Mystery Road has set a new standard for local drama. And the hotly anticipated HBO chiller Sharp Objects premieres on Foxtel on July 9. While 2018 has provided a feast of drama for TV viewers, there’s plenty still to come.

In no particular order, here are 10 of the most talked about new dramas set to premiere in the coming months.


The man behind arguably the best portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in screen history, Benedict Cumberbatch famously named Patrick Melrose as the one literary character he would most like to play.

The British actor gets his wish in Showtime’s limited series based on the series of semi-autobiographical books by Edward St Aubyn.

Told over five harrowing episodes, it traces the life of a privileged upper-class Englishman, from his torturous childhood at the hands of his abusive father (Hugo Weaving) to his descent into addiction. The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Blythe Danner, Holliday Grainger and Celia Imrie.

WHEN: July 23, BBC First on Foxtel

Homecoming stars Julia Roberts in her first TV role.


A cult podcast. The creator of one of TV’s most original series. And Julia Robert in her first TV role. Such is the hype for Homecoming, a psychological thriller based on the dramatised podcast of the same name and directed by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot).

Roberts plays Heidi (voiced in the podcast by Catherine Keener), a caseworker at a facility that helps soldiers transition back into civilian life. Dedicated to her job, she soon begins to suspect that the facility — and the man who oversees it, Colin (Bobby Cannavale, in the role voiced by David Schwimmer) — are not what they seem. Sissy Spacek also stars as Heidi’s mother.

WHEN: Late 2018, Amazon Prime Video

Hugh Grant plays a British politician accused of plotter a murder in A Very English Scandal.


Hugh Grant makes a long-awaited return to TV as Jeremy Thorpe, a high-profile British MP accused of plotting to murder his male ex-lover (Ben Whishaw).

Adapted from John Preston’s book of the same name, the three-part BBC series is based on real events; Thorpe’s case — he was the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy to murder — became one of the most salacious scandals of the 70s, a time when homosexuality had only recently been decriminalised. The series aired overseas in May and Grant has been widely praised for his turn as Thorpe.

WHEN: Late 2018, BBC First on Foxtel

9-1-1 is an action-packed glimpse inside the lives of emergency service workers.


From mega-producer Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story, Feud, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) comes this action- packed look at the lives of a group of emergency responders in Los Angeles, from a 9-1-1 operator to a fire station chief.

The series debuted in the US in January, when it became Fox’s highest- rated debut since The Good Doctor.

It stars Connie Britton, Angela Bassett and Peter Krause, with Jennifer Love Hewitt recently announced as a new addition to season two, which is set to premiere in the US in September.

WHEN: Late 2018, Seven/GWN7

Award-winning actor Rachel Griffiths leads an impressive Aussie cast in SBS’ Dead Lucky.


Rachel Griffiths leads a powerhouse Australian cast in SBS’ four-part crime thriller. The Oscar and Emmy-winner plays Grace Gibbs, a Sydney detective who along with her new trainee (Yoson An), finds her herself on the trail of a cop killer after a violent hold-up reveals the person who murdered her junior officer is back in town.

Chinese-born New Zealander An, who recently scored a coveted role in Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, stars with Justine Clarke, Brooke Satchwell, WA’s Ian Meadows and 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship recipient Mojean Aria.

WHEN: July 25, SBS

John Krasinski plays the title role in the small screen incarnation of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.


Jack Ryan is no stranger to the big screen and now Amazon brings Tom Clancy’s famous character to TV for the first time.

Billed as a prequel of sorts, John Krasinski follows in the footsteps of Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine as the eponymous hero, who in the eight-part series is an up-and- coming CIA analyst who finds himself on the trail of a new breed of terrorists.

Wendell Pierce (The Wire) and Australia’s Abbie Cornish also star.

WHEN: August 31, Amazon Prime Video


Supernatural crime drama Tidelands centres on Cal McTeer (Charlotte Best, Home and Away), a former criminal who returns to her hometown Orphelin Bay to find the small fishing village shrouded in mystery, not least being town’s unusual half-human inhabitants known as the Tidelanders, led by Arielle (Elsa Pataky).

Netflix’s first Australian original scripted series, Tidelands is being filmed in Queensland and also stars Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Mystery Road), Aaron Jakubenko (The Shannara Chronicles), Peter O’Brien (Underbelly, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Brazilian actor Marco Pigossi.

WHEN: Late 2018, Netflix

Psychological thriller The Cry is based on the acclaimed book by Australian author Helen FitzGerald.


British actress Jenna Coleman (Victoria) is joined by a stellar Australian cast in this joint ABC-BBC One production.

Based on the acclaimed book by Australian Helen FitzGerald, the dark psychological thriller centres on young couple Joanna and Alistair (Coleman and WA’s Ewen Leslie), who after travelling from Scotland to Australia to fight for custody of Alistair’s daughter with his Australian ex-wife (Asher Keddie), are rocked by the disappearance of their newborn baby. Alex Dimitriades also stars in the four-part series, which was filmed in Glasgow and Melbourne.

WHEN: Late 2018, ABC

Six-part spy thriller Pine Gap stars Jacqueline McKenzie, Steve Toussaint, Stephen Curry, Kelton Pell and more.


Co-commissioned by ABC and Netflix, six- part spy thriller Pine Gap is set in and around the real-life US-Australia Pine Gap military base in central Australia.

The cast includes Jacqueline McKenzie, Tess Haubrich, Steve Toussaint, Parker Sayers, Stephen Curry, Kelton Pell, Madeleine Madden and Mark Leonard Winter, though few plot details have been provided via an amusingly “classified” series of media releases from ABC.

WHEN: Late 2018, ABC

Fighting Season explores the lives of Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan.


With an ensemble cast featuring Jay Ryan and WA’s Ewen Leslie and Kate Mulvany, Fighting Season explores the lives of Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan, including a possible cover-up and the blurring of the lines between hero and victim.

The six-part series’ directors include Ben Lucas (WA-made film Wasted on the Young) and Kate Woods, who returned to Australia for Fighting Season after a decade in the US working on shows such as Law & Order: SVU, Nashville and Suits.

WHEN: Late 2018, Showcase on Foxtel