THERE’S no need to feel lonely this lockdown – a host of familiar faces are ready to entertain, thrill and make you laugh.
And because they are all on your favourite streaming services you don’t need to socially distance from them.
With thousands of shows on offer, scrolling through endless menus to find one that suits you can be a chore – so let TV Editor ANDY HALLS guide you through the best.
THE WIRE (Sky)
THIS legendary crime drama, dating from 2002 and starring a very young Dominic West and Idris Elba, explores the drug-infested city of Baltimore, and follows the game of cat and mouse played out between those on the right and wrong sides of the law.
THE SOPRANOS (Sky)
ACCLAIMED, award-winning drama about life in the Mob, starring James Gandolfini as family leader Tony Soprano as he grapples with the issues of his unravelling personal and professional lives.
GAVIN & STACEY (BBC)
OFF the back of a repeat of the 2019 Christmas special, every episode of the three series of one of our finest comedies, written by and starring James Corden and Ruth Jones, is now available on BBC iPlayer.
THE OFFICE US (Netflix)
THE American version of The Office, starring Steve Carell as Michael Scott in place of Ricky Gervais as hapless boss David Brent, has been added to Netflix. Whisper it, but some have even said it’s better than the UK version.
You can catch up on The Sopranos on SkyCredit: Alamy
James Avery as Philip Banks, Will Smith as William ‘Will’ Smith, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks Credit: Getty Images – Getty
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR (BBC)
ALL six series of this classic Nineties comedy, starring Will Smith in his breakout role, are there to enjoy.
THE WEST WING (C4)
CLASSIC US political drama following a group of cut-throat presidential aides and their chaotic personal lives.
LOVELY comedy about two best pals who go metal detecting, played by Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones. It’s the best telly you’ve never seen.
THE eighth and final series of the cult French cop series has landed on iPlayer — along with the other seven. Fans of foreign crime thrillers like The Killing will binge through the lot.
Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook in DetectoristsCredit: BBC
GAME OF THRONES (Sky)
EIGHT series of this dragon-infested fantasy drama should see you a good way through lockdown. Based on the hit books of George RR Martin.
BREAKING BAD (Netflix)
ONE of the greatest TV dramas yet made, it features dying chemistry teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, who turns to making and selling crystal meth to support his family after he dies.
THE SERPENT (BBC1)
TRUE crime drama starring Jenna Coleman and Tahar Rahim as a menacing couple who prey on backpackers in Seventies Bangkok, with a Dutch diplomat on their trail.
IT’S Downton Abbey meets Fifty Shades Of Grey. This sexed-up period drama has divided opinion but it could appeal if you enjoyed the likes of Vanity Fair and ITV’s Victoria.
Tom and Olivia snuggle and watch the sunset in The CabinsCredit: ITV
THE CABINS (ITV2)
IF you are pining for Love Island, ITV2 has a new show for you. Singletons pair up in a remote set of cabins where they can choose after 24 hours to stick or twist. In a first for the channel, one pair is a lesbian couple.
THE GREAT (C4)
NEW US comedy drama loosely based on Catherine The Great’s life. Stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult.
POOCH PERFECT (BBC1)
ACTRESS and self-confessed dog lover Sheridan Smith fronts her first primetime TV show as the hunt for Britain’s best dog groomer comes to the BBC. Starts tonight at 8pm.
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (Channel 5)
Rebooted version of the cosy and heartwarming drama about a Scottish vet who takes a job in the Yorkshire Dales.
THE UNDOING (Sky)
GRIPPING whodunnit set in New York about the death of a beautiful young mum who was found battered to death by her son. Stars Hugh Grant, but don’t hold that against it.
Myha’la Herrold in Industry Credit: BBC
THE VIRTUES (All4)
IT won’t cheer you up, but Stephen Graham’s turn as a depressed dad falling off the wagon is a powerful watch.
A GLITZY and steamy city-based romp following five graduates who want a job at a top London investment bank.
THE GRAND TOUR: A MASSIVE HUNT (Amazon Prime)
JEREMY Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond return for their latest escapade — this time in Madagascar.
Line of Duty is back in March
Dancing On Ice returns later this monthCredit: ITV
LINE OF DUTY (BBC1)
THE best show on TV is back this March as Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar return to investigate more police corruption.
DANCING ON ICE (ITV)
SOME much-needed glamour following the success of Strictly in 2020. Becky Vardy, Jason Donovan and Rufus Hound vie for the trophy. Starts on Sunday.
THE PURSUIT OF LOVE (BBC1)
LILY JAMES and Emily Mortimer star as Linda and Fanny in the drama based on Nancy Mitford’s classic book. Lily’s pal Dominic West and Andrew Scott also feature. Expected early this year.
SURANNE Jones, Rose Leslie and Martin Compston star in this detective thriller about the disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on board a Trident submarine. Expected early this year.
Suranne Jones and Shaun Evans in new BBC thriller Vigil
CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS (BBC Three)
THE much-anticipated follow-up from Sally Rooney, who wrote last year’s hit Normal People. Two students living in Dublin form a complicated connection with an older couple. Broadcast date unknown.
FOUR LIVES (BBC)
GRITTY drama about “Grindr killer” Stephen Port. Sheridan Smith plays the mother of Anthony Walgate, one of the murderer’s victims, and Stephen Merchant stars as Port. Broadcast date unknown.
THIS IS GOING TO HURT (BBC2)
DRAMA series based on Adam Kay’s best-selling memoir. Ben Whishaw portrays the junior doc who tries to get by in an obstetrics and gynaecology unit, nicknamed the “brats and tw*ts” unit. Broadcast date unknown.
James Nesbitt at the Titanic Studio in Belfast where drama Bloodlands was filmedCredit: PA:Press Association
BASED on Peter James’ detective novels, with John Simm taking the role of Roy Grace who is fixated on the disappearance of his beloved wife. Broadcast date unknown.
CRIME drama following the hunt for an assassin. Starring James Nesbitt and produced by Line Of Duty genius Jed Mercurio. Broadcast date unknown.
IT’S A SIN (C4)
QUEER As Folk writer Russell T Davies delves into 1980s gay life during the Aids crisis. Starring Stephen Fry, Keeley Hawes and Neil Patrick Harris. Airs January 22
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