TV Picks: 30th December

TV Picks: 30th December

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Wednesday, 30th December 2020
Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

It's almost New Year's Eve but there is still plenty of great TV to watch in 2020. Here are our top picks. 


BBC One, 9:45pm 

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

2020 has not been an easy year for the Jessops.

Set post-lockdown, the family decide to take a last-minute holiday to Margate to lift their spirits. 

With future plans dashed, finances devastated and what was meant to be a once in a lifetime holiday to California cancelled, the Jessops are determined to get some family time. 

Katherine Parkinson plays Rachel and Jim Howick plays her husband Paul, they are joined by Alison Steadman who plays grandmother Sue, Tori Allen-Martin who plays Cherry and Tom Basden who plays Robin and also wrote the series. 

The family’s shenanigans and antics are filmed by the youngest son.

Will the postponed summer holiday bring them closer together or push them further apart?

Yearly Departed 

Amazon Prime 

Some of the funniest women in TV, Tiffany Haddish, Phoebe Robinson, Rachel Brosnahan and Sarah Silverman, are coming together to bid farewell to the awful year that has been 2020. 

The comedians offer up their own unique eulogies to commemorate the past year, talking about everything from influencers, to casual sex, to the nuclear codes.

In keeping with the celebration of the death of 2020, the special is set in a funeral home and all the attendees are dressed in black, but it promises to not be a sombre affair.  

Uncle Vanya 

BBC Four, 10pm 

The classic Anton Chekhov play was filmed in the Harold Pinter Theatre and tells the story of human fragility, loneliness and hidden passions.

It’s the height of summer and Sonya (Aimee Lou Wood) and her uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) are whiling away their days in crumbling estate deep in the countryside, occasionally visited by the local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage). 

Their content state of idleness is broken when Sonya’s father, Professor Serebryakov (Ciarán Hinds), returns with her new wife (Rosalind Eleazar) and announces he intends to sell the house. 

Any pleasantries are soon put to one side as repressed feelings and emotions begin to emerge with irreversible consequences. 

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It's almost New Year's Eve but there is still plenty of great TV to watch in 2020. Here are our top picks.