Yes the remote control had quite a rest this week as there just didn't seem an awful lot happening. I think it's that time where a lot of programmes are ending and we are ready for a fresh batch of drama.......Broadchurch returns tomorrow so looking forward to the third and final series of that.
Saturday Night Takeaway has returned with Ant and Dec. The Voice has gone into the battle rounds and we saw the end of 'Let it Shine' which gave us a nice new boy band to star in Gary Barlow's new musical based on music from Take That.
I did watch the film 'Life Animated' as part of the Storyville series on Monday 20th Feb BBC4 9pm.
This was a documentary type film about Owen Suskind who has Autism and how he learnt how to communicate through Disney films. It was amazing to watch as their family story was very like ours and I couldn't believe how alike my son is to Owen. His facial expressions and mannerisms were so familiar it was uncanny. Owen started his early years developing as he should and then certain aspects of his developmental progress just changed. His behaviour raised concerns along with his speech and the family eventually came to terms with his diagnosis of autism.
His love and passion of Disney films opened up a new world for Owen. He used the dialogues and the characters to make sense of the world around him and used them as a coping mechanism. The family are just so lovely and Owen is surrounded by a great network of support. It broke my heart in some parts, such as the taboo subject no parent wants to discuss and that's 'what happens when we are no longer around to take care of our children with disabilities?' Owen's brother was very honest and you could see he faced a massive responsibility but he loved his brother and cared about his future.
So massive mixed emotions but just a lovely, positive story. If you haven't seen it, catch up with it because even if you are not affected by autism I think it gives a good insight into just one persons story which offers people a chance to maybe understand a little more.
I found it very amusing as my son was repeating all the film clips as well, and was quite impressed that someone else was a big Disney fan just like him.
I caught up with SS-GB on the iplayer as it tended to clash with The Good Karma Hospital and I have to watch that live. Apparently there was quite a bit of controversy regarding the sound, some say it was muffled and difficult to hear. I didn't experience that really as I watched it on a tablet with headphones so it sounded ok to me.
I was interested to see this as I have watched 'The Man in the High Castle' which is based around an alternative end to the war, following the theme of a Nazi occupied USA. This is a five part drama based on a Nazi occupied Britain allied with Russia and a Scotland Yard Detective who investigates a murder with suspicious circumstances. I think it's going to be one of those dramas where you can't quite decide which side everyone is on until the last one. We'll see....
I've been continuing my binge watch of Nashville. I'm totally addicted and my week has just been a constant shout out of.......what's she doing?, What a bitch!, noooooooo don't sleep with him, please get back together, OMG are they dead? Oh and.......who's the father? Brilliant! Loving the music too, some nice little guest appearances. Still got some more to watch so can't wait to find out what happens. Don't tell me.....
So as we go head first into another week, less windy I hope but stay safe and I will catch you next Sunday for more telly talk or tomorrow for a general chit chat about life........
Woah what a week of tv.....
Just the best British drama on at the moment with the heart wrenching 'Call the Midwife' which just reduces me to a teary mess every week but it's a warm fuzzy mess rather than completely distraught. Fabulous stories which grab your heart and make you think. Brilliant acting form all the cast but especially to Daniel Laurie who played Reggie in tonights episode.
Following all that lovely drama comes along another sitting of 'The Good Karma Hospital' which I just think is again one of the best programmes on tv at the moment. I'm laughing one minute, mainly at Neil Morrissey (brilliant character) and then next minute I'm having my heart ripped out again but that is good and respect to Dan Sefton for his writing. He not only wrote this but also wrote 'Delicious' as well which I featured back on the first 'Pass the Remote'. If you didn't see that, it's worth a watch, it stars Dawn French and Emilia Fox (catch up on Sky Box Sets or Now TV). Well done to the cast as well, you make Sunday nights and my evening at your hospital a bit of a treat and India looks so beautiful.
The Moorside concluded this week and although I knew a little about the story when it was in news at the time I really didn't realise the heartache Julie Bushby and the rest of the community went through. I thought Julie's story was expressed really well and it made me see the whole situation from a different perspective. She was a very courageous woman to stand up, go against the rest of the crowd and probably against your feelings as you watched it too. Although Julie felt angry, let down, and had lost faith in her friend, she could see a deeper reason to Karen's actions and stuck by her. Not many people would allow that amount of forgiveness but she did, and I admired her for that. Great cast and Sheridan Smith, what can you say? Just a brilliant actress.
