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ITV unveils Winter and early 2022 programming

ITV unveils Winter and early 2022 programming

2022 promises top drama, new entertainment, topical factual and free to air sport on ITV

ITV today unveils its winter line up which includes brand new and nail biting drama, exciting new entertainment formats and topical factual programming as well as a stellar line up of free to air sport.

Highlights include:

·       Brand new drama featuring Vicky McClure, Adrian Lester, Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton, Ashley Thomas, Tom Hollander, Sheridan Smith, Michael Jibson, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Marsha Thomason, Daniel Ryan, Tuppence Middleton, Martin Compston, Weruche Opia, Buket Komur, Rupert Penry Jones, Amrita Acharia, Amanda Redman, Darshan Jariwala, Nimmi Harasgama, Neil Morrissey, Brenda Blethyn, Kenny Doughty, Tala Gouveia, Jason Watkins, John Simm, Richie Campbell, Robson Green and Tom Brittany. 

·       Brand new entertainment including Starstruck – with Adam Lambert, Beverley Knight, Sheridan Smith, Jason Manford and Olly Murs.

·       Sport including the FA Cup, England Men’s and Women’s International Football, the 6 Nations and racing from Cheltenham.

·       Christmas highlights include Lost Voice Guy’s Christmas Comedy Showcase, Strictly The Real Full Monty, The Voice Kids, All Star Musicals, The Royal Variety Performance and The Larkins plus Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning, Ainsley Harriot and James Martin Christmas Day specials as well as Paul O’Grady, Bradley and Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad and entertainment favourites.

Following its highest Q 1 to 3 share for more than a decade, ITV presents brand new programmes for 2022.

Autumn 2021 has delivered drama including Manhunt, with the launch attracting nearly 9 million viewers including those on the ITV Hub and The Larkins currently consolidating at 7 million viewers. Live daytime shows have continued to deliver great content and strong audiences with the highest viewing share since 2010 for the morning schedule.  

Coronation Street and Emmerdale have also been delivering incredible episodes, from sinkholes to underwater rescues to collapsed rope bridges, both soaps continue to create unmissable TV.  And in Factual, Gordon, Gino and Fred returned bringing some much needed sunshine, as well as a really strong performance, with over 7 million viewers including those on the Hub watching the launch episode. 

2022 promises some great content and the new year kicks off with nail biting drama, brand new entertainment and topical factual programming.

Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester star in Triggerpoint, a six part thriller written by newcomer Daniel Brierly and produced by Jed Mercurio.  The drama turns the spotlight on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad. 

ITV will broadcast a sumptuous adaptation of Len Deighton’s The Ipcress File.  Set against the backdrop of Cold War Europe, this beautifully realised series stars Joe Cole in the iconic role of Harry Palmer, alongside Lucy Boynton, Ashley Thomas and Tom Hollander.  Adapted by Oscar nominated and BAFTA award winning screenwriter John Hodge, The Ipcress File is an enthralling and atmospheric espionage thriller set in Berlin and London in the 1960s.

No Return is a four part drama starring Sheridan Smith, Michael Jibson and Louis Ashbourne Serkis as an unassuming family who find themselves caught up in a living nightmare whilst on holiday in Turkey.  An arrest, an expensive and alien legal system, and resistance from fellow holiday makers to come to their aid, leaves the distraught parents fighting for their son’s freedom.  With themes of parental love, guilt, grievances and the issues around consent for teenagers, No Return is produced by Nicola Shindler, Richard Fee and series creator and writer Danny Brocklehurst.

Tuppence Middleton, Martin Compston, Rupert Penry Jones, Weruche Opia and Buket Komur all star in Our House, adapted by screenwriter Simon Ashdown from the international best selling novel by Louise Candlish.

The Bay returns for a third series, with Marsha Thomason in the lead role as DS Jenn Townsend.  The last season of The Bay averaged 8 million and was ITV’s biggest drama of 2021 in terms of Hub viewing.

