Years and Years – A Terrifying Look at a Not Too Distant Future

Years and Years is a six-part dystopian drama TV series created by Russell T. Davies, who resurrected Doctor Who and created Queer as Folk and A Very English Scandal.

I’ve only watched one episode but I was completely gripped and it left my head spinning. From what I’ve read though, the series has been well received so I’m willing to hail it early on as a Very Good Thing.

It centres around a Manchester family as they navigate rapid technological advances and the fallout of political instability, with each episode propelling them into the future.

Given the role technology plays in it, comparisons to Black Mirror are inevitable. Just watch this scene where ‘trans’ takes on a whole new meaning.

Years and Years stars Emma Thompson and is a joint HBO and BBC production.

Watch it now on SBS On Demand for free or on HBO and iTunes.

Watch the trailer.

Fleabag – A Dark, Hilarious and Heartbreaking Comedy TV Series

Fleabag is a six-part comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy. Fleabag (the main character’s nickname who is played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) describes herself pretty accurately in the first scene as having “a horrible feeling” she’s “a greedy, perverted, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally bankrupt woman who can’t even call herself a feminist.” It is a comedy but it’s very dark, blunt, heartbreaking in parts and unlike any other comedy I’ve seen. Her godmother who she can’t stand (played by Olivia Colman) is hilarious. Season 2 begins filming this year. Watch some clips (start with the Obama one from episode one) and the trailer. Watch the series on Amazon Prime (7-day free trial) or BBC Three.

The Missing Season 2 (TV) – New Family, New Drama

If you haven’t seen season 1 of The Missing, do so, though it’s not mandatory to appreciate the excellence of season 2. Alice, daughter of Sam and Gemma Webster, went missing in 2003. In 2014 the police inform them that Alice has reappeared and claims she had been held captive with Sophie Giroux, a French girl who disappeared around the same time. French detective, Julien Baptiste (who starred in season 1), was in charge of the Giroux investigation. Although now in retirement, he cannot help becoming involved again and travels to Germany and Iraq to find answers. There are eight episodes and you will you be gripped by the drama the entire time. Watch the trailer. Starts on BBC First 5 March or buy it via UK iTunes.

My Dad Wrote a Porno – Comedy Podcast

After a couple of weeks of illness and very few Very Good Things, the My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast brought a much needed change of mood. I’ve only listened to the first episode but it had me laughing so hard that I will definitely be going back for more.

The official blurb: ‘Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened – but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he’s decided to read it to the world in this brand new comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1‘s Alice Levine, Jamie will be reading a chapter a week and discovering more about his father than he ever bargained for.’

Skip the teaser and go straight for episode 1 ‘The Job Interview’ (runs for 30 min). Goes without saying don’t listen with kids around.

Listen to the podcast.

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