I'm going to share with you 3 of my favourites of the moment, all very different but excellent viewing.
First up is Better off Ted. We discovered this purely by accident and after watching it, I'm pretty amazed that I hadn't heard of it before. Unfortunately there are only 2 seasons but this is one you definitely need to add to your list. Hysterically funny and sharp, the acting is outstanding and the script is fast moving and clever at all times. Portia de Rossi is brilliant as the soulless corporate leader and Jay Harrington is her perfect foil, a more human buffer between her and her underlings. Andrea Anders is Linda, a loveable character who has been unaffected by the corporate bug and brings a fresh realness to the team.
One of my favourite episodes is 'Jabberwocky', where Ted moves some money around to allocate funding to a 'greening' roof garden project which Linda wants to oversee. Unfortunately, Veronica has spotted the financial discrepancy and Ted is forced to concoct a secret fictional research project called 'Jabberwocky'. The project takes off like wildfire despite not actually existing at all, with staff vying for a spot on the Jabberwocky team and everyone afraid to admit that they don't actually know anything about it. It has an air of the Emperor's New Clothes and completely satirizes the Corporate world of smoke and mirrors.
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Historically it's really interesting and atmospheric, introducing us to all classes and creeds of the time. Sam Neill is truly amazing as Chief Inspector Campbell - sent over from Northern Ireland to clean up the streets of Birmingham, he is a morally repugnant character. Somehow it seems easier to like the violent criminal gang members than to approve his methods.
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Last but definitely not least is Top of the Lake, a series set in New Zealand and written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. It is directed by Jane Campion and Garth Davis and if you know anything of Jane Campion's work, you won't be surprised that this series is visually stunning. Like the acclaimed film The Piano, the scenery here is breathtaking and beautifully filmed.
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