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5 TV Shows I Watched in the Middle of the Night

One of the nicer consequences of having a new baby is that you get to watch a LOT of TV.

One of the not-so-nice consequence of having a new baby, however, is that you watch most of these shows on your own, in the middle of the night.

Well, you have to find SOME way to pass the time during all of those night feeds when the baby decides that, actually, he’s not going to back to sleep right now, because he just wants to be held instead, don’t you? Exactly.

Here are a few of the shows I’ve watched in the middle of the night lately…5 TV shows worth watchingCall the Midwife

I’ve actually mentioned Call the Midwife before here: it was one of my favourite shows a couple of years back, but I stopped watching it when we decided to start trying for a baby, because I figured it would just be way too triggering for my health anxiety/tokophobia. Now that Max is here, though – and is very much destined to be an only child! – it’s safe for me to get back into the goings on of the good people of Poplar, in the 1960s. Because I’d stopped watching the show, I had a few seasons to catch up on: it was probably a bad idea to watch a show about childbirth so soon after giving birth myself, because my raging hormones meant that I sat and just HOWLED at some scenes, but then again, I also cried when I realised we were out of coffee a few weeks ago (Like, what’s the point of even trying to carry on with life under those circumstances, right?), so that probably says more about me than it does about the show, TBH.

With that said, Call the Midwife is about childbirth in the same way that The Walking Dead, say, is about zombies: so, it forms the basis for the plot, obviously, but it’s not the whole story, and in the case of CTM, I enjoy it as much for the social history of the time as for the cute babies – although the cute babies DO help, let’s be honest. If nothing else, though, it’s worth watching Call the Midwife for the Trixie’s outfits alone, because girl rocks a wiggle dress like no other…


This is another show Terry and I started watching a while back, and then gave up because I was worried it would be triggering while I was pregnant. It’s a British comedy/drama about an American who has a fling with an Irish girl while in London on business, only for her to end up pregnant. Hilarity ensues, although this IS a comedy drama rather than a straight-up comedy, so it’s not roll-around-on-the-floor funny, and there’s some more serious stuff in there, too. It’s well written, and there were two seasons available on Amazon Prime, so that killed a few nighttime hours, too…


“So, there’s a TV show about a mysterious old house that has some kind of chilling secret,” said Terry one day. “I thought you might like it?” Er, WOULD I EVER. This kind of thing, as regular readers might know, is right up my street. so I started watching Requiem that very night, and sure enough, there was a mysterious old house and – even better – a “missing child” mystery to be solved. I’m actually just a few episodes into this one – so no spoilers, please! – but, in short, a young woman’s mother dies in mysterious circumstances and, while going through her things afterwards, the daughter discovers a possible link to a child who went missing twenty years earlier. Her search for the truth leads her to the aforementioned mysterious old house, and one day I hope to discover what, exactly, its chilling secret is. ONE DAY.


When I was a little girl, I went through a phase where I was really into history, and I was particularly obsessed with Mary, Queen of Scots, who I felt I had much in common with. Well, we were both fiery redheads, we both had tragic life stories… and OK, Mary’s tragedy was that she ended up getting her head chopped off by a jealous cousin, and mine was that my parents wouldn’t buy me a pony, so it wasn’t EXACTLY the same… but almost. You know?

Anyway, Reign is loosely based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. I say “loosely” – the show’s used a HUGE amount of dramatic licence here, so if you’re looking for historical accuracy, you’re going to have to keep on looking. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a rather stylised version of history, which is beautiful to look at, but a little on the cheesy side sometimes, this one’s for you. Visually, it reminds me a bit of Sophia Coppola’s  Marie Antoinette, with gorgeous costumes and modern music: that doesn’t really make up for the complete lack of any kind of historical accuracy, but hey, at 4am, you just want something easy to watch, don’t you? Or I do, anyway…


Finally, Rita is a Danish comedy-drama about a misanthropic schoolteacher who takes no crap from anyone. We watched the first three seasons last year, and were gutted when it finished, so I was really happy to hear it had been commissioned for a fourth series, and even happier when it showed up in my Netflix list a few weeks ago. Rita is basically the schoolteacher everyone wishes they’d had, and if, like her, you happen to not really like people that much, you’ll probably enjoy this as much as I do. I kind of wish I knew her in real life, actually, except Rita is WAY too cool to ever speak to me in real life, so, yeah, maybe not.

