Plug Into BFI Player
The British Film Institute has shut its Southbank hub for the foreseeable, but its Netflix-style online player is running as normal. You’ve got three options. First, rent recent releases from £3.50 a pop – look out for The Day Shall Come, comedy genius Chris Morris’s follow-up to Four Lions. Second, you could take out a subscription that’ll get you access to a vast catalogue of classic and cult cinema, including curated selections from the likes of Mark Kermode and Tilda Swinton. Finally, you can peruse the free archive – where, unlike YouTube, you’ll find rabbit holes you’ll actually want to fall into.
Experiment With The Curry Guy
Dan Toombs is the Curry Guy and he published his latest cookbook this month. The Curry Guy Light has more than 100 recipes for – you guessed it – light, fresh curries to make at home. Lower in carbs and cals than traditional Indian dishes, they can still give you that hit of warm, hearty dinner you’ve been craving. For traditional recipes using chicken and lamb, as well as inspiration for creating your own restaurant-style starters, check out his website – samosas, bhajis and naans are all there.
Look Back On A Football Legend
There’s no live Premier League action this weekend, so revel instead in the remarkable life of Diego Maradona. Oscar-winning Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy) directed this 2019 documentary, which was widely acclaimed on its cinematic release last year. It showcases never-before-seen footage as it tracks the Argentinean World Cup winner’s career and personal life through seven tumultuous years as Napoli’s star player. There are even interviews with the man himself.
Saturday 21st March, 9pm
Work Up A Sweat At Home
Amid the working from home and social distancing, it’s important to find and stick to a routine. If you can’t get to the gym as you normally would, the Boxx Method offers video classes covering yoga, upper or lower-body HITT sessions, and total body workouts. Whether you need to energise or unwind, it’s got a class to meet your needs. Take a 14-day free trial before you commit to a £9.99 monthly membership.
The Witcher Has Got Competition
Hot on the heels of The Witcher, Netflix has dropped a new fantasy series. Based on a bestselling Dutch novel of the same name, this medieval coming-of-age story features ancient prophecies, magical powers and heroic knights embarking on an epic quest. It stars Omid Djalili and Amir Wilson, who were both recently seen in the Beeb’s big-money adaptation of His Dark Materials. Season 1 of The Letter For The King lands in full this Friday, just in time for a weekend on the sofa.
Enjoy A Life In The Fast Lane
Veteran sports journalist Richard Williams has a new book out on Friday. Race with Love and Death tells the story of Richard Seaman, a British racing driver whose remarkable career played out against a political backdrop of growing tensions between England and Germany. Enjoy an elegantly told story of old-school heroism – and find out why Seaman should have been the Lewis Hamilton of his day.
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