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Channel 4 boxsets: watch Feel Good, The OC, Close To Me and We Are Lady Parts

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From comedy shows such as Catastrophe to nostalgic throwbacks including The OC, Channel 4 is the home of many, many iconic TV series. Here are the best ones to stream on All 4.

How’s your entertainment consumption going? Already devoured the most talked-about dramas including Showtrial and Mare Of Easttown? Overdone it on BBC classics such as Gavin & Stacey? Tried to find your zen with Netflix’s Headspace Guide To Meditation? Feel lighter after a marathon of 30-minute comedies like The Good Place?

You’ve also likely already worked your way through Channel 4’s hottest shows, like Russell T Davies drama, It’s A Sin and Mae Martin’s semi-autobiographical Feel Good. They’re a reminder that All 4 is the home of so many original and iconic titles. 

So if you’re looking for the next show to binge, you might want to check out the streaming platform. We’ve rounded up just some of the best series on All 4 for you…

Best Channel 4 boxsets

Feel Good

Mae Martin co-created and stars in Feel Good, a rom-com based on her own experience of being an addict and stand-up comedian. Charlotte Richie (Ghosts, Fresh Meat) plays Mae’s new girlfriend George, with Lisa Kudrow (yes, she of Friends fame) providing a perfect comedy turn as Mae’s caring but fed-up mum. As well as providing the laughs, the series also explores gender, identity, sexuality and mental health. The second season moved to Netflix, but season one is still available to watch on All 4.

Watch season one of Feel Good on All 4

Close To Me

This psychological thriller is based on Amanda Reynolds’ gripping and claustrophobic novel of the same name, which tells the story of Jo Harding. It seems as though Jo’s life is pleasantly idyllic – she has the beautiful countryside home, a loving family, and a devoted husband. When she is caught up in a freak accident, though, an entire year suddenly vanishes from Jo’s memory.

“As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life wasn’t quite as perfect as she imagined – and that someone will do all they can to keep a terrible secret from her,” teases the official synopsis.

Watch all six episodes of Close To Me on All 4

Niamh Algar in Deceit on Channel 4
Niamh Algar in Deceit on Channel 4

Deceit

The female viewpoint of Channel 4’s Deceit is just one of the main reasons why we love this recently released crime drama. While the series chronicles the events surrounding a young woman’s murder – the devastating 1992 killing of Rachel Nickell – it does tell the story from the perspective of the undercover female officer (played by Niamh Algar) who took part in the controversial ‘honeytrap’, which was the crux of Operation Edzell.

Watch all four episodes of Deceit on All 4

The End Of The F***ing World

The Bafta award-winning, darkly comical series follows James, a 17-year-old teenager who thinks he’s a psychopath as he embarks on a strange journey with Alyssa in search of her father. The whole thing leads to a series of misadventures and is just the right thing to watch when you can’t figure out if you’re in the mood for a suspenseful drama or lighthearted comedy.

Watch both seasons of The End Of The F***ing World on All 4

I am Channel 4
Suranne Jones stars in the female-led anthology series I Am.

I Am…

We love a strong, female-led drama and if you’re a fan of one-off, special stories, you’ll most likely love I Am. Each episode focuses on a different woman and on top of the stellar casting and impeccable acting, the plotlines will definitely resonate. Stars of the series include Vicky McClure who stars in I Am Nicola, which tells the story of a hairdresser stuck in a coercive relationship. 

Other episode highlights include I Am Danielle with Black Panther’s Letitia Wright who plays a career-driven protagonist that falls in love and discovers a disturbing secret. Vigil’s Suranne Jones also stars in I Am Victoria where her character appears to have the perfect life – but not everything is as great as it seems. 

Watch both seasons of I Am on All 4

We Are Lady Parts

This infectiously hilarious series follows the highs and lows of an all-female Muslim punk band – named Lady Parts – who hail from east London and since its release, has been lauded for “bringing punk rock to the forefront” in a way that showcases different Muslim women in a positive light. 

Writer and director Nida Manzoor (Doctor Who, Enterprice, Hounslow Diaries) partially based the comedy series on her own life as a Muslim woman, and now, the bold music comedy has been commissioned for a second series. Catch up before season two hits our screens.

Watch the first series of We Are Lady Parts on All 4

Deadwater Fell
Matthew McNulty, Cush Jumbo and David Tennant in Deadwater Fell

Deadwater Fell

What really goes on behind the closed doors of family life? That’s the question at the heart of this mesmerising four-part crime drama on Channel 4.

