What are the BBC doing to me? This McMafia business nearly cost me the contents of my bowels and I think I may have actually stopped breathing at the end of the last programme. I think the whole country must have fell silent in anticipation of what was going to happen in the Alex vs Vadim showdown in the departure lounge. If you've not been watching it what you playing at? If you love good drama then this one is one you need to watch.
Now it takes a bit of watching and for some (like me) a little backtracking to understand what's going on but stick with it as it does become clear. It is one of those that you can't take your eyes of the screen or have a quick conversation and hope you can just pick it up, no! You have to glue yourself to the screen with no distractions. Just a warning, wear good underwear though and remember to breathe.
What is happening to Dylan in Casualty? My heart just goes out to him as he seems to be plighted by an alcohol addiction. This will be a tough storyline, I love Dylan he's such a great character and I do love his honesty and the fact he's so straight forward, no messing with this man. I don't want to see him go through this but it looks as though he is going to get help. Phew.
The midwives are back in Call the Midwife! Hurrah! This is such a great series and blimey it's a cold winter there. They have a new nurse starting and some heart wrenching stories. Although cold on screen this programmes does warm you heart. Great acting and looking forward to seeing more tonight.
Is it me or are there lots of talent shows on at the moment? The Voice continues to be really good although watching it last night there seemed to be a shortage of men. All the contestants seem to be sixteen year old females, and even Tom said his team included four girls so far and only one male. Maybe it was just this week but come on guys, where are you?
I did watch the new series All Together Now last night, now I wasn't going to as it looked complete rubbish but I actually got into it. It involves singers performing in front of one hundred music experts in a celebrity squares type fashion (if you are old enough to remember that). The experts then have to light their light and just boogie along with the song if they are impressed and basically it is the contestant who scores the highest score that goes through to the final. Comedian Rob Beckett presents this show along with some support from Geri Horner (Ginger Spice). It's ok, a bit of fun and they do have a good mix of singers so I may keep watching to see what happens.
That's it for this week, tell me what you're watching and your likes and dislikes. This week sees the last of Vera and the finale of Kiri if you've been watching that so I will review those next week. For now though take care and come back tomorrow for Music Monday.
Thanks for reading!
I've spent most of this weekend playing catch up. I think I've actually managed to burn my remote out with all TV I've watched. There is so much on at the moment and I know I've mentioned it before but I am hopeless at staying awake in the week. I have this switch that just shuts my eyelids at 9pm prompt. All the good dramas start at 9pm so I'm stuffed.
I don't mind at this time of the year as it's a bit cold and to be honest it's nice to get cosy and watch all my favourite tv shows. I'm still following McMafia which is great. Vera is fabulous and I actually managed to stick some matchsticks under my eyelids for that and watch it all the way through. Yay!!
Silent Witness was fabulous and I got all teary when Jack gave Nikki a big hug this week, she had been waiting for that hadn't she? They needed to make their peace and move on. I'm also loving Clarissa's hubby Max who helped with the case this week, oh he's so geeky and adorable, a great couple and very cheeky - Max ya on loud speaker!! ha ha brilliant!
I'm actually getting more into Girlfriends which is the new comedy drama from Kay Mellor. I didn't know whether it was great at the beginning but I do love it now. Class as always from Kay and a great cast, one to watch.
I'm having a laugh with the guys from The Grand Tour, this just gets funnier and I kind of love that they can break the barriers on Amazon. They can be a bit cheeky, rude and throw in the odd swear word which is ok for them. I find James May the funniest when he swears because it's usually out of frustration with Jeremy Clarkson. They do a very amusing demonstration of a mobile fuel filling station which is definitely worth a watch and is in fact making me laugh now just thinking about it.
I'm keeping up the memento with Dancing on Ice, well just about. I want to love it again but there is just something that is not as it used to be apart from the format being changed. I'm all for change but in all honesty there was nothing wrong with the original format. If it ain't broke - don't fix it. They seemed to think just because it was re launching that they had to make all these changes and I don't think they did. I get the feeling everyone just wanted the old show back. Maybe I'm wrong and I will get used to it but we'll see.
I'm enjoying the tv at present and I'm really looking forward to the new series of Call the Midwife which starts tonight. Yes another to add to my list. What a dilemma though, a battle between BBC and ITV. Yep I'll be catching up again.
Thanks for reading tonight, let me know what you are enjoying and feel free to comment about any of the shows I mention.
Join me tomorrow for Music Monday but for now - take care.
Yes it's back, after a 3 year absence Dancing on Ice as been revamped with a new format for 2018. I am so happy, I was gutted to see this finish as it was a good show. The new show is quite good, not yet convinced as good but we've only seen one show so far and we never get used to change straight away I suppose. I liked the old rink as it seemed a lot bigger and I miss Karen Barber, especially the banter she had with fellow judge Jason Gardiner. Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean are now judges and not skating this year which I also miss, but I suppose the work was too much really and they needed a rest.
I'm sure it will be a big hit again but I do worry slightly when they bring some shows back as although I didn't want to see it end, was it best left where it was? Time will tell.
Vera returned last Sunday too complete with hat, mack, landrover and also with Aiden back alongside her. I love their partnership, they are so funny together, even when they are trying to be serious. It's a good chemistry between them both. Sometimes I think two hours is along time for one show and wish they would split it into to parts, only because I get comfy and fall asleep on the sofa, thank goodness for catch up. It does flow quite well and I can get impatient in wanting to know 'who did it' as soon as possible. Looking forward to another episode tonight. I will try and stay awake!!
