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Autumn is here, and with the crispness of the air and fewer hours of daylight come a bevy of British TV premieres, including some of the most highly-anticipated program returns.

British TV shows to watch in the US in October 2016


Burnistoun S2-3Burnistoun: Series 2 & 3

The last two seasons of this BAFTA Scotland-nominated sketch comedy series have finally arrived in the US (nearly a year after Series 1 premiered here). Written and performed by Glaswegian comedians Iain Connell and Robert Florence (pictured L-R), the show’s skits are heavy on rude, crude (and quite funny) content. (You might need to use the closed-captions.) Burnistoun: Series 2 and 3 premieres in the US on Saturday, 1 October 2016, on Netflix.

Chewin' the FatChewin’ the Fat: Series 1

Written in part by Burnistoun‘s Connell and Florence, this Scottish sketch comedy show, also a BAFTA Scotland award nominee, stars Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, who spun off two of their recurring characters, plus those of comedians Mark Cox and Paul Riley, for the sitcom Still Game (see below). Also featuring comedienne Karen Dunbar (The Karen Dunbar Show), Chewin’ the Fat: Series 1 premieres in the US on Saturday, 1 October 2016, on Netflix.

Limmy's Shaw!Limmy’s Show!: Series 2 & 3

And the final two seasons of this BAFTA Scotland award-winning sketch comedy series from actor and comedian Brian Limond (pictured) have also arrived stateside. Based on his 2006 podcast Limmy’s World of Glasgow, the series features Limond playing himself and a variety of other characters alongside a different supporting cast than the one in Series 1. Limmy’s Show!: Series 2 & 3 premieres in the US on Saturday, 1 October 2016, on Netflix.

Still GameStill Game: Series 6

Series 6 of this awesome, multiple BAFTA Scotland awards-winning sitcom was the final season until the Beeb announced a couple weeks ago that Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan (pictured L-R) are reprising their pensioner characters, Victor McDade and Jack Jarvis, after a nine-year hiatus for a seventh season. (Yay!) Still Game: Series 6 premieres n the US on Saturday, 1 October 2016, on Netflix.

Versailles TV seriesVersailles: Season 1 (France/Canada)

Set in 1667 against a backdrop of power, love, betrayal, and war, this historical drama — the most-expensive series ever produced in France — centers on life in the court of Louis XIV (George Blagden, Vikings), the ruthless, 28-year-old king of France who will stop at nothing to create the most beautiful palace in Europe and seize absolute control of France and his enemies. Season 2 was ordered ahead of the Season 1 debut, and Season 3 begins filming in April 2017. Versailles: Season 1 premieres in the US on Saturday, 1 October 2016, at 10 PM ET, on Ovation. (Photo L-R: Elisa Lasowski, George Blagden, Anna Brewster, and Noémie Schmidt, courtesy of Ovation)

Blunt Talk: Season 2Blunt Talk: Season 2

Yes, this is an American sitcom, but hey, it stars Sir Patrick Stewart (X-Men, pictured-left) as Walter Blunt, a role that earned Stewart a Golden Globes® nod. Blunt is a British newscaster who, in Season 1, goes to Los Angeles with his trusty (alcoholic) manservant Harry (Adrian Scarborough, Crashing, pictured) to conquer US cable TV. Well, it worked, as Season 2 finds Walter and his team at the top of the network ratings. Then he runs into an old flame who’s in town to investigate a conspiracy, leading him to delve into his past and into a web of intrigue. Blunt Talk: Season 2 premieres in the US on Sunday, 2 October 2016, at 8:30 PM ET,, on Starz. (Photo courtesy of Starz)

The Siege of JadotvilleThe Siege of Jadotville (Ireland/South Africa)

A gripping true story of bravery against impossible odds, this historical drama depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan, The Fall, pictured) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. For the Euro TV fans amongst you, Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) plays a French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men, and Mikael Persbrandt (Beck) features as Dag Hammerskjold, the Swedish diplomat and second Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Siege of Jadotville, a Netflix Original film, premieres in the US on Friday, 7 October 2016, exclusively on Netflix. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

The Code: Series 2The Code: Season 2 (Australia)

