The first part of our 2020 Entertainment Top 10 as chosen by the entertainment fanatics at Red Bee.
10) FAT FREDDY'S DROP: LOCK-IN
We’re kicking off our top ten entertainment countdown with Kiwi band Fat Freddy's Drop and their album LOCK-IN, a collection of uplifting melodies of freedom to inspire hope for a generation in quarantine. The studio session was captured at the iconic Michael Fowler Centre in the band’s hometown of Wellington, New Zealand during the pandemic lockdown. Devoid of audience, it’s a reflection of the surreal times that have halted the band’s tour in 2020. The album is a brilliant piece of modern dub from an incredible 21st century cult band. A wonderful listen that will take you out of this scary time and into a fun bouncy dream world.
9) THE WEEK UNWRAPPED
In at number 9 is The Week Unwrapped. The Week is well known for being the publication that takes points of view from across the global media spectrum, and packages them into a neatly-organised and easily-digestible magazine format. The Week Unwrapped podcast works slightly counter to this model, instead seeking out three stories that haven’t made the news headlines in the past week, but stories that, they predict, will impact all of our lives. The wry, personable and ever-charming Olly Mann hosts, accompanied by three editorial experts from The Week’s digital team, and the ensuing debate plays out less like a topical panel discussion, more like an overheard pub conversation between people who are definitely more intelligent and more interesting than your own mates. Recent topics include crypto banks, hydrogen fuel and Wuhan tourism.
8) DON’T F**K WITH CATS
It’s been quite a year for stellar crime docu-dramas but winning a place at number 8 is Netflix’s Don’t F**k with Cats, the three-part crime docuseries that had the whole agency hooked. It details the disturbing viral videos of cats being tortured, that triggered a team of internet vigilantes to work tirelessly to decipher the clues and locate the perpetrator. But, by watching the series, we are left with a dilemma: by raising awareness of these crimes, does it feed these types of perpetrators’ hunger for attention, pushing them to do ever more dreadful things to achieve the notoriety they crave?
7) ELECTRONIC – FROM KRAFTWERK TO THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
At number 7 is The Design Museum exhibition: Electronic – from Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers. Let’s face it there have been few opportunities to go outside this year, let alone attend any events. And with nightclubs closed due to Covid, you can still have your fix of electronic beats, strobe lighting and exhilarating, heady sensations by being transported into the legendary history of Kraftwerk and their epic 3D spectacles, alongside the visual world of a Chemical Brothers live show courtesy of The Design Museum. Explore the lights, sounds, iconic DJ masks and fashion, the ‘Godfather of House Music’ and rave culture, until 14th February 2021.
6) I MAY DESTROY YOU
This was so profoundly different in visual aesthetic to anything we’d seen before it just had to feature in our top ten. You won’t be prepared for the punch that Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You delivers. It’s brave, it’s modern, it’s powerful and it’s one of the most important pieces of TV, if not storytelling in general, that we’ve seen for a long time. Against a background of young modern living - drugs, friendship, travel, work, sex – several experiences and stories are interwoven, exploring the complex issue of consent with varying degrees of brutality. The characters feel fresh, the narrative doesn’t hold back, and the story is spun out with such care, emotion and ease that your head is sure to be left spinning. We’re actually starting to feel like the ‘you’ of the title might refer to the viewer. Go binge-watch the episodes on BBC iPlayer now.
No. 5 to 1 coming soon…