TBB runs down new and favourite TV shows starring the best of British African Caribbean talent we can look forward to in 2017…
Shooter (season 1) – Starring Brit born turned American Cynthia Addai-Robinson (The Accountant) and old skool favourite Omar Epps (Juice, Love and Basketball) continues its first season, and has been confirmed to be returning for a second season. The series follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger (Ryan Phillippe), a highly decorated veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President. When Swagger’s former commanding officer, Isaac Johnson (Epps), solicits his expertise for a clandestine operation, Swagger discovers that he has been framed and must do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name.
Airing on Netflix weekly, the season 1 finale of Shooter airs Tuesday, January 17.
Watch TBB’s exclusive interview with Cynthia Addai-Robinson here.
The Halcyon (season 1) – Starring Sope Dirisu (Humans, Black Mirror) as Sonny Sullivan, The Halcyon is a new series which tells the story of a bustling and stylish five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war. Secrets and scandal abound as spies and aristocrats rub shoulders with poor staff in lavish surroundings.
The show’s first episode aired on Monday, January 2nd, and first reactions are positive, describing it as ‘Downton Abbey in a hotel!‘ – The Guardian. The Halcyon also promises, honest diversity, rather than tokenism!
Dirisu’s character Sonny is interested in lead character Betsey (Kara Tointon) – who sings with his band, but she’s not noticed yet.
The series continues Mondays, on ITV at 9pm.
No Offence (season 2) – Starring Rakie Ayola, and Zachary Momoh, from the creator of Shameless, this comedy drama follows a police station in a rough part of Manchester. The unorthodox crack team of cops are headed up by Spartacus warrior DI Viv Deering, (Joanna Scanlan – The Thick of It, Getting On), impulsive and street-smart DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy – The Paradise, Harper’s Island) and neurotic DS Joy Freers (Alexandra Roach – The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Hunderby).
In an explosive start to the second series, Deering is thrust head to head against a ferocious and unpredictable matriarch, Nora Attah (Rakie Ayola – Holby City, Dredd) and her volatile son Manni (Zachary Momoh – To Kill A Mockingbird), one of Manchester’s most feared crime families – The Attahs. Viv is determined to broker peace but firebombs rain down thrusting the city back to the dark days of its “Gunchester” past. Viv and the Friday Street squad go all out to bring those responsible to justice and the battle for the streets of Manchester begins…
No Offence, Season 2 airs Wednesday, 4th January, 9pm on Channel 4.
Unforgotten (season 2) – Starring Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No. 42) the second series will feature a brand new story from creator and writer Chris Lang who once again explores the fallout from the investigation into an historic murder case.
The story begins with the discovery of a body. This time the perfectly preserved remains of a middle aged man found in a sealed suitcase in the silt of the River Lea in northeast London. As Cassie and Sunny begin the complicated task of trying to identify the victim, we will meet four unconnected people who we suspect are linked in some way to the victim.
Unforgotten season 2, airs Thursday, 5th January, 9pm on ITV
Read TBB’s interview with Unforgotten co-lead Sanjeev Bhaskar here.
Death In Paradise (season 6) – Starring Danny John-Jules as Officer Dwayne Myers, Josephine Jobert as DS Florence Cassell and Tobi Bakare as Officer JP Hooper the new eight-part series sees the return of Saint Marie’s crime-fighting police team, headed up by DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall), alongside DS Florence Cassell (Jobert), Office Dwayne Myers (John-Jules) and Officer JP Hooper (Bakare). Set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie and filmed in Guadeloupe, the sixth series of the successful winter warmer will see the Honoré Police team head to London for the first time to solve one of the island’s most complex murder cases in an unprecedented two-part special.
Discussing the London-based episodes, executive producer of Death In Paradise, Tim Key, says: “We are very excited to be bringing Death In Paradise to London for the very first time. Humphrey has always been a fish out of water in Saint Marie, adjusting to the island’s ways and customs, but for the scenes set in London, the roles are reversed as he is back in his hometown, giving an opportunity to explore the characters that viewers know and love against a new backdrop.”
Other names announced to feature in the upcoming series include Ramon Tikaram (Happy Valley), Gary Beadle (Eastenders) and Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Thirteen).
Death in Paradise airs Thursday 5th January, 9pm on BBC One.
Lip Sync Battle (season 2) – Presented with Mel B alongside Professor Green, Lip Sync Battle UK is based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip syncing along to popular songs and putting a performance together, without actually singing any of the words. Two well-known celebrities are challenged to go head-to-head with show stopping routines of smash hit songs.
LA-based Mel B will be flying into London to film the series, following a busy year as a judge on America’s Got Talent and juggling life as a working mum. Mel B said: “I’m looking forward to being back in the UK for the second series of Lip Sync Battle UK. We had so much fun filming the last series; some of the performances still have me in stitches. Who will take to the stage this time around? I can’t wait to see!”