Season 2 of this award-winning political thriller finds Jesse (Ashley Zukerman, pictured-left) and Ned (Dan Spielman) confronted with the terrifying possibility of being extradited to the US to face legal charges after the storm they unleashed at the end of Season 1. If Jesse can crack a case the Australian National Security can’t, it’s freedom for the brothers, but it could also cost them their lives. With Sigrid Thornton (Wentworth Prison) and Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace, pictured) now in the cast, The Code: Season 2 premieres in the US with Episodes 1 and 2 on Monday, 10 October 2016, exclusively on Acorn TV. (Photo by Kate Ryan, courtesy of Acorn TV)

Boomers: Series 2Boomers: Series 2

The pensioners/retirees/boomers — Joyce (Alison Steadman, Gavin & Stacey), Alan (Philip Jackson, Agatha Christie’s Poirot), John (Russ Abbot, Last of the Summer Wine), Maureen (Stephanie Beacham, Coronation Street), Carol (Paula Wilcox, Upstart Crow), and Trevor (James Smith, The Thick of It) — are back for another round of ups and downs in Thurnemouth, “Norfolk’s only West facing resort.” Boomers: Series 2 premieres in the US on Monday, 10 October 2016, on Acorn TV. (Photo courtesy of Acorn TV)

Wolf CreekWolf Creek (Australia)

A spin-off of the Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2 movies, this horror-thriller web TV series follows college student Eve Thorogood (Lucy Fry, Mako Mermaids, pictured), the only survivor of the slaughter of her family while on vacation in Northern Australia. Their attacker: Mick Taylor (John Jarratt, who reprises his role from the films), a sadistic serial killer who hunts and murders tourists in the Outback. Eve vows to bring him to justice or die trying, and evolves from child to adult, from prey to predator, in the process. Wolf Creek premieres in the US on Friday, 14 October 2016, at 10 PM ET, on Pop. (Image courtesy of Pop)

GlitchGlitch: Series 1 (Australia)

Reminiscent of the French series The Returned but distinctly Australian, this award-winning drama stars Patrick Brammall (Home and Away) as Senior Constable James Hayes, who is gobsmacked when he discovers six individuals have risen from the dead (and in perfect health at that) at the Yoorana town cemetery… and he recognizes one of them. Something links the six people, and someone knows how and why they returned to the land of the living. Glitch: Series 1, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Saturday, 15 October 2016, exclusively on Netflix. (Photo: Daniela Farinacci as Maria Massola, courtesy of Netflix)

Berlin Station starring Richard ArmitageBerlin Station

Fans of Richard Armitage (The Hobbit Trilogy, pictured), rejoice. Our second of three US-produced shows starring UK actors is this spy drama, in which Armitage plays Daniel Miller. an undercover operative with the CIA on a mission in Berlin to determine the identity of a famous whistleblower. Featuring fellow Brits Rhys Ifans (Elementary), Richard Dillane (Wolf Hall), and Caroline Goodall (The White Queen), Berlin Station makes its global TV premiere on Sunday, 16 October 2016, at 9 PM ET, exclusively on EPIX. (You can watch the first two episodes for free right now on the EPIX website.) (Photo courtesy of EPIX)

The Durrells in CorfuThe Durrells in Corfu

Based on Gerald Durrell’s autobiographical Corfu Trilogy, this period drama set in 1935 stars Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell, a financially-strapped widow who decides to escape the British weather, uptight Englishness, and her own narrow horizons by transplanting herself and her four unruly children from Bournemouth to sun-drenched Corfu, where they meet new friends, rivals, and lovers as they adjust to their new life in this exotic place. The Durrells in Corfu premieres in the US on Sunday, 16 October 2016, at 8 PM ET, on PBS. (Check your local listings.) (Photo: Josh O’Connor, Milo Parker, Anna Savva, Daisy Waterhouse, Keeley Hawes, and Callum Woodhouse, courtesy of John Rogers/Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE)

Britain's Bloody CrownBritain’s Bloody Crown

Presented by award-winning author, journalist, and acclaimed historian Dan Jones (Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty), this four-part documentary reveals the true history of the Wars of the Roses. Through scripted reenactments and Jones’s unique storytelling, it brings to life a tale of human frailties, rivalries, forced hands, and sheer luck that changed Britain and the monarchy forever. Britain’s Bloody Crown premieres in the US on Monday, 17 October 2016, exclusively on Acorn TV. (Photo courtesy of Acorn TV)

