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April 16, 2021



A new regular feature from us here at SPOV where we pick the top five ‘things’ we are listening, watching, going to (not at the moment!), playing or just anything we are interested in and we think you will be too. So in no particular order:

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1. 'FARGO' - Netflix

Official Description: Inspired by the classic Coen Brothers film of the same title, this anthology series embroils several quirky Minnesotans in different "true" crimes.
Sam: Great cast and storylines with well written characters - it's easy to get very invested in it. We referred to Lester Nygaard as Bilbo Baggins and shouted: "What are you doing Bilbo?" many times at the tv.

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2. 'Schitt's Creek' - Netfilx

Official Description: When filthy-rich video store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset - Schitt's Creek, an armpit of a town they once bought as a joke.
Agnes: I just had to pick 'Shitt's Creek' as a mark for the beginning of the lockdown and a symbol of hope and positivity. It's packed with over the top characters and heartwarming acceptance and where do I start on all snappy phrases like: "Ew, David", "I like the wine, and not the label."

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3. 'True Detective' - Amazon Prime

Official Description: True Detective is an American anthology crime drama television series created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. The series 1st season is broadcasted in 2014. Police officers and detectives around the USA are forced to face dark secrets about themselves and the people around them while investigating homicides.
Didem: The protagonists change in every season, that keep the story fresh. I like the mystery resolving itself while the main characters are facing their shadows and going through internal transformations. I found the storytelling and the picture quite poetic.

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4. Married at First Sight Australia (Series 6)' - All 4

Official Description: Australia's biggest social experiment returns for a sixth series. The experts are back and ready to help some of Australia's singles find their perfect match.
Simon: I was going choose some obscure subtitled Scandi Noir arthouse drama with dramatic scenery, beautiful cinematography, convoluted plots and twisted character arcs, but instead I’m revealing my obsession with ‘MAFSA’. I went from saying to my wife “What are we watching this rubbish for?” to “I think we can squeeze one more in before we go up”. To set a baseline, I have never watched anything like this before, don’t like reality TV, usually do prefer Scandi drama’s and political documentaries so this fascination has both surprised and shocked me. The twists and turns are engaging, “I can’t believe she said that”, “why didn’t they pair Tamara and Mick?”, “Mick deserves better”, “Ning should just get those barriers down", "Mark's such a nice guy” and "That dress goes really well with those shoes" are all phrases I have said out loud. When watching anything in the evening I usually have my phone in hand with half an eye on the tv, recently I have only had to charge my phone every three days!

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5. 'ANGEL' - All 4

Official Description: Leaving his true love, Buffy, behind in Sunnydale, the vampire Angel tries to get a fresh start in Los Angeles. Instead, he finds a whole 'nother breed of fiends waiting to bring out his dark side. Along the way, he joins forces with several other like-minded heroes looking to protect Angelenos from the demon threat.
Jasmine: After recently forcing my husband to become a Buffy fan through endless exposure, he was surprised to learn that I had never watched the “edgier” spin-off series Angel. We decided to watch it together and my word, have I been missing out! The character of Angel has essentially become sensitive Batman with a very dramatic theme song and a large costume department budget for swishy coats. The cheese factor is definitely present but if you’re desperate for more Buffy content like I was, this should take the sting off until the reboot!

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