Netflix Shows To Get You Through The Christmas Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again.

By the way, you’ll have to excuse the crappy photo, it’s so hard trying to get a photo where your face isn’t reflecting in the screen and I was loosing daylight fast. Anyway, back to the point.

The deadlines are gone. I’ve been breathing a sigh of relief every time I’ve pressed the submit button on an essay, having no idea how the hell I managed to do it on time, but relieved anyway. And I jumped for freaking joy yesterday as my lecturer checked everything had been submitted and signed me off and sent me away until January.  I actually managed to finish my whole first term and film school. And now I don’t have to set foot there for 4 weeks.

Now I shouldn’t be complaining, because I know there’s a lot of people out there in the working world that would be dying for 4 weeks of at Christmas. But 4 weeks is a long time to keep yourself entertained. I could have done with the 4 weeks when I was at school and didn’t need to budget with activities because mum would pay for it all. But after having to shell out on repairs on my car, I don’t have a lot of money to get my through till the end of the month.

Not to mention it’s baltic in the outside world at the moment, so I don’t want to go out all that much anyway.

So what’s my answer to my problems. Netflix. Netflix is the answer to my problems. And with my little list of what I’ve got written down on my ‘binge watch over the holidays list’, it can be the answer to your problems (if you have them) too. So I’m just gonna get on with my little curation, and you can go see which one is your cup of tea (I advise having all the cups of tea while watching these things, by the way. Because tea is great.)

THE CROWN

Series 2 of The Crown came out last Friday, but I’ve been saving it until I finished uni for the year until I started watching it because a) it makes it for a little treat when I do finish and b) it would have distracted me from the piles of work I had to do. I’m actually on episode 3 of the series right now as I’m writing this.

If you haven’t seen series 1 yet (I’m really upset with you that you haven’t) then you have 2 whole series’ of great tv to watch.

Honestly I haven’t always been the biggest fans of period, royal dramas. But The Crown changed my opinion on that completely, and now it’s not even a guilty pleasure. It’s opened my eyes on the events of that time more than history classes ever did, as it not only looks at the lives of Elizabeth and her family, but the other people surrounding their narrative, too. And it’s not afraid to tell all the nitty gritty details.

Also series 2 is the last one what will have Matt Smith playing Phillip. And honestly anything with Matt Smith in it is worth watching.

DOCTOR WHO

Thought I might as well put the 2 shows with Matt Smith in together, you know…

Okay so I’m actually all up to date with Doctor Who. But I always love a good re-watch as this is one of the shows I’ll never grow tired of. Peter Capaldi’s last episode is airing on Christmas day, and I have a habit of going through a nostalgic phase whenever a Doctor departs and end up rewatching all their episodes. And thankfully Netflix has just put season 9 up there so I’ll have at least 2 of his series’ to binge through (and season 10 because I still have it recorded on my box, woops).

Also some of their Christmas episodes are my absolute favourite things ever. Christmas and aliens… what more could you ask for? If you want any Doctor Who Christmas Special recommendations than Voyage of the Damned is the one to watch.

LOVE ACTUALLY

Netflix is seriously getting me in the Christmas mood by uploading this film this week. Honestly I think this film needs no description. A) Because I’m sure you’ve watched it already. B) If you haven’t… It’s a Christmas film featuring all the well-known British actors, what’s not to love? Just watch it.

BLUE PLANET

Are you even British if you haven’t been watching Blue Planet II on the telly for the past few weeks? These documentaries always get me in the mood for watching more. And thankfully, Netflix have the first series so I can indeed watch more. They also have Frozen Planet if anyone wants something more winter themed.

SHERLOCK

They don’t have season 4 on here yet (Why, Netflix? WHYYY??) But they still have series 1-3 and the Christmas/New Years special, so there’s plenty to binge. Season 1 and 2 are the best ones anyway (’cause you know… Moriarty) so it’s not all doom and gloom there and still worth a watch… or two… or three…

VICTORIA

I feel like there’s a recurring theme here. But since The Crown broke my dislike for period royal dramas, Victora was another one of the shows added to my list. If you haven’t watched it already, then you’ve already missed 2 brilliant seasons. But Netflix has the first one up to watch for you, at least. Be prepared to swoon over Rufus Sewell as Lord M every single episode.

JACK WHITEHALL AT LARGE

Comedy is the best way to get the family together at Christmas. One of my favourite things to watch lately has been all the stand-up shows, and Jack Whitehall has three of them on Netflix. The one mentioned above is his latest and was filmed purely for Netflix, and honestly it does not disappoint. We could not be more far apart on the social class spectrum, but the embarrassing stories he tells in this make him oddly very relatable to me.

P.s. if you don’t want Disney ruined for you, fast forward when you get to the bit where he starts talking about the Disney hotel before it’s too late for you.

LALA LAND

For a film student, I’m disappointed to say I still haven’t watched this yet. I KNOW, I KNOW. I’M SORRY. I have to be in the mood for musicals, and for some reason that mood really only sets in at Christmas. So it’s on my list to watch, hence why I thought I’d put it here. Watch the twitter space to see my thoughts, I guess.

BACK TO THE FUTURE PARTS 1-3

Another one that’s been newly added to Netflix. I loved these films ever since mum introduced them to me, so it’s definitely going to be a family bonding sesh watching these. Nothing screams Christmas more to me than my old childhood favourites, to be honest, whether the films are actually Christmas themed or not.

BLACK MIRROR

Okay, so the new series isn’t out until the 29th (I think?) and a lot of you might be back at work then. But aside from my lil part time job I’m not so I’m putting it on the list. Also, who’s to say you can’t re-watch the rest of the other seasons until the new one comes out?

What’s on your watch list for Netflix over the holidays? Have I missed anything that’s a must see? Let me know!

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