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Best TV shows airing in 2020

From the return of The Crown and Marcella to another helping of The Mandalorian, here's the best of 2020's TV...

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Published: Friday, 21st August 2020 at 9:27 am

While 2020 has been a strange year - to say the least - owing to the global coronavirus pandemic, we can at least be grateful that it is jam-packed with great programmes on TV and on-demand services to keep us occupied while we've been finding ourselves spending more time at home in front of the box...

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Kicking off the brand-new decade, there are plenty of shows to get excited about: from new offerings like Billie Piper's I Hate Suzie and Keeley Hawes's return to the force in ITV factual drama Honour, to some popular returning series, from The Crown to Marcella and Lucifer.

Read on for our list of all the best TV to savour in 2020. And check out our best TV dramas for 2021 if you're looking forward to future hits.

The Mandalorian season 2 - Disney+

Streaming service Disney+ launched earlier in the year in the UK, and we're already being treated to a second series of this samurai/Western inspired Star Wars spin-off from Jon Favreau.

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. This new trailer shows off all sorts of explosive new battles and exciting adventures, so it looks like we're in for a lot of fun when the show returns.

Episodes of The Mandalorian season 2 are released weekly on Disney+

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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Bridgerton – Simon and Daphne (Netflix)

Bridgerton will land on Netflix on Friday 25 December

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina seasons 3 and 4 - Netflix

Kiernan Shipka in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
Kiernan Shipka in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix) Netflix

The supernatural series starring Kiernan Shipka as a teenage witch is back for not one but two helpings this year.

Season 4 arrives on Netflix on 31 December

Watch season 3 now on Netflix

Roadkill - BBC One

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Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager) plays a self-interested Conservative minister whose life — both public and private — is falling apart, but whose eye remains on the ultimate political prize as he attempts to out-run his past.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Find out more about Roadkill

Riviera series 3 - Sky Atlantic

Riviera

Julia Stiles returns as Georgina for eight more episodes of the hit drama based around the lush paradise that is the French coast.

 Watch now on NOW TV

Find out more about Riviera series 3

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan is back for another revisionist take on a classic ghost story for Netflix, and this time he's tackling the work of Henry James, particularly his 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw.

Watch now on Netflix

Find out more about The Haunting of Bly Manor

Life - BBC One

Peter Davison plays Henry in Life
Alison Steadman and Peter Davison in Life (BBC)

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.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Find out more about Life

Us - BBC One

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Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves in Us BBC

Based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls, Us follows Douglas Petersen (Tom Hollander), a seemingly happily married man who’s meticulously planned a grand tour of Europe. However, his family holiday schemes hit a slight road bump: his wife Connie (Luther’s Saskia Reeves) tells him she wants to separate.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Find out more about Us

Honour - ITV

Keeley Hawes stars in Honour on ITV
Keeley Hawes in Honour (ITV) 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.

Watch now on ITV Hub

Find out more about Honour

Des - ITV

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David Tennant portrays Dennis Nilsen, a killer of at least 12 men across London in the 1980s and one of the UK’s most notorious mass murderers, in a three-part series on ITV.

Watch now on ITV Hub

Find out more about Des

Star Trek: Discovery

Series three of the space spin-off arrives, with episodes dropping the day after the US airing. Michael Burnham and the crew of the USS Discovery ended up nearly a thousand years in the future at the end of season two - but what will they find there?

Watch now on Netflix

Find out more about Star Trek: Discovery

The Crown series 4 - Netflix

Olivia Colman in The Crown
Olivia Colman in The Crown

Netflix's ongoing royal biopic series is back for a fourth run, with the second and final instalment of Olivia Colman's stint in the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

Watch now on Netflix

Find out more about The Crown series 4

Small Axe - BBC One

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Oscar-winning writer and director Steve McQueen is bringing an anthology of hour-long stories about London’s West Indian community to BBC One, with Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and Star Wars's John Boyega joining the starry cast.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Find out more about Small Axe

Tin Star: Liverpool - Sky Atlantic

Sky’s thriller Tin Star returns for a third and final season – this time set in the UK as the Worth family "confront their menacing past" in Liverpool.

