If you’re finding yourself with a little extra time on your hands and want to catch up with all of those brilliant television series you might have missed, have a look at our guide for where to make a start.
If you’re looking to keep your younger family members occupied, why not set them up with music classes bought to your home by YolanDa Brown? Every episode of YolanDa’s Band Jam is available on iPlayer, from Jam #1’s Toot-ally Awesome Recorders to this weekend’s Jam with Beverly Knight! You can also catch up on 2019’s CBeebies Prom . For the older children, why not check out Katie Derham and The Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra or John Williams Prom (2017) for some incredible film theme tunes? History lessons can come courtesy of Horrible Histories featuring the writing of Steve Punt and Gemma Arrowsmith (make sure to watch the Fashion Faux Pas episode, with consultation by Amber Butchart!). Learn how to be a spy along with Agent S in Spy School, written by Ben Spiteri who also serves as show runner. After all that learning, make sure to check out Sukh Ojla in Class Dismissed and Amy Cooke Hodgson in Andy and the Band (E13) for a bit of fun!
When you can’t leave the house, Nicki Chapman is providing all the escape you need with episodes of Escape to the Country and Wanted Down Under available on iPlayer. Check out Unreported World‘s YouTube channel for excerpts and episodes from around the globe featuring correspondence by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Seyi Rhodes and Nelufar Hedayat.
If you sleep in late you can catch up with Jeremy Vine with Jeremy Vine on 5 and Fiona Bruce presents Fake or Fortune, Antiques Roadshow and Question Time. Emily Maitlis can be seen on Newsnight and don’t forget to catch up on the recent Taking Control – The Dominic Cummings Story. Nikki Bedi takes BBC Arts Inside Cinema on a tour along the cutting-edge of socially-conscious Indian cinema, highlighting how big stars are lending their wattage to films tackling important issues, from the feminist wrestling drama Dangal to the taboo-breaking sanitary-product blockbuster, Pad Man.
Our brilliant comedians and actors have also been busy! Bryony Twydle and Tom Crowley can be seen in the dramatic The Royals and the Hulu television adaptation of the classic film Four Weddings and A Funeral features Alice Marshall. Laurence Howarth can be seen in Defending the Guilty, Home and Casualty.
For some light relief, Ben Spiteri serves as writer and producer on Rob Beckett’s Savage Socials whilst Sukh Ojla can be seen in Gameface and Flunked, as well as featuring with Henry Perryment (one half of comedy sketch duo Goodbear) in The End of the Fucking World. Anna Morris is Pippa Bryce D’Souza in Series 1 and 2 of Lee & Dean and if you fancy a throwback, you can catch her in Outnumbered (S5 E5) on Netflix. Cicely Giddings and Maddy Anholt both recently appearred in Jerk. You can watch some of Cicley’s previous work in Fresh Meat (S4 E4 & 6) and My Mad Fat Diary (S4 E3). Men in Brown, the sitcom on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway features Toby Longworth, Lenny Sherman, Philippa Carson and Tristan Rogers as well as writing by Brona C Titley. Toby can also be seen in Breeders, After Ever After with Matt Green and Traitors with Jeremy Limb. Brona can be seen (or heard through her writing) in The Reluctant Landlord, The Stand Up Sketch Show and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Catch up with Horrible Histories writer Gemma Arrowsmith’s performances in Stath Lets Flats and The Upstart Crow (S2 E2) whilst new comic talent Jen Wakefield can be seen in Riot Girls and Blindboy Undestroys The World. Good Omens with Dan Antopolski is available to stream on Amazon Prime whilst Ali Zaidi features in irreverent royal comedy The Windsors (S3 E1). For some throwback, feel-good laughs check out Jo Neary is Man Down (S4 E5) and Sophie Fletcher in Catastrophe (S1 E1).