In between the election coverage, BBC Sports Personality Of The Year and the endless stream of Christmas specials, there are a couple of sci-fi debuts worth getting excited about this week, as well as a couple of new comedies and two new hard-hitting British dramas, all laid out for you below. Think of it as a selection pack – something for everyone, without the disappointing packet of Milky Bar Stars.
Here are our picks of what’s arriving between Friday the 13th and Thursday the 19th of December.
Come back next week for the new additions.
The Expanse season 4
Friday 13th December, Amazon Prime Video
After Syfy canned it at the end of season three, space-set thriller The Expanse is back on Amazon Prime Video with ten new episodes and the promise of more in the already commissioned fifth season. Read our spoiler-free review of season four here. (Spoiler: it’s brill.)
Sunday 15th December, BBC Three
Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant stars in Hulu original Shrill, based on Lindy West’s book of the same name, co-starring Brit Lolly Adefope and made by a heap of excellent comic talent. Bryant plays Annie, an aspiring journalist who finds her voice when she redefines her attitude to her weight.
Star Trek: Discovery
Sunday 15th December, 8pm, E4
For non-Netflix subscribers, this is the free-to-view debut of Star Trek: Discovery here in the UK. It’s a chance to watch the whole thing from the start and catch up with everybody’s Pike and Tilly obsessions from 2017. The show’s third season arrives on the 24th of January on Netflix.
Monday 16th December, 9pm, BBC Two
This one-off feature-length film for BBC Two asks the question of when a child becomes legally responsible for their actions. It stars Game Of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley, Strike’s Tom Burke and The History Boys’ Stephen Campbell Moore.
Cunk And Other Humans
Monday 16th December, BBC iPlayer
With writing from Charlie Brooker and starring Diane Morgan as cultural commentator and documentarian Philomena Cunk (with friends), this satirical faux documentary series looks back at the events of 2019. Like a Wipe, but with more Cunk.
Sticks And Stones
Monday 16th December, 9pm, ITV
From Doctor Foster and Trauma writer Mike Bartlett, this three-part psychological thriller about workplace bullying stars Ken Nwosu, Ben Miller and Alexandra Roach. It’s airing on consecutive days from Monday to Wednesday on ITV.
– The Grand Tour season 4 arrives on Amazon Prime Video on Friday the 13th if you like that kind of thing.
– An art thief and an antiquities expert team up to catch a terrorist in CBS’ Blood And Treasure, which arrives on Syfy UK on Thursday the 19th of December at 2am.
– Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey and Dame Judi Dench are on Graham Norton’s sofa on Friday night.
– Following on from Northern comedy spoofs Murder On The Blackpool Express and Death On The Tyne, Dial M For Middlesborough brings Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson back to Gold on Saturday the 14th at 9.15pm.