Summer is ending, the warm jumpers are beginning to make an appearance in our wardrobes again and Starbucks is back to serving pumpkin spice lattes – welcome back Autumn, we’ve missed you.
Mainly because Autumn’s arrival marks the kick start of some of the most anticipated telly of the year, and we don’t even need an excuse anymore to stay in and watch them.
Sorry, dance floors across the UK, we’re trading in our fancy shoes for slippers and a night in on the sofa, and we’re about to be living our best lives.
There’s a hell of a lot to pick from in the remaining months, but never fear – www8.sale-north-face.org have made a list of essentials to watch by the turn of 2020.
Here’s all the top picks for what’s coming up this autumn and winter (and when/where you can catch them)…
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One (airs 21 September)
Strictly is the ultimate Saturday night guilty pleasure and we’re not even sorry about it – we love it, and we want to be on it one day.
Every year there’s a crowd of people jeering ‘who?!’ at some of the contestants, complaining it’s gone downhill, and then caving and watching it anyway.
And we’re totally on board with this year’s line-up, and the ultimate Eastenders/Corrie/Emmerdale soap clash its representing with his contestants.
The live shows haven’t even started yet and we’ve lost Jamie Laing (though Kelvin Fletcher was quick to step in and save the day!)
Everyone’s first live dance happens on 21 September – so it’s time to get your Cha Cha on…in the kitchen after a few glasses of wine while the real pros show us how it’s done.
The Circle – Channel 4 (airs 24 September)
The reality show with a twist is back for a new series and this time Emma Willis is taking over as host.
The Circle pits a bunch of strangers against each other in a virtual world – where they’re given the option to catfish their opponents or to be themselves.
At the end of the series, the most liked member of The Circle wins, no matter what they did to get there.
Last year’s debut series saw Alex Hobern take home £75,000 – £50k for being voted the most popular by their competitors, and £25k for being voted the fan favourite.
Not bad for someone who pretended to be a woman that didn’t exist for the entire show’s run…
It’s Always Sunny season 14 – Netflix (airs 25 September)
The worst human beings to ever grace our screens are back this September and we couldn’t be more happy about it.
Dennis, Mac, Charlie, Dee and Frank have been no-holds-barred for their entire time on the show, but their ambition to up the ante means it’s probably about to get a hell of a lot worse.
The preview trailer sees them heads to the zoo, Dee poison herself in the middle of a bar, and Dennis get into a laser tag war with a pre-teen.
Then there’s the mystery of Frank’s bizarre relationship with a casaba melon.
While a lot of beer is consumed, naturally.
The Politician – Netflix (airs 27 September)
We can’t say too much about The Politician just yet – but for Ryan Murphy fans out there, we guarantee it’s a must.
The series follows Payton (Ben Platt) who is dead set on getting to the oval office and one day becoming president.
But to get there, he has to win over the voters of his high school to be class president, and also the Harvard administration board.
Soon he’s pulling out his shadiest tactics in order to get there.
Making a whole bunch of enemies along the way, and recruiting his besties as his advisors, the dog-eat-dog world of politics has never been so relatable.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK – BBC Three (airs 3 October)
It’s the moment UK Drag Race fans have been waiting for for years…and now we’re finally going to see how our homegrown queens do in front of RuPaul herself.
The 10 girls picked have a lot to live up to, and it’s clear that they’ve all come to play.
So place your bets now on who’s going to be Miss Congeniality, or who’s going to be one shady lady.
Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best woman win.
Big Mouth season 3 – Netflix (airs 4 October)
Renewed for three more seasons, Big Mouth has already lined itself up to be in line with other adult cartoon greats like South Park and Family Guy.
Tracking the story of puberty through the eyes of some pretty freaky monsters and a rightfully terrified group of school kids, it’s definitely one for the books.
While not much is known about this season, it’s obvious that it’s going to be more of the same.
Blunt body experimentation, questions over sexuality, and a whole lotta growing pains.
The Walking Dead season 10 – FOX (airs 7 October)
The Walking Dead is back on fine form after (let’s all admit it) touch and go couple of seasons.
