5 Shows to binge-watch on Netflix

The TV series that have kept us hooked

Peaky Blinders

The ridiculously talented Cillian Murphy leads this action-filled, dark drama set in Birmingham after World War 1. Come for the excellent acting and cinematography and stay put for the brilliant plot twists, characters and script. Tommy Shelby (Murphy) is the war-damaged leader of the Peaky Blinders, a criminal gang running the city. Murphy’s acting grips you into rooting for Shelby from the get-go and takes you through highs and lows as the gang try to make their way to the top. The first three seasons are available on Netflix; season four recently finished up on BBC Two.

Sherlock

The first three seasons of this excellent detective series are available to binge-watch on Netflix. The first two series have three episodes, and the third has four, but each episode is an hour and a half long so it’s more like watching a film at a time. Each season is packed with puzzling mysteries, crimes and brilliant villains, along with the feel-good, comical acting by Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and the cast.

Stranger Things

This is a show that when you mention it, you get two kinds of reactions: The first is people saying things like, “I love that show”, “it’s amazing”, “I love Dustin!”; and the second is those saying something along the lines of, “I don’t think I’d be into that show, it’s set in the 80s and sci-fi and it’s not my cup of tea”.

To the second group we say this – watch it. Yes there’s lots of 80s nostalgia and sci-fi, as the small town of Hawkins, Indiana becomes the centre of supernatural occurrences and the heroes faced with keeping it safe are a gang of adolescent boys, a girl called Eleven, chief of police Jim Hopper and the mom of a missing boy played by Winona Ryder. But there’s so much more than that – there’s brilliant script-writing, character development, laugh-out-loud moments, an exceptional soundtrack and a really great storyline like nothing else you’ll watch on mainstream TV right now. Definitely worth a watch. Seasons one and two are on Netflix now.

Line of Duty

Another brilliant BBC crime drama with character development at its heart, Line of Duty is a gripping police thriller that deals with one major storyline in each season, but interweaves older plotlines from season one right through to the end. If you enjoy brilliant twists – ones that will have you screaming at the telly at the end of an episode, and rushing to press play on the next one – then this is for you. There’s three seasons on Netflix and the fourth aired on TV in early 2017.

The Crown

When a highly-anticipated second series comes along and is just as good, if not better, than the first, you’ve got yourself some TV gold. The Crown season one was adored by fans all over the world thanks to the excellent portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II by actress Claire Foy, the juicy plot that follows her marriage and political life, and the historic moments that shaped the second half of the 20th century. The acting is wonderful, the costumes are beautiful and bubbling chemistry between the Queen and her husband Prince Philip, played by Matt Smith, makes for wonderful TV.

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