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4 Things To Watch on Netflix UK

We’ve been going through a bit of a Netflix drought lately.

I guess that’s the problem with binge-watching, isn’t it? You tend to race through the shows you love, then they all end at the same time, and you have to go back to watching normal TV, where you have to wait an entire week for each episode. Like cavemen or something. GOD.

Anyway, before we reached this terrible state of affairs, we DID manage to find a few good show to binge on, including…
what to watch on Netflix UK

The Tudors

OK, I’ll be honest: this post is mostly just an excuse for me to talk about my current obsession with The Tudors. (Which we’re actually still watching, so no spoilers, please: I mean, I’d hate to find out that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn don’t live happily ever after, or something!) The first thing to note about this show, which revolves around the various intrigues of the Tudor court, is that it’s not 100% historically accurate, so if you’re a history buff, you might want to give it a miss, or you’ll end up being one of those people who sits there the whole time going, “That didn’t happen! That’s not right, it was September 17th that happened, not the 18th: I can’t BELIEVE this!” And no one likes those people, do they?

As for myself, I’ve always been fascinated by this particular period of history (Which is why I was obviously joking about Henry and Anne, above. Er, you DID get that I was joking about that, didn’t you?), but not so much that I’m going to get upset over the fact that Henry doesn’t get fat, or any of the other liberties they’ve taken with the plot, to keep it nice and sexy. Because if they didn’t do that, it would just be some mad old dude going around beheading people, wouldn’t it? At the end of the day, though, The Tudors is a drama, not a documentary, so if you keep that in mind, and if you enjoy a bit of 16th century bodice-ripping, you might just like it. You also might find yourself spending hours Googling the various characters and events afterwards, though, so if you have a tendency to disappear down internet rabbit holes, don’t say I didn’t warn you…

The Ranch

The Ranch was written and created by my friend Erik’s dad, Don Reo, and because of that, we were lucky enough to get a tour of the set while we were in LA last year. It was absolutely amazing to get to see it in person, but it’s been even more amazing to see the finished show on Netflix, which just released the second part of season 1 last week. We watched it in a couple of days, and I’m still singing the theme song as I write this, so be prepared for that: you should also, however, be prepared for the kind of comedy that has you rooting for all of the characters, and also wanting to curse a lot, and drink a ton of beer. Or that might just be me?

what to watch on NetflixAmanda Knox

I only vaguely followed the Meredith Kercher case when it was in the media, so I had no real opinion about the guilt or innocence of Amanda Knox, who was twice convicted – and then acquitted – of her murder. After watching the documentary, my main thoughts revolved around the guilt of the media, though: there’s one journalist in particular who’s positively gleeful about the fact that some poor girl got killed on his watch, and he got a ton of bylines out of it: I mean, can you believe that guy’s luck?! I’m still not 100% sure whether Knox is guilty or not, and I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure, thanks to the handling of the case at the time, but I found the documentary an interesting watch – and another one that’ll send you down that rabbit hole, if you’re not careful.

Orphan Black

Orphan Black is wort watching, if only for Tatiana Maslany, who plays lead character Sarah – and a bunch of other characters, besides. I spent the entire first season being completely amazed by the fact that the same actress was playing so many different people, and wondering how on earth they’d managed to film it: I mean, I’m exhausted just from editing a three-minuted You Tube video, you know? Anyway, Orphan Black begins with Maslany’s character witnessing the suicide of a woman, who turns out to be her doppleganger, and whose identity she decides to steal: I won’t say any more, because I don’t want to give anything away, but I found that basic premise interesting enough to get me through the first two seasons in the space of a couple of weeks or so. Unfortunately, by the time season three came along, I’d totally lost track of the plot, so I spent most of that one going, “Wait: who’s THAT?” and “Are these the good guys or the bad guys?” Oh well: it was good while it lasted…

Over to you: what have you been watching lately?

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20 Comments
  • What Lou Wore 365
    October 19, 2016

    We don’t have Netflix but don’t you find it’s that time of year where everything on TV is finishing in preparation for festive stuff to start up? I don’t watch a lot of TV anyway but there is nothing in our planner now except Bake Off and that finishes next week! Ah well, I’ll have to carry on with my reading instead, I set my Goodreads target at 40 books for the year but hit that in July and am now at 50 books so I might see if I can reach 60….

  • Fi
    October 19, 2016

    Bake Off, Made In Chelsea, Neighbours…
    Big Bang Theory is back on tonight too so that’s a must-see.
    We don’t have Netflix either, but we have a NOW TV box that is currently idle so I’ll by another pass for that at some point and hope the Amanda Knox doco is on there – it sounds interesting. x

    • Amber
      October 19, 2016

      I think I must be the only person in the world who doesn’t watch Bake Off! Then again, I think I’m also the only person in the world who’s not interested in baking, so I guess that would explain it!

