Everyone who knows me well, knows that I’ve always been partial to a good binge-watching session, to the point that one January 1st my new years resolution was actually to not start any new shows that year (the one new years resolution I actually kept!) because I felt like the number of shows I was watching was getting slightly out of hand. Also, if I didn’t start any new shows, I also couldn’t binge watch (or so I thought) – if there’s only one new episode per week, it was going to be a lot harder. Of course I then just started binging on shows I’d already seen once, so that part failed slightly…
There’s nothing wrong with spending a day in bed, just watching TV, but personally for me doing that has also always meant feeling a bit rubbish about myself or escaping the real world. Whilst watching TV or a film is essentially about escapism for everyone, I feel that there’s a difference between escaping into another world for a little bit and giving up doing everything else and watching something so much it’s basically bordering on obsession. For me, it’s often the latter. It may sound silly – we’re just talking about TV here, right? – but when you’re using something to run away from the real world, it’s not good, no matter what that something is.
HOWEVER (I swear this intro wasn’t supposed to be this long…), as most of you probably have a healthier relationship with TV, I thought it would be fun to recommend a few shows I’ve been really enjoying recently so that you can enjoy them (responsibly..!) too! I’m also setting myself some new boundaries: no more than two episodes in a row – no matter how much time I tell myself I have! Keep your fingers crossed for me, please…
I’d also love to hear if any of the above rang true to any of you? Or is it just me that has no boundaries..?!
What’s it about? Being Human is a supernatural drama about a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf becoming friends and living under the same roof. The premise might sound silly if you’re not that into the supernatural genre, but I really urge you to give it a try – it’s amazing. It’s both ridiculously funny and extremely dark at the same time, and all the actors in it are superb. My favourite character has to be the werewolf played by Russel Tovey, who somehow manages to be slightly paranoid and silly (he has the funniest lines!) as well as pretty dark and intense at the same time. I’d mention many other characters too, but I don’t want to give too much away if you want to watch it (which you totally should!).
Where can you watch it: All five seasons are on Netflix UK.
What’s it about? Poldark is my current obsession and is about a rebellious gentleman called Ross Poldark who returns to his home in Cornwall from the American War at the end of the 18th century to find that his father has died and he has inherited his estate. If you like period dramas such as Downton Abbey and all things Jane Austen, you’ll love this too, although Poldark is probably a bit darker and more dramatic. I actually discovered Poldark as the main character is played by Aidan Turner who plays one of the vampires in Being Human, so there’s a little connection between the first two shows on my list!
My favourite characters are the main character, Ross, and his love interest, Demelza, played by the ridiculously talented and gorgeous Eleanor Tomlinson (above), and their whole relationship is definitely my favourite thing in the series overall too.
Where can you watch it: Netflix has season 1, and the rest can be watched in Amazon Prime but you do have to pay extra. Sniff! I found season 2 for £5 in CEX so it’s worth a check if you have one close to you!
What is it about? This is another period drama, though it’s a lot closer to our time than Poldark. Set in 1958, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is about Miriam “Midge” Maisel who, after a break-up, turns into stand up comedy by accident and realises she has a real talent for the craft. The show has been written by the same team behind Gilmore Girls, so you can expect a lot of witty dialogue and quirky characters, as well as a real warm feel throughout. There’s only one season so far, but they’re currently shooting the second one so hopefully, we won’t have to wait for too much longer!
Where can you watch it: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is an Amazon Prime original, so you can find the whole season there.
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