Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie Bain

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Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story to Shuggie Bain (Image: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX)
Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story to Shuggie Bain (Image: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX)

Strippers, skankers and sweary supermarket staff are among the highlights of this year’s TV treats.

And the stars are shining as brightly as ever with the likes of Olivia Colman, Idris Elba and Harrison Ford all featuring in our pick of 2023’s top telly.

Nolly ITVX early Feb

Helena Bonham Carter stars as the inimitable Noele Gordon, the TV legend famously axed from Crossroads in 1981 in a real-life soap saga.

You & Me ITVX, early spring

Harry Lawtey plays a young northerner in London whose life is hit by catastrophe. A moving drama about finding love and losing it.

Maternal ITV1, January

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie Bain eidehiqdqikinvMaternal is coming this month (ITV STUDIOS)

Motherhood and the overstretched NHS are under the spotlight in this medical series starring Parminder Nagra, Lara Pulver and Lisa McGrillis as new mum doctors back at work.

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The Reunion ITVX, Jan 12

Set on the French Riviera, Ioan Gruffudd stars in this tale about three pals forever bonded by a tragic secret who reconnect at a school reunion.

Six Four ITVX, spring 2023

Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd plays a police detective in this four-part drama about kidnap, corruption and a missing girl in Glasgow.

The Dry ITVX, Feb 23

Comedy drama about a young woman (Roisin Gallagher) who returns to Dublin after years of partying, determined to stay sober. But her family may drive her off the wagon.

Hotel Portofino ITV1, early 2023

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie BainThe show is set in the 1920s (Eagle Eye/ITV)

Family saga set in the 1920s. Natascha McElhone stars as the daughter of a wealthy industrialist who opens a British hotel on the Italian Riviera.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Netflix, 2023

Golda Rosheuvel reprises her role in this lavish Bridgerton prequel which focuses on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, influencing the world of Ton we all know.

Obsession Netflix, 2023

A dangerous love triangle is at the heart of this limited series thriller, with Richard Armitage, Charlie Murphy and Indira Varma.

Bodies Netflix, late 2023

Stephen Graham features in this crime drama with a twist, focusing on one murder case across four eras.

Who Is Erin Carter? Netflix, 2023

Erin (Evin Ahmad) is a teacher living the ex-pat dream in Spain. Or so we think until a supermarket robbery reveals her to be a badass fighter…

This Town BBC1, 2023

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight brings this epic story of four young people drawn into the world of ska music. Stars Michelle Dockery and Nicholas Pinnock.

The Woman In The Wall BBC1, 2023

A gothic thriller starring Ruth Wilson about a woman who wakes up one morning to find a corpse in her house. She doesn’t know who it is or if she’s the killer.

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Champion BBC1 / Netflix, 2023

Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams makes her TV writing debut with this explosive story of fame and a family colliding. Stars Malcolm Kamulete and Ray Fearon.

Beyond Paradise BBC1, 2023

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie BainBeyond Paradise (BBC / Red Planet Pictures / Craig Hardie)

This Death In Paradise spin-off follows the much-missed Humphrey (Kris Marshall) and his fiancee Martha (Sally Bretton) starting a new life in her hometown.

Ten Pound Poms BBC1, 2023

Michelle Keegan and Warren Brown lead the drama about a group of Brits who leave Britain in 1956 for a new life in sunny Australia.

Best Interests BBC1, spring

A hard-hitting family drama lead by Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen, as parents fighting for their disabled daughter’s right to live.

Better BBC1, 2023

Leila Farzad stars in this fast-paced thriller about a woman whose success as a Yorkshire cop is secretly based on a corrupt deal made with a drug lord.

Boiling Point BBC1, late 2023

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie BainStephen Graham will be returning

Hot on the heels of the movie about a busy kitchen, this series focuses on sous chef Carly (Vinette Robinson) going solo. Stephen Graham returns.

Shuggie Bain BBC1, late 2023

Adapted from the gritty novel by Douglas Stuart, this follows Shuggie, a misfit struggling on a Glaswegian council estate in the 1980s.

Great Expectations BBC1, early 2023

Olivia Colman plays the iconic Miss Havisham in this classic Dickens tale about an orphan nicknamed Pip, played by Fionn Whitehead.

The Gold BBC1, 2023

A stellar cast, including Dominic Cooper and Hugh Bonneville, bring to life the 1980s Brink’s-Mat theft of a £26million gold bullion.

Blue Lights BBC1, 2023

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie BainBlue Lights is based in Belfast (BBC/Gallagher Films/Two Cities Television)

A police drama following three rookie officers working in Belfast, played by Sian Brooke, Katherine Devlin and Nathan Braniff.

Steeltown Murders BBC1, 2023

Set in both 1973 and the early 2000s, this factual drama focuses on the hunt to catch the killer of three young women in Port Talbot. With Philip Glenister and Steffan Rhodri.

Secret Invasion Disney+, 2023

Samuel L Jackson is back as Nick Fury in this Marvel superhero spy adventure about shape-shifting aliens. Also stars Martin Freeman and Olivia Colman.

