previews... - November 28, 2019

Best TV of December 2019: previews 10 of the best shows...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best TV of December 2019: previews 10 of the best shows... previews the most exciting TV that will be coming to your screens in December...


Gavin & Stacey

(BBC One)


Nine years after we left Gavin and Stacey behind, we will meet them again, on Christmas Day. 

James Corden and Ruth Jones have re-teamed to write the special, which will run for a full hour. 

Plot details are under wraps, but all the big-hitters are back, including Larry Lamb, Alison Steadman, Julia Davis, Joanna Page and Matthew Horne. 



The Trial Of Christine Keeler

(BBC One)


James Norton, Ben Miles and Sophie Cookson lead this new BBC six-parter, which chronicles the 1963 political scandal the Profumo Affair. 

The Profumo Affair saw  John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War in Harold Macmillan's Conservative government, and Christine Keeler, a 19-year-old would-be model, have a brief relationship. 

This became embarrassing for the Conservative government when it emerged that Keeler had been simultaneously involved with Captain Yevgeny Ivanov, a Soviet naval attaché. 

As a result, Profumo resigned from the government and from Parliament. The repercussions of the affair severely damaged Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's self-confidence, and he resigned as Prime Minister a few weeks later. 

Miles play Profumo, Cookson is Keeler and Norton plays Stephen Ward, the man who introduced the pair. 

Ellie Bamber, Emilia Fox, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Anthony Welsh co-star alongside Cookson, Miles and Norton.

Amanda Coe, writer of hit period drama Life In Squares, has created this drama.



Cinderella: After Ever After

(Sky One)


David Walliams and Sian Gibson team up for this anarchic take on the classic tale. 

The story picks up after Gibson's Cinderella marries Walliams' Prince Charming.

Not long after, she has a rude awakening when she realises married life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

As well as that, it turns out her husband is an image-obsessed, floss dancing, hip hop rapping Prince...

Walliams co-wrote the script with the Dawson Brothers, writers on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Big School.

Sir Tom Courtenay and Celia Imrie co-star.



Elizabeth Is Missing

(BBC One)


Emma Healey's bestselling domestic thriller is taken to TV screens next month. 

Glenda Jackson leads the way, with Peaky Blinders' Sophie Rundle and Sam Hazeldine among the supporting cast. 

The story follows Maud, who sets out to find her best friend Elizabeth, after she goes missing. 

Maud, who struggling with dementia herself, is convinced that something terrible has occurred, and she sets out to solve the mystery, all the while fighting against time as her dementia worsens. 




(Sky One)


The beloved Finnish characters the Moomins get a second series of their new reboot in this new animated series.

The show is a new adaptation of Tove Jansson's loved body of work and will feature 13 22-minute episodes. 

The series' voice cast is impressive, with Taron Egerton, Rosamund Pike, Matt Berry, Bel Powley, Richard Ayoade, Akiya Henry, Will Self, Warwick Davis and Kate Winslet all featuring. 






Line Of Duty's Martin Compston gets to put on an accent closer to his native Glaswegian with new crime drama Traces, which is set in Dundee. 

The drama follows Emma Hedges, who returns to Dundee to start her new job as a lab technician.

As part of her training, she's encouraged to take part in an online course teaching the principles of forensic science.

Given a fictitious murder case, her task is to identify the victim and establish how they died. Thing is, Emma can identify the victim, it's her mother. 

Desperate for answers, she tries to re-open the case for real, only to be met with serious resistance. 

Molly Windsor plays Hedges, while Laura Fraser, Jennifer Spence, Laurie Brett, John Gordon Sinclair, Michael Nardone and Vincent Regan also co-star. 

The series has been written by Amelia Bullmore and is based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid.




(BBC Three)


Saturday Night Live regular Aidy Bryant leads this new comedy. 

Based on Lindy West’s bestselling 2016 memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.

It stars Bryant as Annie, a young journalist who wants to change her life — but not her body. A decision that's made harder by an increasingly chaotic family and personal life.

Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens, John Cameron Mitchell and Patti Harrison co-star alongside Bryant.



A Christmas Carol

(BBC One)


Charles Dickens' classic gets a dark re-telling with Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis, Stephen Graham, Charlotte Riley, Joe Alwyn, Vinette Robinson and Jason Flemyng all starring. 

Pearce plays Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who despises the Christmas holiday and treats the employees at his money-lending business terribly, allowing them to barely see their families over the festive period.

Over the course of Christmas Eve night, he is visited by three ghosts to show him his past, present and future, with life-changing consequences. 

The adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel has been done by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, actor Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott among the executive producers.



Martin's Ghost

(BBC Four)


Peter Capaldi will star in this short new chiller for BBC Four. 

Based on M.R. James' chilling ghost story of the same name, the 30-minute drama has been adapted and directed by Mark Gatiss.

Set in 1648, it follows John Martin, who is on trial for his life. Accused of murdering an innocent young girl, things don't look good for Martin.

There is only one thing in his favour, the girl he is accused of killing has been seen after her death...

Starring alongside Capaldi are Fisayo Akinade, Sara Crowe and Wilf Scolding.




(BBC One)


Mark Gatiss has been a busy man. As well as Martin's Ghost, he and his Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffatt have overseen a new take on Bram Stoker's classic. 

Set between Transylvania and Victorian London in 1897, the new series will take Stoker's original novel as the basis for its take on the famous vampire across three episodes. 

Danish actor Claes Bang is in the starring role, with John Heffernan, Sacha Dhawan, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Dolly Wells, Joanna Scanlan, Morfydd Clark, Lujza Richter and Gatiss himself among the supporting cast.

Jonny Campbell, Damon Thomas and Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool man Paul McGuigan have each directed an episode of the run.



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