Thanks to our army of Talented People with time to scour and sample the various catch up services, we are brimming with recommended new series and singles to watch on these long locked down days. And as we’re all in the same boat, we’ve decided to start a series of blog posts by you, for you, to suggest new treats ready for that point of deciding on your next few hours’ of delicious screentime investment. Enjoy!
This week, thank you to David Dehaney & Jeremy Daldry for their recommends.
Three docs I’ve been impressed by recently:
All or Nothing at All – The Frank Sinatra story, an epic four-part series on the IPlayer (BBC4) from Alex Gibney. Beautifully crafted, full of surprises, great music and great an archive, iconic storytelling about a cultural icon.
The Last Dance on Netflix – it’s the story of the Chicago Bulls greatest basketball team which included Micheal Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman; but it’s really about Micheal and what it is to be the best – for a long time. Everyone’s in it, even Obama and Justin Timberlake, if you’re a sport freak like me, then you’ll like it – intrigue, inside scoops and iconic sportspeople talking in a way I haven’t seen before.
Finally I’m loving Grayson’s Art Club on Channel 4, it’s the only ‘lockdown’ thing that I like to be honest. Grayson and Phillipa are great together, warm, touching and funny. So are the celebrity ‘Zoom’ artists (no annoying delays on this one for a change) and the public who send their work in. In these difficult times it comforts the viewer without shying away from our situation – sort of reminds me of Tony Hart’s programmes in the 70’s and 80’s.
Studio Ghibli – Netflix
With 4 small children in lock down they control all the screens ruthlessly. The Studio Ghibli films on Netflix (including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Kiki’s Delivery Service) are beautifully made and just grown up enough to feel like we aren’t all being force fed nothing but kids TV.
The Kominsky Method – Netflix
I know I should be exploring the darker corners of Netflix and Apple TV for obscure doc and fact ent formats from around the world – but like a lot of people I’ve been seeking out comfort TV. The second season of The Kominsky Method came out last year but is a perfect gentle comedy with great acting and California sun shine.
Inside the Factory – BBC
Lockdown has brought the family together for more shared viewing and without something like TheMasked Singer (a firm family favourite) we’ve turned to factual. Inside the Factory is something that we can watch as a family – from the 4 year old up, all the kids are fascinated with it.