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Excellent tv shows to watch now

While the weather is grey and blustery outside, we are enjoying some excellent tv inside.  These are our current favourites.

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel is the perfect antidote to Brexit-blues, transporting you to 1958 New York where Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel is transforming her life. Midge is full of verve and vigour as she navigates the choppy transition from Jewish housewife to stand-up comedienne. Zipping about Manhattan in an impeccable 50’s wardrobe, all nipped-waists and matching accessories, she splits her time between her cushy ‘classic six’ Upper West Side apartment and the Gaslight Club, a dive bar in Greenwich Village, stopping for meetings over pastrami sandwiches at the Carnegie Deli. The sets and costumes are matched by a pithy script that is both funny and life-affirming.

By series two (released December 2018) Midge is juggling her burgeoning new comedic career with dating, a day job on the lipstick counter at department store B. Altman and holidaying at the mad and brilliant Steiner Resort in the Catskills Mountains. The series’ have received critical-acclaim – 5 stars from the Guardian, and a plethora of Golden Globes and Emmy Awards – and for good reason. Watch now on Amazon Prime.

Sex Education is often likened to a John Hughes film for millennials but don’t let that put you off. Set in a Welsh village in a vague yestertime, it stars the excellent Gillian Anderson as a sex therapist and her son played by Asa Butterfield who teams up with cool girl Maeve to become the unofficial school sex expert, despite having no experience himself.  Apparently the cast spent weeks together before filming began  learning their own sex education and the results really show.  Like The Breakfast Club,  you really feel that the cast are friends and this makes the on screen relationships feel real. In addition, the music is great, the script very funny and you’ll soon be binge watching episodes at a time.  We were very happy to hear that a second series has been commissioned.  Watch now on Netflix.

If you missed the first series of Fleabag, then now is the time to catch up with series two just released. Written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a young woman navigating life in London after a recent tragedy, Waller-Bridge adapted it from her 2013 award winning one woman comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Series one also stars Oscar winner Olivia Coleman who is brilliant as her godmother turned stepmother/stepmonster whilst series two includes Kristen Scott Thomas, Fiona Shaw and Andrew Scott. It’s an extraordinary mixture of humour, straight talking reality and tragedy that makes you alternately squirm and laugh out loud.  Also the writer of last year’s must watch tv series Killing Eve and co-producer of the second series (out later this year), Waller-Bridge is seriously talented and we can’t wait to see what she does next.  Watch Series One of Fleabag on Amazon Prime and Series Two on BBC Three.

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
— A Little Bird
13th March 2019