By Samuel Muston on December 7th, 2019
1. Sex Education, season two (17 January 2020)
Season one of the wildly popular Sex Education saw Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) and his friend Maeve (Emma Mackey) set up a sex advice clinic at Moordale Secondary School – despite having no sexual experience himself. Using his sex-therapist mother’s expertise (Gillian Anderson), Otis dished out sex tips to his fellow classmates, spanning topics such as sexuality, porn and transphobia. Now with girlfriend Ola (Patricia Allison), season two will see eight episodes of Otis navigating his own sexual desires while managing his strained friendship with Maeve.
2. Next in Fashion, season one (to be confirmed, 2020)
Its launch date is still to be confirmed, but Next In Fashion’s Instagram account already features a slew of celebrities. From Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness to Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships Eva Chen, the stars are pictured holding an invitation to “Netflix’s first fashion show”. Hosted by Alexa Chung and Queer Eye’s fashion expert Tan France, Next In Fashion will pit 18 designers against each other in a series of challenges over 10 episodes to become the “next big thing”. The winner will receive a $250,000 (£196,572) prize and the chance to debut their collection on Net-a-Porter.
3. Eurovision (to be confirmed, 2020)
So ripe is the Eurovision Song Contest for teasing, it’s surprising there haven’t been more comedies set around it. No matter though, because at last, we have one incoming – and more to the point, it’s one written by Will Ferrell, who stars in it alongside Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens and Demi Lovato. Set in the 1970s – surely the Eurovision high-water mark – it follows Lars Erickssong (Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (McAdams) as they receive the opportunity of a lifetime: to represent Iceland at the song contest. Ferrell’s involvement signals that it’s likely to be on the wacky side — that is, if fictional Eurovision could be any wackier than the real thing.
4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: PS I Still Love You (12 February 2020)
A huge hit for Netflix, the first film adaptation of YA writer Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before saw 16-year-old Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) have her personal letters stolen and posted, ultimately leading her to find love with one of the recipients, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). Based on Han’s sequel, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: PS I Still Love You, the highly anticipated follow-up focuses on the duo’s relationship – that is, until another of Lara Jean’s love-letter subjects enters the picture. Packed full of 1980s and 1990s rom-com references, look out for a third and final instalment, too (Always and Forever, Lara Jean).
5. Wonderland (to be confirmed, 2020)
Directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), this Boston-set murder-mystery stars Mark Wahlberg as Detective Spenser, a poetry-reciting, ex-con turned private investigator. Based on the 48-book Spenser series by Robert B Parker, it has been adapted by Ace Atkins and begins with Spenser recently ejected from jail, stripped of his PI license and pulled back into the dark underbelly of the crime world. It’s not long before he discovers the truth behind a brutal murder – and all hell breaks loose.
6. Rebecca (to be confirmed, 2020)
Bold is the producer who undertakes a reboot of Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning 1940 film, Rebecca. But if anyone can pull it off, it’s Netflix. It certainly appears that the streaming service has put a considerable budget at director Ben Wheatley’s disposal. Armie Hammer, Ann Dowd, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Lily James will star in the latest adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic gothic novel. Details on the release date are scant, but with filming having started in early 2018, we’re hoping to be streaming it in the latter part of 2020.
7. Russian Doll, season two (to be confirmed, 2020)
In season one, we met Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne), a cynical game developer who, on her 36th birthday, finds herself stuck in a time loop of waking up and dying over and over again. She must unravel this existential horror, helped along the way by Alan Zaveri (Charlie Barnett), a man who died on the same night. Co-creators Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne and Leslye Headland are keeping quiet about season two, but we can safely expect the original format to survive intact.
8. The Eddy, season one (to be confirmed, 2020)
Elliot Udo, played by Moonlight’s André Holland, is a celebrated New York pianist who left his native city for Paris – only to find himself part-owner of a failing jazz club and in a tumultuous relationship with his lead singer, Maja (Joanna Kulig). With the arrival of his 15-year-old daughter Julie (Amandla Stenberg), moreover, Udo is forced to confront his reasons for running away from the States in the first place. Given that the show is written by five-time Bafta winner Jack Thorne (This is England ‘88 and ‘90) and created by Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land), you can expect an intense, musical drama.
9. Selena: The Series (to be confirmed, 2020)
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was the Grammy award-winning Tejano musician who rose to fame in the 1990s only to be murdered in March 1995 by her fan-club manager, Yolanda Saldívar. Netflix sought the approval of Quintanilla-Pérez’s relatives before proceeding with the project, described by the streaming service as a “two-part limited series” that begins with six one-hour episodes. The first tranche of episodes, which star Christian Serratos as Selena (The Walking Dead), follows her rise to fame. Twenty-four years after the singer’s tragic death, the series promises to put the spotlight firmly back on the 1990s superstar.