previews... - November 28, 2018

Best TV of December 2018: previews five of the best shows...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best TV of December 2018: previews five of the best shows... previews 10 of the most exciting TV dramas that will be coming to your screens in December...


Les Misérables

(BBC One)


Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins top the bill in this epic take on Victor Hugo's novel, though this time without any singing...

Set against a backdrop of post-Napoleonic France as unrest beings to grip the city of Paris, West plays Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole.

However, when he agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter, it changes all their lives forever...

The series' starry collection of big names also includes Adeel Akhtar, Olivia Colman, Erin Kellyman, Ellie Bamber and Josh O'Connor

They work for The City and The City and The Missing director Tom Shankland, who directs from an adaptation from period drama heavyweight Andrew Davies.



Watership Down

(BBC One)


Readers of a certain vintage might remember being terrified by Martin Rosen's surprisingly dark animated adaptation of Watership Down, but for those who have yet to see Richard Adams' classic tale on the screen there's a brand new version coming to BBC One in December.

Smart People director Noam Murro is the man overseeing a new four-part CG-animated version of Watership Down, adapted by My Mad Fat Diary screenwriter Tom Bidwell.

Featuring an impressively star-studded cast which includes James McAvoy, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Rosamund Pike, Peter Capaldi, Olivia Colman, Taron Egerton and Daniel Kaluuya, the first episode is due to air on December 23rd.


The ABC Murders

(BBC One)


The fourth of Agatha Christie's novels to be adapted for the BBC by screenwriter Sara Phelps, The ABC Murders is set to arrive on TV screens in December and stars John Malkovich in the role of Christie's famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Set in the 1930s, the new three-part miniseries sees Poirot on the trail of a serial killer in London, whose only calling card is a copy of the ABC Railway Guide left at every crime scene. With the body count rising fast, Poirot must use all of his skills to discover the killer's identity before he strikes again.

Starring alongside Malkovich is a cast which includes Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan, Freya Mavor, Bronwyn James and Tara Fitzgerald.


The Long Song

(BBC One)


Hayley Atwell and Tamara Lawrence star in this new drama based on Andrea Levy's 2010 novel of the same name, written as the memoir of an elderly Jamaican woman living through the years before, during and after the abolition of slavery on the Caribbean island in early 19th century.

The story in this three-part series revolves around the tense and often abusive relationship between a young sugarcane plantation worker named July (Lawrence) and the plantation's owner, Caroline Mortimer (Atwell). When a charming new arrival to the island named Robert Goodwin (played by Jack Lowden) attempts to shake things up and improve the lives of plantation workers and owners alike, the dynamic of the relationship between the two women is changed forever.

Mahalia Belo directs, working from a screenplay adapted by Sarah Williams. The first episode is due to air on BBC One on December 18th.


Luther: Series 5

(BBC One)


After an absence of four years, DCI John Luther is set to return to TV screens in December with a fifth series of the hit crime drama series.

Idris Elba reprises his role as the uncompromising detective, who returns to trawl London's streets on the hunt for the person responsible for a series of grisly murders. Wunmi Mosaku joins the cast as new recruit DS Catherine Halliday, while Hermione Morris also stars as a psychiatrist helping Luther to solve the case.


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