our high 10 showcasing nice girls — That’s Not My Age

BAFTA Award-winning Suranne Jones, with Jo Model, in Christmas Carole. Photograph: Sky TV


Typically, looking for high quality TV over Christmas is like looking for a needle in a tinsel-stuffed haystack. With infinite reruns, repeats and children reveals, it may be arduous to search out something clever, mature or absorbing. However the days of being a terrestrial TV hostage are over.  The selection of channels and streaming platforms all the time imply there’s one thing to observe and up to date analysis reveals girls over-50 are streaming extra TV than ever.

Whether or not it’s compelling performances, sharp writing or delicate route, girls are shaping and creating the kinds of movies and dramas we need to watch. If you wish to dodge any stale programming, there’s lots on supply. From historic drama, comedy, sci-fi and thrillers, we are able to sit up for some severe feminine expertise, each on and off screens. Listed here are ten of the very best female-centric reveals to usher within the New Yr – and never a chick flick amongst them.


Motherland: Final Christmas. Photograph by way of BBC



Christmas Carole

There’s a timeless high quality to lots of the characters from Charles Dickens’ tales that embody the very best and worst of humanity. Suranne Jones stars as Carole Mackay, an prosperous, mean-spirited entrepreneur and modern-day Scrooge who’s visited by three ghosts. Look out for the joyful Jo Model because the Ghost of Christmas Current. Suranne Jones was additionally one of many govt producers on this present. December twenty fifth, Sky Max, 7pm (repeated on Boxing Day on Sky Max at 7pm) and NOW.

With out Sin

A four-part psychological thriller starring Line of Obligation’s Vicky McClure as Stella Tomlinson, a grieving mom who confronts the person imprisoned for murdering her teenage daughter however is left reeling by new revelations. Created by Nottingham-born author Frances Poletti, that is her first TV drama fee. Stream from December 28 on ITVX; ITV’s new streaming service  

 Motherland: Final Christmas

The hit sequence and BAFTA successful comedy written by Sharon Horgan, Helen Serafinowicz and Holly Walsh is gifting followers one other Christmas particular. This time spherical, Julia performed by Anna Maxwell Martin is internet hosting. With Liz (Diane Morgan) Amanda (Lucy Punch) plus, hapless Kevin (Paul Prepared) it guarantees for a chaotic, hilarious Christmas, one which a few of us may even recognise. December 23, 2022, 9.30pm out there afterwards on BBC1-player. Watch the trailer HERE.

Joyful Valley

It’s practically right here! The third and closing sequence of award-winning BBC crime drama, Joyful Valley created and written by Sally Wainwright stars Sarah Lancashire as Sergeant Catherine Cawood. Now on the cusp of retirement, nonetheless dwelling along with her sister, Claire (Siobhan Finneran) and sixteen-year previous son; a gangland homicide sufferer is present in a drained reservoir that leads again to her nemesis, Tommy Lee Royce. What a solution to kick off the brand new yr! You may need to watch the primary two sequence in preparation for the ultimate ship off. Sunday 1st, Jan on BBC1 and BBC1-Player


Florence Pugh in The Marvel. Photograph: Netflix



The Marvel

Set in 1862 in a distant Irish village, this psychological interval drama incorporates a younger lady (Kìla Lord Cassidy as Anna O’ Donnell ) who has stopped consuming but miraculously continues to stay. Based mostly on the ebook by Emma Donoghue, which she additionally tailored for the display alongside Alice Birch and director Sebastián Leilo, the cinematography is by Australian expertise, Ari Wegner. Academy Award-winner, Florence Pugh, is the star of the present because the nurse Lib Wright purchased in to watch the lady who is claimed to maintain herself with ‘Manna.’ Accessible on Netflix


In the event you suppose sci-fi isn’t for you, maybe you haven’t seen Arrival, which first hit cinema screens in 2016. For any sci-fi sceptic, it’s a revelation. The gorgeous central efficiency by Amy Adams as Louise Banks, the linguist recovering from the loss of a kid, purchased in by the US Authorities to speak with extraterrestrials is compelling and earned her a BAFTA nomination for greatest main actress. 19 & 20 December on Starz; out there to observe on  Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Promising Younger Lady

That is the thrilling directorial debut by Emerald Fennell. She was the manager producer on Killing Eve, and has constructed a status for coping with thorny subjects of consent and sexual assault. Carey Mulligan performs 30-year previous Cassie Thomas out for revenge after she is raped. This acquired four nominations on the Golden Globes in 2020 and was the winner of the Greatest Authentic Screenplay at this yr’s Oscars, now out there on Amazon Prime and Apple TV.


Viola Davis in The Lady King. Photograph: Sony Footage.


The Good Nurse

Based mostly on a real crime story, Jessica Chastain stars as Amy Loughren, the co-worker of Charles Cullen (Eddie Redmayne), one among America’s most prolific serial killers. Cullen, a caregiver, was implicated within the deaths of tons of of sufferers who between 1988 and 2003 have been injected with insulin and/or digoxin into their IV baggage.  The screenplay By Krysty Wilson-Cairns is predicated on the 2013 ebook by Charles Graebler. Accessible on Netflix

The English

Final yr, The More durable they Fall, Netflix’s all-black Western, revitalised an outdated style. This yr, The English, a six-part drama co-produced by the BBC and Amazon Prime, continues this pattern with a feminine lead narrative. Emily Blunt performs Woman Cornelia Locke who seeks revenge from the person she believes killed her son. She hooks up with Chaske Spencer as Eli Whipp, an indigenous ex-Cavalry scout, who desires to say his rightful land. With incredible music, cinematography and costumes, it is a wholly up to date historic drama. One to binge watch on BBC i-player.

The Lady King

With a rising emphasis on untold histories, this movie should rank as one of the vital extraordinary.  This historic motion film, is predicated on the true story of a feminine military who fought to guard Dahomey, a robust West African state within the seventeenth and 18th centuries, from European slave merchants.  Viola Davis is formidable as Common Nanisca who leads her feminine military and the on-screen expertise: Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim; is matched off-screen by writers: Maria Bello & Dana Stevens, and director, Gina Prince-Blythewood.  There have been no stunt doubles or CGI. All of the performers went by way of punishing bodily coaching for the movie together with one and a half hours of weightlifting a day. Maybe one to observe earlier than venturing again to the fitness center? Accessible to stream on Amazon Prime, Vudu, Apple TV Stream. Watch the trailer HERE.


Nilgin Yusuf is a contract author. You could find her on Twitter @Nilgin and Instagram @nilgin_yusuf