It seems that hunkering down has been forced upon us due to the Coronavirus. Staying at home may be the best way to contain this virus but we will still need to be entertained.
I have put together a list of 10 best TV for March. Some series, a documentary and a couple of films that will become available on TV during the course of March.
Grace and I hope that everyone stays healthy so please take care and look after yourselves.
Liar, Mondays 9pm, ITV
This is the second series and follows on immediately after the last one. Andrew is missing and being searched for by the Police. Laura has met a new boyfriend. It soon becomes clear that Andrew is not out of Laura’s life.
In the face of DI Renton’s investigation, Laura turns to those around her for support. When suspicions arise over Ian’s involvement, she starts to wonder who she can really trust. Meanwhile, in a flashback to the past, Oliver is told some devastating news that prompts him to go on a dangerous excursion.
It is compulsive viewing (so far).
The Trouble with Maggie Cole, Wednesday 9pm, BBC2
The Trouble with Maggie Cole is an offbeat drama, starring Dawn French and ex Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, which has just started on Wednesday evenings.
The six-part series, set in the close-knit coastal resort of Thurlbury (filmed in Noss Mayo in South Devon), revolves around a village gossip whose loose tongue causes serious consequences.
ITV has billed it as being in the tradition of Doc Martin and The Darling Buds of May. Dawn says the script by Mark Brotherhood is fantastically funny and touching.
Noughts and Crosses, Thursdays 9pm, BBC1
This six-part adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts + Crosses books transports us to a race-flipped 21st-century Albion. There, the lighter-skinned Nought majority have been ruled over by darker-skinned Cross colonisers from “Aprica”, since their conquest of Europe, some 700 years ago.
Apart from the fascinating race-flip which can make viewing awkward as it could be viewed as ‘racist’, this series is also a ‘Romeo and Juliet Love story’. It is a most unusual series which appeals more to the younger generation however both my husband and I found it captivating.
The English Game, Netflix 20th March
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is turning his hand (or foot?) to something new and unexpected in 2020 with new Netflix series The English Game.
The series will chart the origins of football and explore “how those involved in its creation reached across the class divide to establish the game as the world’s most popular sport”, according to a release from Netflix. It will track its origins back to Northern England in the mid-1800s.
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, Netflix
From Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company comes this documentary. It focuses on Camp Jened, a “summer camp for the handicapped run by hippies” (as said by co-director James Lebrecht in the film) that sparked a disability rights movement. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to rave reviews and comes to Netflix on March 25.
Homeland, Sundays 9pm, Channel 4
The last series of the political thriller Homeland continues. Carrie attempts to uncover some answers, Max plans a rescue and G’ulom takes advantage of an opportunity,
I got a bit fed up with Homeland in the last couple of series however this series is mirroring events currently going on in Afghanistan with the American peace treaty so it is very real.
Little Fires Everywhere, HULU
Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and a mysterious mother and daughter who upend their lives. Starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, it’s out on March 18
A Quiet Place, Saturday 14th March 9pm, Channel 4
John Krasinski’s critically acclaimed horror is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the survivors are forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with hypersensitive hearing. A family recovering from tragedy have to learn to navigate their dangerous farmhouse environment in continued silence – but with a new baby on the way this will soon be impossible.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 10 Finale, Sky Comedy
This is my husband’s favourite comedy series. Larry David plays a version of himself in this improvised comedy series. The season 10 finale is on Sky Comedy now and you can be sure that both longtime fans and recent converts will be eagerly watching to see how this season’s characters come together to culminate a whirlwind set of ten episodes.
The Banker, Film, AppleTV
Two Black entrepreneurs in the 1950s hire a white man to pose as the head of their company while they assume the roles of janitors and a chauffeur and run the business. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long, and Anthony Mackie, it’s out on Apple TV on March 20.
I hope that you can enjoy some of my picks of best TV for March and that by April the sun will shine and we will have come through this terrible pandemic.