Pretty much everyone agrees that 2016 was horrible. 2017 is shaping up to be a whole lot better, at least on the TV front. The year begins with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprising their roles as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the hotly-anticipated fourth — and possibly final — series of Sherlock. A giggling Toby Jones joins the cast, promising “endless fun” and the trailer hints that the mystery of the reappearance of Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty (he’s supposed to be dead) may or may not be solved.
Hot on the heels (and piercing eyes and sharp cheekbones) of Benedict Cumberbatch comes the Internet’s Other Favorite British Thespian, Tom Hardy, looking dirty and grim and promising revenge and retribution in Taboo (see below), a period drama about adventurer James Keziah Delaney, long thought dead in Africa, who returns to London in 1814 and becomes embroiled in the war between Britain and America. Expect Taboo to feature lots of top hats, pots of tea and tu’penny ha’penny talk. Taboo premieres on BBC on January 7.