Oh guess what my favourite tv mag is? What's On TV a bargain at 65p and my son loves it, he knows his way around this now and knows where to find all his favourites.
I've just found that all my favourite programs are all bunched up early on in the week and I'm lost towards the end of the week for anything to watch. That's not 'What's on Tv's' fault I know but programmes are usually well distributed throughout the week. It could be that we have the Olympics on and the Rugby but if you want to see a good gold medal being won you need to be burning the midnight oil really.
My Friday night viewing has all come to an end with Graham Norton finishing and The Good Doctor has gone off too. I know what I need to do!!! I'll just miss some stuff at the beginning of the week and save it till later, it's ok tv world I'll just spread it out myself......don't you worry.
It's no big deal really, I have go plenty to do without sitting in front of the box and it's probably my Autistic brain thinking I would quite like programmes evenly planned out., it's a routine kinda thing. I was glad to see Marcella return this week, although I think the poor women probably spends most of her time telling people how to say her name. It kicked off with another good series though eh? Don't worry if you've not watched the first series as I feel you could drop into this one, it's a new story. You can always catch up with the first series on the ITV Hub. Nice to see Nigel Planner and Keith Allen in this although a bit weird not to be laughing at them in Comic Strip. Great drama and can't wait for the next one. MarCHella or MarSella, whichever way you want to say it, although think it is MAR....CH.....ELA.
Have you been watching Collateral? This is good with some familiar faces too. Billie Piper has come in for some stick on social media for being cruel to takeaway pizzas and John Simm is here too and I prefer in this to Trauma which he starred in before. So basically DI Kip Glaspie played by Carey Mulligan has got her work cut out with trying to solve a gunned down pizza delivery guy. That's where Billie comes in as she was receiving the pizza but because it didn't have a 'special topping' should we say, she threw it into the corner. I know what a waste eh? I couldn't do that but lets not dwell on it too much, bet Ms Piper is sick of everyone referring to it. This is a really good drama, it will be episode 3 out of 4 on Monday BBC 2 at 9pm, the same time as Marcella, oh one to save until later in the week. You can though catch up on the BBC iplayer.
Another good watch this week was Keeping Faith. Now I've just spent ages trying to find out what channel and what night it was on for you but then remembered I had watched it on the BBC iplayer as it's on BBC Wales only. It is worth a watch though and stars Eve Myles as wife and mum of three, her live goes into turmoil as her husband goes out to work one morning and doesn't turn up.. He disappears completely and Eve's character Faith has now got to consider whether she actually knew the man she had been married to and whether he who she thought he was. An addictive mystery drama and I'm looking forward to finding out what's happened to her missing fella.
I caught up with Ant and Dec's Saturday Takeaway and blimey, how much money do they have on their budget? There's luxury holidays being thrown out here and there, a finale which will involve their on plane, prizes galore on Win the Ads and a train put on especially to fill a couple of rows in the studio. It's quite entertaining and I do love Ant and Dec but it is something I wouldn't miss really if I didn't get chance to see it. It seems the same old stuff to me and getting a bit tiresome but you may not agree. I wonder how long it can go on really before it becomes boring. Best thing about it......KYLIE.
It's looking good for next week, Strike returns tonight. and is brilliant if you've not watched it before. Written by JK Rowling we follow Tom Burke in the role as Cormoron Strike as he investigates a new crime. Top Gear returns also tonight if you've not got lost in The Grand Tour and forgotten Top Gear ever existed. I feel less likely to watch now but may stay loyal - maybe I can watch it later on in the week, oh it's looking brighter now.
So enjoy your week and I will be back for more telly talk next Sunday but before that you could join me for Music Monday tomorrow.
Thanks again and take care of yourselves.
This is how I've felt most of this week with the tv. The tv drama Trauma was enough to make me wonder what that was all about? I understood that the dad was very angry about his son's death and I suppose grief materialises in many different ways and maybe he did need someone to blame so blamed the surgeon. I felt he did his best to save Alex's life and wasn't to blame but I don't really know, I felt as if I was trying to understand but not quite getting it.
It was a drama with brilliant actors and I feel the script may have let this one down a bit. His grief did absorb him and I can't imagine how it would feel in his situation but I'd feel I would want to blame the person who stabbed him first I think, who knows. It didn't really shake my boots and I suppose we can't like everything that comes on the box but from the trailers it looked as though it was going to be really good. Oh well.
Another drama I wasn't getting my head around was Requiem but then I decided to just binge watch the rest of the episodes and ended up quite liking it. It was very spooky and scary at times. It even had an edge of Hammer House of Horror at times with the scary music. Very supernatural spooks and I thought Tara Fitzgerald was brilliant, I was scared of her. I won't spoil it as it has the rest of the series to run if you are watching it in real time but stick with it as it's definitely watchable.
OHHHHHHHH the final of McMafia happened.......amazing!! In fact the best thing on tv so far I think. Woah he got into trouble and then got out of it in style. Brilliant drama and I sooooooo would love another series. James Norton is just awesome, he gets away at first with lovely innocent soft good boy Alex and then boom!! Hard faced, 'I'm going to sort you proper' Alex. Talk about kicking ass and owning it. Love him. Well done BBC a great drama and such good acting, was on the edge of my seat the whole time which is good for me as it means I didn't nap in the middle.
Shetland returned this week and you just get used to being amazed by the scenery and beauty of the Shetland Islands and then someone gets murdered and ruins the view. You wouldn't believe there would be this much action there would you? I'm sure it's really quiet and the crime figures are really low until Jimmy Perez and his team get there. This new series sees Thomas Malone released after being in prison for the murder of Lizzie Kilmuir, it seems though he didn't commit it but how will the community react? Then what happens? Only another murder which has similarities to the murder of Lizzie's so the finger points inevitably to Thomas again. The story continues on Tuesday BBC1 at 9pm.
