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Take Some Time to Relax – TV Boxsets

Whilst Netflix is to blame for every procrastinator procrastinating, and it’s not the most productive use of time, during these times you need some time to kick back and relax. Netflix (which I don’t have) is likely to do very well out of this crisis, but lots of companies are re-releasing series. Here is a rundown of some offerings.

BBC iPlayer

Credit – BBC

The Beeb has added The Honourable Woman, The Missing, Spooks, Waking the Dead and French and Saunders to iPlayer recently. Of things I’ve seen, all 5 series of Line of Duty are up, which is a great series. Also recommended are Luther, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Pose, the US series about the underground world of 1980s ball culture, set at the height of the AIDS epidemic is also available. I caught a few episodes and it looks really interesting.

Amazon Prime Video           

Available on Prime Video is 5 seasons and 76 episodes of Friday Night Lights. Yes, it has teens in it, as well as American football, but it’s not really about either. An excellent show I watch some years back. Both Bosch based on the Michael Connelly books and Jack Ryan based (lightly) on the Tom Clancy books are both outstanding, especially the first series of Jack Ryan. There is also Star Trek: Picard, for those Trekkies out there.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge


My crush on Phoebe Waller-Bridge does not end. Crashing the first series she wrote and stars in from 2016 is available on Amazon Prime Video and Channel 4 on-demand in the UK. The hallmarks of Fleabag are there to be seen.

Killing Eve, for which she wrote the first season is on BBC iPlayer and is worth a watch.

Both series of her magnum opus, Fleabag, are on BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video. If you’ve not seen it, you’ve missed out. If you’ve already seen it, go back and watch it again as there’s a lot you will have missed. It’s almost as good on a second watch.

Disney +


Obviously, all the Star Wars and Marvel films are available, but regarding new content, The Mandalorian is a must for any Star Wars fan.

Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and 25 years before the events of The Force Awakens, it follows the title character, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, and his exploits beyond the reaches of the New Republic with a certain very cute package.

Whilst it is a bit, villain of the week, it’s the Star Wars mythology and saga continuity that stands out.



I’ve not watched this, but it has been recommended to me many times. Maybe not the best thing to watch under the circumstances, the story behind a nuclear disaster considered the worst in history. Possibly pertinent to our times though, with current government failings. It’s available on HBO, Sky and can be paid for via Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

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