New month, new television: with the start of March comes a whole host of new offerings to look out for.
Here’s your guide to what’s on TV across March 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.
Riverdale (March 20)
The best teen drama currently airing (Euphoria stans don’t interact) returns for the second half of Season 6. Creatively it’s still in great health – The Jughead Paradox was brilliant – but there’s rumours that the upcoming sale of The CW might jeopardise chances for a Season 7, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Top Boy S4 (March 18)
The much-anticipated second series of Netflix’s Top Boy revival (so, the fourth overall) arrives at last, having been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Ashley Walter, Kano, and Little Simz all return, alongside new cast member Howard Charles, playing a rival gang member from Liverpool.
Pieces of Her (March 4)
Toni Collette stars in this detective drama based on Karin Slaughter’s 2018 thriller novel. The eight-part drama unfolds in the wake of a sudden act of violence that changes everything – both for the local community and the mother and daughter at its heart.
Best of the Rest
Bridgerton (March 25)
Bridgerton returns – without Rege-Jean Page – for Series 2, and the further exploits of Lady Whistledown’s regency-era social circle.
Human Resources (March 18)
An animated spin-off of the popular cartoon Big Mouth, this Maya Rudolph-starring series sees the hormone monsters go to work. Literally.
The Dropout (March 3)
The Dropout is another entry in the scammer/con artist canon that’s been gaining speed in recent years – think dramas like Inventing Anna or WeCrashed, or documentaries like The Tinder Swindler and Jobfished. What sets The Dropout apart (other than a magnetic performance from star Amanda Seyfried, that is) is its sheer scale – where Anna Delvey scammed a few New York socialites, Elizabeth Holmes built a $9 billion dollar company promising revolutionary medical technology she couldn’t deliver.
Best of the Rest
OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film) (March 25)
Somewhere between a documentary and a concert film, OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film) joins the pop sensation on a road trip from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles as she reflects on her fame, her art, and her life.
How I Met Your Father (May 11)
It’s exactly what it sounds like: where we were once regaled by stories of how Ted Mosby met the mother, now Sophie (Hillary Duff in the present, with Kim Cattrall narrating from 2052) explains how she met the father of her children in this sitcom spinoff. Expect all the usual jokes, with some fannish references to the original.
Update: since time of writing, Disney+ has delayed the release of How I Met Your Father to May 11 in the UK.
Moon Knight (March 30)
Marvel unites Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke in this adaptation of a comparatively obscure comic character: Marc Spector, spirit of vengeance, who’s superhero identity is secret even from himself. Even if this doesn’t turn out to be the character study they’ve promised, any television show that unites Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke is one worth checking out.
Star Trek: Picard Series 2 (March 4)
Star Trek: Picard returns for Series 2 on Amazon Prime, with Sir Patrick Stewart joined by his former The Next Generation co-stars John de Lancie and Whoopi Goldberg reprising their roles as Q and Guinan respectively. This series sees the crew of La Sirena thrown into an alternate timeline, seemingly inspired by classic episode Yesterday’s Enterprise, and returning to the distant past – the year 2024 – to try and set right what once went wrong.
Best of the Rest
The Boys Presents: Diabolical (March 4)
Amazon’s hit superhero satire The Boys returns (ahead of its third series proper, due later this year) with this animated offering full of unseen stories from the world of The Boys. Awkwafina, Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen, and Justin Roiland guest star amongst others.
Lucy and Desi (March 4)
A few months after debuting Oscar-contender Being the Ricardos, Amazon Prime is releasing this documentary about that biopic’s subjects: television producers Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec) explores how the couple came to be two of the most influential names in television for decades.
Upload Series 2 (March 11)
One to check out if you’re into The Good Place or Black Mirror, this sitcom looks at afterlife simulationism – your mind is uploaded to a big computer at point of death, giving people a new lease on life (and death). Robbie Amell stars.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray (March 11)
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is a miniseries starring Samuel L Jackson as Ptolemy Grey, a dying man forgotten by his family, his friends, and even himself. He’s joined by Dominique Fishback, one of the stars of Judas and the Black Messiah, who plays Ptolemy Grey’s caretaker Robin – the suggestion of a cure for Ptolemy’s dementia sends the pair on a journey towards unexpected truths about the past, present, and future.
Pachinko (March 25)
Based on the New York Times bestseller, this sweeping saga chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations as they leave their homeland in an indomitable quest to survive and thrive. Scenes will be in Korean, Japanese, and English.
Best of the Rest
WeCrashed (March 18)
Oscar-winners Jared Leto (The House of Gucci) and Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) star in this account of the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s another of a recent wave of ‘true crime’ biopics that look at the toxic – and at times deeply strange – culture of corporate America.
Sky & NOW TV
Bloods (March 16)
The first series of this paramedic sitcom seemed to fly under the radar a little bit: not a surprise but certainly a shame. It’s well-worth checking this one out, because while it doesn’t reinvent the wheel or anything, it doesn’t have to either – it’s more than enough that this cast (Samson Kayo and Lucy Punch particular highlights) are as funny as they are.
For Series 2, Katherine Kelly joins the cast as a counsellor helping the paramedics with their mental health.
Best of the Rest
Joe vs Carole (March 4)
The first of several mooted Tiger King adaptations arrives with Joe vs Carole. Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon stars as Carole Baskin, while John Cameron Mitchell plays Joe Exotic – they’ve promised a deeper look at the story than the original Netflix documentary offered.
BBC One & Two & Three
Mood (BBC Three, March 1)
Nicole Lecky adapts her stage-play Superhoe into this drama about an aspiring musician who steps into sex work in the face of homelessness – it’s also a musical with two original songs per episode. It’s BBC Three’s big new flagship programme for its return to television, and while it’s been compared to things like Fleabag and I May Destroy You, it looks set to be unlike anything you’ll have seen before.
The Witchfinder (BBC Two, March 8)
Tim Key stars as a witchfinder transporting suspected witch Daisy May Cooper (This Country) across the English countryside in this comic travelogue from some of the writers of Alan Partridge.
Our House (March 7)
Martin Compston and Tuppence Middleton star in this four-part drama airing nightly across the week. Based on Louise Candlish’s book of the same name, the series begins with Fiona’s (Middleton) shock to learn that her estranged husband Bram (Compston) has sold their home – Our House follows their marriage in two timelines to reveal their secrets.
Holding (March 14)
Conleth Hill stars in this adaptation of Graham Norton’s debut novel, which tells the story of a small Irish town torn asunder when human bones are found buried on a building site.
Best of the Rest
Grantchester (March 11)
The Robson Green detective drama returns for a ninth series, this time new addition to the cast Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts, Feel Good).
The Holiday (March 1)
The Holiday is a sun-drenched murder mystery based on TM Logan’s novel of the same name. It stars Jill Halfpenny as a woman who learns her husband is cheating on her while holidaying together in France – and then learns exactly how far he’ll go to keep that secret.
The four-part drama (which airs nightly for a week) is part of Channel 5’s emphasis on original drama which has seen it take funding away from Australian soap Neighbours, putting it at risk of cancellation.
And keep an eye out for…
There’s a number of exciting new US shows debuting in March, none of which yet have a UK release date confirmed. Still, in the coming months you’ll want to keep an out for Our Flag Means Death, a Taika Waititi comedy that’ll do for pirates what What We Do In the Shadows did for vampires, and Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, a new series from Adam McKay about one of history’s most successful sports teams.
There’s also the third series of Donald Glover’s Atlanta, and HALO, a sci-fi video game adaptation coming to Paramount+.
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