Written by Tresca Mallon
February is almost over already, who'd of thought it! The shortest month of the year has flown by, however there are plenty of shows from the joyful to the wholly fucked-up to explore.
Michaela Coel’s more underrated vehicle, Chewing Gum follows the hopeless and hilarious Tracy as she navigates Sex, Relationship and Womanhood and their relationship with her strict religious beliefs. Coel, the writer and lead actor, is typically incredible, playing a completely different character from I May Destroy You, but with just as much skill. While it could have been much longer, Coel decided to end the show after two seasons and all twelve episodes are available on Netflix.
If you’ve not seen the first five seasons of Peaky Blinders it’s time to start your binge because the sixth and final season is out at the end of this month on 27th February. Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is the leader of his family and criminal enterprise the Peaky Blinders in Birmingham. His cut throat pursuit of wealth and success is thrilling, emotionally taxing and an all round exhilarating experience that can’t be missed. All episodes are available now on BBC IPlayer and if you watch three a day you’ll be done by premiere day next Sunday!
A real Channel 4 hidden gem, this German language series has everything you could ask for in a tense spy drama. When a young East German man is forced to become a spy in West Germany, his cover and safety is constantly under threat. Deutschland ‘83 mixes intrigue and historical drama and is a manageable eight episodes.
Feeling like being thoroughly disturbed this weekend? Watch Hannibal. An FBI investigator and criminal profiler (Hugh Dancy) finds his sanity tested by the elusive forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelson) who has a secret predilection for human flesh. Despite the horrifying premise, based loosely on characters and concepts from The Silence of the Lambs, there no other word for Hannibal than ‘Beautiful.’ Never before has cannibalism been presented is such as skin-crawling and yet gorgeous meeting. While the show veers off the rails towards the last season it is an unmissable feat of television with a show-stopping performance by Mikkelson.