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Top TV Picks of 2023

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These are our Top TV Picks of 2023, which has been a year of riveting British dramas and comedies

As the winter nights have closed in and temperature’s have dropped most of us expats sit huddled by the tv wondering what to watch. The television landscape in 2023 delivered an impressive array of captivating shows, and the British contribution stood out as always. From gripping crime dramas to charming romances, 2023 showcased the diversity and excellence of British TV.

Here’s a rundown of our favourite British TV shows of 2023 and where you can catch them- enjoy!

  1. Doctor Who, The 60th Anniversary Specials
    Special Mention: Doctor Who celebrated its 60th anniversary with Russell T Davies reuniting the iconic Doctor/companion pairing of David Tennant and Catherine Tate. The specials, including “The Star Beast,” “Wild Blue Yonder,” and “The Giggle,” brought back the beloved Donna Noble, providing a second chance to explore her incredible interstellar adventures. The return of memories and identity added a thrilling dimension to the series.

How to watch: Streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK and Disney+ in the U.S.

  1. Nolly
    “Nolly,” a series from Russell T Davies, takes a lighthearted look at the entertainment industry in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Starring Helena Bonham Carter as Noelle Gordon, a soap star facing unexpected challenges, the show explores the rampant sexism and ageism of the era. With sharp scripting and a standout performance by Augustus Prew, Nolly is a delightful dramedy.

How to watch: Streaming on ITVX in the UK, U.S. release TBC.

  1. Three Little Birds
    Sir Lenny Henry’s “Three Little Birds” offers a poignant perspective on England post-Windrush, following the experiences of three Jamaican women who migrated to the UK in the late ’50s. The series, streaming on ITVX, beautifully balances the challenges of racism and discrimination with moments of joy, friendship, and camaraderie.

How to watch: Streaming on ITVX in the UK and BritBox in the U.S. from Feb 1.

  1. Hijack
    “Hijack” on Apple TV+ takes viewers on a thrilling ride set over seven real-time hours. Starring Idris Elba as corporate negotiator Sam Nelson, the series explores a plane hijacking on its way to London. With engaging direction and charismatic performances, “Hijack” offers a perfect blend of suspense and entertainment.

How to watch: Streaming on Apple TV+.

  1. Blue Lights
    “Blue Lights” is a tense and thrilling BBC crime series set in Belfast, following three probationary constables navigating challenges in their trial periods. The show, available on BBC iPlayer, offers a realistic portrayal of the struggles faced by the young constables as they find their footing in the demanding world of law enforcement.

How to watch: Streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK, U.S. release TBC.

  1. Lockwood and Co.
    Based on Jonathan Stroud’s novels, Netflix’s “Lockwood and Co.” brings a supernatural, teen ghostbusting energy to the screen. The series, directed by Joe Cornish, follows a young team battling ghosts and uncovering personal secrets. With a perfect balance of mystery and adventure, “Lockwood and Co.” is a must-watch for fans of the supernatural genre.

How to watch: Streaming on Netflix.

  1. The Buccaneers
    “The Buccaneers,” an AppleTV+ series based on Edith Wharton’s novel, is a 19th-century romance drama following American women in England. With diabolical narrative twists, romantic leads, and a killer soundtrack, the series promises a lavish and captivating experience.

How to watch: Streaming on Apple TV+.

  1. Everything Now
    Netflix’s “Everything Now” stands out among British teen series, offering a raw and authentic portrayal of the pitfalls and triumphs of teen life. Created by Ripley Parker, the series revolves around protagonist Mia and her journey through physical and mental recovery from an eating disorder, blending comedy, mystery, and drama.

How to watch: Streaming on Netflix.

  1. Starstruck, Season 3
    “Starstruck,” the joyous millennial rom-com series created by and starring Rose Matafeo, enters its third season with a victory lap. The series explores the messy realities of falling in love, heartbreak, and the awkwardness of navigating relationships. Season 3 continues to capture the essence of life’s sweet messiness.

How to watch: Streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Max in the U.S.

  1. Champion
    “Champion,” a BBC/Netflix drama series helmed by Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams, serves as a love letter to Black British music. The series follows rapper Bosco Champion and his sister/manager, Vita, offering a compelling narrative set in the vibrant world of the music industry.

How to watch: Streaming on BBC iPlayer, U.S. release TBC.

  1. Extraordinary
    “Extraordinary” on Disney+ takes a wildly fun approach to superpowers in a world where everyone’s kind of rubbish at using them. The series, created by Emma Moran, offers playful special effects, a hypothetical premise, and a cast that delivers lived-in performances. It stands out among millennial romcom sitcoms with its whip-smart writing and authentic portrayal of superpowers.

How to watch: Streaming on Disney+ in the UK and Hulu in the U.S.

  1. Sex Education
    The final season of “Sex Education” on Netflix marked a significant moment for British teen series. Navigating faith, identity, unexpected crushes, and new relationships, the characters face challenges within the unique setting of Cavendish College. The series champions second chances, forgiveness, and the opportunity for growth amid the complexities of teen life.

How to watch: Streaming on Netflix.

  1. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
    “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” explores the early days of Queen Charlotte’s life and her romance with King George. Serving as a prequel to the beloved Bridgerton series, the show delivers a slow-burn romance, intricate courting, and a captivating strangers-to-soulmates arc. The cast, led by India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest, shines in this delightful addition to the Bridgerton universe.

How to watch: Streaming on Netflix.

  1. Black Mirror Season 6
    “Black Mirror Season 6” returned with its characteristic blend of existential dread and social commentary. The anthology series, created by Charlie Brooker, presented five thought-provoking episodes that turned our obsessions with tech and entertainment back on us. From satire to true crime, the series continued to challenge our relationship with the digital age.

How to watch: Streaming on Netflix.

  1. Good Omens Season 2
    “Good Omens,” Amazon’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel, delighted fans with a second season of apocalyptic escapades. Starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen as eternal frenemies, the series delivered a rollicking script, absurd circumstances, and a bloody good time.

How to watch: Streaming on Prime Video.

  1. Boiling Point
    “Boiling Point” on BBC iPlayer, an unrelenting series featuring several long uncut takes, immerses viewers in the chaotic world of a busy restaurant. Starring Stephen Graham and Vinette Robinson, the series extends the exploration of mental health and addiction in the hospitality industry.

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