The box set: the perfect way to catch up on a series you missed, or to binge on an old favourite. Here are our favourites that you can stream on Sky or Now TV, or buy on DVD/Blu-ray for all you physical media fans. We'll keep this page updated, so be sure to check back for new entries soon.
Inside No. 9
Dark and creepy anthology series are definitely in fashion right now. So if you are looking for another, check out the comedy/horror series by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, known for The League of Gentlemen and Psychoville. It features an ever changing cast of guest actors as it sways between eccentric and scary moments in twisting and surprising tales.
From the channel that brought you Game of Thrones and Westworld, Deadwood is an historic Western series that follows the inhabitants of a frontier town. Many of its characters are genuine historical figures, although it’s known for replacing its old-school cursing with modern swear words. It might sound weird at first, but it helps Deadwood better show the brutal and violent side of the Old West, something that other shows and films tend to gloss over.
A Touch of Cloth
When he’s not masterminding Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker likes to write witty and surreal comedy shows. One of them is A Touch of Cloth, a cop drama satire in the vein of Leslie Nielsen’s Naked Gun films. There are only six episodes, but each is overstuffed with send-ups of clichés and visual gags, and actors who are completely committed to the ridiculous lines and plots.
The US take on the classic British detective stories. If you can get past the change of location and the new accents, it provides an interesting alternative to the well loved Sherlock while still keeping enough of the original elements that made Conan-Doyle's stories so enjoyable. It's a strong addition to the Holmes and Watson cannon.
Somewhat unappreciated in its own time, The Wire is one of the original box sets made to binge on. It shows the city of Baltimore from several angles throughout its five seasons, but each follows a slow burning storyl about how crime and the law touches every part of society. It's nearly 16 years old, but the story remains strong, and is still very relevant to society today. A gripping watch throughout.
Catfish: The TV Show
A programme based on the documentary featuring Nev Schulman and his relationship with a woman with a false identity. Each episode, Schulman uses his experiences to help others discover the real identities of their online friends and partners (dubbed catfishing). Watch either to consider the nature of the self in the digital age, or just for the reality show twists and turns as the truth is dramatically revealed.
How the Universe Works
A visually striking series on the inner workings of the cosmos, and the scientists who strive to learn more about what's out there. The lavish CGI sequences help to illustrate the stars, planets and black holes that lie beyond Earth and allow you to feel insignificant in the way that only the universe can make you.