TV Highlights for 2010

I’m pleased to say that there are lots of old favourites back on telly this year, including – and for me, a big highlight – Shameless which returns to our screens later this month, as does the cult show, Survivors. But without doubt, the year’s highlight for me is going to be the final series of Lost which begins in February. I cannot wait for that to start!

Another of my must-see shows, Lark Rise to Candleford is also back and begins its new run on January 10th. Doctor Who is the jewel in the BBC’s crown this year and they’re hoping for great things – not to mention ratings – from Matt Smith as the new Doctor.

And more old trusty shows back this year include Strictly Come Dancing and The Apprentice. Spooks is back in the autumn, while Ashes to Ashes returns in the spring for its final run.

A somewhat controversial addition to the BBC’s schedule is a dramatisation of the murders in Ipswich of five young women entitled Five Daughters. There’s also to be a drama featuring the profoundly deaf actress Genevieve Barr as a woman who witnesses the murder of a police officer.

A new celeb reality show will air on ITV later this year too. 71 Degrees North will see ten celebs making a 2000 mile trip to the Arctic Circle with one celeb being voted off each day, as per the usual format for these types of shows.

Back to drama and Kay Mellor’s tale of a mother and daughter’s relationship will star Billie Piper and perennial all-rounder Sue Johnston in a tale of how the mother’s affair affects the family’s lives for decades. Entitled A Passionate Woman, Mellor – apparently – based the story on her own mother’s life.

Roger & Val Have Just Got In, has an airing again this month and a rather bizarre addition to the line-up is Muslim Driving School which is also starting this month, on the 12th in fact. I guess commissioning units everywhere are always on the look out for a new take on an old format!

On ITV, a remake of The Prisoner will air, this time starring Jim Caviezel as the legendary No. 6 and another remake, A Bouquet of Barbed Wire, comes to ITV too, and I’m really looking forward to that one. I remember the original so it’ll be interesting to see how Trevor Eve copes with stepping into Frank Finlay’s not inconsiderable shoes.

Britain’s Got Talent will of course be back, as will X Factor, and – quelle surprise – Katie Price is back on ITV2 with yet more of her what she did next antics. Like anyone cares…

Over Easter, Sky One will be showing the next installment of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld tale, and they’ll also be airing an adaptation of Treasure Island.

Let’s hope the recession isn’t going to mean that this year’s TV is sub-standard, but judging by the above shows – with the exception of Katie Price of course – it would seem that it isn’t going to be.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.