What to watch in December 2022: best TV shows on Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Sky, BBC and Channel 4

All the best new shows on every channel and streaming service this December, with some specially selected top picks to help you choose what to watch

New month, new television: with the start of December comes a whole host of new offerings to look out for.

Here’s your guide to what’s on TV across December 2022, with a look at all the highlights across both terrestrial channels and the major streaming networks.

We’ve selected our top picks and the best of the rest to give you an idea of what to watch this month.

BBC

Dafne Keen as Lyra Belaqua and Will Parry as Amir Wilson in His Dark Materials, lying next to each other on the ground (Credit: Bad Wolf/BBC/HBO/Nick Wall)

Top Picks

The teachers and students of Abbey Grove school return for a careers day, and reflect how things have changed since they saw each other last. Jack Whitehall, Mathew Horne, and Sarah Solemani all-star in this one-off special, ahead of a new series lead by Layton Williams and Charlie Wernham arriving next year.

The Philip Pullman series concludes with its adaptation of the third book in the series, The Amber Spyglass. Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, and James McAvoy star.

Best of the Rest

Granite Harbour | BBC One, Friday 2 December

When the death of a local oil magnate stuns Aberdeen, trainee detective Davis Lindo is thrown in at the deep end. Three-part crime series, featuring rising stars of Scottish drama.

Dr. Max Liebermann and Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt return to solve more mysteries in 1900s Vienna: a hotbed of philosophy, science, and art, where cultures clash and ideas collide in the city’s grand cafes and opera houses. Season 3 finds Max and Oskar once again thrust into the dark underbelly of glittering Viennese society, with episodes set in a luxury fashion house, the Chinese antiquities trade, and the budding world of cinema.

ITV

Litvinenko will stream exclusively on ITVX this December (Photo: ITVX)

Top Picks

ITVX Launch | Thursday 8 December

New streaming service ITVX is set to launch on Thursday 8 December. Espionage drama A Spy Amongst Friends, period drama The Confessions of Frannie Langton, a feature-length episode of historical sitcom Plebs, and teen drama Tell Me Everything will all be available at launch, with new series available weekly thereafter.

Best of the Rest

Chris Kamara: Lost for Words | Tuesday 13 December

Broadcaster Chris Kamara discusses his diagnosis of aphasia, and explores how the condition affects people across the UK.

Channel 4

Kate Winlset as Ruth and Mia Threapleton as Freya in I Am Ruth, hugging in Freya’s bedroom (Credit: Channel 4)

Top Picks

Ruth, a loving and concerned mother, witnesses her teenage daughter Freya retreating into herself as she becomes more and more consumed by the pressures of social media. Kate Winslet and her real life daughter Mia Threapleton star in a feature-length edition of Dominic Savage’s I Am anthology series.

Best of the Rest

A festive special edition of Joe Lycett’s consumer rights comedy show, elaborating on his Qatar World Cup money-shredding performance piece earlier in the month.

Channel 5

Top Picks

Bradley Walsh: The Laugh’s On Me | Sunday 11 December

A documentary about the life and career of the host of The Chase, Bradley Walsh, from his days as a footballer to when he starred on Coronation Street.

Dave

Lara Ricote in Live at the Moth Club, performing standup in front of a glittery gold curtain (Credit: UKTV / Claire Haigh)

Top Picks

Live at the Moth Club | Thursday 1 December

A comedy series blending sketches and stand-up, set in the iconic Moth Club in Hackney, featuring established comedians and emerging talent. Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Jamie Demetriou, Ellie White, Natasia Demetriou, and more star.

Sky & NOW TV

Sheridan Smith as Rosie Molloy and Ardal O’Hanlon as Conall, empty bottles on the table in front of them (Credit: Mark Johnson/Hartswood Films/Sky UK)

Top Picks

Rosie Molloy is addicted to everything. After an embarrassing incident at her brother Joey’s wedding Rosie wakes up in hospital and decides to change her life. Sheridan Smith and Ardal O’Hanlan star.

