Join us as we get the kids to bed - stat - and lose ourselves in these excellent TV shows...
On those days when we’re run ragged by life, trying to juggle work and family (and yet always seemingly letting someone down), there’s nothing we like more when it comes to a mum time moment than to put our feet up and binge watch some seriously good TV shows. Here’s what’s been getting us excited at HoneyKids HQ recently…
Not for the fainthearted, gritty but compelling The Handmaid’s Tale (pictured above) is set in a dystopian future in which women are forced to live as concubines under a, frankly, terrifying dictatorship. The cast is simply outstanding in a story that is, at times, pretty hard to watch. Essential viewing.
One of last year’s binge watches, The Crown, is heading back to our screens on 8 December 2017 and we seriously can’t wait. There’ll be 10 brand new episodes to devour, following the trials, tribulations and triumphs during the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Matt Smith and Claire Foy will be back as Elizabeth and Prince Philip (before they’re replaced by new actors in the next season – yes, even the royals have to age) and we hear tales of plenty of scandals for season two. Hurrah!
If you were caught up in the Goonies meets ET meets Stand By Me fest that was Stranger Things season one, you may well have already binge watched the entire season two, which was released to cheers around the globe on 31 October 2017. We’re loving the new characters and spooky moments, but most of all we’re happy that it seems Barb has not been forgotten entirely after all. #poorbarb.
Whilst learning difficulties and special needs are not subjects to be treated lightly, Atypical has brought autism to the screen in a heartwarming, often funny, story that introduces us to Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum. When he decides that it is time he had a girlfriend, we’re totally with him (and his parents) every step of the way.
An ongoing epic tale of a gangster family set during 1919 in Birmingham, England, Peaky Blinders centres on a gang who find it perfectly normal to sew razor blades into the peaks of their caps and terrorise the neighbours. Cillian Murphy as family boss, Tommy Shelby, is unmissable. Season four is scheduled for a 15 November 2017 release, so binge watch the first three seasons to play catch up: you won’t regret it!
If you’re feeling bereft without your weekly dose of Kit Harington now that Game of Thrones has wrapped up for another season, then you absolutely need to watch period drama Gunpowder, which he not only stars in but also helped write and produce (he’s definitely not just a pretty face!). The story is loosely based on the Guy Fawkes, treason and Houses of Parliament plot and is set in 1605, when London was a pretty dark and dingy place. Prepare for plenty of history, gore and gasp out loud moments. Warning: you will need to watch some of it from behind your fingers. Catch it on BBC iPlayer now.
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