From classic British whodunits to fast-talking comedies, big-screen epics to action-packed Hong Kong thrillers, Korean hits to Chinese dramas, we’ve picked out nine of the best dramas to hit our screens lately. Get ready for some major TV-watching sessions!
Game of Thrones
After six award-winning seasons, HBO’s fantasy drama epic Game of Thrones needs little introduction and shows no sign of slowing down. Suffice to say that if you need an hour (or 10) of pure TV indulgence, this is the show for you.
Catch this every Monday at 9 a.m. (same time as the U.S.), encore at 9 p.m. on HBO (StarHub TV Ch 601) or at your convenience on HBO On Demand (Ch 602).
Switch from the land of fire and ice to sunny Florida and you’ll discover the sports dramedy Ballers, which is returning for a second season. This is not surprising, given HBO’s statement that the premiere episode was watched by nearly nine million viewers across multiple platforms. In fact, the Miami-based series is such a huge hit that the network committed to a second season before the first one even wrapped up. The show’s success is due in no small part to main man Dwayne Johnson, perfectly cast as Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL player turned financial manager.
Premieres 18 July. Catch this every Monday at 10 a.m. (same time as the U.S.), or same day encore at 10 p.m. on HBO (StarHub TV Ch 601). Alternatively, watch it at your convenience on HBO On Demand (Ch 602).
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Agonizing over last season’s cliffhanger? Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back again in Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – but this time it’s an alternate universe, with Sherlock and John transported to Victorian England. This special one-off episode comes between seasons three and four, and is a stylistic break from the show’s contemporary setting. Catch the crime-solving duo as they follow a trail of clues through old London fog, unravelling a spooky murder case that involves a vengeful bride returned from the dead.
Catch the special episode and the entire season of Sherlock 1 to 3 on demand on BBC First (StarHub TV Ch 522).
War and Peace
War and Peace opens in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in 1805, just as Napoleon’s conquest of Western Europe is beginning to stir fears in Russia. The rendition of Tolstoy’s timeless novel War and Peace follows three young people experiencing life, love and loss as Napoleon’s army advances ever closer to Russia’s borders. Find out whether this British-American collaboration has done the old master proud.
Catch the entire series on demand on BBC First (StarHub TV Ch 522).
Presumed Accidents 纯熟意外
Newly released Presumed Accidents 纯熟意外 sees popular Hong Kong actors Lawrence Ng, Selena Li and Sisley Choi star in an action-packed detective thriller. Watch the drama on the same day as Hongkongers and get lost in the excitement as gritty insurance fraud cases and love triangles intertwine.
Premieres 4 July. Catch this the same day as Hong Kong on TVB First (StarHub TV Ch 860).
K9 COP 警犬巴打
The Hong Kong action just doesn’t stop. K9 COP 警犬巴打, filmed on location in the city, is a police comedy set around the Hong Kong Police Force Dog Unit – the perfect go-to show for all the animal lovers out there.
Catch this every Monday to Sunday at 9 p.m. on VV Drama (StarHub TV Ch 855).
Another Miss Oh Hae Young
Following the obsession with Korean music, food and fashion, the country’s dramas are also proving popular with viewers. In fact, Another Miss Oh Hae Young has already hit record-breaking ratings. The romantic comedy revolves around the lives of two women who share the name Oh Hae Young (played by Seo Hyun Jin and Jun Hye Bin) and a young man called Park Do Kyung (played by Eric Mun) who has psychic powers. Can you predict what will happen?
Catch this every Sunday at 10 p.m. on VV Drama (StarHub TV Ch 855).
Adapted from a Korean web toon, superstitious Bo-nui, played by Hwang Jung Eum, is told that she will face a grave misfortune unless she has a one-night stand with a man whose zodiac sign is a tiger. As luck would have it, her detestable landlord, played by, Ryu Jun Yeol fits the bill… but can Bo-nui save herself by doing the unthinkable?
Catch it the same day as Korea, every Thursday & Friday at 8:55 p.m. on Oh!K (StarHub TV Ch 816).
Nirvana in Fire琅玡榜
Nirvana in Fire琅玡榜 is an epic Chinese period piece for historical drama aficionados. Starring crowd favourites Hu Ge, Liu Tao and Wang Kai, the series is set in sixth-century China and tells the story of a young man seeking justice after his family is betrayed. This riveting adaptation is another that has earned record-breaking viewing numbers, and it’s also won multiple awards. Find out why China voted this one of the top 20 outstanding dramas of the year.
Catch the entire series on demand on TVB First (StarHub TV Ch 860).
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This article first appeared on Yahoo Singapore.