It’s Monday, the start of a new week in this strange new world we are living in for now. With many of us cracking on and working from home, there will be those of us who are feeling stumped for ideas on what to do in our down-time.
Let’s be honest, there is only so much Disney one can take in a short space of time and once you’ve re-watched The Harry Potter movies, you will be looking for something refreshing. I’ll boldly able myself the a bad ass when it comes to binging box sets, and with a respectable number under my belt, I wanted to recommend a few for you to try (if you haven’t already).
1. Heartland. The most enchanting family saga based on The Heartland books by Lauren Brooke. Follow Amy Flemming as she discovers she possesses her deceased mother’s heart-warming ability to work, communicate with and fix problem horses. Based in idyllic rural Alberta in Canada – with 13 series now, saddle up, it’ll be a long ride! Available on Netflix.
2. Downton Abbey. With the release of their new movie, now has never been a better time to catch up with this delightful series. Set in the early 20th century, Downton Abbey is a heart-warming historical drama showcasing the life of the Crawleys – an aristocratic family who risk losing their family estate after his heirs die in the Titanic tragedy. Treat yourself to the movie but only once you’ve caught up with the series. Available to watch on the ITV Hub or on Amazon Prime TV.
3. The Witcher. My new love. Only in it’s first series, this American fantasy based on books of the same name written by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. This inaugural series shows Geralt – the Witcher, a mutated monster hunter as he struggles to find his place in the world with the humans appearing more vicious than the beats he hunts. Sounds a bit far-fetched? Honestly, there is much more to relate too than it may sound, plus it has received some great views and I can totally recommend if you just fancy an oggle at an attractive, mysterious hunk. Available on Netflix.
Ok so this list gives you a real insight into my taste in things to watch but, trust me, they’re all great and I am sure you’ll find something you love in here. You can thank me later!
4. Poldark. Another British historical drama based on the novels of the same title by Winston Graham. Following Ross Poldark (played by Aidan Turner) as he returns from the American Revolutionary War to find his father dead, his estate in ruins and his love engaged to another. The series progresses as he slowly and steadily (not without hurdles and setbacks) rebuilds his life. With 5 series, the majority of which are available on Netflix, however I ended up purchasing the 5th and final series on Amazon Prime as it was not listed on Netflix.
6. Shooter. This is a great fast-paced series based on the 2007 film of the same name and a novel; Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. The series follows the courageous journey of Bob-lee Swagger; a highly decorated (and gorgeous) ex-Marine sniper who was framed for plotting to kill the President. An incredible series that will see you hooked as it unfolds and escalates. All three series available on Netflix.
7. Prison Break. Yes. If you haven’t watched this, you need too. I was actively mourning it once it finished and I am itching for another instalment. This series sees Michael Schofield (Wentworth Millar) get himself arrested and jailed in the very same prison as his brother Lincoln Burrows who had been sentenced for a crime he did not commit. Michael has a plan to break him out. With 5 series available on Netflix, this is well worth a binge-watch, or maybe in this case, drag it out, because like me, you won’t want it to end.
8. Sex Education. I have only recently discovered this and wow and am I pleased I did. With only two series currently, this will be a short but sweet binge. You may have seen the ‘wash your hands you dirty pig’ meme flying around, well my friends, you have Eric to thank for this! This series sees socially awkward teenager Otis with zero sexual experience become a ‘sex kid’ at school in secret, with bad-girl Maeve, after learning a thing or two (in theory) from his mum Jean, a professional sex therapist. As you can imagine, it doesn’t always go peachy, as Otis begins to discover his own sexual desires he realises he has his own demons to face. In addition to being a highly-entertaining series, it should also be praised for covering so many topics in such a positive and engaging way. Both the first and second series are available to watch on Netflix.
9. The Last Kingdom. This is one I love so much I am actually reluctant to tell you about, but I will. During their invasion of England, the Danes capture young Uhtred – the successor to a Saxon earl. Rather than harming him, they raise him as their own and as years go by and tragedy strikes, Uhtred’s loyalties at put to the test. With 3 seasons currently and a 4th being promised in April, now is the time to start. Available on Netflix.
10. Last but not least, Game of Thrones. Ok, so this is a given really and if until now, you thought you were too far behind with no chance of catching up, but with all this down-time inside now is the time to do so, and trust me you won’t regret it. With no more follow-ups confirmed in the pipeline, you can binge at your leisure with no pressure of being too far behind those of us who have seen it – plus the last series isn’t great to be honest. But it is a series you can feel immersed in and develop real attachments to the characters – a welcome distraction from all this madness right? Available on NowTV or Amazon Prime TV.
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