It’s about a young Scottish detective working in St. Andrews who is tasked with reopening cold cases. According to Solemani, the novel reveals “a darker side of Sixties London and the staggering contribution the Jewish community made in the battle against racism.” Newcomer Aggi O’Casey is joined by Eddie Marsan, Rory Kinnear, Samantha Spiro and more. The original series creator Peter Bowker is writing the show, which stars Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy, alongside new and emerging disabled talent. Another BBC drama commission based on a book series, The Three, “an international thriller with a supernatural twist”, was announced in late 2017 but there’s been no news since then. 'Kay’s diaries, scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, tell the unvarnished truth of life as a doctor working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology,' says the BBC. It was only announced in late 2020, so don’t expect it for a little while. Or is she being used? The series is described as funny, tragic, and showing the realities of policing in Britain. It’s part love story, part coming-of-age story, part spy thriller packed with action and 90s nostalgia. Actor, rapper and screenwriter Riz Ahmed (pictured) was announced in 2018 as developing this ambitious nine-part series with BBC Two, but no updates have been released since. Coming to terrestrial TV, there’s Life After Life and The Three, stories about living multiple versions of the same life, and the miraculous child survivors of a mysterious plane crash. With real-life events given Knight’s visionary treatment, this one promises to be a spectacle with real depth. Jeff Pope, who previously penned The Moorside and Little Boy Blue, is the writer, with Neil McKay directing. Read our interview with Kirstie Swain about Pure, mental illness in TV drama and more. Maxine Peake stars in the lead role and Bruce Goodison directs. Chris Sweeney (Back to Life) directs and casting is tba. Downton Abbey‘s Lily James plays lead Linda Radlett. Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair, Beecham House) and The Luminaries’ Eve Hewson star. Giri/Haji creator Joe Barton is writing the series, with Andy Serkis among the producers. Adapted by Hannibal and The Punisher’s Steve Lightfoot from Sarah Pinborough’s 2017 novel, it’s the story of a woman who becomes involved in an unconventional love triangle that develops into a dark, twist-filled web of secrets. Filming began in Liverpool in late 2019, then was put on hold thanks to Covid-19 but it’s still due to arrive in 2021. Excellent news for sci-fi fans, this. Watson is so far the only confirmed cast member. It’s about a 16-year-old boy who has spent his life surveilled for signs that he may follow in the footsteps of his father – the world’s most feared witch. Sir Lenny Henry is among the executive producers and the script has been written by Shola Amoo. Filming wrapped in August 2020 and there’s no UK broadcaster confirmed at present. Keeley Hawes stars as a woman who discovers a host of unsettling secrets when her partner Harry unexpectedly dies when they finally move into their newly built dream house. If you’ve seen writer Sophie Petzal’s Irish thriller Blood starring Adrian Dunbar, you’ll want to tune in for this. The eight-episode first season was co-created by screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Kaos, Sex Education) and Gangs of London (pictured above) production manager Lucy Gaymer. Following the enormous success of Normal People – the story of young Irish couple Marianne and Connor navigating love, sex, university, class, friendship and mental health – the BBC and Hulu are collaborating on an adaptation of author Sally Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends. Like The Stranger, Stay Close will star Richard Armitage and move the book setting from the US to the UK. Read more about it here. A BBC One-Amazon Studios co-production, it follows seven strangers forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol. The arrival of a new concubine sends ripples through an Egyptian priest’s family. Segun is an alumnus of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and part of 2017’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brit programme, with other works including Sundance 2019 favourite The Last Tree, Shola Amoo’s A Moving Image, (nominated for a Discovery Award, World Soundtrack Awards), David Olusoga’s Black and British: A Forgotten History. The Robert Downey Jr version. Starring The Eddy's Tahar Rahim as international serial killer Charles Sobhraj, and Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman as Sobhraj’s partner and frequent accomplice, Marie-Andrée Lecler, this eight-part series is based on an incredible true story. Previously titled The Barking Murders, Four Lives is a three-part BBC drama based on real-life killer Stephen Port, and the aftermath of the four murders he committed. Segun is an alumnus of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and part of 2017’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brit programme, with other works including Sundance 2019 favourite The Last Tree, Shola Amoo’s A Moving Image, (nominated for a Discovery Award, World Soundtrack Awards), David Olusoga’s Black and British: A Forgotten History. Law novel of the same name. Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! The thriller, from new writer Chris Brandon, will revolve around a cold case that holds personal significance for Nesbitt’s detective, and follows his hunt for an assassin. Merchant is joined by Christopher Walken, Darren Boyd and Eleanor Tomlinson in the cast. The biopic will tell the story of Merrick’s life from the start to the end and promises to “explore the man behind the myth”. Colin Farrell, Stephen Graham (pictured above), Tom Courtenay, Peter Mullan and Jack O’Connell are all on board – literally so as the series is set on a whaling ship in the Arctic in the 1850s. A new drama based on real-life abortion stories set in Northern Ireland – the only part of the UK where pregnancy termination remains illegal – is coming to BBC One. Adapted from Rumer Godden's novel of the same name, Black Narcissus is an iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love set in the Himalayas in the 1930s - starring Gemma Arterton. It’s adapted from the Zoran Drvenkar novel about a woman on the run across Europe after committing a deadly crime, pursued by a dangerous gangster and a serial killer known only as The Traveller, and is written by The Capture (pictured above) screenwriter Ben Chanan. It’s the story of “the epidemic, the pain of rejection and the prejudices that gay men faced throughout the decade.” Filming began on the five-part series in October 2019, with a cast including Olly Alexander, Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Tracy Ann Oberman and Shaun Dooley. Ultimately, say the Clarksons, “it’s the story of friendship told through the prism of a classic horror-thriller.”. Written by first-time author Tony Schumacher, the show will be based on the former policeman's real life experiences, as he tackles a series of six night shifts on the beat in Liverpool, whilst struggling with his own mental health. In this Entertainment Focus interview from April 2020, actor Michael Jibson confirmed the drama was currently postponed due to the ongoing real-life criminal case. Release date: Spring/ Summer on BBC Three. Three-part prison drama Time is the latest from legendary British screenwriter Jimmy McGovern (Cracker, Accused, Broken), and stars Sean Bean and Stephen Graham. Olivia Colman will star as Susan Edwards, from a script written by Colman’s producer husband Ed Sinclair. It’s the story of a disgraced ex-army surgeon who joins a whaling expedition and finds himself “on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath” and in a struggle to survive. Like Ken Loach’s 1966 BBC TV play Cathy Come Home, ... (shades of Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree), inadvertently endangering the very family he’s convinced himself he must save. Written as a diary-like insight to Kay’s life on the NHS frontline, we’re given a glimpse into the excruciatingly long and unrelenting hours put in by a junior doctor. Sobhraj (nicknamed 'The Serpent' and 'The Bikini Killer') was captured and put on trial in 1976 – after spending years on the run as the chief suspect in unsolved murders of young Western travellers across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’ in 1975 and 1976. It was creted by Jericho and Meadowlands‘ Christopher Dunlop, with Taboo‘s Kristoffer Nyholm directing. The six-part drama is based on Ben Macintyre’s SAS: Rogue Heroes book, which charts the creation of the famed Special Forces unit. The Best Movies of 2020, Ranked by Tomatometer. In June 2020, the Belfast Telegraph reported from producer Jed Mercurio that filming had wrapped before the COVID-19 industry shutdown and that an extended post-production period had been agreed with the BBC. Filming was due to begin in late 2020. The breakout lockdown series is back for a second season, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant as comic versions of themselves. It’s being billed as a provocative, dark and funny story about a woman in her late thirties who’s unexpectedly landed with a baby that takes over her world. The European-funded series stars David Tennant as Verne’s famous explorer Phileas Fogg. This four-part Channel 4 drama, based on real events, will star The Virtues and Raised by Wolves’ Niamh Algar as an undercover police officer used in a honeytrap search for a killer in the 1990s. Based on real historical characters, it follows the ascendancy of Livia Drusilla through the Roman political ranks, as she strategizes her way to the top, driven by revenge. The modern version. He’ll be joined by Jenna Coleman, Billie Howell and Ellie Bamber. Port raped and murdered four men between 2014 and 2015, using Grindr to attract his victims. The cast is tba. Vanity Fair and Five Days screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes. Inspired to fight against society’s glorification of the predator, The Following Events are Based on a Pack of Lies was commissioned in August 2020, so it’ll be a little while before we see it. The gnome version. Film director Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years, Lean On Pete) has adapted and directed Ian Maguire’s novel The North Water into a four-part BBC Two drama with an excellent cast. A new six-part crime drama is coming to the BBC, starring Martin Freeman as urgent response officer Chris. The story of Victorian Joseph Merrick was memorably brought to the screen by David Lynch in 1980, and has since been retold on stage (notably starring Bradley Cooper in the lead role). To satisfy a foolhardy wager, Fogg and his valet set off on a globe-circling journey, this time in the company of journalist Abigail Fix, played by The Crown’s Leonie Benesch. (Photo by Pixar. It’s being made by Bodyguard and Line of Duty‘s World Productions. Adapted from the Swedish crime thriller of the same name (pictured above), Before We Die is the six-part story of a detective who discovers that her son is acting as an undercover informant in a brutal murder investigation. Watch as Frances, Bobbi, Nick and Melissa's lives and loves become intertwined, with devastating results - and look out for a possible Normal People's Marianne crossover - after eagle-eyed Rooney fans spotted a character of the same name briefly appearing in the book. It’s been adapted by a team led by Life On Mars’ Ashley Pharoah. From Kirstie Swain, the screenwriter of Channel 4’s Pure comes a new eight-part series adapted from C.J. Sister Clodagh (Gemma Arterton) and the nuns of St Faiths travel to Nepal during the latter years of British rule in India, to set up a branch of their order in a remote palace. Chernobyl‘s Emily Watson (pictured above in BBC One’s Apple Tree Yard) stars in this meaty psychological three-part thriller coming to ITV. We first heard about this one back in April 2019, but since then there’s been no news about casting or filming. If you saw His Dark Materials on BBC One, then you know Welsh-based Bad Wolf Productions are capable of great things on a grand scale. ... DENISE BLACK. It’s set in London and was only announced in December 2020, so don’t expect to see it arrive on the streaming service for a little while yet. Filming got underway in February on new BBC One crime drama Bloodlands, which stars The Missing and Cold Feet‘s James Nesbitt and takes place in Northern Ireland. The 2013–14 Football League Cup (known as the Capital One Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 54th season of the Football League Cup, a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs played in English football league system. Praise for 2018’s Vanity Fair adaptation, scheduled opposite Bodyguard in 2018, was drowned out somewhat by the hit political thriller, but there was plenty of it, and deservingly so. It’s about a police surveillance investigation in Manchester following the disappearance of a primary school teacher. Robert Webb’s debut novel Come Again, which was published in April 2020, is being adapted for television. Filming began in November on four-part BBC One thriller Ridley Road, adapted from Jo Bloom’s 2014 novel of the same name. We asked a therapist, Our Beauty Director's favourite new mascara is £8, The comforting pasta recipe we're making tonight, This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. From Alice Seabright, director of Netflix’s Sex Education (pictured above) comes six-part BBC One series Chloe. The premise of Sarah Lotz’ trilogy sees four planes crash on the same day in four different countries, leaving three children as the miraculous survivors… Wolf Hall’s Peter Straughan was attached as adapting this eight-part drama but as yet, it’s still to appear on his IMDb credits. But what about new 2021 BBC dramas coming out this year? From Swedish crime thrillers to Irish noirs and the return of old favourites, we've rounded up the best TV viewing from the BBC in 2021. Filming began in October 2020 on the provisionally titled Danny Boy, a new BBC Two feature-length drama about real-life soldier Brian Wood, accused of war crimes in Iraq by human rights lawyer Phil Shiner. As Sumner struggles to escape the demons of his past, he grapples with survival amongst the harsh Arctic wasteland. Sports writers Barney Ronay and Jonathan Liew are behind this six-part half-hour comedy “about football, but also not about football,” which is coming to Netflix in 2021. It’s the story of a young woman who seems unremarkable on the surface and works as an editorial assistant in a British seaside town. On top of that, there’s plenty of true crime, a new Sally Rooney adaptation for fans of Normal People, and the latest from TV genius Russell T Davies. From Swedish crime thrillers to Irish noirs and the return of old favourites. The twisting story is about a death row inmate in the US and a woman who’s trapped in a cellar under an English vicarage, whose lives interlink “in the most unexpected way”. Artur Debat Getty Images. Power, love, loyalty and politics all come to play in Dan Sefton’s (Trust Me) BBC adaptation of Keith Badman’s 2010 book The Final Years Of Marilyn Monroe. Filming took place on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in late 2019. Writer-director Shola Amoo is adapting the screenplay, with Kibwe Tavares directing. returns to primetime TV as a guest star in BBC crime drama Death In Paradise. World Productions, the makers of some of the best British drama around (Line Of Duty, Save Me, Jed Mercurio’s drama Bodyguard) are behind this four-part drama for ITV. Thumbnail: Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection.) Due to film in 2021, The Baby is a darkly comic horror on its way to Sky Atlantic. When the man awakens in a hospital with no memory of who he is or how he got there, his search for answers takes him to some unsettling places. Henry Lloyd-Hughes (pictured above) will play Sherlock Holmes. New talent Alice Seabright, who most recently directed two episodes of Sex Education (the trailer for which you can watch above), will write and direct Chloe – a six-part thriller series about a young woman who starts leading a double life to uncover the truth behind the death of her estranged best friend. Casting is tba. Filming was forced to halt in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 industry shutdown and resumed in August 2020. The story treats the disappearance of a young working class student and the subsequent arrest and trial of the