previews... - June 22, 2020

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


Mrs America 

(BBC Two)


Cate Blanchett stars in this lavish new nine-parter, which chronicles the life of Phyllis Schlafly.

Set during the years surrounding the introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment, Schlafly argued that giving equal rights to women would cause more harm than good and began a campaign to halt the process, leading her clash with high-profile feminist campaigners like Gloria Steinem and Feminine Mystique author Betty Friedan. 

Dahvi Waller, whose credits include Mad Men and Halt and Catch Fire, has created the series, while Captain Marvel co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and Belle's Amma Assante are among the directors on the series. 

Blanchett leads an all-star cast which also includes Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Elizabeth Banks, Margo Martindale, John Slattery, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tracey Ullman and Sarah Paulson.


Penny Dreadful - City Of Angels 

(Sky Atlantic)


The dark hit is taken 50 years further on in this new spin-off, which is set in Los Angeles,

Set in 1938, we follow Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener as they investigate a grisly murder, which has shocked the city, and brought forth supernatural forces...

Creator John Logan is in charge once again, with nine episodes in the first series. 

Natalie Dormer leads the way with Rory Kinnear, Kerry Bishé, Adriana Barraza and Nathan Lane among the supporting cast.


The Plot Against America 

(Sky Atlantic)


Philip Roth's beloved dystopia hits the small screen next month, overseen by David Simon, creator of The Wire. 

Set in an alternate America, we follow the Finkels, a working-class Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey. 

Their lives are turned upside as we watch the rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. 

Winona Ryder, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Michael Kostroff and David Krumholtz star in this six-episode run.


The Secrets She Keeps

(BBC One)


We head to Sydney for this six-parter, which is lead by Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael and Arrow's Jessica De Gouw.

Carmichael and De Gouw play two women who are both pregnant with the same due date, and, after a chance encounter in a supermarket, the pair become close, despite their different material circumstances.

But, as the drama plays out, it is revealed that both women have dark secrets, dark secrets that are destined to come out...

Sarah Walker and Jonathan Gavin have adapted Michael Robotham's psychological thriller novel for the series.

Michael Dorman and Ryan Corr also take key roles.





The second season of Joe Hill's supernatural adaptation arrives next month.

Once again, we're with Victoria "Vic" McQueen, a young working-class artist who discovers that she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx, a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children.

Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Jahkara Smith and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson return to star.


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