Well the start of 2021 has been a bit of a strange one. While the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines builds momentum bringing with it hope for a return to normal, we have also found ourselves in Lockdown 3.0, which at times can feel a bit like groundhog day.
The team at bdb continues to work remotely where possible, in-line with government guidance, but it is very much business as normal. We have a daily virtual meeting with each other to check-in, and it has been interesting to see how everyone has been filling their time during the lockdowns. I think for most it has been a rollercoaster; for me, at times I have got fatter, at times I have got fitter! We’ve walked, talked, ‘Zoomed’, quizzed, DIY’ed, pruned, painted, crafted, taught and read to name but a few activities. One thing we can all agree we have done a bit more of, is watch TV. As such I’ve asked each team member to share one TV recommendation.
Gill - Mrs America
Available on BBC iPlayer, Mrs America is a drama loosely based on the equal rights amendment movement in the 1970s. Unexpected backlash is led by conservative activist, Phyllis Schlafly, played by Cate Blanchett.
Matt - The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young
The Barkley Marathons is an ultramarathon trail race held in Frozen Head State Park near Wartburg, Tennessee. There is a 60 mile ‘fun run’, whereas the full course is 100 miles. This ‘Amazon Prime’ documentary follows the event that has seen very few finishers.
Amy - The Queen's Gambit
Available on Netflix, The Queen’s Gambit, is a period drama based on the book by Walter Tevis. It follows the story of an orphaned child on her rise to the top of her game (chess), whilst struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies. The show is hailed for making chess cool again.
Fred - The Night Manager
Also based on a novel, The Night Manager, is a british serial following the manager, and previous soldier, of a luxury hotel chain who is tasked with infiltrating the inner circle of a renowned arms dealer. All episodes are available on BBC iPlayer.
Anick - Ozark
Available on Netflix, Ozark is an American crime drama in which a financial adviser relocates his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks to launder money to appease a drug cartel.
You won’t find any of that at bdb!
Andy - Life
Available on BBC iPlayer, Life is a drama following four characters in one building. Exploring love, loss, birth and death amongst many other experiences. The series covers how when ‘life happens’ you deal with it.
Sam - This is Us
From the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love this romantic, comedy family drama follows the lives of two parents and their three children in many different timeframes. With a number of series available on Amazon Prime, there are plenty of episodes to keep you occupied.
Taskmaster is a comedy game show created by comedian Alex Horne, which can now be seen on Channel 4. The TV series stars comedian and actor Greg Davies in the title role of the Taskmaster, issuing simple comedic and bizarre tasks to five regular contestants (usually comedians) with Alex Horne acting as assistant to Davies and as umpire during the challenges.
Me - Car Share
Finally it’s my recommendation and I am sat on my hands to stop me typing The Crown. Instead I have opted for Peter Kay’s Car Share. In difficult times, this light hearted comedy follows the many hilarious journeys to and from work of colleagues John and Kayleigh. No longer available on iPlayer it can now be found on Amazon Prime Video or is available to buy on DVD.
I hope that the above might give you some inspiration for something to watch and if you have any recommendations to share, I’d love to hear them. In the meantime, keep safe, and I look forward to seeing you in happier times!