When a doctor (David Tennant) loses his wife and three children in a mysterious house fire, no-one is beyond suspicion. As the fractures begin to show in a life that once appeared idyllic, the spotlight turns on Tennant, his late wife and their best-friend neighbours; policeman Steve (Matthew McNulty) and his girlfriend Jess (Cush Jumbo). The darkness that lurks beneath us all takes centrestage in a story that commands edge-of-your-seat viewing.

Watch Deadwater Fell on All 4.

Kiri

Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) stars in this captivating drama which focuses on the abduction of a young girl named Kiri. Although she’s an experienced social worker, Miriam (Lancashire) is thrust into the spotlight when Kiri goes missing during a supervised visit to the home of her biological grandfather. 

The synopsis states: “As the search for Kiri commences, questions are asked about those close to her, including Miriam, Kiri’s soon-to-be foster parents, and other estranged family members. As the drama unfolds and a police investigation progresses, matters of race and media sensationalism come to the fore, and previous assumptions are tested.”

Watch Kiri on All 4

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Highlife is a docu-ality series following a group of ambitious, glamorous, young British West Africans

Highlife

As part of Channel 4’s Black To Front campaign, Highlife was commissioned as one of its leading shows. While we don’t know if any more episodes are in the pipeline (our fingers remain crossed), there are four great episodes to lap up and enjoy. The ‘docu-ality’ series follows the “lives and loves of a group of ambitious, glamorous, young British West Africans who are all chasing their own idea of success.”

Featuring appearances from songwriter and music artist Kamille, celebrity make-up artist Bernicia Boateng and more, this is the perfect mini reality series to curl up with as the nights draw in.

Watch all four episodes of Highlife on All 4

White Teeth

Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth cemented her as one of the UK’s best authors and after the novel’s success, a 2002 comedy-drama series was born. It tells the stories of three families whose lives are woven together across three decades in multi-cultural Britain. It’s a heartwarming, endearing watch and you’ll fly through the four episodes in no time.

Watch all four episodes of White Teeth on All 4

Olly Alexander (Ritchie) and Lydia West (Jill) in It's A Sin
Best Channel 4 boxsets: It's A Sin.

It’s A Sin

For those who have yet to watch It’s A Sin (what were you doing in lockdown?), the series follows Ritchie, Roscoe, Colin, Jill and their LGBTQ+ friends who live at the Pink Palace in London during the 80s Aids crisis. It’s hilarious, heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measures. It also has an absolutely banging soundtrack that will make you miss the days of dancing and snogging in clubs. 

Watch all five episodes of It’s A Sin on All 4

And if you like It’s A Sin, you might also enjoy…

Queer As Folk

Set in and around Manchester’s gay scene during the late 90s, Queer As Folk was also written by T Davies. It documents the lives and loves of young gay men Stuart, Vince and Nathan. 

Watch seasons one and two of Queer As Folk on All 4

Bridesmaids' Secrets and Lies
Best Channel 4 boxsets: Bridesmaids' Secrets and Lies.

Bridesmaids’ Secrets & Lies

This new Australian series looks like it will be best enjoyed over a bottle of wine with the girls. It all starts with a wedding proposal, which brings three friends – Saskia, Olivia, Melanie – closer together, but things take a dark turn when secrets and obsession begin to spiral out of control…

Watch the first season of Bridesmaids’ Secrets & Lies on All 4

Crashing

Before Fleabag, there was Crashing. Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote this six-part series about a group of 20-somethings living together as property guardians in a disused hospital, keeping the building safe in exchange for cheaper rent and a strict set of rules. She also stars main character, Lulu. 

Watch all six episodes of Crashing on All 4

My Mad Fat Diary

Based on the novel by Rae Earl, My Mad Fat Diary follows the story of 16-year-old Rae, who has a lust for life and love but struggles with body image and mental-health. Recently released after spending four months in a psychiatric hospital,she joins school and makes a new group of friends. Jodie Comer also stars as Rae best pal, Chloe.

Watch all 16 episodes of My Mad Fat Diary on All 4

Shameless is available to watch on All 4.
Shameless is available to watch on All 4.

