7 Series You Should Watch In Lockdown
Can you believe it's almost been 3 months since the official lockdown date in the UK? This experience has been different for everyone - some have had to go out and continue their key worker roles, some have had friends and family to keep them company, but others have had just the TV or laptop screen for entertainment. Despite the different experiences, we all have one thing in common and that is loving a good old series to keep our minds distracted from the world. We have compiled a list of recommendations of what we have been binge-watching during the quarantine.
1. Normal People, BBC iPlayer
Based on Sally Rooney's best selling novel, this 12 part series follows the on-again-off-again relationship between Connell and Marianne during sixth-form up until the end of university. This beautifully told story focuses on the pair's strong bond, despite their differences, and shows a really intimate and true portrayal of how young people fall and cope with being in love. Themes and issues based around bullying, depression, anxiety, class divide, abuse, sex and friendship are intertwined throughout, and with so many of these themes being so prevalent right now, the show has been a massive success (even the necklace Connell wears in the show has become Instagram famous). If you want something to cry about and fall in love with in equal measure, we recommend watching this.
2. Escape To The Chateau, All 4
This documentary series follows the story of couple, Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree, along with their family as they buy, renovate and redecorate a 19th-century Chateau in France. The first season follows Dick and Angel's quest to restore the chateau from scratch by installing running water, heating and electricity throughout the 45-room castle, which had not been lived in for the past forty years. We see the stresses and hurdles they go through, working against a deadline of their own wedding, which is to be held at the property. The subsequent seasons continue their story as they grow their events and wedding business and continue restoration, renovations and maintenance of the castle, and document the family events and milestones going on around them. If you are looking for some inspiration on ways to renovate or spruce up your own living spaces whilst being at home, then this is the right watch for you.
3. New Girl, Netflix
An American television sitcom based in LA that follows the life of school teacher, Jess, who moves in with three men (Nick, Schmidt and Winston) after being cheated on by her previous boyfriend. Jess' best friend Cece is also part of the series, and is a working super-model who falls in love unexpectedly with one of Jess' flatmates. The show combines comedy and drama elements as the characters, who are in their early thirties, deal with maturing relationships and career choices. If you want an easy-watch to wind down from your day, or something to have in the background whilst you're working from home, this is the show for you.
4. Noughts and Crosses, BBC iPlayer
The six part series is set in an alternate world where the UK and Europe were colonised by Africa, creating a ruling class of crosses (black people) and an oppressed underclass of noughts (white people), based on the popular Malorie Blackman novel. Following the story of Sephy and Callum, who fall in love and are desperate to keep it's flame burning in a world hell bent on extinguishing it. In the show, black people treat white people with disdain, and the interracial relationship at the centre of the plot is controversial among the two families involved - leading some fans of the book to describe it as a modern day Romeo and Juliet. The conversation of racial divide has never been so important as it is today and with the rise-up of the Black Lives Matter movement, we recommend this show now more than ever.
5. White Lines, Netflix
This Spanglish series follows the story of Zoe Walker, who leaves her quiet life behind to investigate her brother Axel's disappearance in Ibiza, after his body was found after 20 years on the land of the richest family on the island, who also happen to be his ex-girlfriend's family. The audience gets flashback memories of when Axel and his three best friends all move away to the party island to pursue their love for dance music. As Zoe talks to each of his friends in present day, secrets are uncovered and the real Axel is revealed to her, making her question everything. Things take a dark turn and she quickly heads down a decadent and dangerous path and will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Seen as our holiday plans have all been put on hold for now, if you're looking for a series to take you on an adventure, look no further.
6. Save Me, Sky
Incase you missed this British television drama serial with the best cast whilst it was on TV, we are recommending it to you now. The show stars Lennie James, who also wrote and produced the series. He plays Nelson "Nelly" Rowe, a down-and-out whose life is turned upside down when Jody, the estranged daughter he fathered thirteen years ago with Claire (played by Suranne Jones) mysteriously disappears. On a tireless quest to find her, Nelly will go to any length to uncover the truth and he'll discover more about him than he could have ever imagined. This series will have you gripped from episode 1, so is a top choice of ours if you haven't already seen it.
7. The Sinner, Netflix
This American anthology-crime-drama-mystery-television series has two story lines on offer, with the third series coming out on the 19th June. Detective Harry Ambrose, who is the main character throughout all of the story lines, investigates various atrocious murder cases and tries to analyse the reasons behind ordinary people committing heinous crimes. As well as uncovering the faults in his suspects, the audience also gets to see the faults in his life, with his marriage hanging on by a thread during the most crucial times in the investigations. If you are after a gripping watch with lots of unexpected twists and turns, we think this will be the perfect fit.
Let us know your thoughts if you do decide to watch any of these and if you have any of your own recommendations, DM us on Instagram.