The best TV shows airing in 2020

From Killing Eve to new series with David Tennant, Keeley Hawes and more, here's the best of 2020's TV...

The Mandalorian (Disney)

2020 is already shaping up to be a year jam-packed with terrific shows on TV and on-demand services, kicking off the brand-new decade with plenty of programmes to get excited about: from new offerings like Belgravia and The Stranger, to some much-loved returning series, from Killing Eve and Ozark to Doctor Who.


Looking ahead, there are plenty of future water-cooler dramas to add to your diary, including an adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestseller Normal People, and Keeley Hawes’s return to the force in ITV factual drama Honour.

Read on for our list of all the best TV to savour in 2020 – and beyond:

The Mandalorian – Disney+

New streaming service Disney+ has just launched in the UK, and this brand-new Star Wars spin-off series from Jon Favreau is one of the shows to look forward to. Starring Game of Thrones’s Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, it’s set in the Star Wars universe between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

There’s a free seven-day Disney+ trial; the service costs £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year.

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Ozark series 3 – Netflix

Sofia Hublitz, Laura Linney, Jason Bateman and Skylar Gaertner in Ozark (Netflix)
Sofia Hublitz, Laura Linney, Jason Bateman and Skylar Gaertner in Ozark (Netflix)

Long-awaited third season of the hit drama about a financial planner (Jason Bateman) who finds himself at the whim of a Mexican drug cartel. Showrunner Chris Mundy has said that the new season will see Ruth Langmore (Julie Garner) trying her best to be get closer to the Byrdes, and that it will see Marty further descend into darkness…

Watch now on Netflix

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Belgravia – ITV

Tamsin Greig and Alice Eve in ITV's Belgravia
Tamsin Greig and Alice Eve in ITV’s Belgravia

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has adapted his novel Belgravia into a six-parter starring Tamsin Greig, Alice Eve and Harriet Walter. The 19th century-set drama revolves around the Trenchard family who attend a ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, sparking a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come in London’s wealthiest neighbourhood.

Belgravia airs on Sundays at 9pm on ITV

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Doctor Who series 12 – BBC One


Jodie Whittaker and her Doctor Who team are back for another series of adventures on the BBC. Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill all return, with actor, writer, presenter and general polymath Stephen Fry also having a role in one episode…

Watch on BBC iPlayer

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Killing Eve series 3 – BBC

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Killing Eve will return to screens in 2020 with a new female showrunner at the helm: Suzanne Heathcote. But who will be reprising their roles? Well, it largely depends who survived the end series two…

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The Stranger – Netflix


Netflix has adapted Harlan Coben’s nail-biting novel The Stranger into an eight-part thriller series, starring The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage as a man whose world is turned upside-down by a woman who reveals secret information to him about his wife.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine series 7 – E4

NYPD’s 99th police department will return once again to solve crime, catch bad guys and get up to all sorts of antics in their free time.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine series 7 starts on Thursday 26 March, 9pm, E4

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The Trouble with Maggie Cole – ITV

Glass Houses

The Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French plays dangerous village gossip Maggie Connors, a busybody who gives an indiscreet interview to a local radio interviewer that sparks off a series of unexpected happenings in the fictional town of Thurlbury.

The Trouble with Maggie Cole is currently airing on Wednesdays, 9pm, ITV – catch up now on ITV Hub

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The North Water – BBC Two

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Set in the late 1850s and adapted from Ian McGuire’s novel, the four-part series will depict the harrowing exploits of a whaling vessel called Volunteer and its passengers, namely the ship’s doctor Patrick Sumner (Jack O’Connell) and the unhinged harpooner Henry Drax (Colin Farrell). Filmed on a ship, the series also stars Line of Duty and The Irishman star Stephen Graham, as the Volunteer’s captain.

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The Luminaries – BBC Two

The Luminaries

Casino Royale’s Eva Green is starring in the TV adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries. The drama promises to be “an epic story of love, murder and revenge” and is set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island during the boom years of the 1860s gold rush.

