9 TV shows to get hyped about during lockdown 2 – from Netflix’s The Crown to His Dark Materials

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With lockdown in effect, there’s only one thing for it… a hell of a lot of binge watching.

Thankfully, on top of the great TV that’s already been launched, the BBC, ITV, Netflix and Now TV have got a whole new bunch of shows ready to keep you glued to your sofa.

So grab your cosy jumper, make the biggest cup of tea imaginable, and snuggle in for some great telly.

Here’s just some of the shows that are coming up over the next month that you’re going to need to watch.

His Dark Materials (BBC One)

Starts November 8

Picking up where the last series left off, His Dark Materials finds Lyra and her daemon pan walking through into a brand new world – and a whole lot more trouble.

Still reeling after watching her best friend Roger be killed by her father Lord Asriel, she finds hope when she meets Will, who has troubles of his own.

But Mrs Coulter is hot on her trail to bring her back home into their reality, and there’s only so long Lyra can keep running from her destiny.

Based on The Subtle Knife, book two of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, you can catch up on season one, read the novels or just dive right in to this fantasy epic.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here (ITV)

Starts November 15

The annual reality competition is getting a bit of a makeover this year thanks to coronavirus, and is heading to Wales for the new series instead of Australia.

Trading in King/Queen Of The Jungle titles for King/Queen Of The Castle for one year only (we hope), the series will have a group of celebs face the elements and some gruesome challenges over the course of a fortnight.

Among those rumoured to be involved this year are Sir Mo Farah, Giovanna Fletcher, Shane Richie and Beverley Callard.

Plus there’ll be some ghosts thrown in for good measure, because why not in 2020?

We Are The Champions (Netflix)

Released November 17

If something a bit more light-hearted is what you’re after, then documentary series We Are The Champions might be your thing.

Executive produced by The Office US’s Rainn Wilson, each episode is dedicated to weird and wonderful competitions from around the world.

There’s the annual cheese rolling championship, extreme hair design and even dog dancing involved.

It’s perfect for those in need of some wholesome content.

The Crown (Netflix)

Released November 15

Heading into the Charles and Diana and Thatcher years of British history, the Monarchy begins to tear itself apart from the inside out.

From intense fighting over who the favourite of the family is, through to Prince Charles desperately clinging on to his love of Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Royal family are dealt several family blows while the country itself begins to fall apart.

Based from 1979 to 1990, this will also be the last series as Olivia Colman playing Queen Elizabeth, so make the most of her while you can!

Small Axe (Amazon Prime Video/BBC)

Starts November 15

Small Axe is an anthology series with an all-star cast including Star Wars’ John Boyega, Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and Line Of Duty’s Rochenda Sandall.

An anthology series, each episode focuses on a different element of life for a group of West Indian Brits between the late 1960s to the mid-1980s.

This unfortunately includes the class war, racial discrimination and racism of the time.

But it’s ultimately a story of hope, with the show declaring itself ‘a celebration of Black joy, beauty, love, friendship, family, music and even food; each one, in its own unique way, conveys hard-won successes, bringing hope and optimism for 2020.’

Virgin River (Netflix)

Released November 27

Virgin River was an unexpected twee, melodramatic hit when season one dropped earlier this year, and now its back for more.

The story follows Melinda Monrow, who returns to the quaint town of Virgin River and Doc’s clinic, and learns to come to terms with herself and her past before she can truly make this her home. 

If you want something heartwarming and easy to watch, this is your show.

Country Ever After (Netflix)

Released November 6

This documentary series has ‘Selling Sunset addiction worthy’ written all over it.

Country singer Coffey Anderson and his hip-hop dancer wife Criscilla open up their home and family life for the cameras in this new series, as they navigate life from different perspectives and raise their kids.

They are already social media stars, but this series goes even deeper, and with each episode only half an hour long, its easily digestible, gripping TV.

We’re promised its full of ‘humour and heart’ and if we ever need a dose of that, it’s now.

A Queen Is Born (Netflix)

Released November

This one’s a new series for all the drag fans out there – welcome to a reality series hosted by drag queens Gloria Groove and Alexia Twister.

The Brazilian series is seemingly part Queer Eye and part Drag Race, with the two hosts meeting and training an aspiring queen each episode to bring out their most fabulous selves.

Using their expert knowledge, the queens teach the baby queens what it takes to be a star, and how to bring about the best performances.

Belushi (NOW TV)

Starts 27 November

John Belushi is an American comedy icon, founding member of SNL and OG Blues Brother – but his wild personality proved to be his downfall.

He died at the age of just 33, at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles, after being injected with a lethal heroin and cocaine mix.

This documentary remembers the great star, what he left upon the world, and his legacy.

It also features some never-before-heard audio tapes of the star, which help frame the show’s narrative.

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