The result is a portrait of the planet’s epic scope held in perfect balance by David Attenborough’s lively, intimate narration.
Disease, labor complications and tragedies like miscarriage, stillbirth and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome are common—along with domestic violence, rape and unwanted pregnancy—yet the show warms as many hearts as it breaks.While grandmas and neighbors panic, and drunken youth egg the desperate pyromaniac on, Cawood adopts a pretty lax approach.She decides to prepare for the worst case scenario by going to a supermarket first, to equip herself with chords to hold her sunglasses: “He can send himself to paradise—that’s his choice—but he’s not taking my eyebrows with him.” Cawood becomes consumed with the need to put Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), the man she believes drove her daughter to suicide—who also happens to be the father of her grandchild— behind bars.The five-episode story-arc “Children of the Earth,” is a nail-biting, epic story that never lets up and finishes with its biggest punch to the gut.Like Moore’s Battlestar Galactica, Davies has not only reimagined a classic series, he’s used his new extraterrestrial platform to explore human nature. Happy Valley We’re first introduced to the kind-hearted, but strong-willed Yorkshire police sergeant Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) when a love-sick loon decides to set himself on fire on the playground.run the gamut from the classic (Fawlty Towers) to the contemporary (Sherlock), the sunny (The Great British Baking Show) to the shattering (Broadchurch), but all the titles on Paste’s list share the broadcaster’s deft touch.Now, thanks to Netflix, these British imports are at your fingertips. River The premise sounds daft, to be honest: The brilliant Detective Inspector John River (Stellan Skarsgård) spends his days solving cases alongside the “ghost” of his deceased partner, Detective Sergeant Jackie Stevenson (Nicola Walker).Against Fox’s Gordon Ramsay-hosted properties, Chopped, even Top Chef, with their constant backbiting and broken dreams, the contestants on GBBS are sunny, mutually supportive amateurs (albeit extraordinarily skilled ones); in any given episode, the worst crisis is Mary Berry pressing a finger into a scone and pronouncing it “underbaked.” It’s so refreshing, in fact, that it might make a baker out me yet. Dowd’s schlubby slacker and Richard Ayoade’s buttoned-up computer genius are a droll odd couple whose typically uneventful business hours (“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” is a common troubleshoot) are upended by their new coworker (Katherine Parkinson).Foyle’s superior is quick to note, however, there will be consequences for training half the country to kill. The murders stack up, and so Foyle does his investigative duty while anti-German—not just anti-Nazi—sentiments mount locally. Norrell The BBC’s adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s 2004 novel, set in the era of the Napoleonic Wars, mixes fantasy and history with aplomb: Its version of the British Empire may be shaped by the forces of magic, but its treatment of the nation’s ruthless rise to global preeminence is scalpel-sharp all the same.Over the course of the series, creator-writer Anthony Horowitz (Poirot, Midsomer Murders) excels in the moral grey areas of the battlefields abroad and at home and the mysteries therein that cannot be solved. Along the way, the series’ truest pleasure is the court and spark between its two sorcerers.