What I Watched in October 2020

The Third Day – Sky Atlantic, HBO, Sky Arts, 2020

This is a miniseries, which follows a man (Jude Law) and a woman (Naomie Harris) who arrive, at different times, onto an island that is not all it seems. the story is told in six episodes, in two halves.

The first half is directed by Mark Munden. It is named “Summer”, where the story follows a guy named Sam (Jude Law) who is drawn onto the island after witnessing a girl attempting to hang herself. He offers to take her home, where it is, of course, on this weird island, where Sam then encounters some strange things going on, with some strange residents who live on the island, and he is unable to escape, despite countless attempts at trying.

The second half is directed by Phillipa Lowthorpe and is named “Winter” where this story follows a strong-willed woman, who comes to the island, with her two daughters, seeking answers. But her arrival causes a bit of a stir, and she finds out all is not as it seems either…

F is for Family – Netflix, 2020

This is an American adult animation that is on Netflix, which has been created by Bill Burr and Michael Price.

This show follows a dysfunctional family living in suburban America, set in a fictional town of Rustvale, Pennsylvania in the 1970s.

This is a Netflix comedy series, but parental advisory is suggested due to the mild language. This show first premiered in December 2015, and has received great reviews, and has just been renewed, October 2020, for the fifth and final season.

Enola Holmes – Netflix, 2020

Directed by Harry Bradbeer and starring Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Clafin and Helena Bonham Carter this film was a feel-good one I have recently watched, where the story revolves around a teenager named Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown), who seeks to investigate where her mother has gone, as she has gone missing, and sets out to find her, but ends up with her own challenges against her older brothers, Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft Holmes (Sam Clafin), and ends up investigating a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious boy she meets, where she finds out he is royalty!

This film is based upon the book “The Case of Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery” written by Nancy Springer. An all-round great film, one for all the family, but is certificate rated 12. Genres include; Adventure, Crime, Drama and Mystery.

Emily in Paris – Netflix, 2020

Directed by Darren Star and starring Lily Collins as the American woman who has moved to Paris for her work, this Netflix series was good, I managed to finish the series, eventually, but I felt I was in no rush to binge it or complete it all at once. The storyline of this series is about a young American woman who has been hired by a marketing firm in Paris to provide them with an American view on things. She finds she needs to learn the French language to understand the people she works with. It is funny, and it was a good watch; hopefully, it will be renewed for a new series.

The Haunting of Bly Manor – Netflix, 2020

This is an American horror drama series for Netflix, which is also the follow on series from The Haunting of Hill House, but they are not connected. Created by Mike Flanagan, this horror series tells the story of a young woman who is hired by a man to look after his niece and nephew at the family’s country home after a family tragedy occurred, leading to the two children ending up in the man’s care. The young woman accepts this job, and arrives at the Bly estate, to soon realise strange behaviours occurring. There are a few jump scares, and it took me a while to get into it, but by the end it was good, I prefer The Haunting of Hill House, just as that is better for gripping viewers.

Starring: Amerlia Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Henry Thomas, Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Amelia Eve , T’Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, and Tahirah Sharif.

Gogglebox – UK Channel 4, 2020

Pete and Sophie, two of the popular Goggleboxers who appear weekly on the show and often give their comedic views on all things TV and Film entertainment, and opinions on news etc. Image Source: Google Images.

This is a popular TV series that regularly airs on UK TV, where families are shown to watch highlights from the past week and give their views and opinions on it, a weekly show which is broadcasted every Friday night at 9pm on Channel 4. I guess you can say its people, watching people, watching TV. But I do enjoy it. If you haven’t watched this, I highly recommend it, this TV series is in its 16th series, and has been running since March 2013. It is so popular, there have been spinoffs of “Celebrity Gogglebox” which have also been highly popular and the show has previously won awards at the BAFTA’s and at the NTA’s, in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back – All 4, UK.

An American reality show starring chef Gordon Ramsay where he travels across the US, visiting failed restaurants in his huge “Hell on Wheels” truck which unfolds into a high-tech mobile kitchen which is used to retrain restaurant chefs. He also visits these failing restaurants in disguise at first, so they are not on their best behaviour. A random watch, I know, but I really enjoyed it, because some people were genuinely shocked and some were angry at discovering they have been visited by Ramsay. First released in June 2018 to present.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Disney+, 2020

Developed by National Geographic, presented by Jeff Goldblum, and produced by Jeff Goldblum, Jane Root, Matt Renner, Keith Addis, Peter Lovering and Arif Nurmohamed, this show follows Jeff on exploring a wide range of products such as; Sneakers, Ice-Cream, Tattoos, Denim wear, BBQ’s, Gaming, Bikes, Cosmetics, Pools, Coffee, Cars, Jewelry. The exploration of these products was released into series one from November 2019 and concluded in January 2020.

Due to popular demand, this show was renewed on 17th January 2020 for a second series, and this will have ten episodes with more exploring from Jeff Goldblum.

I watched this show recently on Disney+ and enjoyed it, and recommend it to anyone to watch.

