There is little better than getting sucked into a good TV series – it provides the opportunity to switch off and escape the stressors of everyday life. I find myself bounding home from work when I find a good show to binge my way through and there is a definite glimmer of grief when it’s over. I thought I’d share some of the TV shows and movies that have wiggled their way into my favourites list recently.
Like the title suggests, this is a historical drama mini-series which revisits the terrifying 1986 nuclear disaster in Pripyat . It’s an absolutely outstanding series that manages to tell the story of the horrors and chaos that followed the event in horrific detail. It’s a tough watch, but I highly recommend taking the time.
Fleabag (played by and written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) follows the journey of an angry, confused, sexually voracious, young woman living in London. It’s got to be one of the most relatable shows ever and it’s utterly brilliant. I watched the first series back in 2016 and was delighted when a second season hit earlier this year. With a brilliant cast including Olivia Coleman (who I love) starring as Fleabag’s god mother, this is a must watch.
The Green Book
The Green Book is a film inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist, Don Shirley, and Italian American bouncer Frank Vallelonga who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. By far one of the best films I’ve seen recently, it’s both funny and moving – really working to remind us that race relations are never just black and white.
When They See Us
Another harrowing watch, When They See Us tells the true story of the Central Park Five – five young men charged with the assault and rape of a jogger in 1989. The mini-series tracks the boys for a quarter of a century from the moment they’re questioned by the police, through to their time in jail. It’s a heartbreaking watch to see what these children went through – utterly dehumanizing.
Fighting With My Family
Fighting With My Family is a biographical sports film based on professional WWE wrestler, Paige. The film follows the complexities of a tight-knit wrestling family and a brother who doesn’t make the cut. It’s a lighthearted, brilliantly cast film with hilarious moments (mainly due to the oddball family dynamics) that sheds light into the cut-throat world of wrestling.
What are your favourite TV series or films?