Advertisement
TV

“What I did in lockdown – smash the hell out of streaming services”

With restrictions easing, Sam Delaney may have to rethink his attitude to normal clothes and how much TV he watches

Are you slowly emerging from lockdown? Does the sunlight burn your eyes as you shuffle timidly into the outside world? Does the unfamiliar sound of engines running and children laughing stab painfully at your eardrums? Do your ‘real world’ clothes feel tight and uncomfortable? It must be awful. That’s why I intend to stay in lockdown forever. Like one of those war veterans lost in a Japanese jungle in the Eighties, still fighting World War Two. Working from home, wearing nothing but loose-fitting sportswear, shaving only sporadically and eating beans on toast a minimum of eight times per week is very much the life for me. It might sound uncivilised but, in fact, it’s quite the opposite: I get more sleep, eat healthier and get loads more work done because I no longer have to spend large portions of my day travelling on horrible infectious public transport in order to attend tedious meetings in dreary offices.

I have had time to work, relax, exercise and also think. Sometimes overthink. The one good thing about the more frantic nature of life in the outside world was that I didn’t have quite so much time to catastrophise about issues big and small: from my credit rating to the possible eradication of all human life on earth to the nature of the strange wart I’ve developed on my left calf. It’s lucky my therapist does FaceTime sessions. Plus, I have smashed the hell out of my various streaming services, which has helped distract me. To the extent that I actually have too many shows to write about in the relatively confined space of this column. Makes you wonder why I’ve wasted so much time giving you my rambling lockdown backstory doesn’t it? Well, in any case, here’s a summary of the best stuff I’ve seen over the past couple of months.

The Last Dance

The story of Michael Jordan’s extraordinary career at the Chicago Bulls. Don’t like basketball? Nor did I really but this is more than a sports doc: it is an undulating psychodrama in which Jordan is simultaneously the hero and the villain.

Little Fires Everywhere

Once again, Reese Witherspoon plays a middle-class, suburbanite mom who appears to be perfect but is, in fact, a bit of a bastard.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Dead To Me

Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate are also middle-class suburbanites whose lives aren’t quite as awesome as they might seem. One of them has killed the other one’s husband and yet they become best mates. Weirdly hilarious, thanks to exceptional lead performances.

I May Destory You

A terrifying glimpse into the lives of twentysomethings in London. I was one of those myself in the Nineties and early Noughties. It wasn’t easy then, so gawd knows how hard it must be now. Being in your twenties is a bloody nightmare. Utterly exhausting and massively confusing. This show captures it all perfectly.

Advertisement

Bigger Issues need bigger solutions

Big Issue Group is creating new solutions through enterprise to unlock opportunities for the 14.5 million people living in poverty to earn, learn and thrive. Big Issue Group brings together our media and investment initiatives as well as a diverse and pioneering range of new solutions, all of which aim to dismantle poverty by creating opportunity. Learn how you can change lives today.

Recommended for you

Read All
Asim Chaudhry in The Sandman: 'I actually auditioned for Cain. They thought I was a bit too nice'
TV

Asim Chaudhry in The Sandman: 'I actually auditioned for Cain. They thought I was a bit too nice'

What made Neighbours so special? Let the superfans explain
TV

What made Neighbours so special? Let the superfans explain

How Neighbours changed the world
TV

How Neighbours changed the world

Tom Daley calls on Commonwealth Games to lead the way in tackling homophobia in sport
TV

Tom Daley calls on Commonwealth Games to lead the way in tackling homophobia in sport

Most Popular

Read All
Oil giants Shell and BP have been handed £700m of taxpayer cash despite bumper profits
1.

Oil giants Shell and BP have been handed £700m of taxpayer cash despite bumper profits

What are the risks of Don't Pay UK? We asked a leading lawyer
2.

What are the risks of Don't Pay UK? We asked a leading lawyer

How broken is the UK's public transport? I spent all day on buses to find out
3.

How broken is the UK's public transport? I spent all day on buses to find out

Sadiq Khan's Right to Buy-back scheme leads to return of 1,500 council homes
4.

Sadiq Khan's Right to Buy-back scheme leads to return of 1,500 council homes

Keep up to date with the Big Issue. The leading voice on life, politics, culture and social activism direct to your inbox.