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6 addictive dramas to watch this weekend that’ll make sure you never want to leave the house.

Some might say that meditation, exercise or even getting a good night’s sleep is the key to keeping it all together when stuck inside the walls of your own home while social distancing.

But those who are really in the know have already realised that all you need to keep your spirits high is to immerse yourself in some quality dramatic TV shows, shows that will make you less interested in fresh air and more invested in the next plot twist.

From a brutal true-crime drama to a romantic spy thriller, here are six addictive dramas you can watch this weekend that’ll make sure you never want to leave the house again.

I Am The Night

If you like prestige TV dramas that are hooked on infamous true-crime cases, then I Am The Night is your new weekend binge-watch.

This critically acclaimed limited series tells the story of a teenage girl called Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), who was given away at birth and sets out to learn more about her real family and their crime-riddled past.

She then becomes entangled with disgraced news reporter Jay Singletary (played by Chris Pine) and together they trace her past back to the events of the Black Dahlia murder, a case based on the real-life story of murdered women Elizabeth Short, whose body was found in Los Angeles in 1947.

Watch it on Stan

Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire is a perfectly crafted period drama focusing on the struggle for power over Atlantic City during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s.

The plot is hooked on Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi)  the corrupt treasurer of Atlantic County, who is based on a real figure,  and his unlawful wheelings and dealings with the other shady characters including mobsters, politicians, and government agents within the city.

It’s a fascinating look into the world of organised crime, with many of the storylines from the show’s five-seasons based on real-life events.

Watch it on Foxtel Now.

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The Little Drummer Girl

Before actress Florence Pugh became Hollywood’s next It Girl, thanks to break-out roles in Midsommar and Little Women, she starred in the prestige drama series The Little Drummer Girl.

Pugh stars as young English actress Charlie, who meets Israeli intelligence officer Gadi Becker (Alexander Skarsgård) while on holiday in Greece and becomes immersed in a plan to infiltrate a Palestinian group plotting terrorism in Europe.

The Little Drummer Girl is both a high stakes drama and a sweeping love story set in the late 1970s and based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré.

Watch it on SBS On Demand.

Alexander Skarsgård and Florence Pugh in The Little Drummer Girl. Source: BBC First.
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Rome

Rome is often described by TV critics as the series that paved the way for the juggernaut that was Game of Thrones, but it still stands alone as a must-watch series in its own right.

The drama series features a sprawling cast of characters across historical events such as Julius Caesar's civil war of 49 BC through to his assassination in 44 BC.

On a more granular level, the drama also explores the lives of Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), two ordinary Roman soldiers who find their lives entwined with these historic events and who go on to become heroes after battling it out in the arena.

Watch it on Foxtel Now.

Orphan Black

A must watch TV drama with a science fiction twist.

Orphan Black begins with con artist Sarah Manning witnessing the suicide of Beth Childs, a woman who looks exactly like her.

Thanks to their twin-like appearance Sarah assumes Beth's identity and occupation as a police detective after Beth's death, but it soon becomes clear that this was no random accident.

Sarah is in fact a clone, thanks to an illegal human cloning experiment, and she has many 'sister' clones spread throughout North America and Europe.  Now, someone wants them all dead.

Orphan Black is worth watching for Tatiana Maslany alone, who is one of the greatest actresses of our time and seamlessly plays more than a dozen clone characters throughout the series.

Watch it on Stan

Spinning Out

In Spinning Out, Kat Baker (Kaya Scodelario)  is a high-level ice skater who is attempting to restart her career following a serious head injury.

But by joining with a partner, the wealthy Justin Davis (Evan Roderick), in an attempt to make it to the Olympics, Kat risks the chance that her family's biggest secrets and their history of bipolar disorder will soon become public knowledge.

The series also stars January Jones as Kat's controlling and competitive mother Carol Baker, who also suffers from bipolar disorder but keeps it hidden.

Watch it on Netflix


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