Journalist Emma Brankin Highlights the Top TV Picks for 2018

January 17, 2018
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Article by Emma Brankin


With the New Year comes a new start and a whole host of new TV programmes to get obsessed with while relaxing on the couch, ignoring all the new years’ resolutions we were foolish enough to even consider making.



Undoubtedly the last ten years has seen some incredible television with the rise of ‘boxset binge’ culture and game changing online distributors such as Netflix making the silver screen the place for big names wowing in top notch dramas, comedies and documentaries.


Looking ahead to 2018, it’s undoubtedly going to be another bumper year of top telly. Showbiz writer Emma Brankin picks a few of the big shows hitting our telly screens in the New Year.


Last year the recreation of the People v OJ Simpson introduced a new generation to the circus of madness that was the trial of the century. Now the third offering from Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story series will hit screens in January. This time the shocking murder of fashion icon Gianni Versace will take centre stage with Penelope Cruz playing his sister Donatella.  Ricky Martin, yes him, also takes on a lead role.


It will interesting to see if the documentary depicts the crucial but struggling industry in all its complex reality. As ‘Fake News’ becomes the knee jerk reaction to anyone reading something they don’t like, Charlotte Riley will play the Deputy Head of a broadsheet while Game Of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick stars as a reporter at a tabloid rival.


Let’s not pretend our catch up recordings are filled with nothing but high-brow period dramas and housing crisis documentaries. What would our telly viewing habits be if not for a little bit (or a lot) of trash TV sprinkled in amongst it all. With new seasons of Love Island and Dancing On Ice on their way, reality TV will start with a bang on New Year with the latest Celebrity Big Brother offering. This series will start off with an all-female cast with male faces – such as Love Island hunk Jonny Mitchell – arriving later on in the run.


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