Jesse Armstrong’s pitch-perfect drama about a Murdoch-like figure and his ever gruesome children.
Julia Davis does Sappho in the suburbs: probably the funniest, and rudest, comedy on TV this year.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge reinvented the serial killer drama and made a star of Jodie Comer in one fell swoop.
A Very English Scandal
How we loved Hugh Grant in Russell T Davies’s deliciously camp drama about Jeremy Thorpe.
The Funeral Murders
Vanessa Englen surpassed herself with this film about events in Northern Ireland in 1988.
This adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s much-loved novels was drier than the driest Martini.
Inside the Foreign Office
Yes, Minister for the age of Brexit. Director Michael Waldman deserves a prize for his eerie timing alone.
Let’s hope there’ll be a second series of Abi Morgan’s soapy, slyly feminist drama about female divorce lawyers.
Arena: Stanley and his Daughters
Francis Hanly’s extraordinary film about Stanley Spencer’s daughters was a work of art in its own right.
Thanks to Ben Chaplin’s turn as a tabloid editor, it was almost possible to forget that Mike Bartlett’s newspaper drama was rather silly.
This article appears in the 08 Dec 2020 issue of the New Statesman, Christmas special