Following the horrific end of season nine that saw nine survivors beheaded with their heads on spikes, it’s clear there’s a war afoot.
Now Alexandria camp has to rally their troops to take down the Whisperers.
But let’s face it, that’s going to be easier said than done, and the Whisperers have proven themselves more than a match for the fan favourites.
Let battle commence…
His Dark Materials – BBC One (airs 3 November)
This big budget drama is not only on the hit list for people in the UK, but also around the world thanks to the big budget crossover that will see the book adaptation take on a life of its own.
Based on the Phillip Pullman trilogy of the same name, His Dark Materials takes you to a world where all humans have a creature (called a daemon) by their side at all times as a spirit guide.
Lyra, a young girl, heads out on an adventure to find keys to parallel universes, and the people she meets along the way, good and bad, help set the adventure in motion.
The cast includes: James McAvoy, Helen McCrory, Andrew Scott, David Suchet, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Ruth Wilson and Omid Djalili to name a few.
Basically, it’s going to be massive.
The Crown – Netflix (airs 17 November)
Olivia Colman’s entrance into the world of The Crown has been anticipated for more than a year and now we’ll finally get to see her in action.
Taking over from Claire Foy, the actress will be joined by Tobia Menzies as her Prince Philip.
But all is not OK in the palace, and the show will pick up from 1964 and follow through to 1976 – a vital 12-year period for the family.
Among the things Queen Elizabeth has to deal with is a young Prince Charles assuming more responsibility within the family – and is introduced to Camilla Shand (soon-to-be Parker-Bowles) for the first time.
Meanwhile her sister Margaret’s marriage to Lord Snowdon begins to break down in the public eye, and ends with her taking a toyboy lover once their divorce goes through.
The Morning Show – AppleTV (airs November)
The Morning Show is the first major series that Apple TV has thrown the big bucks behind, and man, there has been no expense spared.
Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon lead the cast of the series, which is based around a Good Morning Britain style telly series.
After Steve’s character is fired, news anchor Jennifer gets to go it alone, but a new face on the scene (Reese) could threaten everything.
It’s a massive risk for the streaming service so we can’t wait to see if it pays off.
Rick and Morty – Channel 4 (airs November)
It’s been two years since season three ended in 2017 and Mr Poopybutthole claimed that it will be a long wait until season four.
Well, he was right but finally we know the show is going to be aired in November – even though we don’t know exactly when.
it won’t be long until we find out what hair-brained schemes Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith have been up to.
Evil Morty’s dictatorship as President of the Citadel is definitely still an issue, with his presence in the season four trailer dominating fans’ interests.
One of an infinite number of Mortys, fans spotted the recurring series villain in an arty new picture shared on the show’s Twitter account, with the evil figure blending in among the regular Mortys.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here – ITV (airs November)
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here is a mainstay of evening telly during the cold winter months.
It reminds us of simpler times and also makes us feel better that while it’s now so freezing we’re walking like robots, at least we’re not sweating hot and covered head to toe in bugs.
While a cast, or a start date is yet to be confirmed, the show traditionally starts on the third November of the series.
Who could be the person to take Harry Redknapp’s crown from him?!
A Christmas Carol – BBC (airs December)
Guy Pearce has signed on for what could be the most horrifying version of the Christmas Carol tale yet – seriously, the Muppets are quaking right now.
While the story of Scrooge being visited by the ghosts of his past, present and future on Christmas eve is well-worn territory, the team behind the project is enough to make us realise this is not going to be just another version of the show.
Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight is writing the script, while Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott are executive producing the mini-series, which will see the show play out in three episodes.
Other cast members include Joe Alwyn, Stephen Graham (This Is England), Charlotte Riley and Vinette Robinson.
Gavin and Stacey: The Christmas Special – BBC One (airs 25 December)
Pretty much the whole of the UK jumped up out of their seats, yelled “Oh My Christ” and did the robot when it was announced that James Corden and Ruth Jones had penned a one of Christmas special for this year.
We already know it’s been filmed, we know the release date, and by the looks of it, the whole cast has got involved as well.
