THE BEST THINGS TO WATCH ON TV
When staying in is the new normal, you’ll need help to pass the time. And to help you do that, plus 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 BOYS | SEASON 2
The Boys are back in town .. and this time they’re ready to take the supes down for good. Get ready for a more intense, more desperate Season 2 as, Butcher, Hughie and the team reel from their losses in Season 1. As Vought, the company that manages the heroes, cashes in on the panic over the threat of Supervillains, and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander.
Song Exploder, based on the hit podcast, spotlights some of the world’s greatest musicians as they reveal how they brought one of their songs to life. Featured artists include Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda, R.E.M. and Ty Dolla $ign.
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: LIFE ON OUR PLANET
National sweetheart and overall great guy David Attenborough has had quite the life. Travelling the world since his 20’s, he’s seen it all. Now at age 94, and with his newest documentary David Attenborough: Life on Our Planet, we take a look through the lens of his life. He wants people to fully understand the devastation that humans, climate change and deforestation are having on our planet. But overall, he wants to renew the hope that things can change – if we put our mind and actions behind it.
I HATE SUZIE
I Hate Suzie is a drama created by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper (who worked together on Secret Diary of a Call Girl), that follows actress Suzie Pickles, played by Piper, after compromising photos of her are leaked and her life starts to fall apart. It’s funny, rude and completely chaotic, and it’s always great to watch complex and not always likeable female characters like Suzie and her best friend/agent Naomi on screen. You can watch it on Now TV and you’ll fly through the episodes.
Harlots actually came out last year on Hulu but the first two seasons have only just dropped on iPlayer (as well as been shown on BBC Two). Set in Georgian London, the series is about rival brothels, run by Margaret Wells (played by Samantha Morton) and Lydia Quigley (played by Leslie Manville) and all the sex and scheming going on in both. The insults are lewd, the costumes are lavish and the women are front and centre of it all.
Netflix has created a new six-part series Young Wallander which follows the early years of the detective’s career in law enforcement, as he investigates a crucial case (one that begins with a football player being blasted to smithereens) that serves as an important formative experience for him in his hometown of Malmo. It’s gripping, explosive and takes binge-watching to another level …
HANNA SEASON 2
The second season of Hanna has dropped on Amazon Prime and it follows the journey of the 16-year-old assassin who is no longer living hidden in a forest away from the world. Driven to unearth the truth behind who she is after her father’s death, and armed with her extraordinary skills, she is determined to uncover what the off-book CIA experiment she was part of is all about. The series is based on the 2011 film of the same name and it has much of the same fast-paced fight scenes with twists and turns along the way.
DOWN TO EARTH WITH ZAC EFRON
Zac Efron is doing his best David Attenborough and trying out life as a travel show host in this new series, which sees him team up with wellness expert Darin Olien to discover sustainable ways to live. One episode sees him join in a plastic-waste clean up with Thames21 at Concrete Barges in Rainham to highlight how bad our plastic problem is.
Bong Joon-Ho’s (who also directed Parasite) 2013 film about a train that continually circles the globe carrying the last of humanity after Earth has frozen over, has been adapted into a ten episode series starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs. The premise is the same as the film but with more time to play with, the series introduces new storylines and characters alongside the main plot of class revolt. The episodes are dropping weekly on Netflix, so you won’t be able to binge this one.
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
The adaptation of Celeste Ng’s best-selling novel, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washingon, is finally here on Amazon Prime. Set in the small town of Shaker Heights in Ohio, the show follows the picture-perfect Richardson family and how this seemingly ideal unit begins to crumble when an artist and her daughter moves into the neighbourhood. Tackling race and motherhood with unflinching honesty, the show sets several pots on the fire and lets them simmer and bubble away with increasing drama and tension until things threaten to boil over into disaster. A gripping watch.
THE LAST DANCE
Even if you’re not a basketball fan you’ll still get sucked into The Last Dance, a Netflix documentary series that follows the legendary Chicago Bulls team featuring Micahel Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, from the nineties as they go after a sixth NBA title. Not only does it show just how good the team were, it’s a fascinating look at how basketball and Jordan crossed over from sport into wider culture.
Written and directed by Alex Garland, who also wrote and directed Ex Machina, DEVS is a sci-fi thriller about a conspiracy at a secretive tech firm, that also explores grand ideas about humanity and free will. Not only is the soundtrack superb, the acting will have you hooked too – prepare to see Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson) in a whole new way. Binge all the episodes on iPlayer.