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Literally All The Best Box Sets To Binge While You're Stuck At Home

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Literally All The Best Box Sets To Binge While You're Stuck At Home

With coronavirus self-isolation meaning we all have a lot more time on our hands, it can be easy to let boredom take over.

The whole world has been instructed to socially distance and stay inside in a bid to tackle the virus. And we get it... cancelling plans kinda sucks.

But don't worry. We've collated literally *all* the best TV box sets around to ensure you don't run out of great TV to binge while you're stuck inside.

From gritty dramas to comedies to thrilling true crimes, here are all the series' you should be watching. Thank us later.

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These shows will keep you entertained (Credit: Pexels)
These shows will keep you entertained (Credit: Pexels)

BBC iPlayer

Line of Duty

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Line Of Duty is a BBC Two smash hit. (Credit: BBC)
Line Of Duty is a BBC Two smash hit. (Credit: BBC)

A gripping watch, catch all five series of this Jed Mercurio police drama, starring Martin Compston and Vicky McClure, on iPlayer, before the sixth series returns later this year.

The smash-hit show, which premiered in 2012, is now BBC Two's best performing drama in 10 years after pulling in a consolidated audience of 4.1 million viewers.

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Following the investigations of AC-12 - a controversial police anticorruption unit - the show is full of nail-biting mysteries and deception - and has starred famous faces including Keeley Hawes, Lennie James and Stephen Graham.

This Country

Monday 23rd will be the last ever episode of 'This Country' (Credit: BBC)
Monday 23rd will be the last ever episode of 'This Country' (Credit: BBC)

The third and final series of This Country may have just concluded, but, if you didn't watch then now is the perfect time to catch up with this super-cult show from the start.

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The Office style mock-umentary follows cousins Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe (played by real life siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper) for a comedic look into Westcountry life.

Expect laughter, tears and some proper feel-good moments.

Gavin & Stacey

Gavin & Stacey fans can watch it all again on Britbox or BBC iPlayer (Credit: BBC)
Gavin & Stacey fans can watch it all again on Britbox or BBC iPlayer (Credit: BBC)
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All three seasons of Gavin & Stacey are available to watch right now on iPlayer (and Britbox), in case you're after some light relief.

The James Cordon and Ruth Jones penned comedy series follows naive and innocent welsh beauty Stacey (Joanna Page) from Barry Island and jack-the-lad Gavin (Mathew Horne), their wildly different family lives and the downright hilarious moments that ensue when they come together.

It's no surprise that Gavin & Stacey is such a hit. After all, we all know a Gavin (your classic everyman), a drama-loving mum like Pam, a friend as blunt as Nessa, a brother as reluctant to share their takeaway as Smithy, and a gran partial to getting as hammered as Dorris.

Looking for a binge-watch that'll leave you smiling from ear-to-ear? This is it.

Absolutely Fabulous

Ab-Fab is also available to binge (Credit: BBC)
Ab-Fab is also available to binge (Credit: BBC)

Crack open the Bolly! Ab-Fab is available to watch in it's entirety on BBC iPlayer (and Britbox). Yep, all five seasons, *and* the specials.

Based on the 1990 French & Saunders sketch "Modern Mother and Daughter", the smash-hit comedy show centres around Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), two fashion obsessed, neurotic pals who are equally self-absorbed and prone to debauchory.

The series originally aired off and on between 1992 and 2003, but you can now catch all of it online.

Better get bingeing, darling!

Killing Eve

Killing Eve is available to binge-watch too (Credit: BBC)
Killing Eve is available to binge-watch too (Credit: BBC)

The first two seasons of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's British spy thriller are available to binge-watch on BBC iPlayer right now.

The series follows assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and determined detective (Sandra Oh) - both equally obsessed with each other.

Expect lots and lots of murder, violence, dry comedy and simmering sexual tension that you could cut with a knife.

The UK is currently awaiting the release of season four, which is set to land next month. So, if you're one of the few who isn't up to date, then now is the time to get started on the first two series'... (We won't tell anybody if you find another way to watch the third one!)