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Honour – ITV


Honour is a new two-part factual drama based on the true story of 20-year-old Londoner Banaz Mahmod, who was murdered by her family for falling in love with the wrong man. Keeley Hawes will star as the lead detective on the case.

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Homeland series 8 – Channel 4

The eighth and final season of Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, will bring an end to the ever-twisting political thriller.

Homeland series 8 is currently airing on Sundays, 9pm, Channel 4 – catch up now on All4

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Jan 22nd – BBC Two

Netflix's Our Planet Royal World Premiere, London, April 2019. (L-R) Michaela Coel

Created by and starring Michaela Coel of Chewing Gum fame, Jan 22nd promises to be a “provocative” series exploring the question of sexual consent in today’s world, where gratification is only a dating app away.

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After Life series 2 – Netflix

Ricky Gervais will be back in this bittersweet comedy as a widower who, after contemplating suicide, decides instead to take his misery out on the rest of the world by saying and doing whatever he likes…

After Life series 2 will land on Netflix on Friday 24 April

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The Trip to Greece – Sky One and NOW TV

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Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan pack their suitcases once again, this time for a tour around the Greek islands. Expect plenty of moussaka, tzatziki, feta and bickering… 

The Trip to Greece is currently airing on Tuesdays, 10pm, Sky Onewatch now on NOW TV

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Normal People – BBC Three

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Sally Rooney is adapting her critically acclaimed novel Normal People for BBC Three. The modern love story chronicles the romance between Marianne and Connell – both from a small Irish town, but from very different backgrounds – whose relationship is tested at various junctures in their lives.

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Succession series 3 – Sky Atlantic and NOW TV


The Roy family is returning for another series following the shock plot-twist at the end of season two. Expect more twists, back-stabbing, exotic locations, and sumptuous clothes.

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Outlander series 5 – Amazon Prime

Outlander Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe were auditioned together in what is known as a 'chemistry read' (STARZ)

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe reprise their roles as the beloved Jamie and Claire in a fifth series of Outlander, which sees the pair facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures as the show delves into American history and continues the story of the Frasers settling in the New World.

Watch Outlander series 5 now on Amazon Prime Video

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The English Game – Netflix

The English Game (Netflix)

Former Line of Duty star Craig Parkinson, Edward Holcroft and Kevin Guthrie all star in Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’s latest series about the history of football, exploring “how those involved in its creation reached across the class divide to establish the game as the world’s most popular sport”.

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The Nest – BBC One


Nicole Taylor, the BAFTA-winning writer behind Three Girls, is back with a brand-new Glasgow-set surrogacy thriller that explores the life-changing consequences of a wealthy couple asking a teenage girl to carry their baby.

The Nest is currently airing on Sundays, 9pm, BBC One

The Barking Murders – BBC One

Stephen Merchant in The Barking Murders

From Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, the award-winning team behind The Moorside and Appropriate Adult, this new factual drama is about the victims of “the Grindr serial killer” who drugged and murdered four young men he met on a dating app and will star Sheridan Smith and Stephen Merchant.

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Marcella series 3 – ITV

Marcella is due to return for a third series on ITV, with Anna Friel reprising her role as the troubled detective. The new eight-part season will “delve further into the psychology” of Marcella and follow her new line of work as an undercover cop.

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Noughts + Crosses – BBC One

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Noughts + Crosses on BBC One

Malorie Blackman’s bestselling novel, set in a dystopian world where races are segregated and the ruling class is black, has been adapted for television. Peaky Blinders actor Jack Rowan and newcomer Masali Baduza lead the cast.

Noughts + Crosses is currently airing on Thursdays, 9pm, BBC Onewatch the entire series on BBC iPlayer

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Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard

Fans of Star Trek: the Next Generation, rejoice! Patrick Stewart has returned to the Star Trek universe after nearly two decades on shore leave, with his iconic Captain Picard starring in a new spin-off series that imagines his later years.

