The final part of our 2019 Entertainment Top 25 as chosen by the entertainment fanatics at Red Bee.
The only non-franchise film to make it into the top 10 biggest earners in the States this year, Us is Jordan Peele's second feature after Get Out and, like its predecessor, is funny and scary in equal measure. The plot centres on a family of four as they try to escape from their evil doppelgangers. Yes, the premise sounds bizarre, yet somehow it works well, and leaves you wondering how you'd fare in a fight to the death, with yourself. Lupita Nyong'o is excellent, both as doting mother and her terrifying zombie-esque alter ego.
4) THREE WOMEN BY LISA TADDEO
An insightful, honest and raw account of three women, Maggie, Lina and Sloane's past loves, desires and relationships, all brought to life with such incredibly astute and empathic writing. A terrific read you'll want to forget, just to read again.
3) DON MCCULLIN
Tate Britain presented a compelling yet deeply harrowing exhibition by legendary British photographer, Don McCullin. It showcased some of the most impactful and iconic photographs captured over the last 60 years, including families of the Cyprus civil war, shoppers stepping round soldiers in Belfast and child victims in Biafra.
2) SWEAT BY DONWAR WAREHOUSE
A devastating portrayal of life in the American ‘rust belt’. Sweat is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, written by Lynn Nottage, about the effects on race relations and family cohesion during a time of deindustrialisation. Following a sold out run at the Donmar Warehouse, it transferred to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre for a limited run.
1) SUCCESSION, SEASON 2
Yes, series one did come top of our Best of Entertainment Countdown at the end of 2018. But it's not in the slightest bit controversial to have it at the top of our list again this year because it is, quite simply, the best thing on television, or any screen for that matter. Second time around, the Roy family is as dysfunctional as ever. The backstabbing is as deep as ever. Roman is as filthy as ever. And the power of money continues to drive everything and everyone. You genuinely will laugh. And you genuinely will cry. This is a work of art so sublime, so beautifully crafted and well observed, that it would be wrong to deprive this of the top spot just for the sake of variation. Congratulations Succession. You've done it again.