BBC announces autumn line-up

Doctor Who, Gavin and Stacey and Spooks return to our screens alongside new shows starring Eve Myles (Torchwood), Johnny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) and Amanda Holden (Britain's Got Talent), the BBC revealed today.

New series' of Stephen Fry's popular quiz show QI and Maxine Peake's Bafta-winning Criminal Justice are also returning, following the success of their previous seasons.

Speaking about the new line-up, BBC controller Jay Hunt says: "I am passionate about ensuring BBC One reaches the widest possible audience. By taking creative risks that surprise and entertain I believe this autumn's line-up of shows will do just that."

Here's a rundown of what to expect…


Doctor Who
David Tennant is joined by Rome's Lindsay Duncan for the second of four special episodes screened this year, entitled The Waters of Mars. Duncan is billed as the Doctor's most strong-willed companion yet --- and doesn't take kindly to the Time Lord's unexpected arrival.

Gavin and Stacey
The award-winning romantic comedy returns for its final series. In it Gavin starts his new job and moves to Barry Island, while Smithy struggles to cope with the loss of his friend and new-found fatherhood.

Stephen Fry returns with another 16 episodes for Series 8 of his comedy quiz show, welcoming back guests including Bill Bailey, Rob Brydon and Jeremy Clarkson.

Strictly Come Dancing
The show is re-vamped for its seventh series, with new judges Alesha Dixon and Darcey Bussell coming in, with Arlene Phillips being left out. Click here for more.

Criminal Justice
Peter Moffatt's award-winning drama is back with another five-part series. Maxine Peake stars as a depressed Juliet Miller whose psychological condition is questioned in court.

Other BBC shows returning include the appropriately-named chat shows Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and The Graham Norton Show as well as espionage drama Spooks, comedy stand-up show Live at the Apollo and weekend game shows Hole in the Wall and Total Wipeout.


Big Top
Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden stars in this clown comedy set around a travelling circus. Holden plays ring mistress Lizzie who struggles to hold the big top together. Also starring are Cold Feet's John Thomson and Little Britain's Ruth Madoc.

Garrow's Law
This Georgian legal drama, which features New Tricks' Alun Armstrong, delves into the corruption and social injustice at London's Old Bailey in the eighteenth century.

An unusual misunderstanding plays a pivotal part in this family drama, an adaption of the best-selling children's novel. The show, which is set in Wales, stars Torchwood actress Eve Myles.

Jane Austen's period drama is adapted by Bafta-winning writer Sandy Welch and stars Johnny Lee Miller (Eli Stone), veteran award-winning actor Michael Gambon and Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet).

Material Girl
Ali Redcliffe, played by Sugar Rush's Leonora Crichlow, sets out to make a name for herself in the world of fashion design but gets more than she bargains for when her evil ex-boss sets out to stop her.

Detective Inspector Rebecca Flint (Tamzin Outhwaite) and astrophysicist Dr Christian King (Emun Elliott) have seen into the future and it doesn't look pretty. This five-part series follows them as they try to stop the inevitable.

Small Island
Another adaption, this time of Andrea Levy's award-winning novel, follows the love story of couple determined to pursue their dreams against all odds. The show stars Survivors' John Alexander and Endgame's Paula Milne.

Impressions Show
Jon Culshaw, the face of Dead Ringers, teams up with Coronation Street's Debra Stephenson for a new comedy sketch show offering impressions of some of today's best-known personalities.

As Seen on TV
Fern Britton and Jason Manford lead teams of celebrities in this TV trivia show, hosted by T4's Steve Jones.

Walk on the Wild Side
Combining comedy voiceover with clips from the animal kingdom this series introduces a marmot called Alan and dieting pandas. It also guest-stars Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne among others.

Sporting events such as the conclusion of the channel's Formula 1 coverage and The Football League Show will be broadcast this autumn along with a number of new and renewed documentaries including more Panorama.