Tin Star: Liverpool airs on Thursdays at 9pm on Sky Atlanticcatch up now on NOW TV

Find out more about Tin Star series 3

Strike: Lethal White - BBC One

Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike (BBC, EH)
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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.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Find out more about Strike: Lethal White

I Hate Suzie - Sky Atlantic and NOW TV

Billie Piper in I Hate Suzie
Billie Piper in I Hate Suzie

Doctor Who favourite Billie Piper reunited with Secret Diary of a Call Girl writer Lucy Prebble to co-create an original Sky drama about a star on the wane, whose world is turned upside-down after her phone is hacked and an image of her in a "compromising position" is leaked.

Watch now on NOW TV

Find out more about I Hate Suzie

Lucifer series 5 - Netflix

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Tom Ellis in Lucifer (Netflix)

Tom Ellis will return this summer in the popular and devillishly good drama, which is set to include a musical episode and a guest appearance from Debbie Gibson.

Watch now on Netflix

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The Singapore Grip - ITV

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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.

Watch now on ITV Hub

Find out more about The Singapore Grip

Ghosts series 2 - BBC One

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The BBC's dead funny (sorry) sitcom has been recommissioned for another series following a group of squabbling spirits haunting crumbling country pile Button House. From the team behind Horrible Histories, it stars Mathew Baynton, Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and more. 

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Find out more about Ghosts series 2

A Suitable Boy - BBC One

Serial adapter Andrew Davies (known for War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Sanditon, among others) takes on Vikram Seth's classic novel A Suitable Boy. The lavish period drama is an epic family saga set in the 1950s in post-Partition India.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

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Adult Material - Channel 4

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.

Watch now on All 4

Find out more about Adult Material

All Creatures Great and Small - Channel 5

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

Channel 5 has teamed 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. 

Watch now on My5

Find out more about All Creatures Great and Small

The Umbrella Academy season two - Netflix

Season two of Netflix's dark comedy superhero series recently landed on the platform after the success of the first outing last year.

Based on the comic books by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The IU, looks at the eclectic Hargreeves siblings – all of whom exhibited supernatural powers at birth and were adopted by an eccentric billionaire to form a crime-fighting family.

Watch now on Netflix

Find out more about The Umbrella Academy season 2

WandaVision - Disney+

WandaVision
Disney

As well as The Mandalorian, Marvel series WandaVision is one of Disney+'s most anticipated original shows, with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their MCU roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision respectively – with the latter seemingly brought back following his death in Avengers: Infinity War.

Find out more about WandaVision

Mrs America - BBC Two

The letters ERA may not mean much to us, but in 1970s America the fight over the Equal Rights Amendment was a drama political crossroads. Cate Blanchett stars as the influential conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly who opposed it, with Rose Byrne and Tracey Ullman playing feminists Gloria Steneim and Betty Friedan.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Find out more about Mrs America

I May Destroy You - BBC One

Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You (BBC)
Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You (BBC)

Created by and starring Michaela Coel of Chewing Gum fame, I May Destroy You explores the question of sexual consent in today’s world, where gratification is only a dating app away.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

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13 Reasons Why season 4 - Netflix

13 Reasons Why - season 4
Dylan Minnette in 13 Reasons Why (Netflix) Netflix

The fourth and final series of the teen drama, on which Selena Gomez serves as an executive producer, will show the Liberty High School students preparing to graduate, while attempting to keep a lid of the secrets each of them are keeping after Bryce Walker’s murder...

Watch now on Netflix

Find out more about 13 Reasons Why season 4

Normal People - BBC Three

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Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in Normal People (BBC) BBC/Element Pictures/Hulu

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

Watch now on BBC Three

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Little Birds - Sky Atlantic

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.

Watch now on NOW TV

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The Salisbury Poisonings - BBC Two

Anne-Marie Duff plays Tracy Daszkiewicz in The Salisbury Poisonings
Anne-Marie Duff plays Tracy Daszkiewicz in The Salisbury Poisonings

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 starring Anne-Marie Duff 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”.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - Disney+

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Avengers-adjacent superheroes Bucky Barnes (AKA The Winter Soldier) and Sam "Falcon" Wilson are to lead their own Disney+ TV show. The six-part series is being written by Malcolm Spellman (Empire), with Kari Skogland (The Handmaid's Tale) set to direct – and it's expected to follow on from the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Find out more about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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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.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Find out more about The Luminaries

Gangs of London - Sky Atlantic/NOW TV

Joe Cole in Gangs of London
Sope Dirisu and Joe Cole in Gangs of London Sky

Peaky Blinders's Joe Cole heads up Sky's violent new crime saga, in which the city of London is torn apart by the power struggles of international gangs attempting to take control on the capital.