  • Emily
    October 19, 2016

    You don’t have to be interested in baking to watch Bake Off. The contestants are always just so lovable!

    • Amber
      October 19, 2016

      I did try, but it just wasn’t my thing – I feel like such a freak when everyone’s raving about it!

  • Ewen McNamee
    October 19, 2016

    Finally someone else who has watched Orphan Black! I was beginning to think I was the only one. The first two series were amazing, and totally agree with you about how good Tatiana is in all the lead roles.

    • Jenny Byron
      October 19, 2016

      I started watching it too and really enjoyed it but I started massively losing track of who everyone was and couldn’t keep up!

    • Ewen McNamee
      October 19, 2016

      It can get confusing having one person in all the lead roles. Especially when they start pretending to be each other!

    • Jenny Byron
      October 19, 2016

      Yup – not one to be trying to keep track of during 4am night feeds that’s for sure!

    • Forever Amber
      October 19, 2016

      I’m glad I’m not the only one: I loved the first two seasons, but by season 3 I was a bit 🤔

  • Anna nuttall
    October 19, 2016

    I never liked watching Bake-Off (I can hear the gasp in the room), I did tried but found it so annoying! lol So Amber don’t worry we can be freaks together.
    I also cancelled my subscription to Netflix to save some money so I can’t watch anything at the moment. I’m completely addicted to UKTVPlay at the moment.

  • Suz Tam
    October 19, 2016

    I just writing a post about the recent documentaries I’ve been watching on Netflix. Thanks for the tips – i keep seeing Orphan Black, but haven’t quite gotten round to watching because I’m currently trying to figure out who shot Tupac…

  • dubliner in deutschland
    October 19, 2016

    I loved the first season of Orphan Black but the other seasons not as much at all. The Tudors is great. Downton Abbey is worth watching. Also I enjoy Call the Midwives and Reign.

  • Miranda
    October 19, 2016

    YES to Orphan Black! She’s an amazing actress but yes, I got a lot lost in all the storylines

  • Sharon
    October 19, 2016

    I watched the first couple of series of Bake Off and got bored.

    Just started The Night Of on Sky Atlantic and it’s pretty good so far.

  • Annabelle
    October 19, 2016

    Oh, I loved The Tudors… and Downton Abbey (I watched it again last summer to have my daughter discover it and be able to talk about it with her).
    Before September, I couldn’t convince my husband to get Netflix but eventually I won the case at the beginning of Fall.
    Now I’ve just finished my first month of Netflix and I must confess I binge-watched a lot ( he was right to fear I might get trapped into it):
    – Orange is the new black: really good. Four seasons with an interesting evolution of the characters.
    – I’m in the middle of Outlander’s second season. I got addicted to the first but managed to take my time for the second. The plot might be less dramatic, but it is still worth watching.
    – Jessica Jones: one season. A gifted depressive heroine and an awful villain with a tremendous power. Not bad.
    – Penny Dreadful (three seasons) : I enjoyed it very much. Usually I’m not at all into scary things, but the aesthetics intrigued me and I was completely addicted. I watched so much episodes I looked like a zombie in the mornings. Eva Green is amazing. It still think about it although there won’t be any new season. I’m haunted…

    I just started also The Americans.

    Do I still have a social life? — yes; a job? — yes. Time to sleep: you got me. I don’t sleep anymore and if you look at my skin you can tell. I should just come back to my first intention: watch Netflix only when I’m ironing.
    I might have a little Netflix-pause just to start reading and speaking to people again… We will consider this as rehab.

  • Victoria
    October 19, 2016

    I have finally watched “Grantchester” and as it unfortunately was over too soon – just 12 episodes, I’m reading the books it was based on now, and as the sryies don’t really following them strictly, I am enjoying them too!

  • Katy
    October 20, 2016

    We’re currently working our way through Parks and Rec on Amazon Prime and can highly recommend it. otherwise Stranger Things on Netflix is also a massive winner!! x

  • Emerald
    October 20, 2016

    I watched the Amanda Knox documentary on Netflix and was similarly disgusted by that same journalist. I kept yelling at the telly, demanding if he was aware a young woman had been killed? Horrible sort!

    I’ve just discovered Netflix actually. This past week I’ve binge watched ALL of House of Cards. I’m now wondering what to do with myself! 😜

  • Nicole
    November 7, 2016

    Currently in a Gilmore Girls binge fest on Netflix 🙂

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