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Best TV of February 2020: previews five of the best shows...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best TV of February 2020: previews five of the best shows... previews five of the most exciting TV dramas that will be coming to your screens in February...


The Pale Horse

(BBC One)


The BBC's yearly reunion with Agatha Christie continues into 2020 with The Pale Horse. 

The story, which is a classic Christie full of twists and turns, begins with the discovery of the body of a young woman. 

Shortly afterwards, a mysterious list of names is discovered in her shoe, prompting two key questions. Who wrote the list, and who do these names refer to?

One of the first names on the list is Mark Easterbrook, a newly remarried man, who is still grieving for the loss of his first wife. 

Easterbrook sets out to find out how and why his name came to appear on the list, an investigation that leads him to the peculiar home of a trio of rumoured witches, The Pale Horse, in the beautiful village of Much Deeping...

Rufus Sewell leads the way as Easterbrook, with Kaya Scodelario, Claire Skinner, Bertie Carvel, Sean Pertwee, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, James Fleet and Poppy Gilbert in supporting roles. 

Sarah Phelps, who previously adapted And Then There Were None, The ABC Murders and Ordeal By Innocence as well as 2019 hit The Dublin Murders, is back on adaptation duties again. 



Mrs Fletcher

(Sky Atlantic)


Kathryn Hahn stars in this charged new comedy-drama. 

Hahn plays Eve Fletcher, a middle-aged divorcée, who is undergoing a mid-life crisis. 

When her son Brendan leaves to go to college, she reinvents her life to find the happiness and sexual fulfilment that’s eluded her in the past...

The series based on the book of the same name by Tom Perrota, whose previous credits include Election and Little Children. 

Jackson White, Owen Teague, Cameron Boyce, Domenick Lombardozzi, Katie Kershaw and Jen Richards are in supporting roles. 



The Righteous Gemstones

(Sky Atlantic)


Danny McBride has created and stars in this hilarious new series. 

We follow the Gemstones, a family of televangelists and megachurch pastors led by widowed patriarch Eli Gemstone, who tries to keep order among his bickering children.

The family is rocked when blackmail plot orchestrated against McBride's Jesse Gemstone by a trio of masked figures who threaten to expose videos of his lecherous private life. Now they've got to come together to sort it...

John Goodman plays Eli, with Adam DeVine, Edi Patterson, Tony Cavalero, Cassidy Freeman, Skyler Gisondo, Dermot Mulroney, Walton Goggins and Jennifer Nettles also in the cast.

The series will run for nine episodes and a second season has already been confirmed.



(Channel 4)


The curtain comes down on the long-running drama next month with the unveiling of the eighth and final season. 

In this season, we find Mandy Patinkin's Saul working as the National Security Advisor for newly inaugurated President Ralph Warner and newly assigned to negotiate peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In order to do this, he sends for Claire Danes' Carrie Mathison, feeling her knowledge and experience in Afghanistan is essential...


Baghdad Central

(Channel 4)


This raw and bloody six-parter, which is set just after the fall of Sadam Hussein, arrives in early February. 

We follow an Iraqi ex-policeman named Muhsin al-Khafaji, who is in a world of pain after losing his job, his house and his wife. 

He then finds himself attempting to track down his missing estranged daughter. Somehow, things get worse when, after a case of mistaken identity, Khafaji become the victim of arrest and torture at the hands of the US military...

Can he turn things around?

Altered Carbon star Waleed Zuaiter plays Khafaji, with Homeland’s July Namir, Bertie Carvel, Neil Maskell and Corey Stoll also in the cast. 


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