So! That’s what I’ve been watching lately, but, needless to say, I have quite a few more weeks of night feeds ahead of me, so if you’ve got any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them!


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  • Amanda
    February 21, 2018

    Reign is my guilty pleasure show! I’m always so glad when I hear that people love Castrophe as my brother in law is the director! X


  • Rosie von Waldherr
    February 21, 2018

    I think Requiem would totally be my style too!!! Kinda want to start watching Call the Midwife too, but also waiting until I have the baby to do so xD I’m currently watching Greenleaf on Netflix and am loving it!

    xo, Rosie //Curvy Life stories

  • Christine
    February 21, 2018

    I fell for Jane the Virgin when pregnant – it’s actually a telenovela and doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is quite entertaining. And it has a strong focus on pregnancy/child raising/parenthood/motherhood, and that is kind of my thing at the moment 😉
    I don’t know if it is for you, though, maybe too silly? I’d still recommend it!

  • Wendy
    February 21, 2018

    I actually met one of the writers of Reign a couple of years back when I was holidaying in Provence and staying in a rather swanky hotel. She and her husband were exactly as Californian screen and TV folk are depicted – over thin, over obsessed with exercise, ordering herbal/ green tea, looking for the vegan options on the menu and forgoing the wine. Their complete naïveté/ ignorance about most things not US or entertainment industry focused was also striking. I was somewhat bemused as to why they had chosen to take a holiday in a country where the lifestyle and values were so at odds with their own. Your comment about artistic licence and poor writing do not surprise me one bit.

    • Lori Burke
      February 22, 2018

      Love your late night choices and am going to have to watch”Rita”! Have enjoyed your journey as a writer and mother so much. Usually I thoroughly enjoy the posts from your readers as well. Today I’m taking exception to the comments posted by Wendy. As a native of California, I (of the 39,497 million who reside here) am not in the movie industry although my spouse was a Director for Dreamworks. Not all of us are vegan, over thin and disdain wine, nor display complete naïveté/ignorance about most things not U.S… We are diverse and not quick to judge nor make assumptions about an entire state/people/nation based on the overheard conversation of 2 strangers (who may have had a backstory to their choices). We are the leading agricultural state(grapes,walnuts,almonds,avocados,oranges,apricots,dates,figs,melons,plums,strawberries,kiwi fruit,prunes,pistachios) and produce beef,pork,poultry and mutton for the nation/world. Our aerospace industries and high tech (Google,Intel,Apple,Facebook) enable the world to reach out to each other and Hollywood can uplift us, teach us and bring us together, as well as add approx. 2.4 million jobs nationwide. So perhaps “Wendy” will realize while she’s utilizing resources made available to her by Californians, that her assumptions are biased, condescending and just plain rude!

      • Amber
        February 22, 2018

        Hi Lori! I’m really sorry you were offended by this – I’ve visited California twice now, and agree that it’s nothing like the stereotypes! (It’s actually one of my favourite places in the world – I’m very jealous of you right now!) I actually considered removing the comment you’re referring to when it was posted, because I was uncomfortable with my comments section being used to attack someone like that (I’m guessing it’s unlikely that the writers of Reign will ever visit my blog, but you never know…): I decided to leave it as I very rarely delete comments, but I wish I’d just gone with my gut now – I really didn’t expect my comments about Reign (which I do actually enjoy) to prompt such personal comments about its writers, and I hope it’s clear that I don’t share those views!

