What I’ve Been Watching – January

I tend to go through phases of not watching any TV at all, and watching loads. Recently I’ve been going through the latter phase.

My husband and I are prone to a bit of box set binge watching. My husband is a prolific binger. Quite often we start a series together, and he races ahead leaving me in the dust. Before I know it, he’s two seasons ahead of me, and I end up losing interest. There have been many TV shows I’ve liked the look of but never managed to catch up with him, Elementary, True Blood and Breaking Bad to name but a few. Sometimes a show is too good and I have to put the foot down and tell him he can’t race ahead, like Sherlock which we managed to watch over a few nights, despite each episode being 1.5hrs long.

I’m getting off topic a bit now. So, like I said, I’ve been watching a lot of TV recently. Mainly boxsets, but some live TV too (although admittedly, not much). Her is a little roundup of the TV I’ve been watching this month:

  • Luther – I didn’t watch Luther when it first aired in 2010. It’s one of those shows people always talk about on Facebook and Twitter ‘So excited that Luther is back tonight’ or ‘oh Luther was so good tonight’, and I always kicked myself for not watching it. I thought it was a lost cause, since I’d missed 3 series. Imagine my delight when I found Netflix had series 1-3. I was hooked after the first episode. It’s a psychological crime drama centred around John Luther, the brilliant but tortured murder detective.


  • Stalker – We found this box set on Now TV. It was originally aired in the UK on Sky Living. It’s a drama about, as the name suggests, Stalkers. Each episode focuses on a new case, with some pretty messed up scenes in parts, and the team work together to find the stalker. There are a few ongoing storylines during the show too. I have enjoyed watching it so far, although it didn’t do too well in the American ratings and hasn’t been renewed for a second series. I haven’t finished it yet, but from what I can gather it ends on a cliffhanger, which is a bit annoying knowing it won’t be resolved. It’s put me off watching to the end a little bit.


  • Sherlock Special – I was a bit late to the Sherlock party. My husband and I had caught the end of an episode one time and thought it looked terrible, so we thought no more of it. We decided to give it a chance after seeing it on Amazon Prime Instant, and like I said earlier we binge watched the whole thing in just a few evenings. It is brilliant. My favourite TV show now. Like most Sherlock fans, I finished season 3 wanting more, so I couldn’t wait to watch the Sherlock special which aired on BBC1 on New Years Day.  I knew from the teaser trailer that it was set in Victorian London. I won’t sure how that was going to work, wether it was going to tie in with the storyline of the main series or if it would be a standalone episode. In the end, it was very cleverly done, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course I’m now desperate for a new series, which will apparently air in 2017. I’m not sure I can wait that long!


  • The Voice – I always enjoy the blind auditions in The Voice, but lose interest a bit once the live shows start. I didn’t watch it last year at all, as I was going through one of my ‘not really interested in TV’ phases. I do love a bit of Saturday night television, and feeling a bit of Factor withdrawal, I thought I would give The Voice a go again this year. The new series started on Saturday night, so I settled down with a glass of wine and a big bag of crisps to watch it. I must say I enjoyed the first episode. Boy George had some awesome one liners, and I think he will make for a bit of entertaining viewing. I’m not too keen on Paloma Faith, she wouldn’t have been my choice of judge!

What have you been watching on television recently? Can you recommend any must watch series that me and my husband can binge on?


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  • Reply Jean January 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    We watch Dr Who, Sherlock & Elementary. Ones you might not have heard of is Forever (was on Sky 1 but is over now) and another one is Blindspot (on Sky Living).

    • Reply Lauren January 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Dr Who is one I could never get in to! I do love Sherlock and Elementary is good, I need to watch more of it but my husband is on Season 4 and I’ve only seen the first series, plus bits and pieces when he’s been watching it.
      I’ll have a look at your recommendations Jean, thanks.

  • Reply Eve Redmond January 14, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I’m the same as you, I go through stages of watching nothing. I tend to watch more movies than TV shows though! x

  • Reply Jess Howliston January 14, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I have to admit I can’t remember the last time I watched a whole box set or series. I rarely get a chance to watch an episode of a programme so series are out the window lol. Me and hubby have been watching the voice though and I love Will I Am! xx

  • Reply Tammilee Tips January 14, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I love finding new tv shows to watch!! I have heard great things about Stalker, I love reality tv shows myself.

    • Reply Lauren January 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      I’m partial to a bit of reality TV too!

  • Reply Michelle Murray January 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    This month I have dedicated my TV time to Celebrity Big Brother. I don’t watch a lot of TV but this is a must

    • Reply Lauren January 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Oh I haven’t seen any of it this year, I had it set up to record but I’m too far behind to start watching now I think!

  • Reply Liz Mays January 15, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Stalker sounds like one I need to check out! I’ve been watching American Idol and The Bachelor. I also watch Parenthood on Netflix.

  • Reply Angela at Daysinbed January 15, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    ooh the show stalker sounds like something i’d enjoy. I’m now going to look for it.

  • Reply Charlotte January 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    First of all, you need to divorce your husband!! 😉 He’s completely breaking the boxset code by racing ahead. I loved Luther and Sherlock but didn’t like the latest ones of either which was a shame. Have you watched Making a Murderer on Netflix yet? We’ve been watching that and I’ve been watching How To Get Away With Murder too… Bit of a theme there!!

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