BBC Unveils First Look At 2019 Drama Slate Including ‘Line Of Duty’, ‘Poldark’, ‘Baptiste’ & More

The BBC has released a first look trailer for their 2019 drama slate. The trailer, which first aired last night on BBC One, features clips from Line Of DutyPoldarkThe Missing spin-off Baptiste, the second season of Killing EveLuther and Call The Midwife.

The BBC’s 2019 slate of dramas starts to air later today (January 1st), when the fifth season of Luther launches on BBC One at 9pm. Further January premieres on BBC One includes the twenty-second season of Silent Witness on Tuesday January 8th at 9pm and the eighth season of Death In Paradise on Thursday January 10th at 9pm. The eighth season of Call The Midwife is also set to air in late January, but an exact premiere date has not yet been set.

As TVWise previously reported, Richard Gere, Helen McCrory and Billy Howle star in BBC Two drama MotherFatherSon; while Killian Scott and Sarah Greene will star in Dublin Murders, BBC One’s adaptation of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad novels. Also on the drama slate is Dark Mon£y, Gold Digger, Noughts & Crosses and Trigonometry.

“We have been working hard to bring you more standout unmissable drama in 2019. Across our BBC channels and BBC iPlayer we have something for everyone”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger. “Whether you choose to watch television drama to escape from the real world, learn about a part of history, explore contemporary social issues, or watch your favourite novel being adapted for screen – we have a range of new and returning programmes coming that you do not want to miss.”

Looking ahead, other dramas set to air across the BBC ‘s portfolio of channels throughout the year include: The Missing spin-off Baptiste, starring Tchéky Karyo and Tom Hollander; HBO co-production Gentleman Jack, which is being toplined by Suranne Jones; and Years & Years (pictured, left), which charts one family surviving the future and features a cast led by Emma Thompson.

This wide-ranging drama slate comes on the back of what was a banner year for BBC Drama in 2018. Bodyguard smashed ratings records to become the most requested ever programme on BBC iPlayer, and A Very English Scandal also became a global hit, with both shows garnering multiple Golden Globe nominations. Jodie Whitaker also stepped into the Tardis to become the thirteenth Doctor, garnering record ratings.

Check out the drama trailer below: