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Mondays at 11:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm PT beginning January 25

Danny and Seamus bonded over Oasis in ’94 and have been best mates ever since. Both Manchester born-and-bred, both mid-twenties and both temping in dead-end jobs, they’re united by one all-consuming passion: music. Inspired by the city’s local heroes, Joy Division, the lads wile away the dreary office hours dreaming of their own record label. But while they put in the effort when it comes to gigs (three a week) and beer (considerably more than that) time is ticking by and they’re on the road to nowhere. That is until Danny’s grandmother passes away and leaves him £10,000. Danny doesn’t hesitate – he and Seamus are going to have their label no matter what it costs.

Sundays at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT beginning January 24

It’s London, 1851. The city is in the throes of the industrial revolution. But amongst the dirty red bricks and smoke stacks are four young, thrill-seeking artists – steadfast William Holman Hunt, naive John Millais, mischievous Dante Gabriel Rossetti and budding journalist Fred Walters – otherwise known as the Brotherhood. Their quest for artistic immortality takes them into some of the lewdest, darkest and funniest corners of the city. Joining them is sassy, sexy model Lizzie Siddal. But is she risking it all with this dangerous bunch? With a glossy look, and a driving contemporary soundtrack, Desperate Romantics is a character-driven romp through the alleyways, studios, brothels and chop-houses of 19th century London.

Wednesdays at 11 pm ET/ 8 pm PT beginning January 6

From the writers of Peep Show and The Thick of It comes a new comedy about settling into old age with style. Roommates Tom and Roy are the ying to each other’s yang. Roy is well-read, organized, clean and sensitive and Tom, well, isn’t. As both of them settle into retirement, they are faced with the prospect of life simply not turning out quite how they imagined. Together, they manage to muddle through life – answering the important questions that retirement poses. Questions involving religion, true-love and precisely how early is too early to start drinking in the day. Original, funny and only a little distasteful – this new comedy takes a fresh look at retirement and the joys of growing old disgracefully.

Tuesday, January 1 beginning at 1 pm ET/10 am PT

Join hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for a day of Top Gear specials, featuring a variety of extreme stunts, challenges and celebrity appearances. 

Friday, December 25 at 4:00 pm ET/ 1:00 PT

The cast and crew of the satirical British comedy series Blackadder reunite for this one-hour spin on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Rowan Atkinson stars as Ebeneezer Blackadder, a kindly and beloved London businessman.

Thursday, December 24 at 8:00 pm ET/ 5:00 PT

Geraldine is fed up with Townies buying weekend cottages in the village… until she meets one of them. Could charming, handsome Harry be Mr. Right? When Harry asks Geraldine to marry him she can’t say yes quickly enough. Naturally, things don’t quite go according to plan… the vicar presiding over the wedding ceremony seems a little too fond of Geraldine, and the villagers are determined to take over all the preparations for the Big Day.

Sundays at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT beginning October 4

It’s been three months since Marian’s untimely passing and Robin is now determined to avenge his wife’s death. Fuelled by anger and grief, Robin is stuck in a downward spiral until a beacon of hope arrives in the form of a travelling monk named Tuck.

Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT beginning September 8

After sustaining a serious head injury, Detective Alex Drake wakes up to discover she’s now living in 1982 and working under the watchful eye of Detective Gene Hunt. With the mystery surrounding the death of her parents now solved, Alex desperately seeks to find out how she has become trapped in the past, but must first unravel a conspiracy within her department.

Thursdays at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT (Part of the Top Gear Strip, Weeknights at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT)

Can’t get enough of Jeremy Clarkson? Viewer-favourite series Top Gear will now air every weeknight at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, with all-new episodes from season 13 airing Thursdays.

Thursdays at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT beginning September 3

There’s a lot to be said for being in the right place at the right time – Supermodel Kate Moss was discovered in an airport, and Claudia Schiffer got her big break while dancing at a nightclub. This new reality series follows two of the U.K.’s top model scouts, Becky Southwick and Jody Furlong, as they hit the streets to find new talent. They are on the hunt for ordinary people with extraordinary potential to model in advertising campaigns for some of the country’s top brands. In each episode, the scouts meet a new client and are given one month to find the right person for their big campaign. Once found, the contenders are plucked from obscurity to go on an emotional journey and the transformation of a lifetime. Each show culminates in a dramatic reveal as the client decides which of the finalists will become the face of their campaign.