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If you loved Tiger King you need to binge these ten Netflix shows

If you’re after another crazy show, look no further…

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If you need another crazy and binge-worthy series to pass the time in lockdown, Netflix has got it all.

Tiger King captured the attention of the entire world – packed full of wacky characters, hundreds of endangered big cats, fires and even a murder plot for good measure, what’s not to love? 

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But as you found yourself staring at a blank screen when the final episode came to an end, glimpsing the reflection of your marathon-watching body slumped on the sofa, I hear you all wondering – what the hell do I do now? 

Luckily, there’s plenty of just as crazy documentaries for you to sink your teeth in to, so grab the popcorn…

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Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer 

If you liked the sometimes outrageous characters of Tiger King, you’ll enjoy Don’t F**k with Cats – it’s weird, it’s creepy and it’ll make you question everything you know about the internet.

The documentary follows a group of vigilantes who work together to find the identity of a murderer who filmed the crime and uploaded it to the internet.

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Three Identical Strangers

This documentary follows identical triplets, separated at birth and all adopted into three very different families.

Their reunion became a global sensation and they quickly found themselves all over the news, but it unearthed a pretty crazy secret that would change all of their lives forever.

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Fyre

Described as the ‘greatest party that never happened’, Fyre Festival was supposed to be the next best thing in terms of music festivals. Tickets started at $1,200 and involved multiple endorsements from A-list celebrities.

This one comes from the creators of Tiger King, so there’s plenty of bizarre stuff going on – buckle up.

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Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator

This one’s for you if your favourite storyline in Tiger King was ‘Doc’ Antle.

It follows the inventor of Bikram yoga, Bikram Choudhury, who abused every little bit of his power. I can guarantee you will hate the fella. 

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Tell Me Who I Am

This story is truly bonkers. Alex, the main character, lost his long-term memory in a bike accident. The only person who can help him piece it all back together again is his twin brother.

For whatever reason they let cameras in to film the story of their childhood.

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The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann 

I think the internet sort of broke a little bit when this was first released, but you absolutely need to watch it if you haven’t already.

It’s an eight-part documentary on the story of Madeleine McCann, who famously vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal. She became the biggest missing child case in the world and the documentary delves into plenty of the conspiracy theories.

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Making a Murderer

Arguably this is one of the best crime documentary series that has graced our streaming services – if you haven’t seen this one, make it the top of your list.

It follows the story of Steven Avery’s conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach and whether or not he is actually guilty. It’s got more ups and downs than a roller coaster so buckle up for the ride of your life.

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Blackfish 

If for you the best bit about Tiger King was the animals, then Blackfish should absolutely be top of your list. It’s sort of like Free Willy meets Tiger King.

It’s really old this one, but it’s so good that most people will watch it multiple times in their life. The documentary exposes the animal abuse at SeaWorld and follows Tilikum, a captive Killer Whale that has been described as a ‘serial killer’.

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The People vs O.J. Simpson

Everyone got obsessed with this about four years ago but for whatever reason, I only watched it last week (I watched it in about three days). If you wanna get even angrier about the American justice system this is the one for you.

It follows the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman and the trial of the suspected killer, O.J. Simpson. Sexism towards powerful women is highlighted, the racism found within the LAPD is trialled and there’s even a mention of the Kardashians.

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The Pharmacist 

This one highlights the opioid crisis that is currently happening in the US, in a true crime-documentary style.

It follows a Louisiana pharmacist that goes to extremes to expose the rampant corruption behind the drug crisis, following the tragic death of his son.

Have we missed any other good, binge-worthy series? Let us know in the Facebook comments…

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Netflix boss confirms adverts are coming to the streaming platform ‘in next year or two’

Netflix lost around 200k subscribers at the start of 2022

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Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has confirmed adverts will be coming to some subscription packages as part of its vision for the future.

While the lack of adverts is undoubtedly one of Netflix’s biggest selling points, the streaming service has revealed that adverts will soon be a part of its viewing experience in response to the rising cost of living and increasing competition.

Netflix lost around 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, and is expected to lose even more in the coming months as people cut back on their monthly outgoings.

In response to this, Netflix has confirmed it is now in the process of introducing a more cost-effective tier of subscription with adverts on the platform.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ted Sarandos confirmed at the Cannes Lions advertising festival that the streaming service had already started talks with potential advertisers.

He explained: “We’ve left a big customer segment off the table, which is people who say: ‘Hey, Netflix is too expensive for me and I don’t mind advertising’.

“We’re adding an ad tier; we’re not adding ads to Netflix as you know it today. We’re adding an ad tier for folks who say, ‘Hey, I want a lower price and I’ll watch ads’.”

