Recommended TV shows to binge watch over lockdown.

I don’t know about yourselves but before lockdown I barley got use of my Netflix subscription or even time to watch the television in general.

However, with lockdown I’ve became a big binger. Here’s some of my recommendations for programmes I have actually watched.

1. The Bay (ITV)

I was recommend this series by a fellow business women, she knew I loved a good crime drama as the second series was starting.

Therefore, I binged on both series as they were available on the hub. The first series was a better watch from my opinion. I loved the story to it, it really pulled me and had me on the edge of my seat.

It was a crime drama set in Morecambe, following Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong who works for the West Lancashire Police Service as a detective sergeant family liaison officer. A fresh take on crime, whereby tension arises not only from the investigations, but from Lisa’s lies and internal conflicts.

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2. Finding Alice (ITV)

Finding Alice was also another series I came across when on the itv hub, which is a new contemporary drama about a woman who has lost her husband, scene include grief, debt and secrets.

I love Keeley Hawes, she is the main character who plays Alice. The series has some strong areas but the storyline is really balanced out with real life emotion and some humour though-out, as much as times I though she could be crazy.

And I’m pretty sure there is a possibility of another series coming too.

Check out series 1 here.

3. Virgin River (Netflix)

My mam started watching Virgin River and I had seen a few snips whilst visiting. I got caught from those few seconds, and now excited to watch the third series when it launches.

The main character is seeking a fresh start, a nurse practitioner moves from Los Angeles to a remote Northern California town and is surprised by what and who she finds.

Overall, I found these series very romantic but not as in a fairy tale sense, there was real life issues though-out which really kept me interested.

There was scenes of PTSD, which I though they were brave pushing the awareness and to show to there watchers what the signs are and that men should speak up too.

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4. Chesapeake shores (Netflix)

I recently finished watching Chesapeake shores after dabbling in and out.

The main character is a high powered career woman called Abby O’Brien who moves out of her hometown of Chesapeake Shores and into the big city of New York which was her dream.

When the divorced mother of twins takes a trip home, she is confronted with people from her past including high school sweetheart Trace which brings back many feelings and confusing.

It was pretty romantic, and made me as a women want Abby to have that relationship she always wanted in the end, but though-out the series there was twist to keep you watching.

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5.The Drowning (Channel 5)

I have just finished this one, The new four-part Channel 5 programme tells the story of a grief-stricken mother consumed by the hope her missing son could still be alive.

When she comes across a teen in the street with similar looks and same scar to her son. This leads to her going out of her way to get to know the boy with drastic measures in place and needing closure on if it is her son or not.

I think I shred a tear or two when watching this one, it’s really heart grabbing and the story has so much meaning to it. However, the ending has the most unexpected twist.

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6. The fall (Netflix)

I watched the fall last year, the story line sounded right up my street as it was a crime drama series, it was filmed and set in Northern Ireland which I love an Irish accent.

I also love Jamie Dornan one of the main characters and find him hugely attractive which is a bonus.

The storyline is a detective superintendent battles her own personal demons as she tries to get inside the head of a serial killer hiding behind a family-man facade, its a must watch!.

This one will really have you on the edge of your seat and I promise you will not be disappointed.

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7. Three girls (Netflix)

I watched this one when it was first big on BBC, it’s a drama, I can go back and watch time and time again.

The Three-part is based on the true stories of sexual abuse and child grooming in Rochdale, England between the years 2008 and 2012.

Following the timeline of events involved in the case, this series focuses particularly on three young girls named Holly, Ruby and Amber, who are victims of sexual assault and exploitation and then further victimised by a hostile legal system.

I really understood the meaning more from growing up on a council estate myself and living in that type of area that would of been seen as less fortunate.

I understand how some of the girls could be seen as vulnerable and how the attention of another could lower them in and it really did have me more engaged due to this.

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8. Pembrokeshire murders (ITV)

Pembrokeshire murders is a short three part series about the cold-case pursuit of the most notorious serial killer in Welsh criminal history.

When a detective moves back to be more around his children and helps the department on a case they were unable to charge anyone for the brutal killings of two double murders from 1985 and 1989 that shook Pembrokeshire and Wales while stumping police officers.

I really enjoyed watching this one and seeing how they mucked up the first time round during the investigation.

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9. Power (Netflix)

Power is an older series I watched, it was based on a business man called James who seems to be seen as having it all… a drop dead gorgeous wife, the beautiful family, a stunning Manhattan penthouse, and the power and success that come with owning hot new nightclub Truth.

But soon realise he is living a double life of drugs and crime, and mixed up in an affair with his childhood lover who is now works for the police.

