Now, I move to Tv series, as bingeing box sets is the perfect way to unwind on a rainy weekend and as the autumn nights draw in what a perfect way to snuggle up. Some on Netflix, Sky (if you have Sky obviously) or maybe the traditional Blu-Ray or DVD you get at Christmas. I could have gone on with a load of series like Game of Thrones, Sex & the City, Bewitched etc but as a totally British loving lady, I wanted to share the best of British.
Oh yes, a 90s classic I remember watching when living at home with my mother. I started late in the game watching this series but I absolutely loved it. The final series when Rachel was tragically killed off, was an emotional 4 weeks, every episode I was in tears. When Cold Feet returned to our screens in 2016 I was thrilled and this autumn it returns again, it is like it never left.
I first watched Luther after seeing Idris Elba being interviewed on The One Show, I had seen it on Netflix so I thought this would be a great opportunity to catch up and see what it was all about and it did not disappoint. I literally binge-watched the first two seasons ready for season three, it was so addictive, the sass of Alice and the coolness of Detective John Luther in this dark drama was gripping. The series continues but with only three or four episodes per season now, it is not long enough for me, more Luther and more Alice please BBC.
Another great series from the BBC, boy they are good at this! Benedict Cumberbatch is magnificent as Sherlock Holmes in this modern-day version of this classic detective. Just when you think Sherlock could not be more of an enigma he surprises you with his quick wit and perfect deliverance. It has once again a gripping series that has me on the edge of my seat.
Only Fools & Horses
Who does not love this classic British comedy series starring David Jason. An oldie but a goodie, lovely jubbly. In case you have not seen it, set in Peckham London, Del Boy is a wheeler-dealer along with his brother Rodney. You follow them through their life watching their comical mistakes and share everyday life relationships, marriage and deaths.
Peaky Blinders is a gangster family drama set in Birmingham in 1919, just after the first World War. The story is about a Romani/Irish gang and their ambitious and highly cunning boss Tommy Shelby. The gang comes to the attention of Chief Inspector Major Chester Campbell, a detective is sent over by Winston Churchill to clear up the city of the Irish Republican Army, communists, gangs and common criminals. Series two introduces Tom Hardy and this is not the reason why I chose this series in my favourites, it is because this is a gripping drama that has you on the edge of your seat.
I stumbled across Derek again on Netflix and what a humbling series, although it is a comedy by Ricky Gervais his love of animals shines through and strangely as you watch each episode, it is giving you as the audience something to think about, inspirational and true. Derek is a care worker in a nursing home socially awkward but caring for all the people around him, it is truly heartwarming.
Myself and Tor loved this when it was on the air, we just wished we were lift girls. This is a fantastic drama told of Mr Selfridge himself and his amazing store that has now expanded across the UK. Set in the glamorous era of the 1900s you follow the trials and tribulations that Harry Selfridge went through when the store was built and opened, thrown in are some saucy relationships and great characters.
Him & Her
Another series that has sadly ended, this is a story of a couple who have just moved in with each other, jobless and broke they do not move from the flat, they have constant visitors. Steve and Becky are constantly interrupted by Dan (the man who lives upstairs), Laura and Paul (Becky’s annoying sister and her fiancé), Shelly (Laura’s best friend) and Becky’s parents. Each visit sees every constant bombardment making daily life situations difficult. The characters have you in stitches, the final series focuses on Paul and Laura’s wedding day outside of the flat. I was gutted when this ended.
This could not be more of a traditional British drama, showcasing the British lifestyle in a country manor. The series, set in the fictional estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post- Edwardian era, with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the Titanic to the outbreak of the First World War series. The final series sees the rise of the working class and hints towards the eventual decline of the British aristocracy. Maggie Smith is truly amazing in this.
This aired for the first time, last year and I am sure Mr N thinks I have put this in because I like Tom Hardy (True, but no) I have added this because the BBC had once again written a fantastic but dark drama. Set in 1814, James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returning to England after twelve years in Africa with fourteen stolen diamonds, following the death of his father, as the war with the United States is nearing its end. I can not wait for the second series.