Watch Star Trek: Picard now on Amazon Prime Video

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Strike: Lethal White – BBC One

Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike (BBC, EH)

Sleuthing double act Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) and Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger) will be back on our screens for a new four-part adaptation of JK Rowling’s latest crime novel, Lethal White. The story begins when Strike receives a visit from Billy, a troubled young man asking the detective to investigate a crime he believes he witnessed as a child.

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Too Close – ITV

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Emily Watson (from Chernobyl) stars as a forensic psychiatrist in ITV’s upcoming three-part drama Too Close, based on the novel by Clara Salaman (written under under the pseudonym Natalie Daniels).

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Bridgerton – Netflix

The drama will portray the romance novels of Julia Quinn, which revolve around a well-to-do family in Regency-era London – with Julie Andrews narrating.

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Inside No 9 series 5 – BBC Two

Inside No 9 (BBC, EH)
Inside No 9 (BBC, EH)

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s anthology series welcomes the likes of Jenna Coleman, David Morrissey, Maxine Peake and Jill Halfpenny for new episodes on this wonderfully inventive series.

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The Pale Horse – BBC One

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And Then There Were None and Ordeal by Innocence writer Sarah Phelps tackles her next Agatha Christie tale, The Pale Horse, set in 1961 and centring on the character of Mark Easterbrook (Rufus Sewell), a man whose name appears on a mysterious list found inside the shoe of a dead woman.

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Riviera series 3 – Sky Atlantic


A third season of Riviera has been confirmed, as Julia Stiles returns as Georgina for eight more episodes of the hit drama based around the lush paradise that is the French coast.

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Industry – BBC One

Set in 2008, the upcoming drama will cover the global financial crisis and follow a handful of aspiring bankers just out of university, each trying to build a career in finance by acquiring full-time roles at a particular investment bank based in London. David Jonsson and Informer’s Nabhaan Rizwan have both been cast.

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There She Goes series 2 – BBC Two


Returning to our screens this year is There She Goes, the funny but highly emotional comedy drama about a couple whose daughter Rosie has severe learning difficulties. Starring David Tennant and Jessica Hynes, and written by Shaun Pye.

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Liar series 2 – ITV

Liar series 2 on ITV

Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd are back with the second series of the popular drama to answer the many questions we had after the shock series one ending…

Liar is currently airing on Mondays at 9pm on ITVcatch up now on ITV Hub

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The Good Karma Hospital series 3 – ITV

Good Karma Hospital

Set in an Indian hospital and starring Amanda Redman and Amrita Acharia, ITV’s The Good Karma Hospital is returning for a third helping.

The Good Karma Hospital series 3 airs on Sundays at 9pm on ITV

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LIFE is an “epic story about seemingly “ordinary” people who turn out to be anything but” from the writer of Doctor Foster, Mike Bartlett. Set in a divided house in Manchester, it brings together four stories from different flats to tell a bigger tale about what happens when people step out of their own personal space and take a closer look into the lives of others.

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The Singapore Grip – ITV


The Singapore Grip, starring David Morrissey and Luke Treadaway, is a new drama from the makers of Poldark adapted from JG Farrell’s 1978 novel of the same name. The programme will follow a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion during the Second World War.

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The Trial of Christine Keeler – BBC One

James Norton, Sophie Cookson and Emilia Fox star in this series shining a light on the infamous Profumo Affair of 1963, promising to “take a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories”.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

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The Serpent – BBC One

Tahar Rahim

Set in the 1970s, French actor Tahar Rahim will play notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj who became the chief suspect in a spate of unsolved murders of young Western travellers in India, Thailand and Nepal.

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Flesh and Blood – ITV

Family drama Flesh and Blood is the modern story of three adult siblings – Helen, Jake and Natalie – whose lives are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien reveals she’s fallen for a new man. The drama is written by The Long Song’s Sarah Williams and stars Imelda Staunton and Russell Tovey.

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A Suitable Boy – BBC