Scots will star in some of the most talked about television shows of 2013.

To ensure 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

Despite being over 900-years-old, the Timelord celebrates his 50th year on terrestrial TV on November 23 2013. Mystery surrounds the planned celebrations for this tv institution’s 50th birthday. However with Scots actors, including Sylvester McCoy, David Tennant and Karen Gillan, enjoying starring roles in the show over the years, it is hoped that a few of them may return to help celebrate the milestone anniversary.

Broadcast: The new series starts in April 2013

Game of Thrones

The popular fantasy tv show returns for its third season later this year. Based on the novels of George R R Martin, the series has proved to be a huge success and has catapulted its Scots stars Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Emun Elliot, James Cosmo, Rory McCann and Iain Glen to the attention of audiences worldwide.

Broadcast: The seventh series starts March 2013


Jamie Brittain’s series which follows the ups and down of teenage life in the UK returns for its final series in 2013. The show has helped nurture young British talent and has been a launch pad for actors including Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel, Nicholas Hoult and Freya Mavor. Plans for the last series are being kept under wraps, however, it has been revealed that past stars will return to bid the show a final farewell.

Broadcast: Spring 2013


Steven Moffat’s updated version of the Baker Street detective returns to tv screens for a third series in 2013. Fans were left wondering about Sherlock’s fate following the cliff-hanger ending of series two. The show, which has attracted critical and public acclaim since it hit screens in 2010, stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who will also appear in Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, and the Hobbit’s Martin Freeman.

Broadcast: To be confirmed

Being Human

Scots actress Kate Bracken returns as the ghostly Alex in the latest series of Toby Whithouse’s show, which follows the adventures of a werewolf, vampire and ghost who live together.

Broadcast dates: To be confirmed


Following appearances in Nativity Two: Danger in the Manger, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Twenty Twelve, David Tennant returns to our screens as DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch in 2013. Directed by James Strong, the drama focuses on the murder of a young boy in a small coastal town and the media frenzy it brings to the community.

Broadcast: Spring 2013

Top of the Lake

This crime drama starring Peter Mullan tells the tale of a detective investigating the disappearance of the pregnant 12-year-old daughter of a local drug lord. It is directed by Jane Campion and Garth David.

Broadcast: To be confirmed

Ice Cream Girls

Martin Compston stars in this adaptation of Dorothy Koomson’s international best-selling novel, The Ice Cream Girls. The drama follows the story of two vulnerable teenage girls who are accused of murdering their schoolteacher in 1995 and what happens to them when they confront each other and their dark, shared history for the first time 17 years later.

Broadcast: To be confirmed

The Politician’s Husband

In his second show of 2013, David Tennant stars as Aiden Hoynes in this political drama about a marriage between two politicians. The series is directed by Paula Milne and takes a closer look at what happens when a wife’s political career begins to overshadow her husband’s.

Broadcast: Early 2013