In the UK, the beginning of autumn doesn't mean the return of all one's favourite shows or the beginning of one's new favourite show. It might, of course, but the runs are shorter. There's an expectation of classy dramas that you cosy up to (which Downton and literary adaptations have made hay of). There is the build-up to Christmas that is the return of The X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, but there's also imports (still mainly American) in the mix and some channels hold off until next year so that they can air them weekly with no break.
Which is a long way of saying that this list is going to be small.
- Strictly, although there's a month yet.
- Downton Abbey. I'm curious as to how the show will move on after that thing that happened at the end of the last Christmas special. Some of the casting news has been intriguing. I care the most about Edith, Isobel, Mrs Hughes and Mrs Patmore. I always look forward to Violet and ( spoilers for aired episodes )
BUT there will always be the hats.
- The Bletchley Circle. I got really excited the other night when I saw that SUSAN was part of ITV's weird promo, where Robert Crawley was crossing paths with Poirot and both Endeavour Morses and there was an intriguing shot of Downton Abbey's Anna. I had missed the announcement earlier in the year that there will be a second series of this show and that it will be a longer run.
If you missed it, it's about four former code-breaker ladies coming together after the war to use their skills to solve crime. The acting is good, it's about women working together and standing up for each other, with some feminist criticism undercutting the camera lens's interest in period details. (Other people's fanworks and my reactions to the first season can be found here
.) There were only three episodes of the first series.
I would love for there to be more flashbacks to their wartime work, if possible. ( spoiler )
The fact that it's a longer run makes me salivate. No date yet, as far as I know.
- Community's third series arrived in my hallway while I was on holdiday. I'm so looking forward to watching it, but I'm in the middle of rewatching Arrested Development and watching Smallville season 4 on DVD, so it will have to wait for me to finish either or both of those.
- There's going to be an extended edition of The Hobbit, and on DVD as well as Blu-Ray. I held out for this, although as the film was so long it's not going to be so very extended. I understand it comes out on 4th November.
- White House Down, because I think Roland Emmerich does what he does well (although I gave 2012 a miss.) In the longer run: Gravity, Catching Fire, Thor 2, The Desolation of Smaug...
So, once I've watched the OUaT finale, I have all this to look forward to.