Our recommendations for keeping you busy during Lockdown 3

Updated: Feb 24

We first put this article together at the start of Lockdown 1 in March 2020, but we feel it's still relevant as we are in the midst of Lockdown 3. In fact, this time with the cold days and longer nights we feel it's important to find little ways of brightening our days from the inside! So here are our updated recommendations to keep the sunshine in during this next few weeks...


Being in isolation has us all looking for things to do. While keeping active is always something we advocate, we all need something for those in-between times when we need to just be. Here are a few of our suggestions... If you have some you'd like to share please send them to us and we'll add them to this post.


TV | Ted Talks | Podcasts | Brain Games | Books | Other Things We've Found...


TV


There are free and paid services for streaming TV and films.


Free options include BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4,


Paid subscription options include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NowTV, Britbox


On to our suggestions...


Staged on BBC iPlayer - Frenemies Michael Sheen and David Tennantget together for this clever and funny show. I read that Michael is asked a lot about whether his neighbour is ok, apparently (and probably quite disappointingly) it's all fiction though!


A Perfect Planet on BBC iPlayer - The latest in David Attenborough's programmes, taking a different aspect of the natural word each week starting with volcanoes.


The Queen's Gambit on Netflix - A fictional story based around a female chess player competing in a male-dominated world set in the 1960s USA. How they managed to make chess as engaging as they have is a wonder! A great series to binge on.


Ghosts on BBC iPlayer - from the team that brought us Horrible Histories. This is a little light relief and a feel good show. One of my favourites (Jenny)!


Friday Night Dinner on All4 - some comedy based around a family's Friday night dinners together!


Sherlock on BBC iPlayer and Netflix - we love a bit of Sherlock. This is the remaking of the classic stories starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson.


Life on Mars on BBC iPlayer accompanied by the follow-up series Ashes to Ashes on BBC iPlayer


Fleabag on BBC iPlayer - More comedy about a hapless woman known as Fleabag who's dry-wit endears you to her despite her slightly crazy ways!


Foyle’s War on ITV Hub - classic detective drama - think Morse set in wartime.


The Good Karma Hospital on ITV Hub - feel good hospital drama set in India where a British doctor, Ruby, settles after leaving the UK after a big breakup. Lovely scenery and some easy storylines for what I like to call 'Sunday evening viewing'.


Outlander on Amazon Prime Video - very popular series based on the novel by Diana Gabaldon about a wartime nurse who finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, right in the middle of the Jacobite risings! She learns to settle into a new life and handle all the trials that go with it.


Vikings on Amazon Prime Video - a bit of a more 'meaty' watch than some of the other recommendations. I think the title is a giveaway on it's subject!



TED Talks


TED is well known for it's collection of talks on all manner of subjects. It's a great way to expand your mind and learn some new things, or new takes on things you already think you know!


Some of our favourites are


Bill Gates on the Coronavirus

Brene Brown on the Power of Vulnerability

What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness


Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator


Podcasts


Podcasts are audio programmes that can be funny and witty or educational and mind expanding. There are masses to choose from and we encourage you to explore and search on topics that interest you. There are a few ways of accessing podcasts including apps such as BBC Sounds, Stitcher, Spotify, iTunes or SoundCloud.


Some of our recommendations are:


David Tennant Does a Podcast


Grounded with Louis Theroux


Evil Genius with Russell KaneChanging the way we see heroes and villains in history.

13 Minutes to the Moon

Gossipmongers - David Earl, Joe Wilkinson and Poppy Hillstead read out unsubstantiated rumours sent in by listeners. At the end of each episode they choose their favourite piece of gossip and help spread it further by getting Poppy to shout it out the window.



Brain Games Links


Shared by our lovely Receptionist Abbie:


Challenge yourself to guess the location from the picture


Strategy game where you need to rearrange tiles to complete the level


This is a tricky one - if you manage it take a video and send it to us! Make the athlete run the track


We all love a bit of Sudoku - now you need never run out of fresh puzzles!


This one has a bit of everything: Brain Teasers, Riddles, Trivia, Games and more...


My family love a crossword - here's a daily one to keep you thinking




Books


In March we shared some recommendations for some books to try. I've added a few new ones below or you can go back to the other list by clicking here. Sapna shares a top tip to listen to audio books! Check out Audible for a large library of listens, or there are alternative providers if you take a look on Google. You can also rent e-Books for free from the local library - take a look on your local council website. For Charnwood that's here.


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


The New Wilderness by Diane Cook


Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey


The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman


A Promised Land by Barack Obama


The Golden Acorn series on Kindle by Catherine Cooper - its classed as a children's book but I loved it (Jenny)


Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman


Some recommendations from Joanne in our Property Department:


Cosy historical mystery


A Quiet Life in the Country by T.E. Kinsey (first in a series of 7 to date)

Easy to read light and gentle historical murder mystery, about a Lady and her maid come assistant moving to the country and solving murders. Whole series free to read on Kindle Unlimited, and the first few are free to listen to as well on KU (I am also, like Sapna, a fan of the audio book!)


Have listened to the first few in the series now, they are all pretty fun


Easy to read British detective book


Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel

Again, first in a series. Quirky book, one of those I really liked but can’t really put my finger on why! About a guy who collects records and finds rare records on request, hired to find a particular rare record that leads to shenanigans.


Fantasy


Indexing and the follow up Reflextions by Seanan McGuire. This was a Kindle serial, so written in a different way, like the book is a series of continuing short stories. The idea is ‘what if the fairy tales are real and try to highjack people’s lives so they can play out’. Interesting concept and way to approach writing. Again, free to read and listen on KU