Best of the Rest

Predators | Sunday 11 December

A five-part nature documentary, focusing on apex predators and charting the lives of polar bears in Canada, wild dogs in Zimbabwe, pumas in Chile, lions in Botswana, and cheetahs in Tanzania. Tom Hardy narrates.

Netflix

Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion

Top Picks

Detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colourful suspects. At a lavish private estate on a Greek island, Blanc soon meets a distinctly disparate group of friends gathering at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron for their yearly reunion. When someone turns up dead, everyone is a suspect

Trained and groomed by MI6, Adam Lawrence’s career seems set. But when the past catches up with him in the form of Kara, a Russian spy with whom he shares a complicated past, he is forced to question everything and everyone in his life. Charlie Cox, Olga Kurylenko, and Oona Chaplin star.

Best of the Rest

Emily in Paris S3 | Wednesday 21 December

Faced with two very different paths, Emily will have to decide exactly where her loyalties lie — at work and in her romantic life — and what those decisions mean for her future in France, all while continuing to immerse herself in the adventures and surprising twists and turns that life in Paris provides.

White Noise | Friday 30 December

At once hilarious and horrifying, lyrical and absurd, ordinary and apocalyptic, White Noise dramatizes a contemporary American family’s attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world. Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, and Don Cheadle star in Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of the Don DeLilo novel.

Amazon Prime Video

Alfred Molina as Armand Gamache in Three Pines, stood outside a house with his arms folded (Credit: Amazon Studios)

Top Picks

Three Pines | Friday 2 December

A man investigates murders in Three Pines. He sees things that others do not: the light between the cracks, the mythic in the mundane, and discovers long-buried secrets and faces a few of his own ghosts. Alfred Molina stars in this adaptation of Louise Penny’s novel Still Life.

Best of the Rest

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Series 3 | Wednesday 21 December

Wrongly implicated in a wide-reaching conspiracy, Jack Ryan is on the run and in a race against time. John Krasinski plays the CIA analyst turned fugitive in the third series of the Tom Clancy action drama.

Disney+

Lisette Olivera as Jess Valenzuela in National Treasure: Edge of History, reaching to grab an artefact (Credit: Disney/Brian Roedel)

Top Picks

National Treasure: Edge Of History | Wednesday 14 December

Jess, a brilliant and resourceful dreamer, searches for answers about her family; she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to uncover the truth about the past and save a lost Pan-American treasure. Lisette Alexis and Justin Bartha star in this television sequel to the Nic Cage movies.

Best of the Rest

If These Walls Could Sing | Friday 16 December

In this personal film of memory and discovery, director Mary McCartney guides us through nine decades to tell the stories of some of the studio’s most iconic recordings — and the people who made them happen.

Apple TV+

Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb in Slow Horses S2, stood in a field of wheat, his tan overcoat flapping in the wind (Credit: Apple TV+)

Top Picks

Slow Horses Season 2 | Friday 2 December

Long-buried Cold War secrets emerge and threaten to bring carnage to the streets of London. When a liaison with Russian villains takes a fatal turn, our hapless heroes must overcome their individual failings and raise their spy game in a race to prevent a catastrophic incident. Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, and Kristen Scott Thomas star.

Paramount+

Jessica Brown Findlay as Tiffany and Anthony Welsh as Leon in The Flatshare, surrounded by post-it notes (Credit: Paramount+)

Top Picks

The Flatshare | Thursday 1 December

Struggling for cash, two twenty-something Londoners Tiffany and Leon enter an unusual rental agreement: they share a flat with a single room, each of them having access to the flat for a twelve-hour period. What happens when they start to fall for one another – without actually having met? Jessica Brown Findlay and Anthony Welsh star in this adaptation of Beth O’Leary’s 2019 romantic novel.

Best of the Rest

Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon star in this true-story drama about the romance between country music stars Tammy Wynette and George Jones.

The Yellowstone prequel traces the history of a new generation of the Dutton family and explore the early 20th century when pandemics, drought, the end of Prohibition, and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west and the Duttons who call it home. Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren star.

And keep an eye out for…

The new Gossip Girl is returning to HBO Max for its second series on Thursday 1 December. You can watch the first series on BBC iPlayer, but a UK release date for the new episodes is yet to be announced.