I love The Durrells and I'm glad to see them all back. It looks so idilic where they live and such a relaxed lifestyle but they all have a lot going on. Well Leslie does with his three girlfriends. Mrs Durrell she had to interfere eh? Well she is a mum after all and I like how she does care so much it gets her into so much trouble. I can't wait to see what happens tonight. I think this has come back even funnier, not that it wasn't before but I laughed my socks off at this first episode.
Another great drama to return was The Good Karma Hospital. It was Ruby's turn to go solo on the night shift. She did hit some minor problems but got through. Oh the sexual tension between her and Dr Varma is unbelievable, will they won't they? I think they may do eventually but hey we need a bit of a build up first. Well I do. This continues tonight on ITV at 9pm.
Shetland came to an end this week and I have to say that I think this has been one of the best things on the BBC. It's brilliantly written and the acting is superb. This episode sent me around more houses than I'm sure the Shetland Islands have. Woah so many different ways that it went and I still didn't work it out in the end, that was quite a surprise. It ended with style and I'm so glad that I wasn't confused or disappointed. Well done to everyone involved.....can't wait until the next one.
Oh my goodness did you see Casualty? I won't say too much in case you haven't caught up but I'm just going to say it's lovely and romantic, all fluffy and then 'Boom' tragedy strikes in the last seconds. Now I always have this little worry about these things happening in programmes. What if I don't make it to the next episode for some reason, such as the Grim Reaper decides to pay me a visit. I'll not know what happened to Robyn and Glen so please feel free to pray a lot or see a psychic for me if this should be the case, thank you.
Now I'm sorry to hear that Ant Mcpartlin was in the news this week for all the wrong reasons. I wish him all the best and hope he gets the help he needs to make a full recovery. I know I did comment that I thought Saturday Night Takeaway was becoming a bit tiresome but blimey I didn't want it to finish in this way. I was actually warming to this new series and enjoying it once more so I eat my words. I admire Dec for carrying on with the last two episodes and this will be hard for him as I don't think he's been without Ant. So I wish them both well and I do hope to see them back together very soon.
Have a great week watching the tv, please leave a comment and tell me what you like watching at the moment, I'm interested to know if everyone is out there and watching the kind of things I am or if there is anything else I've not featured and you would like me too.
Thank you for reading, please feel free to join me for Music Monday tomorrow but for now......take care.
A big congratulations to Jake Quickenden for becoming the Dancing on Ice winner last week. I said he was going to win but I think he was favourite anyway as he was so consistent throughout. I was pleased, I thought he was the best amongst them but I did think the final would be between him and Max Evans to be honest as I rated Max better than Brooke but hey you never know how these things are going to pan out.
It was good to see Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean back on the ice in a wonderful routine and also great to see them choreographing a routine for the final contestants. Now you see that made such a difference as they did coach the celebs in the past series and it definitely shows. I'm not knocking any of the professionals but Jane and Chris know how to bring out the best in the celebrities and give them better content. it was almost like watching the old series again. I had almost lost my DOI mojo thinking whether it was the change in set or the judges but no it's the choreography and the lack of input from Torvill and Dean.
I know they wanted to step back a bit and take it more steady, I can't actually believe they still do what they do going into their sixties but you could see the frustration in Chris some weeks when he couldn't get his hands on some of the skating pairs. He so wants to be a part of it really, it must be hard to stop when it's taken up a big chunk of your life. Go on Chris get stuck in again we know you love it!!
If you haven't tuned in to the Celebrity Bake offs so far then go and catch up as they are really worth a watch. The Great British Bake Off is running with different celebrities every week and raising money for Stand Up to Cancer. It really is very funny and they have chosen a good selection of celebs for this. Last week saw Martin Kemp struggle with his cupcakes, something that I would never ever see but it really didn't matter as he can smile his way out of any predicament I feel. The lovely Bill Turnbull took part and you will need a mascara warning as they have filmed him talking about his own diagnosis of cancer since the filming of Bake Off.
This week was hilarious with Stacey Solomon, Ricky Wilson, Perri Kiely and Nick Hewer. Perri is so lovely and has grown into such a fine young man, I still think of him as the little lad in Diversity. Nick struggled throughout and I'm sure every single contestant from The Apprentice was having a moment seeing him under the strain of being completely out of his comfort zone. A huge well done to him though as he entered into it and after all it was all for charity. Stacey was the star for me, she shooed Mr Hollywood out of her kitchen and just made me laugh from beginning to end. Please watch it and give a little donation for a good cause.
Yes I joined the nation at Barbara's funeral last weekend in Call the Midwife. But it wasn't the funeral that got me it was the lovely film that they had put together for Sister Monica Jones's birthday at the end. Filled with joy and sadness it was just beautiful, and the narration always sends me off to grab the Kleenex too. A great series again by everyone, we will miss you Barbara!
Well that's another week over with again. I'm really looking forward to the return tonight of The Durrells and The Good Karma Hospital. Two of my absolute favourites so I shall give them a mention next week. For now though take care and join me again tomorrow if ya fancy for Music Monday.
Well I must have had something big in my eye this week as I literally balled my eyes out last Sunday as poor Barbara left us in Call the Midwife. It was so sad, as at one point they seemed to give the impression she was going to be fine and everything was going to be ok. But no, there was no happy ever after as the nasty meningococcal septicaemia got to her in the end.
