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 HANDMAID’S TALE – SEASON 4
June is back and it looks like she really is blowing sh*t up this time. Who’s excited for this? Gahhhhhh WE ARE. Season four of The Handmaid’s Tale, the 15x Emmy-winning series, is coming to screens on 28th April on Hulu.
TV Dinner – who cares about food when the future of Gilead is in June’s hands?!
Based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Italian journalist Robert Saviano, ZeroZeroZero is the gritty story of the journey of and the damage created by a single shipment of 5,000 kilos of cocaine. It sets three lots of characters – the brokers, the sellers and buyers – on a collision course that none of them can turn back from. It’s available on Amazon Prime now, so is one for your Friday night binge sesh.
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Based in Ireland, Bloodlands is a brand new four-part sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller from the Executive Producer of Line of Duty and Bodyguard (we’re sold already tbh). It marks a return for James Nesbitt (as a disgruntled detective) to BBC One and follows the disappearance of a former IRA member, which sets off a chain of events and brings the past back into focus.
TV Dinner – gotta be this smoked ox tongue reuben from the Hot 4 U lads cause it’s bloody delicious
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
You know when a film says “Based on true events”, things are about to get deep, and that rings true for Judas and the Black Messiah. Set in the midst of a revolution in 1968, the Black Panther Party are protesting for freedom and the end of police brutality. Petty criminal William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) is given an ultimatum, and lured by the FBI into infiltrating the Black Panthers to provide intel on their chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). That’s when things really start to unravel. It’s currently only available on HBO Max, so we’ll have to wait until it streams on our side of the pond.
TV Dinner – Nothing quite says revolutionary like eating breakfast for dinner, so order in one of these brunch kits and devour eggs at 7pm
When a new show comes out from the co-creator of Black Mirror and Stranger Things you know it’s bout to get weird. Imagine in the not-so-distant-future you take a test to discover who your soulmate is. Now imagine you are already married with kids. We think sh*it is gonna hit the fan in Soulmates basically. It’s out now to stream on Amazon Prime, so add this to your weekend binge list.
TV Dinner – if you think this show is weird, you clearly haven’t seen gold leaf steak sandwiches
FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS
Produced by The New York Times, Framing Britney Spears is a controversial look at the star’s rise to fame, battles with unfair media portrayal, mental health and toxic family members. Although it singles Britney out, it sparks a whole conversation on the perception of women and their spotlight in the media. It airs on Sky Documentaries and Now TV on 16th February from 9pm, with both platforms making the film available on demand soon after. We’re 100% Team Britney now!
TV Dinner – Scoff on Hash Blondies whilst watching the blondie
From visionary director David Fincher and starring Academy Award winner Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and Lily Collins, this hotly-tipped Golden Globe-nominated, black and white flick transports you back to the roaring 40s. The story centres on screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz aka Mank and his journey to develop the screenplay for Citizen Kane in the early days of Hollywood.
TV Dinner – what’s more Hollywood than a fancy DIY kit like this Musette one from Tom Aikens?
MALCOLM & MARIE
If you’re after a gooey love story, don’t watch this. From Euphoria director Sam Levinson Malcolm & Marie is a super-stylish B&W portrait of a real-life couple and the struggles they face. When filmmaker Malcolm (John David Washington) and his girlfriend Marie (Zendaya), return home from a movie premiere, the evening takes a tense turn as revelations about their relationship surface.
TV Dinner – sip on glass of vino to relax during the heated scenes
World War 2 is on the horizon but there’s one last mystery to be discovered in the back garden of wealthy widow Lady Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan). She hires amateur archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. They make a historic discovery as Britain faces an uncertain future, but what else will be unearthed during The Dig?
TV Dinner – What’s more quintessentially British than watching this with a roast delivery on a Sunday?
Netflix are releasing a slew of Nordic noir over the next couple of months beginning with high-concept thriller Red Dot, aka their first-ever film from Sweden. Picture this: a couple expecting a baby decide to go on a ski trip and then proceed to get hunted down by anonymous assassins. It’s more stylish than it sounds, and guaranteed you’ll be hiding behind your pillow at some point.
TV Dinner – gonna have to order in mountains of gooey cheese with Provisions fondue kit
White Tiger is Netflix’s adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s 2008 Booker prize-winning novel. Some adaptations’ can be a bit iffy, but this is fast paced, forceful, and executively-produced by Piryanka Chopra Jones. Set in India, it tells the tale of Balram (we can’t decide if we like him or not …) and what it really takes for a man down on his luck to rise to the top.
TV Dinner – Sit back and soak up the Indian aroma of Tandoor Chop House DIY kit
HEADSPACE: GUIDE TO MEDITATION
With everything going on right now, it’s even more difficult to take a break and chill out. Now one of the most beloved wellness apps Headspace is heading to the big screen (compared to your phone anyway) to teach us how to breathe deeply, meditate and focus on what makes you feel good.
TV Dinner – get in the flow state with a non-alc bev like these lockdown libations
Based on a true story, The Investigation HBO miniseries is about the real-life killing of Swedish journalist Kim Wall and the Danish inventor who invited her into his homemade submarine under the pretense of an interview before dismembering her body and disposing of it. This isn’t one to cheer you up, but it will make you understand the struggle and perseverance it takes to nail a killer.
TV Dinner – order in Aquavit to compliment the Scandinavian vibes
IT’S A SIN
Created by award-winning writer Russell T Davies (known for Years and Years and Queer as Folk), Channel 4’s It’s a Sin follows a group of young gay men in the 80s as they overcome heartbreak, find love and forge friendships in London during the start of the AIDS epidemic. If you think the character of Richie looks familiar, it’s because he is – Olly Alexander also fronts the band Years & Years.
TV Dinner – Cry (and eat) your heart out with these dessert deliveries
The first part of new French crime drama Lupin has just dropped on Netflix and if you’re partial to a good heist, you’ll love this. It stars Omar Sy as Assane Diop, a thief inspired by the fictional gentlemen criminal Arsène Lupin, who is out to avenge his father who died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Sy is so charismatic and watchable that you’ll fly through the five episodes in no time.
TV Dinner – Does it get more French than a sea trout en-croute from Parsons?
PIECES OF A WOMAN
Raw, visceral, and heart-rending Pieces of a Woman is a deeply personal story of a woman dealing with loss. Vanessa Kirby is astounding as a grief-stricken mother and Shia LaBeouf plays her off-the-rails husband. Bit of advice – remember to get the tissues ready.
TV Dinner – get a pizza pie from our local heroes Love Triangle and scoff it like a typical New Yorker
Originally a Hulu show, The Great has now made its way on to Channel 4. Loosely based during a historical period in Russia, its touted as a comedy drama with lots of swearing and debauchery. There’s a pretty stellar cast, Nicholas Hoult looks particularly pompous as sinful tsar Emperor Peter III and Elle Fanning his new wife-soon-to-be-possible-murderer Catherine the Great.
TV Dinner – royals surely love lobster so ring in this Stein’s feast and pretend you’re one of them