So we can’t wait to sit down and watch the Billericay/Barry collective get together for the most wonderful time of the year.
Just noone go near Smithy’s roast because he will not be happy.
The Witcher – Netflix (Release date unknown)
The Witcher has been touted as Netflix’s answer to Game Of Thrones ever since it was announced in 2018 and it has a lot to live up to with a fandom already in place and ready to see what they’ve got.
Henry Cavill will be taking on the role of Geralt, after annoying bosses into giving him the role.
Geralt is the solitary monster hunter tasked with looking after a princess, with chaos and trouble ensuing in the fantasy series.
Though Witchers are indeed human, they’ve been chemically and magically altered to make them the perfect weapons for combating the supernatural beasts and monsters that haunt the strange land known as The Continent.
In the midst of the medieval world he lives, Geralt will inadvertently find himself at the centre of huge political and royal intrigues as well as cataclysmic events.
Sign us up, we’re ready for some action.
Vikings season 6 – History Channel (Release date unknown)
It’s a long time coming (and it feels like we’ve been waiting forever) but Vikings is finally coming back to our screens.
However, it’s definitely going to be bittersweet, considering that it’s also the final season.
But they’ve got a lot of ground to cover before they do, especially considering the end of season 5.
Katheryn Winnick has teased one last battle for Lagertha, but we can’t help but feel blood will be shed, and it might be hers.
Then there’s the case of whether or not Bjorn is the rightful new king after Ivar The Boneless fled Kattegat following his brutal takedown and headed to Russia.
It sounds as though there are many more surprises ahead, and many more battles to be won, before the History Channel show is drawn to an end with its sixth and final season.
You season 2 – Netflix (Release date unknown)
You became one of the first surprise smash hits of 2019 after being picked up by Netflix as an original.
Initially released in September 2018 by US sire A&E, the show really didn’t get off the ground until it hit the streaming service.
It was revealed in February that work had begun with the sequel, which would be based off book Hidden Bodies.
The subject of Penn Badgely’s character Joe’s obsessive and deadly character will be a girl called Love Quinn, played by Haunting Of Hill House’s Victoria Pedretti.
Celebrity X Factor / X Factor All Stars – ITV (Release date unknown)
Last year’s series caused Simon Cowell and the team to have a major reshuffle with what’s coming up in the future of the show.
Despite standing by the format even through its dwindling ratings, the show has now been given a reboot with a Celebrity/All Stars version.
While the series hasn’t even been officially confirmed as of yet, rumours from the set have differed from amateur celebs giving it a go, and former X Factor performers returning for a new shot at glory.
Whatever happens, it seems like it’s going to be a good one – and we love ourselves the annual fight night on a Saturday between Strictly and X Factor.
Could the new series beat the dancing competition?
David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds, One Planet – BBC (Release date unknown)
The 92-year-old national treasure is set to explore Africa, Europe, Australasia, Asia, North America, South America and Antarctica in Seven Worlds, One Planet.
Set to Sia and Hans Zimmer’s Out There, the latest documentary from the conservationist and animal lover gives us a glimpse as to what will go down.
In the trailer for the documentary, the star explained: ‘This is the story of those seven worlds. We will see how life developed on each continent and so gave lives to the extraordinary and wonderful diversity we know today.
‘And we will see why this precious diversity is being lost.’
Seven Worlds, One Planet has been four years in the making for the star and his team.
James May: Our Man in Japan – Amazon Prime Video (Release date unknown)
After years of standing alongside The Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, James is heading out by himself for a travel show.
Our Man In…Japan will also be on Amazon Prime, continuing the long-held professional standing James has with the streaming service.
Explaining what to expect, Georgia Brown, Director of Prime Original Series in Europe, said: ‘We’re incredibly excited to announce this new project with James, which will see him take on an epic thousand mile journey across ancient Japanese islands, mega cities, and all points in between.
‘The Grand Tour fans around the world will be delighted to hear that they will have even more James May on their screens. We can’t wait to see what James and his talented team produce from this ambitious adventure.’