We’re now into October, and, thanks to a few series finishing their runs, we get a whole slew of new series. Check out Søren ‘The Killing’ Sveistrup’s The Chestnut Man for some serial killer drama, Nordic style, and two new big shows on the UK’s top channels – Ridley Road on BBC One and Hollington Drive on ITV. Enjoy!
1 The Chestnut Man *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small man made of chestnuts.
Wednesday 29th September, Netflix
2 Hollington Drive *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Grief tears through a picturesque suburban street when 10-year-old Alex Boyd is declared missing. Sisters Theresa and Helen struggle to hold their lives and families together as secrets begin to surface in the wake of the tragedy. Theresa is troubled by her own son’s behaviour – is it possible that he was somehow involved in Alex’s disappearance?
Wednesday 29th September, 9pm, ITV
3 Ridley Road *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
Jewish hairdresser Vivien walks out on her wedding in 1962 to go in search of her lost love Jack in London – but is shocked to see him apparently at a rally by a neo-Nazi movement. She discovers that he and her own estranged uncle are agents for a secret underground movement battling far-right extremism. When a confrontation at a Jewish school leaves Jack missing and a student dead, Vivien is persuaded to take up his assignment as an undercover operative.
Sunday 3rd October, 9pm, BBC One
4 The North Water *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Drax has a daring opportunity to escape, but must convince Cavendish to help him. Otto’s vision comes to life as Sumner hunts a bear, but he strays too far into icy oblivion.
Friday 1st October, 9.30pm, BBC Two
5 Silent Witness *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODES*
A tricky murder case leads Jack and Nikki into the world of underground boxing, while a talented forensic ecologist proves to be just what the team needs. Jack’s brother Ryan is released from prison and comes to live with him and Conor, creating a struggle to maintain peace and keep his secrets.
Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th September, 9pm, BBC One
6 Wolfe *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
The forensic scientist and the team end up in the sewers of Manchester when colossal fatberg is found to hold the remains of a seemingly sadistic ritual killing. As they piece together the dissected victim, they construct a timeline from everything that people flush down the lavatory, unearthing a complicated web of interpersonal relationships, sexual liberation and prejudice.
Friday 1st October, 9pm, Sky Max
7 Grantchester *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
As the day of Leonard’s trial dawns, Will and Geordie are called upon to investigate an audacious robbery from a bank security van in Cambridge, which has had tragic repercussions for an innocent bystander. Questioning the apprehended suspect Malcy Smith and the bank security guard Wilson Black, Will and Geordie have a hunch that something about their account of events doesn’t quite add up.
Friday 1st October, 9pm, ITV
8 Happy Valley *REPEAT*
Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when accountant Kevin Weatherill enters her police station to report a crime – the kidnapping of his boss’s daughter. Although he originally came up with the plan as a way of paying for his children’s private education, he eventually backed out. However, his partner is dangerous local drug kingpin Ashley Cowgill – and he has gone ahead with the plot anyway. The case hits a nerve for Catherine, who has lost her own daughter and is determined to bring the captors to justice.
Tuesday 28th September, 9pm, Alibi
9 The Brokenwood Mysteries *NEW UK PREMIERE EPISODE*
Mike, Kristin, and the team look into the murder of a farmer’s market owner, who staggers into the crowd with a garden implement embedded into her back.
Monday 27th September, 8pm, Drama
10 For Life *NEW UK PREMIERE SERIES*
The return of the legal drama about a wrongly convicted prisoner-turned-lawer. Aaron must find a way to gain the upper hand on Maskins, while Marie faces criminal charges for assisting Aaron in previous cases.
Monday 27th September, 9pm, Sky Witness