Chance on HuluChance

Our third and final American show with a British lead actor is this psychological thriller based on Kem Nunn’s novel of the same name. Double Golden Globes award winner Hugh Laurie (House, pictured) plays Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuro-psychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption, and mental illness. Chance, a Hulu Original series, premieres Wednesday, 19 October 2016, exclusively on Hulu. (Photo courtesy of Hulu)

Black Mirror: Series 3Black Mirror: Series 3

One of the most highly-anticipated returning (anthology) series of the year features Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, see below), Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Malachi Kirby (Roots), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Jupiter Ascending), and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) in new stories that explore the dark and disturbing side of human nature in today’s technology-saturated society. (If you haven’t seen the first 2 seasons and holiday special, go binge-watch them now.) Created, written, and co-produced by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: Series 3, a Netflix Original Series, premieres in the US on Friday, 21 October 2016, exclusively on Netflix. (Photo L-R: Wunmi Mosaku, Wyatt Russell, and Ken Yamamura, by Laurie Sparham/Netflix)

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective AgencyDirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Adapted from the “Dirk Gently” novels by Douglas Adams, this sci-fi-comedy detective series (not to be confused with Dirk Gently, starring Stephen Mangan and Darren Boyd) follows lovable loser Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, pictured-left) and eccentric detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett, The History Boys, pictured) — an unlikely pair whom the holistic detective believes were meant to solve the mystery of a murdered millionaire together. Why? Because he believes everything — from the corpse and cops investigating the case, to Todd’s corgi and the psychic vampires and assassin after Gently — is connected. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency premieres in the US on Saturday, 22 October 2016, at 9 PM ET, on BBC America. (Photo © BBC America)

19-2 Season 319-2: Season 3 (Canada)

Recently renewed for a fourth season, Season 3 of this award-winning crime drama opens with the reputation of Station 19 being destroyed by the revelation that one of their own was a pedophile and a mole for organized crime, amongst other incidents. As the squad struggles to recover from the devastating facts, Barron (Adrian Holmes, pictured-right) and Chartier (Jared Keeso, pictured) must deal with the fallout from Barron’s actions (in Season 2), as 19 is now under the scrutiny of Internal Affairs. 19-2: Season 3 premieres in the US on Monday, 24 October 2016, exclusively on Acorn TV. (Photo courtesy of Acorn TV)

The Living and the DeadThe Living and the Dead

This creepy supernatural drama stars Colin Morgan (Humans) and Charlotte Spencer (Glue) as pioneering doctor Nathan Appleby and his wife Charlotte, who return to his family’s estate to save the farm after the death of his mother in 1894. The thing is, there seems to be supernatural forces at work, threatening their marriage, their lives, and the lives of local villagers. The Living and the Dead premieres in the US on Thursday, 27 October 2016, at 9 PM ET, on BBC America. (Photo by Robert Viglasky © BBC)

Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: EuropeTrailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: Europe (Canada)

The hilarious mockumentary series Trailer Park Boys revolves around the misadventures of Bubbles, Ricky, and Julian (pictured L-R: Mike Smith, Robb Wells, and John Paul Tremblay) — petty criminals and residents of the (fictional) Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Nova Scotia. Well, now the bumbling trio are off to Europe. God save the continent. Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: Europe, a Netflix Original special series, premieres in the US on Friday, 28 October 2016, exclusively on Netflix. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

The Fall: Series 3The Fall: Series 3

How will the psychological cat-and-mouse game between DS Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson, pictured) and serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) end, especially after that shocker of a Series 2 finale? If you’re in Ireland or the UK, you might already know, as S3 premiered there on the 25th and 29th of September, respectively. Stateside viewers will have to wait a wee bit longer. The Fall: Series 3, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Saturday, 29 October 2016, exclusively on Netflix. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

Brief EncountersBrief Encounters: Series 1

Loosely based on Jacqueline Gold’s 1995 memoir Good Vibrations, this dramedy stars (pictured L-R) Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) as Dawn, Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) as Pauline, Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Steph, and Angela Griffin (Inspector Lewis) as Nita — friends wrestling with the pressures of family, husbands, and making ends meet in early 1980s England… until they become party organizers for the Ann Summers line of lingerie and sex toy products. Now as businesswomen as well as wives, they discover hidden strengths and shake up both their town and their relationships. Brief Encounters: Series 1 premieres in the US with Episodes 1 and 2 on Monday, 31 October 2016, exclusively on Acorn TV. (Photo © ITV, courtesy of Acorn TV)

