Three feel-great TV series you’ll love!
Isn’t it fantastic when you get a great recommendation from a friend and discover your next favourite TV series to indulge in? We have tried and tested these shows and can verify that they are worth the time investment under the covers. Enjoy the tantalising drama, comical and clever scripts and powerful acting.
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Grace and Frankie
Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen
Aired by: Netflix - get a free month trial with Netflix and download it tonight with a smart tv
Best line: Frankie, “I gained another pound today. But I think it was a pound of knowledge.”
These 13 episodes of 30 minute bites of truly quality tv is a modern tale of friendship formed under very unusual circumstances. Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) is the heart-warming story of two former female nemeses who are forced into an unlikely bond. When their law partner husbands announce that they are in love, have been having an affair since the 1990’s and intend to get married … what are Grace and Frankie to do?
The two set up home at a fabulous beach house Odd Couple style. Gorgeous, classy, tightly-wound and at first unlikeable, Grace explores internet dating for the first time at 70, which is great fun to watch. Meanwhile sweet - impossible to dislike - Frankie finds solace in her art classes and hilarious hippie dippy ways. Their characters may be polar opposites but the heart of this story is seeing their true friendship slowly revealed. The cast is first-rate and the irresistible witty banter between Fonda and Tomlin is fantastic. Best news? A second series is on its way!
Starring: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Jonathan Pryce, Bernard Hill
Aired by: BBC Australia also available on dvd
Best line: Cromwell,“You’ll not find any talent I possess that England cannot use.”
Based on Hillary Mantel’s award-winning, best-selling novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, this six-part mini-series is a real treat if you love historical drama. Thomas Cromwell (the brilliant Mark Rylance) is the highly skilled negotiator who becomes a kind of consigliere to King Henry VIII. As he rises to power in the Tudor household, he becomes embroiled in the deception, danger and devious relations of the royal family in 16th century England.
The new advisor must attend to the King’s lack of male heir, his turbulent relationship with Anne Boleyn, and the religious turmoil of the Protestant Reformation. The show deserves all the accolades it has received for its historical authenticity, fabulous costumes, the raw performances and the stunning cinematography. Prefer to read the books first? Indulge in the fantastic novels here.
Mapp and Lucia
Starring: Anna Chancellor, Steve Pemberton, Miranda Richardson, Mark Gatiss
Aired by: ABC, available on dvd or watch out for a repeat on the ABC
Best line: Lucia, “Dear Elizabeth. I do not suppose there was a more thoroughly thwarted woman in all Sussex than she.”
If you missed it on the ABC this three-part mini-series based on E. F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia novels is well worth getting on dvd. It is set in the Sussex coastal town of Tilling in the 1930s and follows the life of Elizabeth Mapp (Miranda Richardson), whose social status is jeopardised by the arrival of the highly-cultured Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas (Anna Chancellor). Mapp embarks on a vigorous mission to defraud the ‘imposter’, whose skills in art, music and linguistics are, she believes, too good to be true. But are they?!
Their hilariously frothy world is fraught with jealousy, petty gossip and compelling drama as their war for dominance turns ever more petty. Indulge in some delightful small town English malice and scintillating squabbles! Love audio books? Download here or want to read the books first? Indulge in the fabulous novels here.
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