Watch now on NOW TV

Find out more about Gangs of London

The Politician season 2 - Netflix

The second run of Ryan Murphy's hit drama follows Payton Hobar (Ben Platt) four years after the events of season one as he runs for Senate in New York against complacent Democratic candidate Senator Standish (Judith Light)...

Watch now on Netflix

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After Life series 2 - Netflix

Ricky Gervais – After Life
Ricky Gervais in After Life (Netflix)

Ricky Gervais is 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...

The second outing sees him still mourning his late wife, even as he works hard to be a better person - and Gervais has said that it "might resonate even more" in these challenging times.

Watch now on Netflix

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Killing Eve series 3 - BBC

Killing Eve
Kim Bodnia, Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh and Fiona Shaw in Killing Eve (BBC)

Cat-and-mouse drama Killing Eve is back with a new female showrunner at the helm: Suzanne Heathcote, who has previously written two episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, takes over from Call the Midwife actress Emerald Fennell, who penned series season two (with Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge having written the first series and who continues to be an executive producer on the show).

If you've seen the series three trailer, you'll know, of course, that despite having been left for dead by Villanelle (Jodie Comer), Eve (Sandra Oh) is very much still alive and hiding in plain sight...

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

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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 get closer to the Byrdes, and that it will see Marty further descend into darkness...

Watch now on Netflix

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The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom
Alexander Dreymon in The Last Kingdom (Netflix)

The Last Kingdom, which has won a loyal army of fans, is based on the Saxon Stories novels by Sharpe creator Bernard Cornwell. Set in the 9th-century AD, the show tells the story of rugged hero Uhtred son of Uhtred, a Saxon boy who is brought up by Danes, after they capture him and decide to raise him as their own. Of course this leads to split loyalties and Uhtred is eventually accused of killing his adoptive father, forcing him to flee to another kingdom.

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Alex Rider - Amazon Prime Video

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Otto Farrant as Alex Rider Amazon

Amazon Prime Video is streaming a brand-new eight-episode thriller based on Point Blanc, the second book in the popular long-running series of spy novels by Anthony Horowitz, with Otto Farrant as the title character.

Watch now on Amazon Prime Video

Find out more about Alex Rider

Best Interests - BBC One

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.

Find out more about Best Interests

Sitting in Limbo - BBC One

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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.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine series 7 - E4

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

Watch now on All 4

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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.

Find out more about The North Water

I Know This Much Is True - Sky Atlantic/NOW TV

In this harrowing serial drama based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, Mark Ruffalo plays identical twin brothers in an epic story of betrayal and forgiveness, set against the backdrop of 20th-century America.

 Watch now on NOW TV

Homeland series 8 - Channel 4

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

Find out more about Homeland series 8

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.

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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... 

Watch now on NOW TV

Find out more about The Trip to Greece

Succession series 3 - Sky Atlantic and NOW TV

Succession

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.

Find out more about Succession series 3

Homecoming season 2 - Amazon Prime Video

The chilling and intriguing thriller based on a hit podcast of the same name, is coming back for a second series on Amazon - and while Julia Roberts starred in season one, season two has a new lead actor – in the form of Janelle Monáe.

Watch now Amazon Prime Video

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Outlander series 5 - Amazon Prime Video

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 now on Amazon Prime Video

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The English Game - Netflix

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".

Watch on Netflix

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The Nest - BBC One

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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.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer

Find out more about The Nest

The Barking Murders - BBC One

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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.

Find out more about The Barking Murders

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.

Watch now 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 now on Amazon Prime Video

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David Attenborough: a Life on Our Planet - Netflix

This documentary, in which the celebrated naturalist reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime and the devastating changes he has seen, was expected in the spring but subsequently delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Find out more about David Attenborough: a Life on Our Planet

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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Blood series 2 - Channel 5

A year on from the first series of this psychological thriller, we return to the fractured family at its heart, with Jim Hogan (Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar) trying to build bridges.

Watch now on My5

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Dracula - BBC One

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Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have penned a three-part bloodcurdling adaptation of Dracula, featuring Danish actor Claes Bang as the blood-sucking vampire created by Bram Stoker for his 1897 novel. John Heffernan and Gatiss himself also star.

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Inside No 9 series 5 - BBC Two

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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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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Liar series 2 - ITV

Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd, Liar, ITV
Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd, Liar, 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...

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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.

Find out more about The Good Karma Hospital series 3

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”.

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The Serpent - BBC One

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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.

