Between trips to local markets and scuba diving excursions, a relaxing vacation spent in a private rental villa provides the perfect opportunity for some downtime catching up on those TV series you have heard so many people talking about. Sit back and enjoy the show.
With a hectic day-to-day schedule, it’s highly likely that you don’t have the time to sit and put your feet up in front of a good television show nearly as much as you would like. That's why a favourite holiday activity for many people is to binge on a few episodes of an award-winning series – between trips to the beach and family excursions, of course.
If you rent a private villa, the choices for screen based entertainment may even include an outdoor projector on the pool terrace or a mini movie theatre inside. Even if it's just a wall mounted flat screen in the lounge, you'll definitely find the perfect place to catch up on relaxing TV time.
Below are a few of the best series from last year that you should definitely consider downloading and taking on holiday if you enjoy a televisual feast.
If you are a fan of the Batman franchise, then Gotham
should without doubt be at the top of your download priority list. This American crime series is based on characters that appeared in the original comics, and focuses on the young James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. The series was originally conceived to tell the story of Gordon’s early days in the Gotham City police force, however, it evolved to tell the tale of how several of Batman
’s most notorious villains started out. Starring Benjamin Mackenzie (you may remember him as Ryan from The OC)
this show has both a thrilling plot and plenty of eye candy to keep you glued to the screen.
Whether or not you enjoy films like Interstellar
and Dallas Buyer's Club,
there is no doubt that you'll admit Matthew McConaughey is on a spectacular career roll. True Detective
is a perfect example of his great work over the last two years. Also starring Woody Harrelson, this series shadows a pair of Louisiana state detectives and their pursuit of a deadly serial killer over the course of 17 years. The series has been praised by critics as the crowning jewel of 2014, and was nominated for numerous awards including the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Most importantly, it will have you addicted and transfixed until the small hours.
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
premiered in 2013, and over one year later, no matter where you go, everyone is talking about it. Produced by Jenji Kohan, the series unravels Piper Kerman’s memoir from a year spent in prison. The protagonist is a bisexual woman serving time in New York City for transporting a suitcase load of drug money for her former girlfriend. The offence occurred a good ten years before Piper finds herself in prison, but when she is reunited with her ex behind bars, they are forced to re-examine their relationship.
Based on the DC Comics character Barry Flash, The Flash
is another series to watch if you get your kicks from superhero action. Even if you aren’t familiar with the comics, this show is still well worth watching. The show tells the story of Barry Allen, a crime scene investigator who is struck by lightning, which gives him the power of superhuman speed. Barry teams up with the scientists at S.T.A.R labs to fight crimes across the city, battling his arch nemeses, the meta-humans. The Flash
has garnered substantial positive acclaim from critics, and its premiere drew the highest number of viewers since The Vampire Diaries
premiered in 2009.
The BBC’s Happy Valley
is one of the UK’s best TV offerings from 2014. Set in the idyllic Yorkshire valleys, the series tells the story of Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), a resolute police sergeant who is slowly coming to terms with her daughter’s tragic rape and suicide. However, just as she is rebuilding her life, she spots the man responsible and makes it her mission to bring him to justice, no matter who or what stands in her way.