Sitcom, sci-fi and noir: cultural preview 2021

Succession and Line of Duty are back, there’s a sex worker musical, a new take on Lord of the Rings – and Kate Winslet returns to the small screen. The Guardian, December 2020.

The Bay

(ITV) The first series of The Bay existed to fill the hole Broadchurch left in your life; a scenic whodunnit set in a town full of the most suspicious people imaginable. The second begins in January and has the potential to be a simple do-over. However, with Morvern Christie’s spectacularly flawed DS Lisa Armstrong at the centre, and the addition of the splendidly gruff James Cosmo to the cast, it will hopefully avoid that trap.

• 13 January

Wandavision

(Disney+) Marvel’s television offerings have been a mixed bag so far; the network fare was too broad and the Netflix shows too dull. But now, under the leadership of the film universe’s guiding hand, Kevin Feige, we might see a glimmer of promise. Wandavision is a show about Scarlet Witch and Vision, and exists to set up Phase 4 of the MCU. But it’s also going to take the form of several sitcom pastiches. This will either be amazing or awful, but it won’t be dull. • 15 January

Kelly McDonald, Line of Duty

Read more : https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/dec/30/must-see-tv-of-2021-superhero-sitcoms-sci-fi-noir?

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