Like that book? Watch this show!

There has been a lot of ‘if you like this, you’ll like this’ content going around the internet for a while now, and today I’m shamelessly jumping on the bandwagon!

I don’t watch that much TV at all – honestly, if it weren’t for my DVD collection, I could quite happily just not have a television – and it takes me a lot of time to get around to watching something and getting invested in it. If a show that I’m already not sure about (which is the majority of shows, because a show has to really interest me for me to want to watch it) doesn’t interest me within the first 30 minutes of the first episode, I’m done.

I’m also a creature of habit when it comes to TV shows. The majority of the time that I’m watching a show, it’s a show that I’m watching for the billionth time that I’ve put on in the background while I do other stuff. Case in point: The Tudors.

Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn – the star of this show

I’ve watched The Tudors so many times, it’s my ultimate comfort show, so nine times out of ten I’ll be re-watching that rather than watching something new. Plus, when I do watch something new, I want to make sure I have time to binge the whole thing if I’m into it.

There are some shows I love, though, including some I’ve watched fairly recently, and one or two left me thinking, ‘Wow, fans of [x book] would really like this…’

If you enjoyed The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics, watch Gentleman Jack


Gentleman Jack is one of the few shows last year I did watch religiously, tuning in every Sunday night for more Anne Lister. If you love historical dramas and sapphic romance, you need this show in your life – especially as it’s based on a real figure from history, Yorkshire woman Anne Lister, who kept a diary which included her romantic entanglements with other women.

If you enjoyed Dread Nation, watch Kingdom


Kingdom is another show I fell in love with early last year, and I’m sure it’ll surprise absolutely no one that it’s another historical drama. Both Dread Nation and Kingdom are stories about battling zombies in a historical setting, and while Dread Nation is set in the USA and Kingdom is set in South Korea, I guarantee that if you enjoyed one then you’ll enjoy the other. I’m so excited for the next season!

If you enjoyed The Upside of Unrequited, watch My Mad Fat Diary


My Mad Fat Diary has such a special place in my heart. Unlike The Upside of Unrequited, which takes place in modern-day America, My Mad Fat Diary takes place in the UK in the ’90s, and it’s also quite a bit darker than The Upside of Unrequited. That said they both have so much to say about body positivity, and particularly how young girls are forced to think about their bodies, and both of them made me, someone who has regularly struggled with body positivity since my very early teens, incredibly emotional. This is such an underrated show, and it’s so good!

What are some of your favourite TV shows?

13 thoughts on “Like that book? Watch this show!

  1. dinipandareads says:

    Great recs! I hardly watch any TV either but I did just see an article earlier on the NY Times that mentioned the show Kingdom! Sounds terrifying but I’m also intrigued 😂 Also, I’ve always been so curious about The Tudors but haven’t ever got around to watching it for one reason or another. Glad to hear you love it so much. I’m looking forward to checking out!

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  2. Lisa says:

    I haven’t watched the three shows above, but seeing your photo from The Tudors made me so happy! I loved that show (although once Anne’s piece was done, it became much less interesting to me). I just started Anne with an E on Netflix, which is an adaptation of the Anne of Green Gables books. I’ve only watched one episode so far, but I really liked it!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Yes Natalie Dormer was fantastic! I actually really like all the actresses for the queens (although I still think it’s a shame they went down the route of making Kathryn Howard so silly) but I agree that the show was missing something when Anne wasn’t around anymore. I’ve heard amazing things about Anne with an E – I need to watch it!


  3. Catherine says:

    And if you like the Tudors you should watch ‘Reign’! it’s completely barking but I think also very feminist in a stealthy way! I’ve seen bits of my Mad Fat diary, but need to sit down and watch it properly one day.

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