Chewing Gum: Series 1Chewing Gum: Series 1

Written by and starring Michaela Coel (The Aliens, pictured), this BAFTA-nominated sitcom revolves around the life of Tracey Gordon, a 24-year-old shop assistant and virgin whose desire to have sex and learn more about the world is hampered by her restricted and religious upbringing.  Costarring Robert Lonsdale (The Interceptor), Susan Wokoma (Crashing), and Danielle Walters (Kill Your Friends), with Series 2 slated to debut on E4 in the UK later this year, Chewing Gum: Series 1, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Monday, 31 October 2016, exclusively on Netflix. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)


The 1st of October is the public TV release date for the British TV programs shown below. The actual premiere dates will vary from market to market, so check your local listings or contact the public TV station that serves your area for details about air dates and times. If you would like to watch the program(s) but your station isn’t listed, contact its viewer services department or American Public Television to request it.

Beatrix Potter with Patricia RoutledgeBeatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge

Written and presented by Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances, pictured), this delightful documentary recounts the life of Beatrix Potter, the beloved author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other children’s stories. From her childhood in London and a fateful holiday in Scotland, to her adventures in science and conservation of the Lake District, this hour-long program commemorates Potter’s 150th birthday and celebrates the 2016 release of a never-before-seen Beatrix Potter story: The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots. The complete list of public TV stations airing Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge is here.

Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4

This popular UK travel series presented by Michael Portillo (pictured), a former Member of Parliament and current  journalist, broadcaster, and author of the TV series companion book Great Continental Railway Journeys, returns to the US for more of his travels across Europe. Episodes follow Portillo as he rides the rails for suggested itineraries featured in the 1913 edition of Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide, including Sofia (Bulgaria) to Istanbul (Turkey), Vienna (Austria) to Trieste (Italy), Pisa to Lake Garda (Italy), Athens to Thessaloniki (Greece), the Black Forest to Hanover (Germany), and Barcelona to Mallorca (Spain). The complete list of public TV stations airing Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 is below.

MARYLAND Annapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Oakland, Salisbury
MINNESOTA Minneapolis, St. Paul
NORTH CAROLINA Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Edenton, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Linville, Lumberton, Raleigh-Durham, Roanoke Rapids, Wilmington, Winston-Salem
OHIO Dayton, Oxford, Portsmouth
UTAH Provo

Hidden KillersHidden Killers

Presented by historian and author Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb (pictured), the host of Henry And Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History and Hidden Killers of the Tudor Home (which also aired in the US on public TV stations), this four-part documentary series dives further into the unseen domestic perils of eras gone by. Episodes include “Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home,” “New Hidden Killers: The Victorian Home,” “New Hidden Killers: The Edwardian Home,” and “Hidden Killers of the Post-War Home.” The complete list of public TV stations airing Hidden Killers is here.

(All photos in this section courtesy of American Public Television)


Acorn TV

Casanova: David Tennant, Nina SosanyaCasanova

Starring David Tennant (Broadchurch) and the late, great Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia), this miniseries follows Casanova as he journeys from the streets of Venice to the salons of pre-revolution Paris, and on to the London court of George III, in pursuit of pleasure. The story alternates between the love triangle involving the young Casanova, his one true love Henriette (Nina Sosanya, Last Tango in Halifax) and her husband Grimani (Rupert Penry-Jones, Silk), and the swan song of the world’s most notorious Lothario. Casanova begins streaming Monday, 3 October 2016, on Acorn TV. (Photo courtesy of Acorn TV)

Count Arthur StrongCount Arthur Strong: Series 1 & 2

This hilarious comedy series stars Steve Delaney (Agatha Christie’s Poirot, pictured-left) as Count Arthur Strong, an elderly, pompous, out-of-work actor with delusions of grandeur, a habit of blurting out malapropisms, and an uncanny way of turning everything into chaos and confusion. Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful, pictured) costars as Michael Baker, who, in Series 1, gets entangled in Arthur’s world while doing research for a biography of his late father, Arthur’s former stage partner. Count Arthur Strong: Series 1 & 2 begins streaming Monday, 3 October 2016, on Acorn TV. (Photo courtesy of Komedia Entertainment)

