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The 22 best TV shows of autumn 2016

Woody Allen makes his TV debut, ‘Black Mirror’ gets a new home and ‘Doctor Who’ goes back to school

By Cath Clarke, Ellie Walker-Arnott and Kate Lloyd
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Summer’s over. The nights are getting longer. Autumn is all about cosying down in front of a screen and a plate of steaming carbs. Here’s our pick of the best series coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky and good old-fashioned terrestrial TV before the end of the year.

The best TV shows to watch this autumn

The Neighbours, Walter Presents, Channel 4
The Neighbours, Walter Presents, Channel 4
Channel 4

11. The Neighbours

Launched earlier this year by Channel 4, streaming service Walter Presents brings together the best TV from around the world. For autumn, we’ve got our eye on this Dutch export – a ‘Fatal Attraction’ meets ‘Desperate Housewives’ tale of swinging in the suburbs of Amsterdam.

Walter Presents, autumn

Cold Feet reboot, ITV
Cold Feet reboot, ITV
ITV

12. Cold Feet

The last time Cold Feet was on TV was March 2003. The show – which is set in Greater Manchester and follows the ups and downs of three relationships – is back for a sixth season. This time around the characters are settled, their careers are sorted, their kids are grown up and they’re having a ‘what does it all mean’ moment.

ITV, showing now
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The Fall BBC preview
The Fall BBC preview
BBC

13. The Fall

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan are back in the battle of the predators. Dornan plays a serial killer preying on victims in Belfast and Anderson is the detective drafted in to catch him. This third season promises to reveal the fate of Dornan’s psychopath.

BBC2, September

Gilmore Girls Netflix reboot
Gilmore Girls Netflix reboot
Netflix

14. Gilmore Girls

‘Gilmore Girls’ is another cult series returning to our screens after a hefty hiatus – this time it’s nine years. Set in Connecticut, the brilliantly realistic show follows the unique relationship between single mum Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her now-adult daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) – it’s full of pop culture references.

Netflix, November
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The Neighbours, Walter Presents, Channel 4
The Neighbours, Walter Presents, Channel 4
Channel 4

15. Eyewitness

This Norwegian crime thriller is already getting a high-profile HBO American remake. Watch the original first on free streaming service Walter Presents this autumn. The plot follows two innocent teenage bystanders who witness a brutal murder, but decide not to inform the police.

Walter Presents, autumn
Rillington Place, BBC1 preview
Rillington Place, BBC1 preview
BBC

16. Rillington Place

Tim Roth and Samantha Morton star in BBC1’s latest real-life crime series. Set in London’s Notting Hill during the 1940s and ’50s, three-part drama ‘Rillington Place’ retells the chilling story of serial killer John Christie, the horrific series of murders he committed and the lasting impact of his case on the criminal justice system.

BBC1, autumn

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The Missing series 2, BBC preview
The Missing series 2, BBC preview
BBC

17. The Missing

When ‘The Missing’ returns to BBC1 later this year, there won’t be many familiar faces. Tcheky Karyo is reprising his role as retired French police officer Julien Baptiste, but that’s it. Baptiste will be taking on a whole new case, that of Alice Webster, a young British woman who went missing in 2003, only to mysteriously turn up in her German hometown in 2014. David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes will be joining as the season’s new leads.

BBC 1, autumn
Westworld, Sky Atlantic, preview
Westworld, Sky Atlantic, preview
Sky

18. Westworld

‘Game of Thrones’ meets ‘Humans’ in this seriously star-studded new Sky Atlantic series featuring Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood. Executive produced by JJ Abrams, the setting is a futuristic theme park where human-like robots play cowboys; and it looks destined to become our new TV obsession.

Sky Atlantic, October 
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Dark Angel, Joanne Froggatt, ITV preview
Dark Angel, Joanne Froggatt, ITV preview
ITV

19. Dark Angel

From ‘Downton Abbey’ to ‘Dark Angel’, Joanne Froggatt has undergone quite the transformation. Froggatt, who’s best known for playing sweet lady’s maid Anna Bates, stars in this ITV drama as real-life murderer and bigamist Mary Ann Cotton. This is her first role since ‘Downton’ ended last Christmas – and there’s not a tea tray in sight.

ITV, autumn
The Night Of, Sky
The Night Of, Sky
Sky

20. The Night Of

This HBO crime drama is based on the BBC1 series ‘Criminal Justice’ and follows Nasir Khan (Londoner Riz Ahmed), a Pakistani-American college student who’s accused of murdering a young woman on New York’s Upper West Side. It’s already aired in America to rave reviews. Let’s assume we’re going to love it too.

Sky Atlantic, showing now

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