I signed up for Netflix when I was ill last month, and at first I was a bit disappointed by the lack of movies on there, but the TV selections helped a bit. I did already have Call the Midwife on my laptop and finally got round to watching the first two seasons. I LOVE IT. Most absolutely NOT the birth scenes (I'm horribly squeamish about basically anything medically related) but everything else is wonderful. And it beats Downton hands down at the moment.
I missed Drifters on TV and tuned into it with not especially high hopes. I think it's rather hard to find a good comedy show when you're looking for one, but this was also fantastic. Super funny, and I've already watched the two new episodes on 4OD. Plus all three girls were in the first Inbetweeners movie, and I'm all about seeing someone I recognise when I'm looking for something to watch.
I discovered The Undateables last year when I was flicking channels and watched it every week after that. It's just a lovely, heartwarming program. I watched the first two series in a couple of days. Steve and Daniel were my favourites, I'm hoping it comes back on and they keep doing updates!
In the movie listings was one of my favourite films from my teenage years, Drop Dead Gorgeous, a black comedy about a beauty pageant. That can't not be good, right? Also The Queen of Versailles, a documentary about a disgustingly rich family who were in the middle of building the biggest home in America until the recession hit. I love that the crew were there to capture all their ups and downs, and watched most of it with my mouth open in disbelief.
The Man In The Moon has a young Reese Witherspoon in the lead role, and I confess, I thought it was a movie I'd watched when I was younger, then afterwards I realised I'd confused it with A Far Off Place. Oh well. It was a cute coming of age movie...or so I thought. I won't spoil it for anyone but let's just say...you'll need tissues.
On the book front, I read nothing amazing this month. I read all of A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon on holiday and was loving it until the last chapter, when I got completely mad with how the author ended things and went in a bit of a huff. The Island by Victoria Hislop was ok too, but I didn't really get into it until near the end so I can't say I'd seek out her books again.
Blogland did a better job of producing good reading material - here's some favourite posts I've found recently.