Best British TV 2020

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Top brand new U.K television of 2020. It's not been a great start,let's hope it get's better!

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1. The English Game (2020– )

Sport | Post-production

The story of the invention of football and how it quickly rose to become the world's game by crossing class divides.

Stars: Edward Holcroft, Kevin Guthrie, Charlotte Hope, Niamh Walsh

Votes: 4,612

2. 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, Phil Burgers, Tom Andrews

Votes: 1,611

3. White House Farm (2020)

47 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Revolves around the true story of a fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family are murdered at an Essex farmhouse, and the ensuing police investigation and court case that follows.

Stars: Freddie Fox, Alexa Davies, Mark Addy, Scott Reid

Votes: 1,562

4. The Stranger (I) (2020– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Mystery, Thriller

Follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a stranger.

Stars: Richard Armitage, Shaun Dooley, Siobhan Finneran, Jacob Dudman

Votes: 22,373

5. The Windermere Children (2020)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War

This is the stark, moving ultimately redemptive story of the bonds these children make with one another, and of how the friendships forged at Windermere become a lifeline to a fruitful future.

Director: Michael Samuels | Stars: Thomas Kretschmann, Romola Garai, Iain Glen, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 914

6. Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King (2020)

Reality-TV, Sport

Behind-the-scenes reality series featuring one of sports most flamboyant and controversial characters and his larger-than-life family.

Stars: Ben Davison, Gareth A. Davies, Philip Glenister, Steve Bunce

Votes: 86

7. Meet the Richardsons (2020– )

40 min | Comedy

Mockumentary focusing on real-life comedy couple Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont, who play aptly fictionalised versions of themselves, their home and work lives, and relationships with their Hebden Bridge neighbours and celebrity friends.

Stars: Lucy Beaumont, Jon Richardson, Michele Austin, Damion Priestley

Votes: 134

8. The Trip to Greece (2020)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Actors Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan travel from Troy to Ithaca following in the footsteps of the Odysseus.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Kareem Alkabbani, Marta Barrio, Rob Brydon, Cordelia Bugeja

Votes: 192

9. Baghdad Central (2020– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, former police inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji has lost virtually everything. He searches for one of the few things remaining in his life, his missing estranged elder daughter.

Stars: Waleed Zuaiter, Corey Stoll, Bertie Carvel, Leem Lubany

Votes: 429

10. Trigonometry (2020– )

44 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A London couple struggling with an expensive apartment agree to take on a roommate.

Stars: Gary Carr, Ariane Labed, Thalissa Teixeira, Anne Consigny

Votes: 139

11. Flesh and Blood (2020– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Lives of three siblings are disrupted when their recently widowed mother declares she's in love with a new man. Tangled web of secrets, lies, rivalries and betrayals eventually leads to a murder.

Stars: Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Claudie Blakley, David Bamber

Votes: 643

12. Sandylands (2020– )

40 min | Comedy

When her father is declared 'lost at sea', Verma has to come back to Sandylands to manage his affairs.

Stars: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Simon Bird, Natalie Dew, Bronwyn James

Votes: 105

13. Belgravia (2020– )

TV-14 | Drama

It follows events decades later when the emerging nouveau riche, including the Trenchard family, rub shoulders with London's established upper classes, and when secrets from the past threaten to emerge.

Stars: Tamsin Greig, Philip Glenister, Harriet Walter, Alice Eve

Votes: 324

14. Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words (2019)

90 min | Drama

As members of the feuding Capulet and Montague families, Romeo and Juliet should be sworn enemies, but they fall deeply in love and marry in secret. This sets off a chain of events that culminate in tragedy.

Director: Michael Nunn | Stars: William Bracewell, Francesca Hayward, Matthew Ball, Marcelino Sambe

Votes: 69

15. Royal History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2020– )

59 min | Documentary, History

Historian Lucy Worsley debunks popular myths and royal as well as anti-royal propaganda about key events from British royal history including the English Reformation, the attack of the Spanish Armada and Queen Anne's forgotten legacy.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Susan Doran, Allison Goudie, Christopher Marsh

Votes: 12

16. Dracula (2020– )

TV-14 | 270 min | Drama, Horror

In 1897 Transylvania, the blood-drinking Count draws his plans against Victorian London.

Stars: Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, Morfydd Clark, Jonathan Aris

Votes: 35,179

17. Bumps (2020 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

A sixty-two-year-old divorcee with two grown-up children and no sign any grandchildren on the way decides to secretly undergo treatment to have a baby, only to learn that her 38-year-old daughter is also pregnant and due at the same time.

Director: Sandy Johnson | Stars: Amanda Redman, Lisa McGrillis, Seb Cardinal, Philip Jackson

Votes: 34

18. Deadwater Fell (2020– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a seemingly perfect and happy family is murdered by someone they knew and trusted, cracks appear on the surface of a supposedly idyllic community.

Stars: David Tennant, Cush Jumbo, Matthew McNulty, Anna Madeley

Votes: 1,929

19. The Nest (2020– )


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

Stars: Liz Ewing, Samuel Paul Small, Fiona Bell, Christine Bottomley

Votes: 132

20. Breeders (2020– )

TV-MA | Comedy

A comedic look at the trials and tribulations of parenthood.

Stars: Martin Freeman, Daisy Haggard, George Wakeman, Jayda Eyles

Votes: 832

21. Intelligence (2020– )


An NSA agent teams up with a computer analyst to form a new cyber crimes unit in the UK's Government Communications Headquarters.

Stars: Gana Bayarsaikhan, Oliver Birch, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Nick Mohammed

Votes: 818

22. The Nest (2020)

107 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Life for an entrepreneur and his American family begin to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor.

Director: Sean Durkin | Stars: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Charlie Shotwell, Anne Reid

Votes: 37

23. Mister Winner (2020– )


This new farcical comedy follows the ironically named Leslie Winner, a well-meaning optimist who frequently finds himself in the midst of chaos, through a combination of silly decisions and... See full summary »

Stars: Spencer Jones, Lucy Pearman, Leon Annor, Oliver Maltman

Votes: 61

24. McDonald & Dodds (2020– )

Not Rated | Crime

A shy and enigmatic Detective Sergeant is partnered with a wildly ambitious Detective Chief Inspector to solve crimes in the historic city of Bath.

Stars: Jason Watkins, Pearl Chanda, Tala Gouveia, Jack Riddiford

Votes: 489

25. Kate & Koji (2020– )

30 min | Comedy

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

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

Votes: 74

26. The Pale Horse (2020– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Is a trio of witches responsible for a series of sudden deaths or is there a rational explanation?

Stars: Georgina Campbell, Kaya Scodelario, Rufus Sewell, Kathy Kiera Clarke

Votes: 1,874

27. Noughts + Crosses (2020– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Set in a dangerous, alternate world where racism divides society, Noughts + Crosses follows two young people Sephy and Callum, who are divided by their colour but united by love.

Stars: Masali Baduza, Jack Rowan, Jonathan Ajayi, Rakie Ayola

Votes: 1,352

28. Cobra (2020–2021)

Action, Drama

A look at the British government in the midst of a terrible crisis. As widespread power outages cause chaos and threaten lives across the country, the COBRA committee comprised of the UK's ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Carlyle, Victoria Hamilton, Richard Dormer, David Haig

Votes: 1,247

29. Glass Houses (2020 TV Movie)

90 min | Thriller

Teenage babysitter Carrie Dawson has a chip on her shoulder on the heels of a humiliating family scandal. When she finds out that neighborhood Queen Bee Madeline Cooper may be to blame, she... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Pellerin | Stars: Bree Turner, Aviva Mongillo, Steve Byers, Kira Guloien

Votes: 96

30. 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: 239

31. The Trouble with Maggie Cole (2020– )

46 min | Comedy, Drama

It follows the stories and fall out for Maggie Connors, played by French, who doesn't pay attention to the cautionary adage that 'those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones'.

