15 of the best new and returning TV shows to get excited about in 2022: Must-watch series on Netflix, Prime Video, ITV and more

From the return of Peaky Blinders, The Crown and Ozark, to brand new series including Trigger Point, This Is Going to Hurt and Lord of the Rings, we round up what to watch in 2022.

By Sophia Moir Published: 24 January 2022 - 9.27am
From L-R: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky, Alex Bailey/Netflix, Sister/Anika Molnar Peaky Blinders, The Crown and This Is Going to Hurt

From L-R: Peaky Blinders on BBC One, The Crown on Netflix, and This Is Going to Hurt on BBC One

If you thought 2021 was an incredible year for TV, wait until you see what 2022 has in store.

Some of our favourite TV shows including Peaky Blinders, Derry Girls and Bridgerton are all set to return this year following Covid-19 delays - alongside new series including SAS: Rogue Heroes, Lord of the Rings and Trigger Point.

We’ve rounded up the top upcoming TV shows we can’t wait for in 2022, including the best ITV and BBC dramas, alongside big-budget series on Netflix, Amazon and NOW.

Plus, don’t miss our picks of what to watch on Netflix, Prime Video, NOW and BritBox this month.

Ozark Season 4 Part 1 - Netflix, January 21

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney make their long-awaited return in one of Netflix’s biggest shows, as the first part of the final season of Ozark lands on the streamer.

After a two-year wait, we’ll learn the fate of Marty Byrde (Bateman) and his family, as they try to negotiate potential danger from all angles and the line between friends and foes is blurred. 

Read all the latest updates about Ozark on Netflix >

Peaky Blinders Series 6 - BBC One, February 2022

The final series of Peaky Blinders is sure to go out with a bang, as the period crime drama picks up where series 5 left off, when Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) having a gun held to his head in the thrilling climax.

Series 6 - which was delayed due to Covid-19 - sees the Shelby family in extreme jeopardy and promises the arrival of Stephen Graham’s mystery character. Show creator Steven Knight calls it “the best series of all”.

Gangs of London Series 2 - NOW / Sky Atlantic, 2022

Another gritty drama on the list, this violent yet stylish series had critics and viewers hooked when it launched on Sky Atlantic and NOW in 2020.

Set one year after the first series, Gangs of London season 2 sees London’s soul being redrawn, and the chaos of a gold rush threatening the city with gangland anarchy.

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Magpie Murders - BritBox, March 21

Magpie Murders BritBox

Anthony Horowitz brings his bestselling 2016 novel to BritBox in a new crime drama with a unique twist.

Timothy McMullan and Lesley Manville star in the murder mystery series, which spans two time periods as it flits between the 1950s Britain and the present day.

Discover more about Magpie Murders on BritBox >

Jack Ryan Series 3 - Prime Video, 2022 (rumoured)

It’s been a long wait for season 3 of Jack Ryan due to Covid-19 delays, but John Krasinski is set to return as the titular CIA analyst turned action hero - but he's on the run and in a race against time.

Alongside Krasinski and Wendell Pierce's returning character James Greer, new cast members for season 3 include Betty Gabriel (Get Out), who will play the Chief of the Station, Elizabeth Wright.

Stranger Things Series 4 - Netflix, summer 2022

The phenomenally successful 1980s-set drama about a gang of kids on a sci-fi adventure in the small town of Hawkins is one of the most highly anticipated shows on Netflix this year.

But, the wait for Stranger Things series 4 is finally almost over as it's set to return in summer 2022 - and early teasers of the new episodes suggest we can expect a shift in storyline beyond the town of Hawkins.

SAS: Rogue Heroes - BBC One, Easter 2022

SAS: Rogue Heroes BBC/Kudos

SAS: Rogue Heroes is based on the bestselling book which tells the story of how the world’s greatest Special Forces unit, the SAS, was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War II.

It's been adapted by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and boasts a cast including Connor Swindells (Sex Education), Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) and Dominic West (The Wire).

The Crown Series 5 - Netflix, November 2022

The fifth season of Netflix's big budget royal drama The Crown will cover the premiership of John Major, the turmoil of Diana and Prince Charles' marriage breakdown and the tragic death of Diana in 1997.

The Crown season 5 will feature an all-new cast, including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Dominic West as Prince Charles.

Who else is in the cast of The Crown season 5? >

Derry Girls Series 3 - Channel 4, 2022 (rumoured)

Erin, Clare, Orla, Michelle and James will return for the gang's final outing in Derry Girls season 3, which we're hoping will air on Channel 4 sometime this year.

The plot is very much under wraps at the moment, but the show's creator Lisa McGee has revealed that there may be romance in the air for James and Erin...

This Is Going to Hurt - BBC One, February 8

Ex-doctor-turned-author Adam Kay will adapt his personal account of life on the wards for a new BBC comedy-drama series, This Is Going to Hurt, with Ben Whishaw in the lead role.

The eight-part series is based on his hilarious yet devastating bestseller which details the brutal honesty of being a doctor for the NHS - including both the highs and the lows.

Anatomy of a Scandal - Netflix, 2022 (rumoured)

Sarah Vaughan’s bestselling novel Anatomy of a Scandal gets the TV treatment and has attracted an impressive cast, with Sienna Miller in the starring role.

Described by Netflix as an “insightful and suspenseful series”, it focuses on a sexual consent scandal among the British privileged elite.

Bridgerton Series 2 - Netflix, March 25

Bridgerton was a huge hit for Netflix as soon as it hit our screens on Christmas Day 2020, and fans of the period drama will be thrilled to discover season 2 is on its way this year.

Season 2 will focus on Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his new love interest Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), who arrives from India with her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran).

All the latest news and gossip on Bridgerton series 2 >

Trigger Point - ITV, January 23

Vicky McClure Trigger Point ITV

Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio reunites with Vicky McClure for a new, edge-of-your-seat thriller which we can't wait for this January on ITV.

With the backdrop of counter-terrorism policing in London, Trigger Point follows the bomb disposal officers who risk their lives by walking towards danger.

Vicky McClure answers 7 burning questions about Trigger Point >

House of the Dragon - NOW / Sky Atlantic, 2022

House of the Dragon is the highly-anticipated prequel to the wildly successful HBO series Game of Thrones, and is set to excite fans with its all-star cast.

Based on George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series is set 300 years before Game of Thrones. It's thought that we’ll find out about the backgrounds of the Lannisters, Targaryens and Baratheons as the history of Westeros is explored.

Lord of the Rings - Prime Video, September 2

Amazon Original TV series Lord of the Rings, based on the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien, is one of the most highly anticipated TV events of all-time.

Set in Middle-earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding Tolkien’s first book in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Who’s in the cast of the new Lord of the Rings? >

The best of the rest - Upcoming TV shows we can't wait for in 2022:

After Life Series 3 - Netflix, January 14

This Sceptred Isle - NOW/Sky Atlantic, autumn 2022

Four Lives - BBC One, January 3

Happy Valley Series 3 - BBC One, 2022

Gentleman Jack Series 2 - BBC One, 2022

The Responder - BBC One, January 24

Conversations with Friends - BBC Three, early 2022

Inventing Anna - Netflix, February 11

Tenacity - ITV, 2022 (rumoured)

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Series 4 - Prime Video, February 18

Sanditon Series 2 - BritBox, March 21

The Gilded Age - NOW/Sky Atlantic, January 25

Top Boy Series 4 - Netflix, 2022 (rumoured)