The best shows coming back to TV
Which of the current crop of reboots promise to be any good? Here’s where to invest your goggle-eyed time
Yes, they're finally back (well, not Helen Baxendale, who would have had to play a ghost). It's 20 years since the generation-defining show first aired, and now the gang of once-30-somethings are fully entrenched in middle-aged life, with grown-up kids and attitudes that are less charmed than in the 90s. So it won't all be rosy, but a lot of it will probably ring true.
Cold Feet is on ITV Mondays at 9pm
Alright, this new limited series is a technically a ‘continuation’ from where David Lynch’s cult supernatural/psychological drama left off (he’s returned to help create this, too). Most of the original cast are back (Kyle MacLachlan, scream!) with a vast host of new additions including Naomi Watts and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and a new crime to solve. It’ll land on Sky Atlantic early next year. Watch the original two series on Amazon
Part parody of today’s booming superhero culture and part jumping right in with it, The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz as the latest (and best) iteration of the 1980s comic book character – living in a world where caped crusaders have been real for ages – who spouts lines like “Evil wears every possible mitten.” The pilot is available to watch on Amazon now, before the full series arrives in the spring. Watch it on Amazon
Star Trek: Discovery
Not a Trekkie? Don’t stop reading. This is a franchise that has been going since the 60s, has spawned 13 films, and this – new to Netflix early 2017 – will be the seventh TV series. It’s thanks to genuinely fun, intelligent stories, cool tech, and diverse characters. The new show will be set 10 years before the original, so it doesn’t matter if you’re fresh to it. Watch all previous series on Netflix
Steptoe and Son
This is probably going to be our favourite one-off reboot from the BBC’s Landmark Sitcom Season (including Are You Being Served and Porridge, which you can watch here). The set up – a father and son running a scrap business in Oil Drum Lane – delved into familial, political and social issues, but always managed to be very, very funny.
Steptoe & Son is on BBC4, 14 Sept at 10pm