Brand New UK TV 2020

by Mark_a_Wood | created - 5 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public

A list of brand new British television programmes broadcast on UK television channels in 2020. Please Note: Due to the Covid 19 pandemic the UK television schedules are currently subject to much alteration!

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1. I May Destroy You (2020– )

Drama | Completed

The question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation.

Stars: Michaela Coel, Marouane Zotti, Lewis Reeves, Harriet Webb

12-episodes. Michaela Cole writes, produces and stars in this co-production between the BBC and HBO.

USA: Commences 7th June 2020 on HBO and streaming on HBO Max. UK: 2-episodes per week for 6-weeks. Broadcast 10:45pm on BBC One on Mondays and Tuesdays.

2. Behind the Filter (2020 TV Movie)

15 min | Comedy | Completed

This isn't how Ruby imagined her life - single, unemployed, IBS, the wrong side of 25 and living at home with her parents. The time has come for her to make her mark - by making a podcast.

Director: Ella Jones | Stars: Edward Bluemel, Pippa Haywood, Patricia Allison, Dominic Coleman

Sitcom pilot about a young woman who decides to make a podcast.

To be released week commencing 6th June 2020.

3. Sitting in Limbo (2020 TV Movie)

Drama | Completed

Anthony Bryan and his personal struggle to be accepted as a British Citizen during the Windrush immigration scandal.

Directors: Stella Corradi, Charlotte Moore | Stars: Pippa Bennett-Warner, Anna Madeley, Sarah Woodward, Jay Simpson

One-off drama based on the true story of a shocking case from the Windrush Scandal.

To be broadcast week commencing 6th June 2020 on BBC One.

4. The First Team (2020– )

The misadventures of three young football players at a fictional Premier League club.

Stars: Shaquille Ali-Yebuah, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Chris Geere, Tamla Kari

6-episodes. Sitcom about young footballers at a fictional Premier League club.

Commences 10pm Thursday, 28th May 2020 - concludes on BBC Two.

5. Two Sisters One Body (2020 TV Movie)

Documentary | Completed

Explores issues of identity, immigration and sacrifice faced by teenage conjoined twins Carmen and Lupita Andrade who were born in Mexico but live in Connecticut with their family, who left Mexico so the girls could receive treatment.

Director: Jack Macinnes

One-off documentary telling the story of conjoined twins Carmen and Lupita Andrade.

Broadcast 9:15pm Sunday, 31st May 2020 on Channel 4.

A celebrity version of the family quiz show hosted by The Chase's Anne Hegerty.

Commences 8pm Thursday, 28th May 2020 - concludes on ITV.

7. Jay Blades' Home Fix (2020– )


Aided by the rich catalogue of the BBC's home and garden archive, the television presenter and self-confessed DIY enthusiast shares tips and tricks to help viewers become a bit more handy at home during the UK lock-down and beyond

Star: Jay Blades

10-episodes. Jay offers DIY tips to viewers during lockdown with the aid of the extensive BBC archives.

Commences 10am Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May 2020 - concludes on BBC One.

8. Ramadan in Lockdown (2020– )


Five short films providing an insight into British Muslim life, as for the first time ever the UK's 2.6 million Muslims will observe the month of Ramadan in lockdown, under strict conditions imposed in response to Covid-19.

5-episodes. A series of short films looking at how British Muslims cope with observing Ramadan during the UK lockdown.

Commences 10:45pm Monday, 18th May 2020 - concludes on Channel 4 with an Eid Special.

9. Work on the Wild Side (2020)

60 min | Documentary

Documentary series following the highs and lows of vets and volunteers who have given up their day jobs in the UK to move to South Africa to help rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild iconic animals.

Star: Greg James

5-episodes. Documentary following the work of British vets and volunteers who have moved to South Africa to help out in national parks.

Commenced 4pm Monday, 18th May 2020 - concludes 4pm Friday, 22nd May 2020 on Channel 4.

10. Ross Kemp: Britain's Volunteer Army (2020– )

44 min | Documentary

In response to the Coronavirus crisis people across Britain have come forward to volunteer to help others as part of initiatives, large and small. This life-affirming series tells the stories of some of those volunteers and their work.

Star: Ross Kemp

5-episodes. The actor and documentary filmmaker meets the ordinary people volunteering to help during the Coronavirus crisis.

Commences 10am Monday, 18th May 2020 - concludes 10am Friday, 22nd May 2020 on BBC One.

