• Hannah Cartwright

Top 5 TV Shows to Binge in Lockdown

With the extra time spent indoors, I know we’ve all been looking to our screens to keep us entertained. Here are a few of my favourite TV binges.

1. Normal People

SYNOPSIS: Based on the novel by Sally Rooney, Normal People follows the relationship between Marianne and Connell as they navigate their way through their final days of secondary school to graduating University.

If you are one of the few people in the world who hasn’t yet seen this, and you happen to be reading this – go and watch it! I loved this show so much. Admittedly, I wasn’t convinced after the 1stepisode but by midway through the 2nd, I was in love (mostly with Connell, but also the show). I usually prefer to read the book before the adaptation but I’m actually glad I didn’t for this one. I loved going in blind with no expectations. I read the book afterwards and still think that the series was better, which almost never happens with me for adaptations! I’ve seen a few people who really disliked this series because they found the characters annoying and I can fully appreciate this – they can be annoying! But try to see past this and just watch the show for what is it, I promise you won’t regret it!

Available on BBC iPlayer.

2. Brassic

SYNOPSIS:Brassic follows the daily exploits of two best friends living in Lancashire, working as thieves. Vinnie has bipolar disorder and Dylan is almost always dragged into his crazy schemes and dodgy dealings.

I’ve seen this one advertised for a while and with the release of season two coinciding with lockdown, I thought now would be the best time to sit down and watch it. I’m so annoyed at myself for not watching it sooner, it’s hilarious! I’m a big fan of Joe Gilgun (after seeing him in This Is England) and knew he wouldn’t disappoint in this new role. If you like comedy, with a sprinkling of drama, and watching best friends get themselves into deep shit (quite literally), then this one is for you!

Available on Sky, Now TV.

3. Killing Eve

SYNOPSIS:Killing Eve follows British intelligence investigator, Eve Polastri, as she tries to hunt down psychopathic assassin, Villanelle.

I’m a little late to the party with this one, but better late than never! I absolutely love it. I love dark humour and this show is rife with it. Jodie Comer is an incredible actress and plays the role of a psychopath alarmingly well! It can be a little gory in places, so it might not be for everyone, but the comedy, for me, makes it worth the watch. I’m about to start season three and can’t wait to see where the show goes next!

Available on BBC iPlayer.

4. Gangs of London

SYNOPSIS: The head of London’s most powerful criminal family is murdered. London is torn apart as his son seeks his killer.

This one is super gory so if you’re not into that kind of thing then move on! There were a few episodes that honestly made me feel queasy! But if you do like that kind of thing, or don’t mind covering your eyes through it, then this one is great. The story line had me hooked all the way through. It reminded me a lot of a modern-day Peaky Blinders.

Available on Sky, Now TV.

5. Modern Family

SYNOPSIS:Mockumentary about three families in California dealing with the daily struggles we all face.

I know this is an oldie but the last ever episode aired in the UK on Friday and I couldn’t not add it to my lockdown binge list. This is my favourite show ever and one that I think everyone can enjoy. It’s easy to see yourself or your family members in the characters, or to relate to the situations they find th

emselves in. I think that’s what makes the show; it’s an accurate reflection of the daily struggles we all experience.

Available on Sky, Now TV, Netflix.

What have you been watching during lockdown? I would love to hear all of your recommendations in the comments below!

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