It’s another week in lockdown which can only mean another week of bingeing more fantastic television, and with temperatures at freezing, who wants to go out anyway?
Thankfully, the streaming gods have heard our prayers and delivered with the goods.
From Netflix’s truly shocking new true crime series following the disturbing goings-on at Los Angeles’ notorious Cecil Hotel to the comedy on BBC iPlayer thousands are discovering in lockdown, we’ve got you covered.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, aren’t we all looking for our soulmate — or feeling blessed we’ve already found ours? This futuristic anthology series, featuring six stories based around the persuasive idea that somewhere out there everyone has their perfect match, is well timed.
Set 15 years in the future, the central premise is that a new test can locate said soulmate and we follow variations on how that test would really work out. Sounds a bit Black Mirror? Yes, it’s not dissimilar to Hang The DJ, whose co-star, Georgina Campbell, turns up in an episode here.
A host of familiar faces (Sarah Snook, Bill Skarsgård, Charlie Heaton) also help tickle the love buds.
For better or worse, we live in an age where influencers rule (and get paid for basically bigging themselves up) so how did this happen? Here to explain the rise of this ego-driven phenom is the delightfully cynical and drily funny Liam Williams with the latest of his reports from the rapidly changing world of social media, where yesterday’s YouTuber is today’s TikTokker. How does anyone keep up with it all?
Crime Scene: The vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
Fancy yourself as a bit of a sleuth? True-life crime documentaries are designed to ferret out the inner sleuth in all of us and this four-parter, which prowls the corridors of the Los Angeles hotel made infamous when Canadian tourist Elisa Lam disappeared in 2013, will have you pointing the finger of suspicion every which way.