Stars: Mark Heap, Dawn French, Emily Reid, Vicki Pepperdine

Votes: 97

32. Penance (2020– )


The lives of grieving mother Rosalie and her daughter Maddie are changed forever when they meet Jed. A spark of hope for the future is rekindled within the household. But underneath, a deadly and morally corrupt triangle is taking shape.

Stars: Julie Graham, Tallulah Greive, Nico Mirallegro, Neil Morrissey

Votes: 214

33. SAS: Rogue Heroes


The six-part drama is based on Ben Macintyre's SAS: Rogue Heroes book, which charts the creation of the famed Special Forces unit.

34. Small Axe

60 min | Drama | Filming

Small Axe is based on the real-life experiences of London's West Indian community and is set between 1969 and 1982.

Stars: Thomas Coombes, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr, Karl Farrer, Malachi Kirby

35. Honour (2020– )

60 min | Crime | Post-production

Having discovered that the recently murdered woman had been to the police five times to report threats from members of her own family, DCI Goode vows that she would not rest until she gets justice for her.

Stars: Ahd, Waj Ali, Moe Bar-El, Rhianne Barreto

36. Black Narcissus

Drama | Post-production

Adaptation of the 1939 novel by Rumer Godden. A group of nuns face challenges in the hostile environment of a remote old Himalayan palace that they wish to make a convent.

Stars: Gemma Arterton, Jim Broadbent, Alessandro Nivola, Diana Rigg

37. Ridley Road

Thriller | Announced

When Vivien Epstein follows her lover into danger and he is caught between life and death, Vivienne finds herself going undercover with the fascists, not only for him but for the sake of her country.

38. Roadkill

Thriller | Announced

Politician Peter Laurence's private life is falling apart. Shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, he seeks to further his own agenda whilst others plot to bring him down. Can he out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize?

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Sarah Greene, Millie Brady, Deeivya Meir

39. Normal People (2020– )

Drama | Post-production

Follows Marianne and Connell, from different backgrounds but the same small town in Ireland, as they weave in and out of each other's romantic lives.

Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Eliot Salt, Desmond Eastwood

40. "The Sister" (2020– )

Thriller | Post-production

Almost a decade into his new devoted married life Nathan is rocked to the core when Bob, an unwelcome face from the past, turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastrophic decisions.

Stars: Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel, Amrita Acharia, Nina Toussaint-White

41. The Elephant Man

Drama | Announced

Based on the life of Joseph Merrick.

Star: Charlie Heaton

42. The Luminaries

Adventure | Post-production

Adventure mystery set in the midst of New Zealand's 1860's gold rush.

Stars: Eve Hewson, Eva Green, Himesh Patel, Ewen Leslie

43. The Serpent (2020– )


Story of con-man and mass-murderer, Charles Sobhraj, who is discovered and trailed by a young embassy official in mid-70's southeast Asia.

Stars: Jenna Coleman, Tahar Rahim, Pravessh Rana, Chicha Amatayakul

44. A Suitable Boy (2020– )

Drama | Post-production

A vast, panoramic tale charting the fortunes of four large families and exploring India and its rich and varied culture at a crucial point in its history.

Stars: Mikhail Sen, Danesh Razvi, Shubham Saraf, Sharvari Deshpande

45. Tom Jones

Comedy | Announced

A take on Henry Fielding's classic novel 'The History Of Tom Jones, A Foundling' which follows the exploits of a man who was found as an abandoned child on a wealthy estate in Somerset and ... See full summary »

46. The North Water (2020)

90 min | Drama | Filming

The North Water tells the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship's doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. On board he meets Henry Drax, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Colin Farrell, Jack O'Connell, Gary Lamont, Gerry Lynch

47. The Singapore Grip (2020– )

Drama | Post-production

The son of a British family living in South East Asia becomes involved in a love triangle.

Stars: Charles Dance, David Morrissey, Colm Meaney, Luke Treadaway

48. Death Comes as the End (2021– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery | Announced

Set in Ancient Egypt, a young woman suspects her priest father may be tied up in the death of a concubine.

