I usually sew whilst watching TV, or should I say I watch TV whilst sewing. When I first started sewing, I didn’t even have a TV in the dining room, where I sew. Since then, I bought a TV and started to subscribe to Amazon Prime, and I recently signed up to Netflix, as I’m a sucker for a box-set. I press play and love the way one episode slides into the next as I work my way through a project. I usually manage to have a vague idea of what the plot is, but I am aware that I miss a lot of the subtleties because my attention is primarily on my project. I know some people watch films, other listen the radio, records or story tapes, (if tapes are still a thing) so I thought it would be fun to share a little of what I have enjoyed watching, whilst sewing, lately.
I don’t watch that much British TV. I’m not one for soaps, sport or reality shows (usually). I like a couple of panel shows; Have I Got News for You and 8 Out of 10 Cats, and I’d definitely describe The Voice as a guilty pleasure, but the things I enjoy the most are American dramas. I think they are something they do well. There are certain British dramas that rival this quality – Luther springs to mind – but for the most part, I prefer American shows. ER, The Wire, Brothers and Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Love, and even as far back as My So-Called Life, to me it seems that The US has been kicking out quality for quite some time.
I watched The American remake of The Returned in a fairly short space of time. I’m not usually a fan of anything vampire or zombie-esque, but this avoids going down too much of a tacky route. It was a bit different from similar shows, and I’m not entirely sure what direction Season 2 will head in, which I quite like. I do seem to think I started watching the original French series, but of course anything with subtitles is a no-go when sewing.
Probably my favourite series of the last six months was Flesh and Bone. There is only one season but I am desperately hoping for another. Both gritty and gripping, I watched this series in just a couple of days.
I had heard a fair bit about Making a Murderer in the media, although I had tried not to listen too closely in case it spoilt it for me and meant that there was no point watching it. It’s a documentary that provides a fascinating insight into the American justice system, but left me with an overwhelming feeling of concern.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Suits, but I really did. I watched all three seasons back to back before screeching to a hault when the next season was paid. I’m hoping it won’t be long until that becomes free, too.
I’ve just finished the second season of Mozart in the Jungle. I liked Season 1 much more than I anticipated, because classical music and orchestras doesn’t fill me with excitement. I enjoyed Season 1 but Season 2 lost something I felt. I just didn’t care as much about what happened.
Love was a show that appeared on the recommendations at the top of a Netflix homepage, and I recklessly pressed play. I really liked it! So much so that I watched all the episodes by February 20th! It caused me to raise my eyebrows a few times, but I really liked the dynamic between the characters. I’m looking forward to the next season.
I’ve just started watching Mr Selfridge, as I didn’t watch it first time round on British TV. I sometimes like things that will just wash over me, that I don’t have to try too hard to think about or keep up with.
The worst part about binge-watching so much TV is that it’s rare that I find someone to dissect a series with. But perhaps this post will prompt one or two people to try a new show, and if it does, I would love to know your thoughts.