Best TV series to watch for older people
22nd July 2020
As many of us have found ourselves with more and more time on our hands, even now when restrictions have started to lift in the UK, it can be difficult to know how to fill your time productively. Watching TV is a great way to pass the time and finding a new series can be one of the best ways to indulge in some downtime, alone or with your loved ones.
Continue reading to find recommendations for some of the best new TV series to watch, from period dramas to reality TV gold, you’re not going to be disappointed.
Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators
A lovely mixture of crime and comedy, Shakespeare and Hathaway is about an unconventional couple who solve crimes in their home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Starring Jo Joyner and Mark Benton who you may better know from EastEnders and Waterloo Road, this easy to watch comedy is quirky and unique with a whole lot of personality.
We spoke to Nikki, blogger at Recipe From Home, she loves Shakespeare and Hathaway and highly recommends the programme to people of all ages: “One programme that may have passed you by is Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators. There are three series now and you can watch them all on BBC iPlayer.”
She continues: “It is a comic drama set around a small detective agency in Stratford-upon-Avon, run by Luella Shakespeare and Frank Hathaway. In every episode, they solve a different (and usually quirky) crime, helped by their assistant Sebastian, a jobbing actor, in a different disguise every week. The episodes have lots of Shakespeare motifs within them, so if you like your Shakespeare (like me) you’ll love spotting the veiled references, and if you don’t like Shakespeare (like my husband) you won’t notice the references anyway! It’s an entertaining and enjoyable series if you miss Heartbeat and Death in Paradise, and don’t like anything too gritty, then this one is for you.”
Call The Midwife
A classic now in its 8th season, Call the Midwife is loved by so many and for good reason. Available on BBC iPlayer and starring some of the BBC’s most-loved actors, it’s heart-warming and touching. Set between 1940 and the 1960’s it has post-war realness and offers a real insight into the struggles of mothers and families as they adjust to the new way of life with a little one in their lives.
Clare from My Tunbridge Wells couldn’t recommend the series enough and often watches it with her mum: “I think a great series for older people is Call the Midwife. I watch it with my Mum when she stays with us and she loves reminiscing about the 1940s and what has changed since then. It's a heart-warming series set in London and follows a group of midwives and the background stories of each of the mothers in their journeys to give birth. Each episode is completely separate from the others, although it is ideal to watch from Series 1 onwards if you can. Some of the storylines can be sad but there is often a happy story in each to offset this. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
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Written by Julian Fellows who is known and loved for his work on the period drama Downton Abbey, Belgravia is set in the 1800s and is a story of an affluent society in the heart of Belgravia. Follow the story and get to know the Trenchard family, a middle-classed group who are striving to stay at the top of the social ladder whilst a very big secret is keeping them from being their true selves.
A love story and a drama all wrapped into one, this is a feel-good programme that is a perfect accompaniment to a chilled weekend evening.
A new edition to our TV screens, Celebrity Gogglebox is a spin-off of the popular Gogglebox series and sees a selection of celebrities watch their favourite TV programmes and react to them on camera. The series is a mixture of reality TV and comedy entertainment and is available to watch on All 4, some of the famous faces include Ruth and Eamonn Holmes, Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash, Nick and Olivia Grimshaw and many more.
Tune in on Fridays or on catch up and watch some of your favourite celebrities watch some of your favourite TV programmes including The Bake Off, The Supervet and classic films like Greece and Thelma and Louise.
A spot of crime and action in the mix, Liar has been talked about for months and many can’t get enough of its gripping storyline. Follow the story of Laura Neilson who is played by Joanne Froggatt who is better known for playing Anna in Downton Abbey.
In the middle of a breakup, Laura is set up on a date with a recently widowed surgeon, but all doesn’t quite go to plan and when she realises she may be in the firing line, she does everything to try and prove her innocence. Both series are available on the ITV Hub and are a must-watch if you love crime and drama.
Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip
A more light-hearted entertainment programme, Gordon Ramsey, Gino Dacampo and Fred Sirieix take a trip to the USA to get a real taste of true American food and lifestyle. Follow their journey as they venture to some of the US’s famous foodie spots and experience a few pranks along the way.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted and humorous programme to enjoy at any time of the day then this is the perfect choice.
Sitting down to enjoy some of your favourite TV programmes can be a great way to relax, especially if you have mobility issues and find getting around the house difficult. Why not try one of these new TV series when you next want to start a new series? If you’re looking at investing in a new mobility aid or second hand stair lifts to aid you around your house, don’t hesitate to get in contact.
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