Jack Whitehall Travels with My Father: Review

Jack Whitehall Travels with My Father is a travel documentary/road trip comedy television series exclusive to Netflix and follows comedian Jack Whitehall and his father Michael Whitehall on a ‘gap year’ around South East Asia.

It’s been ages since I’ve sat down and actually watched a brand new TV series, usually I spend so long deciding exactly what it is that I want to watch that I usually just end up watching old episodes of Friends and How I Met Your Mother! But with a trip to Thailand finally booked for this coming February, I thought I’d watch the hilarious ‘Jack Whitehall Travels with my Father’ to get a taster of what Thailand is going to be like.

There have been numerous celebrity and parent adventure shows however Jack Whitehalls’ Travels with my Father comes into its own bracket. It feels more like an actual journey together, like Jack says a ‘gap year’. It was nice to see how there was a good mix of culture and partying involved as this matched what Jack and Michael wanted to do whilst they were travelling. This also felt like the trips and experiences were done for themselves and not just our benefit.

There is a huge age gap between Jack and his father and that what makes the duo so dynamic, as they have such differing personalities. Obviously Jack is flamboyant and quite dramatic, whereas Michael is a bit grumpier and not that into the travelling life so to speak. There are a number of hilarious moments where Jack intentionally attempts to embarrass Michael, much to his annoyance.

What makes the show so great is how British it is. Michael is a true and proper British gentleman and for the majority of the trip he wears a full suit! There is a lot of British humour as well, one of the funniest moments is when Jack is teaching a group of monks an array of different cockney rhyming slang!

Watching it got us even more excited for Thailand and the show will definitely get you in the mood for travelling. We are actually staying in the hotel which they stayed at in Bangkok (also where some scenes of the Hangover 2 were shot), so it was great to see it in all its glory with stunning panoramic aerial shots.

To watch or not to watch? – Overall Jack Whitehall Travels with My Father is a very enjoyable easy watch and a definite breath of fresh air for shows on Netflix.

Rating: 7.7/10

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13 Reasons Why: Review

13 Reasons Why is an American drama-mystery television series based on the 2007 novel. The series focuses on high school student Clay Jenson and his friend Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide after suffering a series of demoralising circumstances brought on by individuals at her school. A box of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah before her suicide details the thirteen reasons why she ended her life.

So I’m somewhat late to all of this 13 Reasons Why hype but better late than never hey?! I absolutely loved the first series and the way that they ended things in the last episode got me extremely disappointed when I found out series 2 isn’t scheduled for release until 2018.

I must warn you before you watch it, this is quite a graphic programme which does cover a lot of taboo subjects, however I do think it is a must watch for teenagers and young adults to make sure they take away some of the very important messages the series covers. I think the messages the series conveys is probably why it has been so popular, I myself have known people who have been in a similar situation to Hannah and I feel that if I had watched 13 Reasons Why a few years ago then I would have been able to deal with situations a lot better and offer much more valuable support.

Away from the messages that this show so brilliantly conveys, the build-up and story is fantastically pieced together – granted the opening few episodes are quite slow however it all builds up to the final couple of episodes and is well worth the initial grind. As well as a fantastic story, there is a great cast as well, Katherine Langford who plays Hannah Baker was particularly impressive and stood out to me, as I think she managed to perfectly capture all the motions a teenage girl goes through.

What makes the show so relatable to people and one of the reasons why I believe it has received such a great reception is the concept of the show. Having one episode or ‘tape’ per person gives us a real insight to each characters life and their actions and reasons for their actions. This allows you to fully understand the character and I think this what makes the series so compelling and hit home so hard.

To watch or not to watch? – For me, shows like 13 Reasons Why make my Netflix subscription completely worthwhile! I absolutely love 13 Reasons Why and urge to you to watch it!

Rating: 9.2/10