Valentines Day came along and treated us to the classic romantic films. I chose 'Pretty Woman'. Love this film. It's a true fairytale though.......her prince rescues her and whisks her away to a better life. I know I've been watching too much Cinder **bleep** rella. It was either that or making pottery with Demi and Patrick in Ghost..... I went for the less messy option I think.
The next night I stumbled over a film called 'Tower Block' (5 Star Wednesday 15th Feb 11pm). A star studded cast including Sheridan Smith again and also the pride of Derby, Mr Jack O' Connell. A British film which follows a group of people living in a tower block (funnily enough) who witness a murder and a year later become victims of a sniper. I was just glued to this and had to watch it to the end to see how many of them got out and if so how they managed to survive. If you don't like blood and are a bit squeamish it's maybe not for you but if you like a good gripping drama you'll love it.
My brother kept asking me if I'd seen 'Nashville', 'no' I replied.....'oh you've got to see it' he said, so I had a look. OMG I'm completely hooked. If your'e not into the country music scene or the music then it may not appeal but I don't think it matters really. It's been referred to as Dallas set in Nashville but I just can't stop watching it now. I love the music and have for a long time really, something my brother also got me into. (Thanks Bro!!)
I was devastated when they took CMT Europe away!!! Yeah.....ya may want to re think that one again......sometime soon big hot shot telly people!!! Anyway thats another blog for another day. I'm binge watching it on Now Tv as it was on Sky Atlantic. Yep I'm doing that thing where I just say I'm going to watch one more episode and by the time I know it it's 3am and I have to get matchsticks to prop my eyes open......why? Because I've got three seasons to watch by June as I'm going to the see the Live Tour........
So stop distracting me and I'll catch you next week for more tv.
Another Sunday....here we are again for a round up of the tv for the week
so here goes.......
Call the Midwife - BBC1 8pm Sunday 5th February
Yes!!! Finally Sister Ursula has left. I didn’t want her to feel quite as bad and be upset but I loved it when Sister Julienne asked her if she would re consider, but her face said no please don’t! We could all do with Nurse Crane in our lives, that woman just sorts everything out, love her. I’m thinking she may do a better job at Foreign Secretary for the country at this time. Felt so sad for Shelagh, I hope things improve for her. Great to see Trixie back and I think Barbara was glad to see her as she really needed cheering up. This programme always leaves you a little emotional and with a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Well done BBC.
The Good Karma Hospital - ITV 9pm Sunday 5th Feb *New*
Oh this gets my ‘Pick of the Week’. It is just brilliant. What a lovely, light hearted, funny programme. Ruby Walker is a junior doctor and escapes her life in England for a career in India, she originally applies for a place in a city clinic but ends up at The Good Karma Hospital on the understanding she has to work for at least a year at a public hospital. Amanda Redman just owns her part as Lydia Fonseca and I’m loving Neil Morrissey’s character as Greg, Lydia’s boyfriend. Can’t wait for the next one! You must check it out if you haven’t already.
Apple Tree Yard - BBC1 9pm Monday 6th Feb/Tuesday 7th Feb Episodes 3 and 4 Finale
Wow it all came out in the wash in the end or should I say court. A good thrilling court drama. I was about to feel a bit short changed as I thought it was going to end earlier than I thought. I felt as if I wanted there to more secrets about Mark and would have loved him to be more mysterious than he was here. Right at the last minute though a twist and shocking ending, so did she really say that? oh it could so run to a second series. I have bought the book to read as I like to see sometimes how well they adapt books to TV. I’ll keep you posted.
Now for a commercial break….
Johnny Depp? Really?…..Dior adverts are so dramatic and always with a high profile actor but it doesn’t suit him does it? It just makes me cringe when I see it but hey I’m sure it provides some eye candy. Probably I’m missing the point.
The Moorside - BBC1 9pm Tuesday 7th Feb
A compelling drama about the disappearance of Shannon Matthews. The community came together to search for Shannon but all the time her mother had planned the fake kidnapping along with her partners Uncle Michael Donovan to claim reward money for her return. Sheridan Smith plays the part of Julie Bushby who organised the campaign to find Shannon and she delivers again, showing everyone what a great British actress she is, one of our best. We see the second and final part on Tuesday 14th Feb at 9pm which will uncover the whole story.
