This is the best of what we've watched, read and listened in February 2022. Save this post when you're next looking for something to fill your spare time.
Trigger Point (Stan): created by the same people behind Line of Duty (and including some of the actors), this show will have you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath and wondering why anyone would go into a career as a bomb disposal expert.
The Gilded Age (Paramount): from the makers of Downton Abbey, this period dram is set in New York in the 1880s during the rapid industrialisation of the US. The costuming is outstanding, as is performances by Cynthia Nixon.
Billions Season 6 (Stan): I'm still into this show but it's difficult to have the same feelings about it since Axe (Damian Lewis) left. The show was Axe! I still don't understand the language of stocks and trading and company takeovers but it's a fun watch.
And Just Like That - the documentary (Binge): I really do hope that the Sex And The City reboot back for another season. As a mid-50s woman, I can't tell you how great it was to see some of my fave characters back on the screen, playing vibrant characters my age. If you haven't watched the documentary, please do yourself a favour.
Inventing Anna (Netflix): I vaguely remember this story in the news but sat through this series gobsmacked that one young woman could pull off this level of fraud (from seemingly smart people!). Julia Garner (Ruth from Ozark) was incredible.
On Reckoning by Amy Remeikis: Amy is a dear friend and I'm incredibly proud of her for sharing her very personal story in a way that is intelligent, powerful, heartfelt and thought provoking.
Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown: I adore and absorb anything that Brene puts out in the world and this has not been an exception. In a nutshell, this book helps to define and give us the language to understand and talk about our emotions. I've treated reading this like I'm studying - there are highlights and notes throughout my copy. AND I'm listening on audio too.
Verity by Colleen Hoover: I do love a well-written psychological thriller and this one has me still scratching my head to settle on which character's truth was the correct version.
Freckles by Cecilia Ahern: From the author of PS. I Love You, comes a story of connection, understanding and growing into your own skin. The final scene brought tears - of joy - to my eyes. Simply delightful.
Restart by Madeleine West: this is a new podcast from the team at Mamamia and it explores the lives of women who have left one life to restart another. As someone who's done this personally and professionally, it's affirming to hear the stories of other women who have done the same.