10 of the best DVD box sets

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The turkey’s eaten, the present’s unwrapped and the Queen’s gone off for a nap.

Time to settle in for a TV marathon until New Year (well, Boxing Day at least).

A DVD box set a binging no-brainer. Here are ten of the best to buy now...

Be a better friend than Marnie (not hard really) by buying your BFF the box set of Lena Dunham’s hit HBO show, and catch-up before it’s back for Season 3 in the New Year.
We. Can’t. Wait.
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Breaking Bad

Have a (Mr) White Christmas with this meth-fuelled crime series that had everyone gripped until it’s gritty demise in Autumn.
It’s not for the faint-hearted, but if you know someone who’s been wondering what all the fuss is about, treat them to the complete box set of seasons 1-6.

Downton Abbey

Family fun is what Christmas is about and from flapper dresses and soap-style murders, to Maggie Smith’s withering putdowns, there’s something for everyone in .
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Nashville

A glossy guilty pleasure starring Hayden Panettiere, there's nothing like some country and western mixed with a bit of bitchiness and backstabbing to kick-start Christmas.
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Miranda

You love it, your mum loves it, we all love it!
Light-hearted slapstick and a bit of English eccentricity is exactly what’s needed to relieve the tension after over-boiled Brussels sprouts.

The White Queen

The BBC's adaptation of Philippa Gregory's , set around the time of the Wars of the Roses, is as ruthless, bloody and gripping as series come.

The Returned

The French drama full of zombies and mystery had everyone hooked in a manner similar to The Killing.
But if you missed the first series, indulge in some sofa-dwelling to catch up before it... returns.
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Dr Who

If you can’t wait for the Christmas special, get your Time Lord (and Matt Smith) fix early with the complete series 7 on DVD.

Oh how we’d like the Doctor to see us NOW!

Homeland

Damien Lewis and Claire Danes are one of the best on-screen pairings for years, as a returned prisoner of the Iraq war and bi-polar CIA agent.
Revisit the nail-bitingly good season 1 and 2.

House of Cards

The gripping and intelligent political series starring Kevin Spacey is one for those without a Netflix subscription and with a penchant for TV full of greed, sex, love and corruption.
It’s on our Christmas list.
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