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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, we check out research into the UK’s top ten most anticipated TV shows tipped for release in 2024.

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Calling all TV fanatics! With 2024 shaping up to be a banner year for British television, it’s time to clear your schedules and prepare for some serious screen time. After a year of production delays and Hollywood hold-ups, the wait is finally over.

But with so many shows vying for your attention, where do you even begin? We’ve delved into the latest research to uncover the ten most anticipated UK TV shows of 2024. The study by entertainment experts at analyzed the unreleased seasons that saw the most searches each month across the past year to see which seasons audiences were anticipating the most.

Get ready to discover thrilling crime dramas, heart-stopping sci-fi adventures, and epic historical sagas – all set to grace your screens in the coming months. So, grab your favorite snacks, settle into your comfiest PJs, and prepare to embark on a journey through the hottest shows the UK has to offer. Let’s dive in and see what gems await…

Most Anticipated TV Of 2024

Wednesday Season 2

It found that ‘Wednesday Season 2’ is the most anticipated unreleased show season in the UK, coming in with a whopping 96,921 searches a month, over double the searches for second place.

The second season of the supernatural series was confirmed in January of 2023; however, as of the time of the study, no release date is currently confirmed.

Season 1: A Spooktacular Hit:

  • Wednesday Takes Center Stage: Jenna Ortega’s portrayal of the iconic character was a highlight. Her deadpan delivery and ability to capture Wednesday’s sardonic wit resonated with viewers, both old and new.
  • A Murderous Mystery: The season centered around Wednesday unraveling a supernatural mystery plaguing Nevermore and the surrounding town.
  • Familiar Faces with a Twist: The series featured appearances by classic Addams Family characters like Gomez and Morticia, played by Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones, adding a touch of nostalgia for longtime fans.

Looking Ahead to Season 2:

  • Production is Underway: Filming for season 2 is reportedly set to begin in April 2024, with a potential release date sometime in 2025. While an official location hasn’t been confirmed, production has shifted from Romania to Ireland for the new season.
  • More Mystery and Mayhem: Details surrounding the plot of season 2 are scarce, but creators hinted at “more torture” for Wednesday, suggesting she’ll face even greater challenges and mysteries in the upcoming episodes.
  • A New Chapter?: The change in filming location could hint at a shift in the narrative. Will Wednesday’s adventures take her beyond the walls of Nevermore Academy? Only time will tell.

Squid Game Season 2

Coming in second on the list is ‘Squid Game Season 2’ with an average of 46,327 monthly searches for the next installment in the Korean Survival Thriller. A second season was confirmed in 2022 after it took the world by storm, but it currently has no planned release date.

Season 1: A Global Phenomenon

  • High-Stakes Games: The series captivated audiences with its unique blend of childhood nostalgia and brutal violence. Games like “Red Light, Green Light” took on a terrifying new dimension, showcasing the lengths people would go to for a chance at financial security.
  • The Masked Mastermind: Viewers were captivated by the mystery surrounding the masked organizers of the games, fueling speculation and theories about their motives.
  • Seong Gi-hun’s Journey: The story followed Seong Gi-hun, a down-on-his-luck protagonist, as he navigated the deadly competition and grappled with the moral complexities of the games.

What to Expect in Season 2

  • Gi-hun’s Revenge?: Season 1 ended with Gi-hun refusing to return to the games, vowing to expose the organization behind them. Will season 2 explore his quest for revenge and justice?
  • New Games, New Dangers?: While details about the plot remain tightly under wraps, we can likely expect a fresh set of deadly games, testing the limits of the new contestants’ humanity.
  • Deeper Dive into the Backstory: Season 1 offered glimpses into the masked organizers and the enigmatic Front Man. Season 2 might delve deeper into their motivations and the origins of the deadly games.

Cobra Kai Season 6

Third place on the list goes to what is expected to be the last of Netflix’s Cobra Kai, season 6. It comes in with 40,179 average monthly searches, and Season 6 is confirmed but is currently without a release date.

A Legacy of Kicks and Punches:

  • Rekindled Rivalry: The core of the series lies in the ongoing feud between Johnny and Daniel. Their contrasting teaching styles – Johnny’s brash “strike first” approach and Daniel’s more defensive Miyagi-Do technique – have created a generation of passionate students caught in the middle.
  • Enter Kreese: John Kreese, the villainous sensei from the original films, has loomed large over the series. His manipulative tactics and ruthless teachings have fueled the conflict, raising the stakes for everyone involved.
  • Evolving Alliances: “Cobra Kai” isn’t just about Johnny and Daniel. The series has developed a rich cast of characters, with students from both dojos forging unlikely friendships and rivalries. Season 6 promises to explore these dynamics further, potentially leading to unexpected alliances.

