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We all need a happiness booster more than ever right now and Netflix has answered our prayers with the new series Sweet Magnolias.

Fans of Gilmore Girls are bound to love this charming, feel-good series. Sweet Magnolias follows three South Carolina women, best friends since childhood, as they juggle relationships, family and careers in the charming small town of Serenity.

Sweet Magnolias stars Joanna Garcia Swisher as Maddie, Heather Headley as Helen and Brooke Elliot as Dana Sue.

Jamie Lynn Spears stars as Noreen, American Pie’s Chris Klein stars as Bill Townsend and Grey’s Anatomy actor Justin Bruening as Cal Maddox.

The Netflix show is based on the books by American writer Sherryl Woods.

I binge-watched all ten episodes of the series in one day and it was everything I needed during these dull and overwhelming days. It is such an easy show to watch and you get completely wrapped up in the small town charm, the everyday drama and the complex relationships. It helps you switch off from the world we're living in right now and I think we could all benefit from doing that at the moment.

Sweet Magnolias is the ultimate source of comfort we need during the lockdown. All ten episodes are available on Netflix now.

Netflix has yet to renew the show for a second season, but given the overwhelmingly positive response, there’s no doubt that Sweet Magnolias will be back for a second instalment.

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Is anyone else feeling pretty miserable after the Christmas break? We are back in work, our bank accounts are empty and the only chocolate left in the house is Cadbury’s Fudge.

People often tell you to ‘cheer up’ and ‘put a smile on your face’ when you’re feeling like this but sometimes a good cry is all you need. Get the sadness out of your system and blubber to your heart’s content if you need to. There’s nothing shameful about crying, plus scientists say it is actually good for you.

We’ve gathered up a list of movies to watch when you’re feeling like having a good cry so why not pop one on this evening? Just be sure to have a box of Kleenex at the ready.

  1. Five Feet Apart

Hayley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse star in this coming-of-age tale about two teens living with cystic fibrosis. It’s a raw, heartwarming and educational tale about the reality of this harrowing illness and the impact it has on the lives of people with CF.

  1. About Time

Sure, About Time is a sweet little romantic-comedy starring the beautiful Rachel McAdams and the charming Domhnall Gleeson but there is one particular scene in this movie that will leave you crying like a baby. 

  1. Marriage Story

An intimate story that follows a couple as they face a harrowing and exhausting divorce. Starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, this movie is a true heartbreaker.

  1. The Fault In Our Stars

Based on the John Green novel of the same name, this coming-of-age tale is an emotional watch from start to finish. It follows the story of two teenage cancer patients (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) as they travel to Amsterdam to meet a reclusive writer.

  1. Lion

Lion is one of the most beautiful movies ever made. Starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Petel, the award-winning movie follows an Indian man, who was separated from his mother as a child, as he returns to his native country to find his birth family.

  1. Miss You Already

Best friends since school, Milly and Jess struggle to keep their relationship as strong as ever when Milly is diagnosed with breast cancer.

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We’re finally heading back to Poplar tonight and we couldn’t be happier about it. A new series of Call The Midwife airs on BBC One at 8pm.

Series nine of the wonderful drama series will feature eight emotional episodes and there’s no doubt each of them will leave us in floods of tears.

Tonight’s episode is set to be an intense watch so make sure you have the tissues at the ready.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Episode one sees the midwives tackle an unexpected outbreak of diphtheria. The bacterial disease produces a powerful toxin which damages organs and tissues throughout the body.

As well as tackling this outbreak, the ladies of Nonnatus House have to help find the mum of a baby after Fred discovers the tiny tot in a dustbin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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All of our favourite midwives will be back for series nine, including Nurse Trixie, Nurse Lucille Anderson, Nurse Phyllis Crane and Nurse Valerie Dyer.

The new series of Call The Midwife will be set in 1965 and the midwives will face some of their most major cases to date.

Speaking about the upcoming episodes, the team shared: “After an eventful Christmas in 1964, our intrepid team leap right into Poplar in 1965 – a world in rapid motion, but one in which the most important human needs never change.”

Call The Midwife airs at 8pm on BBC One.

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January is going to be a very quiet month for us after the madness that was Christmas break. Our bank accounts look pretty tragic and we’ve vowed to do dry January so a lot of movie nights await us this month.

Luckily, Netflix will be adding plenty of movies and series to keep us pleasantly entertained during this dreary month.

Get ready to tune into the final season of The Good Place which arrives on January 31.

If you’re looking for a new series to sink your teeth into then look no further than Spinning Out, which is available to watch now.

