Staying in? Meet your new boxset addictions
Looking for your next boxset obsession? Well, grab the remote because you’re in the right place. There’s so much brilliant telly around at the moment and a huge proportion of it comes courtesy of Netflix. (Life before Netflix? Nope, don’t remember that). But there’s also some great BBC dramas in there too.
The Stranger, Netflix
Richard Armitage (who you might remember as smouldering MI5 agent Lucas North in Spooks) plays a dad who’s got it all – loving wife, two lovely sons and an idyllic family life. Everything changes, however, when a mysterious stranger in a bar tells him a secret about his wife. This compelling 8-part British adaptation of Harlan Coben’s novel reveals a dark conspiracy at work.
After two brilliant seasons, Ozark is set to return to our screens for a third series later this month (Fri 27 March). So there’s still time to binge watch 1 and 2 in preparation if you missed out first time. The story follows the Byrdes, an ordinary family who are forced to flee to the Ozarks after a money laundering operation in Chicago goes wrong. It’s been compared to Breaking Bad, so you won’t be surprised to discover that things start to get complicated very quickly, and they find themselves up to their ears in dodgy dealings. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star.
Better Call Saul, Netflix
Did someone say Breaking Bad? The prequel spin-off series, Better Call Saul is back after a two-year break for a fifth series – following in the dodgy dealings of shady lawyer Saul Goodman. It’s a brilliantly written slow-burner. Fans are in for a treat.
The Split, BBC iPlayer
Not exactly new, but if you haven’t yet seen The Split – you’re in for a treat. Even better, there are two series to get stuck into. Starring Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan and Deborah Findlay, it follows the trials and tribulations of the Defoes, a family of leading female divorce lawyers. It’s got everything – marriage, affairs, divorce and babies. Keep a tissue box handy.
The Good Place, Netflix
NBC’s whacky after-life comedy has arrived on Netflix – and we’re all the better for it. With a cast that includes Kirsten Bell, Ted Danson and Jameela Jamil, it focuses on Bell’s self-absorbed Eleanor Shellstrop who arrives at The Good Place after her death and resolves to become a better person. It’s quirky and witty and lots of fun.
Love is Blind, Netflix
Word of warning: this series is highly addictive! It’s an American dating show where participants aren’t allowed to clap eyes on their potential partner – instead they chat and build a rapport while separated by a screen. And then they get engaged… before they’ve even met face-to-face. Will anyone go through with the wedding? Will people literally do anything to get on telly? Yes it’s nuts, no we can’t stop watching.
I’ve always hated the idea of cheerleading: the girls relegated to the sideline, looking cute, while the boys do the serious business of sport? Yuck. Well, how wrong was I – this documentary series follows America’s most accomplished college cheerleading squad. There are both boys and girls on the team, and it’s a competitive sport in its own right. These are astonishingly focused athletes. If you’ve got a sporty child, it’s an inspiring one to watch together.