He also discussed the possibility of Netflix being bought out in the future as a result of the company’s plunging stock price since the start of the year.

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While admitting the chances that someone might buy out Netflix are ‘always a reality’, Sarandos insisted the streaming giant had it in them to ‘return to prosperity’ by itself.

He previously said that the ad-backed tier would launch ‘in the next year or two’, and would do so as a publisher without the data tracking and ad-matching that some competitors are embracing.

This comes just months after the streaming giant announced it would be increasing the cost of its subscription packages for all UK customers.

Netflix said the increase in price – which will be by £1 or £2 depending on the subscription – will allow its service to ‘continue investing in best in class UK productions’ as well as ‘offer a wide variety of curated quality shows and films’ to customers.’

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Gordon Ramsay WILL reunite with Gino D’Acampo and Fred Siriex for new road trip series

The mischievous trio could be back on our screens sooner than we’d thought…

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Contrary to previous rumours, Gordon Ramsay will be reuniting with Gino D’Acampo and Fred Siriex for a new road trip series, a television source has confirmed this week.

Last year, fans of the trio were devastated when This Morning star Gino hinted his fellow chef wouldn’t have time to embark upon another road trip adventure, with him currently filming the second season of the BBC’s Future Food Stars.

In November, Gino mischievously wrote on Twitter: “Breaking News… Unfortunately we will no longer be filming #GordonGinoandFred mainly because @gordongram is too busy working on his hair highlights in USA.”

However, this week a source put Gino’s hint to bed by confirming that Gordon has indeed found time in his busy schedule and hairdressers appointments to squeeze in another culinary adventure with his pals.

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The source said: “He is something of a victim of his own success at the moment, and he has so much on it’s tricky fitting it all in.

“He already has something of a logistical conundrum co-ordinating his diary with the busy Fred and Gino, and that’s before they try to set up a string of filming locations — which have yet to be decided.”

The insider added that the trio plan to hit the road ‘as soon as possible’ so that fans are able to enjoy the show as soon as possible.

They said: “But they are determined to hit the road again as soon as possible and deliver the new show as planned.”

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Since starting five years ago, Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip has boomed in popularity, with their latest adventure being in Greece.

The trio have travelled across various parts of the globe together as a part of the ITV series – America, France and Italy, to name a few – and have experienced many weird and wonderful customs along the way.

Last year they ventured to Greece and were due to go to Egypt, though their trip was sadly cut short by the Covid pandemic.

ITV is yet to confirm any news about the new series.

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Coronation Street’s Maria Windass embroiled in ‘mortifying’ online porn scandal

Maria’s in for a sorry old time next week…

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Coronation Street’s Samia Longchambon has revealed her character Maria will become embroiled in a ‘mortifying’ online porn scandal.

Samia’s latest storyline has seen Maria – who she has played since 2000 – embark upon a political career, with her putting green issues at the top of her agenda as the newly-elected councillor for Weatherfield.

However, as bin men strike over her new refuge collection policies, Maria will attempt to salvage her reputation by giving an impassioned speech on the importance of the environment. But there, she will discover that she is at the centre of a new viral video.

In the video, her words from the speech have been chopped up and rearranged along to a rap tune to manipulate the message she was trying to deliver.

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Speaking of the upcoming storyline, Samia said: “Basically, Maria’s like this rap star, but she doesn’t want to be. She feels really embarrassed and humiliated by it.

“It knocks her confidence as her heart is in the right place with it all and she feels like everyone is just laughing at her.”

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However, things will get even worse for Maria when she discovers a second video circulating, but this time featuring her head superimposed onto a pornographic video.

Samia explained: “It’s awful. She’s been hiding the first video from Liam [her son], not wanting him to see it because she’s embarrassed and then she gets a call while in the street, in the middle of a todo with Gemma and Sally over the bin strike, saying Liam’s been in a fight.

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“It’s not until she gets home and he shows her the video. She’s absolutely mortified… One that it exists and two that it’s her son that showed it to her and that he’s actually seen this video and thinks that it’s her because it really looks like her. These deep fakes actually look like the person.

“She’s mortified thinking people will think she’s been doing pornography.”

And if that wasn’t bad enough, Maria will then find herself subject to trolling and even death threats. The character will then host a press conference to expose the horrific behaviour of online trolls.

Gary later suspects the refuse team leader Jimmy as the mastermind behind the abuse after Maria is heckled at her press conference, and subsequently launches an attack against him, prompting Maria to consider quitting the council.

Coronation Street continues tomorrow on ITV at 8pm.

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