Silent Witness was back this week, you see they split that in two parts don't they? I didn't nod off either, well you can't really otherwise you miss vital information. This is serious forensic evidence I need to be keeping up with and there is no time for snoozing when they have a body to dissect. Good to see Nikki back after being buried alive in the last series but she always has me in a nervous disposition when she's going off investigating. I'm shouting at the tv for her to be careful and not get caught. Great start to the new series and looking forward more of this.
I watched the new drama Kiri starring Sarah Lancashire. This is quite a hard watch as it involves a little girl called Kiri who goes missing and is eventually found murdered. Sarah plays the social worker involved in Kiri's case as she allowed an unsupervised visit with the girls grandparents and while in their care, she went missing. It's believed Kiri's biological father may be involved somehow but we will see more in the next episode. It has come under a lot of criticism as it's seen to be portraying social services in a bad light with Miriam's (Sarah Lancashire) drinking and other behaviour taking the brunt of most comments but I saw her playing a very dramatic role just as Sarah does, with such great talent. I'm gripped by it so far so will see it to the end and review it again later.
On to a much lighter note and singing notes at that with the new series of The Voice. I'm liking Olly Murs as the new judge and he certainly brought a bit of entertainment to this weeks show. He was completely bowled over by one of the contestants and it was so funny to see him blushing. He didn't know what to do with the girl did he? That's going to be interesting to watch. I think he may literally have his hands full there.
Sir Tom Jones is just pure class when he spontaneously sings for the audience. I love it and him too. A great bit of Saturday entertainment and there is some really good talent here, I think it's the best talent type show on tv in my opinion, bring on next week.
Another busy week eh? Thank you so much for reading today. if you like music I will be back tomorrow with Music Monday, until then......
I wasn't passing the remote anywhere this week only changing channels to what I wanted to watch. I wasn't ready to give up my viewing to anyone and what a busy week.
I must admit I have been Netflixing as well so I binge watched all of Black Mirror and just hit it right too as a new season started last week so I had even more to watch. This is not for the faint hearted and at times a bit odd. From the very first episode in season one you are drawn into the kind of tv you're not sure you should watch but you do because you're curious. It is a great mix of dilemmas and scenarios where you end up asking yourself what you would have done in the same situation. There are episodes which take you too a futuristic dimension, will life get that weird? Its a science fiction anthology created by Charlie Brooker and featuring some well known actors and one episode directed by Jodie Foster. Every programme has a different story and different cast so it becomes intriguing as to what the next tale will be. Like I said it's a bit dark in places and you really do need to process an open mind with it but it is worth a watch.
I became lost when I'd finished watching that and yearned for something else to watch so watched Season One of Big Little Lies and loved this too. completely different from Black Mirror it follows a group of couples with different backgrounds whose lives come under scrutiny. The cast involves Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley as the the main female characters but their lives get turned over when one of them is murdered. There is cattiness and envy, jealously and heartache. There are beautiful rich people and a sunny beach location so what could go wrong?Well there is always something. I loved it and can't wait for another season.
I moved away from Netflix and went to Sky One for a new series of Delicious. Now if you haven't seen this it is really good. It includes a great cast again with Dawn French, Emilia Fox, Sheila Hancock and Iain Glen. The two wives of chef Leo (Iain Glen) are now left to run the hotel business after his death and the story continues around their relationship and how they cope with extended family and new relationships. It really is good drama and light comedy too. You can watch it on Friday evenings Sky One at 9pm, you can also catch up with the whole lot on Now TV if you have the Entertainment Package.
A new Kay Mellor drama started last week called Girlfriends. Blimey that woman has been busy after the recent finale of Love Lies and Records which was brilliant. I wasn't too sure about this one at first as it didn't seem to have the same buzz as her previous shows. I was probably still a bit cloudy brained from the new year or maybe it needs to settle in a bit so I won't give up. I did enjoy it more as it went on. It has a good group of girls including Miranda Richardson and Zoe Wanamaker who have been friends for many years and become reunited after the disappearance of Linda's husband. There are many giggles and I'm sure it's going to turn out to be a great series, Kay never usually goes wrong. It is on ITV Wednesday evenings at 9pm.
Woah! Have you been watching McMafia? That is a brilliant drama. I thought I had got a bit lost after the first episode but when someone on Twitter went through it all in one tweet I realised I was on the right track. It is that intense so you do have to watch it with no interruptions. It follows an English born son of a Russian mafia boss played by James Norton and how he tries to protect his family and business from any corruption but gets drawn into a life he wanted to avoid. It is brilliant so I can't wait for the next episode which is tonight BBC1 at 9pm. You can catch up on the BBC iplayer if you haven't seen it.
Hard Sun was another new starter last night and I think this was the best tv so far. I was gripped with the first episode which follows two very mismatched cops who come across a government leak which tells the end of the world in five years time. This is absolutely packed with action and takes you down different ally's with the main theme of impending apocalypse but of the impact of the story as it is seen as a hoax when made public. It can be a bit confusing but it is amazing. It is on BBC1 Saturday evenings at 9.35pm but you can watch all six episodes on BBC iplayer. I have watched them all and it is worth the watch. I'm not giving anything away but may revisit this when it finishes. I know some people like to watch it weekly and in fact I may need to watch some of it again as it is a bit busy shall we say.
Phew! I'm shattered with this amount of telly this week and we've got even more to look forward to. The return of Dancing on Ice, Silent Witness and Vera. I'll be back for more next Sunday but please join me for a bit of music chat tomorrow on Music Monday.
Take care till then.
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