Hey y’alls. It’s Pi Day(!) and to brighten your life wherever you are, here you go:
So we’re sorry there’s no episode this week, but never fear! If we can’t be the one to fill the hours of your lives, we can totally recommend alternatives. My favorite way to kill hours of my life and probably a few brain cells is… Netflix-binge-watching!!
Of course everyone’s heard of the Netflix must sees (Orange is the New Black, House of Cards), super popular TV series (Archer, Portlandia), and even some off-beat, more esoteric stuff (The Young Doctor’s Notebook, Safety Not Guaranteed). But each has their own favorite sort of write off your weekend, settle in with some pizza and ice cream, hard-core binge watching. And for me, there is no more delicious way to disappear from the world than with a little British programming. I’m a total Anglophile, and while I adore shows like Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Doctor Who, I like to dig deeper into the vast library of English shows available on the Netflix. So here are some of my favorites for all you yanks who like to settle in with a cuppa, and think of England:
The Vicar of Dibley: I heart Dawn French. In this show she plays an Anglican priest who is sent to a tiny village full of strange characters as their new vicar. She must win over those skeptical of a female vicar (GASP!) and juggle the local oddities while also navigating the strange waters of being a priest and a normal woman. With hilarious results.
Rosemary and Thyme: Almost as much as I love British TV, I love a good murder mystery. So when Netflix recommended this show I was like, Hells to the Yes!! This is the story of former policewoman and recently divorced Laura Thyme and horticulturalist Rosemary Boxer. They are somewhat thrown together in a murder case, realize they both have a tendency towards gardening and sleuthing, and team up to create a gardening business, with some criminal catching on the side. It’s a delightful procedural series.
Midsomer Murders: Speaking of murder mystery series, once this one got its hooks into me, I couldn’t stop. One of the downsides to most British television is that the seasons are miniscule, so one finds oneself getting through all of the content in a weekend. Not so with this long-running police show. If you like shows like Columbo and Matlock (which you know I do!) this is the British version. And with 13 seasons at about an hour forty-five per episode, this is a show you can sink your teeth into!
Agatha Christie’s Marple and Agatha Christie’s Poirot: I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie, so of course I love ITV’s versions of her timeless sleuths, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. They are brilliantly portrayed, and one of my favorite things about these shows is the guest stars you see cropping up. I guarantee you’ll see some familiar faces!
Miss Marple: Also, if you like Miss Marple, make sure you catch the Joan Hickson versions from the 80’s. She was such a perfect portrayal of the seemingly dotty but sharp witted old lady.
Call the Midwife: This is a beautiful period show set in the post-war East End of London. It follows a group of young midwives who live and work out of a convent in the East End, one of the poorer areas of London, and serve the women of its community. As each of them learn and grow, they also grow closer to each other and build a sort of family.
Of course I’ve only scratched the surface, as my BBC Shows category on Netflix serves to remind me. If you’ve got any recommendations of your own, I’m all ears. See you, or probably not because I’ll be watching more shows! Later!!