We really are spoiled for choice when it comes to great telly. And nothing’s better than binge-watching a whole series! We’re only into March, and already this year there’s been an abundance of heavyweight drama and cracking new comedies.
Thanks goodness then for catch up on Freeview Play and apps embedded in your Smart TV. From crime and factual to drama and comedy, there’s a box set for everyone. Here’s our top picks of the year so far.
This four part drama has had everyone talking, so if you missed it watch the boxset now. Carey Mulligan, Billie Piper and John Simm are caught up in the spiralling repercussions surrounding the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man. Written by acclaimed writer Sir David Hare.
Friday Night Dinner
On the face of it, it’s just a family getting together for a meal on Friday night. But before they’ve even got through the first course, the Goodmans find themselves in all kinds of bonkers situations – from a stranger in their loo to an inebriated German Shepherd. And with comedy geniuses like Tamsin Greig and Simon Bird, you can be sure the LOLs will be flowing.
You can enjoy all four series on All4, of course. And the great news is a fifth series is planned for later in 2018!
Who knew witness protection could be so hilarious? In Witless, flatmates Rhona and Leanne have their lives turned upside down after they witness a shocking gangland shooting. They’re forced into witness protection, and discover that assuming a new identity isn’t as simple as it first seemed.
Forget Scandi-noir, this fun detective drama from New Zealand has sunshine and characters aplenty. Detective Mike Shepherd arrives in a small town and soon ruffles feathers. Soon though he’s settled in with his new team and is solving a range of quirky crimes … think dead Santas and electrocuted country musicians.
Even before the first episode was screened, everyone knew Marcella was going to be must-see TV. Written by Hans Rosenfeldt (who also wrote The Bridge) and Nicola Larder (producer of Waterloo Road), it stars Anna Friel as DS Marcella Backland. In the first series, Marcella not only has to deal with the breakdown of her marriage, but also becomes a suspect in a case she’s trying to solve. The drama continues in series two, with the discovery of a young boy’s body. It then emerges that the boy was friends with Marcella’s own son.
The latest series sees Morse promoted to sergeant in the new Thames Valley police force. He’s developing as a character, too, becoming more and more like the offhand, impetuous detective we know from his later life. He’s also put in charge of a new, keen as mustard constable. And it’s not long before the new recruit is put in his place!
Back in Time for Tea
There was a time when chest freezers and toastie makers were novelties. But you don’t need to ask your parents about them; instead, see how a time-travelling family in the north of England reacts to these new home technologies of the 1980s. And there’s more than just food on the menu in this fascinating project. From the industrial revolution to the Beatles, World War I to Thatcherism, the family are immersed in the past, living, working and, of course, eating their way through the decades.
Shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
Of course, there’s plenty to satisfy your binge-watching needs on Freeview Play, but if you’re looking to gorge yourself even further, perhaps it’s time to supplement your viewing with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Most Freeview Play TVs come with Netflix and Amazon apps built into their Apps pages, so for a few pounds a month it’s easy to top up your viewing.
Check out a couple of our picks of new releases below.
Krysten Ritter is back for a second series as New York City private investigator Jessica Jones. She’s putting her life back together after confronting her nemesis Kilgrave (a menacing David Tennant). Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, Jessica has to consider who she really is. But it’s clear that she hasn’t seen the last of Kilgrave.
The Bold Type
Meet Jane, Kat and Sutton, three women working for the global glossy magazine Scarlet. Empowered, independent and watching each other’s backs, they’re responsible for features such as ‘Rising female political stars’, and ‘How to stalk your ex-boyfriend’. And they definitely know what they want. As Kat declares: ‘It’s no longer how to please your man or woman in bed. It’s how to please yourself.’