11. Big Zuu's Big Eats (2020– )

40 min | Reality-TV

Comedians including Desiree Burch, Ed Gamble, Jamali Maddix, Jimmy Carr and London Hughes as they eat on tour.

Stars: Big Zuu, Hyder, Tubsey, Jimmy Carr

Votes: 7

10-episodes. The grime artist and self-taught chef cooks a dream meal for a stand-up comedian during their show.

Commenced 10pm Friday, 15th May 2020 - concludes 10pm Friday, 17th June 2020 on Dave.

12. Walking with Elephants (2020)

60 min | Documentary

Adventurer and author Levison Wood embarks upon another epic walk, this time following hundreds of elephants migrating 650 miles across Botswana towards the Okavango Delta.

Stars: Levison Wood, Kane Motswana

Votes: 7

3-episodes. The adventurer and his guide follow hundreds of elephants on their 650 mile annual migration across Botswana.

Commenced 9pm Sunday, 10th May 2020 - concludes 9:15pm Sunday, 24th May 2020 on Channel 4.

*Also available on Animal Planet*

13. The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft (2020– )

60 min | Reality-TV

Keith Lemon and Anna Richardson present the quirky craft competition in which contestants compete to secure commissions from celebrity guests.

Stars: Leigh Francis, Anna Richardson, Zak Khchai, Harriet Vine

6-episodes. Keith Lemon and Anna Richardson host a craft competition in which the contestants try to win commissions from celebrity guests.

Commenced 8pm Sunday, 10th May 2020 - concludes on Channel 4.

14. Peter Sellers: A State of Comic Ecstasy (2020 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography

To mark the 40th anniversary of his death, friends, family, colleagues and critics provide an insight into the life of one of the greatest comedians of all time.

Director: John O'Rourke | Stars: Britt Ekland, Steve Coogan, Peter Sellers, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 40

One-off documentary marking the 40th anniversary of the comedy legend's death.

Broadcast Saturday, 9th May 2020 on BBC Two.

15. Captain Tom's War (2020 TV Special)

30 min | Documentary, Biography, War

Former British Army Captain Tom Moore looks back on his time during the Second World War in the brutal Burma campaign, as a million Allied troops from forty nations attempted to repel the ... See full summary »

Stars: Hannah Ingram-Moore, Tom Moore, Lucy Teixeira

One-off documentary. Britain's newest "National Treasure" tells the story of the part he played in the Burma Campaign of World War II.

Broadcast 8pm Friday, 8th May 2020 on ITV.

16. The Great Indoors (2020)

29 min | Talk-Show

Carol Vorderman and Scott Quinnell host a BBC Wales magazine show taking a look at what people across Wales are doing during lock-down, from volunteering to help others to producing quirky social media content.

Stars: Carol Vorderman, Scott Quinnell, Max Boyce, Rhod Gilbert

BBC Wales magazine programme looking at what people across Wales are doing during lockdown.

Commenced 7;30pm Thursday, 7th May 2020 - concludes on BBC One Wales.

17. Police: Hour of Duty (2020)

60 min | Documentary, Crime

Real-time documentary following officers of Derbyshire Police Force on duty during the time-frame of 9pm to 10pm.

Star: Paul Stocker

4-episodes. Documentary following officers of Derbyshire Police over the course of one hour.

Commenced 9pm Monday, 4th May 2020 - concludes 9pm Monday, 25th May 2020 on Channel 5.

18. Richard & Judy: Keep Reading and Carry On (2020)

30 min | Talk-Show

The book loving couple are joined by celebrity guests, viewers and authors from the comfort of their homes, who share their best reads and top tips to keep us entertained during the lockdown.

Stars: Judy Finnigan, Richard Madeley, Tom Allen, Clare Balding

5-episodes. The husband and wife daytime television presenters discuss what to read during lockdown with their guests.

Commenced 5:30pm Monday, 4th May 2020 - concluded 5:30pm Friday, 8th May 2020 on Channel 4.

19. Our Finest Hours (2020– )


Britain faces its biggest challenge since World War II. This series takes a look at how people from all walks of life have responded to extraordinary times with kindness and resilience whether during the Blitz or the Coronavirus pandemic.

Star: Sophie Raworth

5-episodes. A look at how the British people have responded to crisis, now and in the past.

