UK shows to check out in December

Dear ladies and gents,

it’s December. December! Where did the time go?

Now if I was a pensive sort, we could get all philosophical about the passing of time and how we can make it mean something. However a) we have already established I can be somewhat shallow and b) it can get a bit depressing, no?
So let’s talk trivial – new TV shows!

Ok to get this out of the way – you all know by now that December in UK means a slew of Christmas Specials.

Doctor Who, The Royle Family, Downton Abbey and Call The Midwife all return for one-off Christmas specials. Meanwhile Merlin will air its series finale on Christmas.

Onto new shows.

The Fear


The Fear is a story about a dodgy character and Brighton’s crime boss Richie Beckett (played by Peter Mullan), who is now supposedly a reformed and upstanding member of the local business community. Fact of the matter is Richie is not all that reformed, he just took a back seat and has his sons run his criminal empire. Also Richie is going a tad bit mad. To complicate the matters further Richie’s sons get into a turf war with the members of Albanian mob. Fun times!

Last Tango in Halifax


Last Tango in Halifax is about Celia (played by Anne Reid) and Alan (played by Derek Jacobi, who you might remember from I, Claudius and Brother Cadfael). Celia and Alan are both recently widowed and after their grandkids put their details on Facebook, the two former childhood sweethearts reconnect after 60 odd years. The series has proven to be such a hit, BBC has already renewed it for a second season.



Based on the novels written by Robert Wilson Falcón is a crime drama series about the titular character Javier Falcón, a chief inspector at the Seville police department with deep, dark secrets that threaten to overtake both his personal and professional life.

The Town


Are you having Sherlock withdrawals? Well these series should ease it a bit. Andrew Scott (who portrayed Moriarty so brilliantly) stars in the Town, drama series about a man who leaves his hometown for London. 10 years later he returns following a family tragedy and barely recognizes the place. As he reacquaints himself with his old friends and his first love, he has to make a decision whether he wants to make a new life for himself or leave once again.