It seems the question on everyone’s lips right now is “What are you watching?”
Let’s be honest if the past months cooped up in our homes has taught us anything it’s there are very few things better than binge watching your favourite show or getting stuck into a new one that you’ve been meaning to watch for a while.
If you’re looking for something new and trying to figure out what show you’re going to commit to next, here is our guide to some of the best series and movies to watch across Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC and Disney+.
From original series like Bridgerton to chilling true stories such as Chernobyl and family friendly movies like Peter Rabbit, we’ve picked something for everyone. So grab your popcorn, some chocolate and snacks, put your joggers on, get your blanket or duvet and get cosy as the evening really is your oyster….
Set in the regency era, this period drama showcases eight siblings of the Bridgerton family as they attempt to find love in London high society. Inspired by Julie Quinn’s best selling novels and narrated by the famous Julie Andrews this bodice-ripping drama will have you hooked and binge watching in no time! Watch on Netflix
Jill halfpenny stars as the grieving mother who is convinced, she has found her long lost son after nine years. The story focuses on Jodie who has been re-building her life since losing her son when he was only 4 years old and presumed to have drown in the lake. Isolated from her family and ex-husband, Jodie becomes obsessed with the teenager she believe to be her son and masquerades as a school teacher to get close to him. The mini-series aired on 1st Feb on Channel 5.
New British crime drama, a modern day take on the Charles Dickins novel Oliver Twist. Featuring an all star-studded crew including Sir Michael Caine, Lena Headey, Rafferty Law and Rita Ora. The Dickins classic is bought thrillingly up-to-date in modern day London where a group of street smart young hustlers plan a heist for a big payday. Watch on Sky.
A re-telling of the classic French story about Arsene Lupin, the world-famous gentleman thief and master of disguise. Watch as he sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family. Available on Netflix.
When They See Us
A must watch! Take a look into this real-life story of injustice and wrongful incarcerations. In 1989, five teenage boys aged 12 to 16 from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in New York’s Central Park. Based on the true story of the exonerated Central Park 5. Critically acclaimed and received 11 award nominations. Heart-breaking, painfully honest but important to watch! More than 23 million views across the world. Watch on Netflix
Another war emerges in the Star Wars universe set after the fall of the empire, lawlessness spreads throughout the galaxy. Pedro Pascal, a lone bounty hunter known as The Mandalorian is operating away from the dominion of the new republic, goes on many surprising and risky adventures. Featuring a baby Yoda it’s imaginative, exciting and packed with samurai inspired action. Every episode is a mini Star Wars movie. Perfect for sci-fi fans. Watch exclusively on Disney+.
An inspiring animation perfect for all the family. Joe is a middle-school music teacher whose life hasn't quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz, and he's good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul. Featuring the famous voices of Jamie Fox and Graham Norton, the movie is available to stream on Disney+.
Back to Life
The British comedy drama returns to our screens for a second series. After 18 years behind bars, Miri Matteson returns home and stumbles back into adult life and moves back in with her parents. Watch and laugh as you find out how she gets on. Watch on BBC iPlayer.
A gripping crime drama series about Marcella Backland, a detective in the Metropolitan Police who is searching for a serial killer while battling to save her marriage and her own personal demons and violent blackouts. The talented Anna Friel returns to our screens for series 3 this January so hurry and catch up on series 1 and 2. You won’t be disappointed. Available to watch on ITV, Netflix and Amazon Prime.
A must watch drama series which aims to chart the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. Personal intrigues, romances and political rivalry are revealed that later shape the 20th century. Available to view on Netflix.
Chernobyl re-tells the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, once of the worst human made catastrophes in history with people’s lives and communities uprooted overnight. It showcases the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. It will throw you into the chaos of the nuclear disaster and forgettable terror and will most definitely rattle your conscious. Aired in 2019, it’s still a must see series of today! Watch on Amazon Prime or Sky.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Produced by Denzel Washington, set in 1920s Chicago, ‘Mother of Blues’ legendary singer Ma Rainey (portrayed by academy award winner Viola Davis) engages in a battle of wills with her manager over control of her music and career, whilst tensions rise with her horn player. An eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives. Available on Netflix.
Sherlock Holmes fans will love this spin off of Sherlock’s little-known rebellious kid sister Enola who discovers her mother missing and sets off to find her. A super playful detective in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy. Featuring Stranger Things star Mille Bobbie Brown. Watch on Netflix.
This Is Us
The award-winning American drama returns with a fifth season, and as ever it looks set to address topical events and issues including the COVID-19 Pandemic as you catch characters wearing facemasks in the trailer. The series follows the lives of a variety of individuals who paths cross and stories intertwine in curious ways, revealing that several of them share the same birthday, but why? Watch as they try to get over the tragedy of their pasts. Watch on Amazon Prime.
A female-led dark crime thriller. Set against the stunning Scottish Landscape in and around Dundee, a six-part thriller which takes you into the world of forensic science when a lab assistant starts to dig deeper into an unsolved murder case. Watch on BBC iPlayer.
A heartfelt animation fit for the whole family. Watch two teenage brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot as they get an unexpected opportunity to spend time with their late dad; and embark on an extraordinary quest filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discovery. U rated making it perfect for the little ones. Watch on Disney+ and Amazon Prime.
A dark American tale of abuse, as a young female teacher arrives at Westerbrook High School, Texas, and lures a popular 17-year-old student, Eric, into a damaging sexual relationship. An abuse of power that scar their lives forever. The series has already gained good reviews, and stands up as an important lesson on the misconceptions that surround sexual abuse perpetrated by women. Catch-up on BBC iPlayer.
History of Swear Words
Nicholas Cage hosts his profane, funny and educational six part series about the history of, usage, origins and impact of the most notorious English swear words. Not for the faint heated! Available on Netflix.
Peter Rabbit 2
Set to hit our screens this April (fingers crossed), Peter Rabbit returns as the mischievous bunny we all love and know. This time Peter ventures out beyond the garden walls to the big city when he becomes a runaway bunny and creates chaos for everyone. Featuring the famous voices of James Corden and Maggot Robbie, this is a bit of fun for the whole family to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
A new docu-series telling the true story of Americas most notorious serial killer. The harrowing tale of the criminal who terrorised California from 1984 to 1985 has been retold in this series, told by first-person interviews with detectives, journalists and victims. A catalogue of heinous crimes and real life encounters, another one that is not for the faint hearted. Available on Netflix.