• Katie Heyes

My Current Favourite Shows to Watch Whilst in Lockdown

Self-Quarantine or not, binge watching a TV show is nothing new, particularly for students.

Whether you’re procrastinating from completing those extra two pages for an assignment or treating yourself to a nice night off (or two), sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting back on your couch/bed, sticking on your favourite show and becoming hooked on a gripping storyline. Then before you know it, it’s 3AM and the extra episode you were planning on squeezing in ended up turning into an extra season. And let’s face it who hasn’t been in this position?

With the UK being in lockdown due to the current pandemic, it has left many of us with a lot more extra time on our hands to peruse the seemingly endless number of shows in the Netflix database. Whilst I would definitely recommend pursuing other hobbies such as trying some home exercises, art or baking to stay healthy and add a bit of variety to your daily activities, sometimes there’s nothing like being engrossed in a good show is there?

Whether you want to laugh, bond with your kids or finally discover what's behind the hype about all those "must watch" shows your friends are obsessed with. For many it’s the perfect wind down activity and I’m certainly in that group.

But which one to choose?

I’ve compiled a mini-list of three TV shows that have left me glued to my laptop screen these past few weeks. Whilst I know these might not be to everyone’s liking, I wanted to give you all an insight into my personal tastes and how I’ve been occupying my time during this uncertain period. Whether you just want to take your mind off the current situation and have a laugh, or looking for a new way to bond as a family, a TV fix might be just what you need.

So here’s my list of the Top 3 Binge Worthy TV Shows!

1. Elite

This is a Spanish murder-mystery thriller based around a group of students at the Las Encinas private school. Whilst on the surface, this may look like your typical teen drama show it soon becomes clear that this isn’t your normal private school. From having to cope with the murder of one of their students, wrongful arrests, and corruption within the school system all whilst dealing with typical student endeavours such as wild parties, relationships, and popularity battles – perhaps studying isn’t the main thing on these students’ agenda?

The series clearly takes influence from other popular crime dramas such as How to Get Away With Murder, adpting a flash-forwards style structure, letting the mystery, drama and tension slowly unfold before our eyes. The result? An addictive viewing experience for us sat watching at home. With many additional subplots dealing with sexuality, corruption, family tensions, drug abuse and exam pressure, all the while taking place in a world where your social status becomes determined by wealth, sex and power, it’s safe to say that it’s difficult not to get hooked or at the very least intrigued in some way or another.

2. The Passenger - Le Passager

You’ll start to see there’s a running theme with all these choices? Very much obsessed by murder-mystery/ thrillers and didn’t take long for me to become hooked on this show in particular. This French psychological six-part thriller follows the journey of Mathias, a psychiatrist who soon becomes connected with a series of perverse, ritualistic murders each inspired by figures of ancient mythology, despite having no knowledge of committing them.

Captain Anaïs Châtelet is the first detective on the scene and initially enlists Mathias’s help in trying to solve the murder, whilst also helping him search for his true identity. Whilst the unique concept for the basis of a murder-mystery is in itself very intriguing, it’s the functioning of these two characters as a team that really makes this series for me. As the series continues and more and more clues and revelations unfold, the relationship between the potential-murderer and detective becomes more tense and captivating. With so much of the character’s backstories shrouded in mystery, you have no idea which way the story can turn, resulting in viewers constantly demanding answers and being right on the edge of your seat for every episode. Although I don’t want to give too much away, this series is without a doubt an intense yet all the while entertaining viewing experience always leaving you wanting more.

3. Money Heist - La Casa de Papel

If you’re looking for suspense, action, crime and a bit of romance thrown in there, this show is perfect for you! This series follows a group of unique robbers that being an assault on the Factory of Moneda and Timbre to carry out the most perfect robbery in Spanish history. The Mastermind of this meticulous plan is none other than El Professor, who demonstrate impeccable attention to every small, seemingly insignificant detail in his plan of attack. So much so that whenever something appears to go wrong, you’re constantly wondering whether he’ll pull out another ingenious strategy or whether this will finally be his downfall. Such intrigue and mystery creates an immensely entertaining experience.

As each episode continues, you gradually begin to question who you’re rooting for. At the start it seems to be very black and white who the good guys and bad guys are, however, these lines between good and bad end up becoming so blurred that questions of morality and justice are brought to the forefront. Not only is this very thought-provoking but it is as much entertaining as any other murder-mystery in such unique ways. Each character in this series is so unique, especially the robbers. that seeing them all work off each other can be moving, comical and infuriating all in one scene. Again, the enjoyment of this series comes from the cliff-hangers and gradual dramatic reveals so will not give too much away, but safe to say, this series is definitely an emotional rollercoaster that has you constantly asking yourself the same question – who am I meant to be rooting for again?

So yeah, if you haven’t guessed yet, I’m a big fan of international TV Shows. As a language student I find watching a series is not only a good way to keep practising my linguistic skills, allowing me to develop my vocabulary and listening abilities which will help me in my Year Abroad, but also a great way to just zone out of work for an hour or so.

Even though they might not be for everyone, I hope my recommendations may come in handy for any of you struggling to choose what series to watch next.

So go on, sit back! Relax! And enjoy!

- Katie x

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