Christmas time. The perfect time to snuggle up in front of the TV and binge-watch a box set or the latest Hollywood offering, before slowly drifting off into a late-afternoon slumber having eaten your own bodyweight in roast potatoes. Sound familiar?
Well, even if that's not the case, we thought we'd pick out some of the best things available to stream across iPlayer, Netflix, Amazon Prime and NOWTV.
These selections are in no way festive and, to keep it all on brand, they're all loosely business-related. So it's kind of like research, in a way?
The pitch: “Inspired by actual events, Trust delves into the trials and triumphs of one of America's wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys.”
Why you should watch it: Danny Boyle directs a star-studded cast in this big-budget series that shifts in tone with each episode, taking the viewer from opulent 70s Britain to the mafia-run farmlands of Calabria. Donald Sutherland plays John Paul Getty, head of the Getty oil empire, a brilliant businessman with some highly questionable personal traits, as he deals with a slowly escalating family crisis. You haven’t got long left on this one so get it while it’s still on BBC iPlayer.
The pitch: "In this docu-reality comedy, comedian Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help actual small businesses turn a profit."
Why you should watch it: Fielder is not your typical comedian. His socially awkward, borderline-creepy manner gives rise to hilarious interactions with real-world businesses who are often only too happy to green light his far-fetched schemes. In one episode, a frozen yoghurt company is persuaded to create its own poo flavoured yoghurt as a publicity stunt. What makes the show brilliant is the convoluted lengths that Fielder will go to exploit legal loopholes and execute his ideas.
The pitch: "This docu-series follows English soccer club Sunderland through the 2017-18 season as they try to bounce back after relegation from the Premier League."
Why you should watch it: You could watch the All or Nothing Amazon series about Manchester City. By all means, a very well made and interesting insight into top-level football. But, wouldn’t you rather see a warts and all documentary that goes behind the scenes at a club in crisis? Well, maybe not if you’re a Sunderland fan.
The pitch: "After a fateful encounter with the McDonald brothers, struggling salesman Ray Kroc becomes driven to change the way hamburgers are made and sold."
Why you should watch it: Ever wondered how McDonald's pioneered the fast-food assembly line and went on to become the mega business it is today? The Founder focuses on the early expansion of McDonald's and the key role played by Ray Kroc in turning the founding brothers' successful model into a fast-food empire. At first, we sympathise with entrepreneurial Kroc, but soon power, greed and ambition take over.
The pitch: "Friends, associates and critics reveal the truly American story of Donald Trump, the brash businessman who defied the odds to become U.S. president."
Why you should watch it: How did a scandal-ridden property tycoon and reality TV star with no background in politics go on to become the President of the United States? This four-part documentary charts the 40-year rise, fall, and rise again of Donald Trump. While there’s no shortage of Trump-based docs out there, this series is one of the best insights into how Trump operates – along with 2011's You've Been Trumped.
In a world where anyone under 40 has to be surgically removed from their mobile or tablet, the screen on the wall or in the corner still has the power to get people to sit together and watch together.
The pitch: "This award-winning, Netflix original documentary chronicles the race for market leadership in 3D printing, the next wave of technological evolution."
Why you should watch it: The word 'game-changing' gets thrown around a lot these days. But 3D printing technology definitely has the potential to be game-changing. This documentary looks at the startups, including MakerBot and Formlabs, who are trying to bring 3D printing devices to the mass-market. There’s less focus on the technology side of things and more on the politics and power-battles that can consume big tech startups en route to success.
The pitch: "Director David Fincher's biographical drama chronicles the meteoric rise of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from Harvard sophomore to Internet superstar."
Why you should watch it: Talking of politics and power-battles. Sharp, witty and fast-paced, this Oscar-winning film captures the hyperactive excitement of startup life but also the conflicts that come with mega-success. Mark Zuckerberg is portrayed as the tech-nerd, spurned by his college peers, who channels his outsider resentment into creating the early prototype of Facebook... annoying plenty of people along the way.
The pitch: "Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs paints an intimate portrait of the brilliant man."
Why you should watch it: There are quite a few biopics knocking around about Steve Jobs but this is probably the best. Focusing on three seminal points in his career over a 20 year period, we see how Jobs battled with those around him to execute his singular vision. Despite his remarkable life, we see Jobs as a flawed human being, at times cruel and ruthless. But it's ultimately a triumphant tale that culminates in his return to Apple.
The pitch: "This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity's greatest."
Why you should watch it: Charlie Brooker's acclaimed show started on Channel 4 before moving to Netflix, where it now commands bigger budget and production values. Offering a cautionary take on how today's technology might evolve, each episode brings a different flavour, with a dark and disturbing streak throughout. If you're looking for festive cheer, try the nightmarish 'White Christmas' episode starring Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
The pitch: "The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players."
Why you should watch it: Data-based insights play a huge role in modern sport and Billy Beane was one of the first to really realise its potential. As dull as that may sound as a narrative for a Hollywood movie, this is an inspiring and compelling story that shows the importance of carrying through with your convictions – even when everyone else thinks you've lost the plot.
Huw Moxon is the Digital Marketing Manager for Informi
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