Film buffs can look forward to watching Coming to America and Sense and Sensibility which are both available now.

And be sure to tune into Dunkirk which airs on January 29, that’s one movie you need to see.

You can check out the full list of what’s new on Netflix this month below:

1 January – Messiah

1 January – Spinning Out

1 January – Lost in Translation

1 January – Coming to America

1 January –  Sense And Sensibility

7 January –  Wonder Woman

10 January – Titans : Season 2

10 January – AJ And The Queen

15 January – Grace and Frankie: Season 6

16 January –  Minions

17 January – Sex Education : Season 2

19 January – It’s Always :  Sunny in Philadelphia : Season 14

24 January – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina : Season 3

29 January – Night on Earth

29 January –  Next in Fashion

29 January – Dunkirk

30 January –  The Stranger

31 January –  The Good Place :  Season 4 Finale

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I’ve gathered up a list of the best (and cheesiest) Christmas movies on Netflix to keep you entertained this weekend.

If you’re staying in this weekend then why not tune into one of these festive films? Or have a Christmas movie day. Scientists have discovered that watching Christmas movies is actually good for your health so the more the merrier, right?

  1. Let It Snow

Let It Snow is coming-of-age movie set in a small town during Christmas time. What more could we ask for? Starring Kiernan Shipka and Joan Cusack, Let It Snow is an easy-watch that’ll warm your heart and remind you of the true meaning of Christmas.

  1. The Knight Before Christmas

Vanessa Hudgens has become the queen of cheesy Christmas movies. This adorable rom-com follows the story of a science teacher who falls for a 14th Century knight, who is somehow teleported to modern-day Ohio. Extremely far-fetched but we just can’t get enough of it.

  1. Christmas Wedding Planner

When Gossip Girl royalty Lily Van Der Woodsen (aka Kelly Rutherford) is in a Christmas movie then you must watch it. This rom-com follows a Christmas wedding planner as her world is turned upside down when a dreamy private investigator tries to ruin one of her biggest jobs.

  1. Christmas Inheritance

If you loved A Christmas Prince and The Princess Switch then this is the movie for you. Socialite Ellen must prove to her father that she is worthy of inheriting his company. To prove she is serious, she visits his small hometown to learn about the importance of hard work and helping others.

  1. Holiday in the Wild

Rob Lowe and Kristin Davies star in this feel-good festive movies that’ll warm even the Grinch’s heart. Holiday in the Wild follows Kate as she embarks on a solo second honeymoon in South Africa. The trip helps her find purpose and maybe even true love?

  1. A Christmas Prince

The greatest Christmas movie Netflix has released. This gem has swiftly become a massive hit and how could it not? Christmas comes early for an aspiring young journalist when she's sent abroad to get the scoop on a dashing prince who's poised to be king.

 

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Call The Midwife fans, we’ve got an early Christmas present for you! The BBC has finally confirmed the release date for series nine and it’s a lot sooner than we thought.

There’s nothing we love more than curling up on the sofa to watch the touching drama series and our Sundays will be back to normal in mere weeks.

Call The Midwife returns to BBC One on January 5.

That’s right! We only have a few more weeks until the series returns.

The show revealed the wonderful news on Instagram. Alongside a photo of the series nine cast, they wrote:

‘NEWS! The brand new Series 9 of Call the Midwife will premiere on Sunday January 5th at 8pm on BBC1!’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Until then, we have the Christmas special to look forward to. Call The Midwife's Christmas episode will air on December 25 at 7pm.

We’re in for a treat this year as the ladies of Nonnatus House head to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Helen George, who plays Nurse Trixie, recently opened up to This Morning about the Christmas episode.

“It was beautiful because we got to film there for four weeks and it's such a stunning place. It becomes a character in itself, it's so cinematic, and it was really cold. Because the surroundings are just so beautiful that you don't want to ignore it!"

Call The Midwife series nine airs on January 5, 2020.

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There are so many incredible series on Netflix at the moment yet all I ever watch are old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.

I decided to give up on McDreamy and delve into a new series but there was a little too much to choose from.

We can waste hours scrolling through Netflix, looking for a show that isn’t too long, too serious, too boring or too cheesy, it’s not a simple mission.

After crying at pretty much every episode of Grey’s Anatomy, I felt like I needed to watch something a little lighter so I put Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings on.

And it was the best decision.

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is an anthology series that showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs. 

New and classic Dolly music will score every episode. Each story will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, westerns, and revenge comedies. 

