So The Guardian has got it about right – proclaiming that 2015 was the year of never catch-up tv. Their review team voted for 112 different tv shows as the best of 2015. 112! That’s over 45 hours of tv. And that’s only the good stuff – the telly that people make time for and series link, not just the dross on the high-number Sky channels that you leave on for company, to keep the cat entertained or because your hangover hurts too much to reach over for the remote.
Speaking of over indulging, a proper Christmas break is the perfect time to snuggle up and catch up on the tv you missed. Taking inspiration from the Guardian’s extensive list I will try to find time for:
Game of Thrones – Series 5 (Sky Atlantic) I’ve been slow to the party on this one, but I’ve spent the year dividing my time between the UK and Westeros. I’ve read the books and watched the tv shows (which has been sometimes confusing with characters missing and storylines mashed-up) and now I want to get myself prepped for Series 6 due in Spring 2016. Sky had better box-set this series up properly when they’ve finished broadcasting Series 5, as they have done previously, or else I’m going to have to get my fix from slightly more naughty sources. Littlefinger would no doubt approve.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) I’ve watched a bit of this oddball comedy and it tickled my fancy. Kimmy’s new life is strange and a little bit heart-breaking in places but mainly very funny. It’s great to see women being outrageous and funny on tv (Tina Fey is the writer), and changing up the sit-com format.
Master of None (Netflix) I’ll give this a whirl, but it’s not a done deal. Aziz Ansari stars in a show sort-of about his life, but pushed to the extremes, like Louie and Curb Your Enthusiasm. I’ve got a feeling Mr Hamstera will like it more than me. I’ve got a wildly over-active cringe gland, so any show that is a series of embarrassing cringe-worthy events makes me want to hide under the sofa and gouge my eyes out with a spoon. (See also anything with Ricky Gerbil in it , especially The Office, and any series of Big Brother.) It has to be pretty artfully done for me to be able to watch it.
Doctor Foster (BBC1) This is a show I really wished I’d seen at the time, but I think it was broadcast on a night filled with clashes and I chose something else instead. (Maybe Unforgiven? Maybe The Walking Dead? I can’t remember). It was one of those shows that everyone was talking about. I think Gogglebox (inadvertently left on one night) spoiled the shocking reveal at the end of the series (some brouhaha at a dinner party) but I know so little about the rest of the series that I’m hoping that won’t make me enjoy the set-up any less.
Nurse Jackie (Sky Atlantic) I loved Nurse Jackie from the moment she strode into the place, all Noo-Yawk attitude and brusk but beautiful bedside manner. I’ve stuck with her through thick and thin – mainly thin – but as with House MD who shares a lot of her main features, I think any medical professional could see it’s time to put this increasingly messy series out of its misery, pop a few pills and let it all go. But I want to say goodbye before she goes.
Happy Christmas everyone. Enjoy your holiday and make time for the important things – friends, family, feasting and lovely long lazy pyjama days.
Love from Hammy x