Letter from the Editor
It's February, and if you're anything like me, your New Year's resolutions have probably been totally abandoned since, well, January 2. Meanwhile, 2021 is already shaping up to be the dark and broody sequel that no-one wanted.
But it's not all bad! As Digital Spy caught up with the two cheekiest of chappies to talk about the other big remedy you'll need in your life this year, Saturday Night Takeaway. You voted Ant and Dec as your favourite presenters in 2020 (and basically every other year), plus they topped some of our biggest news stories in the past 12months. So we simply had to get them in for an exclusive chat, to brighten up our first issue of 2021. Grab your Apple device and click here to jump in.
The pair are now a dab-hand at making telly in a pandemic, having finished the previous series of Takeaway as the world was coming to a standstill, then shifting I'm a Celebrity to Wales. They told us exclusively about all the changes we can expect to see in Saturday Night Takeaway, including an interactive "virtual wall" audience and being cloned... but that's not all. We've also compiled 50 whopping great TV shows and movies to look forward to this year, even if we do end up in Lockdown 12.
Plus, we've got an interview with the first-ever Black Batwoman, Javicia Leslie, as she slips on the cape and cowl to replace Ruby Rose. Next stop, Sean Bean! As he explains the impact Mr Wilford will have on the eternal engine in Snowpiercer season 2.
In Must Reads, Soaps Editor Daniel Kilkelly chats to Hollyoaks' Sarah Jayne Dunn, who makes a massive storyline reveal for her character Mandy Richardsonin our exclusive interview. Deputy TV editor David Opie also celebrates the biggest queer TV moments, to mark LGBTQ+History Month. Then, there are all the best rom-com movies to binge in our Watch This Valentine's Day special.
If you think romance is (un)dead, be sure to tear into our features on how The Walking Dead's zombies have rotted across all the seasons and find out how the virus outbreak actually started (no, not that one) ahead of the final part of season 10. Or maybe just gloat at seven on-screen couples who hated each other in real life?
Following all the delays, delays, and yep, more delays in recent times, we've gazed ahead at some of the biggest releases coming...at some point. Those TV lifelines include Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 8, Killing Eve season 4, and the next part of Stranger Things. Plus, we untangle the web of Spider-Man 3's multiple Spideys, and a key theory on his soon-to-be nemesis – Jared Leto's Morbius – with a big impact on the MCU.
If you fancy thinking back to simpler times, check out Time Jump, where – just in time for that new TV spin-off, Clarice – we explore why Silence of the Lambs became much more than a horror movie for its 30th anniversary. Then, ahead of the 2021 Mortal Kombat reboot, we explain how the 1995 movie created a knock-out video game movie formula.
And finally, we have a humongous oral history of Holby City with the cast and crew to mark its 22nd anniversary, several soaps from yesteryear that were axed, and all the Death in Paradise cast exits explained. That's it for now. Look after yourselves, pet.
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