Blood: Mark Strong & Paul BettanyBlood

When a murder suspect’s interrogation turns violent, detectives and brothers Joe (Paul Bettany, The Da Vinci Code) and Chrissie Fairburn (Stephen Graham, This Is England) must deal with the consequences and the suspicions of a fellow detective (Mark Strong, Low Winter Sun). Costarring Brian Cox (Braveheart) as the Fairburns’ father and a fellow cop, Blood begins streaming Friday, 7 October 2016, on Acorn TV. (Photo: L-R: Mark Strong and Paul Bettany, courtesy of Acorn TV)

Last Love: Michael Caine & Clemence PoesyLast Love

Two-time Oscar® winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules) stars with Clémence Poésy (The Tunnel) in this richly nuanced, emotionally-charged story of lost souls and new-found hope. Matthew Morgan (Caine) is a widowed, world-weary professor living alone in Paris. Cynical, he sees no meaningful future for himself… until he meets Pauline (Poésy), a free-spirited young dance instructor. From their first chance meeting, each instinctively provides what the other so desperately needs: someone to call family. Last Love begins streaming Friday, 14 October 2016, on Acorn TV. (Photo courtesy of Acorn TV)

The Queen's Worst YearThe Queen’s Worst Year

1992 was a year of scandal, tragedy, and turmoil for the UK’s royal family. From Fergie’s topless scandal, to Charles and Diana’s separation, to the Great Fire at Windsor — no one could quite believe the Queen’s bad luck. This documentary argues that the impact of the events of 1992 threw the monarchy into a profound identity crisis. However, the Queen weathered the storm of 1992 and became more popular than ever. The Queen’s Worst Year begins streaming Monday, 17 October 2016, on Acorn TV. (Photo courtesy of DRG)

A Very British CoupA Very British Coup

Adapted from British politician Chris Mullin’s novel of the same name, this miniseries stars the late Ray McAnally (My Left Foot, pictured) as Harry Perkins, a radically left-wing MP and leader of the Labour Party who wins a general election by a landslide and becomes Prime Minister. Despite his popularity with the public, Harry soon realizes that everyone — from the media and the civil service, to the armed forces and the Americans— wants to stop his radical policies. A Very British Coup begins streaming Monday, 31 October 2016, on Acorn TV. (Photo courtesy of Acorn TV)

Amazon Prime Video

Murdoch Mysteries - A Merry Murdoch ChristmasMurdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas (Canada)

When a philanthropist is found dead before the holidays and his gifts to Toronto’s orphans go missing, Murdoch and Ogden (Yannick Bisson and Hélène Joy, pictured) and the team at Station No. 4 must solve the mystery and save Christmas. The series is based on the “Murdoch Mysteries” book series by Maureen Jennings, and this special feature-length episode guest-stars Ed Asner (Up), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.). Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas begins streaming Monday, 3 October 2016, on Amazon Video. (Photo courtesy of Acorn TV)

Winter on Acorn TVWinter (Australia)

In “The Killing Field,” the feature-length pilot of this Australian murder mystery series, a teen girl named Becky goes missing in the small country town of Mingara. The search for her leads to the gruesome discovery of the corpses of five dead women in a field, prompting the local authorities to call Detective Eve Winter (Rebecca Gibney, Packed to the Rafters) and her elite team of homicide detectives for help. The six-episode first season follows the pilot and features a new case. Winter begins streaming Monday, 3 October 2016, on Amazon Video. (Photo: Akos Armont, Rebecca Gibney, Peter O’Brien, and Antonia Prebble, courtesy of Acorn TV)


SmallvilleSmallville: Complete Series (Seasons 1-10) (US/Canada)

Before he took on the persona of Superman and the moniker of the Man of Steel, Clark Kent (Tom Welling, The Fog) was a teenager living in the eponymous Kansas town with his adoptive parents, coming to grips with the fact that he’s an alien with superhuman powers. And before Clark became Lex Luthor’s (Michael Rosenbaum, Impastor) mortal enemy, the two were friends. My, how things change over the course of ten binge-worthy seasons. A multiple award-winning sci-fi drama, Smallville begins streaming Saturday, 1 October 2016, on Hulu. (Image courtesy of Hulu)

Please Like Me: Series 3Please Like Me: Series 3 (Australia)

