We dig out alternative options to keep you entertained
We hate that sinking feeling we get when the final credits roll on the last episode of our favourite series. What to watch next? After bingeing your way through Games of Thrones, Dexter and Homeland, you may think you’ve exhausted your options, but we have good news: you haven’t. Here we reveal the DVD box-set gems that follow on neatly from your existing favourites. You may not have heard of them, but we’re sure you’ll enjoy them.
If you like: American Horror Story Try: American Gothic This menacing piece of ’90s TV follows the efforts of sheriff/killer/serial criminal Lucas Buck, played by Gary Cole, to persuade his bastard son to follow in his evil footsteps. The series proved too bold for its time and only lasted one harrowing season before being cancelled. From Dhs66 at www.amazon.com.
If you like: True Blood Try: Dark Shadows If True Blood moved to daytime television, it might look something like this: it’s more or less a ’60s soap opera featuring an unusual bunch of supernatural characters. Dark Shadows is uncompromisingly weird and relentlessly entertaining. Just stay away from the Tim Burton movie remake… From Dhs1,225 for the complete series at www.amazon.com.
If you like: Breaking Bad Try: Mad Dogs Mad Dogs is very different in content from BB, but has similar themes of ageing and impending death. This consistently depressing serial debuted in 2011, following four British friends whose lives are turned upside down while on vacation in Spain. The cast is particularly strong, including Marc Warren and John Simm. Set some time aside – when you start watching, you’ll find it hard to stop. From Dhs34 for series one at www.amazon.com.
If you like: The Newsroom Try: State of Play The Newsroom is great, but the impassioned speeches every five minutes sometimes detract from the action. David Yates’ State of Play offers a less cheesy, expert investigative journalism narrative, as an intrepid reporter unravels the scandal surrounding a fallen MP. Its six episodes lack a single dragging moment. From Dhs25 for the complete series at www.amazon.com.
If you like: Game of Thrones Try: Rome It’s a shame that Rome missed the sword-and-sandals boat. With its complex plot and great set pieces, it could have been an HBO staple in the post-300 world. On the plus side, we got two seasons filled with enough gore to make Tyrion Lannister grimace. From Dhs90 for season one at www.amazon.com.
If you like: The Wire Try: The Corner As creator David Simon’s first foray into TV, this miniseries was more or less the proto-Wire. Following a family living in a Baltimore neighbourhood, it explores social realities through strong characters. From Dhs183 for season one. Available at www.amazon.com.
If you like: Dexter Try: Luther Looking for another cop with a murderous mentality? Luther is your guy. Played by The Wire’s Idris Elba, he tracks down London’s nastiest criminals while controlling his killer instincts. From Dhs37 for season one at www.amazon.com.