Find out more about The Serpent

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.

Watch now on ITV Hub

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The Stranger - Netflix

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Richard Armitage, 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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Because the Night - ITV

Luther creator Neil Cross has penned a dark new four-part series for ITV, featuring murder — and possibly ghosts.

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Doctor Who series 12 - BBC One

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Jodie Whittaker, Doctor Who, BBC

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...

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Narcos: Mexico series 2 - Netflix

Charting the rise of the Guadalajara drug cartel in 1980s-era Mexico, this drama started out as the fourth season of Narcos, before the streaming giant decided to develop the series as a companion show. This year there's a second helping following real-life narco Felix Gallardo.

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Deadwater Fell - Channel 4

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Daisy Coulam, the creator of Grantchester, is back with a new four-part crime drama starring Doctor Who's David Tennant. The drama examines the “notion of evil” and follows two families in the aftermath of the murder of three children and their mother, looking at the ripple effect of the crime in the local community.

Watch now on All 4

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The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe - BBC

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The BBC is set to explore the final months of Marilyn Monroe’s life in a new drama series written by Trust Me screenwriter Dan Sefton. The show will trace the run-up to her death at the age of 36 from an overdose of sleeping pills.

Find out more about The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe

White Lines series 1 - Netflix

New drama by Alex Pina, creator of hit crime series Money Heist (La Casa De Papel). A woman returns to Ibiza to investigate her famous Manchester DJ brother’s death.

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Death Comes as the End - BBC One

We're more used to seeing Sarah Phelps tackle Agatha Christie, but for this adaptation of Death Comes as the End, the BBC has turned to Gwyneth Hughes. Unusually for Christie, the murder mystery is set in ancient Egypt.

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Impeachment: American Crime Story - BBC Two

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The new season of the Ryan Murphy anthology series will depict the Clinton–Lewinsky sex scandal of the mid-90s, starring Clive Owen as Bill Clinton, joining Booksmart's Beanie Feldstein (Monica Lewinsky) who will appear alongside previous ACS cast members Sarah Paulson (Linda Tripp) and Annaleigh Ashford (Paula Jones).

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The Split series 2 - BBC One

The London-set legal drama starring Nicola Walker is back for a second series, which sees Hannah (Walker) building the firm's most prolific case yet, while Ruth (Deborah Findlay) looks for her place and Rose (Fiona Button) is now finally married to James (Rudi Dharmalingam).

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Call the Midwife series 9 - BBC One

Call the Midwife

The midwives of Poplar are back for another series that starts in January 1965 with the funeral of Winston Churchill, and sees Nonnatus House “entering a bold and innovative era”. And there's good news for fans – Call the Midwife has been green-lit for a further two series so will be on our screens until at least 2022.

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The Eddy

The latest project from the director of Whiplash and La La Land Damien Chazelle is another much-anticipated musical drama.

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The Trouble with Maggie Cole - ITV

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.

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Hollywood - Netflix

New limited series from Ryan Murphy following a group of aspiring actors trying to make it big in Los Angeles after the Second World War.

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There She Goes series 2 - BBC Two

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David Tennant, Edan Hayhurst, Miley Locke and Jessica Hynes in There She Goes (BBC)

Returning to our screens is There She Goes, the funny but highly emotional comedy drama about a couple (played by David Tennant and Jessica Hynes) whose daughter has severe learning difficulties that present regular challenges in their day-to-day life.

Creator Shaun Pye wanted to provide an honest portrayal of raising a child with a disability as his daughter was born with a chromosomal disorder.

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Locke & Key

This new series is based on the critically acclaimed graphic novels by Joe Hill (the son of Stephen King), taking place in a mysterious house where unlocking doors grants magical abilities.

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Our Girl series 4 - BBC One

Michelle Keegan returns as army medic Georgie Lane for a fourth series as she heads back to Afghanistan, the scene of fiancé Elvis's death. 2 Section will also be back – but missing a few familiar faces this time.

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Unforgotten series 4 - ITV

DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) and DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) dig into another historic crime in this critically acclaimed series from writer Chris Lang.

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Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) part 4 - Netflix

Not only the most-watched non-English show on Netflix, but one of the most-watched series overall on the streaming service, the hit Spanish crime drama is back.

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The Bay series 2 - ITV

The Bay, penned by Being Human writer Daragh Carville, is a crime story rooted in the families and communities of a coastal town. Morven Christie is expected to return as Family Liaison Officer Lisa Armstrong for season two, with a whole new case to crack.