Commences 11:45am Monday, 4th May 2020 - concludes 11:45am Friday, 8th May 2020 on BBC One.

20. The Shadows at Sixty (2020 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Music

The story of The Shadows to celebrate their sixtieth anniversary, using unseen archive, personal testimony and interviews with both the band and those they have influenced.

Director: Satiyesh Manoharajah | Star: Gina McKee

One-off music documentary telling the story of the band.

Broadcast 9:30pm Friday, 1st May 2020 on BBC Four.

21. Code 404 (2020– )

30 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A British detective killed in action is brought back to life using experimental Artificial Intelligence.

Stars: Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays, Rosie Cavaliero, Amanda Payton

Votes: 606

6-episodes. Action comedy about a detective brought back to life by AI.

Commenced 10pm Wednesday, 29th April 2020 - concludes on Sky One.

*A Second Series has been commissioned, probably to air in 2021.*

22. Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai (2020)

30 min | Documentary

Brothers Ryan, Adam and Scott Thomas trace their family roots in India, joined by their dad Dougie, whose father was born in Mumbai. The siblings have never visited the country they descended from.

Stars: Adam Thomas, Ryan Thomas, Scott Thomas, Dougie James

Votes: 11

6-episodes. Brothers Scott, Adam and Ryan Thomas travel to India for the first time with their father to trace their family roots.

Commenced 8pm Wednesday, 29th April 2020 - concludes on ITV.

23. Paul Hollywood Eats Japan (2020)

60 min | Documentary

Master baker and The Great British Baking Show (2010) judge Paul Hollywood takes a culinary tour of Japan, a country he has never visited before, to learn about Japanese food culture.

Stars: Paul Hollywood, Rebecca Front

Votes: 29

The baker takes a culinary and cultural tour of Japan.

Commenced 9pm Tuesday, 28th April 2020 - concludes on Channel 4.

24. How to Keep Your Dog Happy at Home (2020)

30 min | Documentary

Advice on how to keep your canine companion(s) happy and healthy during the UK's lockdown - a period when many dog owners find themselves spending more time than ever with their pets and opportunities for walkies are limited.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Nicola Adams, Ben Fogle, Gabby Logan

Advice on looking after your pet dog during the lockdown.

Commenced 8:30pm Tuesday, 28th April 2020 - concludes on ITV.

25. Beat the Chasers (2020– )

60 min | Game-Show

In the first round, the contestant from the audience is asked up to five multiple choice questions. In the second round, the contestant plays for a jackpot in a quiz against up to five celebrity contestants from The Chase.

Stars: Bradley Walsh, Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan

Votes: 43

5-episodes. ITV test the water for this spin-off from the popular quiz show broadcasting all five episodes stripped across five days.

Commenced 9pm Monday, 27th April 2020 - concludes 9pm Friday, 1st May 2020 on ITV.

The artist hosts this art club giving advice, reviewing celebrity guests and viewers work and providing inspiration for art during the lockdown.

Commenced 8pm Monday, 27th April 2020 - concludes on Channel 4.

27. Gemma Collins: Diva on Lockdown (2020– )


With production of the 2nd series of Gemma Collins: Diva Forever (2019) halted by the lockdown in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, this spin-off show follows Gemma and her family during this testing time.

Stars: Gemma Collins, Angus Deayton, Dawn Collins, Hayden Collins

Votes: 10

Reality series following the TV personality as she deals with the Coronavirus lockdown.

Commenced 9pm Sunday, 26th April 2020 - concludes on ITVBe

28. Primates (2020)

58 min | Documentary

Natural history documentary series filmed over two years, revealing the strategies monkeys, apes and lemurs use to survive in the most unexpected places.

Star: Chris Packham

Votes: 40

3-episodes. Nature documentary looking at the way in which primates have adapted to survive in many different habitats around the world.

Commenced 8:15pm Sunday, 26th April 2020 - concludes on BBC One.

29. Van der Valk (2020)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Dutch detective takes on criminal cases in Amsterdam using insightful human observation and his natural street smarts.

Stars: Marc Warren, Maimie McCoy, Luke Allen-Gale, Elliot Barnes-Worrell

Votes: 681

3-episodes. A modern re-imaging of the 1970s detective drama set in Amsterdam.

Commenced 8pm Sunday, 26th April 2020 - concludes on ITV.

