Once upon a time I used to scour the TV guide with a highlighter in my hand hoping that I would watch some of my favourite shows. Sometimes I’d have to miss them altogether, but if I was lucky I could tape them and watch them back later. Thankfully technology has come a long way since then! With TV’s like the Panasonic Oled 4K TV I have the world at my fingertips. I can watch what I like when I like thanks to the built-in Netflix, Prime, YouTube and on Demand TV. There’s only one TV remote to constantly lose too! As the evenings have been long, dark and cold, I’ve found myself frequently delving into a different world and getting my teeth into series after series. Today I thought I’d share my winter TV recommendations to make those dark nights more bearable.
I’m part way through this gripping mini series at the moment. It tells the story of celebrated Murderess Grace Marks, who stands accused of murdering her employer. She has no memory of the murders so a doctor is sent in to do a psych evaluation of her. We then follow her story from her native Ireland, to Canada to the present day and try and unravel the murders that she has supposed to have committed.
I have a bit of an obsession with Phil and Kirstie’s property programmes. I was hooked on Location, Location, Location but now I’m obsessed with Love it or List it. It airs at 8pm on Channel 4 every Wednesday and focuses on one family whose house isn’t quite right for them. Kirstie comes up with a plan to renovate and redesign the home and Phil tries to get them to move house. At the end of the hour-long episode the family then decides whether to love it (stay) or list it (move house.)
This American crime drama is based on the life of the Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The first two seasons follow the DEA enforcement officers trying a capture Escobar and his gang, the third picks up and follows the infamous Cali cartel who take over after his death. This is a nail-biting series! Expect lots of violence, heartbreak and gripping scenes as you tumble into the world of the 70’s Colombian drug cartels. If you liked Breaking Bad or Sons of Anarchy, you’ll love this!
This gripping, dark thriller tells the story of the Bird family, who have to relocate to the Ozark Lakes from Chicago when their father’s money laundering scheme goes wrong. He ends up owing millions of pounds to a Mexican drug lord and comes up with dangerous schemes to launder the money he owes fast! The series explores the impact this has on his family and the others around him. It’s a slow burning, edge of your seat kind of series, that’s not to be missed.
This series tells the story of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Season one takes you through the Queen’s marriage to Prince Phillip and Princess Margaret’s relationship with Peter Townsend. Season two has just aired and took us through the Suez canal crisis and Princess Margaret’s rebellion. There’s set to be six series of this Netflix drama and I can’t get enough of it. It’s made me look at historical characters in a completely different light. I found Winston Churchill in the first season so interesting and I’m a little bit in love with Princess Margaret at the moment. It’s a heartwarming look inside the lives of the British Royal Family. I wonder if the Queen watches it too?
This feel good comedy is the perfect pick-me-up on a cold dark January day. It tells the story of Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) who dies and ends up in The Good Place. It’s not long before she realises that she has ended up there by mistake and chaos ensues. Right at the end of season 1 there’s a massive plot twist that changes the story for good. Each episode is 20 minutes long, so it’s a good one to watch whilst eating your tea or right before bed. I for one cannot get enough.
Animal lovers will adore this channel 4 show which follows the life of the animals and their keepers at Chester Zoo. Each episode focuses on a few different animals and the trials and tribulations they face. Prepare for a cuteness overload with a sprinkling of heartbreak every now and again. It’s a fascinating insight into the lives of Zookeepers.
This dark and gripping Netflix mini series has been really hyped up since it’s release and rightly so! It follows the story of young mother, Cora Tannetti (Jessica Beal) who stabs a man to death on the beach in front of her family. She’s arrested but has no idea why she stabbed him and there appears to be no connection between the two. Detective Harry Ambrose takes an interest in unravelling this mysterious case, which takes us back in time to her dark and troubled past. I couldn’t get enough of the series, it left me on the edge of my sofa, night after night.
Those are just some of the programmes that I love to watch on TV on a cold winter’s evening. I’ve written about some of my other favourite shows before (here and here.) So if you need a little more inspiration, give those a read too. There’s honestly nothing better than curling up under pile of blankets and getting your teeth into a good series during the winter.
Let me know your winter TV recommendations are.