what to watch on TV

If you're looking for a new TV show to watch, I've got some great picks for you this month. Whether you're into gritty drama, escapist reality TV or hit emergency-based US TV, here's what to watch on TV this week/weekend/month;

Time ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Let me just start by saying that this is, without a doubt, one of the best TV shows that I've seen in a long time. It is tense, uncomfortable and totally unmissable. Time truly is a must watch!

Given that when I think of Sean Bean, it's normally that he's either been a baddy or doesn't make it out of a movie or TV show alive. It was a nice change to see him play a mild mannered ex-school teacher struggling to acclimate to life in prison. Stephen Graham is brilliant as always. And Line Of Duty fans will no doubt enjoy seeing Tommy Hunter appear in this. Being only three episodes long this is binge watch viewing at its best. Do yourself a favour, if you haven't already and hit play on Time. You will not regret it!

Currently streaming on BBC iPlayer

9-1-1 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

9-1-1 is a definite guilty pleasure of mine, even if Chicago Fire has taken the idea of a fire and rescue show to a whole different level. But one thing I will say, 9-1-1 has handled the task of being set during a pandemic much better than Chicago Fire did in its latest season. People are actually wearing face masks and socially distancing, to a point. And, of course, there is lots of drama and spectacle from the outset. Sure 9-1-1 is a bit outlandish and unbelievable at times. But that's what I enjoy so much about it.

Season 4 starts off with the Hollywood Reservoir dam breaking, taking down the iconic Hollywood Sign and causing a mudslide down the Hollywood Hills. And given that I'm currently rewatching Selling Sunset during my lunch hour, it has pained me to see all these multimillion dollar mansions slide down the hill. Even if I know that it is all make believe. It's been great to catch up with characters and after watching the first two episodes of season 4, I can't wait to see where it goes next.

Season 4 currently airing on Sky/streaming on NOW TV

Glow Up ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you like makeup or artistry, you've got to give Glow Up a watch. And this latest season has some of the best challenges that I've ever seen on the show. I'm talking about working on makeup for Peaky Blinders, The Crown, Pose, a music video, ASOS, Superdrug and even a Tik Tok challenge. The final looks and creative briefs are also jaw dropping as well. Plus, I really liked the mix of contestants this year.

Something I also really liked; the change in presenter from Stacey Dooley to Maya Jama. Maya adds some real freshness and personality to the show. The winner has already been announced, with the series ending midway through this month. So be sure to avoid any spoilers if you're starting it just now. But let's just say, I was very happy with who won this series! And I'd had them picked out as my winner from the very start.

Currently streaming on BBC iPlayer

Lego Masters USA ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

I, like most people, played with Lego growing up. I also really enjoyed the UK version of Lego Masters that came first. But like with most things, the Americans have taken it to the next level with a $100,000 prize for the winners. Will Arnett, who many will know from Arrested Development, Blades Of Glory, BoJack Horseman and being the voice of Lego Batman, hosts. And there are some great and ridiculously creative challenges each week.

It's also nice to see someone from Glasgow (Brick-master and judge Amy) in such an impressive and exciting role. Whether you're a fan of Lego or not, this is easy viewing at its best. There are also some great guest judges like Nicole Byer from Nailed It!, Terry Crews and even C-3PO, BB-8 and R2-D2.

Currently streaming on All 4

Chicago Med ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you've read Ellis Tuesday at any point in the last year, you will know just how obsessed I became with Chicago Fire after discovering it in December 2020. And since then me and my Mum have caught up with all nine seasons (all 195 episodes!) So it made sense for us to move onto Chicago Med, since the first four seasons are available for free on Amazon Prime Video. And what the Chicago shows (Fire, Med and PD) do so well is that they have the characters of all three interact regularly by doing crossover episodes. So even though we hadn't watched a full Chicago Med episode, we already knew all the characters who are in it because they've appeared in Chicago Fire.

And because of that, I already adore Chicago Med. I wasn't sure that anything could come close to my love of Chicago Fire. But Med has done just that! There's just as much drama, great storylines and characters to fall for. And I am so happy to have five seasons to enjoy over the coming months. Then, of course, it'll be time to start Chicago PD from the start. Maybe I might even get enough watched to be completely caught up by the time the new seasons of each show start later in the year.

Seasons 1-4 currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video - Season 5 on Sky Boxsets/NOW TV

Nail Bomber: Manhunt ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Netflix have been a bit hit or miss with true crime documentaries recently, as you will have seen in my previous What I've Been Watching reviews. But the fact that this was summed up in one episode instead of dragging on for three or four had me ready to hit play the same day that it was released. And I have to say, this is one of Netflix's better true crime docs.

First of all, I had absolutely no idea that these incidents had even taken place, which is why I'm glad they decided to make this documentary. I would have been seven at the time of the bombings. But to think that they took place somewhere like London and I had absolutely no idea about it is a little crazy. It is difficult to watch at times but I feel like it was handled with sensitivity and true British spirit. From the market traders at the offset to the individuals whose lives were forever changed at the hands of someone capable of such hate. This is well worth educating yourself about.

Currently streaming on Netflix

So there's what to watch on TV and what I've been watching over the past month or so.

What have you been watching recently? Have you watched any of these TV shows? If so, what did you think of them?

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