Onto another week and Marcella is back on Monday 19th Feb ITV at 9pm for a second series so I'm looking forward to that. Join me back for more tv talk next Sunday but before then I am back tomorrow for Music Monday.
Take care for now.
Oh what did you think to the end of Hard Sun? I had to rewatch the ending again as I had watched it six weeks ago after the first one. The whole series was available to watch straight away on iplayer so I took advantage. I quite glad I had another watch as I was a bit muddled the first time after feeling that some things didn't get answered in the end for me.
For example what did Butler do exactly to give Hicks the excuse to kill him? We got a hint of him seeing something on a laptop in a reflection in that bedroom but what was it? So I need another series which some people say cannot happen as that's it, the end of the world happened a bit earlier than expected. Apparently though there's rumoured to be another five series planned, this could give me the answers I require.
I loved it, I thought the sub plots were a good addition and I thought Renko played by Agyness Deyn was just brilliant. She kicked ass didn't she? Woah!! I kind of liked the love hate thing they had going on as it made it so unpredictable as to what was going to happen. Some have been disappointed but I want more, quick before the sun burns out.
Silent Witness came to an end this week and the first part on Monday left me a bit bewildered. Why's that Sue from the Brew? Well I found it hard to believe Nikki would be running back into a house where there was gunman free and that the armed response unit would let her. It was all a bit far fetched for me. I was forever shouting at the telly, no wonder Nikki got herself buried underground in the last series she just won't do as she's told. maybe it would be boring if she did. The second part was better and I felt all warm and fluffy when her chap surprised her for Christmas......ahhhhhhh.
I binge watched Next of Kin after my brother recommended it and so glad I did, blimey nearly missed out on this one. It was packed solid with tense, edge of your seat drama. Mona Harcourt becomes wrapped up in a tale of radicalisation and terroism after her brother is murdered whilst working overseas. It was a brilliant series and I was glued to it. I can recommend it if you haven't seen it. Well done to all involved a big hit from me.
Call the Midwife made me cry last week, it was so hard to see those children taken away from their parents - my heart just broke as I think as a parent the first thing you do is put yourself in that situation and that's what got me in tears. I just couldn't imagine it. I'm so worried about Trixie. She's back on the booze and has also split with Christopher so we'll have to see what happens this week. Lets hope she gets some help because we love her don't we? Well we love them all, it's such a heart warming drama - I look forward to watching.
Girlfriends ended this week and what an ending. Those girls just kept getting themselves deeper and deeper in trouble. I cringed with what they were planning next but hey did that leave this series with a possible hint for a second? I hope so as I need to know whether Micky survives the suitcase. I actually looked at one while out shopping today and gave it a shake just to see if he's ended up in the middle of Dunelm in some sort of twist to the plot. Along way from where he was left drifting away though eh? You never know with Kay Mellor. I really enjoyed this, it was funny, easy to watch and I think I needed something light to watch after all these intense dramas.
I'm looking forward to the last of McMafia, well I'm not as I want it to carry on forever but not sure my nerves can take it. What an ending to the last episode. He's in trouble now. I do feel that all the action happens in the last five minutes but that's ok, I enjoy the build up and now come to expect that my jaw will lock into the OMG position. I'll come back and fully review this next week after the finale. Please don't let it be a disappointing ending!!!
Phew.....that's it for this week so onto another. New dramas to come and the return of Shetland which I'm looking forward to. Be good and I'll catch you again tomorrow for Music Monday if you fancy it.
For now though, take care.
It's getting to that time again in The Voice where the blind auditions are coming to an end soon and then the battles begin. The judges are getting closer to their limit of ten team members and it's beginning to show. They all start to get cautious and so they should as 'the one' they are looking for may be part of the last few to auditions. This makes it so hard on the people auditioning at this stage as earlier on in the show they may have got through but now, no chance.
Seems so unfair and I really feel for everyone auditioning in these late stages. There were a couple last night which I wanted to see go through and one which Jennifer put through and I thought 'what the heck' but hey she's the expert. I think it gets to Olly as he would just like to take everyone on, he makes me laugh but I think he's actually portraying what we are feeling here at home on our couches. It must be frustrating for the judges too.
We said goodbye to Vera this week, not forever as she'll be back and I can't wait. A great series and my Sunday's will seem empty without her and Aidan sorting the odd murder out. I've just got to the point where I've trained myself to stay awake and stop nodding off now and also I've taken to guessing the murderer as well. I'm not very successful which is probably while Vera is in charge and I'm just a viewer.
The last one of Kiri got everyone talking. I'm not giving anything away but it ended very bizarre. It has been a great drama and has included some fantastic acting but it just seemed as though everyone got fed up and just ended it when I think most people would have liked to have seen it go to a more neater ending. Oh well, maybe it's left it open for another series but in my opinion some of these dramas don't need to go on, sometimes I just want to watch a one of drama with a beginning, middle and end. I don't want to go through a million seasons of it, depends on the drama really. Anyway we'll see what happens.
Silent Witness was quite a tough watch this week as it was based around behaviour within a residential home. This brought in a magnificent storyline including Clarissa in a more central role. It was emotional, very well acted and dealt with in a realistic but sensitive way too. Hats off to everyone involved. A hard to watch but great couple of episodes. Needs to be seen me thinks.
Right well on to another week and now we've lost some programmes I'm sure we'll gain some new stuff so I will be back to chat about it all next Sunday. If you like your music though please join me tomorrow evening for Music Monday. For now though......
Pass the Remote
Every Sunday I will review the TV for the week.