Inside No.9

Inside No. 9 is available to watch on iPlayer (Credit: BBC)
Inside No. 9 is available to watch on iPlayer (Credit: BBC)

British black comedy Inside No.9 tells a series of half an hour short stories, all stand-alone, with one link: the door number nine.

Written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, each story is dark, twisted and hilarious, mixing the horror and the comedy genres to create a truly unique and entertaining watch.

Because these episodes are short, they're super easy to binge. Enjoy!

Our Girl

Our Girl stars Michelle Keegan (Credit: BBC)
Our Girl stars Michelle Keegan (Credit: BBC)

If you're after a military drama that will set your pulse racing and get those tear-ducts working in equal measure then tune in to Our Girl series' 1-3 on iPlayer.

Created by Tony Grounds, the show first starred EastEnders' Lacey Turner as Molly Dawes - a young working-class woman, who decides to join the British Army in order to find her path in life.

Corrie's Michelle Keegan took up the lead role of Lance Corporal Georgie Lane in the second instalment, and has now starred in three series' in total - with the show following everything from the shock deaths and trauma she encounters while serving to her romances, friendships and heartache.

Watch the first three series' now and see what all the fuss is about.

All 4

The Great British Bake Off

Channel 4's 'Bake Off' is available on All 4
Channel 4's 'Bake Off' is available on All 4

Bake Off needs no introduction. It's pure, unadulterated feel-good telly at it's finest - and you can watch seasons one to four of the Channel 4 edition on All 4.

The new era of GBBO sees Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding host and Prue Leith join Paul Hollywood as judge. But who will bag a Hollywood handshake and who's souffle will sadly fall flat?

Homeland

All eight seasons of Homeland are on All 4. (Credit: Showtime)
All eight seasons of Homeland are on All 4. (Credit: Showtime)

Want to escape into a thriller so tense and dramatic you'll forget our current reality? All eight series' of Homeland are on All 4 for your viewing pleasure.

Based on Gideon Raff's Israeli TV series Prisoners Of War, the series centres around a CIA officer, Carrie Matherson (Claire Danes) who is battling psychological demons.

Carrie is as smart as she is vulnerable, and the first series sees her convinced that prisoner of war Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) has been brainwashed by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack in America.

The following series' show her grappling with her work-life balance, her mental health and her ultimate desperation to protect against evil at any cost.

90210

90210 will give you a well needed nostalgia dose (Credit: The CW)
90210 will give you a well needed nostalgia dose (Credit: The CW)

Let's take a walk down memory lane and re-watch all of 90210 while we're at it, too, shall we?

The American teen drama follows the oh so aspirational lives of several wealthy students attending West Beverly Hills High School in California.

There's all the cliques and high school politics you'd expect, as well as heartache, betrayal and some *really* hot cast-members.

Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord), Erin Silver (Jessica Stroup), Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds), Navid Shirazi (Michael Steger) and Liam Court (Matt Lanter) are among the friendship group we literally strived for throughout our teenage years...

Derry Girls

Catch Derry Girls on All 4 (Credit: Channel 4)
Catch Derry Girls on All 4 (Credit: Channel 4)

It's the show that has blessed us with one-liners such as "You can't ring Childline every time your mother threatens to kill you" and "It wasn't bullying, it was attempted bullying". And now you can watch series 1 and 2 on All 4.

The hilarious sitcom, written by Derry-born Lisa McGee, follows Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland), their friends Michelle (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) and Clare (Nicola Coughlan), and Michelle's English cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn) as they navigate their teenage years during the end of the early 1990's 'Troubles' in Derry.

The girls attend a strict Catholic girls' secondary, Our Lady Immaculate Girls' School, where James has also enrolled for his safety due to his English accent - and all sorts of hilarity ensues.

Britbox

Bancroft

Sarah Parish stars as Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft (Credit: ITV)
Sarah Parish stars as Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft (Credit: ITV)

Didn't get a chance to see Sarah Parish starring in Bancroft? Catch up on series 1 and 2 now on new streaming platform Britbox.

The gritty police drama centres around DSI Elizabeth Bancroft and her young colleague DS Katherine Stevens (Faye Marsay).

Bancroft is a brilliant detective who will stop at nothing to get to the truth, but she has a shocking secret of her own. We guess you'll have to watch to find out...