Lip Sync Battle airs Friday 6th January, 10pm on Channel 5. A Christmas special will air in December.
Falling Water (season 1) – Starring David Ajala (Beowulf) is a supernatural drama about an intersection between reality and unconscious thought. Three unrelated people, slowly realise that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. Each is on a quest for something that can only be found in their subconscious. However, the more they begin to use the dream world as a tool to advance their hidden agendas they realise that their visions are trying to tell them something more, and that their very real lives are at stake.
David Ajala stars as Burton, whose character is described as an ex-British Army SAS Burton who is now a “fixer” for a large multinational investment bank known as The Firm. Meticulous and controlled by nature, driven by logic and concrete knowledge, when his lover, the mysterious Woman in Red vanishes without a trace — as if she never existed at all — Burton begins to question his sanity.
Season 1 of Falling Water airs Sunday 15th January via Amazon Prime Instant Video
Read TBB’s interview with David Ajala here
Fortitude (season 2) – Starring Gershwyn Eustache Jnr (Starred Up, Legends), Steve Toussaint (Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lewis) and Parminder Nagra (The Blacklist, ER), is a British psychological thriller television series created and written by Simon Donald. The series is set in the fictional Arctic Norwegian settlement of Fortitude.
The new series kicks off when a fresh murder rocks the locals plunging the tight-knit community into turmoil. Character details along with the actual plot have been kept tightly under wraps.
Fortitude, Season 2 airs Thursday 26th January, 10:00pm on Sky Atlantic
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (season 2b) – stars Franz Drameh (Attack the Block, Edge of Tomorrow) as Jay ‘Firestorm’ Davidson.
The second half of the second series continues to focus on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter who brought together a disparate group of DC’s finest heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat. After the defeat of the immortal villain Vandal Savage and the exposure of the corrupt Time Masters, a new threat emerges for the heroic Legends in Series 2.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 2’s second half unconfirmed air date Thursday 2nd February, 8pm on Sky 1.
The Walking Dead (season 7b) – Starring Lennie James (Critical, Get On Up) as Morgan Jones the second half of season 7 of The Walking Dead will continue to follow the survivors of the world ending zombie apocalypse.
Up until this point, the survivors have lived through conflicts… Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they’ve become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable. To start Season 7, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong. The first half of Season 7 sees the group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t.
Other characters are unaware of what’s happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice — they will learn that they can’t escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over. The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger and it’s even more dangerous.
The Walking Dead’s season 7’s second half airs Monday 13th February, 9:00pm on Fox UK.
24: Legacy (season 1) – Starring Ashley Thomas is the next evolution of the Emmy Award-winning, 24.
24: Legacy chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. Six months ago in Yemen, an elite squad of U.S. Army Rangers, led by Sergeant Erick Carter (Corey Hawkins – Straight Outta Compton), killed terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. In the aftermath, Bin-Khalid’s followers declared a fatwah against Carter, his squad and their families, forcing them into federal witness protection. But a recent attempt on Carter’s own life makes it clear to him that his team is now exposed. With nowhere else to turn, Carter asks CTU to help him save his life while also stopping one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.
Ashley Thomas has been cast as Erick Carter’s brother, Isaac Carter.
24: Legacy airs Sunday 15th February 2017, 9:00 pm on Fox UK.
Emerald City (season 1) – Starring Jennifer Saayeng (The Color Purple, X Factor the Musical) the new series is the story of 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona), who is swept up into the eye of a tornado and transported to another world – a mystical land in great peril, where an all-powerful Wizard has forbidden magic and rules over many kingdoms. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before – where lethal warriors roam, wicked witches plot in the shadows, and a young girl from Kansas becomes a headstrong heroine who holds the fate of their world in her hands.
Emerald City takes a fresh look at the legendary story of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz with a dramatic re-imagining of the classic story, bringing it up to date with spectacular costumes, high production values and detailed sets.
Florence Kasumba who will soon be seen in Black Panther will has been cast as The Wicked Witch of the East
Emerald City has no confirmed air date but is scheduled to air early 2017 on 5star.
iZombie (season 3) – Starring Rahul Kohli (Gangsters Gamblers Geezers, EastEnders) the dramedy series from the creators of Veronica Mars is about Olivia “Liv” Moore a medical resident who died and woke up as a zombie. As a result, at least once a month, she must feed on brains to survive. She takes a job at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office in order to have access to the brains she needs. With each brain eaten, she absorbs new memories and traits. She then begins to solve the deaths of the victims whose brains she’s eaten.
