Silent Witness, Endeavour and Death In Paradise: UK channels announce raft of new series for January


endeavour_specials_07_0This time of December is always a lot of fun in TV Land. First, the Christmas schedules are released, and everyone gets excited and kind of forgets about January. But the reality is that most series are scheduled to finish just before Christmas to make way for the festive schedules, and then there’s a huge glut of new and returning series for that first week in January. Everything is a new series, which means, naturally, there’s a load of new crime dramas to look forward to.

Rather than me blather on, I’m just going to put a list out so you can cheer or boo depending on which show you’re a fan of. Strap yourselves in…

Sunday 3rd January:

Endeavour (Series 3)
8pm, ITV
Which familiar faces are set to return for the new series of Endeavour after the shocking and tragic events at the end of series II? Falsely accused Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) was last seen isolated and alone languishing in prison, framed for the murder of Chief Constable Rupert Standish. Endeavour had unearthed corruption at the very heart of the City Force but his investigation had taken a sinister twist. What of Endeavour’s senior officer, DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), whose life was hanging in the balance after being shot in the chest?

Monday 4th January:

Silent Witness (Series 19)
9pm, BBC1

Tuesday 5th January:

Silent Witness, 9pm, BBC1
Second part of story

Castle (Series 8)
9pm, Alibi

Wednesday 6th January:

Midsomer Murders (Series 18)
8pm, ITV

Body snatching, UFO spotting and an international cycle race are just some of the weird and wonderful worlds that DCI John Barnaby and DS Charlie Nelson are immersed in for the 18th series of Midsomer Murders. Neil Dudgeon (Barnaby) and Gwilym Lee (Nelson) return for a extended run of six feature length episodes on ITV made by Bentley Productions (part of All3media). The crime solving duo is joined this series by new forensic pathologist Dr Kam Karimore played by Manjinder Virk.  And Barnaby’s wife Sarah (series regular Fiona Dolman) also returns along with baby Betty and of course family favourite Sykes the dog.

Thursday 7th January:

Death In Paradise (Series 5)
9pm, BBC1


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