Troy Fall Of A City, BBC1
Two of the biggest and most respected TV producers in the world have combined on this sword and sandals epic retelling of the Trojan war.
Combining the love story of Troy’s Prince Paris and Greek queen Helen with the bloody and ingeniously fought battles, the Netflix and BBC co-production stars Louis Hunter, Bella Dayne, Jonas Armstrong, David Threlfall, and Scots actress Chloe Pirrie in the big budget drama.
Britannic (Sky Atlantic)
Writer Jez Butterworth is the man behind this big budget magic and swordplay epic series all about the 43AD Roman invasion of Britain, and their attempts to contain the various tribes and mad civilisations across the island, including the fearsome Celts and their mystical Druids. David Morrissey stars alongside Kelly Reilly Zoë Wanamaker and Mackenzie Crook.
Vanity Fair (ITV)
ITV have teamed up with Amazon for the high profile period drama series starring Suranne Jones, Martin Clunes, Michael Palin, Tom Bateman and Olivia Cooke. The seven part series is a new adaptation of the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray all about families around about the time of the Napoleonic Wars.
Succession (Sky Atlantic)
Dundee-born actor Brian Cox is one of the star men in this HBO political thriller series, also starring ex-Spooks leading man Matthew Macfadyen, as well as Kieran Culkin. The hard hitting drama is produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who was Oscar nominated for The Big Short.
Kiss Me First (Channel 4)
Skins meets The Matrix in a new special effects laden thriller series all about a teen girl who becomes addicted to a multiplayer role playing game im virtual reality and discovers a secret level of the game that only the coolest young players get access to. But at what cost?
At the movies
The greatest film director in the history of the medium has an amazing double bill of diverse films heading our way.
First up is The Post (Jan 19) his Oscar-friendly 70s drama about the Washington Post’s other great expose of the 70s, about Vietnamn casualties, with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep starring. Then he goes back to scifi with the eagerly awaited Ready Player One (March 30) about a kid battling for control of a virtual reality world.
Edinburgh gets avenged
It’s the superhero film Scotland has been waiting for – as the Edinburgh-filmed Avengers Infinity War arrives to spell the end for some of Marvel’s greatest heroes, April 27, as evil titan Thanos wreaks war on Earth for control of the galaxy. The superhero trend shows no sign of slowing down either. Marvel also has Black Panther (February) and Ant-Man and The Wasp (August). There are three X-films on the way – New Mutants (April), Deadpool 2 (June) and Dark Phoenix (November), while DC’s Aquaman (December) and Spider-Man spin off Venom (October) are also due.
Scotland on screen
Saoirse Ronan plays the titular regent in Mary, Queen of Scots, versus cousin Elizabeth I, played by Margot Robbie, in a period thriller due out in September. While acclaimed film-maker David Mackenzie’s Netflix feature film Outlaw King will star Captain Kirk hero Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce alongside a stellar Scots cast including Tony Curran – the release date is TBC, but likely to be in the autumn.
A slightly more modern Scotland is on show with indie offering 120 Beats Per Minute, about the 90s rave scene and the criminal justice act, starring Amy Manson.
Indies go mainstream
It’s not just blockbusters though – some great independent spirited movies are lined up for 2018.
Margot Robbie stars as disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding in black comedy I, Tonya, February 20. In Bruges director Martin McDonagh is getting a lot of Oscar buzz for his new movie, Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri, starring Frances McDormand, out January 12. The new Alexander Payne dark comedy Downsizing, January 24, sees Matt Damon shrunk down to pencil size. Scots director Lynne Ramsay returns with her new drama You Were Never Really Here, March 9.
New dino sequel Jurassic Kingdom Fallen Kingdom (June 8) sees the return of everyone’s favourite computer generated beasts. But this year the T-Rex faces competiton from a slew of creature filled sequels, including Shane Black’s long awaited The Predator (August 3), Pacific Rim Uprising (March 23) and the untitled Cloverfield alien invasion outing, February 9.