5 upcoming BBC dramas to have on your radar this year

With the festive season behind us, we have not only entered a new year but a brand new decade. 2020 is our chance to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. It also means we have 12 months of exciting new TV ahead of us, and what could be better than that?

To kick start the new year, the BBC has unveiled a list of new dramas it has in the pipeline, and we’re totally spoiled for choice. From the return of award-winning hits such Killing Eve, His Dark Materials and police drama Line of Duty, to a fresh batch of programmes including gripping thrillers, talent shows and more. Just take a look at the trailer below…

Impressive, right? At this rate, we won’t even need to make any social plans in 2020 as we’ll get all the entertainment we need from the comfort of our living room sofa.

Here are some of the BBC dramas we’re looking forward to the most.

The Pale Horse

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This is the BBC’s latest Agatha Christie adaptation by Bafta-nominated writer Sarah Phelps. The murder mystery stars Rufus Sewell (The Man In The High Castle, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, The Father) in the lead role as Mark Easterbrook. The summary reads: ‘When a murder investigation is launched into the death of a young woman, a mysterious list of names is discovered in her shoe -prompting an inquiry not only to find the killer, but also to understand the list of names. Who wrote the list, and who do these names refer to?’

Noughts & Crosses


Noughts & Crosses is an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s bestselling young adult novel of the same name. As those who have read the book will know, the story is set in a dystopian world where black people and white people are segregated into two classes,  the crosses (black ruling class and the noughts (white underclass who were once slaves to the crosses). The story follows the leaders of the two groups  Sephy and Callum who were once childhood friends and features a highly-anticipated cameo by Stormzy, who is a big fan of Blackman’s work.

January 22nd

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This exciting new series is written by Michaela Coel, who also stars in the lead role. As stated in the BBC summary, January 22nd is ‘fearless, frank and provocative drama that explores 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.’

Black Narcissus

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Starring Gemma Arteton, Black Narcissus is based on a notorious erotic story about nuns. The series will see the BBC and Bafta award-winning writer Amanda Coe return the  haunting love story to its original setting in the 1930s where it follows Sister Clodagh (Arterton) and the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu.

A Suitable Boy


Yet another adaptation by the BBC, A Suitable Boy is the first onscreen version of Vikram Seth’s classic novel of the same name. It tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala); coming of age in North India in 1951 at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election.


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This four-part drama by David Nicholls is an adaptation of his hugely popular novel of the same name. Us stars Tom Hollander in the lead role as Douglas Petersen, a man who is completely blindsided when his wife (played by Saskia Reeves) reveals she isn’t sure she wants to be married to him anymore. Featuring Nicholls’ signature mix of humor and heartbreak, the show brings the Petersens’ poignant and often hilarious story to life, taking viewers with them on their once-in-a-lifetime journey through some of the most beautiful cities in the world.