Our social calendars may be packed over the festive period, but sometimes the best nights involve little more than staying in with an enthralling new TV drama and a steady supply of mulled wine. From a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to a reboot of Four Weddings And A Funeral, add these highly-anticipated shows to your must-watch list now.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol may have been brought to the screen several times already, but Steve Knight – the writer behind Peaky Blinders and Taboo – has created an adaptation with a difference. The best part? Knight has boosted women’s roles in his mini series (the original doesn’t feature female voices much at all). Get ready for Vinette Robinson as Mrs Cratchit and Charlotte Riley as Lottie. With Guy Pearce as Scrooge and Andy Serkis as the Ghost of Christmas Past, the star-studded cast is sure to keep us tuning in.
Four Weddings And A Funeral
Richard Curtis’s original 1994 version of Four Weddings And A Funeral launched Hugh Grant’s career, and it still stands up more than 20 years on. So why remake it? Because Mindy Kaling’s adaptation gives the rom-com a modern spin. Split into a 10-part series, starring big names such as Nathalie Emmanuel, Nikesh Patel, John Reynolds and Rebecca Rittenhouse (not to mention the return of original cast member Andie MacDowell), it’s a welcome addition to the TV line-up over the Christmas break.
Created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, The Witcher – a Netflix original – is the type of fantasy drama that’s ideal for duvet days during the holidays. Based on the successful books by Andrzej Sapkowski, the eight-episode series follows Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter (or witcher) with supernatural powers. Starring Freya Allan and Henry Cavill, it’s the perfect combination of dark and dramatic.
Blood. Guts. And another remake. This time the BBC has adapted Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Created by Sherlock’s Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, this three-episode mini series may be set in 1987 Transylvania, but it brings with it a modern twist. Starring Claes Bang (Dracula) and Dolly Wells (Sister Agatha), the fantasy drama should have bite.
The Trial Of Christine Keeler
Set in London in 1962, The Trial Of Christine Keeler retells the true story of the chain of events that came to be known as the Profumo Affair. Starring Sophie Cookson and James Norton, the six-part drama takes a closer look at the sexual and cultural politics of the time in a gripping account written by the award-winning Amanda Coe.