Watching a gripping series is a great way to help pass the day particularly in these challenging times of isolation.
A good series means something to look forward to watching the next day – as long as there’s no binge-watching! Plus great topics of conversations with friends and family if they’re watching the same thing.
Netflix is the world’s most popular video streaming service. There is a huge variety to choose from to fit all interests – from dramatic crime dramas to informative documentaries.
If your elderly parents haven’t found the joys of Netflix yet, you can set it up for them by using your current password (so they can share your account for free!).
Netflix can be viewed on a smartphone, tablet, smart TV or laptop all for one low fixed monthly fee.
Basic plans start from £5.99 a month. If you upgrade to a standard subscription (£8.99 a month), you can watch different TV shows/films on 2 different devices at the same time. A premium subscription costs £11.99 and allows for different shows to be watched on 4 different devices at one time.
These different subscription packages mean you can share a Netflix account with relatives you do not live with.
There are no extra costs or contracts, and a subscription can be cancelled at any time. To sign up, visit the Netflix website. Make sure to only sign up through the Netflix site itself.
Here, Age Space have put together our top 10 series recommendations to help wile away a few hours over the next few weeks. They are all available on Netflix.
Drama/Historical Drama on Netflix
Looking for something to really get your teeth into? These much-loved dramas are sure not to disappoint.
1. Call the Midwife
Period Drama based on an award-winning memoir, set in the 1950s East End. The show follows a newly qualified midwife and her colleagues at a nursing convent. The show is balanced by moving, funny and eye-opening story lines with eccentric and lovable characters.
7 series, 71 x 1 hour episodes
2. The Crown
Based on an award-winning play (The Audience), the drama plays out the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. The show explores personal intrigues, romances, national disasters, political rivalries and more. All of which played a big role in shaping the later decades of the 20th century.
3 series, 26 x 1 hour episodes
3. Death in Paradise
British-made drama about a detective and his team solving murders on a beautiful Caribbean island. The show is kept light by comedic scenes and remains in the top 3 most watched British TV series.
7 series, 56 x 1 hour episodes
A brooding drama set in 18th century Cornwall, based on the novels by Winston Graham. The show follows the life of Captain Poldark as he returns home from the American War of Independence and tries to rebuild his life at home.
3 series, 24 x 1 hour episodes
British Crime drama based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Sherlock attempts to solve modern day mysteries through his exceptional intellect and bold powers of observation. Adds a modern twist to previous versions.
4 series, 13 x 1 hour 30 minute episodes
Comedy on Netflix
Want to add a bit of joy to your day? These classic comedies are sure to get you laughing.
6. Grace & Frankie
An award-winning American TV series. The plot is based around Grace and Frankie who believe their lives in retirement are all set – before their husbands declare their love for each other.
6 series, 78 x 30 minute episodes
Rowan Atkinson stars in the classic British comedy set in different periods from medieval to the First World War. The show has continually been ranked as one of the funniest sitcoms of all time.
2 series, 12 x 30 minute episodes
8. Fawlty Towers
A classic, favourite comedy. The plot centres around haughty Basil Fawlty and his bossy wife trying to raise the profile of their hotel and the farcical lunacy that arises.
2 series, 12 x 30 minute episodes
Nature/Documentary on Netflix
Who doesn’t love a bit of nature, particularly if Sir David Attenborough is involved; these two series fit the bill.
9. Planet Earth
The most expensive TV nature documentary series to be ever be commissioned. Dazzling, state-of-the-art high-definition imagery highlights this breathtaking documentary. The two series feature footage of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders – from the oceans to the deserts to the polar ice caps.
2 series, 17 x 50 minute episodes
10. The Secrets Of Great British Castles
Historian Dan Jones goes back on a journey through time to the zenith of Britain’s most iconic structures and their infamous inhabitants. Structures explored include the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle and Arundel Castle. One for the history enthusiasts!
2 series, 12 x 45 minute episodes