Like a lot of you, February is the time that I long for the warmer spring, summer or fall months, but this year seems like Torontonians are experiencing the ENDLESS WINTER. It has been very un-Toronto and much more like a Montreal winter…snow, snow and yes more snow.
Corktown Common by Rick Harris
It is very hard to go outside and frolic in the snow when even our dog seems happier sitting on the couch, looking at the fire and watching NETFLIX. What did we do before Netflix?
This year, at our house we got rid of all the cable TV extra. We have gone to basic cable and are using our Netflix whenever the time allows.
I have to say that I am a huge fan of British Dramas and mysteries so have just been going through some great series. Here are my top 5:
A british psychological crime drama TV show starring Idris Elba as the main character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. The series was nominated for an Emmy Award five times and Idris Elba was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Miniseries for each season and won one in 2011. Passion, violence and drama.. a lot of drama.
A contemporary adaptation of SIr Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories starring the one and only Sherlock Holmes. Great performances by the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The genius mind of world’s most famous detective and his loyal friend, set in 21st Century London.
Prime Suspect (1991)
Helen Mirren plays a Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in this intense and exciting British police drama series. As a first female chief inspector, Tennison faces a lot of discrimination and bullying from her male colleagues, while solving brutal serial murder cases.
House of Cards (BBC) (1990)
Starring Ian Richardson as the Machiavellian Tory politician Francis Urquhart. I feel his evil even trumps Kevin Spacey’s portrayal as Francis Underwood in the just released season two of the American version.
House of Cards (2013)
American version of the originally British series, first aired in 2013. Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood, an American congressman, who got betrayed and didn’t get elected as Secretary of State, resolves to get his revenge. A lot of drama, intense plots and thrilling scenes. I still like the BBC version better, but I have to admit that Kevin Spacey is awesome.
If you have tips for any other great drama/mystery TV shows, let me know!!
Title photo by Bill Damon