Summer may be ending in a washout, but don’t let that dampen your spirits – a new season of TV is about to brighten up our screens.
From Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off on August 27, to a sequinned clutch of celebs in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing
Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes on GOLD stars Kevin McNally, Mathew Horne and Tom Rosenthal as they recreate the classic comedy over the bank holiday weekend.
Emma Willis is back soon with a new series of C4’s addictive reality game show The Circle, while Rylan Clark-Neal revives Supermarket Sweep on ITV2.
Prepare to ditch your social life and settle in for the long haul.
Here’s our round-up of the shows you won’t want to miss…
Peaky Blinders (BBC1, August 25)
Moving from BBC2 to BBC1 for this fifth season, the Bafta-winning gangster drama is already lined up for a sixth and possibly seventh run.
With dangerous Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) now an MP, cementing his powerful status, who knows what plans he has?
In this series the world is thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929, and Shelby meets a politician with bold plans. Emmett J Scanlan, Sam Claflin and Brian Gleeson join Helen McCrory and Sophie Rundle.
The X Factor (ITV, Autumn)
After a major revamp, The X Factor is being replaced with two special editions of the show running one after another.
Taking a break from the standard format, the celebrity version stars famous faces who will go head-to-head to be the ultimate winner, with veterans Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger lined up as judges.
The All Stars will feature memorable contestants from the past who will compete against one another.
Criminal (Netflix, September 20)
In a fresh take on police procedural drama, this show will take place exclusively within one room – a police interview suite – and will cover stories taking place in four separate countries.
Netflix producers have dubbed it a “stripped-down cat-and-mouse drama” that will focus on the intense conflict between police officer and suspect.
The stars for the UK episodes are David Tennant, pictured, Hayley Atwell, Youssef Kerkour, and Clare-Hope Ashitey.
A Confession (ITV, September 2)
This promises to be another belter from acclaimed screenwriter Jeff Pope and starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton.
The series tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Freeman, deliberately breached protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation.
State of the Union (BBC2, September)
Prepare for some belly laughs with this comedy series written by award-winning writer Nick Hornby.
Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd star as Louise and Tom, who meet in a pub before their weekly marital therapy session.
With each 10-minute episode we piece together how their lives were, what drew them together – and what has started to pull them apart.
The Capture (BBC1, September 3)
Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner star in this gripping new surveillance thriller.
When soldier Shaun Emery’s conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned due to flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter.
But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, Shaun’s life takes a shocking turn and he must soon fight for his freedom once again.
Dublin Murders (BBC1, Autumn)
Based on the best-selling novels by Tana French, this psychological crime thriller has Killian Scott and Sarah Greene play detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox.
This series will focus on two murder investigations. The victims – a talented young ballerina who is found dead on an ancient stone altar, and a free-spirited woman who is found stabbed in a roofless cottage – are seemingly unrelated.
But are they actually knitted together by something?
BGT: The Champions (ITV, August 31)
The hotly anticipated six-week series will star legends of the past 13 series from both here and abroad – with the winner walking away with a cash prize of £100,000.
Contestants include father-and-son dance duo Stavros Flatley, street dancer George Sampson and singer Paul Potts.
Presented by Ant and Dec, the show will also feature judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams , Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
World on Fire (BBC1, early autumn)
Oscar-winner Helen Hunt is set to star alongside Sean Bean, Lesley Manville and rising stars Jonah Hauer-King and Julia Brown in this seven-part series.
The drama will follow the intertwining fates of ordinary people from Britain, Poland, France and Germany during the first year of the Second World War as this global conflict upends their lives.
Temple (Sky One, September 13)
Kingsman actor Mark Strong leads the cast in this eight-parter set in a secret world beneath London.
Deep below the streets of the capital, an illegal clinic has been set up in an abandoned network of tunnels.
Strong plays Daniel, a talented surgeon driven by personal tragedy to treat anyone who is willing to pay for medical help outside the system.
It also stars Daniel Mays and Game of Thrones actress Carice van Houten.
Scarborough (BBC1, September 3)
From the writer of Benidorm, Scarborough follows the lives and loves of a handful of residents in the sometimes sunny beach resort in North Yorkshire.
It stars comedian and actor Jason Manford and Corrie’s Catherine Tyldesley, pictured, as a 40-something couple giving their relationship another go.
Every week the locals gather in a karaoke bar to swap gossip and belt out 80s classics. Co-stars include Stephanie Cole, Steve Edge, Claire Sweeney and Maggie Ollerenshaw.
The Light (working title) (Channel 4, October)
Sarah Lancashire stars in this emotional drama about a community devastated by disaster.
The story follows a large construction project that offers hope for a better future, but an explosion, followed by a catastrophic collapse, leaves many dead, children included, and the community struck by grief.
Lancashire plays Polly, the wife of a politician who had backed the project. Their daughter is left with a life-changing disability in the blast.
Sanditon (ITV, August 25)
Master TV writer Andrew Davies is back with a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s last novel, Sanditon.
The eight-part drama stars Rose Williams, pictured, as the impulsive lead Charlotte Heywood and Theo James as her roguish love interest Sidney Parker, who meet in the fishing village of Sanditon.
A huge ensemble cast also includes Anne Reid, Kris Marshall, Alexandra Roach, Kevin Eldon, Adrian Scarborough, Sophie Winkleman and Adrian Rawlins.
Carnival Row (Amazon Prime, August 30)
Model and actress Cara Delevingne stars opposite Pirates Of The Caribbean A-lister Orlando Bloom in this fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city.
You can expect to see mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland while tensions simmer between citizens and the growing immigrant population.
The Wall (BBC1)
A brand new Saturday night game show hosted by EastEnders loudmouth Danny Dyer promises to be the ultimate combination of strategy, knowledge and luck.
Questions are voiced by TV legend Angela Rippon, with pairs needing cast-iron trust in one another to win a life-changing cash prize.