The worst nuclear disaster in history is not the most optimistic premise for a TV miniseries, but Chernobyl’s brilliant account of what happened after the eponymous nuclear reactor failed one spring morning in 1986 is superlative television.
For telly fans such as ourselves, this series marks the dawn of a TV revolution, where the small screen became as significant as the silver one, and home entertainment became a presence as large and looming as Tony Soprano himself. Bada bing bada boom.
Since this probably isn’t family viewing, once you’ve looked up ‘Weimar Republic’ on Wikipedia with your kids, all three seasons of Babylon Berlin are a great way to spend your evenings after the rest of the household has gone to bed.
This show opens with beautifully shot chaos, as the protagonist, Suzie Pickles (Piper) finds out she has been offered the role of a lifetime as a Disney princess, about 20 minutes before she finds out her nudes have been leaked. What a pickle.