Sharply witty, magnetically performed and deeply melancholic, Russell T Davies's four-part AIDS drama is an outstanding piece of television. One of the first major British dramas about the AIDS crisis and broadcast shortly before National HIV Testing Week in the UK, its release during another major public health crisis only ramped up its impact: the Terrence Higgins Trust attributes a four-hold increase in uptake on HIV tests to the show’s impact.—Rosie Hewitson, Time Out London
It was the year Squid Game shattered Netflix records, Ted Lasso consolidated its position as everyone’s favourite hit of feelgood viewing and Succession was back to do Succession-y things with magnificent swears, extreme backstabbing and corridor vaginas. 2021 had more than enough great new TV and streaming offerings to keep even the most lockdown jaded viewer happy.
Whether your choice of platform was Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple or any of the myriad other platforms out there, there was plenty of good stuff to binge and a few shows that gave us room to breath with a weekly drop. Here’s what has been keeping team Time Out going around the planet over the past 12 months.