TV in 2020: Shows coming to small screen near you

TV in 2020: Shows coming to small screen near you

With the explosion in streaming, the choice for TV viewers has never been stronger, but the traditional broadcasters aren't giving up quite yet.

They may not have the cash that some online services have, but they're still doing what they can to deliver quality programming for audiences.

So the message is, the battle is far from over. Here are 20 TV titles from across the spectrum to watch out for in 2020.

All Creatures Great and Small

The original BBC adaptation (pictured) was a huge hit in the 1970s and 1980s. The stories followed the lives of a group of vets in a Yorkshire village. Now the much-loved books are being filmed again, this time for Channel 5. The series is being made to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first of the books, If Only They Could Talk.

Avenue 5

Armando Iannucci, who brought us Veep and The Thick of It, now explores space in Avenue 5. Set 40 years in the future it stars Hugh Laurie as the captain of a space cruise ship. The cast also includes Josh Gad and Nikki Amuka-Bird. A fire at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire destroyed one of the main sets during filming, but the series was still completed on schedule.

The Bay

Set in the coastal town of Morecambe, series two of the crime drama sees Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) continuing her police work still bruised from the events of series one. Armstrong who's a family liaison officer is drawn into the events of a shocking murder. Daniel Ryan (Detective Inspector Tony Manning) and Lindsey Coulson (Penny Armstrong) also return for the new series.


The six-part series reunites writer Julian Fellowes with the team behind Downton Abbey. Set in the upper echelons of London society, the story begins on the evening of the Battle of Waterloo and explores how the consequences of that week's events go on to resonate for decades. The cast includes Philip Glenister and Alice Eve.


The series starts in 1981, and follows the experiences of three young men and their best friend Jill. As the years pass, their lives and those around them begin to be affected by Aids. Olly Alexander from music group Years & Years plays the drama's central character Ritchie. It's written by Russell T Davies, whose first big success was Channel Four's Queer As Folk.

The Crown

The fourth series of the Royal drama sees Olivia Colman continuing to play Queen Elizabeth II. Significant new characters introduced during this series will include Gillian Anderson as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and relative newcomer Emma Corrin, who'll play Lady Diana Spencer, later Princess of Wales after her wedding to Prince Charles.

Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker returns for her second series as the Time Lord, and the pre-publicity is also promising the return of a number of classic Doctor Who villains. BBC One will have been delighted with the last series' high viewing figures, but also concerned at the way they decreased throughout almost all the 10-episode run. This year's series opening is certainly a step up in terms of pace and energy.


Co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss had huge success with their updated version of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock. This time they're bringing to the small screen a new take on Bram Stoker's classic vampire story. The three-part series stars the relatively unknown Claes Bang in the title role. It'll be broadcast over three consecutive nights.

Killing Eve

The stylish female-led thriller has swiftly become a favourite with audiences and with awards bodies. In the past year its stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh have been honoured by Bafta, the Emmys and the Golden Globes. And the series's creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has also been recognised for her work. Its success has made the third series one of the most anticipated of 2020.

Line of Duty

The series five finale was the most watched TV show of 2019, so expectation is naturally high for the sixth series of Jed Mercurio's police drama. Few details are known at this stage, but it's likely to continue the search for a corrupt high-level officer in the police force. All three of the show's main cast - Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar - will be returning. They'll be joined by Kelly Macdonald as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson.

The Mandalorian

For many, this Star Wars spin-off is the thing they're most excited about on the new Disney streaming service. Although the series, which is already airing in the US, has the mysterious bounty hunter as its lead character, much attention has been focused on another (slightly spoliery) appearance. With more Star Wars films on the way after The Rise of Skywalker, fans are also keen to see how this series might fit into the wider movie universe.

Expected 31 March.

Normal People

Based on Sally Rooney's award-winning novel, Normal People explores the complex relationship between two people from school to university. Daisy Edgar-Jones plays Marianne and Paul Mescal plays Connall. The story will be told over 12 episodes, and has been filmed in Dublin, Sligo and Italy.

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