I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a week. At times like this, there’s nothing better than some feel-good reality TV.
I admit I love some trash telly. During various lockdowns, I’ve watched more Below Deck (why yes, that is OG, Mediterranean, and Sailing Yacht, thanks for asking), The Circle (UK, US and Celebrity), and Too Hot To Handle than I care to admit. And while I love these shows for some brainless viewing, sometimes all the manufactured drama and back-stabbing is just not what I need. Sometimes I want to watch something that’s just nice. That’s where these shows come in. They’re mostly in the ‘nice people making things’ category, so there are high enough stakes to keep me interested, but nobody’s sabotaging anybody or making them cry.
Glow Up takes amateur makeup artists from around the UK and pits them against each other to compete to be Britain’s next make-up star. Personally, I find the judges on this quite annoying, but the contestants themselves more than make up for it. The show is now in its third season, and the contestants are unfailingly talented, kind, and a delight to watch. They help each other, cheer on each other’s work, and create gorgeous make-up. It’s just a really nice show.
You can watch Glow Up on BBC iPlayer.
The Great British Sewing Bee
I think I could watch Joe Lycett read the phone book for half an hour and he would still make me laugh. His hosting on The Sewing Bee is perfect; he’s the right mix of chaos and caring. The Great British Sewing Bee is a competition for amateur sewers. Each week, they take on three challenges. They must create a garment from a pattern, transform something unwanted into new clothes, and create a made-to-measure garment. Like all these shows, the contestants themselves make it. They’re skilled, they’re nice to each other, and they make impressive garments. I like the judges too, which is always a bonus.
You can watch The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC iPlayer.
The Big Flower Fight
Ten pairs of florists, sculptors, and landscape designers compete, creating actually quite mad floral designs. Challenges ranged from everything from building animals to full fairy tale scenes out of flowers. For some reason, it’s hosted by Vic Reeves and Nadja from What We Do In The Shadows. The whole thing is a bit surreal, but in the best way. Bonus points for casual representation from the range of contestants too. We love to see it.
You can watch The Big Flower Fight on Netflix.
Does your baking always turn out looking like someone sat on it? Then Nailed It is the show for you. In each episode, the contestants try to recreate a series of those gorgeous bakes you’d see on Pinterest. Inevitably, thanks to time constraints, lack of skill, and host Nicole Byer doing everything she can to put them off, it all goes horribly wrong. It’s hilarious and chaotic and never fails to make me laugh. There are now several holiday versions too, so there’s plenty of back episodes to watch.
You can watch Nailed It on Netflix.
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