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  • The Year Ahead On Screen

    Netflix, Britbox, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, Sky On Demand, Hulu, Acorn, Peacock, Unicorn…

    Okay, we made the last one up (we think), but the fact is there’s now so much choice of how and where to watch TV that we’d need to take a month off (not to mention remortgage our house) just to download all the different streaming apps.

    And that’s before we’ve even got onto what to watch. But would we swap it for the days of four (or even three) terrestrial channels, of endless repeats, of actually being told what to watch and when..?

    Imagine! So, although this may be the year we finally face up to the fact that we’ll never get through half the programmes on our Netflix favourites, that doesn’t stop us looking forward to another bumper crop for the small screen.

    Here are some of the TV series we’ll be watching in 2020….

    Succession - Series 3

    Sky Atlantic (expected this summer)

    Top of our list. If you haven’t already seen the first two series, we couldn’t be more jealous – but we’ll be rewatching them over the coming months as we wait for a third helping of the dirty dealings of the Roy family – due out in the second half of the year. If you’re already a fan, you won’t need us to remind you that the second series ended with Kendall’s bombshell press conference – but somehow we don’t think this is the end for Logan. Certainly not without a fight. And a lot of “Fuck offs”… Watch Series 1 trailer here

    Quiz

    ITV (date unconfirmed)

    First the TV programme, then the play (which was absolutely brilliant, by the way) and now the TV programme! Quiz is a three-part series based on the infamous (and very British) story of Charles Ingram, the so-called Coughing Major. Ingram, as you may recall, was a former army major, who walked away with the jackpot prize on the TV quiz programme Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, only to end up in court (with his wife Diane) accused of cheating by using a series of coughs to signal correct answers. The always excellent Michael Sheen appears as Chris Tarrant, the man giving - and then taking back - the winning cheque

    The Crown – Series 4

    Netflix (expected late 2020)

    The Royal Family are doing such a good job of scripting and starring in their own drama at the moment that the Netflix series is starting to look rather sedate in comparison. But it’s still great viewing and a reminder that the family are no stranger to controversy throughout the current Queen’s reign. Olivia Colman once again plays The Queen, with Series 4 picking up the story in 1977 as HRH celebrates her Silver Jubilee. Four years later we’re all celebrating the ‘fairytale’ marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. We can’t wait to see how that one works out…

    Little Fires Everywhere

    Hulu (date unconfirmed)

    We absolutely loved Celeste Ng’s book – one of our recommendations last year – so, if this eight-part TV adaptation with Reese Witherspoon is even half as good, we’re in for a real treat. Watch the trailer here.

    Sex Education – Series 2

    Netflix (out now)

    We really enjoyed the first series of this Netflix comedy about a sex therapist’s son dispensing advice to his fellow high school students. So, we’re trying to clear a space in our diary to binge watch Series 2. Watch the trailer here.

    Killing Eve – Series 3

    BBC (expected this Summer)

    Did you stick with Killing Eve through its second series? Villanelle is back again for a third outing (with a new writer at the helm), but a return to the form of the first series would be welcome. Watch the trailer for series 1 here.

    Normal People

    BBC (expected this Spring)

    Well, there was a time when everyone in the whole country was reading Sally Rooney’s book, so we suppose that later this year we’ll be joining everyone else  in front of the BBC adaptation. Watch the trailer here.

    Deadwater Fell

    Channel 4 (on now)

    Billed as the new Broadchurch, the reliably brilliant David Tennant is back on home soil in this four-partner as the Scottish doctor whose seemingly perfect family are killed in a house fire. Watch the trailer here.

    A Suitable Boy

    BBC (expected this Summer)

    Vikram Seth’s book about four families in post-independence India was certainly epic in size and scope, but after tackling War and Peace it should be a breeze for Andrew Davies

    This Is Going To Hurt

    BBC (expected later this year)

    Adam Kay’s book about his experiences as a junior doctor was very funny – and reason never to get ill! Hopefully, it translates onto the screen in this eight-part TV version.

    The Plot Against America

    Sky Atlantic (expected this Spring)

    Cate Blanchett stars in this six-part mini-series based of the Philip Roth novel, which imagines America descending into fascism after Charles Lindbergh defeats FDR to become president. Timely from the writers of The Wire!

    Impeachment: An American Crime Story

    FX (expected late 2020)

    A dramatization of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clive Owen stars as Bill Clinton, the second (but no longer most recent) US president to be impeached. Beanie Feldstein is his 22-year-old intern.