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It may seem like another lifetime ago since the shows we watched at the beginning of the year were on our screens, but there were some belters that you may have missed. So, as we're halfway through 2020, we've picked out 10 programmes you can still watch on Freeview Play if you didn't manage to catch them first time around...

Dracula, BBC iPlayer

Dracula, covered in flecks of blood confronts a nun


The year got off to a scary start on the small screen with Claes Bang portraying blood-sucking vampire Count Dracula in a three-part BBC drama, which began on New Year's Day. Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat teamed up for the TV version of Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic horror novel, and some might say the adaptation is bloody good.

Bancroft, ITV Hub

Woman in a suit tied to a chair, against a dark brick background


ITV also hit the ground running in January with the much-anticipated second series of Bancroft leading their New Year's Day coverage. Fans had to wait more than two years to see Sarah Parish reprise her role as Detective Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft, and the no-nonsense officer spent three consecutive nights putting people in their place while investigating a double murder, which also affects her personal life. The series is currently being repeated on ITV Hub, but it won't be on there for long, so catch up now while you can.

Deadwater Fell, All 4

David Tenant stands in the middle of a street looking at the camera, a woman stands at his side looking towards him


David Tennant and Cush Jumbo led the cast of Channel 4 drama Deadwater Fell, which sees a close-knit community rocked as a family is murdered in suspicious circumstances by someone they know. The show deals with the aftermath of the tragic deaths and how the community reacts to the awful news. The plot features some dark twists and turns at times, and the four-part series keeps viewers guessing right until the end about who the culprit is.

The Trial of Christine Keeler, BBC iPlayer

Glamorous woman on a sofa dressed in 50s style


Based on the true story of the Profumo affair - a political scandal which saw then-war minister John Profumo eventually admit to an affair with 19-year-old aspiring model Christine Keeler at the height of the Cold War - Sophie Cookson received plaudits aplenty for leading the cast as Christine Keeler. Whether you were around in the 60s or not, the gripping story will keep you entertained, and Cookson is well supported by the likes of James Norton, Emilia Fox, and Ellie Bamber.

Friday Night Dinner, All 4

Family portrait style image, however the two sons have spoons on their noses


The Channel 4 comedy's sixth series aired over March and April as the Goodman family's weekly Jewish dinner experience descended into its usual disarray. As with the past five series, patriarch Martin - portrayed by Paul Ritter - and odd neighbour Jim Bell (Mark Heap) were the catalysts of the chaotic events. Following the apt ending - no spoilers here - some fans have speculated we may have seen the final-ever series of the sitcom, which also stars Tamsin Greig and Simon Bird. If that is the case, the show has certainly bowed out on a high. 

Killing Eve, BBC iPlayer

Killing Eve actors on the BBC iPlayer


The Jodie Comer-led show was one of the hotly-anticipated releases of the year as she reprised her role as violent assassin Villanelle, and fans were able to see the resumption of her love-hate dynamic with agent Eve Polastri (Sandrah Oh). While the show received some mixed reviews this time around - with some claiming Oh's titular character could've been more involved - it's certainly still worth a watch and you can decide for yourself what you thought of Villanelle's latest, dark antics.

Feel Good, All 4

Two woman leaning into kiss in an empty bar


But if you need a break from deaths and a will-they-won't-they twosome, then Mae Martin's semi-autobiographical comedy-drama Feel Good delves deep into the relationship of character Mae and her girlfriend George (Charlotte Ritchie). It tells the story of addiction and how George deals with introducing her first girlfriend to her nearest and dearest.

Normal People, BBC iPlayer

Connell and Marianne standing together looking towards a sunset


And if love stories are your thing then Normal People, based on the best-selling book by Sally Rooney, should be top of your to-watch list, even if you've already binged your way through all 12 episodes. The coming-of-age show focuses on a relationship between central characters Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron from school days to university. The show - which stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal as the main characters - has received rave reviews, and has even become the most popular BBC Three show ever watched.

Noughts + Crosses, BBC iPlayer

Stormzy as Kolawale, a newspaper editor in Noughts+Crosses


Another complex love story takes place in Noughts + Crosses, the TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman's hugely successful novel. It sees black "Crosses" rule over white "Noughts". The love story features childhood friends and later star-crossed lovers Sephy (Masali Baduza) and Callum (Jack Rowan) who are divided due to their ethnicities.

Penance, My5 

A woman and a man lying in bed together


A complex relationship is also among the ingredients in Julie Graham's Channel 5 drama Penance. The show sees her grieving mother character Rosalie embark on a relationship with a younger man, Jed, following the death of her and husband Luke Douglas' (Neil Morrisey) son Rob. There is sexual chemistry in abundance between the pair and plenty of steamy scenes, leading some reviewers to attribute the "bonkbuster" tag to the show.

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