Brand New UK TV 2016

by Mark_a_Wood | created - 06 Jan 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A list of new British TV programmes airing on UK TV in 2016. Please note: Due to the large number of programmes broadcast which are solely concerned with the European Union Referendum these have been moved to their own separate list.

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1. Peter Pan Goes Wrong (2016 TV Movie)

64 min | Comedy

The Olivier Award-winning Mischief Theatre brings Peter Pan Goes Wrong to BBC One, narrated by David Suchet and filmed in front of a live audience.

Director: Dewi Humphreys | Stars: Henry Shields, Henry Lewis, Chris Leask, Harry Kershaw

Votes: 446

One-off festive comedy following a fictional amateur theatrical group's attempt to stage an overly ambitious production of J.M. Barrie's story.

Broadcast on New Year's Eve, Saturday, 31st December 2016 on BBC1.

2. Life in Polar Bear Town with Gordon Buchanan (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan travels to the town of Churchill on the shores of Canada's Hudson Bay, where packs of polar bears gather each Autumn to prepare for their winter hunt.

Director: Ben Finney | Stars: Gordon Buchanan, Erin Greene

Votes: 8

One-off wildlife documentary in which Gordon visits the town of Churchill in Canada to witness the annual gathering of polar bears to prepare for their winter hunt.

Broadcast on New Year's Eve, Saturday, 31st December 2016 on BBC2.

3. World of Sport Wrestling (2016 TV Movie)

120 min | Sport

After more than 30 years, British professional wrestling returns to ITV screens with this one-off New Year's Eve special. Featuring some of the UK's top wrestlers and commentary from the legendary Jim Ross.

Director: Tony Grech-Smith | Stars: C.J. Banks, Max Beesley, Big Daddy, Scrubber Daly

Votes: 24

British wrestling returns to ITV for the first time in 30 years with a special one-off event from Manchester featuring some of the top UK stars battling it out. With guest commentator Jim Ross.

Broadcast on New Year's Eve, Saturday, 31st December 2016 on ITV.

4. Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler (2015 Video)

94 min | Comedy

The Mock the Week (2005) host performs a stand-up comedy gig at London's Hammersmith Apollo as part of his 2015 nationwide tour.

Director: Paul Wheeler | Star: Dara O Briain

Votes: 125

The Mock The Week & Robot Wars host performs a stand-up comedy gig at London's Hammersmith Apollo as part of his 2015 national tour. TV Premiere.

Broadcast on Friday, 30th December 2016 on BBC2.

5. Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary celebrating the life and career of the veteran actress, looking back at the high points of her 60-year career on stage and screen. With clips of her greatest performances and tributes from those she has worked with.

Director: Francis Whately | Stars: Samantha Bond, Pierce Brosnan, Billy Connolly, Daniel Craig

Votes: 20

Biographical documentary celebrating the life and works of the veteran British actress. Featuring archive footage of her most memorable performances and interviews.

Broadcast on Friday, 30th December 2016 on BBC2.

6. 2016: A Year in the Life of a Year (2016 TV Movie)

30 min

Comedian Rhys Thomas takes a comic look back at the cultural, national and international talking points of the year that was 2016. Told through mash-up and manipulated archive footage.

Director: Rhys Thomas | Stars: Lucy Montgomery, Rhys Thomas, Tony Way

Votes: 9

One-off spoof end of year review show tweaking real film and TV footage to present its own take on the years biggest events.

Broadcast on Friday, 30th December 2016 on BBC4.

7. Delicious (I) (2016– )

45 min | Comedy, Drama

A drama series about food, love and infidelity in Cornwall.

Stars: Emilia Fox, Iain Glen, Dawn French, Tanya Reynolds

Votes: 916

Four-part comedy drama starring Dawn French as a Cornish chef who must re-evaluate her relationships with her ex-husband and his wife.

Commences Friday, 30th December 2016 on Sky1.

8. Kevin Bridges: A Whole Different Story (2015 Video)

85 min | Comedy

Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges muses on economic theory, art history and diet tips on stage in front of 12,000 fans at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Recorded in October 2015.

Director: Kevin Bridges | Star: Kevin Bridges

Votes: 129

The Scottish comedian performs a stand-up comedy gig in front of a 12,000 audience at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow in 2015. TV Premiere.

Broadcast on Thursday, 29th December 2016 on BBC2.

9. Cunk on Christmas (2016 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

The commentator returns for a festive-themed special, examining the true meaning of Christmas by exploring pagan winter festivals and the nativity story in her own unique way.