Shameless

Sure, you can watch the American version of Shameless on Netflix. Or you can go back to where it all began, on Manchester’s Chatsworth estate, to reacquaint yourself with the dysfunctional Gallagher family. The incredible Anne Marie Duff and James McAvoy star in this award-winning gritty comedy by Paul Abbott. It follows the story of Frank, who is the useless and drunk father of six kids. Fiona, played by Duffy, is the oldest daughter who finds herself having to look after everyone. 

Watch all 139 episodes of Shameless on All 4

Channel 4 boxsets: Chewing Gum.
Channel 4 boxsets: Chewing Gum.

Chewing Gum

Tracey Gordon, a religious, Beyoncé-obsessed 24-year-old Londoner, is fast to find out that the more she learns about the world, the less she understands. The brilliant Michaela Coel wrote the show and won a Bafta for her performance as Tracey. 

Watch all 12 episodes of Chewing Gum on All 4

Father Ted

Father Ted is the beloved 90s sitcom about three priests – Ted, Dougal and Jack – living on Craggy Island, a remote island off the west coast of Ireland. Written by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, it’s laugh-out-loud funny and has a nostalgic feeling that we can all appreciate right now.

Watch all 25 episodes of Father Ted on All 4

Channel 4 boxsets: Green Wing
Channel 4 boxsets: Green Wing

Green Wing

Bizarre but hilarious, Green Wing is a Channel 4 comedy throwback (it really was genre-defining). The series was created by the same team behind the sketch show Smack the Pony, and stars acting legends Tamsin Greig, Olivia Colman, Sally Phillips and Stephen Mangan.

Watch all 18 episodes of Green Wing on All 4

The Simpsons

Who doesn’t like The Simpsons? Even if you’ve seen every episode 20 times before, there’s something comforting about our favourite cartoon family and their one-liners. It’s also weirdly emotional at times (this writer has been known to cry at certain episodes). So even if it’s on in the background, stick on your favourite episode and have a chuckle. 

Watch select episodes of The Simpsons on All 4

Catastrophe

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney are at their absolute best in this award-winning comedy. Catastrophe follows the story of Sharon, who becomes pregnant after a fling with American visitor Rob. Despite hardly knowing each other and living in different continents, they decide to have the baby and bring him up together.

Watch all 24 episodes of Catastrophe on All 4

And if you like Catastrophe, you’ll also enjoy…

This Way Up

Comedy-drama This Way Up was written by and stars Aisling Bea, with IRL friend Sharon Horgan on executive producer duties. Bea plays Áine, who has had a nervous breakdown, and now teaches English as a second language in London. Horgan plays her protective elder sister, Shona. It’s of course very funny, but there are also a lot of tender, emotional moments to treasure.

Watch all 6 episodes of This Way Up on All 4

Channel 4 boxsets: This Is England
Channel 4 boxsets: This Is England

This Is England

Shane Meadows fans: this is for you. This Is England 86, 88 and 90 are spin-off series from the original hit film. They follow loveable skinheads Lol, Woody, Shaun, Trev and the rest of the gang as they navigate their troubled lives. Vicky McClure absolutely shines as Lol.

Watch all 12 episodes of This Is England on All 4

The OC
The OC is coming to All 4.

The OC

All together now: “Californiiiiaaaa!” Yes, many millennials out there will remember tuning into T4 on a weekend for a weekly dose of teen drama The OC. It follows the story of not-so-bad boy Ryan who is taken in by the lovely (and incredibly wealthy) Cohen family. He falls for the troubled girl next door, Marissa, which we all know spells trouble.

Watch all four series of The OC on All 4

Derry Girls

The chokers, the scrunch-dried hair, the double denim, the 90s soundtrack: Derry Girls is the hilarious and nostalgic Bafta-nominated series that we’ve been obsessed with since it first aired over two years ago.

Following teenagers Orla, Clare, Michelle and Erin (as well as The Wee English Fella, James) navigating school, family and friendship during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, creator and writer Lisa McGee calls on her own experiences of growing up in Derry to give the show its authenticity and humour.

Watch all two series of Derry Girls on All 4

Handmaid's Tale S4 E1: June (Elisabeth Moss) recovers from her wounds
Channel 4 boxsets: The Handmaid's Tale.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Based on Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian story that is sometimes a little too close to home. One of the few fertile ‘Handmaids’ in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, Offred (played by Elisabeth Moss) struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife. 

The first three seasons are available to stream on All 4 now, and weekly episodes of season four will start from Sunday 20 June.

Watch the first three seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale on All 4

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…