Murder, mystery and MUFFINS.
There are a couple of things that the Brit's still do well. Pomp and circumstance, tailoring and television drama. With streaming now allowing us all a front row seat on a seemingly endless, global plethora of content, it can be hard to distinguish what may or may not be any good. So we thought we'd share with you some of our favorite British dramas from the last year or so.
First up is a five part series we have just recently finished, it's called THE NEST and is on Acorn TV (not to be confused with the film of the same title starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon). It's a suspenseful Scottish drama about a wealthy couple who would do anything to have a baby. After a chance encounter, they recruit a down-on-her-luck 18-year-old to be a surrogate, but secrets emerge about the girl's past that could make them regret their deal. The house they live in, with it's incredible views of the Firth of Clyde are worth watching alone.
GIRI/HAJI. DUTY/SHAME. Netflix. 8 Episodes.
Starring an international cast, the series is set in both Tokyo and London. "Giri/Haji. Duty/Shame" is a thriller about a Tokyo detective named Kenzo Mori, scouring the London underworld to find his brother, Yuto. Yuto was accused of brutally murdering the nephew of a yakuza member, which could lead to the onset of a gang war. Kenzo's investigation into the disappearance lures him into dangerous elements of the corrupt underworld of London's criminal circuit. This is not Downton Abbey.
LIAR. Amazon Prime Video. 2 Seasons.
Created and written by BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated producers and screenwriters, `Liar' is the story of two people who go on a romantic date which changes both their lives and those of their friends and families. Laura Nielson is a smart and capable teacher in the middle of a break-up, and she is set up on a date with recently widowed surgeon Andrew Earlam (Ioan Guffard, Fantastic Four). However, the day after the date it is apparent that something has gone wrong, and the subsequent fallout rapidly spirals out of control, exposing the power of truth, deception and trust.
So if you've made it through all this intrigue and drama, perhaps you'd like to reward yourself with some good old British comedy. Here's a couple that have had us in stitches.
BACK. 2 seasons. Sundance.
A comedy series starring a well known English comedy duo, Mitchell and Webb. It's the story of a middle aged, self-deprecating, socially awkward man that inherits his fathers pub in the English countryside. As with any English pub, the show is full of characters.
MOTHERLAND. 3 seasons. Sundance.
A great show about the trials and tribulations of modern parenting. Despite the storyline being set entirely in the day-yo-day world of "looking after the kids", rest assured it's not about them.