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Suspecting we were on the verge of lockdown at any minute, I asked the kind people of Instagram what got them through their first lockdown. So here is a rudimentary list of the suggestions I received.


13th (Documentary)

All About Eve


Best of Enemies


Cloud Atlas

Cinema Paradiso

City of God

Death Becomes Her

Early Man

Empire Records

Force Majeure

Four Weddings & A Funeral


Grey Garden (Documentary)

Hunt For The Wilderpeople

I, Tonya

Imposter (Documentary)

In Bruges

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Documentary)

Killing Them Softly

King of Kong (Documentary)


Knives Out

Lady Bird


Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels


Muriel's Wedding

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Out of Africa

Paddington 2




Queen of Versailles

Raise Hell - The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins (Documentary) -

RBG (Documentary)

Rebecca (Hitchcock Version)

Robin Hood: Men In Tights

Sense & Sensibility


Studio Ghibli Films


The Big Short

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Lady Vanishes

The Lives of Others

The Fifth Element

The Octopus Teacher

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Philadelphia Story

The Secret Life Walter Mitty

The Social Network

The Trial of The Chicago 7

Three Identical Strangers

Third Man

Toy Story 4

Two Popes

Weiner (Documentary)

Wet Hot American Summer


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Any Donna Tartt

Any Human Heart William Boyd

A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson.

I Captured a Castle by Dodie Smith

Collected Works of Roald Dahl

Educated by Tara Westover

My Brilliant Friend Series by Elena Ferrante

Expectations by Anna Hope

Firefly by Henry Porter

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild

Lady In Waiting by Anne Glenconner

Less by AndrewSean Greer

Lonely City by Olivia Laing

Love Nina by Nina Stebbe

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

Calypso by David Sedaris

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Pranesi by Susanna Clarke

Ramble Book by Adam Buxton

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

The Mystery Of Henri Pick by David Foenkinos

The Tree Where the Man Was Born - By Peter Matthiessen

The Unfinished Palazzo by Judith Mackrell

The Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

Podcast & Radio

99% Invisible

Bringing Up Britain - Radio Four

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

Grounded With Louis Theroux

In & Out of the Kitchen

Live & Die In LA

No Stupid Question

Off The Menu

Rabbit Hole

Reply All

Stories of Our Times


The Adam Buxton Podcast

The Daily

The Dropout

The Missing Cryptoqueen Podcast

The Stubborn Light of Things

You're Wrong About

TV Shows

A Life on Screen, Hugh Grant.

Anne with an E

Babylon Berlin

Better Things

Big Little Lies




Doctor Foster

Gentlemen Jack

I May Destroy You


Midnight Diner

Mrs America

My Brilliant Friend

Normal People

Pride & Prejudice (TV Series)

Queen of The South

Schitt's Creek

Sense Eight - Netflix

Secrets of Saqqara Tomb



Stranger Things


The Americans

The Bureau

The Chef Show

The Detectorists

The Durrells Corfu

The Good Fight

The Last Dance

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel

The Morning Show

The Night Manager

The Office (American)

The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty

The Undoing

This Country

True Detective




Any additions let me know!

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