They may have been a long time coming, but John Barrowman’s Captain Jack and Eve Myles’ Gwen are finally returning to our screens in a fourth series of the sci-fi drama, which looks set to be the most ambitious yet.
The 10-part run sees the now-defunct Torchwood team reunited to investigate the Miracle Day of the show’s title: a day on which nobody in the world dies.
THE HOURBBC2JulyThis classy 1950s-set series is part of the BBC’s drive to provide a new take on the period drama genre, delving into the pioneering world of TV news. Starring The Wire’s Dominic West, Romola Garai, and Ben Whishaw.
THE BORGIAS SkyAtlantic July
‘Sex. Power. Murder. Amen.’ So reads the tagline for this Renaissance-set period drama starring Jeremy Irons at his moody best as lusty Spanish cardinal Rodrigo Borgia.
TROLLIED Sky1 July
Queue rage and romance in the aisles feature large in this promising eight-part comedy set in a fictional budget supermarket. Jane Horrocks (pictured), plays acting deputy manager Julie, while Mark Addy plays in-store butcher Andy.
THE NIGHT WATCH BBC2 July
Sarah Waters’ novel is brought to life in an intense one-off drama about the intertwined lives of four people during World War II. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin and Claire Foy, pictured here.
FALLING SKIES FX July
ER’s Noah Wyle and Terminator: Salvation actress Moon Bloodgood star in FX’s new Steven Spielberg co-created sci-fi drama about a band of resistance fighters operating in the aftermath of a War of the Worlds-style alien invasion.
MOUNT PLEASANT Sky1 August
The home and work lives of Mancunian Lisa, played by Sally Lindsay, are the focus of this fun new comedy, which features a host of familar faces, including Bobby Ball, Pauline Collins and Daniel Ryan.
THE X FACTOR ITV1 August
It’s all change for Britain’s biggest music show as it enters its eighth series. New judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos join Louis Walsh in the hunt for the next big singing sensation.
PAGE EIGHT BBC2 August
Four of Britain’s finest film actors – Bill Nighy (pictured), Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes – make a rare foray onto the small screen in a gripping contemporary spy thriller by acclaimed screenwriter David Hare.
STOLEN BBC1 July
The dark and disturbing world of human trafficking comes under the spotlight in this gritty one-off thriller which centres on DI Anthony Carter, played by Damian Lewis.
BODY OF PROOF Alibi July
Dana Delany, who played troubled Katherine Mayfair in Desperate Housewives, has more problems on her hands in this House-like American drama about a spiky former neurosurgeon called Megan Hunt.
SUGARTOWN BBC1 July
A warm-hearted three-parter about a struggling rock factory in a northern seaside town, starring Shaun Dooley, Tom Ellis and Sue Johnston.
FRANKLIN&BASH E4 August
This light-hearted American comedy revolves around two fast-living lawyers, played by NYPD Blue’s Mark Gosselaar and Road Trip’s Breckin Meyer, who are hired to liven up a stuffy firm.
CHRIS RYAN’S STRIKE BACK Sky1 mid-August
Holby City’s Amanda Mealing will be the new female lead when Chris Ryan’s Strike Back returns to Sky1 in mid-August.
TEEN WOLF Sky Living July
Sky Living will screen Teen Wolf, a TV spin-off from the 1985 Michael J Fox film about a high school werewolf. The drama will place more emphasis on romance and horror than the film did.