Your personalised guide to Netflix: February edition
HLN’s top recommendations for the streaming giant’s latest releases – based on all your favourite shows
By Grace Cassidy
We’ve spent many a weekend leaving our party dresses in the wardrobe and staying in our pyjamas these last 12 months. And in an effort to stick to the lockdown rules and stay indoors, you may now be feeling like you’ve exhausted every streaming platform of all it has to offer. Well, think again!
Here at High Life North, we’ve devised a personalised list of our most recent Netflix recommendations based on all your favourite shows from the past. So, if you feel like there’s nothing left to watch, just watch this space.
IF YOU WERE OBSESSED WITH YOU…
We cannot wait for season three of You, which is set to be released later this year. But, while we are waiting, join us in binging another psychological thriller: The Sinner.
Just as cleverly unpredictable as You, The Sinner opens with a young mother stabbing a man to death with no apparent motive – and, later, with no memory of committing the crime. Detectives Harry Ambrose and Dan Leroy are assigned the case, but while Dan considers it open-and-shut, Harry is convinced there’s more to this murder than meets the eye.
Series 3 has just been added to Netflix this week, so you’ll be pleased to hear there’s now even more of this cracking cop drama to catch up on.
IF YOU’VE BEEN WITH GOSSIP GIRL SINCE THE START…
Calling all Gossip Girl fans! With Gossip Girl no longer on Netflix (no, you’re crying), it’s time you found another cult classic. Enter: Bridgerton.
We’re pretty sure you’ll have heard all about this one, but humour us. The setting is Regency England, the focus is the Bridgerton siblings, who are all searching for love and respectable matches. But with Lady Whistledown – an anonymous author – reporting everything she sees, nothing is plain sailing. So yes, it’s almost exactly like Gossip Girl but everyone’s wearing period costumes.
If you’ve already seen Bridgerton (yep, us too), we’ve still got a Gossip Girl-related recommendation for you – Elite. Set in one of Spain’s most exclusive private schools, but following three working-class students as they try to make their way against the odds, the schoolyard is rocked by news of a pupil’s murder. But will everyone be able to put their class differences aside to find the killer among them?
FAN OF RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE? LOOK NO FURTHER…
Whether you’re new to the world of RuPaul and friends or you’re a long-time drag fan, we know you’re going to love Glow Up and Next In Fashion.
Competition show Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star is presented by Stacey Dooley, and each week sees the group of aspiring make up artists given a series of challenges to prove their skills to judges Dominic Skinner and Val Garland. The prize? A contract to work with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Perfect for anyone looking to experiment with their make up this lockdown, as the extravagant looks they come up with on here are sure to provide you with plenty of inspo – both good and, well, not so good!
If you’re more drawn to the design challenges in RuPaul rather than the makeup side of things, then Next In Fashion has you covered. Hosted by Alexa Chung and QE fab five member Tan France, Next in Fashion sees a group of aspiring designers faced with the challenge of designing and building an outfit that suits each week’s specific theme, in the hopes of winning $250,000 and the opportunity to design for Net-a-Porter.
IF YOU’VE BINGED SELLING SUNSET…
Over the summer, Selling Sunset quickly became everyone’s favourite show obsession. But as we wait for season four to hit our screens, why not give Bling Empire or Million Dollar Beach House a go?
Both are reality shows following the lives of LA’s uber-rich communities. In Bling Empire, this community consists of wealthy Asian and Asian-American socialites, who spend their days shopping in designer stores and their nights partying at some of California’s hottest clubs. And, as all good reality fans now, such a luxurious life can only come packed full of drama.
One thing all Selling Sunset fans have in common is how in awe we are of all the stunning LA homes up for sale. In Million Dollar Beach House (as the title may suggest), there are even more – all set against the glamorous backdrop of the Hamptons.
IF YOU LOVE DAVID ATTENBOROUGH DOCUMENTARIES…
Let’s start with documentaries and everybody’s favourite: Sir David Attenborough. If you’re a big David Attenborough fan, then our recommendation? Down to Earth with Zac Efron.
In this series, Zac Efron travels the world with wellness expert Darin Olien to find healthy, sustainable ways to live. The series starts in Iceland, where Zac explores how the country is generating renewable energy, and ends with a visit to the Amazon rainforest in Iquitos – stopping in France, Costa Rica, Sardinia, Lima, Puerto Rica and even London on the way. Taking you all over the world from the comfort of your living room, this series promises to satisfy at least some of your wanderlust, while inspiring you to make positive changes for yourself and the planet.
IF YOU’RE A FAN OF TRUE CRIME…
If nature documentaries aren’t exactly your thing and you’re more drawn to The Ted Bundy Tapes than Tale of the Turtles, then Netflix’s new release, Night Stalker, will be right up your street.
Told by detectives Gil Carrillo and Frank Salerno, we follow their progress as they start solving the notorious Richard Ramirez case.
A word of warning – this show is very graphic and includes re-enactments of crime scenes and detailed descriptions of sensitive topics, so might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
IF YOU USED TO LOVE WATERLOO ROAD…
If you couldn’t get enough of the non-stop drama this schoolyard soap used to give us (both in and out of the classroom) then we reckon you’ll love Ackley Bridge.
The dramedy series is about the merger of two schools within a largely segregated British and Asian community. But, just like at Waterloo Road, a typical day at Ackley Bridge is never easy for staff or students.
That’s the hard work sorted. All that’s left to do now is grab the popcorn!