Unforgotten - ITV 9pm Thursday 9th Feb
The last one in the series and what a conclusion. I really loved how the story came together with a little twist I hadn’t worked out but made so much sense. I was left at the end thinking that we had gone all these weeks trying to find a murderer and there was going to be no justice as such but I got it. I’m not sure whether it would have been allowed to happen, would it? Someone in the legal profession will surely say but in tv land it worked, it was very powerful and it had me emotionally. The law was on the side of the victims and for them they had their justice although the pain from the abuse would live with them for the rest of their lives. Brilliant performances by all the cast….give yourself a huge pat on the back because you showed what great actors we have and how you give us great drama.
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories - ITV 9pm Friday 10th Feb
Nigel Havers was Pier’s guest and it was a lovely interview with him revealing some very personal events in his life. He was a real life charmer and struggled with infidelity but you could see he had massive respect for all the women in his life even if he had been a bit naughty. He talked about the sad deaths of his ex wives and he is now happy with massive respect from his friends and family. It’s worth a watch if you didn’t see it. I know, Piers is like Marmite, love him or hate him but I like him in these programmes, he asks the questions you want him to and I think he is quite sympathetic with his guests. It reminds me of ‘This is Your Life’ but without the party, I used to like that though, wish they would bring it back. Maybe it was a headache to organise the surprise guests to turn up from the old school days or fly Auntie Flo who hasn’t been seen for over 30 years, over from Australia. It’s Boy George’s turn on Friday (17th Feb), that should be good.
So enjoy the week and catch you next Sunday for more tv...........
**Spoiler Alert** - I do have to just make you aware that I am discussing some content of programmes you may not have caught up with yet - they are Call the Midwife (29th Jan) Apple Tree Yard (29th Jan) Casualty (4th Feb) Silent Witness(30th/31st Jan) The Voice (4th Feb) Unforgotten (2nd Feb).
Call the Midife
Really enjoying this new series but I've never been so angry at a nun in my life. Sister Ursula is very bossy and came up to her match with Patsy!! Go Patsy, she told her! How hard is it to see someone be parted from a loved one by going overseas with no FaceTime or Skype invented yet? Snail mail it is but I hope they stay together. Good on Nurse Sheila for making a change. Top girl power and worth the watch.
Apple Tree Yard
Ooooh another gripping episode of this drama, the after math of an awful violent act saw Yvonne being stalked by her attacker, I think there is so much more that is going to unravel especially with her lover. He seems to me a bit cold, very 'no strings'. I think he makes every woman feel special and I think he will be quick to dump her but we'll see. Just my opinion.....please remember though this series concludes on Monday night (6th Feb) and not next Sunday.
Finally a happy wedding in this medical drama, loads of last minute hitches as well as the classic tv edition of 'groom goes missing'. Yes Charlie's stag night was a mini drama by itself, a love triangle, another bossy boss and bitchiness and at last the wedding we've all waited thirty years for. If two people were meant to be together it was Duffy and Charlie, I can sleep easy now. Good episode.
What happened here? When did Nikki think it was a good idea to go and get mixed up in Mexico's underworld, and quite literally as that's where she ended up, well 'under ground'. I know her heart was in the right place but crikey Nikki, you nearly died love! Very dramatic and not sure about the ending. I could see she was gonna work it all out by the time her phone battery failed. Lovely beachy "I'm free' scenes though......but does she love Jack and did they fall into each other's arms when she got the sand out of her knickers??? Oh so many questions but that's it for another series. Congratulations on the 20th season.....phew that must be a record breaking runner.
Another great show but they are filling their teams up now and I so feel sorry for some of the performers because as the show goes on the judges have to get a bit more picky. They have a team taking shape now and they know what they are looking for so there are a lot of walkers this week. It was very funny to see Tom flirt with Linda Lusardi's daughter, he had no idea bless. I'm glad she got through on her own right but it was so funny when Tom was trying to work how many years younger he would have had to be for a shot. He was a bit miffed she'd brought along her boyfriend. I love Tom and glad he's back!! I felt a bit sorry as well for the chap who Will turned for but seemed to have pressed the button by mistake, didn't know how to take that did he? But he's in and I hope, like he says he proves he was worthy of being there anyway.
Again I'm loving this series and it concludes on Thursday (9th). OMG they nearly kissed......woah!!!! Love how it was awkward and then Cassie just carried on after like nothing had happened. Back to work instantly and poor Sunny looked so worried. Brilliant story and great cast.....please catch up if you haven't watched it because it is good British drama.
Please feel free to leave your views on any of the TV you watched this week and what you thought of my choices.......more next Sunday.
Pass the Remote
Every Sunday I will review the TV for the week.