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Ones to watch this year: 2016 in TV

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat shows are you most looking forwards to this year? Is something you love finally returning? Perhaps you’ve heard rumours about an exciting new adaptation of your favourite book? Three Boar TV writers share their top picks for 2016 in TV.


The 100

97 years after a nuclear war devastated the Earth, a group of teenagers returned to the ground. They are the 100. Since then, wars have been waged, groups massacred, alliances brokered and crude systems of government established in a struggle for survival; and all that has taken place over only two seasons.

For its third season, The 100 is about return to our TV screens once more at the end of January. It will pick up three months after its lead, Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor), commits an irrevocable and devastating act to save her people, and leaves.

In her wake, everything has changed, culminating in what looks to be an action-packed Season 3

While there have been a few controversies behind the scenes, the on-screen relationships and themes of survival and sacrifice have kept me loyal to the show. With such drastic changes to their world, I can’t wait to see how the characters continue to develop and respond – if they’re allowed to survive at all!

 

Halimah Manan


War and Peace

Image: BBC/Mitch Jenkins/Kaia Zak

Image: BBC/Mitch Jenkins/Kaia Zak

As far as I see it, there’s nothing better than a Sunday night period drama during the winter months. That’s why I’m so looking forwards to War and Peace, a new adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic – and infamously long – novel.

War and Peace is one of those books I’ve always meant to read… And now I won’t have to! This version stars Lily James (Natasha Rostova), a favourite of mine from Downton Abbey, along with other big names such as Gillian Anderson (Anna Pavlovna Scherer) and Jim Broadbent (Prince Bolkonsky).

Given that the novel has famously been described as ‘un-filmable’, I’ll be interested to see how this mammoth book is adapted for the screen!  

 

Nicola Paling


Luke Cage

Following the huge success of both Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Marvel’s third Netflix show, Luke Cage, has a lot to live up to.

Cage, played by Mike Colter, previously appeared in Jessica Jones, where we got a first glimpse of his superhuman strength and unbreakable skin. The first season will follow Cage as he becomes a fugitive, attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem while avoiding his murky past.

Similarly to Jessica Jones, the show promises to be adult in nature and will tackle darker themes, with Colter saying:

If you think Jessica is adult then we’re still keeping up with that pace. It’s adult and we’ll continue along those lines of PG-16+

This promising series, then, along with the anticipated return of Daredevil, should result in another amazing year for Marvel’s Netflix universe.

Alexander Brock

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