Five Great Original BBC Dramas You Need To Watch

Five Great Original BBC Dramas You Need To Watch

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In case you guys haven't noticed there's some pretty great new shows on the BBC. The following are some of my personal favorites.

THIRTEEN (2016)

Thirteen is the story of Ivy Moxam. After being abducted when she was thirteen, Ivy escapes captivity at the age of 26 after her kidnapper forgets to lock up. Ivy is soon reunited with her stunned but elated family and friends. But as Ivy attempts to rebuild her life and readjust to her freedom, the search for Ivy's captor picks up, new details begin to emerge and Ivy's story begins to fall apart. The series stars Jodie Comer, Natasha Little, and Aneurin Barnard.

MARCELLA (2016 - )

This moody crime drama centers around a police detective investigating the murder of a woman working with her estranged husband and her troubled psyche during the investigation. This show boasts a cast of creepy characters and dark, almost disturbing psychological undertones. Marcella's first season - soon to be followed by a second is fast-paced, at times horrifying and brilliant. The series stars Anna Friel in the title role, alongside Nicholas Pinnock and Sinéad Cusack. (Now streaming on Netflix)

DOWNTON ABBEY (2010-2015)

A once Emmy-favorite, the acclaimed Masterpiece classic Downton Abbey, follows an aristocratic family from the sinking of the Titanic (1912) to 1926. Julian Fellows' beloved creation focusses, not only on the Crawley family, but the tumultuous lives of those who serve them, and how they often intersect. We see the Crawleys and their servants struggle through WWI, money troubles, through life, love and through many heartbreaking deaths. - Spoiler alert, Downton must've borrowed a few pages from George R. R. Martin because there's a good chance your favorite character won't make it The series stars Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, and irreplaceable Maggie Smith. Seriously though, if your going to watch it, watch it for Maggie Smith.

THE FALL (2013 - )

The Fall stars Gillian Michaels and Jaime Dornan as a police detective and the serial killer she is hunting. This show is notorious for it's dark themes, brilliant acting and compelling writing. Dornan in particular has been given critical acclaim for his portrayal of charismatic and prolific serial killer Paul Spector. Full disclosure, I haven't actually watched this show, it's a bit too creepy for me, but, at the same time, it's one of the BBC's most famous dramas

VICTORIA (2016 - )

Victoria follows the early reign of Queen Victoria of England, in addition we get a look into politics of the time, the lives of the people who serve Queen Victoria and her family and most notably, the famous courtship Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg. This BBC drama has also picked up critical acclaim. It's my current binge watch and i'm loving it! The series stars Jenna Coleman as Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

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14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

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Spoiler Alert, The End Of 'Game Of Thrones' Will Spoil Your Whole Day, Maybe Week

The writers really just wanted to end this, didn't they? (Warning: Spoiler Alert).

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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "Game of Thrones."

I probably should have suspected after season 7 being so rushed that season 8 wouldn't go well, but I truly didn't expect the catastrophe that ensued five and a half weeks ago. If you read my article about the upcoming season a couple of months ago, then you know how excited I was and the things that I wanted for it. And you know what? I got those, maybe not what I expected them to be, but it is what I asked for. Gendry and Arya, for example, I was really pleased with that development. But Jon and Arya...they were the closest of all the Stark siblings as children, and they got next to nothing significant.

Let's start with my favorite episode: episode 2, which is set before the Long Night. Every character got a beautiful scene and a satisfying ending if it was going to be their end in the war against the dead. I truly don't have many complaints about this episode, and Podrick's haunting rendition of "Jenny of Oldstones" at the end was beautiful and perfect.

But even with that - it was good. Just good. And every other episode has been that, or worse. There is nothing of the old Game of Thrones in this season. The writing is jarring and disconnected, the character development in many ways makes no sense - Daenerys is the obvious example, with her sudden snap and burning of King's Landing after proclaiming just last season that she was not here to be "Queen of the Ashes." But there is Jaime as well; he left Cersei to do the right thing and to keep a promise, and then went back to her knowing that she had sent someone to kill him. Even if you haven't read the books (in which Jaime's development is wildly different and the break comes much sooner), this is upsetting.

Speaking of the Lannisters, one line from Sansa is very accurate indeed: Tyrion used to be the cleverest man on the show, with the exception of maybe Varys. But Tyrion now is just disappointing. He has nothing new to say, and if it is new then there is no effort by the writers to give it any credibility or acknowledgment by other characters.

In the words of many fans of late, Jon has become the most expensive extra in history. His lines seem to consist of "You are my queen" and "I don't want it" regarding the Iron Throne. In this past episode, he did nothing to try to sway Daenerys one way or the other and utterly failed to demonstrate his strong leadership in the battle that followed - another huge oversight by the writers. Jon has always commanded great respect of his men, and suddenly, the Northerners have no inclination to listen at all. Instead, they follow the lead of the Dragon Queen that, merely weeks earlier in the show's timeline, they treated coldly. They go against all of their principles, principles that have been set in the show since season 1 with Robb.

I could keep going, I truly could, I could write for hours about everything wrong or just plain messed up about this season. But the thing is, I know who to blame: the writers, who decided to hurry to the finish line instead of accepting HBO's offer to fully fund the last two seasons with ten complete episodes. The worst part of it all is that the actors are doing phenomenal jobs with the scripts they were given: Emilia Clarke demonstrates Daenerys' sudden descent into madness incredibly; Maisie Williams has such raw power in the fear she instills in Arya's most terrifying moments; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is so convincing in his return to Cersei, giving the audience a clear view of the resignation in his decision and feelings. These actors that put almost a decade into this show, and are left with this...the fans are disappointed, but this show must be so much worse for the cast.

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