Hidden Gems - Digital Treasures, October 2016
These days we have access to so many amazing digital TV offerings, whether paid for like Netflix, Amazon Prime or NowTV; or free or advertising supported like BBC player, All 4 or the recently relaunched ITV Hub. With so much choice it can be hard to decide between all the offerings, there's sadly no cross-platform search or recommendation engine. So, here at The Digital Fix we've decided to unearth some of hidden gems of the streaming TV world, for your viewing pleasure. Every month we'll pick out the best, or most interesting, from what's new, old or obscure.
Hannibal has been much-lauded for some time, but just not available to watch anywhere on a streaming service. Well fret no more, Hannibal Lecter's story and arguably Mads Mikkelsen's best role are now available on Netflix. Only season one, sadly, but if you have NowTV, seasons two and three are available there. Someone in licensing isn't using much joined up thinking there, but for the streaming omnivore, it's all there for your viewing pleasure.
Did you enjoy 24? The West Wing? How about a mash-up of the two of them starring Kiefer Sutherland? The 'designated survivor' is the one person in the American government who doesn't attend the State of the Union address, so that if, say, the entire Capitol Building is bombed killing the entirety of government, there's one person left in the succession to the Presidency. That's Kiefer, the mild-mannered professor-type who has to heal a nation, find the perpetrators and resurrect government.
The Sopranos is another one of those must-see shows that has never been available to stream previously. However, if you have access to NowTV, all six season are available. Re-watch from the beginning or start watching now to immerse yourself in the show often credited as triggering the Golden Age of Television.
There has been pretty much every variation of skandi / norse noir over the last years, but Angelby takes a different direction, taking notes more from Twin Peaks than The Killing. It's slow moving, and takes the concept of a flawed antagonist quite far, but with its pseudo-supernatural elements, it's more than intriguing.