With all the current health concerns at the moment surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, we thought it would be nice to take a step back and focus on a gentle distraction. With that in mind, we’ve gathered the best upcoming TV shows over the next few months, and why you should tune in. From Eurovision 2020 to Judge Judy, here’s what we’ll be watching.
Everyone’s heard of Eurovision. The contest started in 1956 and has grown bigger and bigger each year. Whether you love or hate the cheesy antics on the screen, this year is sure to be an interesting affair what with the recent Brexit in the UK. England’s airing is narrated by the hilarious Graham Norton, and we’re sure we’ll be seeing even more outrageous outfits, interesting dance routines and more thinly veiled political statements than ever before.
This year, James Newman will be the UK’s 2020 entrant, performing ‘My Last Breath’ at the event final in The Netherlands. Despite being one of the most successful countries in the history of the contest (with 5 wins in total) in recent years, the UK has not performed well. The 2019 entrant Michael Rice finished in last place, despite a relatively decent act with his song ‘Bigger Than Us’. This year, Newman is hoping that his ‘simple’ and ‘memorable’ song will help turn the tide, and earn the UK a few more votes than previous years.
Other entrants who have been decided and voted upon include the Lithuanian entrants The Roop with their song ‘On Fire’ and Icelandic entrants – Daði & Gagnamagnið with their song ‘Gagnamagnið (Think About Things)’. Iceland are currently the bookmakers’ favourites to win, though not all entrants have been declared just yet so this may yet change!
If you’re already a fan of Eurovision, Netflix has announced the release of an upcoming film ‘Eurovision‘ starring Will Ferrell. This is due to be released later in 2020, and features the comedian poking ligtht-hearted fun at the popular contest.
Be sure to tune in on 16 May where you can watch the actual Eurovision 2020 contest live.
Six Nations Rugby
If Eurovision 2020 isn’t your thing, then perhaps this will be. This one is for all the rugby fans out there. The Six Nations is currently in progress, and sees England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and France battling it out for the cup. At present, a few of the matches including Ireland v Italy (both the men, women’s and U20’s games) have sadly been postponed due to Coronavirus fears. However, these are looking to be rescheduled, and we’re hoping to see a rousing end to the tournament.
As it stands, France are currently leading the pack, having won all three of their games so far. However, should they falter against Scotland, England and Ireland could still retain hopes of winning the championship.
Incidentally, there are reports that the Six Nations may no longer be on free-to-air television after the 2022 tournament. Whilst this has not been confirmed, the organisers have stated they will ‘not rule anything out’. This tournament has been free to watch for 20 years, and there are currently many efforts in place to convince the organisers not to let the championship go behind a paywall.
You can tune in most weekends to watch the adrenaline-filled games.
The classic Daphne Du Maurier novel is set for a remake to be released on Netflix. Fans of the book will know that it is about a young woman who falls in love with an older gentleman, but begins to worry that he’s not quite over his beloved recently deceased wife ‘Rebecca’.
The book sold 2.8 million copies between 1938 and 1965 alone, and has never gone out of print. The film has not yet had a release date, but Netflix have hinted that it will be aired in late 2020, so keep an eye out!
Judge Judy to end after 2021
After 25 seasons of the cutting, no-nonsense Judge Judy, the long-running CBS show is set to end next year after a whopping 25 seasons on air. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the 77-year old Judy Sheindlin announced that she was planning to launch a new show in 2022.
The popular show is an entertaining American reality court TV show. It features Judge Judy who is a retired Manhattan family court judge. It features her judging real small claim disputes in a simulated courtroom set. In an interview, the retired judge stated that she plans to start a new show ‘Judy Justice’. For now, however, you can catch the final episodes of Judge Judy on TV before they come to an end.
Will you be tuning in to the above? Are you a Eurovision 2020 superfan, or can’t stand it? Perhaps we’ve missed one of your favourites off – be sure to let us know!