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

Sitting in Limbo

Channel: BBC1

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Air date: TBC

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Novelist Stephen S. Thompson has based this drama on the real-life story of his brother Anthony Bryan and the Windrush immigration scandal. Anthony had lived in the UK since he was eight years old – but when he decided to obtain a passport and visit his mother in Jamaica, he learnt that there was no record of him as a British Citizen. Read more


Russell T Davies’ 1980s AIDS drama 

Channel: Channel 4

Air date: Summer 2020

Russell T Davies

Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies will explore the lives of three young gay men affected by the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin arrive in London with “hope and ambition and joy” but walk straight into “a plague that most of the world ignores.” Read more


Tenacity

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

Nuclear submarine HMS Vengeance

Adapted from JS Law’s debut novel, Tenacity sees a Navy sailor discovered dead aboard a nuclear submarine. A military detective is sent to investigate and it soon transpires that the death was no accident… Read more


Little Birds

Channel: Sky Atlantic

Air date: 2020

Juno Temple

Inspired by Anais Nin’s collection of erotic short stories, Juno Temple stars as an American debutante who travels to 1950s Tangier in the hopes of finding a more unconventional life. Read more


Alan Partridge’s travelogue series

Channel: BBC1

Air Date: TBC

This Time With Alan Partridge
This Time With Alan Partridge (BBC)

A follow-up to This Time With Alan Partridge, the much-loved comedy character’s next (as-yet untitled) series is described as a motor travelogue series, and will follow Partridge as he drives around Britain and meets various new characters. Read more


Best Interests

Channel: BBC1

Air Date: TBC

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BAFTA-winning screenwriter Jack Thorne pens a brand new four-part drama series, following a couple who must fight for their daughter’s survival — even if they don’t know whose best interests that might fulfil. Read more


The Handmaid’s Tale season four

Channel: Channel 4, Hulu

Air date: TBC

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Hulu’s Golden Globe and Emmy-winning adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss returns for a fourth season, set in a dystopian future version of the United States. Read more


The New Pope

Channel: Sky Atlantic

Air date: TBC

The New Pope
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Paolo Sorrentino returns with his follow-up to The Young Pope, starring Jude Law, as he reprises his role as Lenny Belardo, alias Pius XIII, the first ever American pope, while John Malkovich plays his potential successor. Read more