As the lockdown continues for many of us around the world, streaming services are stepping up a gear and offering up an amazing selection of TV series and movies for us to enjoy. But with the new launch of Disney+, the amount of content to choose from is getting intimidating. Our team have put together a selection of the best from Netflix, Amazon Prime, as well as Disney+.
From binge-worthy box sets, to feel-good classics, to insightful documentaries, take a look at our favourites below and feel free to send us your own recommendations!
Even though over a decade has gone by since the final episode of The Wire, it is still as good as ever. The anti-cop show shot the likes of Idris Elba and Michael B Jordan to fame. Set in Baltimore and revolving around the inner city drug scene, many say it's one of the greatest series of all time There are five full series ready and waiting on amazon prime for you to watch so go and see for yourself!
One of the best comedy series on Amazon Prime has to be Veep. Adapted from the hit BBC show 'In the Thick of It', Veep is a satirical series that follows Julia Louis Dreyfus as Selina Meyer who has just become the Vice President of the United States. The show is jammed packed with wit and one-liners, and gives you a hilarious look into how American politics works it's scarily realistic. Watch series 1 – 7 now!
Surely you have watched Fleabag? Well if not, you need to! Fleabag is the phenomenal smash hit written and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on her one-woman show. It follows the life of Fleabag a, free-spirited, confused, gleeful and angry young women trying to navigate her life in London. It deals with loss, family and mental health, and it pulls you in from episode one with standout performance from Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman and Sian Clifford. Go, go, go ...
The Icarus documentary on Netflix is special for so many reasons. You start watching thinking you are looking at a simple investigation about cyclists using enhancing drugs, in particular, those at the tour de France. The creator Bryan Fogel, a keen amateur cyclist, couldn't believe how good his rivals were in the prestigious Haute Route, so he set out to prove how easy it is for cyclists to evade the doping rules.
After hiring experts to help prove his theory, the documentary starts to take a new direction, and trust me when I say its gripping. One of the experts is head of Russia's anti-doping agency, Grigory Rodchenkov. He lets slip that athletes in Russia were using similar methods to avoid detection. Stories follow of secret tunnels, government interference and Rodchenkov fleeing to the USA for protection. We don't want to ruin anymore for you, but it is an edge of your seat watch!
Drive to Survive
Drive to Survive is the perfect Sunday afternoon watch, ideal for replacing the actual F1 racing that is meant to be on at the moment. The series shows all the drama of the 2018 and 2019 F1 championships, showing the preparation, the behind the scenes politics and the excitment when that is brought to the track. The best rivalry is between the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and Haas' Guenther Steiner, providing a fun and entertaining watch even if you are not into car racing.
The second season of Sex Education has just launched on Netflix and immediately hit number one. It is a mash-up of a classic American teen drama but with added grit. The characters are much more complex, and even though it is made to feel like an American drama, it's actually set in Wales! The show explores issues related to intimacy and identity issues in a smart way that will dredge up your emotions.
The newest of the streaming services, Disney+ is pulling out the big guns with some amazing live-action series as well as all the Disney and Pixar classics. The Mandalorian is a Star Wars live-action TV series with a star-studded line-up. It's set in the Star Wars universe between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and is already a classic for Star War Fans – but can be enjoyed by a newcomer as well. And if you already live on another planet, you may not have heard that there is a baby Yoda! Great action-adventure series with the cutest critter in the galaxy.
Free Soloing refers to climbers who scale rock faces without any ropes or safety equipment, so if they make even one mistake, they will fall to what will certainly be their death. Saying this is not for the faint-hearted is beyond an understatement. The documentary follows expert climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to climb El Captain in Yosemite National Park, something no one has ever free soloed before. A gripping insight into the physical and mental training that Alex is doing to prepare for the climb, your heart is in your mouth as you watch him scale this incredible rock!
The first feature-length Pixar movie is all about the loveable adventures of Andy's toys, in particular Woody the cowboy and his unlikely friendship with Buzz Lightyear the space ranger. A great feel-good film family – and what's more, they also have Toy Story 2, 3 and 4 for you to enjoy. To the sofa, and beyond!