Streaming the best TV shows of 2022: From Bridgerton to Heartstopper – RadioTimes

Catch up on 10 of the finest dramas of the year so far.
We not far beyond the halfway mark of 2022, but it's fair to say that this year has already been a triumph for streaming platforms across the board.
With such a vast wealth of material to choose from, we've put together a list of some of the best new offerings: from Netflix and Disney Plus to Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer and Apple TV+, these are some of the recent highlights to enjoy on all of the services.
Take a look at our favourites below, which includes all the important details about where you can watch the show – and why they’re worth your time.
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Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.
Every so often, a TV series comes along that seems to make the world a bit of a better place. The coming-of-age drama Heartstopper achieved just that, thanks to its progressive representation of the LGBTQ+ community. Its charming central love story, about the relationship between schoolboys Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor), found favour with those navigating adolescence, but also adults, who were left gratified to see societal views having shifted in such a positive way since their own years in education. – David Brown
A financial advisor drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder money to appease a drug boss.
A thrillingly ambiguous final scene rounded off Netflix’s biggest sleeper hit Ozark, bringing to a close the saga of the Byrde family. Led by dad Marty, they have gradually turned from rookie crooks to a clan of seasoned operators, in a show that has, over four seasons, attracted more fans the darker it’s got. The claustrophobic surrounds of the Missouri lakes forged any number of unforgettable supporting characters, many of whom died in unforgettable ways. – Jack Seale
When a murder occurs in an ex-mining town, DCS Ian St Clair is called to investigate. Drama starring David Morrissey.
Don’t overlook this masterful drama if the nondescript title and uninvolving premise – there’s been a murder in a downtrodden former mining town in Nottinghamshire – didn’t grab you. This is layered storytelling of the highest quality, encompassing the lingering pain of the miners’ strike, and societal divisions that cannot easily be healed, into a complex crime narrative that demands and rewards attention. The luxury A-list cast, stuffed with Britain’s best TV actors including David Morrissey, Lesley Manville, Robert Glenister and Adeel Akhtar, make Sherwood sing. – Jack Seale
When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.
If the reason for Kate Bush or Metallica’s resurgences in popularity has passed you by, you’ve probably yet to catch this latest run of the horror drama. Their hits feature in memorable scenes involving courageous Max (Sadie Sink) and, later, standout new addition Eddie (British actor Joseph Quinn). But all nine episodes of Stranger Things boast well-crafted scares that are sure to unnerve. – David Brown
Wealth, lust, and betrayal set against the backdrop of Regency-era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.
Fans of this souped-up costume drama had some adjusting to do for season two. The switch in focus to Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his love triangle with two sisters, Kate (Simone Ashley) and Edwina, meant swapping the wild lustfulness of Bridgerton's first season for a more intense, slow-burn narrative. But Bailey and Ashley (below) soon had viewers convinced that their love story was the one that mattered. – Jack Seale
A journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York's social scene – and stole their money as well.
Julia Garner – already in one of Netflix’s biggest dramas, Ozark – gives her talent for playing fiendishly able manipulators full rein in this juicy true-ish drama. She’s Anna Delvey, the “German heiress” who convinced the higher echelons of New York society to admit her to their ranks. As Inventing Anna opens, it’s 2017 and Delvey has been arrested on multiple larceny charges. Who is she? A reporter called Vivian Kent (Anna Chlumsky) vows to find out. – Jack Seale
Period gangster drama with Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill about a family from Birmingham running a feared crime ring, making money from illegal betting, protection and the black market.
The multi-award-winning organised-crime epic created by Steven Knight concluded this year with a sixth series smothered in doom — particularly in the closing episodes, when our anti-hero Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy, above) finally had to admit to his own mortality, without Aunt Polly (the late Helen McCrory) around to assist him. As the labyrinthine plots meshed for one last showdown, the Birmingham-between-the-wars saga did, however, deliver several of the spectacular, brutal set pieces that have made Peaky Blinders an international hit and one of British TV’s most hard-edged box sets. – Jack Seale
A dramatization of the life of LGBTQ+ trailblazer Anne Lister, who returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall.
It looks like there may not be more series of Sally Wainwright’s rollicking drama, based on the life of gay 19th-century Yorkshire entrepreneur Anne Lister (Suranne Jones). The two series of Gentleman Jack that have been made, however, are a remarkable feat of storytelling, documenting the bigotry faced by Lister and her true love Ann (Sophie Rundle), while allowing Suranne Jones and the show itself to maintain an infectious, affirming joie de vivre. – Jack Seale
Set on Labor Ward with all its hilarity and heart-lifting highs but also its gut-wrenching lows, the show delivers a brutally honest depiction of life as a junior doctor on the wards, and the toll the job can take back home.
The ups and many downs of working in an overstretched NHS are fuel for wicked comedy and heartbreaking drama in Adam Kay’s autobiographical story based on his bestselling book. Ben Whishaw is Adam, an obstetrics doctor trying give his patients good care while keeping his personal life on track. The honesty and sharp politics give way in later episodes of This Is Going to Hurt to a devastating assessment of the effects of pressure on staff at an underfunded hospital. – Jack Seale
Crime drama starring Martin Freeman as a police response officer struggling with financial commitments, family problems and mental health issues
Martin Freeman surprised people with his turn as troubled Liverpool cop Chris Carson. The flawless Scouse accent helped, but what really drives this tough crime drama is how unflinchingly it looks at Carson’s complex personality: angry, vulnerable, self-destructive and deeply caring for the sort of outsiders who get mixed up in the city’s drug trade. When Carson himself becomes implicated, The Responder creates a unique kind of dreadful tension. – Jack Seale
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