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So TV is a HUGE part of my life. I try to watch a variety of television shows, and not just conform to huge American television shows like Teen Wolf or Grey's Anatomy. I am actually a huge fan of British television, and the majority of my favourite TV series are British. So I've decided to list my top ten TV series which I think everyone should watch, and the reasons why. So if you're looking for a new series, or just interested in the type of TV I like...then enjoy!
10) 'Fresh Meat'
Fresh Meat is a comedy about the life of university students through their three years, the friendships they form, and what they get up to outside of lectures and seminars. With major comedy stars as the main cast including Jack Whitehall (JP), Kimberly Nixon (Josie), Joe Thomas (Kingsley), Zawe Ashton (Vod), Charlotte Richie (Oregon) and Greg McHugh (Howard), their connection is so clear on screen, and that makes for a hilarious viewing. The topic of university in Britain is hardly touched upon in television, which is why this show is perfect for anyone who is about to leave for their first year at Uni. But please, don’t expect your experience to be a replica of the show because the whole thing is extremely dramatized. There are, however, multiple moments when you watch and think: That’s so true!. If you’re looking for a hilarious series which will occasionally make you cringe (I’m looking at you Josie), then this is definitely the one for you.
FAVOURITE EPISODE: Season 1, Episode 1.
If you watch this and think you recognise the lead male, Dr Tom Delaney, then you do. I was completely taken aback when I found out who it was. It’s Dexter (Michael C. Hall)! But a British Dexter. Weird. To be honest, his accent was quite impeccable, and I forgot by the end of the first episode that he was American. Safe is based on the disappearance of Jenny Delaney (Amy James Kelly), Tom’s daughter, and her boyfriend, Chris Chahal (Freddie Thorpe). We see the unfolding of events on the night of their disappearance, who is responsible for different reasons and why everything is not as it seems. A show which proves that none of us should be detectives, as the final reveal is NOTHING we could have ever predicted. The writers have thought of every detail with the show, linking every small thing together so that we as an audience realise that the answer was right in front of us the entire time.
FAVOURITE EPISODE: Episode 8.
8) 'This Is England' 86, 88, and 90
Becoming multiple series after an extremely successful film of the same name which won the BAFTA for ‘Best British Film’ in 2008, This is England looks at our country from the 1980’s to the early 1990’s, and the connections between multiple families and friends. Dealing with difficult topics such a mental health and racism, this show has the perfect balance between comedy and drama. It’s so interesting for a person my age to find out about life in the decades of the 80’s and 90’s, and how much things have changed in just 30 years (but also realising how the fashion has come full circle back around, crazy). The best part of the whole series is seeing the relationship between Joseph Gilgun and Vicky McClure’s characters, Woody and Lol. They show us that no matter how much you go through as a couple, the good and the bad, if you really love each other enough then you CAN make it work.
FAVOURITE EPISODE: This is England 90, Episode 2.
7) 'Prison Break'
Oh, Prison Break. I love you with all my heart—and yes, I am talking to you, Michael Schofield (Wentworth Miller). I mean, you should have ended after season four, but who am I to complain? Plus, a season six is coming, so it’s going to be interesting where the show takes itself next. Season one is undoubtedly one of the best debuts of any show ever. It shows the journey of Michael Schofield basically putting himself in prison to break his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) out, who is on death row for a crime which he is adamant he did not commit. They pick up a bunch of other inmates on their escape, and the final episode of that season was one of the most gut-wrenching things I’ve ever seen. The latter seasons are just the lads on the run, then in and out of prison, but after season one you become so attached to these characters that you just kind of have to keep watching.
FAVOURITE EPISODE: Season 1 finale episode.
6) 'Our Girl'
Currently on its fourth series, Our Girl is a beautiful series looking at the life of the British army in service, especially at women fighting on the front line as medics. Starring Lacey Turner in season one as Molly Dawes, and Michelle Keegan as Georgie Lane in the following seasons, it is a real reflection of how women are treated in the army, but also how vital they are. Stand out performances from Smurf in series one (Iwan Rheon) and Elvis series two and three (Luke Pasqualino) ensure that we have an emotional investment with the characters and story lines, making the events more heartbreaking for us as viewers.
FAVOURITE EPISODES: Season 1, Episode 5 and Season 3, Episode 6.