Songs include Jolene, These Old Bones, IF I Had Wings, JJ Sneed, Two Doors Down, Down from Dover, Sugar Hill and Crack Jack.

I was hooked after episode one, which is based on her hit song Jolene. Julianne Hough stars as hopeful musician Jolene who has been vowing to movie to Nashville and make a name for herself for years but has never taken that leap. Each episode teaches you about Dolly's music, the story behind the songs but you'll also learn valuable life lessons that'll stick with you after the credits roll.

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is a must-watch, especially for those of you who are massive fans of the country music singer. It is heartwarming and eye-opening and has the best soundtrack too. What more could you ask for?

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is available on Netflix now.

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It looks like the rain isn’t going anywhere this weekend so we’ll be staying indoors instead of enjoying barbecues and trips to the beach.

Luckily, you will be pleasantly entertained with dozens of shows and movies airing on the TV across the weekend.

As usual, we will be tuning into The Graham Norton Show which never fails to brighten our Friday nights. The chat show is bound to cheer us up on this dreary Friday with another stellar line-up.

The Corkman will be joined by pop royalty this week as Madonna will join Graham to discuss her new album, her controversial Eurovision performance and her iconic career.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Also joining Graham is legendary actor Ian McKellan, who is always a joy on the show.

Stars of Yesterday Lily James and Himesh Patel will join the movie’s director Danny Boyle to chat about their new flick.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There will also be music from Sheryl Crow who will perform her new single Still the Good Old Days.

The Graham Norton Show airs at 10.35 pm on BBC One.

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Get those dancing shoes on as RTÉ One’s series three of Dancing with the Stars is set to return this week.

The line-up looks unreal and they have now revealed that Holly Carpenter has found a new dance partner for the series.

Australian dancer and choreographer Trent Whiddon is the lucky fella who gets to whisk the model around the dance floor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Trent is replacing Curtis Pritchard after he was seriously injured on St Stephen's night.

The dancer will fill in for Curtis until he recovers from his operation and returns to the show.

Trent opened up about the opportunity, saying: “It's a little bit bittersweet joining the show in this situation. I wish Curtis a speedy recovery and look forward to performing on Dancing with the Stars and working with Holly until he gets back.”

Trent is best known for his professional appearance on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing where he partnered with Pixie Lott.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meanwhile, Holly and Trent have hit it off and while they are both wishing Curtis well, their partnership seems like a match made in heaven.

"Trent has saved the day and I feel really lucky to get the opportunity to learn from two amazing professional dancers now," Holly said.

"Trent and I are getting on so well already and we’ve hit the ground running and will make the most of every rehearsal we have before our first performance together."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dancing with the Stars will be back on our telly screens on January 6, on RTÉ One and will run for 12 weeks.

A total of 11 celebs are gonna try their hand at mastering the dancer floor with a professional partner.

We'll be rooting for you Holly, and best of luck to all the celebs.

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Christmas is just around the corner and we are so ready to relax and unwind. We are planning on doing nothing but eating Pringles, turkey sambos and chocolate Santa's for the foreseeable future.

One of the best things about Christmas is being able to lounge around in your pyjamas and watch movies all day. It is honestly all we want to do this year.

We’ve conjured up a list of the best movies on over the holidays and you just can’t miss these classic flicks this year.

Christmas Eve: There are many timeless classics on December 24 that will make for the perfect festive movie night for you and the gang.

RTÉ Two, 12:25 pm- E.T

RTÉ One, 3:35 pm- Miracle on 34th Street

BBC One, 5 pm- Mary Poppins

Virgin Media 3, 8:15 pm- Dirty Dancing

Christmas Day: For those of you taking it easy and staying home on Christmas Day, you’re in for a real treat. Some of the all time greatest Christmas movies will be on December 25 and they’re bound to make your day feel extra magical.

RTÉ One, 8:20 am- Enchanted

RTÉ Two, 10:25 am- Finding Nemo

RTÉ One, 2: 55 pm- Home Alone

Virgin Media One, 4:05 pm- The Wizard of Oz

RTÉ One, 4.30 pm- The Jungle Book

RTÉ One, 6: 35 pm- Arthur Christmas

Sky One, 6: 45 pm- The Greatest Showman

E4, 9:15 pm- The Devil Wears Prada

Virgin Media One, 9:15 pm- Bridget Jones’s Diary

RTÉ One, 11:10 pm- Love Actually

St. Stephen’s’ Day:

A day of turkey sandwiches, napping and chocolate. Unwind with these brilliant films all from the comfort of your sofa.

