Binge-worthy shows while in isolation

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Binge-worthy shows while in isolation

Published at 12:09pm 24th March 2020. (Updated at 12:38pm 9th April 2020)

As coronavirus spreads, social distancing and self-isolation have left millions of us with more time than we might usually spend, sat in front of the TV.

While most shows and films have halted production and postponed releases due to the impact of COVID-19, we luckily already have a fairly substantial catalogue to choose from to keep you going through the weeks (and months) ahead.

Sky News Backstage podcast have produced this guide on old, new and upcoming series that will keep you entertained indoors.




Now in its third series, this dystopian theme-park drama about the dawn of artificial intelligence and the birth of a new form of life on Earth is the most downloaded show on Sky right now.

Starring Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) join the cast for the new season.



Game of Thrones

Okay, so there was a lot of hoo-ha about the ending last year. But whether you were happy with its swansong or not, Game Of Thrones remains one of the most popular series of all time. And every episode of series 1-8 is available to watch on Sky and NOW TV.

If you're a die-hard fan, now's the time to do it all again from the beginning. If you've never seen, you're in for a dragon and bloody battle-filled treat - either that, or you're really going to wonder what the fuss was all about.


Killing Eve

Killing Eve

One of the biggest shows of recent years, the upcoming third season of this dark comic thriller is one of the most anticipated programmes of 2020.

Starring British actress Jodie Comer as everyone's favourite multiple-accented, super-stylish assassin Villanelle and Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, the obsessed MI6 agent on the cat-and-mouse trail to track her down, season three starts on BBC America on 26 April and should be on BBC One and BBC iPlayer by June.


Save Me Too


Save Me Too

When it landed on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV back in February 2018, Save Me quickly became a break-out hit. The dark drama, starring Lennie James and Suranne Jones, told the story of a man desperately searching for his estranged missing daughter.

No spoilers here, but it's back for a second series - which gives some clue as to how the search panned out.



The Nest

The first episode of this drama started on BBC One on Sunday, so you've got plenty of time to get up to speed if you missed it.

Line Of Duty's Martin Compston and Peaky Blinders' Sophie Rundle star as a very wealthy couple with an amazing Sleeping-With-The-Enemy-style beach house, who are desperate for a baby. Mirren Mack (Sex Education) is the troubled teen who offers to be their surrogate. But at what cost? The first episode has set the scene for what promises to be a very moreish appointment-to-view thriller.


Better Call Saul (plus Breaking Bad/ El Camino)

Before Breaking Bad's Saul Goodman became Saul Goodman, he was Jimmy McGill. This prequel spin-off about the hapless conman lawyer is the master of the slow burn, and a brilliant show in its own right, with or without Heisenberg. The fifth series - in which we're starting to see more of a Breaking Bad crossover - has started now on Netflix.

If you have the time, you can also revisit all five series of Breaking Bad, plus El Camino - the film sequel released last year.



The Mandalorian

The Star Wars spin-off that brought us a thousand Baby Yoda memes, The Mandalorian aired on Disney+ in the US last year. Now, fans can watch in the UK, as the new streaming service launches here on 24 March. It will start with two episodes on launch day, with episode three being released on Friday 27 March.




Starring Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong, Succession follows the Roy dynasty's disintegration when their patriarch refuses to name his successor. The first series aired in 2018 but it was the second series last year that brought the show hit status.

An oh-my-God finale has left fans eagerly awaiting the third season, due out later in 2020 on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV. Catch up on the previous series on Amazon Prime Video.



Alan Partridge

If you need comedy in your life, spend some time with North Norfolk's finest. On Netflix, you can find Knowing Me Knowing You With Alan Partridge and I'm Alan Partridge; on Sky, Mid Morning Matters, Scissored Isle and Alpha Papa; on BBC iPlayer and Sky, you get Alan's most recent foray into TV, This Time With Alan Partridge. Back of the net, indeed.


Queer Eye


Queer Eye

Feel-good TV is what we need right now, and it doesn't get any better than Queer Eye. The critically acclaimed reality TV show has become a huge hit since it rebooted in 2018, making global stars of its hosts and winning fans across the world.

A makeover show with heart, it follows a group of five gay men who aim to change the lives of others through personal and home makeovers, cookery classes and confidence-boosting sessions, and is all about encouraging its participants, usually men, to love themselves for who they are. Be prepared to get emotional, with four seasons on Netflix.


The Good Place


The Good Place

An offbeat comedy about the afterlife, The Good Place - starring Ted Danson, Kristen Bell and British star Jameela Jamil - has established a firm fan-base since it first aired in 2016.

From the very first series, the show featured twists and complete shifts in space and time. The last episode aired in November 2019, but you can catch up on all four seasons on Netflix.




It's hard to imagine there's anyone left who hasn't seen Fleabag, the comedy from Phoebe Waller-Bridge which has picked up pretty much every award going in the last year.

If you're already a fan, watch again on BBC iPlayer. If not, enjoy. And remember: hair is everything.


While Sky backstage have produced a great list, there's plenty of other shows out there and some others you might also want to try:

Netflix - The Umbrella Academy, Locke & Key, The Crown, Altered Carbon, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Amazon  - Picard (ongoing), Good Omens, Carnival Row, Chuck, Futurama, New Girl


The list could go on and on. By the time this is all over, we'll have an expert knowledge of every show out there!


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