I’ve been trying hard to be productive during lockdown. I’ve fallen victim to the Instagram sourdough trap and I’ve been crossing books off my TBR (to be read) list at lightning speed. But I’ve also made a very conscious decision to not feel bad about spending a lot of time in front of the television.
I don’t just mean watching some of the televisual canonical series like The Wire or films like The Godfather, I’m refusing to feel guilty for watching TV that definitely isn’t stretching my intellect (America’s Next Top Model reruns) and films that I’ve already seen probably a hundred times (Steel Magnolias). Anyway, now that we’ve all marvelled over Tiger King and everyone has finally actually seen Breaking Bad, it’s another month, and we’re ready for some new titles. Here’s the best that Netflix UK has to offer in May.
Ryan Murphy brings us another series that promises to be as dynamic and addictive as his previous work (Glee). Hollywood depicts a group of actors as they try to make it in Hollywood’s Golden Age; the 1940s. Expect gorgeous makeup and stunning costume alongside compelling plots and magnetic storytelling.
All Day and A Night
All Day and A Night is an independent film that shows us one prison inmate’s reminiscences on his life and the people, circumstances and events that lead him to be where he is today: in jail. Jeffrey Wright of Westworld and Hunger Games (and soon, Batman) fame stars in the film which is set to be a big talking point in the weeks ahead with marketing cashing in on a Moonlight vibe.
That’s right – this all-time cult classic featuring David Bowie comes to Netflix this month. In it, a teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) adventures through a maze to recover her baby brother (Toby Froud) from a goblin king (Bowie).
Jerry Seinfield: 23 Hours to Kill
What is there to say about Seinfield? If you’ve seen the series or his more recent project: Comedians in Car Getting Coffee, then you know, this stand up special is bound to be hilarious.
Season 2 of Dead To Me
Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate return to pick up after THAT cliffhanger ending from last year. The pair are a convincing duo who’s on-screen energy and chemistry make this series pleasingly watchable, despite all the hair-raising twists and turns.
Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
This star-studded documentary interviews various users of psychedelics about their experiences tripping. Whilst this is less the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and more that episode of Chelsea Handler where she gets high, this documentary nonetheless looks to be an interesting insight into a lifestyle that is foreign to me and that will be interesting to understand from a public personality’s point of view.
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
Remember a couple of years ago when that random comedy special Nanette, by the Australian comic totally blew up taking social media, print media and water cooler conversations by storm across the globe? Well, that comic is back with a new Netflix special. Gadsby’s previous work has been irreverent, hilarious, poignant and thoughtful. This special, on identity and popularity promises to be as fascinating and compelling.
Adult Life Skills (2016)
Comedy/drama starring Jodie Whittaker.
Restaurants on the Edge: Season 2
The culinary series returns.
Trial by Media: Season 1
This show covers some of the most high-profile trials and their relationship with the media.
Schitt’s Creek: Season 6
The rich to rags story returns for a sixth season.
White Lines (Season 1)
This new thriller comes straight from the creators of the successful Money Heist.
Space Force: Season 1
Steve Carrell stars in this all-American comedy about the space bound military.
Leah is a literature graduate from Bristol. Likes: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, My So Called Life, Goodfellas, and Ally McBeal.