Sneak peek at top autumn dramas coming to STV

With the colder weather almost upon us, it’s time to curl up in front of the TV with a hot cuppa and watch all the exciting new drama shows coming to STV this autumn.

One-off drama The Scapegoat, starring Matthew Rhys and Eileen Atkins, tells the tale of two almost identical-looking men who meet by chance in a station bar in 1952 and end up swapping lives.

Struggling schoolteacher John initially struggles to get used to his new life as rich businessman Johnny, but just when he starts to make progress, the real Johnny returns with evil in mind…

Sheridan Smith and Danny Mays take the lead roles in Mrs Biggs, which chronicles the life of train robber Ronnie Biggs’ wife Charmain, who met Ronnie on a train when she was just a teenager.

The five-part drama recounts the pair’s struggle to stay together and the money worries facing them, which prompted Biggs to get involved in the Great Train Robbery of August 1963.

The Bletchley Circle is set in 1952 and focuses on four ordinary women with an extraordinary flair for code-breaking and razor-sharp intelligence skills.

Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham, the three-part drama will see the four women return to their normal lives after the war, where they are torn apart by the secret surrounding the unsolved murders of Jane Hart and Patricia Oakes.

Downton Abbey is also sure to be a big highlight. The hit period drama returns for a third series, with the story picking up again in the early 1920s. Big plots this season include Lord Grantham's struggle to overcome the fallout of a disastrous financial decision, and the arrival of Lady Grantham's mother, Martha Levinson, who is set to stir things up...

Other shows to look out for include Leaving, which brings to life a gripping character story about the complexities of love, family and growing up, and A Mother’s Son, which focuses on the turmoil faced by a small coastal town when a teenage girl is murdered.

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