BBC Two, 2:30 pm- Saving Mr Banks

RTÉ One, 3:55 pm- Cinderella

RTÉ One, 6: 25 pm- Zootropolis

Virgin Media One, 9 pm- The Commitments

December 30:

RTÉ Two, 1:25 pm- 13 Going on 30

BBC One, 2:25 pm- Cinderella

Channel 4, 5: 40 pm- Paddington

New Year’s Eve:

If you’re not in the mood to go out on the town and simply want to ring in the new year at home then there are plenty of movies on to keep you entertained.

RTÉ One, 9:40 am- Annie

BBC One, 4:15pm- Maleficent

ITV 2, 6:40 pm- New Year’s Eve

ITV 2, 9pm- Bridesmaids

 

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We can’t quite believe Love Island is over already. Everyone was delighted to see Jack and Dani crowned champions last night, but we can’t help but feel disappointed now that the show is over.

Today, marks the first day without Love Island in our lives since the beginning of June. If you’re missing Love Island already and don’t know how you’re going to fill that 9-10 pm gap in the evenings now that the reality series is over, try one of these feel good films or TV shows on Netflix to continue the long, hot summer of love.

 

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Ibiza
Desperate to re-live the Spanish villa life? Ibiza is full of summer parties and modern day romance to help lift your spirits. The Gillian Jacobs – Vanessa Bayer – Phoebe Robinson trio of Ibiza delivers the hilarious girls trip you never knew you needed.   When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgement, falls for a hot DJ

The Kissing Booth
When Elle Evans, a pretty, late-bloomer who’s never-been-kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school’s Spring Carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush– the ultimate bad boy, Noah Flynn. Sparks fly, but there’s one little problem: Noah just happens to be the brother of her best friend, Lee, and is absolutely off limits according to the rules of their friendship pact. Elle’s life is turned upside down when she realizes that she must ultimately make a choice: follow the rules or follow her heart.

Set It Up
Harper and Charlie are overworked, underpaid assistants wasting their 20s slaving away for bosses who treat them like dirt and work them ‘round the clock. When they realize that they would have much more free time if the people they worked for weren’t single, they concoct a plan to lure their bosses into a faux-romance.

Friends
If you were absolutely smitten with the trio of Wes, Jack and Josh – get your fix in Joey, Chandler and Ross, with every single episode of Friends here to provide the bromance levels you are missing.

LOVE
Rebellious Mickey and good natured Gus navigate the thrills and agonies of modern relationships in this bold comedy co-created by Judd Apatow

Us & Them
10 years ago, during the hectic chunyun period, two strangers traveling home meet on the train, what follows is a journey of realizing their dreams, love, breakups. 10 years later, these not so strangers were reunited on a plane.

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Going out on the lash isn't for everyone – and sometimes we just cant stand the idea of fighting our way through the green, leprechaun-hatted brigades of revellers. 

If you're planning an night in for St Patrick's Day, we have a few Netflix recommendations for you to sink your teeth into while everyone else is sinking pints. 

7. Exit Through the Gift Shop

This Banksy film, directed by and starring the amn himself, follows the rise of street art in recent times. 

The doc is Oscar-nominated, so you know it has to be good. 

 

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6. Girls Incarcerated

This Netflix Original series follows a group of young women as they navigate their time in an American juvenile detention centre.

From harrowing tales of how they ended up in prison to triumphs when they leave and succeed in life, this informative and drama-filled reality docu-series is pretty captivating. 

5. The Killing

If you're into dark and edgy crime dramas, this one is for you. 

Critically acclaimed and a Netflix user favourite, this series follows a homicide detective as she navigates the grisly crime cases of Seattle.

 

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4. The Sinner

The psychological thriller turned murder mystery had us on the edge of our seats, as the series followed Cora (played by the divine Jessica Biel) as she navigates her inner psyche to discover her motivation for a shocking murder.

If you haven't seen this yet, strap yourself in. 

 

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3. Planet Earth

Settle back and let the sooting sounds of Sir David Attenborough whisk you away to the desert to watch the breeding rituals of the Bactrian camel, or off to the Antarctic to witness the ice shuffling social interactions of the penguins. 

Planet Earth and Blue Planet are classics, and we could watch them all day long.

 

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2. 13th

This sharp documentary explores the 13th Amendment to the American consitution – one which led to the mass incarceration of immigrants. 

The film explores the 'intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.'

 

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1. Magic Mike

Because why the f*ck not.

Engaging storyline, epic soundtrack and many, many abs. 

 

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