Whilst everyone’s been confined to their own four walls over the past couple of months and for the foreseeable future, we’ve been watching, listening and reading so much more than usual. Netflix is packed with new releases. Disney Plus has answered our childhood prayers and the never-ending stream of online quizzes has filled our brains with useless facts! If you’re struggling to filter through the noise and find recommendations that are tried and tested, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the bolt guide to lockdown entertainment full of the shows, podcasts, books, music and games that have helped us have some fun while staying at home.
Ellie-Paige Moore, Digital Inbound Lead
I’m an avid reader anyway but during lockdown, I’ve been reading more than usual. I read I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney, The Secret Barrister, Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris, From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon by Jules Verne. When it comes to TV, I love a reality show. I’ve watched Love is Blind but I’ve now started Too Hot to Handle; I’m ashamed to say it but I enjoy them! As for podcasts, I’m SO glad The High Low has returned with a few episodes; it’s just helped add a bit of normality to my life as I used to listen to it on my commute to and from work. I’m so lucky to have a Peloton spin bike which I use most mornings but I’ve been loving the normal workout classes too. I even stream them over video call so a few members of the team can join in. My boyfriend and I have also just laid down our patio which I love looking at through the window or just standing on it and thinking ‘WE did this’.
Thomas Coughlan, Digital Inbound Executive
To keep my spirits up, I’ve been watching comedies like The US Office, Parks & Recreation and Chuck. They’re classics that I keep going back to when I just need a good laugh. I’ve also been listening to The US Office podcast – Office Ladies which is just as great as the TV show. For my sporting fix, I’ve been listening to The Footballer’s Guide to Football podcast. It gives really interesting insights into the world of football from behind the scenes. I’ve done a bit of virtual cycling on Zwift for my exercise and been rising up the online leagues on FIFA 20. I’ve also been listening to some banging tunes from my starred playlist on Spotify.
Hannah Benton, Creative Lead
I’m a huge fan of podcasts. I put them on whenever I’m doing bits around the house and in the mood to learn something new or hear funny stories. I’ve been loving The Last Podcast On The Left which has hundreds of episodes covering horror stories, serial killers and all things gruesome. No Such Thing As A Fish is such an interesting listen which comes from the boffins behind QI! Sh*gged, Married Annoyed is a hilarious one hosted by Chris and Rosie Ramsay, while The Uncool Designer gives me all the creative inspiration to help in my role as a designer. I’ve been swotting up on my Roller Derby rules by listening to Official Timeout with Ovary Actor. I’ve managed to secure myself an allotment near my home so that’s going to take up a lot more time over the next few weeks (you’re allowed to travel there!)
Laura Greenhalgh, Copywriter
As my usual gym and spin routine isn’t possible in lockdown, I’ve been enjoying getting more creative with my workouts. Psycle London has posted full-length workouts on their Instagram live every day including fun barre classes and killer HIIT workouts. Fitness Blender on YouTube has been my strength training saviour – their dumbbell, kettlebell and kickboxing workouts are the highlights of my mornings! Unorthodox is my Netflix pick – I binge-watched it over a weekend and couldn’t stop thinking about it. As for podcasts, Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble is my personal favourite. Thankfully they prerecorded a load of episodes pre-lockdown so we can still have a good laugh every Wednesday. Table Manners is another favourite – hosts Jessie and Lennie Ware have taken to Zoom to continue recording lovely episodes for us to enjoy every week (even though they do make me hungry!)
Tom Wright, Web Developer
Whilst working from home, I’ve been enjoying catching up on all the TV programmes everyone keeps recommending. Trying to fit them all in is a struggle, there’s just so many! From Peaky Blinders to Tiger King, I need to decide which one to watch first – I can’t keep up! I’ve been enjoying gaming because I can still socialise with friends but stay safe inside. Since the lockdown was enforced and we started working from home, I don’t think my computer has seen this much use since I first built it! I keep buying and fitting new things which helps the day pass. It’s just a shame that all the components are so expensive! I’m going to spend these months saving for my next investment I think…
Jamie Clifton, Head of Commercial and Strategy
I’ve been reading a load of books in lockdown to keep my mind busy. Hunch by Bernadette Jiwa talks about ways you can turn your everyday ideas into actionable business decisions. Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King discusses how you can use positivity from the world around you to really build up your self-love – such an uplifting read! Hooked by Nir Eyal covers the ways successful companies build ideas that consumers can’t get enough of. I’ve also been into a few Netflix series too. I’ve loved The Last Dance which is based on 1997–98 Chicago Bulls – such a good watch that I would recommend to you basketball fans out there.
Ella Mawer, Digital Designer
I’ve been listening to a podcast called Talk Art over lockdown which I’m loving. I recently rewatched the TV series Him and Her with Russel Tovey and was recommended to listen to his podcast which he hosts with his gallerist friend Robert Diament. It’s such an entertaining listen whilst learning about design at the same time. I’ve been obsessed with Killing Eve – who isn’t! I get so engrossed in every episode and feel like I get taken away from everything else going on as I’m so gripped by the storyline. I’ve read the Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris too. I wanted to read it for a while but never got round to it and after getting some time back over the past months, I couldn’t put it down! I’ve been listening to the Tiny Desk Concerts by NPR Music on YouTube. It’s helping me block out other noise and focus when I need to. Some of my favourite artists have performed and I get so much enjoyment from listening to them while working.
If, like us, you’re feeling the pressure to be productive in self-isolation, these are just some of the ways we’ve kept ourselves entertained with things we actually enjoy. It’s a pretty broad spectrum of recommendations from sports and music to books and TV. It’s safe to say we’ve loved discovering new content that we probably wouldn’t have found otherwise! If you haven’t already watched, listened or read our favourite picks, we hope you add them to your lockdown lists and enjoy them as much as we do.