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King’s Lynn Beake Speaks discusses her Netflix favourites in this week’s column

Now that we have Netflix my ever so patient partner and I have been watching a lot of films. Some of them have been genuinely good.

We particularly like gritty dramas or comedy, so it is from one extreme to the other.

Some good films are in Spanish but dubbed over and even though it is done very accurately there is still an element of Monkey magic about it, the Japanese series with dubbing where the actor's lips are moving out of sync to what they are saying.

Jenny Beake
Jenny Beake

In the film we watched there is clearly a Spanish hunky famous actor, speaking with a Liverpudlian accent.

We have been enjoying re-watching the series Shameless with the hapless Frank Gallagher character played so brilliantly by David Threlfall.

He is a hugely well respected stage actor and played Tommy Cooper in Not Like That, Like This in a seamless performance.

One film that was particularly good, in my humble opinion, was called The Scapegoat, based on Daphne Du Maurier's book.

Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, this movie tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common, a face.

So it was apt as it was the year of this Coronation for King Charles III and in a parallel universe we were all waving our flags at the same time.

The good thing about Netflix that we are finding is that there is so much variety and we can watch ten minutes of it and decide whether or not to stick with it.

A really funny series is The Windsors which is a satirical take on the Royal family starring Harry Enfield.

It is pretty close to the mark, but hey, us Brits love poking fun at ourselves and the Monarchy.

Sky Arts is also a channel that I like, again because it throws up things that I wouldn't usually choose to watch.

Comedy lovers will know that Vic Reeves, comedy pseudonym used by Jim Moir. Painting birds with Jim and Nancy Moir is a great show to escape into.

He is a talented artist and they nip off to various bird hides to look for lesser spotted grebes and then painting them.

They meet up with friends such as Jools Holland and Chris Packham, who some of you may know I have met a few times, but I don't like to mention it.

Equally good for some escapism is Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse in Gone Fishing where the two comics chat about mental health.

It is interesting to see another side of their personas and that, like many of us, they have faced grief and issues in life that perhaps we sometimes write off.

It is easy to judge people's lives as being perfect but as we get a little older and wiser we know that life is imperfect.

Sometimes it is good to escape for a while.

A scholar said, wherever you go, you take yourself with you.

It’s important to accept yourself as it’s a long life being you.

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