Written by Mike Bartlett and set in the world of Doctor Foster, Life premiered in September 2020 on BBC One and follows four people living in a converted Victorian house in Manchester which is divided into four flats. Gail (Alison Steadman) has become discontent with her marriage, Belle (Victoria Hamilton) is recently divorced, David (Adrian Lester) is recently widowed, and Hannah (Melissa Johns) is pregnant. As they all encounter new and disruptive influences in their lives, their stories begin to interweave in this series about the problems that happen in life that you just have to deal with.
Adapted from the award-winning book by Michael Robotham and aired on BBC One in July 2020, The Secrets She Keeps is a six-part drama which follows two women – Agatha (Laura Carmichael) and Meghan (Jessica De Gouw) – from vastly different walks of life who hold one thing in common – explosive secrets that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to conceal the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in one shocking act that cannot be undone.
Based on Sally Rooney‘s New York Times best-selling novel, Normal People is written by Rooney and Alice Birch, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald, and aired on BBC One in April 2020. The series tracks the tender but complicated relationship between Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) as they weave in and out of each other’s romantic lives. From their school days in a small town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College, a strange and indelible connection grows between them.
BBC’s Killing Eve returns for a third season as the chase continues between Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). As Eve and Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) seek to avenge Kenny’s death, Villanelle is enticed back into targeted killing for a living by Dasha (Harriet Walter), a woman with her own back-catalogue of inventive kills.
Written by Nicole Taylor, the BBC drama, The Nest, aired in March 2020 and follows a couple, Dan (Martin Compston) and Emily (Sophie Rundle), who, struggling to conceive, are confronted by a mysterious 18-year-old, Kaya (Mirren Mack), who offers to be their surrogate mother.
An adaptation of the first book in the Noughts & Crosses novel series by Malorie Blackman, the BBC series is set in an alternate history where black “Cross” people rule over white “Noughts”. Against this background of prejudice and distrust as powerful rebellion mounts on the streets, a passionate romance builds between Sephy (Masali Baduza) and Callum (Jack Rowan) which will lead them both into terrible danger”
Written and directed by Ben Chanan, The Capture is a six-episode series which follows British soldier Shaun Emery (Callum Turner) who is acquited of a war crime, only to then be accused – and backed by damning CCTV evidence – of the kidnapping and murder of his barrister, Hannah Roberts (Laura Haddock). Whilst Emery works to clear his name, fast-tracked Detective Inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) begins to uncover a complex conspiracy surrounding Emery, calling into question the validity of the footage.
The follow-up to the critically acclaimed first season of Killing Eve sees the return of bored, desk-bound Eve (Sandra Oh), a British intelligence investigator who is obsessed with capturing the psychopathic assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Based on the Villanelle novel series by Luke Jennings, this second season sees Eve’s fantasies of being a spy take an even deeper turn, beginning 30 seconds after the final episode of the season one as Eve is reeling at thought of possibly having killed the talented killer, when Villanelle disappears. Now, both of them are in deep trouble. Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does, but unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her.
Created and written by Russell T Davies, Years And Years follows a busy British family from Manchester as their lives converging on one crucial night in 2019. As businesswoman Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson) causes controversy amongst the nation, Daniel (Russell Tovey) is getting married to Ralph (Dino Fetscher), Stephen (Rory Kinnear) and Celeste (T’Nia Miller) worry about their kids (Lydia West and Jade Alleyne), Rosie (Ruth Madeley) is chasing a new partner, and political activist Edith (Jessica Hynes) has’nt been home for years. Presiding over them all is Gran, the imperious Muriel (Anne Reid).
If you have a little one, it’s likely that you’ve read at least one of Julia Donaldson‘s picture books, and probably on repeat due to her simple rhymes and fun characters that are perfect for getting children interested in reading. And with beautiful illustrations by Axel Scheffler, her books have always been a favourite in our house.
This Christmas, BBC One are airing all of the short film adaptations of her books, including the new premier of Zog. Here’s a list of what films are on and when you can catch them:
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BBC One is always good for drama. But did their latest Wednesday 9pm series miss out in your TV schedule?
Well, here’s why you should catch up with the first episode.