Best new TV shows in spring 2020 from Little Mix The Search to The Undoing
You know what they say… when life gives you a global killer virus and crazy weather, best to stay indoors and watch telly.
Fortunately there’s plenty to get excited about, with TV drama at an all-time high as broadcasters battle to be the best on the box.
Hit shows are set to return this spring, including series six of BBC1’s Line of Duty , a fourth run of C4’s The Handmaid’s Tale, a second outing for Ricky Gervais’s Netflix comedy After Life and a third season for BBC’s mega hit Killing Eve .
But here’s our round-up of the brand new shows coming soon to the small screen that you definitely won’t want to miss…
Honour – ITV, April
Keeley Hawes stars in this two-parter as the real life detective who hunted down the killers of 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod.
The young Londoner was strangled to death and buried in a suitcase in a so-called honour killing in 2006.
Banaz had fled an abusive arranged marriage and fallen in love with a new man, which her family said brought shame on the family.
Honour tells how Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode’s passionate search brought the murderers to justice.
Keeley says: “In a time where honour killings are still rife, it is critical to shine a light on such an important subject.”
Four Lives – BBC1, Spring
In a departure from comedy, Stephen Merchant plays a creepy serial killer in this thriller about the real life Barking Murders.
He plays murderer and rapist Stephen Port, who killed four men, hunting out his prey on dating app Grindr between 2014 and 2015.
Sheridan Smith plays Sarah Sak, the mum of murdered 23-year-old Anthony Walgate.
The series aims to tell the story of the murders from the point of view of the victims’ families and their fight to uncover the truth amid a highly-criticised police investigation.
“It’s a story that can’t be ignored,” says Stephen.
Quiz – ITV, Spring
With a blonde wig and fake tan, Michael Sheen has transformed himself to play quiz host Chris Tarrant in this drama about the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheating scandal.
In 2001, Major Charles Ingram, his wife Diana and accomplice Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the audience, duped the show by setting up a coughing code in order to win the top prize.
The audacious heist, which saw the three stand trial, is told in three parts and also stars Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory and Aisling Bea.
The Nest, BBC1, March
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston and Peaky Blinders’ Sophie Rundle join forces for this thriller, meaning it’s bound to be an absolute belter.
They play well-off couple Dan and Emily, living in Glasgow, who are desperate to have a baby but have had no success despite trying for years.
When they meet down-on-her-luck teenager Kaya (Mirren Mack), they make a surrogacy pact with her that will change all their lives forever.
It feels like the three were meant to meet, but was it really by chance? And will everyone get their happy ending? It doesn’t sound likely…
Hitmen – Sky One, March 25
Mel and Sue playing contract assassins is the killer comedy duo we never knew we needed.
Sue Perkins plays Fran, while Mel Giedroyc plays Jamie – two best mates who just happen to kill people for a living.
Having stumbled into the career, the hapless pair are not your typical murderers. Working out of their scruffy van, each hit is derailed by bickering and general incompetence.
And as the body count stacks up, their friendship is put through the wringer.
Expect brilliant disguises, plenty of banter and a lot of death.
Breeders – Sky One, Thursday (March 12)
Laugh out loud funny, this comedy about parenting and its many pitfalls stars Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard.
They play couple Paul and Ally, who meet, fall in love and everything is going swimmingly – until they have kids. “Who is happy with two kids under seven?” asks Ally.
As they juggle careers, a mortgage, kids and troublesome parents, the sitcom also looks at that parenting paradox…
Paul explains: “I would die for those kids, but often, I also want to kill them.”
Feel Good – C4, March 18
This semi-autobiographical comedy from young Canadian star Mae Martin follows her as a recovering addict and comedian.
Life is further complicated by a new and all-consuming relationship with her new girlfriend George, played by Call The Midwife actress Charlotte Ritchie.
Then add into the mix Mae’s mother, played by Friends legend Lisa Kudrow. And watch out for Sophie Thompson as another recovering addict.
“It’s sweet and very funny and awkward and well observed,” says Kudrow.
The Undoing – Sky Atlantic, May
A stellar Hollywood cast, including Nicole Kidman , Hugh Grant , Edgar Ramirez and Donald Sutherland , take on this gripping miniseries from the creators of Big Little Lies and the producer of The Night Manager.
Kidman plays Grace Fraser, a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book, who has a devoted husband (Grant) and a son at an elite New York school.
But a violent death, a missing husband and a whole heap of shocking and terrible revelations all leads to a very public disaster.
A psychological thriller that’s set to get everyone talking.
Space Force – Netflix, Spring
From comedy film titans Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell , the guys who brought The Office to America, comes this hilarious new workplace sitcom.
Carrell stars alongside John Malkovich as part of a new Space Force.
The premise is that the government has announced this new, sixth branch of the United States armed services.
It’s mission? “To defend satellites from attack and to perform other space-related tasks. Or something.”
What could possibly go wrong?
The Luminaries – BBC2, May
A 19th century tale of adventure and mystery, this is an epic story of love, murder and revenge based on Eleanor Catton’s award-winning novel.
Set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush, it tells the story of men and women who travelled across the world to make their fortunes.
Bond girl Eva Green stars as a calculating brothel madam, along with Eve Hewson and Himesh Patel as star-crossed lovers.
Us – BBC1, Spring
Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves star in this heartbreaking and humorous story of a relationship on the brink, adapted from David Nicholls’ hit novel.
Douglas Petersen (Hollander) is blindsided when his wife Connie (Reeves) says she’s not sure she wants to be married to him anymore. Agreeing to still go on their planned family grand tour of Europe, Douglas vows to win back her love and repair his relationship with their son Albie (Tom Taylor).
It’s a journey through some beautiful cities and some troubled souls.
The Salisbury Poisonings – BBC1, Spring
When emergency services received a call from concerned people in Salisbury in March, 2018, worried about an old man and a young woman ill on a bench, it kickstarted an extraordinary chain of events.
The Russian double agent and his daughter had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, targeted by Russian nationals.
Anne-Marie Duff , Rafe Spall and Mark Addy lead the cast in the drama which focuses on the impact on the local community, as Salisbury became the unlikely focus of a national emergency.
Penance – C5, March 24
Julie Graham and Neil Morrissey lead the cast in this three-parter that explores forbidden love, betrayal and grief.
They play married couple Rosalie and Luke, who along with teenage daughter Maddie, go to bereavement counselling when their son dies.
Once there, their lives are changed yet again when they mean Jed, a beautiful, charismatic young man who eventually moves in on their lives.
A lover to Maddie, a surrogate son to Rosalie, it all seems hopeful, but a morally corrupt nightmare is taking shape and it’s not going to end well.
Little Mix The Search – BBC1, Spring
With The X Factor firmly at death’s door, it’s down to global superstars Little Mix to step into the shoes of Simon Cowell.
They are on the search for talented singers to become members of all-female, all-male or mixed bands in this brand new entertainment show.
The hit makers, aka Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, will create the bands and become mentors as the new bands live together and battle for the prize to join Little Mix on tour. What a Touch.
Which of these shows will you be watching? Let us know in the comments below.
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