If you’re a big fan of staying in, we’re here to make sure you’re entertained. To give you the giggles, put you on the edge of your seat, have you open-mouthed with a crisp between your fingers that’s been waiting to be eaten for eternity as you stare at the screen, we’ve put together some killer, thriller and anything-but-vanilla TV series that you can stick on.
THE STONES AND BRIAN JONES
Nick Broomfield’s new documentary charts the life of The Rolling Stones’ founding member and leader Brian Jones until his untimely death in 1969. Through a series of interviews with those who knew him -even if very briefly – as well as never before seen archival footage, the film looks at the formative years of the legendary band and all the rivalries and relationships that appeared along the way. Stones stans – you won’t wanna miss this one.
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Frequently touted as being the best thing that’s come out on Netflix in years, Beef is a surprising dark comedy about a businesswoman on the edge and her sworn enemy, a depressed and unpopular contractor. It also, as its star Ali Wong says, “works as a romantic comedy”. It’s funny, intense, satirical and, ultimately, quite sweet.
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The new political drama sees The Americans’ Kerri Russell as the US Ambassador to the UK as she tackles kidnappings, far-right journalists and a scheming husband (among many other things). While the titular diplomat Kate Wyler means business, the show doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s already pulled in comparisons to The West Wing – it does come from one of their writer/producers after all.
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It’s been a long time since season one aired back at the end of 2021, but Yellowjackets is finally coming back to our screens on 24th March – it couldn’t come soon enough after that cliffhanger. The trailer isn’t giving too much away, but we can expect to see more of the story unfold both in the flashbacks to 1996 and in the present day (not too much though, as the series has already been renewed for a third season), as well as a new character, Elijah Wood as detective Walter.
TVDinner | You won’t wanna look away from the screen for too long, so grab something from your local grocerant to cook at home.
TV host and writer Paula Yates was one of the most famous British women in the 80s and 90s and, as a result, was hounded by the press. Notoriously, Princess Diana told her that she loved it when Paula was on the front cover of the tabloids because it meant that she got a day off. Now, over 20 years after her death, Channel 4 is looking back at Paula’s story and uncovering what it can tell us about women in the public eye through a series of interviews with those who knew her.
TVDinner | This one’s quite intense, if you need something to lift your spirits, try one of these Easter specials.
LUTHER: THE FALLEN SUN
London’s hardest copper (and his coat) is back and this time, it’s feature length. Yes the long-awaited return of Idris Elba as detective John Luther is here and this time, he’s on the hunt for a sadistic serial killer (played by Any Serkis) who’s terrorising the city by stalking his prey by using their internet history. With London as the backdrop, awful crimes and more than a few jump scares, it’s got all the Luther classics that fans of the TV show will know and love.
TVDinner | You might need some hard liquor to calm your nerves.
Bryan Cranston returns as Michael Desiato, the New Orleans judge who becomes involved in a web of lies in trying to protect his son, for the second series of Your Honor. After that dramatic ending in season one (no spoilers here), season two picks up with Michael as a broken man, who’s thrown a lifeline by the authorities who ask him to help bring down the Baxter crime family once and for all.
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MH370: THE PLANE THAT DISAPPEARED
Netflix is exploring into the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on 8th March 2014 with 239 people on board, with this three-part docuseries. Despite an extensive search operation, the reason for the crash is still unknown, though several theories (including conspiracies) abound and that’s exactly what this doc dives into – but don’t go expecting any conclusive answers.
TVDinner | Match some of the hot takes with a hot ramen.
DAISY JONES & THE SIX
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s smash hit book has hit the small screen with this Amazon Prime adaptation. It follows the rise and fall of the eponymous band during 70s LA, led by Daisy Jones (played by Riley Keough) and Billy Dunne (played by Sam Claflin), capturing all the highs and lows involved in becoming the most famous band in the world.
TVDinner | Match the Americana on the screen with some on your plate, with added Thai vibes, at Chet’s.
FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE
If you read Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s bestselling novel of the same name, you’ll know all about Toby Fleishman’s troubles, but if you haven’t picked up the book yet, this TV adaptation is still well worth a watch. Exploring the big questions that arise during mid-life, it stars Jesse Eisenberg as Toby, who’s been left with his kids when his ex-wife Rachel (played by Claire Danes) disappears, just as he’s reconnecting with old friends (played by Lizzy Caplan and Adam Brody) and diving into the world of dating apps in New York.
TVDinner | Tuck into an NYC classic – the BECSPK – as you watch the drama unfold in Manhattan.
MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM
Based on the book of the same name by Lizzy Goodman, Meet Me in the Bathroom is a documentary that looks back at New York City’s music scene during the early 2000s. Bands like the Strokes, the Rapture, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and LCD Soundsystem were key players during the period which was characterised by a merging of grimy underbelly and glamour which is now referred to as ‘Indie Sleaze’. The doc explores the era through archive footage and talking head interviews – if you’re a fan of early 00’s indie, you’ll wanna catch this.
TVDinner | Keep things musical with dinner at one of these music-led spots.
FIGHT THE POWER: HOW HIP-HOP CHANGED THE WORLD
Public Enemy’s Chuck D leads this docu-series on the rise of hip-hop, from an underground movement to the fastest-growing genre in the world today, exploring the influence that the music has had on popular culture and politics in the US and featuring contributions from some of the biggest names in the scene. A must-watch for any hip-hop heads.
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It’s been seven years since the last season of Happy Valley but boy has it been worth the wait for the third and final one to arrive. Sally Wainwright’s pitch-perfect drama sees West Yorkshire copper Catherine Cawood (played by Sarah Lancashire) on the verge of retirement but a murder case pulls her back into an entanglement with James Norton’s villainous Tommy Lee Royce.
TVDinner | Enjoy the return of a classic with a classic comforting pie.
It’s been a while since we had an intelligent, high concept TV show that actually delivers the goods, but in Severance we finally have just that. The set up is centred on a group of workers at Lumon Industries, who have voluntarily undergone “severance” whereby your work-self (your innie) and your outside self (your outtie) exist happily without knowledge of what the other does in their separate roles. Of course, it’s not that straightforward, and as the workers start to realise that all is not what it seems, they hatch a rebellious plan to break free. It’s a bit of a slow burn, so do stick with it and you’ll be rewarded with a funny, clever show with some great performances from Adam Scott, Britt Lower, John Turturro and the incredible Tramell Tillman who almost steals the show with the bizarre but hilarious ‘Defiant Jazz’ dance scene in one episode. And just when you think you’re going to get some answers, the incredible season finale only threw up more questions, in superb fashion. Roll on season two.
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Succession is coming back to screens for its fourth season, with everyone’s favourite mega-rich family with zero moral fibre being as dysfunctional as ever. Divisions within the family will become exacerbated as the looming sale of Waystar RoyCO tech visionary Lukas Matsson gets closer, with power struggles ensuing.
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Part love story, part political thriller – Fellow Travelers is the new LGBTQ+ drama featuring Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer that’s breaking the internet, and that’s before we’ve even got a trailer. The eight-part series will centre around the decades-long romance between two men that spans the 1960s Vietnam War protests, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s and the 1980s AIDs crisis, all whilst they battle personal struggles too.
TVDinner | You’ve time to head to London’s new floating restaurant before watching this one.
Squid Game season two has been given the green light and we’re so ready for the new round. Two BIG characters will be returning (Gi-hun and The Front Man) but as for the rest, it’s all in creator’s Hwang Dong-Hyuk’s mind for now. Stay tuned for more Squid Game 2.0 deets.
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