OUR TOP SIX WINTER TV SERIES

OUR TOP SIX WINTER TV SERIES

1: EMILY IN PARIS

This American comedy-drama kept us highly entertained. We literally binge watched all ten episodes for three days straight! Lily Collins stars as Emily, a young American woman who moves to Paris to provide an American point of view to a French marketing firm. She struggles to succeed in the workplace while searching for love and exploring the beautiful Paris. The first season ended on a cliffhanger with Emily sharing a night of passion with her neighbour Gabriel, who is staying in Paris to take over a restaurant. Gabriel is also the ex-boyfriend of Emily’s best friend Cami, who sent her a text at the end of the episode asking for a chat. We hope to not be left hanging for too long. luckily, Netflix announced in November that Emily would be returning to Paris for a second season. Which is great news for us.. and the show of course.

2: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT

Now, this is a series you cannot miss. We were pretty early to the game with this one lol and started watching when it was released back in October. Set in the mid-1950s which proceeds into the 1960s, The Queen’s Gambit follows the life of a nine-year-old orphaned chess prodigy. Having lost her mother in a car crash, Beth Harmon is taken to an orphanage where she is taught chess by the building’s caretaker. On her rise to becoming the world’s greatest chess player, Beth struggles with emotional problems and drug and alcohol dependency. This is a definite must watch for everyone. After four weeks of viewing The Queen’s Gambit became Netflix’s most-watched scripted miniseries.

3: THE CROWN

The Crown has been a popular show in our house from season one. Everything down to each actor portrays the royal they are playing effortlessly and on point. This isn’t a show for everyone but if you’re into history, or just enjoy a good royal story then this is definitely one for you. The historical drama follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding to The Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, until the early 21st century. Seeing through most of the prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher. We’ve just finished the fourth season that premiered on Netflix in November. The latest season is set during the 80s and focusses on the relationship between Lady Diana and Prince Charles, along with the births of Prince William and Harry. This was yet another binge session, we got through all ten episodes in five days! We literally have to wait a whole year for The Crown season five which will be released in 2022!

4: THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR

Here’s something for you horror fans out there, created by filmmaker Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting anthology series follows the 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House but, the two series narratives are not connected. The story follows a young au pair hired by a man to look after his niece and nephew at the family country house after the kids parents are killed and they fall into his care. Arriving at the Bly estate, the au pair is unaware that the manor is haunted, she then begins to see strange occurrences that proceed to haunt the premises only to discover the estates history. This drama is a horror which turned out to be a love story in the end. This drama will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and as the series comes to a close be sure to have your tissues at the ready.

5: SMALL AXE

Small Axe is an anthology film series based on the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community and is set between 1969 and 1982. Created by Steve McQueen the anthology consists of five films which tell the stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London during that time. The anthologies range from courtroom dramas to love stories, some fiction, but also the dramas of real-life events and people. Starring John Boyega, Letitia Wright and Michael Ward. We’ve just finished watching the fourth episode of Small Axe that tells the true story of Alex Wheatle, now an author who turned his life around after being jailed over the Brixton riots in 1981.

6: THE UNDOING

The Undoing was one of the most talked about mystery psychological thrillers of the year. Everyone had their own theories and thoughts as to who murdered Elena Alves. We tuned in to the six-part series starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant as Manhattan couple Grace and Jonathan Fraser whose lives turn upside down when he is arrested for the murder of his lover Elena. After the death there was a number of potential suspects but Jonathan always remained the prime person of interest in Elena’s death as he stood trial for her murder. We won’t spoil it for those who haven’t yet tuned into the finale but put it this way.. we were so disappointed!

Shelley & Michelle xx

OUR TOP SIX SERIES PICKS TO WATCH DURING LOCKDOWN

1: OZARK

If you want an all-week binge session then Netflix’s drama Ozark is a series not to be missed. This show debuted in 2017 and we completely missed it. But since the lockdown and with so much time on our hands we gave into much of the fanfare. The gripping story is about mob accountant Marty Byrd (Jason Bateman) who relocates his family to Missouri after becoming entangled in a drug cartel’s money-laundering scheme. We don’t want to give too much away but the plot thickens once you delve into season two and three. So if you’re an avid crime series fanatic this one is certainly for you.

2: JESSICA JONES

This is yet another series we were late to the party with… One of Marvel’s darker characters Jessica Jones takes you through her journey as a super-powered woman who is so strong she can lift anything from cars, to ripping bathroom sinks from walls with her bare hands. Jessica Jones is a former superhero who then opens her own detective agency in New York City. As a private investigator she finds herself in various situations dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities. This is another Netflix show that will keep you entertained and watching throughout the day until night. The series began in 2015 and came to its jaw dropping conclusion in the summer of 2019.

3: QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

We are so versatile with our interests in general that whilst writing this we’ve realised during lockdown we have been hooked on action / crime dramas, with one of them being Queen of the South. The drama tells the story of Teresa Mendoza, who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is murdered in Mexico. She teams up with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. This is yet another binge worthy drama that is filled with lots of surprises along the way.

4: BLOOD

Blood is a thriller series based in rural Ireland that tells the story of a woman returning home to Dublin after the sudden death of her mother. She grows suspicious of her father and is convinced he had something to do with her mother’s death. Blood will keep you on the edge of your seat as the story unfolds and brings more mind-blowing storylines throughout. The series is currently in its second series and you can catch the psychological thriller on Channel 5 and Virgin Media. You can watch Channel 5 outside the UK and any other country such as the US, Australia, France and Canada.

5: GANGS OF LONDON

Gangs of London’ is the perfect addictive drama to get you through lockdown, but we must warn you now be prepared, if you are squeamish this show is not for you. Gangs of London shows the city being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family is assassinated. It is said that some of the characters are based on real life criminals. Right now there is just one season of Gangs of London and the drama has received raving reviews, so we are hoping the team get back together for a second series once the pandemic is over. Gangs of London aired every Thursday at 9pm on Sky Atlantic, you can binge watch all nine episodes which are available to stream on NOW TV.

6. SAVE ME

Save Me is an emotional and powerful British drama. Starring Lennie James who fathered a daughter thirteen years ago and she mysteriously disappears. He then sets on a tireless quest to find his missing daughter going to any length to uncover the truth. Save Me is yet another series that will keep you glued to the screen whilst Nelly takes you on his dark and haunting journey. There are two seasons to this story but we advise that you watch from the beginning to end as this is a story you do not want to miss out on. Save Me series one and two is available on NOW TV.

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