Your lockdown film and box set recommendations

We asked you what you’re watching on the telly box when you settle down for your Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in – and it turns out you’ve got a fabulous eclectic taste in viewing!


Starting with the funny bonny, Jess Blacow from our Morecambe’s Property Team says that she escapes to the world of classic British comedy.


Jess says, “I’ve binged on ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and ‘Keeping up Appearances’. You can dip in and out when you like and there’s no plot or continuation to follow as such so when you’re not in the mood for a full on action packed thriller, it’s perfect.”


There are loads of on-demand channels serving up classic British laughs such as ‘Dad’s Army’, ‘Blackadder’, Victoria Wood’s ‘Dinner Ladies’, ‘Porridge’ and ‘Open All Hours’.


A more contemporary comedy that gets the thumbs up from Elliott Garvey and Beth Kennedy in our Marketing Team and Lauren Parker from our Industrial Disease Team is Channel Four’s ‘Friday Night Dinner’. The comedy is focused on the regular dinner experience of the middle-class British Jewish Goodman family every Friday night.


If epic adventure is more your thing and you want to immerse yourself in an alternative fantasy world then Lauren Parker also recommends a weekend ‘Hobbit and Lord of the Rings’ marathon fest.


Lauren says, “Can you even believe the Lord of the Rings is almost 20 years old. You can definitely tell how the special effects have advanced between the films coming out. It was something for me and Chris to watch together that we’ve not watched in a while. Legolas doesn’t hurt the eyes either!”


We’ve learned that some of you like your thrills a little darker than Middle Earth. Jan Garvey from our National Asbestos Helpline Team is glued to the BBC’s ‘Killing Eve’. A multi-award winning British thriller and dark comedy about a secret service agent and a talented killer.


Jan says, “It’s brilliantly, brutal and gripping. It has a great character, Villanelle, played by the talented Jodie Comer.”


Amanda Sellar, from our Serious Catastrophic Injury Team in Manchester, has two thriller recommends. They come in the shape of ‘Ozark’ on Netflix and ‘Nest’ on BBC iPlayer.


Ozark is a dark crime drama that follows a financial advisor who drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder millions of dollars to appease a drug boss and stay alive. Meanwhile, The Nest is a new thriller set in Glasgow and follows a wealthy couple and the teenage girl they ask to carry their baby.


We have to say that Carole Richards, from our Family Law Team in Preston, has dived the deepest into dark thrillers and watched the 2011 film ‘Contagion’ at the weekend. She admits that it is a bit close to home but a compelling watch.


Carole says, “It was scary how accurate it was with all the symptoms, temperature and cough. It was a good watch though – we did enjoy it to be fair! Lots of good actors in it like Jude Law, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet.”


When it comes to documentaries and real life the marketing team has a couple of recommendations for you.


BBC Two’s ‘Race Across The World’ is being talked about a lot. It is a frenetic race across the world by teams of ordinary travellers. They have to choose any route they like to win but no flights or smartphones allowed.


And, of course, Netflix’s ‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness’ has been grabbing entertainment headlines during the lockdown. It is a 2020 American true crime documentary miniseries about the life of zookeeper Joe Exotic. The best way to explain it is for you to watch it.