Staying in is the new going out (and our only option at the moment) so we’re making the most of it by catching up on all the TV shows, podcasts and books we’ve had on our list for a while. We all need a bit of healthy distraction from the news at the moment, so below you’ll find a list we’ve curated with some helpful tips from friends and clients of recommended viewing, reading and listening to keep us all well entertained while in self-isolation.
Before you do so, you’ll want to make your sofa even cosier. Extra cushions and a buttery-soft throw do the trick, and we love these paisley patterned fringe cushions by De La Cuona and cashmere throw by Oyuna.
More family members at home all of the time means you may be looking to purchase an extra TV. We’d recommend this Samsung HDTV from Amazon for super speedy delivery. Pair it with this Sonos soundbar with Alexa built-in for at-home cinema acoustics.
The Split - Nothing beats a good BBC British drama series. We’re loving this 12 episode series about a top divorce lawyer who leaves her family firm for a rival. Watch on BBC iPlayer.
Penny Dreadful - If you thought there was nothing scarier than being stuck in your house for over a month, try watching this Victorian horror show which weaves classic tales of Dracula, Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and more together. Watch on Amazon Prime.
The Blacklist - If you’re into crime thrillers, you’ll have no problem powering through all 6 seasons of this gripping show about a high-profile criminal who voluntarily surrenders to the FBI. Watch on Amazon Prime.
MotherFatherSon - Another great BBC series, this one stars Richard Gere and follows a media mogul’s dysfunctional family as his son goes through a catastrophic breakdown. Watch on BBC iPlayer.
Line of Duty - For more crime drama, check out this show about the controversial investigations of a police anti corruption unit. Watch on BBC iPlayer.
Unorthodox - This four-part miniseries which follows the story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who flees her arranged marriage and religious community has received rave reviews. Watch on Netflix.
Press - This drama series is about the lives of the editors and journalists working at a left-leaning broadsheet and a populist tabloid. Watch on BBC iPlayer.
Grown Ups by Marian Keys - a Sunday Times number 1 bestseller.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo - winner of The Booker Prize 2019.
Dishoom Cookbook - until we can eat out again, we can try and recreate our favourite dishes at home.
Tulum Gypset - a gorgeous coffee table book published by Assouline because we could all do with a little wanderlust at the moment.
How Much Of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang - one of the 2020’s most anticipated debut novels.
The Sporkful - This award-winning food podcast is “not for foodies, but for eaters,” with both lighthearted and weightier food topics.
Table Manners - We love this hilarious podcast hosted by singer Jessie Ware and her mother Lennie. They’ve even released a cookbook which has had rave reviews from culinary heavyweights such as Nigella Lawson, Tom Kerridge and Yotam Ottolenghi.
Food Psych - Everyone’s talking about intuitive eating at the moment, and this podcast delves into this as well as many other subjects surrounding food and the psych.
About Building and Cities - An architecture-lovers podcast, this show also touches on technology, film, and the future.
Clever - This witty podcast about design talks to designers, visionaries, problem-solvers, critical thinkers and other super-smart people about the objects and environments that shape our lives.