With the colder months here, maternity leave and pending new baby arrival we are going to be watching a lot of TV in our house over the coming months...staying in is the new going out so I've heard...
I remember watching a fair bit on my iPad in the middle of the night whilst breastfeeding with Finn (Hart of Dixie and Friday Night Lights were easy viewing with lots of seasons to keep me going), so I need to start downloading and stocking up on some new programmes for this time round.
We have Netflix, (I wish we also had Sky Atlantic as they have some top programmes too) which is great, but I have found you need to be told about the good programmes to watch on there as there is a lot of rubbish to sift through. Here is my TV edit and the list of what we will be trying out and watching in the coming months. I wanted to share as I am personally always on the look out for a recommendation.... anything you would recommend and want to add?
1. Better Call Saul, Season 2 - Netflix
The spin off to Breaking Bad (an all time favourite you must see if you haven't already and been living under a rock somewhere!) with the brilliant lawyer Saul Goodman keeping us entertained. He really doesn't have the best of luck and we love his quirky character. We have watched season 1 already but this is the new season starting in Feb, yay.
When: 16th February
2. The Bridge, BBCFour/ BBC Iplayer catch up
There are 3 seasons to watch of this Scandi crime drama based in both Denmark and Sweden. Swedish character, Saga Noren, played by the actress Sofia Helen (pictured above) is a real highlight to this series with her Autistic and socially challenging moments. We have the 3rd season recorded and ready to watch, I can't wait!
When: All seasons are out now
3. Blue Eyes, Season 1 - More4
Another Swedish style drama with politics, violent murders and corruption. Brand new, coming soon, similar ingredients to House of Cards apparently.
When: February 2016
4. Making a Murderer, Season 1 - Netflix
I've been hearing a lot of good things about this series, made over 10 years, it's a real life thriller, exposing police corruption following a DNA exoneree in a new crime. 10 parts to get through.... I can also recommend the Jinx on Netflix if you haven't watched it already, again it revolves around real life crime. A bit of concentration needed.
When: Available now
5. House of Cards, Season 4 - Netflix
We have loved every season of this US re-make of the classic BBC 1990's series. It's a backstabbing political drama set in modern day Washington DC. The main characters are brilliantly played by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and their unusual relationship and what they are willing to do to get to the top of their game.
When: 4th March 2016 (season 4)
6. Catastrophe, Seasons 1 & 2 - Catch up on All 4
For something a bit more light hearted than all these dark murdering and Scandi dramas! This British sitcom was written by and stars (Irish) Sharon Horgan and (American) Rob Delaney as a couple who end up together as she gets pregnant following a brief affair while he is in the UK on business. There is a lot to relate to as a parent in this funny and down to earth script. I've only watched a few so far but am hooked. Really likeable characters in this romantic comedy. Ashley Jensen and Carrie Fisher also make regular appearances.
When: Available now
7. Chelsea Does, Season 1 - Netflix
A new 4 part US documentary series that delves into four topics: marriage, racism, silicon valley and drugs with comic/ chat show host Chelsea Handler. Not sure what to expect but good for something a bit different?
When: 23rd January 2016
8. Clan, Season 1 - More4
A new Belgian series following the story of a family of very close sisters who decided to bump off one of their nasty husbands and who they have to deal with for the consequences.
When: February 2016
9. Chef's Table - Netflix
For all those foodies out there this documentary series delves into 6 of the top restaurants and kitchens around the world for some culinary food lusting. From the director of Jiro dreams of Sushi (another great Netflix foodie documentary I would recommend) Mmmmm
When: Out now on Netflix
10. The Affair (2 seasons) - Sky Atlantic (also available on iTunes)
A golden globe winning drama with 2 fab Brit actors - Ruth Wilson and Dominic West, plus tasty US actor Joshua Jackson (of Dawson's Creek fame). I haven't seen any yet but apparently it explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. Told from both the male and female perspectives. May have to purchase from iTunes.
When: Out now