From your favorite TVs and box sets to hilarious live comedy and music, as well as some of the best festivals in the world, 2023 looks set to offer all sorts of cultural delights.
Laura Stott reveals everything that can please next year.
TV AND STREAMS
HAPPY VALLEY (January 1, BBC One): The third and final series of the BBC’s Yorkshire crime drama hits our screens on New Year’s Day to hit screens in 2023 with a bang.
Sarah Lancashire reprises her role as Sergeant Katherine Cawood, once again battling her regular adversary Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton).
SQUID GAME 2 (date to be confirmed, Netflix): There is no release date yet or any spoilers for the next installment of the Korean Netflix TV phenomenon Squid Game, but the second season will likely air at some point next year.
The 2021 show was a record-breaking hit, so expect huge viewership.
CLARKSON’S FARM 2 (February 10, Amazon Prime): Tractors and restless sheep at the ready, Jeremy Clarkson and his faithful country pal Caleb Cooper are back for a second series showing Cotswold farming life for what it really is.
The next part of the real farming adventure at Diddly Squat Farm is not coming soon.
LEGACY Season 4 (Spring, Sky Atlantic): Media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his power-hungry offspring return for a fourth series of skirmishes in the Waystar Royco empire.
On screens in the spring, the upcoming drama promises to bring even more backstabs that drew 1.7 million viewers to the season 3 finale.
MANDALORI Season 3 (March 1, Disney+): Star Wars fans have been looking for spoilers 30,000 times a month about what Mando and Baby Yoda will do in their third series.
The show’s producers have confirmed that Pedro Pascal will return to the screen in March as a galactic bounty hunter with his super cute companion Grog.
GLADIATORS reboot (date to be confirmed, BBC): Opponents are ready! Super hit Saturday night TV show from the 1990s is being rebooted by the BBC.
Rumor has it that the original cast of Jet (Diane Udale) will be at the helm, as an as-yet unrevealed cast of new gladiators gear up to battle in epic sports and combat challenges.
UNUSUAL (January 25, Disney+): Touted as a new must-see comedy next year, debut writer Emma Moran and the makers of Killing Eve are behind this fun new take on superheroes.
Mairead Tyers plays Jen, an ordinary girl living in a world where everyone over the age of 18 has superpowers except her. Starring Siobhan McSweeney (Derry Girls) and Robbie G (Homeland).
TEN POUND POMS (date to be confirmed, BBC): Coming out in 2023, this BBC original drama stars Michelle Keegan (Our Girl), Faye Marsay and Warren Brown as British citizens who migrated to Australia as “ten-pound pom-poms” after World War II.
It was created by the team behind the award-winning Sex Education series.
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS (May release): Former Oasis guitarist Noel’s band has already released the single Pretty Boy from their forthcoming fourth studio album.
Release is scheduled for May.
DEPECHE MODE – MEMENTO MORI (March): Due out in March, Depeche Mode’s fifteenth studio album will be their first since the death of co-founder and keyboardist Andy “Fletch” Fletcher last year, and fans are eagerly awaiting it.
SAM SMITH – GLORIA (January 27): The singer announced that their new album Gloria will be released next month, followed by a UK tour of the same name. Including the singles Love Me More and Unholy, this is their first album since 2020’s best selling album Love Goes.
MAGIC MIKE’S LAST DANCE (February 10): Channing Tatum and his six-pack are back for the third and reportedly final Magic Mike game.
Salma Hayek, Caitlin Gerard and Gavin Spox also star, with original Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh at the helm.
INDIANA JONES 5 (June 30): More than ten years after his last performance, Harrison Ford returns for the fifth installment of Indy action.
The sequel to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with British brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth.
Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and starring Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Indy’s goddaughter Helena, this promises to be a top-notch big-screen adventure.
BARBIE MOVIE (July): Think pink this summer when Margot Robbie brings Mattel’s Barbie doll to life with Ryan Gosling as her Ken.
