That sounds about right. We had some super lame fun teasing on twitter by Brian Smith a few months back. And yesterday the FIRST post from a Season 2 Table Read finally hit social media
— Lindsey (@breathereadlove) December 30, 2015
(ONLY ON A TABLE READ?? HURRY UP YOU GUYS), But we’ve had nothing. No news. Nada. Here are some Lito and Hernando Gifs to make you feel better.
So when I recommended Velvet a little while ago as a cure for your Sense8 blues I got this question a lot:
But will my significant other watch it with me?
And I get it. Velvet is beautifully cinematic, but the soap opera drama isn’t for everyone. So here’s my recommendation for a gritty British crime show that might appeal to you AND your significant other who doesn’t care for gorgeous fashion shows set in Spain starring Miguel Angel Silvestre. (Just sayin.)
Say hello to the BBC’s BAFTA Award Winning Happy Valley.
That’s right! This shiz won a BAFTA for Best Drama. Just in case you’re taking notes, that’s more than Outlander can say for itself. (If Tobias strangling his turkey neck can’t get it for you, you know something’s gone horribly wrong *cough* Rent, The Watch, The Search *cough* *yawn* Congrats on the Golden Globe nom though!). Too bad we can’t vote for that right ladies? I know Karen (@DougalsBeard) is bummed.
Thankfully the BBC has been creating some outstanding dramas starring kick-ass female characters lately. If you haven’t watched The Fall yet Beth can list all the reasons why you should be.
Sarah Lancashire is to Happy Valley what Gillian Anderson is to The Fall.
Sarah’s character is Catherine Cawood, a police sergeant who lives with her sister (Siobhan Finneran from Downtown Abbey, otherwise known as O’Brien). Together they are raising Catherine’s grandson, who was orphaned when his mother, Catherine’s daughter, killed herself. Tommy Lee Royce, played by James Norton, is a felon who has just been released from prison and who Catherine blames for her daughter’s rape and death.
Yes, James Norton, the same handsome, soft-spoken vicar from Grantchester.
However, be warned, he is the villain in this show. And he’s got hideous acid-washed hair too. Mmmmm….
Royce gets involved in a kidnapping plot that quickly goes awry. Royce’s cohorts are bumbling idiots careening wildly from one mistake to the next and Catherine is soon on their trail. What sets this show apart is how richly drawn the characters are. It’s a testament to both the stellar writing and the nuanced acting. The pacing of the show is wrenching. The story delivers gut punch after gut punch, all leading up to a finale that will leave you screaming at your TV. (It should be noted that this show does come with some trigger warnings for rape and violence.)
And what’s the best part? Besides the fact that it’s on Netflix and you can binge all six episodes in one weekend? We’re getting a second season! Probably sometime in early 2016 if rumors can be trusted.
And who can you expect to see alongside Cawood and Royce?
That’s right! We’re getting Longbottom (Matthew Lewis)! Who I can only hope will be acting in his longbottoms at some point.
We’ve also got Moaning Myrtle (Shirley Henderson) from Harry Potter, and Downton Abbey’s Molesley (Kevin Doyle), among others.
Come find me on Twitter (@breathereadlove) and let me know how you liked Happy Valley and if you need some other recommendations for shows to watch with your significant other- just ask!