I’m an avid lover of good TV. In fact, my friends will often come to me and ask me what shows to watch because they know I’ve seen so many. Based on their preferences I usually do a good job of suggesting the right shows (if I do say so myself). The fact is, once I know that a show is good I will watch it. So I thought, why not share some shows with my readers as well. First up is the spy/crime series. The following are my suggestions, I hope you like them. If you do start watching feel free to tweet me about the good parts. I don’t mind reliving the drama!
- Pine Gap: This one takes place in a joint intelligence facility between the USA & Australia. I’d consider this one a slow burner because I started and stopped it on Netflix but when I hunkered down I was very happy I did. I’d say give it one or two episodes for it to start shaping up. As of March 2019 a season 2 has not been announced BUT we are hopeful.
2. Berlin Station: One of my favourites on this list. I love the main character Daniel Miller played by Richard Armitage. This show first premiered in 2016 on EPIX and I’ve been following ever since. It follows the career of Miller from an analyst at Langley to being sent to a CIA station in Berlin to find a mole. This series is 3 seasons deep and well worth the binge. I must give you a heads up it was recently cancelled which I’m upset about but give it a watch you’ll love what happens
3. Deep State: This airs on Epix and Netflix as well. This is a new one, It follows an ex spy (Mark Strong) who is living a happy life but ends up being called back into the espionage life. Things have changed a little and he has to tackle a global conspiracy who wants to profit from discord in the middle east. Deep State is a no nonsense, no frills show and I love it because you honestly don’t know who can possibly die. The suspense is crazy and it also stars Joe Dempsie of Game of Thrones fame (Gendry)
4. Line Of Duty: If you haven’t figured out as yet I’m a sucker for BBC series. Line Of Duty was one of those finds that was so out of the way but paid off big time. Line of Duty is full of suspense and you never really know who the real villain is. I’m still not sure about some of the main characters. It’s described as series exploring the world of police corruption through the actions of the anti-corruption department AC-12, run by zealous Superintendent Ted Hastings.
If you live outside of the UK, you might want to find out how to watch BBC programmes abroad, or find streaming services that have this show available for you.
5. Jack Ryan: Most spy lovers will know Jack Ryan’s character . This series is an adaptation from Tom Clancy’s books and airs on Amazon Prime TV. If you’re not into books then this series gives you a great opportunity to meet Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan, an up-and-coming CIA analyst, is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. He soon uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.
6. Bodyguard: No, not Whitney ” I will always love you” Houston Bodyguard starring Kevin Costner. This series is a BBC and Netflix. I can’t say much without letting out too many things but just know you’re heart will be pounding from start to finish. War veteran David Budd finds work as a police sergeant with London’s Metropolitan Police Service, in the Royalty and Specialist Protection branch. He is assigned to protect the home secretary, the Rt. Hon. Julia Montague MP, a controversial and ambitious politician who is described as “the sociopath” by one of her aides. He has to decide if he’s going to do duty or stick to his beliefs.
Special Mentions :
Spooks (MI-5) – This one goes all the way back and most of the actors you see today on BBC seem to have started in this series. From Benedict Cumberbach to Kit Harrington. They. Are. All. In. There. Even Danielle Miller from the aforementioned Berlin Station. It’s a BBC series and spans about 8 seasons. The first seasons might be a bit grainy but as it goes on it improves. I give this special mention because I’ve started rewatching it and I’m enjoying it but definitely wont finish by the time this is released.
The Americans: I really enjoyed this series and the fact that it’s actually based on facts. It’s really intense and you might shout at the tv but it’s worth it. Philip and Elizabeth Jennings are two KGB spies in an arranged marriage who are posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected president. The couple have two children, teenager Paige and preteen Henry, who are unaware of their parents’ true identities. Further complicating things is the arrival of the Jennings’ new neighbour, FBI agent Stan Beeman, who is part of a new division of the agency tasked with fighting foreign agents on U.S. soil.