        • Lori Burke
          February 22, 2018

          Hi Amber, Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply. I dearly enjoy your insight, life experiences and your openness of self. I love my state, it’s beauty and it’s faults(earthquake pun) and recognize both. I’m pleased you’ve visited and before your next trip feel free to ask for travel advice. And to be fair I’m returning the compliment as my kids and I will be visiting Scotland(their 1st, my 3rd) this fall. Your beautiful country calls to my heart! Sending you warm regards, nights of uninterrupted sleep and blessings for your adorable baby boy.

  • CiCi Marie
    February 21, 2018

    Catastrophe – I loved that show until it got a bit silly about sex. I couldn’t buy that they’d just start doing it randomly in the middle of a public area (if I remember rightly, after they’d broken up) and after that point any time they coupled up I was a) still annoyed thinking about that scene and b) thinking, oh come on do we have to watch this AGAIN?! I loved all the comedy and drama stuff but the frequency of the sex scenes just started winding me up. Maybe I’m too much of a prude 😉

  • Lisa
    February 21, 2018

    We are in the USA so not sure if we have the same shows here. But there are tons of reruns of so many funny shows. Things you can relate too is usually helpful. But we started watching Imposters about a paid undercover woman that seduces men. Totally unrelatable but Iinteresting.

  • Lizzie
    February 21, 2018

    Here are a few…some are just one off documentaries but all worth a watch. Mostly true crime type stuff

    The Keepers – Short series about the murder of a nun in the 50s (I think) in America but leads on to SO much more. I was hooked
    Welcome to Leith – docufilm about a small town in the US (25 citizens) that tries to get taken over by white supremacists
    One of us – Inside the life of Hasidic Jews in NYC
    Oklahoma City – docufilm about the 1995 bombing of a Government building in Oklahoma and all the political tension in the build up to it

  • Helen
    February 21, 2018

    Will definitely watch Rita…. thanks for the suggestion. Another series, which I think you would love – is Queer Eye, which is on Netflix. It used to be on years ago (called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), and has returned with 5 new Queer Guys sorting out a (usually straight, but not always) guy who needs a complete make over in every sense of the word. I loved the first series, and have to say this one has not disappointed – in fact I binge watched 6 episodes. One guy does hair and skin care, one does dressing, another completely revamps the house the guy lives in (LOVE this part), and then we have a guy who does cooking and the last is culture! The transformations are usually absolutely awesome! This is Us is another series which is fabulous! Happy (during the night) watching! Hope Max is doing well, Terry is over his gout, and you – Mummy are doing such fine! xxx

    • Amber
      February 22, 2018

      We binge-watched This Is Us right before Max was born – loved it!

  • Hanka
    February 21, 2018

    I was watching the latest episode and the main character suffered from tocophobia. I was thinking of you watching this episode.

    Btw. I can also recommend the Danish-Swedish series The Bridge (Bron/Broen). The latest 4th season has been released at the beginning of the year.

    Regards from Switzerland! 🙂

    • Amber
      February 22, 2018

      We loved The Bridge – I actually think I might have reviewed it on here at some point, but I’m not sure now!

  • Kristian
    February 21, 2018

    Shows I watched while having a newborn: Poldark, Timeless, and Riverdale.

  • Jennarose
    February 21, 2018

    I am late to it but I started the show Downton Abbey and am half way through the first season and love it. I also recently watched the Sally Lockhart series on Amazon Prime. There’s two episodes, the first episode is the first book and the second episode is the second book. It’s good entertainment. I also liked the series Grantchester on Amazon prime, it’s about a priest who becomes friends with a policeman and they solve crime together. It’s set in the 1950’s and I binge watched all the seasons within a couple days. I tend to like period pieces.

    • Amber
      February 22, 2018

      I love Downton Abbey! It’s another one I started watching years ago, but lost track of until I had Max, so I had a couple of seasons to catch up on!

