I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love the idea of Vivid, and I think people who go out into the chilly night and look at the pretty lights are wonderful adventuring stoics who do us all proud. But it’s winter and I’m not interested in venturing outside my home. I’d prefer to be on the couch, shod in ugg-boots, a cosy blanket over my lap and a cup of tea by my side, binging my way through the offerings of Netflix and iView. Obviously my northern-hemisphere/Mountains friends think I’m pathetic, since a Sydney winter day can peak in the mid-20s. But I’m stuck in my ways and I’m a warm-climate creature by nature.
So winter time is my favourite TV time. And there are some great offerings at the moment:
- Killing Eve. A psychopathic paid assassin with a killer dress sense and a droll sense of humour murders her way through Europe, while a slightly dishevelled but no-less brilliant American-English agent tries to track her down. The acting is as superb as the storylines are absurd. This is great fun and I recommend it as long as you’re willing to go along for a silly ride with a large smattering of violence and senseless death. The whole of Series 1 is on iView right now.
- Babylon Berlin. This historical drama requires all of your focus, and not just because it’s all in German (there are subtitles). The plots twist and turn and veer off in unexpected directions. It is set in Berlin, 1929. Night clubs, extreme poverty, unexpected liberations, a train carriage full of gold and at least five different groups interested in it all make for a really engaging and mind-boggling plot that you can’t help but become immersed in. Available on Netflix now.
- Fleabag. This is on my to-watch list, but I’m mentioning it due to its high rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the fact that its writer and creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, was the woman responsible for adapting Killing Eve to the small screen, so I think it’s one to watch. It has been billed as Sex-in-the-City but in London, with a slightly off-beat British humour propelling it along. Looks good. You can buy this series on Amazon or iTunes.
- Mystery Road. Again, it’s on my to-watch list, but so many people have been recommending it that I really can’t wait. An Australian cop drama with Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen that is a spin-off from the critically acclaimed movie of the same name, this one looks good.
- Upstart Crow. If you long for the days of Blackadder, this is for you. Written by Ben Elton and starring the wonderful David Mitchell, this spoof of Shakespeare’s life is funny, intelligent and whimsical.