49. The Salisbury Poisonings

Drama | Pre-production

A drama about the Novichok poisoning crisis in Salisbury in 2018.

Stars: Mark Addy, Amber Aga, MyAnna Buring, Bern Collaço

50. Tenacity

Drama | Announced

This follows disgraced military detective Danielle 'Dan' Lewis, who is sent to investigate a case when a dead submariner is discovered aboard the British nuclear submarine Tenacity. But ... See full summary »

51. I Hate Suzie

Comedy, Drama | Announced

A star on the wane, who has her whole life upended when her phone is hacked and a photo of her emerges in an extremely compromising position.

Stars: James Henri-Thomas, Kate Cook, Phil Daniels, Terence Egnie

52. Industry (2020– )

Drama | Pre-production

Young bankers and traders make their way in the financial world in the aftermath of the 2008 collapse.

Stars: Conor MacNeill, Marisa Abela, Priyanga Burford, Myha'la Herrold

53. Englistan

Drama | Announced

The story of a British Pakistani family told through three generations and forty years.

54. Adult Material

Drama | Post-production

A woman's life working in the adult film industry spans from its seedy beginnings to a highly successful enterprise.

Stars: Phil Daniels, Joe Dempsie, Rupert Everett, Kerry Godliman

56. Around the World in 80 Days

Adventure, Comedy | Pre-production

TV adaptation of Jules Verne's classic adventure following the English gentleman Phileas Fogg and his butler Passepartout.

Stars: Anthony Flanagan, Leonie Benesch, Faical Elkihel, Charlie Hamblett

57. Best Interests

Drama | Announced

A family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make.

58. Bloodlands (2020– )

Drama | Post-production

Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick who connects a suicide note with an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Sean McNamee, Brenda McNeill, Asan N'Jie

59. Intergalactic (2019– )


It follows a crew of fierce female convicts who break free and go on the run.

Stars: Imogen Daines, Craig Parkinson, Thomas Turgoose, Matthew Acton

60. Little Birds


TV adaptation of Anais Nin's infamous collection of erotic short stories.

Stars: Juno Temple, Raphael Acloque, Jean-Marc Barr, David Costabile

61. Miss Scarlet and the Duke (2020– )

Crime, Drama

Eliza Scarlet joins forces with a Scotland Yard Inspector to solve crime in 19th century London.

Stars: Kate Phillips, Cathy Belton, Stuart Martin, Danny Midwinter

Votes: 29

62. Quiz (2020– )

Drama | Post-production

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, Michael Sheen

63. Showtrial (2020– )

60 min | Crime

Talitha Campbell, the arrogant daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, is arrested following the disappearance of fellow student, Hannah Ellis, the hard-working daughter of a single mother.

64. The Irregulars (2020– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery | Active

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Stars: Mark Hugh-Williams, Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw, Jojo Macari

65. The Offenders

Drama | Pre-production

Seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a community payback sentence in Bristol.

Star: Stephen Merchant

66. Too Close (2019– )

Crime, Thriller

Forensic psychiatrist has to assess a woman accused of a heinous crime, who claims she can't remember a thing.

Star: Emily Watson

67. Viewpoint (I)

60 min | Drama, Thriller | Pre-production

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68. When it happens to you

Drama | Announced

The emotive issues around abortion in Northern Ireland and the experience of families and their loved ones whose lives have been profoundly affected by it.

69. Jan 22nd

Drama | Announced

Follows Arabella as she and her friends navigate new codes of sexual practice in London.

Star: Michaela Coel

70. Gangs of London (2019– )

Action, Crime, Drama

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

Stars: Asif Raza Mir, Lucian Msamati, Scott James, Ray Panthaki

Votes: 55

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71. The Letter for the King (2020– )

TV-PG | Action, Adventure, Family | Post-production

Tiuri, a teenage squire, answers a call for help that sends him on a perilous mission across the three kingdoms to deliver a secret letter to the King.

Stars: Amir Wilson, Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, Thaddea Graham, Islam Bouakkaz

Votes: 3,394

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