As a New Years resolution, I decided that it was time I got off my backside and experienced the great outdoors more rather than hiding away at home. Problem is, there are so many fantastic things I can do at home, including watching a decent TV series, of which there have been many during 2017.
So I thought I’d list my Top 10 favourite TV programmes I have watched this year. I’m hoping 2018 can match it!
In no particular order…
- Big Little Lies. I watched this as a boxset last week, and oh my god! It is amazingly good! Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård, this is set in beautiful Monterey on the Californian coast. After a murder occurs at a public school, the story keeps us guessing by not revealing the victim or the assailant. Instead, it backtracks to the first day of term and follows the friendship that develops between Madeline (Witherspoon), Celeste (Kidman), and Jane (Shailene Woodley), as well as the turbulence in each of the women’s home life. It is an intriguing and enthralling story, and is helped along by a fantastic soundtrack, as well as the beauty of the location. Loved it!
- The Exorcist. Loosely based on the famous film of the same name, this has just completed its second season, and I love it! I love anything supernatural, let’s face it, but this was amazingly scary in parts, and Father Tomas is extremely easy on the eye. Focusing on possession and exorcists (obviously!), it is definitely one to keep you on the edge of your seat. First rate horror TV!
- Bates Motel. Having recently subscribed to Netflix, at least 10 years after everybody else, I devoured all four seasons of this in quick succession and am eagerly awaiting season 5. This is a prequel to the classic horror movie Psycho, and basically tells the story of Norman, his intensely close relationship with his mother Norma, and his downward spiral into madness.
- Riviera. Set on the opulent French Riviera, this stars Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You) as newlywed Georgina whose billionaire husband Constantine is killed in an explosion on a yacht. Racked with grief, she digs deeper into Constantine’s life and discovers a darker side to the life she has married into.
- Mindhunter. This is another series I found on Netflix. Set in 1977, it follows FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench who, along with psychologist Wendy Carr, interview serial killers in an attempt to understand how they think in the hope of applying their knowledge to future cases.
- Lucifer. This is an amazingly amusing series that follows Tom Ellis as fallen angel Lucifer who, bored in the underworld, decides to leave Hell and retire to LA. Once there, he embraces a life of indulgence until there is a murder outside his nightclub. Intrigued, he reinvents himself as a consultant to the police, and partners with homicide detective Chloe, who wakens feelings in him that he hasn’t experienced before. Devilishly good!
- The Handmaid’s Tale. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, this is set in a dystopian society within the borders of the former United States of America. Offred, a handmaid, forced into a life of sexual servitude in an effort to repopulate a devastated world, dreams of happier times with her husband and daughter, and struggles within the confines of her new life. Excellent!
- Lethal Weapon. Based on the film franchise of the same name starring Mel Gibson, the TV series doesn’t star Mel Gibson, and is absolutely brilliant. A fantastic mix of action and comedy, and two excellent lead characters. Eagerly awaiting season 2!
- Blue Planet II. Stunning nature programme narrated by Sir David Attenborough, exploring the wonders of the deep blue sea. The lives of the many creatures living in and beside the oceans of the world are positively captivating, and the soundtrack is a perfect accompaniment to this beautiful series. Eye-opening.
- Liar. A date between newly-single teacher Laura and recently widowed surgeon Andrew goes terribly wrong, and the subsequent fall-out rapidly spirals out of control. Who is telling the truth? A gripping psychological thriller.
So there you go. My 10 favourite TV series of 2017. I highly recommend them all!