Season 6: The Final Showdown

  • All-Out War: With Kreese out of the picture (for now!), Terry Silver has tightened his grip on Cobra Kai, turning it into a ruthless dojo spreading fear across the valley. Season 6 is poised to see Daniel and Johnny put aside their differences and unite to take down a common enemy.
  • The Fate of Miyagi-Do: Season 5 saw the closure of Miyagi-Do, leaving Daniel’s students unsure of their future. Will they find a new home under a unified dojo, or will Miyagi-Do’s legacy fade?
  • Redemption or Revenge?: Characters like Miguel and Robby have grappled with their past actions. Will season 6 offer them a chance at redemption, or will they succumb to the darkness within?

Reacher Season 2

Fourth place on the list goes to ‘Reacher Season 2’, with an average of 39,279 monthly searches. Season 2 of the action crime drama is set to premiere in mid-December on Prime Video.

Season 1: A Fist-Pumping Debut

  • Justice Served, Reacher Style: Season 1 tackled the gripping mystery surrounding a small town riddled with secrets and corruption. Reacher, a former military police officer with a strong moral compass and an even stronger right hook, delivered his own brand of justice, leaving a trail of broken bones and solved crimes in his wake.
  • A Modern Take on a Classic Hero: Ritchson’s portrayal of Reacher was a highlight. His imposing physical stature perfectly embodied the character, while his dry wit and quiet determination brought a fresh perspective to the iconic hero.
  • A Commitment to the Source Material: Fans of the books were thrilled by the show’s respect for the source material. The series captured the essence of Reacher’s world, with its small-town settings, intricate mysteries, and explosive action sequences.

Season 2: Doubling Down on the Action

  • From Page to Screen: Season 2 is confirmed to be based on Lee Child’s eleventh Reacher novel, “Bad Luck and Trouble.” The story sees Reacher reuniting with his old military police unit to investigate the mysterious death of a former member.
  • Bigger Than Ever: The cast for season 2 is expanding, promising even more thrilling interactions and character development. Alan Ritchson will be joined by new faces like Willa Fitzgerald and Shaun Sipos, adding fresh energy to the dynamic.
  • Action with Heart: While the series is known for its bone-crunching fight scenes and thrilling chases, season 2 promises to delve deeper into Reacher’s emotional core. Expect moments of vulnerability and camaraderie as he reunites with his former colleagues.

House Of The Dragon Season 2

Rounding out the top five is the second season of the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’, which comes in 28,183 searches on average a month. It is set to premiere in the summer of 2024.

Season 1: A Soaring Success

  • Return to Westeros: “House of the Dragon” successfully transported viewers back to the familiar world of Westeros, offering a glimpse into a bygone era where dragons dominated the skies and Targaryens ruled with absolute power.
  • A Dance of Fire and Blood: The season focused on the growing tensions between two branches of House Targaryen – the Greens, led by King Viserys’ ambitious wife, Queen Alicent Hightower, and the Blacks, championed by Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s eldest daughter and heir apparent. This brewing conflict promised a fiery civil war to come.
  • Dragons Take Flight: No “Game of Thrones” prequel would be complete without dragons. Season 1 showcased the majestic creatures in all their glory, from epic aerial battles to intimate moments between riders and their mounts.

Season 2: The Dance Begins

  • War is Coming: With the seeds of war sown in season 1, season 2 promises to unleash the full fury of the Dance of the Dragons. Expect epic battles between rival factions, devastating consequences, and the rise of legendary Targaryen figures.
  • New Faces, Familiar Names: While some fan-favorite characters from season 1 will return, season 2 is expected to introduce new players in the game of thrones. We might see younger versions of iconic characters like Aegon Targaryen and Daemon Targaryen, further enriching the narrative.
  • Deeper Dives: Season 1 explored the complex relationships and internal struggles within House Targaryen. Season 2 could delve deeper into the motivations of key characters, offering a more nuanced understanding of their actions and the events leading up to the war.

Top Ten Most Anticipated TV Of 2024

RankSeasonAverage monthly searches
1Wednesday Season 296,921
2Squid Game Season 246,327
3Cobra Kai Season 640,179
4Reacher Season 239,279
5House of the Dragon Season 228,183
6The Handmaid’s Tale Season 627,344
7Severance Season 227,077
8Ted Lasso Season 426,990
9Tulsa King Season 225,860
10Yellowstone Season 5 Part 224,585

It’s incredible how popular some of the entries on this list are, even without a confirmed release date, and some without even a confirmed next instalment. The use of social media is also a great way to build hype for new seasons and has undoubtedly contributed to the demand visible here in Google searches. It will be interesting to see how these averages change in the build-up to each show’s release and how they change after this.

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