TV Club: The best BBC dramas coming soon

The BBC has announced its dramas for the next few months and Radio 5 Live's TV club has asked critics Lorna Cooper and Amanny Mohamed to pick out which shows they’re looking forward to.

Luther

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Amanny said: "We've waited almost three years so I'm very much looking forward to seeing Idris Elba back as Luther."

"There aren't many actors that have such a strong on-screen presence as Elba, and his portrayal of the no-nonsense, street savvy, slick detective with his rather unconventional ways leaves you salivating for more.

"I cannot wait for series five - I mean seriously, is Alice really dead? Can Luther really stay on the straight and narrow? This is British TV at its best. It's gritty, it's taut, it's full of action in a way that only smells of one man, Eau de Luther, and I for one, intend to get the first whiff!"

Luther will return for four episodes on BBC One.

Killing Eve

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Lorna said: "It's already getting so much acclaim in America."

"I'm looking forward to seeing Killing Eve with Sandra Oh, the Grey's Anatomy star, alongside Jodie Comer in the excellent thriller from Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

"It’s a high stakes thriller and it will premiere on BBC One and BBC Three later this year and it’s already getting so much acclaim in the US, on BBC America.

"It’s an eight-part series and Sandra Oh plays a bored MI5 security officer who is tasked with tracking down an assassin. So we have two women basically pitted against each other in a massive cat and mouse game. It promises to turn the spy thriller on its head and I can't wait to watch all of it."

Killing Eve will be on BBC One and BBC Three

Bodyguard

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Amanny said: "This looks really good."

"Bodyguard is the Jed Mercurio one, and you know if you've watched Line of Duty - his quality of writing is fantastic.

"Keeley Hawes is the home secretary whose life's been protected by an ex-war veteran who’s a little bit of a loose cannon played by Richard Madden, so that could be really good."

Bodyguard is a six-part series on BBC One.

The Long Song

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Lorna said: "I'm excited about the Long Song."

"I think it makes a change to see a drama about slavery that's actually set in the West Indies.

"We're so used to seeing how it affected America, with programmes like Roots and even Underground. So it is refreshing to say 'hang on a minute it wasn't just in America, it was British colonialism as well,' and that includes the West Indies."

The Long Song is a three-part series on BBC One

Press

Amanny said: "I think it could be quite interesting, not least because the writer embedded himself in The Sun."

"There are some really good actors in this; Charlotte Riley, David Suchet, Ben Chaplin and basically this is about two fictional competing newspapers.

"It’s penned by Dr Foster’s Mike Bartlett and it kind of challenges this theory of 24 hour news in that kind of industry. It also looks at their work-life balance so there are personal issues that arise, obviously, as it happens in real life.

"I think it could be quite interesting and and not least because Bartlett the writer actually embedded himself in The Sun if you can believe it. He embedded himself in The Sun and the Independent talking to all the different journalists at all different levels from the ground up, talking to them about why they do the job that they do.

"So if he's got that kind of insightful information, I think this could be a little bit close to the knuckle."

Press is a six-part series coming to BBC One.

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