2020 highlights: From Dracula and James Bond, to Cush Jumbo's Hamlet and Andy Warhol

2020 starts with a bang⁠ — Claes Bang, the Danish actor who stars as the titular fang-bearer in the BBC’s new Dracula adaptation

Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 7:02 am


2020 starts with a bang – Claes Bang, the Danish actor who stars as the titular fang-bearer in the BBC’s new Dracula adaptation. The drama, from the Sherlock team, banishes Hammer Horror campery, restoring Bram Stoker’s Gothic intentions.

BBC2’s controversial factual drama Salisbury may be no less discomforting. Anne-Marie Duff and Rafe Spall star in the three-part series which explores the impact that the 2018 “Novichok” poisonings had on the community.

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Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant in the ITV drama Quiz (Photo: ITV)

Netflix hopes to lock in subscribers with Reality Z, a reinvention of Charlie Brooker’s E4 “zombies on the Big Brother set” horror series while RuPaul stars as Ruby Red in an “outrageous” scripted comedy series called AJ and the Queen.

Sky One’s Hitmen, starring Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, as two best friends who happen to kill people for a living, could be the next Killing Eve.


Hollywood is promising “the showdown we’ve all been waiting” for when Godzilla Vs Kong rumbles into multiplexes in the Spring. Millie Bobby Brown stars but don’t expect the result to be conclusive.

Tom Cruise returns to the cockpit, 31 years on, for long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick whilst Daniel Craig finally relinquishes the 007 code number in No Time To Die, the 25th Bond outing, which opens in April.

Tom Cruise revisits Top Gun in long-awaited sequel (Photo: Getty)

Edgar Wright returns with a new horror movie, Last Night In Soho, starring Matt Smith, inspired by classic chillers Don’t Look Now and Repulsion.


A new decade should mean a new Adele album, more than four years after 25 sold 22m copies. Will the confessional singer linger over the separation from husband Simon Konecki on the new collection?

Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary will be marked with a crowd-pleasing headline set by Sir Paul McCartney, who will be 78 when the festival rolls around, and a “legends” spot from Diana Ross, 75.

Taylor Swift arrives at iHeartRadio’s Z100 Jingle Ball 2019 at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2019 in New York City (Photo: Manny Carabel/Getty)

There’s every chance those two icons will one day be immortalised in music’s latest phenomenon – hologram tours.

An Evening With Whitney Houston, touring UK arenas in March, will test the public appetite for ghostly blasts from the past.


Tracing the final years of Cromwell, the “boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power”, the Man Booker Prize winner is promising nothing less than “the story of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.”


Cush Jumbo, British star of the hit US TV series The Good Fight, takes on Hamlet at the Young Vic in July.

Cush Jumbo will play Hamlet at the Young Vic next year (Photo: Young Vic)

Promising a “new kind of Hamlet for this generation,” Jumbo says “You don’t get to choose the play, it chooses you.”

Tom Stoppard explores anti-Semitism in his long-awaited new play Leopoldstadt, set in 1900 in Vienna’s Jewish quarter. Patrick Marber directs the Wyndham’s Theatre production.


In March, Tate Modern opens a major new Andy Warhol exhibition, telling the story of a “shy outsider who became a pop art superstar.”

The show will demonstrate how his work captured the contradictions of 20th century American society and culture, informed by his own identity as a gay Catholic man from a working-class immigrant family.

In the year that JMW Turner will appear on the new £20 bank note, Tate Britain will celebrate Britain’s great painter of the industrial revolution with a new exhibition this autumn, called Turner and the Modern World.


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