This one if full of excitement, and has you constantly thinking what will happen next, with many plots and twists, it is a must.

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10.Marcella (ITV or Netflix)

Marcella has two series available on Netflix and you can access the third on ITV hub.

Anna Friel stars in the lead role of Marcella Backland, a British police detective working in London.

All series have a great storyline to them as you would expect working as an police detective but it also shows Marcella having to deal with a hectic home life too.

Where her husband has made the decision to leave her and, at first, send their two children to a boarding school; but later on (in the second season) he uses Marcella’s mental disorder as a means to take full custody. It so’s worth the watch.

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11. Good girls

Started this one last year, and the series had so much personality to the characters.

When sisters Beth and Annie and their best friend Ruby become fed up with playing by the rules and not getting the respect they deserve, they band together to take control of their lives by holding up a local grocery store.

Beth’s the perfect wife and mother, but her used car dealing, cheating husband has sent her family into financial ruin.

Ruby is happily married to a policeman but can’t afford the medical bills and experimental drugs to help her ill daughter; and Annie, a single mom, is caught in a nasty custody battle with her ex.

In desperate need of money, the women plan the heist expecting to ease their financial burdens. But new to the game of crime, they get pulled in deeper than they ever imagined.

It’s a great watch.

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12. Sons of Anarchy (Netflix)

Sons of Anarchy is another I stared watching with my mam. At first, the look of the series really did not attract my interest. However, Jack Teller was eye candy and I went along with it.

Jax Teller is a man in his early 30s, struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle gang. After seizing control of its town, gun-running motorcycle club the Sons of Anarchy soon butts heads with rival bikers, racist groups and the law.

Please, don’t be put of from the boyish image cause it’s a great watch.

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13. Ackley Bridge (Channel 4)

Ackley Bridge is a childhood programme, I used to love watching this on a school night before bedtime and even now I have rewatched this series over and over again. I practically know most of the words to the scenes. Ackley bridge was transferred over from Waterloo Road that was aired on BBC.

I was so excited when they transformed over as I really missed watching Waterloo road. It’s all about school dramas.

The programme is set in a Yorkshire mill town, where a new academy school merges the lives and cultures of the largely divided white and Asian community after cuts were put in place. Filled with thought-provoking topics of racism, poverty, bullying, sexuality and violence, this drama is based on real life cases of schools that have merged.

I feel it may have reminded me of high school that’s why I could related so much but though-out the series will have you engaged and also laughing.

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also available on Netflix

14. Emily in Paris (Netflix)

Chicago marketing executive Emily Cooper is hired to provide an American perspective at a marketing firm in Paris. Emily is embracing her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance.

When I seen this one being advertised with its gorgeous location, its Instagram story line and some great fashion outfits, I knew I would be hooked.

I feel there was mixed comments on this, and you have to have the love and passion for marketing and fashion to understand which I have experience over the years and could relate.

I highly recommend to all my creative and fashion followers.

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15. Too hot to handle (Netflix)

I’m a huge lover for a reality tv programme. – I love Geordie shore, Love island, Celebs go dating which I would recommend to watch too!

Therefore, when I heard about too hot to handle I had to watch. On the shores of paradise with many sexy singletons ready to mingle, there’s got to be drama and laughs which is why we love watching realty tv.

However, there’s is a big plot twist that to win a $100,000 grand prize, they’ll have to give up sex but this could be seen to be very hard for some.

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16. Shameless (Channel 4)

Shamless is a childhood series but thinking back now, what did my parents let me watch.

Shameless is a British comedy series set in Manchester on a council estate called Chatsworth. unemployed alcoholic Frank is the patriarch, but since he hit the bottle and mum took off, it fell to eldest sister Fiona to raise her five siblings.

And if the Gallaghers’ lives weren’t interesting enough, there are always the Maguires next door to throw a firecracker into the day-to-day proceedings.

Lots of drugs, alcohol, sex and violence but will make you laugh.

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Also available on Netflix

17. Unbelievable (Netflix)

As scrolling though Netflix, I came across this true story based on a teen who reports to have been raped. I love watching true stories especially when they a powerful meaning to them.

As the time goes on, the young girl struggles with what can come with the braveness of reporting a topic like this and recants her story.

However, two female detectives follow evidence that could reveal the truth. I had tears when watching the ending, but the watch was great and it really give you happiness to see justice after a long period of being made out to be a lair.

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Other recommendations from our Instagram followers:

  • You
  • The Crown
  • Bridgerton
  • Orange is the new black
  • Breaking bad
  • Queen of south

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