All the exciting TV thrillers coming in 2021

Naomi Gordon
·5-min read
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Photo credit: BBC One

From Good Housekeeping

2021 will be bringing us plenty of spine-tingling thrillers to keep us entertained and on the edge of our sofa this year.

Here's a look at some of the nail-biting series set to launch on the BBC, ITV and Sky later this year, from adaptations of popular novels to brand-new stories, featuring stellar acting talent...

Bloodlands

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

James Nesbitt leads crime thriller Bloodlands from Line of Duty's Jed Mercurio, which is set in Northern Ireland.

Nesbitt plays a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detective called Tom Brannick who has to re-investigate an infamous cold case. The drama begins when a car containing a possible suicide note is pulled from Strangford Lough, which puts Nesbitt on the hunt for a deadly assassin.

The thriller has been written by Chris Brandon and will be directed by Pete Travis, with Mercurio executive producing.

Bloodlands airs on BBC One later this year.

Because the Night

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Photo credit: Dominik Bindl - Getty Images

Russell Tovey stars in ITV's four-part murder story "which exposes the quiet terror of a man trying to escape his past".

The psychological thriller - from Luther creator Neil Cross - follows Tovey's Nathan as his world implodes when a face from his past appears on his doorstep. It's inspired by Cross's 2009 novel Burial.

Because the Night arrives on ITV later this year.

Too Close

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Photo credit: TOBIAS SCHWARZ - Getty Images

Chernobyl's Emily Watson will lead new psychological thriller from ITV called Too Close.

The BAFTA-winning actress will play a forensic psychiatrist, Dr Emma Robinson, who is assigned to work with Connie, played by award-winning theatre actress Denise Gough (Paula, Apple Tree Yard, Collette), a woman accused of a terrible crime who claims she can't remember anything.

As Emma gets dangerously close to Connie, the relationship between the two women gets murkier and more complex.

The series is written by actress and author Clara Salaman.

Too Close will air on ITV later this year.

Ridley Road

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Photo credit: BBC One

BBC One's Ridley Road is a political thriller from writer Sarah Solemani, adapted from Jo Bloom's critically-acclaimed novel of the same title.

The series is set against the backdrop of a swinging sixties London we haven’t seen: an East End world where far right fascism is on the rise. Newcomer Aggi O’Casey plays Vivien, a young Jewish woman who follows her lover into danger and finds herself going undercover within a Neo-Nazi organisation in London in the 1960s.

Actress and writer Solemani told the BBC: "Britain’s relationship with fascism is closer and more alive than we like to think. Luckily, so is our rich heritage of fighting it. Jo Bloom’s gripping book revealed a darker side of sixties London and the staggering contribution the Jewish community made in the battle against racism. I am thrilled to be working with Red [Production Company] and the BBC to bring this little-known slice of British history to the screen."

Ridley Road will air on BBC One later this year.

Your Honour

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Photo credit: Showtime

Bryan Cranston plays a judge forced into criminality to protect his son in new legal thriller based in the award-winning Israeli series Kvodo.

The drama - from the creator of Undercover and Silk writer Peter Moffatt - follows Bryan's New Orleans judge who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organised crime family.

As a storm of vengeance, lies and deceit threatens to engulf the entire city, Michael Desiato faces a series of increasingly impossible choices and discovers just how far an honest man will go to save his son's life.

Your Honour will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV later this year.

Before We Die

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Photo credit: Innan vi dör

Adapted from the hit Swedish crime thriller of the same title, Channel 4's remake follows a detective who discovers that her son is acting as an undercover informant in a murder investigation.

The UK version is set in Bristol and stars Scott & Bailey's Lesley Sharp, Vincent Regan, Patrick Gibson.

Before We Die will launch on Channel 4 later this year.

Behind Her Eyes

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Photo credit: Netflix

Based on the best-selling novel by Sarah Pinborough, Netflix's gripping thriller follows The Night Manager's Simona Brown as Louise, a single mother who has an affair with her psychiatrist boss David (Vanity Fair's Tom Bateman).

Her life takes a strange turn when she later befriends his wife Adele (The Luminaries star Eve Hewson), and she finds herself caught in a web of secrets and lies where nothing is what it seems.

Also starring Robert Aramayo, Behind Her Eyes is produced by Left Bank Pictures (The Crown) and written by Steve Lightfoot and Angela LaManna.

Behind Her Eyes is coming soon to Netflix.

Death Comes as the End

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Photo credit: Agatha Christie's Death Comes as End

Vanity Fair screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes is adapting Agatha Christie's novel, which is set in Ancient Egypt in the early 20th Century, and centres on a young woman who suspects her priest father may be tied up in the death of a concubine.

The cast has yet to be announced.

Death Comes as the End will air on BBC One later this year.

Devils

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Photo credit: Sky Atlantic

Based on Guido Maria Brera’s novel of the same name, this Sky Atlantic financial thriller centres on a group of traders a large investment bank who discover a worldwide financial conspiracy. What follows is a mysterious death and a very public scandal.

Patrick Dempsey and Alessandro Borghi star in this Italian-French-UK co-production.

Devils will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in February.

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