This week’s Rose & Grey Recommends addition comes from our Marketing Manager Lauren, who’s putting her time spent in front of the TV during lockdown to good use. Here are her top watches from architecture to food, with an added splash of just plain cheese.
Could this be one of the best book-to-screen adaptations ever? I loved reading Sally Rooney’s book last year, but somehow the BBC TV series is even more compelling and emotive. The story itself is simple: Marianne and Connell go to high school together, they fall in love and the series shows their on-off relationship as they move to Dublin for university. The remarkable chemistry between the two leads helps to convey the complexity of their relationship, making the viewer really care about what happens to the duo. If you’re anything like me, you’ll binge watch it all in one day, listen to the soundtrack on Spotify, re-read the book, then watch it again.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (Netflix)
Originally broadcast on BBC Two and now streaming on Netflix, Extraordinary Homes is a great watch for those who love to see architectural design at its most extreme. Hosted by architect Piers Taylor and actress and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin, the duo head off around the world to visit some of the most extreme home builds in challenging environments. I rattled through a series in a week when I first discovered this show, completely swept up in the fantasy that these property owners choose to live in. Being someone that loves my home comforts I found a lot of the homes featured completely unliveable, often with incredibly minimal interiors and overwhelming exteriors (though I’m sure I wouldn’t pass one up if it were handed to me…) but that’s the beauty of it. Seeing people choose to live so specifically to their own vision, to a point where it could be nobody’s taste but their own, is inspiring from start to finish.
Ugly Delicious (Netflix)
Eating out should always mean eating beautifully, right? Wrong. In this foodie series, chef Dave Chang travels around the world to get into the nitty gritty of what’s at the heart of some of the world’s most delicious cuisines. Featuring round table discussions with food writers, professional chefs and celebrities, he asks the questions that some of us aren’t sure how to when it comes to understanding other cultures’ ingredients and cuisine. From tasting fresh black pepper in India to dissecting the influence that Lebanese cooking has had on Mexican dishes, the series is less a how-to and more an exploration of how cuisines around the world have blended, and where their origins began.
Home (Apple TV+)
From Bali to Chicago, this series focuses on the homeowners that have dreamed big to solve problems and think creatively with the way they live. There’s The Naturhus in cold Sweden which is essentially a giant greenhouse with a family home at its centre, inspiring its owners to live more closely with the plants that feed them both with food and energy. Or the Listening House in Chicago, whose owner transformed it into a personal home slash learning space for the community, built from materials he found around the city.
Workin’ Moms (Netflix)
Need a good belly laugh? Season 4 of Workin’ Moms has just landed on Netflix, and if you haven’t seen any of the previous series’ yet you’re in for a treat. This is the kind of laugh-out-loud series you want to erase from your mind just to be able to watch it all over again from the start, with a focus on a group of four women who meet at their “mommy and me” group. It bounces between the dark realities and hilarious truths of modern parenting, written and starred in by Catherine Reitman who recruited an all-female writers’ room. I find this to be a TV show best served with a glass of rosé.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (Netflix)
How could I leave Marie off the list? If you’re yet to discover the delights of expert tidier upper Marie Kondo, there’s no better time than lockdown to get lost in Marie Kondo’s magical tidying up tips. After each episode I’d find myself turning another room upside down, ordering teeny storage for teeny items and have a mass cull of anything I didn’t need, which turned out to be a lot. Top tip: watch on days when there’s nothing else in the diary, as you will march around your home afterwards caressing household objects and asking if they spark joy.
Restaurants on the Edge (Netflix)
If you love indulging in a good old makeover show, then this is the ideal binge watch. The show’s hosts – an interior designer, a chef and a restaurateur – set out to bring new life to failing restaurants around the globe. Transforming their dishes, their marketing and of course their restaurant design, this is foodie and interiors-y all rolled into one, with a bit of added cheese.