Broadchurch

Broadchurch is also available on Britbox (Credit: Britbox)
Broadchurch is also available on Britbox (Credit: Britbox)

If you haven't watched Broadchurch before we don't know where you've been.

Following the mystery of a young boy's murder in a coastal town where everyone knows everyone, the show stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant as a determined detective duo on a mission to uncover the truth.

Theres an absolutely jaw-dropping perpetrator uncovered at the end of Season 1, and then the equally gripping second season follows the town as it tries to rebuild itself.

Catch up on both now on Britbox.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey (Credit: ITV)
Downton Abbey (Credit: ITV)

Need we introduce Downton Abbey? The Julian Fellowes period drama is the ultimate feel-good escape, starring the likes of Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith.

Set in the early 20th century on the Yorkshire county estate of Downton, the drama follows the well-to-do Crawley family and their domestic servants, who live downstairs.

Beginning all the way back in 1912, the series shows the family as they grapple with key historical events, from the sinking of the Titanic to World War One.

Theres all six series' of Downton on Britbox, so you'll need at least six boxes of tissues at the ready. You've been warned.

Disney+

Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana ran for four seasons (Credit: Disney Channel)
Hannah Montana ran for four seasons (Credit: Disney Channel)

Looking for a real throw back? Why not re-watch Hannah Montana on Disney+?

Disney has every episode of the Miley and Billy-Rae Cyrus teen sitcom from 2005 all the way to 2009 for you to enjoy.

The series showed Miley living a double life - flitting between being Hannah Montana, a teen pop-star, and an ordinary school girl.

Indulge your inner teenager and get the best of both worlds on your telly, right now.

Lizzie McGuire

Every episode of 'Lizzie McGuire' will be available of the service (Credit: Disney)
Every episode of 'Lizzie McGuire' will be available of the service (Credit: Disney)

Follow Lizzie's relatable AF teenage dilemmas as you catch up on all the iconic old episodes of Hilary Duff's sitcom on Disney+.

The Emmy nominated series sees Lizzie grapple with all the personal and social struggles you'd expect from a teenage girl, as well as an animated version of her, who is seen reflecting on her crazy life through mini monologues.

Catch the 2000 and 2001 series on the streaming platform now.

My5

The Dog Rescuers With Alan Davies

Alan Davies hosts this barking good show (Credit: Channel 5)
Alan Davies hosts this barking good show (Credit: Channel 5)

If you're looking for a feel-good show then what could be better than watching a bunch of sweet pooches find their forever homes?

In this series, cameras follow RSPCA inspectors as they rescue pups from abandonment and neglect, taking them in and giving them a second chance at happiness.

We hope you've got the tissues ready, because this one's tots emosh, and series' 5, 6 and 7 are available to watch now on My5.

Sky and Now TV

Catfish: The TV Show

Nev and Max starred together for 7 series (Credit: MTV)
Nev and Max starred together for 7 series (Credit: MTV)

MTV hit Catfish: The TV Show is available in all eight seasons to watch on your Sky box or Sky Go, and Now TV.

The show sees Nev Shulman and Max Joseph delve into the online romances of couples who have never met, and seek to uncover whether the person on the other side of the computer is really who they say they are (spoiler: they almost always aren't).

Kamie Crawford takes Max's place as Nev's co-host in Season 8.

In a digital era, this show proves just how easy it is to trick and deceive. You can be whoever you want to be online, but the consequences can be devastating.

Ross Kemp Extreme World

Ross Kemp: Extreme World sees the actor explore dangerous places (Credit: Sky)
Ross Kemp: Extreme World sees the actor explore dangerous places (Credit: Sky)

Seasons 3, 5 and 6 of Ross Kemp: Extreme World are available to watch now on your Sky box or Sky Go, and Now TV.

Following everyone's favourite former EastEnders star turned hard-guy, the series shows Ross as he throws himself into some of the most dangerous situations, interviewing violent far-right vigilante groups in Mongolia, the drug trade in war-torn Columbia and the perilous journeys of those trying to get over the Mexico/US border.

Billions

Billions is not one to miss (Credit: Showtime)
Billions is not one to miss (Credit: Showtime)

Paul Giamatti stars as prosecutor Chuck Rhoades, who finds himself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse with Wall Street billionaire Bobby Axelro (Damian Lewis) in Billions.