Written by and starring Aussie comedian Josh Thomas (pictured), this sweet, charming, and award-winning comedy-drama follows (a fictional) Josh and his family and friends through the highs, lows, sideways, and ordinariness of life — from being gay and attempting suicide, to insecurity and loneliness. These and other themes aren’t made fun of for laughs, but rather are handled with honesty and humor. Really, it’s a must-watch series. Please Like Me: Series 3 begins streaming Tuesday, 11 October 2016, on Hulu. (Image courtesy of Pivot)



See the description under the Acorn TV section above. Casanova begins streaming Saturday, 1 October 2016, on Netflix.

Detectorists S2Detectorists: Series 2

Utterly brilliant, the second season of this BAFTA TV award winner finds Lance and Andy (Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook, pictured L-R) still out metal detecting, but with some changes in their personal lives. Andy’s now a husband and father to a baby boy, and Lance meets a young woman who’s young enough to be his daughter. Other members of the DMDC also experience some rather interesting developments in their lives. Detectorists: Series 2 begins streaming Saturday, 1 October 2016, on Netflix. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

Jamaica InnJamaica Inn

This adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s classic novel stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Mary Yellan, who moves to the inn in Cornwall to live with Aunt Patience (Joanne Whalley, The Borgias) and Joss Merlyn (Sean Harris, Southcliffe), head of a gang of wreckers and Patience’s husband, after her mum dies. It’s dark, dreary, and dangerous here, made bearable for Mary by petty criminal Jem Merlyn (Matthew McNulty, The Paradise). Jamaica Inn begins streaming Saturday, 1 October 2016, on Netflix. (Image courtesy of Netflix)


Written by Heidi Thomas (Call the Midwife), this period drama centers on Ruby, May, and Iris (Kerrie Hayes, Leanne Rowe, and Catherine Tyldesley, pictured L-R), Catholic sisters who come of age in 1920s Liverpool in the aftermath of World War I. Featuring Brian McCardie (Rebellion) as their widowed father and Daniel Rigby (Jericho) as their brother, Lilies begins streaming Saturday, 1 October 2016, on Netflix. (Image courtesy of Netflix)

Netflix also begins streaming a slew of documentaries on the 1st of October. They include: Dinosaurs: The Hunt for Life, The Divide, Dowry Law, For One Night Only, Gringo Crimebuster, Jack the Ripper: Prime Suspect, The Jungle Beat, Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends: Series 2, Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail, Louis Theroux: Twilight of the Porn Stars, Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey, Property to Die For, The Real Godfather, The Secret Policeman, Secrets of the Solar System, Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life, Space Race, Witness to Auschwitz, The World’s Worst Disasters, and The X Creatures.

Murder Maps: Series 2Murder Maps: Series 2

Hosted by actor Nicholas Day (New Tricks), this docu-drama series explores some of the most shocking and surprising murder cases in history. Series 2 features the stories of a serial killer who struck at night during the London Blitz, a soldier whose wartime fighting turned him into a lady killer, and more. Murder Maps: Series 2 begins streaming Sunday, 16 October 2016, on Netflix. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

Dark Matter: Season 2Dark Matter: Season 2 (Canada)

Based on the comic book of the same name by series creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, this sci-fi series follows six people who woke up on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Hauled off by the Galactic Authority in the Season 1 finale, Season 2 opens with the crew mates being inmates at Hyperion-8, a Maximum Security Galactic Detention Facility Lunar Base. Dark Matter: Season 2 begins streaming Sunday, 16 October 2016, on Netflix. (Photo: Anthony Lemke, Melanie Liburd, Melissa O’Neil, and Alex Mallari Jr., by Jan Thijs/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Doctor FosterDoctor Foster: Season 1

The highest-rated new series in the UK in 2015 and the 2016 NTA winner for Best New Drama, this three-part drama centers on Dr. Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones, Scott & Bailey, pictured) whose cool, calm demeanor and happy life as a wife, mum, and GP start to unravel after she suspects her husband, Simon (Bertie Carvel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), of having an affair. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned? You bet. (More details here.) Doctor Foster: Season 1 begins streaming Saturday, 24 October 2016, on Netflix. (Image courtesy of BBC)

For updates about October 2016 program offerings, see the British TV Viewing Guide.


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