Director: Lorry Powles | Stars: Lasco Atkins, Ronald Hutton, Diane Morgan, Jay Rayner

Votes: 196

Mockumentary in which the commentator searches for the true meaning of Christmas in her own unique way.

Broadcast on Thursday, 29th December 2016 on BBC2.

10. To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters (2016 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama

A chronicle of the Brontë sisters' battle to overcome obstacles and publish their novels, which would become some of the greatest in the English language.

Director: Sally Wainwright | Stars: Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy, Chloe Pirrie, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 1,737

Feature-length one-off drama recounting how, despite the many obstacles they faced, the Bronte sisters emerged from obscurity to write some of the English languages great novels. 2hrs.

Broadcast on Thursday, 29th December 2016 on BBC1.

11. Life in the Snow (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Family

Gordon Buchanan travels to Norway and Austria to search for animals that live in snowy conditions and have adapted to survive in cold weather. He also takes a look at the lives of animals associated with Christmas.

Directors: Sally Thomson, Mark Wheeler | Star: Gordon Buchanan

Votes: 21

Wildlife documentary about animals that have adapted to live in cold, snowy environments and about animals that are associated with Christmas.

Broadcast Thursday, 29th December 2016 on BBC1.

12. Ethel & Ernest (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Animation, Drama, History

72 Metascore

The life and times of the parents of the hailed British graphic novelist, Raymond Briggs.

Director: Roger Mainwood | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway, Pam Ferris

Votes: 2,036

Touching animated drama based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs following the lives of his parents from their chance meeting in 1928 through 40 years of marriage during an era of sweeping social changes. 1hr 30m.

Broadcast on Wednesday, 28th December 2016 on BBC1.

13. The Ballet Master: Sir Peter Wright at 90 (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at the life and career of the classical dancer, choreographer, television director and teacher who celebrated his 90th birthday in November 2016. Featuring interviews with Sir Peter and those who have worked alongside him.

Director: David Thompson | Stars: Darcey Bussell, Katie Derham, Peter Wright

Biographical documentary celebrating the life and career of the veteran British dancer, choreographer, television director and teacher.

Broadcast on Bank Holiday Tuesday, 27th December 2016 on BBC4.

14. The Entire Universe (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Comedy, Musical

Musical about The Entire Universe in one hour, with lots of jokes.

Director: Matthew Amos | Stars: Ian Ashpitel, Brian Cox, Warwick Davis, Noel Fielding

Votes: 172

Professor Brian Cox finds his latest lecture about the origins of the universe is actually a Rutland Weekend Television musical extravaganza.

Broadcast on Boxing Day, Monday, 26th December 2016 on BBC2.

15. Gordon Buchanan: Elephant Family & Me (2016– )

120 min | Documentary

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan attempts to gain the trust of a family of African elephants in Kenya to allow him to observe them up close.

Stars: Gordon Buchanan, Benjamin Kyalo

Votes: 25

2-part wildlife documentary. Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan attempts to gain the trust of a family of elephants to enable him to film them up close.

Broadcast on Boxing Day, Monday 26th and Bank Holiday Tuesday, 27th December 2016 on BBC2.

16. The Witness for the Prosecution (2016)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The hunt is on to find the murderer of a wealthy glamorous heiress who is found dead in her London townhouse. Based on the short story by Agatha Christie.

Stars: Billy Howle, Kim Cattrall, Monica Dolan, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 2,684

Two-part adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie story.

Broadcast on Boxing Day, Monday 26th December 2016 and Bank Holiday Tuesday 27th December 2016 on BBC1.

17. Gospel Christmas (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Music

In a special gospel sing-along from the Church of St John-at-Hackney in London Gregory Porter and Beverley Knight welcome a host of musical talents to serve up a feast of festive musical treats.

Director: Bridget Caldwell | Stars: Beverley Knight, Gregory Porter, The London Community Gospel Choir, House Gospel Choir

Gregory Porter and Beverley Knight host a special gospel sing-along in London welcoming Katy B, Shaun Escoffery and Vade to perform rousing versions of classic Christmas songs.

Broadcast on Christmas Day, 25th December 2016 on BBC2.

18. Maigret's Dead Man (2016 TV Movie)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Maigret plunges into the murky Parisian underworld.

Director: Jon East | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mark Heap, John Light, Lucy Cohu

Votes: 4,944

The second of two new adaptations of Commisaire Jules Maigret's cases starring Rowan Atkinson as the famous detective.

Broadcast Christmas Day - 25th December 2016 on ITV.

19. King Lear (2016 Video)

180 min | Drama

Don Warrington stars as the tragic monarch in this acclaimed version of the Shakespeare play recorded at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

Director: Michael Buffong | Stars: Don Warrington, Alfred Enoch, Miltos Yerolemou, Rakie Ayola

Votes: 16

Don Warrington stars as the tragic monarch in this acclaimed version of the Shakespeare play recorded at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. TV Premiere - 3hrs 10m.

Broadcast on Christmas Day, 25th December 2016 on BBC4.

20. The Last Dragonslayer (2016 TV Movie)

101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

In a fantasy world where magic is being superseded by technology, an orphaned teen discovers her destiny to become a dragonslayer.

Director: Jamie Magnus Stone | Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Matt Berry, Danielle Bjelic, John Bradley

Votes: 1,057

Epic adaptation of the first of Jasper Fforde's series of fantasy novels about an orphaned teen discovering her destiny in a world where technology is superceding magic. 2 hours 15m.

Broadcast on Christmas Day - 25th December 2016 on Sky1.

21. Alan Bennett's Diaries (2016)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

A year in the life of British playwright Alan Bennett as he's finishing the latest tome of his diaries for his publisher.

Director: Adam Low | Stars: Alan Bennett, Nicholas Hytner, Sue Powell, Rupert Thomas

Votes: 29

A candid profile of the writer inspired by his diaries. Featuring a series of intimate interviews filmed over the course of a year. TV premiere.

Broadcast on Saturday, 24th December 2016 on BBC2.

22. David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey (2016 TV Special)

65 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

Ahead of her 80th birthday in Janurary 2017, comic actor David Walliams hosts this special night of entertainment paying tribute to Welsh diva Dame Shirley Bassey. Featuring songs, interviews and comedy sketches.

Director: Steve Smith | Stars: Shirley Bassey, David Walliams, Simon Callow, Jocelyn Jee Esien

One-off celebration of the Welsh singer ahead of her 80th birthday in January. Featuring duets, comedy sketches and performances. Hosted by Walliams.

Broadcast 24th December 2016 on BBC1.

23. We're Going on a Bear Hunt (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby, and Rufus the dog decide to go on an adventure in search of bears.

Directors: Joanna Harrison, Robin Shaw, Robin Shaw | Stars: Elsie Cavalier, Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris, Ozzie Latta

Votes: 327

Animated adventure based on the popular children's story by Michael Rosen. 30m

Broadcast on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December 2016 on Channel 4.

24. Darcey Bussell: My Life on the BBC (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

The former principal ballerina tells her story, with historic performances from the BBC archives and candid interviews from throughout her career. Showing how she grew up in front of the camera and mastered television.

Stars: Roberto Bolle, Graham Bond, Darcey Bussell, Jonathan Cope

A look at the career of the ballerina through her appearances on BBC television programmes from Blue Peter at the age of 16 to acting as a judge of TV talent show Strictly Come Dancing.

Broadcast on Friday, 23rd December 2016 on BBC4.

26. Alan Carr's 12 Stars of Christmas (2016–2017)

Game-Show

Alan Carr hosts a star-studded festive quiz in the lead up to Christmas Eve. Each night three famous faces open windows in the giant advent calendar answering questions about 2016 in order to win hundreds of presents for the audience.

Stars: Alan Carr, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Miranda Hart, Matt Lucas

Votes: 5

5-part, 5-day celebrity quiz show in the run up to Christmas in which the guests attempt to win hundreds of prizes for the audience.

Commenced Monday, 19th December 2016 - concluded Friday, 23rd December 2016 on Channel 4.

27. Christmas City (2016)

45 min | Documentary

Rav Wilding and Hayley Hassall investigate what it takes to deliver a special Christmas for the shoppers, workers, residents and tourists in Manchester, England.

Stars: Rav Wilding, Hayley Hassall

5-Part documentary series following the work going on across Manchester to prepare for Christmas.

Broadcast Monday 19th December 2016 to Friday 23rd December 201 on BBC1.

28. Muslims Like Us (2016)

Reality-TV

Britain's 2.7 million Muslims are united by their faith, but there is much debate about what it means to be a Muslim. A group of 10 very different British Muslims are placed in a house ... See full summary »

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Nabil Abdulrashid, Mehreen Baig, Abdul Haq

Votes: 26

Two-part documentary. A group of 10 very different British Muslims are gathered to live together in one house and explore their differences and similarities.

Broadcast on 12th and 13th December 2016 on BBC2.

29. When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Phillip Schofield learns about the Duke's youth programme over the course of the year it celebrates its 60th anniversary. Attending galas and events he meet the Duke and famous faces to talk about the Trust and its work.

Director: Neil Ferguson | Stars: Phillip Schofield, Prince Philip, Sophie Countess of Wessex, Judi Dench

One-off documentary in which the TV presenter learns about the youth charity over the course of a year to mark its 60th anniversary.

Broadcast on Monday, 12th December 2016 on ITV.

30. Walt Disney (2015–2016)

120 min | Documentary, Biography

Two-part biographical documentary on the life, career and legacy of Walt Disney. Making use of recently released archive footage, interviews and classic scenes from his films.

Stars: Rebecca Gethings, Walt Disney, Margaret Winkler

Votes: 82

Two-part documentary series using interviews, classic clips and recently released archive footage to shed new light on the world-famous animator.

Broadcast on 10th and 17th December 2016.

31. In Plain Sight (2016)

150 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A three part TV miniseries about Lanarkshire's Detective William Muncie and his quest to bring to justice notorious killer Peter Manuel.

Stars: Martin Compston, Gilly Gilchrist, Jack Greenlees, Sorcha Groundsell

Votes: 935

Three-part, period, true crime drama following the relentless efforts of Scottish police detective William Muncie to bring to justice serial killer Peter Manuel aka The Beast of Birkenshaw in the 1950s.

Commenced Wednesday, 7th December 2016 - concluded 21st December 2016 on ITV.

32. Finding My Twin Stranger (2016 TV Movie)

65 min | Documentary

A recent trend has seen people hunting for their doubles online, so experts in twins now take this a step further by introducing doppelgänger strangers and then performing tests to see how alike they really are.

Director: Heenan Bhatti | Stars: Tamsin Greig, Lisa DeBruine, Tim Spector

One-off documentary about non-related lookalikes undergoing tests to uncover the science behind twin-like similarities in strangers.

Broadcast Wednesday, 7th December 2016 on Channel 4.

33. Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016)

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

Historian Lucy Worsley visits the time of Henry VIII and tells the story of his six successive wives.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Nicholas Agnew, Scott Arthur, Paola Bontempi

Votes: 390

Three-part series in which historian Lucy Worsley gives a dramatised account of the lives of each of Henry VIII's six wives.

Commenced Wednesday, 7th December 2016 - concluded 21st December 2016 on BBC1.

34. The Coming War on China (2016)

TV-PG | 113 min | Documentary, History

The Coming War on China is John Pilger's 60th film for ITV. Pilger reveals what the news doesn't - that the United States and the world's second economic power, China (both nuclear armed) ... See full summary »

Director: John Pilger | Stars: Franklin Blaisdell, James Bradley, Bruce Cumings, Dana Rohrabacher

Votes: 646

One-off documentary by acclaimed veteran filmmaker John Pilger (his 60th film) illustrating how, contrary to the usual perception, the American military encirclement of China could lead to war.

Broadcast on Tuesday, 6th December 2016 on ITV.

35. Slum Britain: 50 Years On (2016 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

To mark the 50th anniversary of Shelter, this film examines the impact of homelessness on families and individuals over the past half a century. Revisiting a series of images of homelessness from 1668 and seeing how things have changed.

Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen | Stars: Nick Hedges, Sarah Lancashire, Arrianne Coleman, Eden Coleman

One-off documentary marking the 50th anniversary of charity Shelter, examining homelessness over the past half century.

Broadcast Tuesday, 6th December 2016 on Channel 5.

36. Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan (2016 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Docudrama about the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, North London in August 2011 that caused the worst riots in recent British history. With dramatised reconstructions of events and interviews with his family and the police.

Director: Jaimie D'Cruz | Stars: Leonie Alert, Nicola Ama, Neil Ashton, Clive Richard Burchett

Votes: 7

One-off docudrama about the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, North London in August 2011 that triggered the worst riots in recent British history.

Broadcast on Monday, 5th December 2016 on BBC1.

37. Building the World's Most Luxurious Cruise Ship (2016 TV Movie)

Documentary

2 part documentary following engineers and designers as they construct the liner Seven Seas Explorer. The aim of cruise boss Frank Del Rio is to make it the most luxurious ship of its type,... See full summary »

Directors: Duncan Bulling, Martin Gorst, Joby Lubman, Steve Morgan, Lee Reading, Mat Stimpson | Star: Julian Barratt

Two-part documentary series following engineers and designers as they construct the Seven Seas Explorer.

Broadcast on Friday, 2nd and 9th December 2016 on Channel 5.

38. Up North (2016– )

22 min | Comedy

Two neighbours show us how society live up north.