The series is loosely based on Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New YorkHome, and it's being labelled seriously addictive for very good reason.

Catch up with series' 1-4 on Sky Atlantic, Sky Go and Now TV.

Game of Thrones

GoT
GoT

Game of Thrones has a cult following for a reason.

And guess what? Every episode of this nail-biting eight season fantasy drama is available to watch on Sky Atlantic, Sky Go and Now TV.

The American fantasy TV series was originally created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for HBO, and is an adaptation of George R. R. Martin's series of novels.

Following a civil war of sorts between Westeros and Essos, the series sees characters battle to claim the 'Iron Throne' - the seat of the king of the Seven Kingdoms.

Relive the war between the show's noble families now.

Netflix

You

If you were hooked to 'You' you'll love 'The Occupant' (Credit: Netflix)
If you were hooked to 'You' you'll love 'The Occupant' (Credit: Netflix)

You follows book-store manager Joe (Gossip Girl's Penn Bagdley) as he develops an unhealthy obsession with graduate-school student, Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail). He's handsome, he's charming, he's sensitive, but he's also a stalker - and an incredibly dangerous one at that.

The first series follows Joe as he becomes all the more frantic, obsessive and murderous. But will he get away with it?

If you want a show that will cause you to question your own moral compass and even root for the bad guy, then this one's for you.

The Great British Bake Off (BBC era)

The Great British Bake Off's OG episodes are on Netflix (Credit: BBC)
The Great British Bake Off's OG episodes are on Netflix (Credit: BBC)

Don't get us wrong, Channel 4's Bake Off is great. But if you're missing the golden years of Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc and the queen herself - Mary Berry - then Netflix has got you covered.

Want to re-live baked alaska gate (you know, when Diana Beard melted Iain Watters' creation so he threw it in the bin)?!

Well, fear not. Season 1 to 7 of GBBO is on the streaming platform so you can binge-watch all of the OG episodes again. Dreamy.

Queer Eye

Queer Eye is available to watch on Netflix (Credit: Netflix)
Queer Eye is available to watch on Netflix (Credit: Netflix)

Ready to sob uncontrollably? Netflix original Queer Eye aims to show the magic of a little bit of kindness.

Based on Bravo's Queer Eye For The Straight Guy the incredbly popular series stars the Fab Five: Antoni Porowski, food and wine expert; Tan France, fashion expert; Karamo Brown, culture expert; Bobby Berk, design expert; and Jonathan Van Ness, grooming expert. Yaas hunni.

The fivesome travel around the US and meet people who are struggling to find happiness, forging meaningful relationships with both men and women and helping them to overhaul their bad habits. In the process, the stars also learn a great deal about themselves.

Watch series' 1 to 4 on Netflix now.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad will keep you occupied for 5 whole seasons (Credit: Netflix)
Breaking Bad will keep you occupied for 5 whole seasons (Credit: Netflix)

Crime drama Breaking Bad - about struggling chemistry teacher Walter White who turns to a life of crime by selling crystal meth - ran for five seasons from 2008 to 2013 and is widely recognised as one of the greatest TV series of all time.

So, if you haven't given it a watch then now is most certainly the time.

The American neo-Western crime drama television series from Vince Gilligan follows White (Bryan Cranston) and his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) as they sink deeper and deeper into the dangerous world of drug cartels, make powerful enemies and a *lot* of money.

You can catch the whole thing on Netflix.

Mindhunter

David Fincher Confirms Mindhunter Season 2 Release Date. Credit: Netflix
David Fincher Confirms Mindhunter Season 2 Release Date. Credit: Netflix

Created by Joe Penhall and executive produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron, both seasons 1 and 2 of Mindhunter have been largely praised for their unique spin on the crime genre.

The series, set in the late 1970s, shows two FBI agents - Holden Ford and Bill Tench - interviewing real-life serial killers in order to better understand how they behave.

They face the likes of Charles Manson, Son of Sam and Edmund Kemper (who all look scarily life-like).

But, given his somewhat un-orthadox way of practicing, is Holden in danger of getting a little too close to these very dangerous men?