Kohli plays co-lead Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti. Ravi is a Medical Examiner with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. He also becomes Liv’s friend, partner, and confidante, and their relationship is a mutually-beneficial, yet unlikely, friendship that proves to be as solid as they come.
iZombie season 3 is scheduled to air in the US, Tuesday 4th of April 2017, 8pm via The CW.
Series 1 & 2 are currently available in the UK via Netflix. Season 3 has yet to be confirmed but we expect it to be quite near to the US air date.
Sick Note (season 1) – Starring Pippa Bennett-Warner (Wakefield, Doctor Who) is new comedy also staring Rupert Grint (Harry Potter franchise), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) and Don Johnson (Miami Vice – the original and legendary series about how desperate a person’s actions can become when a lie starts to spiral out of control.
Daniel Glass (Grint), is a compulsive liar, who’s stuck in a failing relationship and a dead-end job, where he is under the thumb of his irrepressible boss Kenny West (Johnson). Just when things couldn’t get any worse, he’s diagnosed with esophageal cancer. However, everyone starts to treat him better because of his diagnosis and suddenly Daniel finds he has a new lust for life. But then he finds out he was misdiagnosed by the most incompetent oncologist on Earth, Dr. Ian Glennis (Frost) and that’s when Daniel has a big decision to make – come clean and go back to his old rubbish life, or keep this new information a secret and pretend to be ill. He decides to go for the latter but very quickly the lie spirals out of control and both Daniel and Dr. Glennis have to spend all of their waking lives trying to prevent the truth from getting out.
Joining the cast will also be Tolu Ogunmefun (Don’t Jealous Me, The T-Boy Show) and Ronke Adekoluejo (NW, Chewing Gum).
Sick Note has no current air date but is scheduled to air early 2017 on Sky Atlantic.
Broadchurch (season 3) – Guest starring Sir Lenny Henry and BAFTA award winning Georgina Campbell (My Murder) Georgina Campbell the third and final series of the drama will see David Tennant and Olivia Colman return as DI Alex Hardy and DS Ellie Miller.
The detectives will reunite to investigate a serious sexual assault. The series explores the consequences of a serious sexual assault as a Dorset community comes under the scrutiny of Hardy and Miller’s investigation. Based on a year of research with Dorset-based organisations who specialise in dealing with victims of sexual assault, and police advisors who specialise in investigating crimes of sexual violence, Broadchurch’s final chapter looks at the emotional cost to all of those involved and the irreparable damage to friendships and relationships.
Broadchurch, Season 3 returns to ITV, February 2017.
Britannia (season 1) – Starring Gershwyn Eustache Jnr (Second Coming, Legends) as Vitus and Aaron Pierre (Prime Suspect 1973) as Antonius is a 10-part drama set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army – determined and terrified in equal measure – returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia – a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld.
Britannia has no current air date but is scheduled to air in the UK and Ireland on Sky Atlantic and will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US in 2017.
The Carters Get Rich (season 1) – Starring Rashan Stone (Horrible Histories, Strike Back), Rio Chambers (The Storyteller) and Rhianna Merralls (Camping) follows 11 year old Harry Carter (Chambers) who creates HONC, an app for geeky kids like him who struggle to talk to girls. As it fast becomes the next big thing in the social networking world, it gets snapped up by American billionaire Trent Zebriski (James Van Der Beek – Dawson’s Creek) for 10 million, turning the working-class Carter family, including Harry’s dad Tony (Stone), mum Liz (Kerry Godliman) and sister Ellie (Merralls), into overnight multi-millionaires. However, their new-found wealth proves tricky for the humble Carters to handle.
Carters Get Rich is a comedy for all the family: a warm and witty look at a modern household battling to hold onto their rags in the face of corrupting riches.
The Carters Get Rich has no current air date but is scheduled to air this year on Sky 1.
Guerrilla (season 1) – Starring Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation), Wunmi Mosaku (Dancing on the Edge, Black Mirror), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat, Not Safe For Work), Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Babou Ceesay (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Damilola: Our Loved Boy) Academy Award winner John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave) will write, direct and executive produce the new 6-part.
Guerrilla is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in UK history. It tells the story of a politically active couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.
Whilst the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart Guerrilla is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences.
Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild® Award winner Idris Elba will co-star and serve as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and will direct the first two.
Guerilla has no current air date but is scheduled to air this year on Sky Atlantic.
Top Gear (season 24) – co-hosted with Rory Reid, who returns with Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris will be without Chris Evans.
After the popular car show lost its original presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond amidst much controversy, the show relaunched with BBC radio presenter Chris Evans. Evans announced he wouldn’t be returning, but former Friends star Matt LeBlanc has confirmed his return. LeBlanc will be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig.
Rory Reid won his position as presenter after an open audition call was put out. He was a motor journalist giving reviews of cars via his YouTube channel.
Top Gear, season 24 has no current air date but is scheduled to air this year on BBC Two.