Thank goodness for the telly and particularly Netflix. We watched three wonderful series recently which will keep you entertained during the time that we still have to spend in LOCKDOWN. And you know there is only so much walking, yoga and reading that a person can do.
And I am not into baking! So here are three that Graham and I recommend.
CALL MY AGENT
We binge watched ‘Call My Agent’ (subtitled), a series of four seasons about a boutique Paris talent agency. The original French title ‘Dix pour Cent’ explains how they make their money. They get 10% of what their clients earn.
A mixture of comedy and satire, we get an insight into what being an agent is really like. It is certainly not always glamorous. Representing a star means being always on call, always available to comfort, admonish or cajole. It often means abandoning your plans and rushing to your client’s side to sort out a problem.
But both stars and agents are treated in a sympathetic light for the most part. However, some agents and agencies are more ruthless than others. The internal tensions within the agency and with rival agencies adds to the drama.
We also loved the guest appearances of stars who played themselves such as Jean Reno, Monica Bellucci, Juliette Binoche and Sigourney Weaver.
BEHIND HER EYES
Though this psychological thriller has really divided opinion, I was hooked from the beginning. With a seemingly conventional love triangle as the basis of the plot, nothing is as it seems, however.
You do need to stay awake, as there are lots of flashbacks and plenty of twists and turns and an unexpected ending. Also, some elements of the story require you to suspend your disbelief and accept paranormal happenings.
And the acting is superb from Tom Bateman, Simona Brown and particularly Eve Hewson who is hauntingly brilliant. We watched all six episodes in less than a week. Would love to know what you think.
‘After Life’ is a black-comedy about a man trying to get his life back together following the death of his wife.
Ricky Gervais plays Tony, a recently bereaved local newspaper journalist. He goes through the motions at work, snapping at his colleagues, punishing the world for letting his wife die. At night, he drinks too much and watches the videos his wife made for him as she lay in hospital, in which she urges him to learn to live again and remember to feed the dog.
Tony is not a very likeable character. He is nasty to his co-workers and scathing about his interviewees. But you come to understand that the depth of his misery means he does not care. Life is unfair. Why should he be nice.
Graham is not a fan of Gervais who wrote, starred in and directed the series, but he did like this. The mixture of black comedy and pathos works. And it is in very watchable half-hourly episodes.
I hope you are all doing ok in these uncertain, changeable times. Stay safe my friends.