30. Reasons to Be Cheerful with Matt Lucas (2020)

30 min | Comedy

Matt Lucas sets out to entertain the nation during the lockdown with a dose of comedy and with the help of some of his celebrity chums and members of the Great British public.

Stars: Matt Lucas, Basil Brush, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Harry Hill

The comedian entertains the nation during lockdown with the help of celebrity guests.

Commenced 7:30pm Sunday, 26th April 2020 - concludes on Channel 4.

31. Gangs of London (2020– )

Not Rated | Action, Crime, Drama

Tells the story of London being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of its international gangs and the sudden power vacuum that's created when the head of London's most powerful crime family is assassinated.

Stars: Ray Panthaki, Joe Cole, Lucian Msamati, Paapa Essiedu

Votes: 8,284

Violent crime drama following the struggle for power among London's criminal underworld following the assassination of a criminal kingpin.

Commenced 23rd April 2020 - concluded on Sky Atlantic.

32. The Big Night In (2020 TV Special)

Comedy, Drama

BBC's Children in Need teams up with Comic Releif to raise money for Covid-19 presented by Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Matt Baker, Paddy McGuinness and Zoe Ball with filled with sketches and videos from the best of British TV.

Stars: Lenny Henry, Matt Baker, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness

Votes: 13

Sport Relief and Comic Relief come together for a charity fundraising telethon during the UK lockdown.

Broadcast 23rd April 2020 on BBC One.

33. Britain's Lost Battlefields with Rob Bell (2020)

60 min | Documentary, History

The engineer and television presenter brings to life the interesting stories of six important battles that shaped British history.

Stars: Rob Bell, Magnus Sigurdsson Hardradi, John Pegg

The engineer goes in search of the location of the sites of 6 battles that shaped British history.

Commenced Tuesday, 21st April 2020 - concludes on 5Select.

34. Life and Birth (2020– )

59 min

The series will feature a range of different birth stories, from pre-term complications on the antenatal ward to those starting to push on the delivery suite and from emergency caesarean ... See full summary »

Star: Suranne Jones

Votes: 10

6-episodes. Documentary series revealing what it really take to deliver Britain's next generation.

Commenced 8pm Tuesday, 21 April 2020 - concludes 8pm Tuesday, 26th May 2020 on BBC One.

35. How to Build (2020)

60 min | Documentary

Documentary series giving an access-all-areas look at the step-by-step process of how to construct some of the most impressive cars on the planet, told by the specialists who do it every day.

Stars: David Appleton, Michael Griffiths

Documentary series going inside some of the world's most prestigious car manufacturers and following the process of making the car stage by stage.

Commenced 20th April 2020 - concludes on More4.

36. Home Alone with Joel Dommett (2020)

50 min | Comedy

The comedian presents this anarchic antidote to being stuck indoors during the coronavirus lock-down. From his home he chats to celebrity guests, plays games with viewers and looks at how people are passing the time in isolation.

Stars: Joel Dommett, Arg, Blossoms, Baga Chipz

Votes: 5

3-episodes. The comedian invites celebrity guests to join him via video-link during lockdown.

Commenced 19th April 2020 - concluded 3rd May 2020 on ITV2.

37. Rebuilding Notre-Dame: Inside the Great Cathedral Rescue (2020 TV Special)


The collaboration between architects, scientists, archaeologists and engineers in their efforts to restore Notre Dame.

Director: Joby Lubman | Stars: Indira Varma, Dany Sandron, John Dickas, Patrick Chauvet

Votes: 6

Documentary following the work to restore the Parisian cathedral following the devastating fire that ripped through it.

Broadcast 15th April 2020 on BBC Four.

One-off documentary in which the celebrity chef and her daughter.

Broadcast 14th April 2020 on

39. Mend It for Money (2020 TV Special)

46 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

Restoration experts pitch against each other to win the job of sprucing up a prized item and estimate how much profit the item will make when it is sold.

Directors: John Russell, Simon Cooper | Stars: Tom Allen, Andy Blundell, Hannah Gordon, Sean Marshall

Votes: 8

Pilot for a heirloom restoration competition.

Broadcast 13th April 2020 on Channel 4.

40. Quiz (2020– )

147 min | Crime, Drama, Game-Show

Quiz tells the story of Charles Ingram, a former British army major, who caused a major scandal after being caught cheating his way to winning £1 million on the game show 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?'

