What To Watch And Binge If You End Up Self Isolating With Coronavirus

So you’re self isolating?

What a strange time we’re in. Us Brits have been told to self-isolate for seven days if we get a fever or new persistent cough. Well that’s going to be a lot of people. Luckily we live in an age of streaming and on-demand entertainment. So here’s my picks of what you can stream on the various platforms if you end up stuck indoors for a week.

Netflix (UK)

•  Dirty Money (series) – season one was superb, I’m yet to see season two, but planing on getting to it soon.

•  Apollo 11 – Stunning documentary. Stunning achievement.

•  Queer Eye – It’s more than the awful makeover of a person show we had the 90s. It’s a modern insight into leading a better life, finding the hurdles that are holding us back and jumping them. There’s some truly touching and magical moments.

•  Breaking Bad / Better Call Saul – if you’ve not seen, Now’s your chance. You may have heard that “Saul” isn’t as good. No, it really is, it’s as delicious a slow burn as BB.

•  Anne with an “E” – Thank you Lottie for bringing this into my life. Beautiful stories and inspiration to stand up for equality.

•  Abstract The Art of Design – This is niche. But one of my favourite commissions on Netflix. Detailed insights into the leaders in art, culture and design. I love nerding out on the details in this show.

•  Fighting With My Family – Fun fare. Based on a true story, though the snippets of the real family at the end make me want to see that documentary more!

•  FRIENDS – Could this BE a more obvious choice?

•  Patriot Act – think John Oliver, just funnier, more human.

•  Black Mirror – I mean, its just superbly dark. Yes its about technology, but its the kind of sci-if that strikes a real nerve in the way that the best b-movies / horror should.

•  Line of Duty – they’re interest in one thing, and one thing only, bent coppers.

•  The Good Place – starts off cheesy sitcom, becomes a wonderfully entertaining thesis on morality and ethics.

•  The Big Short – want to understand the financial crash on 2008? This is the best way to do that.

•  The Dark Crystal: Age of Resisitance – Stunning and dark, yet family friendly. Jim Henson’s workshop delivered the goods yet again.

•  20 Feet From Stardom – documentary on the voices you know and the people behind them that you don’t.

•  Grease Live! – Look, I’m not a fan of Grease, but this take directed by Tommy Kail and designed by David Korins (yes, both of Hamilton) is as good as version as you’ll get if you do like it. And most people do.

•  Won’t You Be My Neighbour – enjoyed the Tom Hanks film about Mr Rogers? This documentary tells you about the real man. It will warm your very soul.

•  Inside Number 9 – amongst the best TV us Brits are currently producing. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton deliver individual 30 minute stories all link by the number 9. Some are dark, some tragic, some beautiful, some laugh out loud hilarious. Also see series 5 on the BBC iPlayer.

•  Captain Fantastic – One of my favourite movies of 2016. The less I say the better, but an outright reason to watch is George McKay. 

•  The Terminal – if you’re unwell, Tom Hanks always brings joy.

•  STUDIO GIBLI FILMS – Spirtied Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Castle In The Sky… JUST WATCH THEM.

Amazon Prime

•  The Aeronauts – unexpected favourite of 2019 for me

•  Good Omens (also on BBC iPlayer) – Just marvellous science fiction fantasy

•  Booksmart – funny and smart take on the teenage romcom

•  Barnum (original London production) – one of these hidden gems buried deep in the system

•  Roadies – mix Cameron Crowe with JJ Abrahams, you get this single season gem of life on the road with a band. You’ll fall in love with the Staton House Band, without hearing a single note of their music. Watch it whilst it’s still there.

•  Mars Attacks – who doesn’t love B-movie aliens that go “ack ack ack!” Possibly Tim Burton’s best film of the 90s.

•  The Red Turtle – very under the radar animation that’s stunning.

•  Inside No. 9 – yes it’s here too.

•  Your Name – Gibli-esque with a more adult story. Beautiful.

•  Kubrick movies: The Shining and Clockwork Orange – shocking, scary, masterful movies.

•  Truffaut Movies: Jules & Jim and The 400 Blows – just masterful classics from France.

•  Rent Filmed Live on Broadway

•  Miss Saigon London 

•  Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour

•  Les Miserable 25th Anniversary

•  Train to Busan

•  Lady Macbeth

•  Carol

•  Moonlight

•  Midsommar – with a warning. This is not a film about the weird happenings of a tribe. It’s a film about a break-up and grief. It will leave you feeling horrific, like the lead character Dani does. It’s meant too. 

•  Tim Minchin: So F$*£ing Rock – go back to the start of this geniuses work. Not his best show, but still miles ahead of what most comics would put out at this stage in a career.

•  Wild Rose – I love this movie. I adore Jessie Buckley. Watch it.

BBC iPlayer

•  Good Omens

•  Inside No. 9

•  Luther

•  Years and Years – will chill you, especially given the current pandemic

•  Line of Duty

•  Gavin and Stacey

•  Fosse/Verdon – too under the radar, this is majestic television

•  His Dark Materials

•  Fox catcher

•  The Big Sick

•  Captain Fantastic

•  The History Boys