accused, “the arrogant daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur.” There’s been no official news on this one since its December 2019 announcement, so stay tuned for more. British soul, Brit soul, or (in a US context) the British soul invasion, is soul music performed by British artists. As soon as there’s any news on this one, we’ll include it here. This Swedish crime series focuses on the Copenhagen Police and Head of Homicide Jens Møller’s meticulous investigation which enabled them to solve the murder of journalist Kim Wall. Lily James is set to star in the BBC's screen adaption of Nancy Mitford's classic novel. A detective constable (Noel Clarke, pictured) sets up a surveillance op in the flat of a local woman and watches the tight-knit community of the missing woman. Find out what’s coming from the UK in 2021 and beyond below. Rotten Tomatoes has collected every movie designated Certified Fresh over the past year, creating our guide to the best movies of 2020. Nicôle Lecky’s first original six-part drama Superhoe is based on her one woman show of the same name. It was set to be a drama about three generations of a British Pakistani family set over the course of four decades. The Tourist is an outback noir about a British man pursued through the Australian outback by a tank truck. The commission was announced in July 2019 and filming was due to begin in 2020. It’s the musical story of a would-be singer and rapper thrown out of home who moves in with a young woman who inducts her into the life of social media influencing and sex work. The version where Watson is Lucy Liu. Segun is an alumnus of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and part of 2017’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brit programme, with other works including Sundance 2019 favourite The Last Tree, Shola Amoo’s A Moving Image, (nominated for a Discovery Award, World Soundtrack Awards), David Olusoga’s Black and British: A Forgotten History. Directed by Johnny Campbell (of In The Flesh and Dracula fame) and written by Esio Trot’s Paul Mayhew Archer, this one-off comedy-drama about two people with Parkinson’s disease was announced in late 2019 and will be coming to BBC One. Seemingly insignificant changes to people and circumstances set her on new courses every time – can she alter the course of history? In November 2020, Amazon Prime Video green-lit this six-episode supernatural thriller from Line of Duty and Bodyguard (pictured above) director John Strickland, written by David Macpherson. This three-part ITV true crime drama stars Luke Evans as Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, who, in 2006, reopened and solved a cold case from the 1980s using new forensic DNA evidence and, bizarrely, an episode of darts-based quiz show Bullseye. Sir Lenny Henry is among the executive producers and the script has been written by Shola Amoo. With a similar premise to Sky One’s Two Weeks to Live, but a psychological drama instead of a knockabout comedy, this Channel 4 drama by Urban Myths‘ (pictured above) Pete Jackson is the story of a young man raised in isolation from society after his mother’s death, by a father who told him the outside world is filled with monsters. We’ll keep this list updated with new commissions and as casting details and release dates are confirmed. The writer-producer’s latest screen work was on Medici, also made for an Italian production company. It’s the story of Ursula, a woman with the extraordinary power to keep being continually reborn into new and alternative versions of her life after she dies. It was announced in May 2020 that Firebird Pictures Ltd is working on the screen version of the story by the writer-actor. In this original six-part BBC One thriller, screenwriters Penelope and Ginny Skinner (pictured above) tell the story of two very different women, both of whom are being conned by the same man. We’ll keep you posted if more arrives. Described as a touching and hilarious love story, it’s the story of Tony and Emma, a couple who first meet at a dance class for people with Parkinson’s. While season one focused on their attempts to rehearse for a play over Zoom, they’re now grappling with the ‘new normal’ of virtual Hollywood. Writer-director Shola Amoo is adapting the screenplay, with Kibwe Tavares directing. O'Connell plays disgraced ex-army surgeon Patrick Sumner, who signs up to be the ship doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic, and is joined on board by amoral killer and harpooner Henry Drax (played by Colin Farrell). Life on Mars’ John Simm will play unorthodox investigator Roy Grace, who’s haunted by the disappearance of his wife, in two-hour versions of Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead. It tells the story of Kate, a karate expert, computer genius widow mired in grief who gets an out-of-this-world chance to go back into her past and change the future. Dominic West stars as Linda's father and Fleabag's Andrew Scott makes an appearance as their aristocratic neighbour Lord Merlin. 12 Superhoe. It promises to be a witty, heart-felt 90 minutes throwing a light on a much-diagnosed condition in the UK. It stars Suranne Jones, Rose Leslie, Shaun Evans, Anjli Mohindra, Martin Compston, Paterson Joseph and more. It stars The Tunnel‘s Savannah Steyn in the lead role, with Parminder Nagra, Eleanor Tomlinson, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Natasha O’Keeffe, Thomas Turgoose and Craig Parkinson, so lots of great British talent in the cast.
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