Ben HaywardJanuary 7th
2021

As we enter lockdown #3 here in the UK, it’s a fair shout that many of us will be trawling our various tv subscriptions to find something to pass the evenings… 

Well, the first bit of good news is that TOTUM members can get a six month subscription to Amazon Prime for FREE - giving you access to hundreds of great movies and tv shows to help wile away the lockdown.

The second bit of good news is that to save you from having to trawl through everything, we’ve picked out some of the very best Amazon Prime box sets to see you safely through the next month or so!

Whether it’s classic sci-fi, uplifting comedy or blood-thirsty historical dramas, Amazon Prime has got you covered… 

The Wilds

Described as ‘Lost meets Mean Girls’ (a killer combo if ever I heard one) The Wilds revolves around a group of teenage girls who crash land on a mysterious island only to find that something strange is afoot… 

Their intertwined stories are told in flashbacks as they explain their lives before, during and after their time on the island to investigators, and although the premise may seem familiar, don’t make the mistake of giving this one a miss. 

Its apocalyptic twists and turns will keep you hooked for the full nine hours. 

Truth Seekers

Quite a lot of us could probably do with some light relief right about now… 

So, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost once again joining forces for supernatural comedy series, Truth Seekers, now is as good a time as any for a bit of escapism!

The eight-episode series follows a team of part-time paranormal investigators as they travel across the UK in search of evidence of the supernatural. 

But as with any Pegg/Frost collaboration it’s not long before the underlying conspiracy that looks set to bring about Armageddon for the entire human race rears its head… 

American Gods

Based on Neil Gaiman’s amazing novel of the same title, American Gods tells the tale of fading old gods as they are replaced by new gods.

All hung off the central character, Shadow, who is released from prison three days early after his wife and best friend die in a car crash, it provides a searing look into the soul of America.

If scary, gripping and deeply unsettling is what you’re after, American Gods has got it in spades. 

Tales From The Loop 

If you’re looking for your next science fiction fix, look no further than Tales From The Loop

Inspired by the paintings of Simon Stalenhag depicting alternate realities, the series focuses on the lives of the inhabitants of a small town in Ohio who live above ‘The Loop’ - a machine designed and built to explore the mysteries of the universe, making the impossible possible.

With twisting, interconnected narratives and some incredible performances, Tales From The Loop will take you to places you never knew existed… 

Vikings

If you’re feeling like you could do with a bit of Game of Thrones-esque entertainment, you could do much, much worse than Vikings.  

Featuring plenty of bloody violence, Travis Fimmel leads as Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer who becomes a respected warrior. 

With addictive storylines, a ton of ransacking and some absolutely breathtaking production design, you’ll have watched the whole lot before you can say ‘north of the wall’.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

So, for those of a certain vintage this will be an incredibly timely bit of nostalgia, and for those with fewer years on the clock, an introduction to an absolutely iconic world of gothic fantasy teen angst. 

Created by the now legendary Joss Whedon, Buffy is one of the most successful female-led fantasy shows of all time. Sarah Michelle Gellar as the archetypal vampire-slaying badass finds herself tasked with saving the world from the apocalypse, all the while dealing with the usual problems of teenage life. 

And with star turns from Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles), Alyson Hannigan (Willow) and Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), the intricate storytelling and continual plot threads make for truly excellent viewing. 

Catastrophe

Outrageously funny, interjected with heart wrenching moments of pathos, there isn’t a single bad episode of Catastrophe throughout its BAFTA award-winning four seasons.

Written by and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, it tells the story of a couple who embark on a week-long affair only for things to take a turn for the unexpected when Sharon falls pregnant. 

Relationships, parenthood, sex, tragedy, addiction and more all have their moment under the spotlight to create a show that is relatable, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply sad all at once. 

Plus, you get to see some of Carrie Fisher’s final work in her cameo appearances as Rob’s mum - it’s worth it just for those. 

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