Welcome To Chippendales Disney+, Jan 11

A sprawling true-crime saga telling the outrageous story of Indian immigrant Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Kumail Nanjiani), the unlikely founder of the world’s greatest male stripping empire in the late 1970s.

Fleishman Is In Trouble Disney+, Feb 22

The story of recently divorced Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg), who dives into dating until his ex, Rachel, (Claire Danes) vanishes completely, leaving him with the kids.

Fifteen Love Prime Video, 2023

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie BainSet in the world of elite tennis (Amazon Prime)

Set in the world of elite tennis, Justine Pearce plays a rising star whose sudden success at 17 takes her and her coach (Aidan Turner) to the quarter-finals of the French Open.

The Power Prime Video, March

Based on the award-winning novel, this thriller follows what happens when a group of teenage girls develop the ability to electrocute people at will. Toni Collette stars.

The Rig Prime Video, Jan 6

Martin Compston leads the cast in this mystery about the crew aboard an oil rig stationed in dangerous Scottish waters. What happens when a strange fog rolls in?

Wilderness Prime Video, Autumn

A twisted love story, with Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, where a dream holiday and a supposed “happily ever after” story turns into a living nightmare.

Django Sky Atlantic/NOW, 2023

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie BainLoosely based on Django Unchained (Photographer: Cos Aelenei)

Loosely based on the film Django Unchained, Matthias Schoenaerts, Nicholas Pinnock and Lisa Vicari feature in this Wild West epic about a city of outcasts.

A Town Called Malice Sky Max/NOW, 2023

Billed as Dallas meets Pulp Fiction with a Duran Duran soundtrack. Intoxicating crime thriller following 1980s London gangsters. With Jason Flemyng.

The Lovers Sky Atlantic/NOW, 2023

Roisin Gallagher plays a funny, foul-mouthed Belfast supermarket worker who collides with a political broadcaster (Johnny Flynn) in this culture clash romcom.

Then You Run Sky Max/NOW, 2023

The drama follows a group of rebellious teens who find themselves on the run across Europe, chased by criminals. Stars Richard Coyle.

Funny Woman Sky Comedy, 2023

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie BainFunny Woman is coming to Sky Comedy (©Sky UK Ltd)

Gemma Arterton is Barbara, a young woman working in a Blackpool rock factory who sets off for London to reinvent herself and become a star.

Dreamland Sky Comedy, 2023

Set in the seaside town of Margate, Lily Allen, Frances Barber and Sheila Reid star in this comedy drama about secrets, lies, loves and aspirations within a dysfunctional family.

Shrinking Apple TV+, Jan 27

Comedy with Harrison Ford as a grieving therapist who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Also stars Jason Segal.

Liaison Apple TV+, Feb 24

High-stakes thriller with Eva Green and Vincent Cassel, combining action, espionage and political intrigue alongside a story of enduring love.

Hijack Apple TV+, spring

Idris Elba leads the cast in this tense thriller told in real time that follows a hijacked plane over a seven-hour flight as authorities scramble for answers.

The Gallows Pole BBC1, early 2023

An epic starring Sophie McShera and Cara Theobald, telling the remarkable true story of David Hartley, who assembled a criminal gang in 18th century Yorkshire.

Black Cab Channel 5, spring/summer

A four-parter set in Liverpool about a lonely taxi driver’s obsession with a late-night radio DJ. With Robert Glenister, Suzanne Packer and Sean Pertwee.

The Catch Channel 5, early 2023

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie BainThe Catch is a psychological thriller (Patrick Redmond / Channel 5 Television)

A psychological thriller with Jason Watkins as a family man and proud fisherman whose life spirals when a young man (Aneurin Barnard) enters his daughter’s life.

Heat Channel 5, spring/summer

Fresh out of EastEnders, Danny Dyer stars in this Australia-set thriller as two families who venture to a secluded summer house during bushfire season.

Love Rat Channel 5, spring/summer

Sally Lindsay and Neil Morrissey star in this psychological thriller about a divorcee enjoying a holiday romance that goes badly wrong when she’s scammed.

Under Her Skin Channel 5, 2023

Jo Joyner plays a woman who seems to have it all. But there are cracks in the veneer and a stranger (Rachel Shenton) is hell bent on exploiting them.

The Chemistry Of Death Paramount+, Jan 19

Top 50 TV shows to watch in 2023 from Steeltown Murders to Shuggie BainThe Chemistry of Death (Paramount +)

A British thriller starring Harry Treadaway about a former police consultant who is called back into action after a grisly murder.

Wolf Pack Paramount+, Jan 27

Based on the book series, this show follows a teenage boy and girl whose lives are transformed when a wildfire awakens a scary supernatural creature. With Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The Change Channel 4, 2023

Monica Dolan, Liza Tarbuck, Omid Djalili, Jerome Flynn and Paul Whitehouse star in this comedy about a menopausal woman in search of her identity and purpose.

My Lady Jane Prime Video, 2023

Comedy/drama with Dominic Cooper and Jim Bradbent which remagines what happened during Lady Jane Grey’s nine-day reign as Queen of England in 1553.

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