previews... - March 23, 2020

Best TV of April 2020: previews 10 of the best shows...
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Best TV of April 2020: previews 10 of the best shows...

It's a bumper TV preview for you this month. previews 10 of the most exciting TV dramas that will be coming to your screens in April...


Normal People

(BBC Three)


Sally Rooney's hugely acclaimed 2018 novel is brought to the small screen next month. 

Adapted by Rooney alongside writers Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, the series will run across 12 half-hour episodes. 

The series tracks the relationship of teenagers, Marianne and Connell, from the end of their school days in a small town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College in Dublin, as they weave in and out of each other's lives. 

Daisy Edgar-Jones, best known for her role in Gentleman Jack, plays Marianne, with newcomer Paul Mescal as Connell. The Dublin Murders' Sarah Greene and Outlander's Aislín McGuckin are among the supporting cast. 

Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson and award-winning director Hettie McDonald sharing the directorial duties.


Code 404

(Sky Comedy)


Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham come together for this new knockabout comedy. 

Mays plays Detective Inspector John Major, a much-admired detective who is killed in action. 

Using experimental Artificial Intelligence technology, he is brought back to life, much to his colleagues' delight. Sadly, when the technology is proved to be not quite up to scratch, the problems start to pile up...

Michelle Greenidge, Anna Maxwell-Martin and Amanda Payton are among the other cast for the seven-episode run, which has been created by some of the key team behind Horrible Histories.


Save Me Too

(Sky Atlantic)


The follow-up to Lennie James' much-loved mystery saga arrives on the small screen at the start of April. 

Save Me saw James play Nelson ‘Nelly’ Rowe, a chancer, who is down on his luck as he desperately searches for his missing teenage daughter Jody, who he hasn’t seen for a decade.

In the new run, In the second run, we pick things up 17 months later and whilst the furore over Jody’s disappearance has subsided, Nelly is still as determined as ever to find her...

Suranne Jones returns to star alongside James with Lesley Manville also joining the cast for the new series. 



(Sky Comedy)


Domnhall Gleeson and Merrit Weaver come together for this high-octane comedy, which has been co-created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her Fleabag collaborator Vicky Jones. 

Weaver plays Ruby Richardson and Gleeson portrays Billy Johnson. Together in college, the two made a pact 17 years earlier: If either one of them texted the word "RUN" and the other replied with the same, then they would drop everything and meet in Grand Central Station in New York. 

From there, they would travel across the US together. Fed up with her suburban life, Richardson texts the fateful words, but she's not expecting Johnson to do the same and reunite the pair...

Waller-Bridge, Rich Sommer, Tamara Podemski and Archie Panjabi are also in the cast for this seven-episode run.





The dramatic events that followed Major Charles Ingram's jackpot win on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? are re-told by writer James Graham in this three-part drama. 

The events took place in 2001, when Major Ingram, his wife Diana and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds.

The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant.

Michael Sheen plays Chris Tarrant, with Matthew Macfadyen as Ingram and Fleabag's Sian Clifford as his wife Diana. 

They lead an all-star cast that also includes Helen McCrory, Aisling Bea, Mark Bonnar and Michael Jibson. 


Gangs Of London

(Sky Atlantic)


Gareth Evans, the man behind The Raid, has created this brutal action-drama about different gangs battling for control of the UK capital’s criminal underworld.

We watch on as Finn Wallace - the most powerful criminal in London, is assassinated, leaving a sudden power vacuum. That, in turn, threatens the fragile peace between the intricate web of gangs operating on the streets of the city.

In his father's absence, it’s up to Finn’s son Sean to take back his family’s control of the city.

Peaky Blinders' Joe Cole leads the way and is joined by Serena Kennedy, Jude Akuwudike, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Sope Dirisu and Michelle Fairley. 

The drama will unfold over 10 episodes. 


The Luminaries

(BBC Two)


Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize-winning novel is brought to the small screen across six episodes. 

Set in the 1860s on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the gold rush, the series follows young adventurer Anna Wetherell, who has sailed from Britain to New Zealand to begin a new life.

Will she succeed or will she fail? 

Eve Hewson, Eva Green, Himesh Patel, Ewen Leslie, Marton Csokas and Benedict Hardie all star, with Ophelia director Claire McCarthy taking charge of all episodes. 

Catton, who scripted this year's new take on Emma, has adapted her own novel. 


Miss Scarlet and the Duke



Peaky Blinders star Kate Phillips and Jamestown's Stuart Martin come together for this new drama. 

Phillips plays Eliza Scarlet, a young woman who is left penniless after her father dies.

To get through it, she resolves to continue his detective agency, and, she invests in a partner, William Wellington, a Scotland Yard Inspector, better known as The Duke...

Together they prove unstoppable...





Fargo's Alison Tolman stars in this quirky drama. 

Tolman plays Jo Evans, a newly divorced police chief who takes in a young child whom she finds near the site of a mysterious accident, but soon discovers that the girl has no memory of what has happened or who she is.

When Evans starts investigating what happens, things become very strange very quickly...

Owain Yeoman, Ashley Aufderheide, Robert Bailey Jr., Zabryna Guevara, Donald Faison and Clancy Brown star alongside Tolman. 





The Handmaid's Tale O-T Fagbenle stars in this new sitcom. 

Fagbenle plays Max, formerly famous boyband star who tries to make a comeback and win back his supermodel girlfriend, with some interesting models. 

Real-life supermodel Jourdan Dunn, Helen Monks and Christopher Meloni star, with Fagbenle writing, directing and starring.