Clickbait

NetFlix: 1 season, 8 episodes Rating: 4/5 The Brewer Family discover that Nick is missing. Then he appeared on a viral video, which contained a message saying that he will die should the video reach 5 million views. There are so many twists and turns in the plot that as each possible “baddie” is introduced,…

Pact of Silence

This is a 1 season / 6 episode BBC Drama that I watched on TVNZ OnDemand. Rating: 4.5/5 It’s about a group of women who inadvertently may have killed their employer. It would be hard to admit that said boss, Jack, didn’t deserve it. He is a drunk, cocaine-addicted young bully who sexually harasses the…

Vigil

Season: 1; Episodes: 6. Watched on TVNZ OnDemand Rating: 4/5 Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva of the Scottish Police Service is sent to HMS Vigil, a Vanguard class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, to investigate a death on board. The death took place shortly after the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler. Her investigations, and those of her colleagues ashore,…

Mare of Eastown

Neon: 1 season, 7 episodes. Rating: 4/5 In a suburb of Philadelphia, police detective Mare Sheehan investigates the recent murder of a teenage mother while trying to keep her own life from falling apart. Mare is a local hero, having been the star of a high-school basketball championship game 25 years ago. She has also been…

Limetown

Neon: Season 1: Episodes 10 Rating: 4/5 In early February 2004, 326 people simply vanished without a trace from a small Tennessee town. But as it became just another tragedy amongst countless other tragedies, virtually everyone not directly affected by the incident simply forgot about it.  Not Lia Haddock (played by Jessica Biel). Fifteen years…

Halifax

Season 1; 7 episodes, TVNZ OnDemand Rating: 3/5 The first episode begins with fireworks, explosions of light and colour popping and sparkling in a Melbourne skyline before a man on a boat is shot dead with a long-range rifle by an unseen killer. A sniper is terrorising Melbourne, killing periodically and apparently randomly. Anthony LaPaglia…

Britannia

Neon: Seasons 3; episodes per season – varies. Rating: 3.5/5 In A.D. 43, the Roman Imperial Army — equally determined and terrified – returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful Druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld. The fictional series imagines…

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Netflix. Season – 1 & 2. Episodes per season: 8 (season 1), 10 (season 2) Rating: 3.5/5 The show is based around the eccentric Dirk Gently who claims to be a “holistic detective”, investigating obscure cases based on the inter-connectivity of all things and those involving the supernatural. During the first season he befriends Todd Brotzman…

Scott & Bailey

Seasons: 5; episodes per season: varies. Watch on TVNZ onDemand. Rating: 4/5 (as a general rating for all the seasons, because I’ve watched them all) Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott are detectives with Manchester Metropolitan Police’s prestigious Murder Investigation Team. Rachel is energetic, impulsive, and bold, while Janet is subtle, reliable and a diplomatic thinker…

The Chair

NetFlix: 1 season with 6 episodes. Rating: 4.5/5 It’s a wet Sunday and we’re in Level 4 lockdown still. My reward to myself for getting some chores down (I parcel them out miserly so that there is a reason to get out of bed every morning – well apart from the fact that eventually my…