TV shows, films, books and music to help you through another lockdown

With most of the UK back under lockdown, we'll be shut indoors and looking for entertainment and escapism over the coming weeks. So here's a selection of TV shows, films, books and music that could help make lockdown life a bit more bearable.

  • The Serpent (BBC One) - Jenna Coleman and Tahar Rahim are a menacing couple who prey on backpackers in 1970s Bangkok, with a Dutch diplomat (Billy Howle) on their trail. This taut and atmospheric eight-part drama is on TV on Sunday nights - or binge on iPlayer.
  • Bridgerton (Netflix) - An eight-part sexually-charged period drama adapted from Julia Quinn's romance novels of the same name, produced by US TV extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes. On Netflix.
  • he Cabins (ITV2) - In the absence of Love Island, this Covid-secure dating show sees singletons paired up in winter cabins. The couples get to know each other for 24 hours before deciding whether they want to leave their cabin, or stay with their partner for another day. Airing nightly on ITV2, and on the ITV Hub.
  • Staged (BBC One) - Michael Sheen and David Tennant (or vice versa) were hilarious in one of the summer's few Zoom-style lockdown shows that was genuinely good. They have reconnected for a second season, which is now on BBC iPlayer.