Try Something New: TV For The Christmas Break

Aoife Gleeson takes a look at what TV shows you should be catching up on over the Christmas Break

Winter’s here! You know what that means? You got it, snuggling up warm and cozy inside to spend some quality time with the TV. So, when better to try something new? Here’s a run down of some new shows that you might not have heard of or tried yet. Grab your blanket and tea, its TV time.

Masters Of Sex

A period drama which follows the scientific investigation of a doctor and his assistant into human sexuality during the 1950s. With an appealing style and tone akin to Mad Men and a stark, frank attitude towards sex, the show immediately grabs your interest. Its nuanced characters, particularly the leads played by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, really elevate the show Each of the characters’ relationship with sex is the most interesting part, whether they’re highly repressed or completely liberated (with all the associated stigma). The dry humour is also entertaining, providing witty observations about sex and shedding light on the ignorance towards sex at the time (one young religious couple thought that, in order to have a baby, all they have to do is lie beside each other in the same bed). It also provides some serious emotional gut punches, which I won’t spoil here. This is one of the best new shows this year, not to be missed.

Hannibal

Hannibal Lecter, being such an enduring pop culture icon thanks to Silence of the Lambs, pops up again every once in a while in a new adaption that tries to capture that combination of fear and perverse fascination that drew people to him originally. While the rest have been mostly failures, this new adaptation, simply entitled Hannibal, looks to be capable of carrying the torch. Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre from Casino Royale) plays the titular Hannibal Lecter, bringing a cold suaveness and reserved mystery to the character. Hugh Dancy plays opposite him as the hyper-intelligent, anxious FBI investigator who is able to easily put himself in the shoes of criminals to understand their actions and motivations. The show focuses on their developing relationship and the pair have a fascinating chemistry. The show’s also suitably eerie and highly graphic, not for the faint of heart.

Moone Boy

If you’re looking for something a little lighter in your life, this sweet little comedy created by Chris O’ Dowd should do the trick. It follows Martin, a semi-autobiographical version of O’ Dowd as a child, growing up in rural Ireland in the 80s. The show follows all the usual awkwardness of the life of a young boy, from embarrassing sticky sheets to primary school bants. O’ Dowd himself plays the boy’s imaginary friend and the chemistry between the two is great. It’s hilarious and highly endearing and since the first season is only six episodes long (with a second on the way in the new year) you really have nothing to lose. This is also the only one I’d mark as suitable to watch with the family apart from that one episode with the sticky sheets.