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.
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.
Expected 22 January.
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 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.
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.
Goes out on 1 January.
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.
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.
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.
Sir Patrick Stewart returns to the Star Trek universe, reprising the role of Jean-Luc Picard, who first appeared in the franchise in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Few details have been released about the conspiracies and alien foes he might encounter. But he’ll be joined on screen by old favourites Jonathan Frakes as his one-time first officer Will Riker, Brent Spiner’s artificial life form Data, and Jeri Ryan’s former Borg Seven of Nine.
Out from 24 January.
The story of the dysfunctional Roy family, trying to deal with the fallout as their ageing father Logan (Brian Cox) steps back from the media conglomerate they control has captivated viewers for two series now. It’s not been confirmed when the eagerly awaited third series will air, but filming is expected to begin in early 2020 for transmission in the summer.