This weekend, Channel 4 have announced their drama schedule for the rest of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, with the biggest revelation being that there will be more Homeland starting in October. The conspiracy drama, starring Claire Danes and Damien Lewis, did so well in the ratings for Channel 4 that they’re airing it only a few weeks after it debuts in the US on the 30th September. In addition, the channel are bringing back some of their biggest homegrown hits from last year including university-based comedy drama Fresh Meat, Ashley Walters starring in the gritty Top Boy, and E4’s Beaver Falls which despite mixed reviews, found a large fanbase. Misfits is also returning to E4 before the year is out, however it remains to be see if the show will be well-received now most of the original cast have the left the series.
The new drama line-up is headlined by political thriller Coup, starring Gabriel Byrne as politician Tom Dawkins who is thrust into the spotlight of front-line politics somewhere he really doesn’t want to be. The conspiracy drama also stars Douglas Hodge, Gina McKee and Charles Dance, while personally I’m hoping it turns out to be more like State of Play than the recent Blackout, we’ll all find out when it debuts in September. Also in September will be the one-off drama Here and There, which is to be directed by award-winning director Michael Winterbottom, of 24 Hour Part People fame, and stars John Simm as man who is sentenced to five years in prison while his wife, played by Shirley Henderson, has to cope with a family life that doesn’t involve her husband. Starting in November is new four-part drama The Fear starring the wonderful Peter Mullan as the head of a crime family now run by his two sons who face new competition in the form of a new Albanian family who have moved into the neighbourhood.
Looking forward to the start of 2013, we have Complicit, a one-off drama focusing on the war on terror featuring David Oyelowo as MI5 Officer Edward who has to wrestle with his own conscience when he comes face to face with a British terror suspect played by Four Lions’ Arsher Ali. Complicit also stars Monica Dolan, who recently won a BAFTA for playing Rose West, as well as Stephen Campbell-Moore and Paul Ritter while to me it sounds like one of the more interesting dramas on this list. Also kicking off in the new year is Run a four part series featuring Olivia Coleman, Lennie James, Jaime Winstone and Harry Potter’s Katie Leung and focuses on the inter-connected nature of four seemingly different lives. Then there’s Utopia a drama that focuses on a mysterious graphic novel and a mysterious shadowy unit called The Network.
E4 also have a brand new comedy-drama called My Big Fat Teenage Diary, in which newcomer Sharon Rooney stars as Rae Earl, a 16 year old trying to navigate her way around the Cool Britania era of the 1990s. Though Rae is over-weight and struggles with mental health issues, she’s still a fun-loving girl with a lust for life and a big crush on Liam Gallagher. I have to say I find it quite worrying that the period in which I spent the majority of my teenage years is now considered a piece of nostalgia, but nonetheless this sounds like it could be very interesting. Finally to celebrate its 30th anniversary Channel 4 will be presenting a sequel to the Christmas favourite The Snowman.
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