Oscar-nominated director Greta Gerwig, starring Will Ferrell and Emma McKee, tells the story of a pneumatic blonde exiled from Barbyland and looking for love.
WONKA (December 15): We’ll have to wait until the end of 2023 to see Timothée Chalamet star in this highly anticipated musical fantasy prequel to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and
Chocolate Factory. Wonka tells the story of a crazy cane-wielding chocolatier in his early years. Star actors will sing and dance along with them, including Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman and Matt Lucas.
PETER KAY UK TOUR: Bolton comedian and Car Share and Phoenix Nights star Peter is finally back on the road. Tickets for the nationwide stand-up tour are now on sale with additional dates to be announced throughout the year. See peterkay.co.uk.
JADE ADAMS – MEN I CAN SAVE YOU TOUR: After her appearance on the dance floor of Strictly, Jade returned to her day-to-day comedy work and embarked on a 2023 tour.
The Bristol comedian and previous Funny Woman Award winner will be holding stand-up concerts across the UK from March. See tickets and venues for information. jaydeadams.com.
MICHAEL MACINTIRE – BIG WORLD TOUR: Britain’s most profitable comedian is back on the road with his Big World Tour, hitting venues across the UK and, as the name suggests, around the world.
UK dates include Wembley Arena and Edinburgh Playhouse, both in March. Stay with us and follow michaelmcintyre.co.uk for ticket information and updates.
BABATUNDE ALESH: BABAHUD (since January): Popular campmate and comedian Babatunde, after starring in I’m a Celebrity this year, is returning to the stage for a new live tour. Tickets are on sale now babatundealeshe.com.
MRS DOUBTFIRE THE MUSICAL (from 12 May, Opera House, Manchester, and Shaftesbury Theatre, London): After a sell-out in Manchester, Mrs. Doubtfire the Musical is heading to London’s West End in a limited run this spring.
In the stage version of the beloved Robin Williams film, Gabrielle Wieck plays a silver-haired Scottish nanny. See valsburyatr.com.
ASPECTS OF LOVE (since May 12, Lyric Theatre, London): Michael Ball returns to the West End in a new version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic musical that first made him a star in 1989.
This time he plays George, the uncle of his original character Alex. Tickets to Thelyrictheatre.co.uk.
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF MUSICAL (February, Noël Coward Theatre, London): The most famous TV tent is recreated on the stage of the GBBO musical.
Inspired by the TV format, it follows a gang of amateur bakers who compete to be the star bakers.
With song, dance and comedy, it promises to be a real spectacle. See thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk.
CONCEPTS AND FESTIVALS
BLUR Reunion (July 8-9, Wembley Stadium): The Britpop giants have added a second date to their 2023 show at Wembley Stadium on July 9 to celebrate their 35th anniversary.
Damon Albarn, Alex James, Dave Rowntree and Graham Coxon reunite for the band’s first performance since 2015 and their first Wembley show. Tickets have already ended.
BILLY JOEL (July 7, British Summer Time Festival, Hyde Park): Pianist Billy will take the stage in London next year for the 10th anniversary of the British Summer Time Festival and his only European performance in 2023.
Expect live hits including We Didn’t Start the Fire, Uptown Girl and The River Of Dreams. Pink, Bruce Springsteen and Take That also make the all-star list. See bst-hydepark.com.
PARKLIFE (June 10-11, Heaton Park, Manchester): The line-up for Manchester’s biggest festival 2023 has yet to be announced, but last year’s headliners were 50 Cent, Lewis Capaldi and DJ Carl Cox, so you can expect big names from the world of rap and pop. Find out more at parklife.uk.com.
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL (June 21-25, Worthy Farm, Pilton): Elton John has been announced as the first headliner of this year’s Pyramid Stage.
The rest of the roster has yet to be revealed, but like Rocket Man himself, the Arctic Monkeys are eagerly awaiting an appearance. See glastonburyfestival.co.uk.
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