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At least we’ll have some good TV to watch if there’s a second lockdown


here’s nothing better than a new wave of good telly coming to our screens.

It’s been barrel-scraping for a few months, but thank goodness we’ve got a few good shows now.

This week we’ve had ITV’s new crime series Des starring David Tennant as serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

The three-part series, which also stars Daniel Mays as Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay and Jason Watkins as Nilsen’s biographer Brian Masters, ran on consecutive nights this week to rave reviews, with The Independent’s Ed Cumming giving it four stars.

Next week, we have the new four-part BBC drama Us starring Tom Hollander (of The Night Manager and Baptiste) as Douglas, a pedantic pharmaceutical scientist, who embarks on a three-week trip of a lifetime around Europe with his wife Connie (Belgravia’s Saskia Reeves) and their teenage son.

But it turns into a holiday from hell as Connie breaks the news to him that she wants a divorce.

Also on the cards next week is Amazon Prime Video’s eight-part remake of Utopia – inspired by the Channel 4 series of the same name – and starring John Cusack in his first regular TV role. 

It’s written by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn and follows a group of friends who realise their favourite comic book correctly predicts a pandemic.

Does it sound familiar? Well, at least we have some worthwhile TV to watch from the safety of our own homes.


Charlotte Cripps

Culture writer

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