From Vanity Fair to Black Earth Rising and Wanderlust, here are 20 brilliant new TV shows for you to enjoy this autumn

Lady in red Olivia Cooke takes the lead in sexy ITV drama Vanity Fair, just one of a string of new shows heading our way over the next few months.

Toni Collette, Jenna Coleman and John Goodman are among the star names that we will see – but keep an eye out for returning favourites in Luther and House Of Cards.

We are starting our viewing early with Disenchantment on Friday.

Rod McPhee is our guide to that and other must-see TV.

Black Earth Rising

JOHN Goodman is the war crimes lawyer who asks a female colleague to convict a militia leader – the same man who stopped genocide in Rwanda that nearly killed her daughter.

Out: September

 

Disenchantment

THIS is Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s darkest stuff yet. The series is about a drunk, rebellious princess trying to flee an arranged marriage, helped by a demon and an elf.

Starts Friday

The Cry

EVERY parent’s worst nightmare comes true for Jenna Coleman in this psychological thriller. She is a mum who loses her baby during a trip across Australia.

Out: TBC

 

Butterfly

ANNA FRIEL plays a mum coming to terms with son Max wanting to live his life as a girl, while also dealing with Max’s dad. Sure to be a hit three-parter with Anna at the helm.

Out: TBC

Maniac

SUPERBAD pair Emma Stone and Jonah Hill get together again to play strangers who take part in a drugs trial, which ends up going very wrong. The dark comedy also stars Sally Field.

Out: September 21

The Little Drummer Girl

HOLLYWOOD hunk Alexander Skarsgard stars opposite Brit Florence Pugh in this glitzy spy thriller, adapted from the John le Carre book. Made by the hit Night Manager team.

Out: TBC

 

Dark Heart

A COP investigates some of the country’s most brutal crimes while haunted by the murder of his own parents when he was a boy. With a plot like that, he could be the next Batman.

Out: TBC

The Reluctant Landlord

SEMI-autobiographical sitcom with Romesh Ranganathan about a man who feels pressured by his mum and partner to take over the village pub owned by his late father.

Out: TBC

Informer

THE brilliant Paddy Considine plays a cop who enlists a second-generation Pakistani from East London to go undercover in this six-part, Homeland-style thriller.

Out: October

 

Press

DOCTOR Foster creator Mike Bartlett brings us his take on the newspaper industry, with David Suchet and Ben Chaplin as rival journalists. We will let you know how accurate it is.

Out: September

 

Killing Eve

FLEABAG writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has adapted Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle novella series about a bored MI5 officer. It did well on BBC America and is heading here soon.

Out: To Be Confirmed

Mother's Day

TOP British talent Vicky McClure and Daniel Mays are virtually unrecognisable in this one-off 90-minute drama about peace efforts in the wake of the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington.

Out: September

Sick Of It

RICKY Gervais's favourite toy Karl Pilkington has got his own sitcom, and plays a newly single taxi driver who constantly struggles to suppress his cantankerous inner self.

Out: September

Strangers

IT is a tough time for John Simm, who has to cope with the death of his wife and the revelation she had a double life. Produced by The Missing writers Jack and Harry Williams.

Out: September

Vanity Fair

OLIVIA is joined by Tom Bateman in this big-budget adaptation of the literary classic, made by the same team that brought us Poldark and Victoria. We are expecting big things.

Out: September

Wanderlust

FRUSTRATED housewife Toni Collette floats the idea of an open relationship with husband Steven Mackintosh after they both cheat. Loads of sex and loads of laughs. That’ll do us.

Out: September

A Discovery Of Witches

AS steamy as it is supernatural, this fantasy thriller adaptation sees a young academic, played by Teresa Palmer, reconnect with her witch heritage, with the help of a vampire.

Out: September 14

Bodyguard

ANOTHER future hit for Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio. Keeley Hawes is the Home Secretary protected by ex-squaddie Richard Madden, who also happens to hate her guts.

Out: August

The Innocents

TEEN lovers June and Harry are about to elope when June finds out she has super-powers. Guy Pearce stars and looks to have channelled Liverpool FC’s Jurgen Klopp for the role.

Out: August 24

Instinct

COP drama adaptation with Alan Cumming as an ex spy-turned-author. He gets dragged back into crimefighting when serial killers use one of his storylines to target victims.

Out: August 23

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