BEST TV AND FILMS TO STREAM NOW

17 Aug 2020 | Student Life

Whilst the majority of us have had plenty of time to catch up on our favourite TV shows this summer, there will always be new series and films worth recommending. It’s easy to listen to a friend’s recommendation and never find the time or energy to actually watch the show. But I promise you, this shortlist is worthy of stopping everything and streaming!

I May Destroy You – BBC iPlayer

British comedy-drama series I May Destroy You stars Michaela Coel as Arabella Esseidu, a writer and millennial icon. Amazingly Michaela also created, wrote, co-directed and produced the show. Without spoiling the entirety of the show, Arabella experiences a traumatic event that she struggles to remember throughout the series as her friends help her to recall what happened. This brave show explores a dark humour towards sexual assault and has been met with positive praise by its audience.

Hamilton – Disney +

Hamilton, a musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton, was released early on Disney+ this July. A filmed version of the original broadway cast, Hamilton is my most recommendable film to watch this year. Theatre and non-theatre fans alike have found it really enjoyable and informative (despite historical inaccuracies which can be bent for the sake of creative liberty), and the celebration of a predominantly non-White cast is worth watching alone.

Glow Up: Britain’s Next Makeup Star – BBC

Hosted by Stacey Dooley, Glow Up is a reality show competition with the aim to find new makeup artists in the UK. Each week provides a new challenge judged by skilled professional artists and celebrity judges. Whilst seemingly comparable to dramatic television shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race, Glow Up is a very serious and professional competition that is extremely binge-worthy. The amount of work and effort to make their art so perfect is astounding and the show is a genuinely good watch.

Derry Girls – Netflix, Channel 4

Derry Girls is one of those shows that I automatically recommend to a friend who needs a giggle. Based in 1990s Northern Ireland, the sitcom explores a group of friends (and a constantly-bullied English male cousin) as they navigate through their teenage years in an all-girls Catholic School. Whilst the historical context of the show is incredibly important to parts of the plot, the general feel of the show is comforting and hysterical. Production for the third series has been confirmed and will be starting soon.

Midsommar – Amazon Prime

It’s not possible to write a blog post about the best films and series to watch without mentioning a really, really weird film. Midsommar, directed by Ari Astler, is a folk horror film based on a breakup. On the surface, the film is about a backwards and murderous Swedish Cult with bizarre pagan rituals, but deep down the film is about an unhealthy relationship. If you are also one of those weird film fanatics who enjoys strange plot lines, gory and eye-covering scenes, stunning camera work, and phenomenal acting, then this is the film for you. Watch the trailer before watching the film if you are even slightly concerned about what the film may entail.

Though the idea of staying at home may seem arduous and monotonous given the current circumstances, there is absolutely nothing boring about the series and films I have recommended. Not only will they stray you away from boredom, they are designed to inspire imagination and excitement for the creative arts.

By Imogen Kilner

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