Despite production being halted and delayed across the board in 2020, there is new hope for TV and streaming in early 2021. Old favourites are set to make a comeback and fresh shows are lined up.
Kicking off the year, we have The Serpent airing on BBC 1 at 9pm New Year’s Day. This 8-part miniseries will be based on 70’s serial killer Charles Sobhraj and his partner, Marie-Andrée Leclerc, as they begin their infamous spree of crimes across the ‘Hippie Trail’ throughout Southeast Asia.
The Serpent is a co-production between BBC and Netflix and co-stars Tahar Rahim and Jenna Coleman as Sobhraj and his girl-friend Marie respectively, as they become chief suspects in a series of murders of young Western travellers.
The trailer, that you can check out below appears to set the tone for the series. Sobrhraj is captivating, charming and yet chilling at points. For Jenna Coleman, this role comes as a departure from her wholesome roles previously seen in Emmerdale and Doctor Who.
Will The Serpent match the promise of the trailer or will it fall flat in its retelling as other serial killer dramas have done before?
The Serpent will be aired on BBC 1 and BBC iPlayer within the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK.
Riding on the coattails of the The Simpsons is no easy feat. Matt Groening’s newest work Disenchantment initially fell short of expectations and there was some time before I warmed up to the characters and style of the show.
And now? Hooked. The characters have their flaws, some of the jokes are predictable but there is an edge to the show as the story unfolds following Tiabeanie as the non-traditional (alcoholic) princess and her two sidekicks: an elf and a demon in their many mishaps.
There is more for this show to give and I am excited to see just how far Disenchantment can take it.
Disenchantment Part 3 is due for release on January 15th to be streamed through Netflix.
Start your engines! Coming up we have season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
No time has been wasted in pulling together an exciting second season after the huge success of season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. BBC 3, rightfully, have enough confidence in the fanbase that a third season has already been confirmed ahead of the January release.
So, if you haven’t already, I recommend getting familiar with the fabulous line up of Drag Artists who represent cities all across the country – from Scotland to Essex. With an incredible media campaign underway, celeb judges lined up and a Christmas jingle available to watch below this will not be one to miss.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from January 14th.
TV and Streaming services are bringing new content to banish the New Year blues and that is not all there is to look forward to.
Netflix has taken on the task of translating several book favourites to the screen with release dates for The White Tiger and Shadow and Bone now confirmed. Sex Education S3 does not yet have a release date but is expected to be available for streaming before the end of the year.
Channel 4 will be releasing a hard-hitting drama on the HIV Pandemic in London, with lead singer Olly from Years & Years casted in a key role. It’s a Sin will be aired on Channel 4 in the UK and HBO Max in the US in early 2021.
Disney+ is ready to compete against streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime with a Loki miniseries due for release in May 2021 and WandaVision arriving in January.
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