I say TV. But isn’t even that becoming an old school phrase? What I mean is, what to watch on whichever type of screen you choose, on whichever channel you subscribe to. Be it Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky…..or yes, even basic terrestrial.
If you haven’t seen it yet I (and the rest of the team) highly recommend The SINNER. It stars Jessica Biel (wife of Justin Trousersnake) and is a psychological thriller which is like nothing else I’ve ever seen before. I found it had just enough twists to keep you guessing without being ridiculous or confusing, and even though some scenes were quite disturbing (I tend to squint a bit as if this is going to prevent me from seeing the whole picture – I know, how useless – just don’t watch!)….I accept these were necessary for the story/plot. I was even satisfied with the conclusion. Biel is immense in it. As is Bill Pullman.
At the very beginning of January we binge watched The Tunnel: Vengeance, series three of the British/French crime drama. I might go as far to say it is one of the best programmes I have ever seen – we watched it from the very beginning when series 1 was originally launched in 2013. As per The Sinner it is like nothing I have ever seen before or since, is completely all-encompassing (as in – you watch it and you WATCH It, escapism at it’s finest) with an incredible female lead – Clemence Poésey is phenomenal. The ending was shocking but very very brave in terms of…will there even be another The Tunnel?!.
Please make sure you watch every series if you’ve not started it already rather than jumping in at a later point, I promise it’ll be worth it.
We’ve also just finished Goliath on Amazon, starring Billy Bob Thornton as a disgraced lawyer who reluctantly agrees to take on a wrongful death lawsuit against a huge weapons company that is represented by his old law firm. I LOVE a legal drama me. This one is produced by David E. Kelly (he of Ally McBeal and Big Little Lies fame amongst many other popular shows) and the characters are fascinating. Every single one. Billy Bob is great in particular, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him in anything of note before. I just recall he was once married to Angelina Jolie.
Last night we watched the first episode of Hard Sun, a pre-aplocolyptic crime drama written by the creator of Luther. I was gripped. But my goodness it was so…..violent. Is it me or do shows seemingly have more shocking scenes than ever these days? Sometimes I think it completely takes over from the script, I hope Hard Sun strikes a balance somehow.
I’m also considering watching Channel 4’s Kiri, starring Sarah Lancashire, I’m sure it will be a compelling drama, I’m just not sure how the whole missing child plot line sits with me, particular at the moment – I’m not convinced my pregnancy hormones can deal with the horror, and it may prove more upsetting than entertaining.
I could go on but thought I’d leave it up to you lovely readers to share your latest series/boxset favourites so we can all compile a list of fabulous things to watch during January. Do let us know what you’re currently watching in the comments box below.
Header image taken from Elle’s lovely home tour.