  • Myra Boyle
    February 21, 2018

    In my insomniac phases I often watch tv at night, but am more into reruns of the homespun Walton’s and Little House on the Prairie (yes I know, but I tend to fall asleep on the couch when watching these). I’d rather not watch anything I have to pay attention to

  • Hannah Thornton
    February 22, 2018

    Ahh Rita! Is so good! Am extremely impressed you managed to juggle reading subtitles and feeding a baby – it was too much for me and I’ve not watched the latest series! Thanks for the reminder

  • Emerald
    February 22, 2018

    We’re watching Ozark on Netflix at the moment and enjoying it (sometimes it’s hard to find something we both want to watch!). Before Christmas we were hooked on Dark, also Netflix. But avoid the dubbed version – the subtitles with the original German is better. Like some of the other commenters here we enjoy the crime stories that are popular in Netflix at the moment.

    I’m gutted though because I sat down to watch The Killing, original Danish/Swedish production, and it had gone!

    BBC-wise we’ve started on Shetland. And Requiem is a must now I’ve read your post.

    Comedy-wise, we’ve been watching Derry Girls, The Young Offenders plus Gameface. We love Catastrophe! If you like that then you may enjoy those three.

    Meanwhile… how long before Game of Thrones 8??

  • Amelia
    February 23, 2018

    I’m in my last few weeks of maternity leave and currently catching up on things I missed when they were on – I’ve been binge watching Mad Men, Suits and Veronica Mars. I also watched all of the new Queer Eye on Netflix in a day…

  • Becca
    February 23, 2018

    If you like Reign with its not quite historical accuracy but drama packed beauty, I’m sure you will love The Tudors just as much, if not more! Another which has had me simply enthralled is Mad Men, its so good!

    • Amber
      February 24, 2018

      I’ve actually seen and loved both of those – great taste 😉

  • Raquel
    February 25, 2018

    Ooh, I looove Reign!! It hasn’t THAT MUCH historical accuracy, but who cares when you have all those pretty dresses and some good drama? Kidding a little bit, historical accuracy is important, but so is the rest..! I actually haven’t seen the last few episodes yet, I think it’s part fear of seeing the end and part thinking if I don’t watch them I’ll still have more episodes to watch and it won’t be over for me 😀 :'( In which episode are you and which are your favorite characters..?

    I love these type of shows so much (with the gowns and the queens and kings and princesses and stuff, I know I’m probably coming off as a bit vain but oh well) that I’ve added to my list of shows to watch The Tudors, The White Princess, The White Queen, Victoria and The Crown (this one I’m almost finishing the second season). I’ve also been thinking about Downtown Abbey.. So if you have any recommendations for these type of shows, fireaway please 😉 If you like fairytale stories and Disney and stuff, Once Upon a Time is also awesome! There’s the beautiful costumes, the Queens and everything and all the fairytale characters with lost of amazing twists to their stories!! I stopped watching a while ago, because I didn’t have the time and ended up not picking it up again (yet!), but it’s on my list to re-start watching.

    To anyone who loves to watch series and likes or finds it hard to keep track of everything you watch/want to watch or which episode you stopped in, this is the solution to all your problems: TV Time! Okay, it may not solve all your problems, but it will certainly help with the tv series ones :p It’s an app for your phone (although there’s also a web version) that lets you add the shows you’re watching, have watched and finished or stopped somewhere in the middle, want to watch, etc to different lists in the app; lets you know when there’s new episodes coming out; lets you mark an episode as watched when you finish it (so you always know where you are); recommends new shows based on what you watch; lets you follow what your friends are watching (I don’t use this one, but some people like it); AND you know when you finish an episode and you feel like discussing it with someone or seeing what people think about it BUT you’re so far behind that you’re afraid you’ll catch spoilers if you go look on the internet? Each episode has a comment section where you can go to after you watch it (or before if you want, but the app warns you that you didn’t watch the episode yet so you don’t click on it by accident) to see if everyone else found that part as weird as you or if they’re that excited about something else as you are or if there’s some new theories going around about something that’s been happening 😮 TLDR: awesome app that I can’t live without <3

    Hmm, yeah.. sorry about the wall of text :p