Looking for something good to watch? You’re not alone. BEN’s team of entertainment enthusiasts picked out their favorites across TV, film, and music for you to stream during your time at home.
Depending on what mood you’re in, we’ve broken it down by genre to give you top choices by category, as well as a bunch of other titles to consider. Still need more convincing? Check out reviews and commentary below.
Top 3 Picks by Genre:
Other Titles Worth the Watch:
Why They’re Worth the Binge
Bodyguard | Netflix | Series — Six-episode thriller about an Afghanistan war veteran, played by Richard Madden, now working as bodyguard to the British government’s controversial Home Secretary. Bodyguard was the UK’s most watched drama of 2018 and is so full of twists and turns, you can’t and won’t want to look away for a second. The opening 20 minutes alone will have you on the edge of your seat.
What We Do in the Shadows | BBC iPlayer | Series -– A must-watch if you were a fan of the movie, of Flight of the Conchords, or of Taika Waititi (or if you were one of those people that never quite understood the Twilight franchise). It’s a mockumentary, following the night-to-night lives of four vampires ‘living’ on modern-day Staten Island.
Line of Duty | BBC iPlayer & Netflix | Series -– Line of Duty is a wild ride. Now on it’s fifth season, this thriller about the police’s Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12) follows D.S. Steve Arnott after he is transferred to the division having refused to take part in a cover up of an un-lawful shooting. This critically-acclaimed series has earned its place as the UK’s most-watched drama of 2019 and is a must-watch; you’ll be hooked.
Outlander | Amazon | Series -– Outlander is a mesmerising fantasy series which tells the story of Claire Randall, a WWII army combat nurse who whilst enjoying a post-war second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 where she meets dashing Highlander, Jamie Fraser. If you’re a fan of a costume drama, or a historical romance with just a touch magic, you won’t regret this watch!
– Erin Larnder, Director of Global Content and Integration
No Judgment (Niall Horan) | YouTube | Music – We’re all in need of a little Irish luck right now. Get your third (forth) favourite 1D artist on pronto. As the lyrics go, ‘Barefoot and a bottle of wine,’ which when working from home could become an immediate reality.
Defected Virtual Festival 2020 | YouTube & Facebook | Music — It’s Friday, it’s lunchtime, and Defected’s virtual festival will take you through until Saturday. House beats are the words on the virtual streets, with their family like roster of DJs taking to the decks, ensuring your weekend clubbing agenda can still be fulfilled.
– Tim Waine, Senior Client Manager
The Gruffalo’s Child | Amazon | Film — Julia Donaldson’s much loved characters return for a new adventure centered around his bold and inquisitive daughter. The search for the Big Bad Mouse takes the Gruffalos’ Child across a cold wintery forest to unearth the truth behind the creature with “terrible whiskers stronger than wire.” If your little one loved The Gruffalo, this is a must-watch follow up.
– Chris Smith, Senior Manager of Client Development
Money Heist | Netflix | Series — Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind—known only as ‘The Professor’—manipulates the police to carry out his plan, the biggest robbery in history. Very addicting and cleverly written. Season four will premiere in April 2020.
You vs Wild | Netflix| Series — In this interactive series, viewers make key decisions to help Bear Grylls survive, thrive and complete missions in the harshest environments on Earth. This is a series for anyone who loved the ‘choose your own adventure’ books. My sister and I enjoyed directing the choices of Bear Gyrlls as he navigates the Jungle, Desert, Mountain, and Caves. There are some fun story options in You vs Wild, including plenty of opportunities to make Bear eat nasty things; wrestle with a Croc; and even snuggle up to a fluffy sheep (to prevent him getting too cold).
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You | Netflix | Film — As her relationship with Peter continues to grow, Lara Jean reunites with another recipient of one of her old love letters. This sequel is just as charming and wonderful as the first movie. Lara Jean’s outfits are so cute, and the addition of Jordan Fisher to the cast is even cuter!
Sex Education | Netflix | Series — A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school. This series is amazing! The weird blend of American/British culture, with a heavy 80’s influence, means everyone in some way can relate. Sex Education tackles such a wide range of issues with such care and a very witty script, it makes this comedy incredibly heart-warming and loved by many.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series | Disney+ | Series — Set at East High School, the mockumentary series follows the members of the drama club and their faculty advisers as they work their way toward the opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical: The Musical.”. What’s better than the High School Musical movies? Having a musical series that’s based on the movies, set in the OG East High School! If you’re a fan of cheese, some high-school drama and a killer guilty-pleasure soundtrack, then you’ll love this new Disney+ original.
Sunderland ‘Til I Die | Netflix | Series — The English city of Sunderland has seen its main industries of shipbuilding and mining fall by the wayside, which means the Sunderland Football Club — SAFC — has become an increasingly more important part of the lifeblood of the unique city. This docuseries follows SAFC and its fans in the club’s first season in the Championship after the relegation. This docuseries provides a really entertaining and interesting insight into the operation of Sunderland Football Club—the players and management team—as well as the lives of the team’s dedicated fans, who, despite every knockback SAFC face, are there passionately cheering them on. Season 2 arrives on Netflix on April 4!
– Hannah Butters, Senior Coordinator of Global Content and Integration
Black Mirror | Netflix | Series — Want to experience a darker side to our potential future? How about one that makes you think and question your moral values and reality? I highly recommend Black Mirror. Created by Charlie Brooker of News Wipe fame, and an ex video game journalist, the series explores the world around us, diving into the darker side of the technology and often highlighting a more sinister path humanity could take. Check it out now!
The Witcher | Netflix | Series — Missing Game of Thrones? Want to dive into a sexy yet violent world filled with wizards, monsters and monster hunters? Check out the Witcher featuring Henry Cavill. Based on an iconic series of books which were then adapted into a colossal game series and now finally a fun and exciting TV show. The series has millions of fans globally. Check it out; it’s worth your time, if only for the catchy “Toss a Coin to your Witcher” song!
– Mark Bassett, Head of Digital Partnerships, Europe
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK | BBC iPlayer | Series — Following immense success in the US, this show celebrates all things drag—from chicken fillets to quaffed hair-dos —in a uniquely British way. The contestants don a broad range of styles to give a sense of the rich diversity of British drag. With a sense that everyone is welcome, it’s not solely for the “in-crowd”. Not only is it feel-good telly, but, although it’s streamed on BBC iPlayer, it has an aura of event-TV, which cuts through the noise and gets fans hooked.
The Laundromat | Netflix | Film — If you’re fascinated by the scandal of the Panama Papers and you’re in the mood for a stellar cast of Antonia Banderas, Meryl Streep, and Gary Oldman, tune into Netflix for this 90-minute expose. Though it won’t do much to instill faith in humanity.
This Country | BBC iPlayer | Series — This is a quintessentially British mockumentary-style comedy based in a rural Cotswold town. This series is brilliantly crafted, with textured, dynamic and interesting characters (Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe), where humour is often quickly followed by a tug of the heart strings.
– Toby Harris, Production Coordinator