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Pad's Netflix picks

One of the perks of renting with Pad, is the free Netflix. It's all people are talking about these days. What to watch. When to watch it. Who’s acting in it. How much longer can I keep watching until I have to get up for work?

But with too much choice, comes great responsibility. So here at Pad HQ, we thought we'd share a few of our favourites.

Peaky Blinders
The BBC recently brought us a new season but if you want to catch up from the beginning, Netflix will be your friend. Featuring the likes of Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory, it’s British gritty drama at its best.

Stranger Things
People love this series because it’s nostalgic. Think 80s, retro t-shirts, old school bicycles and hanging out with your friends to take on the world. Or, more appropriately, a parallel universe. You might also get some old-school home interiors inspiration for your home.

Breaking Bad
This is an old favourite and has been on Netflix’s site for several years now. It might be a slow burner (quite literally), but stick with it and you’ll see what all the fuss was about. Plus, with Bryan Cranston in the mix, you’re never really going to go too wrong.

The Crown
It’s prim and proper, it’s British and most Londoners go mad for it. You might think you know the story, but dig a little deeper and you’ll be surprised at all the drama that unfolds behind the glitz and glamour.


Speaking of royalty, this television show happened to spring to our minds. It might be to do with its newfound royal connections, but it might also be connected to the fact that it is actually a brilliant bit of screen drama in its own right.

We never thought we'd see the day when Friends came to Netflix. It seemed to be good good to be true. All seasons? Ever? Seriously? Well OK, then. That's sick days/weekends/weeknights/any-time-I-want-to-watch-television-again sorted then.

Black Mirror
Charlie Brooker's clever series never stops terrifying us. And entertaining us. And shocking us. And that's why we're hooked. The makers recently launched another series on Netflix and while it's probably not as good as the previous seasons, it will definitely make you think.

Luther doesn’t necessarily show you the fun side of London, but it’s a great British drama starring the one and only Idris Elba. And it's coming back to the BBC very soon!

And of course the list wouldn’t be complete without including a few films…

La La Land
Sometimes all we need is a hop, skip and a jump. And what better way to do this than by soaking up the sunny rays of Los Angeles. Granted, life isn’t always this rosey. But it’ll certainly give you a run for your money.

Notting Hill
Now this. THIS is a film you do want to watch if you’re living in London. You’ll be taken through some wonderful sights of the big city and experience a romcom like never before. All the while having Hugh Grant for a tour guide. We’ll have 2 tickets please.

The Big Lebowski
It’s a cult film and deservedly so. The script, the acting – it’s all there. And you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who will disagree with you. If you’re experiencing a rainy night in, cosy up on the sofa and stick this on. It’s a must see (if we do say so ourselves).

The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything is entertaining and informative in one big bundle. If you think you didn’t know a thing about Stephen Hawking, give this a go. It’s touching and optimistic in wonderful ways.


Sing Street
This is one of Netflix’s most underrated films. It’s a sweet and innocent film about school kids who form a band to win the affection of a girl. Though it sounds a little cliché, give it a chance. It’s worth your screen time.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
It’s a reaching statement, but this might be one of the wittiest films out there. It’s another feature that has crept under the radar more than some, but often that speaks volumes. Watch this if you want subtlety, charm and laughs that keep coming.