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Top Scots on TV in 2014: What to Watch

Scots will star in some of the most talked about television shows of 2014.

To make sure you don't miss anything, here are some of the shows that Scots will appear in this year.

We've also put together a list of some of the year's best film, music, literature and theatre highlights. To see these click on the links below.

Doctor Who

After the huge success of the fiftieth anniversary episode in November and the traditional Christmas special, the classic family-favourite will return to our screens with a new series and starring new doctor Peter Capaldi. Taking over from Matt Smith, Scot Capaldi will bring a new image to the show and begin his reign as the most famous doctor in Britain.

Broadcast: April/May BBC1

Following a special mini-episode on Christmas day via the red button, Sherlock will return with its highly anticipated series three on New Year's Day.

Broadcast: The three new feturelength episodes will be broadcast in January, BBC1

Game of Thrones

The enormously popular American fantasy drama series will return to our screens in early 2014 to continue the story based on George R R Martin's novels. The show has served as great platform for many aspiring actors including Scots Richard Madden and Rose Leslie.

Broadcast: To be confirmed, Spring 2014, Sky Atlantic

Series two of the hugely-popular programme starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman is set to begin in spring. So successful was the first series that a US remake, also starring Tennant, is already in the pipeline.

Broadcast: Spring 2014, ITV

Downton Abbey

The wildly popular period drama written by Julian Fellowes will return for a fifth series in 2014, following a Christmas special broadcast on Christmas Day. Following the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the staff who run the house, Downton Abbey has enjoyed enormous success since it began in 2010 with fans across the world. Starring classic British actors such as Dame Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton , the Downton reputation has gone from strength to strength in its four-series run.

Broadcast: Late Summer 2014, ITV

Call the Midwife

Series three of the 1950s drama will begin in 2014 continuing on from where the Christmas special left off. With a mixture of new and established actors the drama set in East London has become a favourite with midwives and parents alike throughout Britain. With the unlikely casting of popular comedian Miranda Hart alongside classic actors such as Pam Ferris and Jenny Agutter, Call the Midwife is sure to continue to be as popular as the first two series.

Broadcast: Spring 2014, BBC1

The Musketeers

Brand new BBC drama written and created by Adrian Hodges, The Musketeers is the story of a group of soldiers fighting together to protect the monarchy in 17th century Paris. Based on Alexander Dumas' The Three Musketeers, Hodges' re-imagination of the classic tale will be packed full of swords, gunpowder and action. It features The Thick of It's Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richlieu alongside Luke Pasqualino, who previously starred in Channel 4 series Skins, as D'artagnan

Broadcast: To be confirmed, 2014, BBC1

37 Days

 A brand new mini-series starring Sinéad Cusack and Bill Paterson, 37 Days is a factual drama  set in the lead-up to the First World War. The story begins with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, continuing up until the declaration of war between Germany and Britain.

Broadcast: To be confirmed, Summer 2014, BBC2


Premiered at the Edinburgh festival, Quirke is a brooding mystery based on the books by Irish writer John Banville. A misty, 1950s Dublin and then Boston provide suitably moody backdrops to these feature length, film noir style mysteries. Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon and Nick Dunning star.

Broadcast: To be confirmed, 2014, BBC One



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