Trailer for series one of The World According to Jeff Goldblum, via YouTube.

Phil Of The Future – Disney+, via VPN

If you grew up with Disney Original shows, then you will know this show, which was originally aired on Disney channel between 2004 and 2008 (this was when I was roughly between the ages of 14 to 16, so grew up watching this show, and was hugely OBSESSED with this show, as-well-as having a bit of a crush on Phil, aka Raviv!).

It is an American science fiction sitcom that ran for two seasons, before re-runs occurred. The series was created by Tim Maile, and Douglas Tuber, and starred; Raviv (Ricky) Ullman, Aly Michalka (aka one half of Aly & AJ), Amy Bruckner, Evan Peters, Brenda Song, Craig Anton and Lise Simms.

The story of the show followed a family from the future, the 22nd century, but they end up stuck in the 21st century when their time machine breaks down. During the time in the current century, they have to learn to adapt to blend in with others, and Phil (Raviv Ullman) ends up falling for a girl he meets at school, named Keely Teslow, who does eventually become his girlfriend and is the only one who knows that Phil and his family are from the future.

This show became available to stream on Disney+ in November 2019, in the US, which I watched when I found this out, through my VPN, and really enjoy it, as much as I did growing up.

Ghosts, Series 2 – BBC ONE, UK.

Starring: Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Martha Howe-Douglas, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Lolly Adefobe, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Katy Wix, Jim Howick.

This show is a British sitcom first broadcasted on BBC One in April 2019, which follows a whole selection of ghosts from different periods in history haunting a country house, whilst sharing the house with the new occupants (Alison and Mike) who have moved in after they end up inheriting the house from Alison’s long distant relative.

The plot of the story is about Button Hall (as the house is called) being haunted by ghosts who always end up arguing with each other, but they are ghosts who have all died on the grounds of Button Hall and are unhappy with the new couple who have decided to move in and plan to renovate into a hotel, instead of taking their solicitors’ advice to sell. The ghosts are unhappy about this and plan to try and get rid of them, but after many failed attempts one of the ghosts pushes Alison out of a window in one of the rooms upstairs, and when she wakes up from a coma a few weeks later, she finds she can see the ghosts because of her near-death experience, and that her husband, Mike, has placed a mortgage on the property.

Believing the ghost seeing is a side effect of her accident, she tries to ignore it before accepting she can actually see them and confronts the ghosts as she is unable to sell due to financial reasons and the ghosts are unable to leave due to being stuck there for eternity, so they agree to coexist the best they can.

I enjoyed series one, and have recently finished series two from watching on iPlayer and enjoyed it. I highly recommend to anyone who likes comedy spoofs such as this one.

How To Get Away With Murder – Netflix / Sky Witness / ABC

Created by Peter Nowalk and Starring Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, Conrad Ricamora, Rome Flynn, Amirah Vann, Timothy Hutton. This show is a American legal thriller series which first premiered on american ABC in September 2014, and concluded the show with 6 seasons in total, in May 2020.

Viola Davis is the main cast in this TV series as Annalise Keating who is a law professor at a highly rated University, who ends up involved in a murder plot with five of her students. I started watching this show when I was at university myself, and I am now catching up with season 5 and season 6 – the final season. It is good. If you haven’t seen this show yet, it is on Netflix to binge!

Saved By The Bell (TV Series; 1989 to 1992)

This is an oldie TV show, which I watched in the late 90s early 2000s, growing up, which was shown regularly on a TV channel named Nickelodeon. I have recently started watching the series from the very first, currently on season 2, but as I started this in October, I felt it was appropriate to include in this post.

The TV show focuses on a close group of friends who help each other with problems they face as teens and attending a high school named Bayside, in Palisades, California. The characters include Zack Morris, who is known as the cool trouble maker, and who is always giving Mr Belding a not so easy ride during school but has a heart of gold really. A.C. Slater, who is a kind-hearted jock, which also gives Zack his challenges when it comes to Kelly. Screech Powers who is the weird but loveable, funny, nerd. Kelly Kapowski, who is the high school cheerleader and is also the popular lady both Zack and Slater like. Lisa Turtle, who is obsessed with fashion and gossip. Jessie Spano who is known as a feminist and also a perfectionist when it comes to her grades, and is too hard on herself sometimes.

The cast of this show are as follows: Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris), Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater), Dustin Diamond (Samuel “screech” Powers), Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), Dennish Haskins (Mr. Belding), Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano).

Upon writing this short summary of this show, news on Twitter and Instagram broke on Elizabeth Berkley and also on Mario Lopez’s Instagram of the trailer of the reboot of Saved By The Bell 2020, which I have been super excited for since December 2019. It will soon be available to stream on Peacock TV from 25th November 2020! Check the trailer to the reboot below:

New Trailer to the Reboot series of Saved By The Bell, via Peacock TV Youtube, YouTube.com

And that, in a nutshell, is what I have been watching in October 2020, I already have a list for what I plan to watch in November, and if you have any suggested shows for me to watch, I would love to know what you guys watch, so I can expand my exploration of shows and movies to watch for November, leave me a message below.

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