Film and television were particularly affected by the onset of the pandemic last year, as national lockdowns across the world forced theaters to close and big-budget productions to shut down entirely. While 2021 has seen a return to business as usual – albeit with strict Covid security precautions in place – the events of the past 18 months have clearly had an impact on the nature of the industry and viewing habits. people on a deeper level. Some of the most popular shows of the year range from cheerful and uplifting (think Sex Education’s light-hearted teen exam) to pure escape (Netflix’s luxury retail series Selling Sunset, is so opulent that it hardly counts as a reality show).
On the other end of the spectrum, Jack Thorne Help’s hard-hitting drama marked one of the first attempts to unravel our experience of a pandemic in the cultural realm. Set in a fictional care home in Liverpool but based on the very real events of the past year, the heart-wrenching one-off drama starred Jodie Comer as a caregiver and Stephen Graham as an Alzheimer’s patient.
But there were also plenty of other storylines to unravel in 2021. Here we take a look at some of the other major film and TV trends that have emerged this year: