 years after it finished its six-series, 94-episode run, Sex And The City will be revived for this 10-episode run. 

Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis return to reprise their roles, with regular co-stars Chris Noth, Mario Cantone, Evan Handler, David Eigenberg and the sadly departed Willie Garson all back. Kim Cattrall has not taken part in the revival. 

Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman and Isaac Cole Powell are newly cast in starring roles while Alexa Swinton, Cree Cicchino, Niall Cunningham, and Cathy Ang will also appear. 

Show creator Michael Patrick King is back in charge for the new run, which will chart the lives of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s...

You can check out the full run of Sex In The City here in hmv's online store. 



(Sky Atlantic)

Olivia Colman and David Thewlis lead this dark new drama. 

The series will re-tell the strange story of quiet couple Christopher and Susan Edwards, who somehow came to kill Susan's parents, and bury them in the garden of their home.

It took more than a decade for the events to come to light, which will be explored across this four-parter, which has a script from Colman's husband Ed Sinclair.

Kate O'Flynn, Dipo Ola, Samuel Anderson, Karl Johnson, Felicity Montagu and Daniel Rigby co-star.


A Very British Scandal 

(BBC One)

After launching with the hugely acclaimed re-telling of the 1976–1979 Jeremy Thorpe scandal and more than 15 years of events leading up to it with Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, we get a second scandalous taste in December.

This time, Claire Foy and Paul Bettany star, with the story focusing on the Argyll v Argyll case, the scandalous divorce of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll and the media frenzy around it, which involved scandalous photographs, burglaries and an epic public fallout. 

Julia Davis, Richard McCabe and Phoebe Nicholls are also in key roles for this three-parter.

Sarah Phelps, who has adapted four Agatha Christie stories for the BBC, takes charge of this one with Anne Sewitsky directing. 


The Girl Before 

(BBC One)

This hard-hitting new drama drops on BBC One in December. 

Gugu Mbatha-Raw leads the way as Jane, a young woman who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect played 

Sadly, there's a catch: occupants have to abide by his list of exacting rules, rules which begin to unnerve Jane, especially when she makes the shocking discovery about her predecessor Emma...

David Oyelowo plays the enigmatic architect, with Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy also in the cast. 

Created, written and executive produced by JP Delaney, the limited four-part series is adapted from Delaney's own best-selling novel of the same title. 

Lisa Brühlmann, who has directed on the likes of Killing Eve and Servant, is behind the camera on this one. 



(Sky Atlantic)

The fifth and final season of the hugely-acclaimed drama hits screens in December. 

After four bloody seasons, the crime clans fight wars and fleeting alliances in the dynamic and ever-shifting underworld of poverty-stricken Naples are about to come to a head...


The Amazing Mr Blunden

(Sky Max)

Simon Callow, Mark Gatiss and Tamsin Greig come together for a new take on the beloved family mystery. 

We follow teenagers Jamie and Lucy Allen, who are presented with a festive adventure when a mysterious old man named Mr Blunden offers their mum the opportunity to become the caretaker of a ruined country house – one that’s said to be haunted...

Within its overgrown grounds, the pair meet what appears to be a pair of ghost children. But these spooky kids, Sara and Georgie, aren’t actually ghosts. They’ve travelled forwards in time to seek help, believing they’re going to be murdered by the wicked Mr and Mrs Wickens. 

With the help of Mr Blunden, Jamie and Lucy must travel back to 1821 to save Sara and Georgie...


Two Doors Down

(BBC Two)

The much-loved comedy returns for three new episodes and a festive special in December. 

The sitcom, which follows couple Eric and Beth Baird as they constantly deal with difficult family members and insufferable neighbours on Latimer Crescent, stars Arabella Weir, Alex Norton, Doon Mackichan, Jonathan Watson and Elaine C. Smith. 


Vienna Blood

(BBC Two)

A second run of the highly charged Victorian detective drama comes on screen in December. 

Based on the Liebermann novels by Frank Tallis, the series follows Max Liebermann, a doctor and student of Sigmund Freud.

Liebermann finds himself assisting Police Detective Oskar Rheinhardt to provide psychological insights into the subjects’ motives. After teaming up, the pair discover they've got a habit of investigating disturbing murders with success...

Matthew Beard plays Liebermann, with Jürgen Maurer portraying Reinhardt.

Luise von Finckh, Jessica De Gouw, Amelia Bullmore and Conleth Hill in supporting roles.


The Abominable Snow Baby

(Channel 4)

Terry Pratchett's festive short story is brought to life for Christmas 2021. 

The adaptation will tell the story of a quintessentially English town which is thrown into disarray by a huge snowfall and the dramatic appearance of a 14-foot tall Abominable Snow Baby.

Shunned and feared by the local townsfolk, Snow Baby is rescued by the indomitable Granny who along with grandson Albert, welcomes him into her home and slowly, but surely, begins to change people's minds about their new arrival...

Julie Walters, David Harewood and Hugh Dancy provide the voices for this heartwarming half-hour. 


Around The World in 80 Days

(BBC One)

David Tennant is the intrepid explorer Phileas Fogg in this lavish new take on Jules Verne’s novel. 

Set over eight parts, we follow Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, who, after an outrageous bet, take on the legendary challenge of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days. 

Accompanying them is aspiring journalist Abigail ‘Fix’ Fortescue, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story...

Leonie Benesch, Ibrahim Koma, Peter Sullivan and Anthony Flanagan co-star alongside Tennant.

Ashley Pharoah, creator of Life On Mars, has taken charge of this new adaptation. 

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