previews... - December 21, 2020

Best TV of January 2021: previews five of the best shows...
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Best TV of January 2021: previews five of the best shows... previews five of the most exciting TV dramas that will be coming to your screens in January...


The Serpent 

(BBC One)


Jenna Coleman and Tahar Rahim lead the way in this lavish re-telling of the story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj.

Rahim plays Sobhraj, with Coleman portraying his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc.

The story follows the pair across Thailand, Nepal and India in 1975 and 1976 as they carry out a spree of crimes on the Asian ‘Hippie Trail’ and becoming the chief suspects in a series of murders of young Western travellers.

Eventually, despite Sobhraj slipping through the net on multiple occasions, his crimes were pulled apart by Herman Knippenberg, a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok.

Starring alongside Coleman and Rahim are Billy Howle, Alice Englert, Tim McInnerny and Ellie Bamber. 



(Sky Atlantic)


Andrea Riseborough, Gabriel Byrne and Dane DeHaan star in this new eight-parter.

The series follows the journey of a large shipment of cocaine from Mexico to Italy, showing the work of the ruthless cartels, the power-hungry Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and corrupt American businessmen, who all make it possible. 

Stefano Sollima, who was the helm for Sicario: Day Of The Soldado, is among the directors.


A Teacher 

(BBC Two)


Kate Mara and Nick Robinson come together for this tense new drama. 

Mara plays Claire Wilson, a popular young high school English teacher, has an affair with an 18-year-old student, Eric Walker.

The series explores the pair's relationship and the fallout as it disintegrates.

Ashley Zukerman, Shane Harper, Marielle Scott and Dylan Schmid co-star alongside Mara and Robinson.

Hannah Fidell, who told the story in an independent film in 2013, now takes it to the small screen.


A Discovery Of Witches 

(Sky One)


Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer return for a second run of this glossy supernatural drama. 

In this series, Palmer's reluctant witch Diana Bishop and Goode's vampire Matthew Clairmont seek refuge in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London.

They have gone there to help Diana control her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life...

For this new run, the pair are joined by Tom Hughes, Steven Cree, Sheila Hancock, James Purefoy and Paul Rhys.



(BBC Four)


The hugely-acclaimed French drama comes to an end at the start of 2021. 

The series, which follows the travails of Caroline Proust's Captain Laure Berthaud and her team of investigators, has run for eight seasons, but comes down after this final run. 

In the final run, we follow Laure's team as they try to recover their reputation by taking on a case that no-one else wants - the murder of an identified minor in a run-down part of town.

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