Things might have changed since the old days when the whole family would gather around a two-foot-deep box full of cathode ray tubes with a five-inch screen to watch Del Boy fall through bars, but they haven’t changed that much - only the content, format, shape and delivery method are different, it’s basically the same thing.
There’s some really good stuff coming our way telly-wise this year. Some of it’s imminent, some of it is a while off (a year is a long time, really, unless it’s mentioned in terms of life expectancy), and at least one of the shows in this list is full-on, balls-out artless trash, but it’s good times all round. These are the brand new shows we’re most excited about this year. Set the VHS!
'2 Dope Queens'
'Survival of the Fittest'
A US remake of a Norwegian show from a few years ago, Maniac reunites Superbad’s Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, teaming them up with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga for a trippy black comedy set in fantasy worlds created by two patients living in a mental institution. Expect FANCY DRESS and DESOLATION and PROBABLY QUITE SAD LAFFS!
This five-part HBO/Sky production is in the early stages of filming at the moment, but should be a pretty great, if hideously upsetting, look at the 1986 nuclear disaster. Jared Harris (Moriarty from the Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes) is playing Valery Legasov, head of the commission that investigated the disaster, and if you want to avoid what is presumably a pretty big spoiler then don’t Wikipedia him like we just did, god damn it.
'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction'