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12 television shows that will have you glued to your laptop screen this winter

The Fall, Divorce, Westworld – here are the shows everyone will be talking about this winter.

1. Can’t Cope Won’t Cope

RTÉ Two, September 19th

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Rejoice, women of Ireland! Finally the powers that be have commissioned a female-led comedy series. Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope tells the story of two twentysomething Cork girls navigating work, love and nights out in the Big Smoke.

Written by acclaimed playwright Stefanie Preissner and starring A Date For Mad Mary breakout Seána Kerslake, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope is one of the television highlights of the autumn.

Don’t sleep on it.

2. The Fall

BBC Two, September 29th

Source: BBC/YouTube

Spector! Stella! How did we live without you for so long?

3. Divorce

Sky Atlantic, October 11th

Source: HBO UK/YouTube


Highly anticipated dramedy from our very own Sharon Horgan, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church as a couple who embark on a long, arduous divorce.

Can’t bloody wait, tbh.

4. Black Mirror

Netflix, October 21st

The weird and wonderful dystopian drama returns to Netflix on October 21st with six brand new standalone episodes. What perverse delights will Charlie Brooker cook up for us? We’ll have to wait and see.

5. The Young Pope

Sky Atlantic, October 27th 

pope Source: Sky Atlantic/YouTube

A glossy miniseries starring Jude Law as a newly elected Pope. (As the title might indicate, he’s rather young.)

6. Westworld

Sky Atlantic, October

sky Source: Sky Atlantic/YouTube

A sci-fi series set in a futuristic theme park called, you guessed it, Westworld. The blockbuster series stars Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris, and promises to be one of the most talked about shows this winter.

7. Crazyhead

E4, October

Source: E4/YouTube

A comedy horror from the creator of Misfits about two kickass demon-hunting gals. One for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

8. Insecure

Sky Atlantic, October

Source: HBO/YouTube

Issa Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl made waves a few years ago and now, at long last, she has her very own television show. The show follows two friends living life in Los Angeles and ought to strike a chord with fans of Broad City and Girls.

9. The Crown

Netflix, November 4th

crown Source: Netflix/YouTube

Netflix are renowned for splashing the cash on new television series, but The Crown might be their most ambitious yet. The ten-part series follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and is reported to have cost over £100 million.

That’s a lot of period costumes.

10. Gilmore Girls

Netflix, November 25th

Source: Netflix US & Canada/YouTube

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will offer viewers our first glimpse into the lives of Lorelai and Rory in almost a decade. To say we are excited is an understatement.

11. Atlanta

Fox UK, November

at Source: YouTube

Atlanta stars Donald Glover as a wannabe hip-hop mogul trying to help his cousin launch his rap career. Since it debuted in the US a few weeks ago, it’s become one of the most talked-about comedies on television and earned comparisons to Louie and Master of None.

It’s slick, it’s gritty and it’s very funny. Don’t miss it.

12. Captive

Netflix, December 20th


Could Captive be this year’s Making A Murderer? Maybe!

Captive is Netflix’s latest major true-crime documentary series and takes a look at hostage situations. With unprecedented access to victims, families and those working to resolve hostage crises, Captive promises to be tense, compelling television.

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Amy O'Connor

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