We’re more or less in the middle of the coldest season which, as far as I’m concerned, is prime telly bingeing time! Here are some of the things that we’ve been watching on Netflix this winter. There’s also something we’re really looking forward to that premieres at the end of this week…
I was intrigued when I first saw the trailer for The Crown as it covers a period I know little about. I was also curious about the casting of Matt Smith as Prince Philip. Were they going to make us find a soft spot for the outspoken duke, or dislike The Doctor? Of course, the focus of the story is the Queen’s first decade as monarch and the political struggles surrounding it. Claire Foy is excellent in the main role. It’s little surprise that both she and the series won Golden Globes. My parents have enjoyed it too and both mentioned how evocative it is of the 1950s.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Kate loved the original series, so was excited about the four-part Gilmore Girls revival. It was kind of Netflix to send her a Stars Hollow sweater too! They still have lightning-fast dialogue, drink too much coffee and attend farcical town meetings. It didn’t quite have the same feel as the original episodes, but there are plenty of moments that make it worth watching. I particularly liked the Pythonesque ‘Stars Hollow the Musical’.
I know this is, by no means, new. Horrid Henry probably has nightmare children of his own now, but Dylan and Xander can’t get enough of his antics. I don’t have much time for the eponymous character – or his harsh parents for that matter – but it’s not meant for me! Dylan is really enjoying reading the books though and anything that reinforces that is fine by me.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Now for one we’re looking forward to. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events launches, aptly enough, on Friday 13 January.
This series follows the misfortunes of the Baudelaire children. After losing their parents, they are put into the care of the evil Count Olaf. Following in the footsteps of Jim Carrrey is no mean feat but, from what I’ve seen in the trailers, Neil Patrick Harris looks to have made the role his own.
To whet the appetite for the new series, Netflix sent some goodies for the boys to enjoy over the Christmas holidays. As well as a copy of the first book that the series is based on, there were paints and wooden baubles to decorate with Netflix characters.
Unsurprisingly, Horrid Henry was the first character they wanted to immortalise. They recreated the Baudelaire orphans and Count Olaf too though, so are clearly looking forward to the series as much as I am!
What have you been watching on Netflix this winter?