What we’ve watched during lockdown
The last three months have been very challenging in so many ways, aside from watching far too many YouTube channels during the day (not by choice may I add!). One thing we have enjoyed during the evening is switching off when the kids are in bed and getting stuck into a few boxsets.
We are big fans of binge watching series in a few days anyway but we have had a real opportunity to watch more as we’ve stayed up that little bit later to watch ‘one more episode!’. We have paid for it in the mornings though as Alfie will sometimes be up at 5.30am!
Here are some of our favourites that we have watched recently:
Dead to Me (Season 1 & 2) – Netflix
Jen’s (Christina Applegate) husband recently died in a hit-and-run, and the often sarcastic widow is determined to solve the crime. Free spirit Judy (Linda Cardellini) has also recently suffered a tragic loss of her own. The two ladies meet at a grief support group and, despite their polar-opposite personalities, become unlikely friends. As the women bond, Judy tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it.
A really dark comedy of a powerful friendship that blossoms into plenty of weird laugh out loud moments (Will Ferrell is one of the producers) and lots of swearing! Bring on season three!
Little Fires Everywhere – Amazon Prime
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington star in this dark family drama set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s. Based on the novel by Celeste Ng this series follows the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
As the story develops their fates become intertwined and you get to see the way all the characters view life (and each other!). Plenty of twists and turns which you sometimes just don’t expect!
The Salisbury Poisonings – BBC iPlayer
A three-part drama which portrays the 2018 Novichok poisoning crisis in Salisbury, England, and the subsequent Amesbury poisonings. Watching this whilst in the midst of a global pandemic really opened my eyes. I remember it happening at the time but this could have potentially been more dangerous than COVID-19!
Just like we have gained the upmost love and respect for our frontline key workers during this pandemic, you will also have renewed respect for Tracy Daszkiewicz, The Director of Public Health for Wiltshire and DS Nick Bailey. Tracey was right at the centre of efforts to contain the crisis and prevent any further casualties and Nick was instrumental in helping to save thousands of lives from a devastating fate despite being poisoned himself whilst wearing full protective clothing, but somehow the nerve agent managed to bypass his gloves, suit and mask.
Defending Jacob – Apple TV
An intriguing and at times tense mini series. A shocking crime rocks a small town, Andy Barber (Chris Evans) finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold the law and his unconditional love for his son, Jacob. His world is shattered when his beloved son gets charged with murder. Michelle Dockery gives a great performance as the helpless and tortured Mother hanging on the thought of ‘is he innocent?’ or ‘is he guilty?’
It will grab your attention from the beginning and it also has a great soundtrack which is always important to me!
The Morning Show – Apple TV
Saving the best until last! We just recently finished this series and I have to say it’s my favourite of lockdown so far! TMS gives us an inside look at the people who help Americans wake up each day, exploring the challenges faced by the people who work in morning television. Aside from having an all star cast featuring Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrell, Jack Davenport to name but a few the show doesn’t just solely focus around them.
I’ve always seen Jennifer Anniston as what I call the ‘Tom Cruise’ type of actor. No matter what character they play in a movie you can’t see past them being well Tom Cruise!
In Jennifer Anniston’s case she will always be ‘Rachel’ from Friends but oh no not in TMS. Her character, Alex Levy is emotionally all over the show and for me she shows a truly different side to her acting with an incredible performance.
The Morning Show is so addictive and worth the Apple TV subscription alone. Special mention also goes to Billy Crudup who plays the channel executive, Cory. He gives in my opinion a very Joker-esque performance throwing emblematic bombs at all the characters just to see what happens! He may well be my favourite television character of the year! Go subscribe to Apple TV, you won’t regret it!
Oh and watching Good Morning Britain will never be the same again!
Well I hope you’ve enjoyed the little insight into what we’ve been watching during lockdown. Let me know if you’ve watched any of the above and also if you have any recommendations for us to watch in the next three weeks.
Have a great weekend!