The 10 best shows airing in the UK on channels you never watch
I’ll admit it, there’s not much variation in the television channels I watch on a daily basis. I’m looking at BBC One or Sky Atlantic for my high brow drama, E4 for the quirky shows, Dave or Comedy Central for a quick laugh and then MTV for my trashy reality fix. I’m betting most people have their favourite channels, but we’re all missing out on some top quality television from the more obscure channels – and man, let’s support the underdog.
Here are ten shows on channels you never thought to check out, but definitely should:
1. Ash vs. Evil Dead (Virgin Media on Demand)
Ash is back! A new horror comedy series set 30 years after the first three Evil Dead films, Ash’s life has gone absolutely nowhere and he now works as a salesclerk at the local shopping mart. Fortunately for us, Ash accidentally reads the incantation from the Book of the Dead again, and trouble ensues. Full or laughs, fun and the spirit of the original films, it really is a travesty more people don’t know this is available in the UK.
2. Vikings (Amazon Prime & History)
Vikings is available on both Amazon Prime and the History channel, but still manages to have passed most people by. Fans of Game of Thrones will enjoy the epic saga of Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Norse hero from the Viking Age. The series is bloody, sexy, and action-packed (with elements based on real history).
3. Black Sails (Amazon Prime)
The swashbuckling splendour that is Black Sails is also available on Amazon in the UK, and is certainly one for fans of pirates. The series is a prequel to Treasure Island, and revolves around a group of pirates fighting for the survival of New Providence Island and their hunt for Spanish treasure.
4. Masters of Sex (More4)
Masters of Sex has been shocking fans in the US, but we’ve largely missed the often surprising, remarkably interesting and always excellent drama over here. The series is set in the postwar period and explores the lives of two real life pioneering researchers of human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
5. Heartless (Walter Presents/All4)
Walter Presents really could just own this list, featuring some of the world’s greatest television for completely free on All4 (where nobody thinks to look for it). Heartless is a particularly excellent example – set in a supernatural high school; it is sexy, dark and thrilling.
6. The Royals (E!)
Liz Hurley portrays the matriarch of a fictional British royal family in this idealised American drama, which somehow manages to be immersive and wildly entertaining despite the concept. When the oldest heir to the Throne is killed, life for the royal family is thrown into disarray as the hedonistic second son, Prince Liam, finds himself next in line for the throne.
7. A Young Doctor’s Notebook (Sky Arts)
While this series is now finished and available on NOW TV, it seems remarkable that most people missed a series starring Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm when it premiered on Sky Arts in 2012 and 2013. As one can imagine based on that talent, the series is actually rather good, and is based upon the diaries of a young British doctor working in a remote area of Russia.
8. Fear The Walking Dead (AMC Global)
Everyone has heard of The Walking Dead, but there’s been considerably less buzz about Fear The Walking Dead, its entertaining little brother. The spin-off show explores the early days of the zombie apocalypse (those precious months that Rick Grimes spent in a coma) and its impact upon a borderline functional family.
9. Spin (Walter Presents/All4)
Another from Walter Presents, Spin is a French political thriller about the political chaos that ensues after the President is assassinated. The French Prime Minister looks certain to run in the Presidential elections, but does he know more about what happened than he will admit? The dark drama is perfect for fans of House of Cards.
10. Kabul Kitchen (Walter Presents/All4)
A lighter hearted comedy from France, Kabul Kitchen is a series that is loosely based on the real life experiences of French expatriate Jacky, who runs the popular restaurant Kabul Kitchen in Kabul, Afghanistan. It might not be completely politically correct, but Kabul Kitchen is definitely completely hilarious.