Some of TBB’s favourites feature in HBO’s promo trailer of its new and returning projects for 2020.
Avenue 5 – created & directed by Armando Ianucci (Veep, The Personal History of David Copperfield) Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy series set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. Hugh Laurie stars as the Captain, and with him in charge, nothing can go wrong.
Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther, NW) is Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control on Earth. Extremely intelligent, intense, and slightly odd, she is frustrated and exhausted by lack of control. Rav is racked with guilt at having sent her two best friends into space in an attempt to fix their failing marriage.
Lenora Crichlow (Fast Girls, Being Human) is Billie McEvoy, second engineer. Young, outspoken, smart, career-focused, but exhausted by responsibility, Billie loves building and fixing things. She is terrified of dying in space. Avenue 5 also stars Ginny Holder (Holby City, Death in Paradise) and Lamin Tamba (A Moving Image).
The Outsider – Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, The Outsider begins by following a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy. But when an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in.
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Widows) stars as private investigator Holly Gibney.
The Undoing – Nicole Kidman reunites with Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley for this limited series based on the book You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
The story focuses on a successful therapist, Grace Sachs (Kidman). On the brink of publishing her first book, Grace has a devoted husband, Jonathan (Hugh Grant), and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Weeks before her book is published, she experiences a very public disaster. Horrified Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
Noma Dumezweni (Mary Poppins Returns) – plays an as yet unknown character.
January 22nd – is a co-pro between BBC and HBO. Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centres on Arabella, a care-free, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a holiday fling-turned aspirational boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when she is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.
Created by BAFTA award winning Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, Black Earth Rising) she also stars as lead character Arabella.
Weruche Opia (Bad Education, Just a Couple) joins as Terry Pratchard, Arabella’s fun-loving caring best friend. Her acting career has been stalled, her love life is erratic and disastrous but she’s always sure that something brilliant is about to happen.
Paapa Essiedu (Kiri, Black Earth Rising) plays Kwame Acheampong – a some time dancer who now teaches a gym class, he’s an attractive gay man with serious self-esteem issues when it comes to getting what he wants in sex and love.
Aml Ameen (Yardie, Mazerunner), Adam James (Belgravia, Doctor Foster), Sarah Niles (Catastrophe, Rocks) and Ann Aikin (Career of Evil, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: The Commuter) also star.
Westworld (series 3) – from executive producers Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and J.J. Abrams, returns for its third season. Here’s what to know so far about the upcoming season and what you need to know to catch up on the sci-fi drama, about the dawn of artificial intelligence and the birth of a new form of life on Earth.
Thandie Newton (returns as Maeve Millay a host who acted as the madam of Sweetwater, the largest town in Westworld. The series so far has seen Maeve realise that her life has been a lie. She is able to “wake up” and get her programming altered, to maker her more intelligent and able to control other hosts with her voice. At the end of the first season, she gets help to leave the Westworld park. However, memories tell her she has a daughter so she returns to find her. The second season focused on her attempts to locate her daughter.
Other shows returning that we’re absolutely here for, include Issa Rae’s Insecure, A Black Lady Sketch Show and a new show called Betty – set in New York and follows a diverse group of teenage skater girls.
Shows that we’re already watching include His Dark Materials another BBC HBO collabo which stars Lucian Msamati (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) and Ariyon Bakare (Life, Carnival Row), Clarke Peters (The Wire, Bulletproof) and Simon Manyanda (The Bay) – airing Sundays on BBC 2 at 8pm.
Not forgetting the sublime Watchmen starring multi-award-winning acting queen Regina King (Southland, Seven Seconds, The Boondocks) – airing Mondays 9pm on Sky Atlantic.