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So one thing that is close to my heart is feeling cozy and comfortable at all times. For me it’s about a sense of well-being and happiness that can be achieved in lots of different ways. One of the first things I do if I want to feel grounded or even if I just want to relax, is I put the TV on. I often re-watch the same lovely TV programmes and movies when I need to feel chilled or sometimes, when I need something familiar to keep me company. So I thought I would put together a list of my faves:
There is a reason this is listed first. I am a massive fan of Victoria Wood (who wrote and stars in this) and I find the 2 series that she made hilarious and so densely packed with humour, character and dialogue that they become funnier with each watch. Admittedly, it’s 20+ years old now, but it’s still as lovely to watch now as it was when it first aired.
💗 Call the Midwife
This is a BBC drama based on the diaries of midwife Jennifer Worth. It’s such a feel-good series which follows midwives based in Poplar in London. I love it because it tells the continuing heartwarming tales of female friendship and the realities of living in poverty and struggled. It is told in such a way that, it really does give me all the fuzzy feels.
💗 Downton Abbey
This is a massively popular period drama that focuses on the estate of the Grantham Family based in the fictional Yorkshire village of Downton. The drama is based around the upstairs Lords & Ladies as well as the rumblings below stairs of the servants and their companions. I just love it, as it seamlessly moves from cliff-hangers to romance with such brilliantly formed characters that you can’t help but root for. I have so far watched all 6 series through twice and I am about to start my 3rd round!
💗 That Day We Sang
Recently discovered GEM of a film, written and directed by Victoria Wood. A lovely, feel-good drama about Enid & Tubby who were members of the Manchester Children’s choir and who reunite years later. The film tells their stories, whilst showing their budding romance. I must have watched it over 10 times already.
💗 Agatha Christie’s Poirot / Agatha Christie’s Marple
So I am a massive fan of Agatha Christie’s novels. The recent ITV adaptations are my absolute favourites as they feature some amazing cameo performances. I love the way the mysteries unfold and Agatha Christie’s signature of gathering all the characters in a room at the end whilst either Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple explain why and by who the murder was committed. Brilliant. For some reason, these make me feel very calm when I am watching.
💗 Peter Kay’s Car Share
Peter Kay is one of the countries most popular comedians and when he created Car Share, he really did create a gem. I love this series for many reasons, but mostly because about 3 weeks after my mum died, I was watching an episode with M and I laughed. I mean I REALLY laughed, for the first time in what felt like months. In fact, I got quite hysterical as the release felt almost euphoric. For that reason alone, this little series holds a special little place in my heart.
💗 Steel Magnolias
This film is an oldie, but a goodie. It’s set in the late 80s and focuses on the friendships of 6 women from a fictional town in Louisiana. It’s feel good from start to finish and with an amazing cast including:
- Julia Roberts
- Dolly Parton
- Olympia Dukakis
- Darryl Hannah
- Sally Field
- Shirley McClaine
- Tom Skerritt
- Dylan McDermott
It’s touching and poignant throughout and I just LOVE it!
💗 Harry Potter
So you must have been living under a log if you haven’t seen Harry Potter, but the films are something I can watch if I just want something gentle to have on the background whilst I am doing something else. This doesn’t mean that I don’t want to watch it, it just means that I have watched them SO many times that they now feel like an old friend keeping me company.
💗 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them
Another recent addition to the list, but another marvelous offering from the equally marvellous JK Rowling. It stars Eddie Redmayne and it’s as charming as it is magical and brilliant. I loved the story and I feel like I see something new every time I watch it. Doesn’t matter how old I get, I still always wish I could do magic. Now that WOULD be something.
💗 Vicar of Dibley
So last but not least, I have to include the Vicar of Dibley. I have LOVED this series from Day 1, not only because I love Dawn French, but also because it’s just so nice. The brainchild of Richard Curtis (Love Actually), it focussed on the unusual (at the time) female vicar in the tiny village of Dibley. The characters are totally crackers and I couldn’t love it more.
So that’s my top ten and I am lucky to have so much to choose from if I am ever feeling the need to chill out, I can throw any one of these one the TV or iPad and I literally can feel my stress levels/heartbeat reduce. Lovely.
I would love to hear any suggestions that you might have for things that you love to watch. Comment below!