After a year that felt like the plot of a dystopian thriller, we turned to telly as our saviour.
We goggled at Tiger King, gawped at the sex scenes in Normal People, shouted at Quiz and argued conspiracy theories in The Undoing.
Whatever we’ve been watching, escapism has been the order of the day.
Drawing a line under 2020, it’s time to look ahead to months of exciting telly.
Hit shows are returning, including the BBC’s Line Of Duty, and Killing Eve, as well as ITV’s Unforgotten, The Bay and Marcella, and C4’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Here’s our round-up of the brand new dramas you won’t want to miss in 2021…
It’s A Sin, C4, late Jan
Doctor Who’s Russell T Davies penned this 1980s AIDS crisis drama, with an all-star cast including Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Shaun Dooley, Tracy Ann Oberman and Neil Patrick Harris.
The five-part series follows the lives of a group of 18-year-old gay men, Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin, who leave home and move into a London flat.
It explores how their dreams evolve in the shadow of HIV.
Bloodlands, BBC1, late Feb/early March
Life On Mars star John Simm headlines this detective drama, adapted from Peter James’ Roy Grace novels.
In this two-parter, Simm plays troubled, unorthodox Brighton detective Roy who is fixated on the disappearance of his wife, Sandy