The best TV shows airing in 2020

From returning Doctor Who and Last Tango in Halifax to new series with David Tennant, Keeley Hawes and more, here's the best of 2020 TV

Salisbury

Channel: BBC2

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Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov give interview to Russia Today

The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on British soil sent shockwaves around the world – but at the epicentre of the story was the city of Salisbury. This two-part drama will tell the story “of how ordinary people reacted to a crisis on their doorstep, displaying extraordinary heroism as their city became the focus of an unprecedented national emergency.” Read more


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Channel: Channel 4

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Hayley Squires stars as a leading British porn star in a drama examining the adult film industry. It promises to be a timely look at how porn’s influence on mainstream culture has affected society’s ideas of consent. Sheridan Smith was originally attached to the project but dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Read more


The Elephant Man

Channel: BBC1

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The Elephant Man will chart Joseph Merrick’s working-class beginnings in 19th-century Leicestershire, through the workhouse and a life of poverty to a London human oddities show, where he met Dr Frederick Treves, who would go on to become a lifelong friend. Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) will play the titular role in the two 90-minute episodes. Read more


All Creatures Great and Small 

Channel: Channel 5

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All Creatures Great and Small' cast members Rebecca Smith, Christopher Timothy, Lynda Bellingham and Oliver Wilson. January 1988. (Getty Images)

Channel 5 is teaming up with US broadcaster PBS for a six-part remake of the iconic comedy-drama based on James Herriott’s memoirs, tying in with the 50th anniversary of the publication of his books. Read more


Innocent

Channel: ITV

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Chris Lang’s tense drama returns but with an entirely new story and characters. Once again, it will revolve around a central conceit – is its main character innocent or not? Read more


Grantchester

Channel: ITV

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James Norton may have gone, but his replacement – Tom Brittney’s motorcycle-riding Reverend Will Davenport – is returning for another season of Grantchester. Read more


Death in Paradise

Channel: BBC1

Air date: Early 2020

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Ardal O’Hanlon’s DI Jack Mooney is due back in paradise at the start of the year to solve another batch of eccentric crimes and give us all some serious Caribbean holiday inspo. Read more


Endeavour series 7

Channel: ITV

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Shaun Evans is returning as young Inspector Endeavour Mose, in a seventh series by writer Russell Lewis. Read more


Last Tango in Halifax series four

Channel: BBC1

Air Date: TBC

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Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker will all return for four more episodes of the much-loved comedy drama, written by Sally Wainwright. The Bafta-winning drama tells the story of former childhood sweethearts Celia and Alan who have rekindled their relationship later in life, as well as following the lives of their respective grown-up daughters. Read more


This is Going to Hurt

Channel: BBC2

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Former junior doctor Adam Kay has adapted his bestselling memoir into an eight-part series charting his fraught – and often hilarious – experiences of working in the NHS. Read more


Cold Feet

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

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Stars James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Robert Bathurst, Fay Ripley and John Thomson are all set to return to Manchester for a ninth series of the long-running comedy drama. Read more