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The ultimate films, books, games and TV series to delve into this winter

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This time of year can be a little dreary: Christmas is over, there are endless days of rain and dry January is upon us. All this whilst trying to make December’s paycheck last. Don’t worry, we’re here to help make this January a little less blue.

Whether you’re having a self-care night in on your own, or looking for something to do with your flatmates, turning to films, books, games and boxsets are fun and cheap ways to spend cosy evenings and weekends entertained at home!

Need some inspiration? We’ve got you. A while back, we asked almost 4,000 renters to share their favourite films, novels, TV series and games… here’s what came out on top.


  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Pretty Woman
  3. Dirty Dancing
  4. Pulp Fiction
  5. Titanic
  6. About Time
  7. Gladiator
  8. The Matrix


  1. Pride and Prejudice
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird
  3. 1984
  4. Shantaram
  5. The Alchemist
  6. Jane Eyre
  7. The Hobbit
  8. The Great Gatsby

TV Series

  1. Friends
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Grey’s Anatomy
  5. Sex and the City
  6. Brooklyn 99
  7. Parks and Recreation
  8. (joint) Killing Eve / The Wire


  1. The Sims
  2. Crash Bandicoot
  3. Super Mario Bros.
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  5. Spyro the Dragon
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Final Fantasy 7
  8. Tomb Raider

There’s nothing like delving into your favourite novels, films, box sets and games to cure those January blues - and why not pick out something you haven’t seen / read / played before and try something new? So crack out the popcorn, draw the curtains and get Netflix rolling.


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