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Kaos - Netflix

Charlie Covell, the creator of The End of the F***ing World, has written a new, darkly comic Netflix series, Kaos, which is a modern reimagining of Greek mythology with a "Game of Thrones scale".

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Quiz - ITV

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It's the show everyone's been talking about - and has been the biggest drama of the year so far. This fascinating drama explores Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s infamous Charles Ingram coughing scandal, and stars Matthew Macfadyen, Fleabag star Sian Clifford, Helen McCrory and Michael Sheen as an uncanny Chris Tarrant.

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Motherland series 3 - BBC Two

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Sharon Horgan's Motherland is back for a third (school) run, promising more biting comedy about school-gate politics, half-term holiday fiascos and middle-class parenting.

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The Elephant Man - BBC One

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.

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Innocent - ITV

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?

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Grantchester series 5 - ITV

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James Norton may have gone, but his replacement – Tom Brittney’s motorcycle-riding Reverend Will Davenport – is back for another season of the popular 1950s drama.

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Sex Education series 2 - Netflix

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The critically acclaimed comedy drama continues the story of Otis, a teenager who sets up a sex clinic at his school, as well as his classmates Maeve, Ola, Adam and Eric.

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Death in Paradise series 9 - BBC One

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Ardal O'Hanlon's DI Jack Mooney is back in paradise (for the last time) to solve another batch of eccentric crimes and give us all some serious Caribbean holiday inspo — before we meet his replacement Ralf Little...

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Space Force - Netflix

A new workplace comedy created by The Office US favourites Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, Space Force will skewer President Trump's proposal for a military "space force". Lisa Kudrow and John Malkovich also star.

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Endeavour series 7 - ITV

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Shaun Evans is returning as young Inspector Endeavour Mose, in a seventh series by writer Russell Lewis that introduces the series' characters to a new decade: 1970.

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Altered Carbon series 2 - Netflix

Long-awaited second run for the cyberpunk series based on the 2002 novel of the same title.

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Last Tango in Halifax series 4 - BBC One

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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 series 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.

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This Is Going to Hurt - BBC Two

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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.

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Cold Feet series 9 - ITV

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

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Boys (working title) - Channel 4

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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". 

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Messiah - Netflix

New thriller about a man who builds a huge fanbase of people who believe he is a divine messiah figure, but in the process becomes a threat to international security.

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Tenacity - ITV

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...

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Alan Partridge's travelogue series - BBC One

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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.

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Better Call Saul series 5 - Netflix

The penultimate season of the Breaking Bad spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk as dodgy lawyer Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman.

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The New Pope - Sky Atlantic

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

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David Attenborough: a Life on Our Planet

This new film from the legendary broadcaster was due to arrive in April, but its launch was pushed back to later in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The documentary will draw on Attenborough's 93 years to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, and reportedly offers a powerful message of hope for future generations.

Father Brown series 8 - BBC One

Harry Potter’s Mark Williams is back as the crime-solving priest for an eighth season of the immensely popular daytime series. The BBC has also already recommissioned a ninth season to air in 2021, so the show's future is secure.

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The Letter for the King

Based on the bestselling Dutch novel of the name by Tonke Dragt, Netflix’s latest fantasy adaptation is a coming-of-age story with a mystical twist unfolding in a medieval kingdom.

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TV airing in 2021 – and beyond

Marcella series 3 - ITV

Annoying news for UK fans - Anna Friel is due to reprise her role as the troubled detective Marcella for a third series on ITV, but they'll have to wait until September, while the rest of the world can tune in to Netflix from 14 June...

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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The Handmaid's Tale series 4 - Channel 4, Hulu

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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.

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Stranger Things series 4 - Netflix

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Netflix confirmed it was cancelling filming of one of its biggest hits in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The delay in filming is expected to last at least two weeks, and it’s unclear at this stage how it will affect season four’s release date - though it will likely be 2021.

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Happy Valley series 3 - BBC One

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Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley, BBC One

Sally Wainwright’s BAFTA-winning crime drama is expected to return, with Sarah Lancashire back as no-nonsense copper Catherine Cawood. However, we could still be waiting a while.

Gentleman Jack series 2 - BBC One

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Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle in Gentleman Jack, BBC One

Suranne Jones will be back to bring the remarkable story of Anne Lister to life in a second series of the period drama, which was recommissioned after just two episodes of the first season had aired.

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