On-demand TV has become more and more popular over the past few years. For many, it’s now their default way to enjoy TV. Gone are the days of putting in a videotape and setting a timer, it’s now all about setting up series link or loading up a streaming app. With an extra long Christmas weekend to look forward to this year, there’s plenty of time to catch up on all those series you (and maybe the family) have been meaning to watch. Here’s what we think you should be streaming.
You either love them or hate them. If you’ve been waiting for Amazon’s version of Top Gear, then you’ll likely enjoy following Clarkson, Hammond and May as they take a variety of vehicles on a Grand Tour across the globe.
Charlie Brooker’s TV series has a new home on Netflix. Dark technological science fiction at its best. All three seasons are now on the streaming service but you really don’t need to watch them in order.
If you like Ally McBeal and Boston Legal, then you’ll likely enjoy this Amazon Original drama from the creator of those shows. It is, as its name suggests, a David versus Goliath battle fought in America’s modern legal system. The series follows a down-and-out lawyer, played by Billy Bob Thornton, as he seeks redemption in a justice system weighted towards those with money and power.
One for the kids. This Netflix Original from Dreamworks Animation will come into its own on the frosty mornings over the festive holiday. Follow teen Jim Lake Jr. as he stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning and inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls living beneath his small town. It’ll be available for streaming from December 23rd.
In the interest of offering something for everyone, how about a reality TV series for teens? Chasing Cameron follows the international social media phenomenon that is Cameron Dallas as he attempts to take his career to the next level with his close friends in tow. Embarking on an international tour that takes them across Europe and down to Australia, the series explores the contrast between the selfies and snap stories of the group’s public online profiles and their personal lives, in a unique insight into the world of digital celebdom. Available from December 27th.
Fed up with everyone talking about this hit sci-fi series? Now is the time to play catch up. When a group of kids set out to find out what has happened to their missing friend, they stumble upon a mystery which involves secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and a mysterious girl. With a back drop of 1980s nostalgia and Winona Ryder starring, once you’ve started there will be no stopping you.
Watch the new HBO series that has everybody talking. Sir Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright star.
As the back to work blues set in, sneak in a day in front of the TV and grab the box set of this unexpected BBC3 hit comedy, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Fleabag is broke and unlucky in love and constantly battling with an almost innate need to be self-destructive. She’s very funny, though, so you’ll quickly grow to love her (but then despair at her).
It was about time Indian-American comedian Aziz Ansari got his own (proper) TV series. This award-winning TV series follows the personal and professional life of Dev (Ansari), a 30-something actor in New York who is tries to piece together his life, relationships and do the right thing for his family. Laugh out loud funny, Master of None should not be left unwatched.
Tragedy and comedy are never far apart, as is brilliantly demonstrated in this landmark US series that is being billed as Sarah Jessica Parker’s next Sex in the City. SJP plays Frances who is going through a painfully realistic divorce and humour is what she draws on to get her through it. If you never got to see the series when it played out on Sky, it’s not too late to catch up with this box set version from Now TV.
Set in Birmingham just after the First World War, Peaky Blinders follows the Shelbys, a gangster family who run an illegal bookies and are famed for blinding people who cross them with razor blades in their flat caps. Macarbre stuff. Cillian Murphy plays gang boss Tommy Shelby, a man you’ll love to hate.
Nature. BBC Documentary. Sir David Attenborough. ‘Nuff said.
A comedy that you’ll be able to breeze through in one sitting as both seasons host six half-hour episodes (a third is currently in development). Watch Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney as they do all the wrong things trying to fall in love in London.
Other notable mentions:
Transparent – Amazon Prime Video
BoJack Horseman – Netflix
House of Cards – Netflix