Though the end of August is in sight, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the best shows making their debut in the final week of this month, so you know what to watch on the small screen over the next seven or so days…
1. Disjointed, Season 1 – Netflix (August 25)
Kathy Bates leads this new Netflix original series as a life-long supporter for the legalisation of marijuana throughout the United States. From Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum, 20 episodes of the series have been commissioned and whilst the early reviews for the show aren’t the best we’ve ever read, we’re holding out hope that this could be one of this year’s brightest stars.
2. The Mist, Season 1 – Netflix (August 25)
Stephen King’s novel is being adapted once more, this time for an original series that comes to the UK version of Netflix for the first time this August. Already receiving some great feedback, the show will see the residents of a small town dealing with a deadly mist that rolls through and forces them to stay inside, killing anybody foolish enough to venture outside. A perfect addition to Netflix for horror lovers.
3. Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, Season 1 – BBC One (August 27)
JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels finally hit the small screen, adapted by the BBC with the first Robert Galbraith novel The Cuckoo’s Calling kicking things off. When a model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, the world assumes she has committed suicide, but some of those closest to her believe there was more at play. In comes Cormoran Strike, a detective with a number of vices but a desire to get to the root of mysterious cases such as this one. Michael Keillor directs.
4. Victoria, Season 2 – ITV (August 27)
Jenna Coleman returns to the titular role that made her a bigger household name than ever before, in one of ITV’s most successful period dramas. Telling the story of Queen Victoria in her early years, this season looks to delve deeply into the events that take place a month after the final scenes of the first series. With Coleman promising that real-life royals have told her the show sticks closely to what really happened, we should expect some brilliant drama once more with Victoria.
5. The Great British Bake Off, Season 8 – Channel 4 (August 29)
If you’ve never heard of The Great British Bake Off, you’ve probably been living in seclusion for the past number of years! The show was once led by Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, but now, with a move to new television channel, Channel 4, Hollywood is the only returning star. This time round we have Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig and Prue Leith judging and presenting, and while changes are never welcome when something works so well, early reviews look promising for the new series.