Stars: Dean Sills, Carley Motley, Kuljit Singh, Steve Call

Votes: 23

Comedy series about life Oop North.

Broadcast on local TV channel Essex TV.

39. Rillington Place (2016)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A three-part drama about serial killer John Christie and the murders at 10 Rillington Place in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Stars: Tim Roth, Nico Mirallegro, Samantha Morton, Jodie Comer

Votes: 2,035

Three-part period drama about serial killer John Christie.

Commenced Tuesday, 29th November 2016 - concluded on BBC1.

40. Inside the Ambulance (2016– )

60 min | Documentary

Documentary series following the work of the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Ambulance and crew are rigged up with cameras to follow them as they respond to emergency call outs.

Votes: 13

New 10-part documentary series following the work of one of Britain's busiest ambulance services via cameras fitted inside the ambulance and to the crews.

Commenced Monday, 28th November 2016 - concluded Friday, 9th December 2016 on W.

41. Jazzie B's 1980s: From Dole to Soul (2016 TV Movie)

61 min | Documentary, Music

The Soul II Soul frontman tells his tale of the 1980s, a time of radical social change.

Director: Matt O'Casey | Stars: Jazzie B, Caryn Franklin, Tony Hadley, Lenny Henry

Votes: 9

One-off documentary in which the Soul II Soul frontman talks about the decade that made his career. Part of the BBC's Black & British season.

Broadcast on Saturday, 26th November 2016 on BBC2.

42. Walliams & Friend (2015– )

40 min | Comedy

Comedy sketch-show in which David Walliams is joined by a celebrity guest to form a unique double-act appearing together in a series of skits and sketches.

Stars: David Walliams, Mike Wozniak, Ricky Grover, Jason Lewis

Votes: 184

Comedy sketch-show in which a celebrity guest joins David Walliams to form a brand new double act. Taken to series following a successful pilot.

Commenced Saturday, 25th November 2016 - concluded 30th December 2016 on BBC1.

43. America's Hate Preachers (2016 TV Movie)

40 min | Documentary

Director Hannah Livingston spends 6 months tracking two of America's most radical Christian hate groups - a notorious pastor from Arizona and a network of extremist preachers.

Director: Hannah Livingston | Stars: Steven L. Anderson, Zsuzsanna Anderson, Ruben Israel, Hannah Livingston

Votes: 44

Filmmaker Hannah Livingston reveals the activities of two of the U.S.'s most radical Christian hate groups.

Broadcast Monday, 21st November 2016 on BBC1.

44. Getting High for God? (2016)

40 min | Documentary

Mawaan was brought up in a religious family but no longer practices. He visits to religious movements in North and South America, both of which use powerful psychoactive drugs they claim gives them access to the almighty.

Star: Mawaan Rizwan

Votes: 5

Two-part documentary exploring the effects of natural hallucinogens that in some cultures are linked to religious experiences.

Broadcast on 20th & 21st November 2016 on BBC1.

45. Sunny D (2016– )

Comedy

30 something male lives at home with his parents. He dislikes his job, loves his girlfriend, and dislikes his twin sister. He works hard to make everything better, yet some how makes things worse in a hilarious manner.

Stars: Dane Baptiste, Sasha Frost, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Samantha Baines

Votes: 30

4-part sitcom following Dane and his problems with work, family and his fiancé.

Commenced 20th November 2016 - concluded 11th December 2016 on BBC1.

46. Coastal Path (2016– )

150 min | Documentary

Follow explorer and adventurer Paul Rose as he treks over 630 miles along England's longest national walking trail - the South West Coast Path beginning in Minehead, Somerset and ending at South Haven Point, Dorset.

Star: Paul Rose

Five-part mini-series following the explorer Paul Rose as he walks England's longest national walking trail, the South West Coast Path, visiting landmarks and discovering the history and landscape along the way.

Broadcast - 24th August 2016 - 21st September 2016 on BBC1 South West and Channel Islands only. National Broadcast - Commenced Friday, 18th November 2016 - concluded on BBC2.

47. Bob and Roberta's Excellent Protest Adventure (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

British artist, academic, musician and activist Bob and Roberta Smith has been waging slightly odd political protests for years, in this documentary he investigates the age of activism and discovers what people are protesting about.

Director: Simon Lloyd | Star: Bob and Roberta Smith

One-off documentary in which the artist Bob and Roberta Smith analyses the "Age of Activism" and discovers what it is people are protesting about and how they are doing it in the internet age.

Broadcast Thursday, 17th November 2016 on BBC4.

48. The Undiscovered Peter Cook (2016)

Documentary

6.9