Another returner is The Good Karma Hospital.  Amanda Redman, Amrita Acharia, Neil Morrissey, Darshan Jariwala and Nimmi Harasgama all return to the series which has been filmed again in Sri Lanka.

McDonald & Dodds starring Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins returns for a third series with its last run having attracted 6.7 million viewers.  Other returning series include Kate and Koji, Grace, Grantchester and Vera.

Ant and Dec present a brand new show called Ant and Dec’s Limitless Win - the world’s first quiz show with a limitless jackpot.  

Every question is an opportunity for each contestant to climb the endless prize ladder and reach the big money, but only a correct answer banks the cash.  Push their luck too far and they’ll crash out of the game losing it all. 

Starstruck is an great new format which sees members of the public transform into and sing as their musical idols - but with a twist -  as they all perform against each other and in front of a panel of judges that includes Beverley Knight, Sheridan Smith, Adam Lambert and Jason Manford, all seasoned performers themselves.  Olly Murs hosts. 

John Bishop will present a brand new Saturday night show.  The John Bishop Show will feature the comedy superstar giving his trademark stand up as well as shooting the breeze with some very special celebrity guests.  He’ll also be checking the global comedy pulse with a team of stand ups from all over the world.   

As well as this new entertainment, other favourites return including The Masked Singer, hosted by Joel Dommett with more well known faces donning our terrific costumes and singing incognito to the panel of Davina McCall, Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan and Jonathan Ross.

And Dancing On Ice returns with some brilliant names including Bez from the Happy Mondays, Corrie’s Sally Dyvenor, Ria Hebden and Liberty Poole from Love Island all taking to the ice.  

And the multi-award winning Saturday Night Takeaway is back. The series will once again feature big showbiz guests, high octane challenges and hilarious hidden camera set ups - plus a specially filmed comedy serial and a whole host of brand new studio games and live surprises - and of course remains the only series on TV that lets its audience ‘win the ads’.

Lee Mack is at his unrivalled, quick-witted best as he fronts the 1% Club, a brand new quiz where all you need to succeed is logic and common sense.  100 contestants begin each show - but to make it to the end and win the top prize of up to £100,000, contestants must correctly answer a question only 1% of the country would get right. 

And 2022 is going to be a big year for sport on ITV.  The FA Cup returns and will hit its stride with the third round early in the New Year.  ITV has the 6 Nations, which, under the new deal announced earlier this year, remains free to air for viewers and sees ITV showing even more live matches from the 2022 tournament onwards.   ITV has England Women’s team’s qualifiers and friendlies as well as the coverage of the Men’s England team’s build up fixtures to the first ever winter World Cup later in the year.

In Factual, Joanna Lumley presents a brand new three part series that sees her explore and capture the secret delights that Rome, Paris and Berlin have to offer.  Britain’s favourite travel companion is determined to head off the beaten track to find out what it's like to live in one of these vibrant cities and aims to get under the skins of these great capitals.  Sticking to the travel theme, Martin Clunes explores the islands of the Pacific.

Bradley Walsh and son Barney return with a new series of Breaking Dad.  Travelling in their RV from the heat of the Mediterranean to the icy Arctic of Northern Scandinavia, Barney cajoles his dad into taking risks he’d normally run a mile from.

And Kate Garraway is making a sequel to her award winning documentary Finding Derek, which follows her family facing the challenges of Kate’s husband Derek Draper’s return home following his long stay in hospital while seriously ill with Covid-19.  

The Secret Life of Pets uses the very latest camera technology to dig deep into our pets inner lives to discover the secrets that until now they’ve kept hidden, from spectacular feats of communication to extraordinary athleticism, extreme super senses and unique physical abilities.

And over on ITV2 and The Hub, we have another series of The Cabins which was a stand out hit for us and at its launch in 2021 became ITV Hub’s most popular entertainment show.  This year sees three brand new Cabins in Wales for the lovelorn pairings to check into. In the stunning, intimate surroundings, they then have 24 hours to decide whether they would like to spend more time together – or call it a day and walk away.