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Sian Clifford, Mark Bonnar, Aisling Bea

Votes: 2,195

3-episodes. Drama based on the famous case of the Cheating Major Charles Ingram who fraudently won ITV game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Commenced 13th April 2020 - concluded 15th April 2020 on ITV.

41. A Country Life for Half the Price with Kate Humble (2020– )

60 min | Documentary

Kate travels around the UK meeting people who have swapped life in the city for a simpler, more self-sufficient life in the British countryside.

Star: Kate Humble

6-episodes. Kate Humble meets people who have swapped life in the city for a simpler life in the countryside.

Commenced Tuesday, 7th April 2020 - concludes on Channel 5.

42. Alma's Not Normal (2020– )

28 min | Comedy

After a recent break-up, Alma tries to get her life back on track. But with no job, no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, it's not going to be easy. Meanwhile her mum, who ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Chaplin | Stars: Sophie Willan, Shameem Ahmad, Maizie Wickson, Tahir Shah

Votes: 93

Sitcom pilot set in Bolton about a woman trying to get her life back on track.

Broadcast 7th April 2020 on BBC Two.

*A 5-episode first series has been commissioned following the success of the pilot. Expected in 2021.*

43. Critical: Inside Intensive Care (2020)

59 min | Documentary

Documentary series following staff as they provide critical and life-saving care at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales.

Star: Arbel Jones

4-episodes. Documentary series filmed in the intensive care unit of Royal Gwent Hospital.

Commenced 5th April 2020 - concluded 11th May 2020 on BBC One Wales.

44. Secrets of the Driving Test (2020– )

30 min | Documentary

Big changes have been made to the driving test with new manoeuvres, written tests and new technology being introduced. Filmed over a 2-year period we follow candidates taking the test with cameras fitted inside and outside of the test car.

Star: Alan Carr

6-episodes. Cameras are rigged to cars to film learner drivers as they attempt to pass their driving test.

Commenced 2nd April 2020 - concluded 21st May 2020 on ITV.

45. Socially Distant with Susan Calman (2020– )

30 min | Talk-Show

Susan Calman invites a host of comedians, actors and musicians to join her remotely through the medium of technology to cheer up the nation.

Stars: Susan Calman, Rachel Jackson

6-episode. The comedian hosts a comedy chat show via video-link during the UK lockdown.

Commenced 2nd April 2020 - concluded 7th May 2020 on BBC Scotland.

46. The Nest (2020– )


A teenage girl in Glasgow agrees to carry a baby for couple Dan and Emily.

Stars: Fiona Bell, Christine Bottomley, Martin Compston, Liz Ewing

Votes: 1,406

5-episodes. Drama about a wealthy Glasgow couple who hire a teenage girl to act as their surrogate.

Pencilled in to commence week beginning Saturday, 21st March 2020.

47. Hitmen (2020– )

30 min | Comedy, Crime

Fran and Jamie are best friends and business partners - they just happen to kill people for a living. Having stumbled into a career in contract killing, the misfit duo are definitely not your typical killers for hire.

Stars: Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Asim Chaudhry, Tonya Cornelisse

Votes: 386

6-episodes. Sitcom starring Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as incompetent, misfit assassins bungling their way through the world of hired killers.

Commences 10pm Wednesday, 25th March 2020 - concludes 10:30pm Wednesday, 8th April 2020 on Sky One.

*All 6 episodes available via SkyQ after episode 1 has broadcast.*

48. Kate & Koji (2020– )

30 min | Comedy

A working-class woman who runs an old-fashioned café in a neglected seaside town develops a strong, if sometimes volatile, friendship with an asylum-seeking African doctor.

Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jimmy Akingbola, Barbara Flynn, Blake Harrison

Votes: 194

6-episodes. Sitcom starring Brenda Blethyn as the owner of a seaside cafe who forms an unlikely friendship with an asylum-seeking African doctor.

Commenced 8pm Wednesday, 18th March 2020 - concluded 8pm Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 on ITV.

49. Feel Good (2020– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The series follows recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviors and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life.

Stars: Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie, Sophie Thompson, Tom Andrews

Votes: 2,804

6-episodes. Semi-autobiographical comedy starring UK-based Canadian comedian Mae Martin.

Commences 10pm Wednesday, 18th March 2020 - concludes 10pm Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 on Channel 4.

*Available via Netflix from Thursday, 19th March 2020* *All 6 episodes available via All4 after episode 1 has broadcast*

50. Penance (2020– )

60 min | Thriller