Making A Murderer

Making A Murderer follows Steven Avery's conviction (Credit: Netflix)
Making A Murderer follows Steven Avery's conviction (Credit: Netflix)

True crime fans will love American documentary series Making A Murderer, which tells the story of Steven Avery, who was wrongfully convicted of the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, and spent 18 years behind bars.

Just as he thought he could return to freedom, he was later charged in 2005, and convicted in 2007, for Teresa Halbach's murder. But did he do it, or was he framed?

To this day, Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey remain in prison, but both series' put their convictions under the microscope and questions the behaviour of the police, the courts and the prosecution teams who sent them down.

Are they guilty? The jury is still out. You'll have to watch for yourself.

RuPaul's Drag Race

12 series' of RuPaul's Drag Race are on Netflix (Credit: Netflix)
12 series' of RuPaul's Drag Race are on Netflix (Credit: Netflix)

Hey, kitty girl. Stop what you're doing and binge-watch a load of RuPaul's Drag Race on Netflix.

The super flamboyant, oh so extra American drag competition follows Mama Ru (RuPaul Andre Charles) as she hunts down America's Next Drag Superstar. Think America's Next Top Model but *way* more x-rated.

Expect runway looks that slay, fierce performances and a whole load of queens lip syncing for their lives. Other regular judges include Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews and Carson Kressley.

Sex Education

Sex Education is a powerful and hilarious watch (Credit: Netflix)
Sex Education is a powerful and hilarious watch (Credit: Netflix)

Sex Education received rave reviews when it arrived on screens earlier this year - unsurprising given that it is equal parts witty, sweet and hilariously cringeworthy.

The series centres around a group of sexually curious teens - Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey), Eric Effoing (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ola Nyman (Patricia Allison) - and their embarrassing (but all too normal) bedroom dilemmas.

If you want a show that covers topics like asexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality, drug addiction, adoptive parent anxiety, the morning after pill and bullying while also leaving you howling with laughter then look no further.

Series 1 and 2 are on Netflix now.

Stranger Things

Stranger Things 1, 2 and 3 are on Netflix (Credit: 21 Laps Entertainment/Stranger Things)
Stranger Things 1, 2 and 3 are on Netflix (Credit: 21 Laps Entertainment/Stranger Things)

Jump into the Upside Down and catch all three seasons of Stranger Things on Netflix now.

The series, which stars the likes of Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, sees a mysterious monster overtake Hawkins town, putting all its residents in grave danger.

Written by the Duffer Brothers, the show sees the kids use supernatural forces to fight the monster. But do they have what it takes to defeat the monster for good?

Black Mirror

Black Mirror is on Netflix now (Credit: Netflix)
Black Mirror is on Netflix now (Credit: Netflix)

We know life feels pretty dystopian right now, but Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror series is a whole new level.

The Emmy award winning British sci-fi show looks at the terrifying ways that technology could one day corrupt modern society, often turning against their makers and causing death and despair.

There are five seasons of Black Mirror on Netflix, and over the years the series has starred Andrew Scott, Jodie Wittaker, Jon Hamm, Miley Cyrus and Anthony Mackie.

Amazon Prime

Modern Love

Modern Love box set is available to watch on Amazon (Credit: Amazon Video )
Modern Love box set is available to watch on Amazon (Credit: Amazon Video )

Each episode telling stand-alone stories about "the joys and tribulations of love", Modern Love is inspired by the personal essays of the New York Times column of the same name.

The rom-com series premiered on Amazon last year, and each episode is around half an hour long.

Stars have included Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel and Andrew Scott. The cast is stellar and the series is too.

Fleabag

Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars in Fleabag. (Credit: Amazon Prime)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars in Fleabag. (Credit: Amazon Prime)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag is one of those shows that women up and down the country will *hard* relate to.

Adapting her one-woman play for screens, Phoebe also stars as the name-less protagonist - a young, sex addicted woman trying to find love and make ends meet in a world where she feels like nobody understands her.

It sounds pretty bleak, but the regular fourth-wall breaking and witty writing makes the show hilarious, too.

Both seasons 1 and 2 of Fleabag are available on Amazon.

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