My son was treated for the same infection some years ago and I'm so glad they've moved on with treatment but to be honest sometimes there is no controlling this horrible infection, you do have to wait for the antibiotics to do their best and it becomes a waiting game as you saw here. I'm going to miss her as she was so lovely as they all are in this series. How will Tom cope? Well we will see more tonight as the series comes to an end, gone quick hasn't it? RIP Barbara.
It was also the finale of Collateral this week and I don't know what it is about some dramas just lately but they start off really good but then they end abruptly as if someone go bored of writing anymore and finished it off quickly. I wasn't ready for this to end, it seemed as though it needed to go a little further but maybe it's just me. I did like it but a bit disappointing, kind of expected more from this.
Strike finished as well and I love this, to be honest the storyline could be about anything and yes it had me gripped but I am a bit addicted to know whether Robin and Strike will ever get together. I was really thinking they might when she fell out with her boyfriend Matthew but no alas it was not to be. I am destined to be disappointed as she only went and married her fella, ohhhh and Cormoran was there, he made it to the church. Why didn't he shout 'noooooo it should be me', he wouldn't though would he? He's in that denial place and he wouldn't want to hurt her. Get your notebook and pen out JK Rowling as we need more of these.
Plenty of finishers eh? We see the end of Dancing on Ice tonight and the finale will see Torvill and Dean take to the ice which frankly is going to be the best part of the series so far. I've had mixed feelings about this, one part of me is glad it's come back but not sure of the new format. I think Jake Quickenden has been consistent throughout this series and I think he will win it. I hope so, as he skates the best out of them all. Good luck to him and yes please bring it back again but bring it back like the old days.
I've watched my last Shakespeare and Hathaway as well this week after ten episodes altogether. I raved about this last week and it was brilliant again this week. I did that thing where I'm binge watching and I take it really slowly watching the last couple of episodes as I didn't want it to end. Please make some more of these!!!!
Oh a returner!! Yes Nashville was back on Friday night. The beginning of series six and for those of you who don't know this is the last one...boooooooo hoooooooo. Not sure how I'm going to cope as I love this programme. It kicked off really well but poor Juliette is still fighting her demons bless her, hope she does get through, it would be nice to see her happy and settled at the end Come on gal we are behind you, even if you are a bit of a baddy sometimes but then it would be boring without her being a meany sometimes.
So there I will leave you this week. I'd like to wish all you mummy brewers a lovely Mother's Day here in the UK and I hope you have been made lots of tea or coffee or drank a bit of wine but most of all been spoilt rotten as you deserve it.
Kick your feet up and relax, all of you that is and buckle down for another week of telly. I will catch you for more Pass the Remote next Sunday or if you can't wait till then join me tomorrow for Music Monday.
Take care for now.
Oh I've just fell in love with a new detective series this week. It's Shakespeare & Hathaway being screened on BBC1 every weekday afternoon at 2.15pm. It stars Joy Joyner as Luella Shakespeare and Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway who have partnered up together to fight crime around Stratford upon Avon.
It has a great combination of murder, mystery and a comedy factor that just lightens your life that little bit, enough to lift us out of this wintery weather at present. Patrick Walshe McBride as Sebastian Brudenell adds to the team as assistant, tea maker and struggling actor, he is just brilliant and is the icing on the cake to thou detective agency (see what I did there?That's about as far as my Shakespeare goes).
If you've missed this you can catch up with it on the iplayer and I recommend you do if you like a bit of light entertainment as you will really love it. Why it isn't on prime time tv I don't know as it's as good as anything else. Go have a look and see what you think even if it's to also see the beautiful scenery around Stratford, one of my favourite places.
I also got. a bit hooked on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as well this week. I'm finding it interesting to learn more about what happened, I remember him being shot but I don't remember too much about the background of his murder. I thought initially that it was to be a one off drama, film documentary type thing but no it's a nine part series.
There are some familiar faces such as Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz and quite a bit of controversy about the accents. People on the social media places seem to think Penelope is using a Spanish accent rather than an Italian one in her role as Donatella Versace but it's not bothering me much. She was straight into business wan't she? He had only been dead for a few hours but I suppose things had to be sorted. Also I couldn't believe how many people just trampled all over the crime scene. There were people arriving at the villa and press holding press conferences and nobody attempted to clean up or keep people away. Have they no police tape in Miami?
Apart from that I thought it was a acceptable drama, and as I said I just want to know the story so that's what it's all about. I don't need it to be anything BAFTA award winning, I just want the story to be told and for it to be reasonably watchable. I'm not sure how true the story is either. I suppose there may be some family members and friends of Versace who may disagree with some elements of this series and there may be better ways of learning about the truth of this event but I'll start here and see how it goes. It is on BBC2 on Wednesday evening at 9pm.
I'm sure you'll all join in wishing poor Barbara in Call the Midwife the best and a speedy recovery. She isn't looking well at all is she? Oh please BBC, don't make me have to grab the tissue box again.....not Barbara!!! We'll see what happens later on this evening at 8pm on BBC1
I was also very sad to hear of the death of the lovely and very funny Emma Chambers. She was most famous for her roles as Alice in The Vicar of Dibley and as Honey Thacker in Notting Hill. A true delight and she was a real talent starring in many other roles too. Emma made me laugh on many occasions and I don't think anyone could have played Alice as well as her. Too many classic moments to mention, I would be here all day and I honestly wouldn't be able to type as I would cry with laughter just recalling them. I'm laughing now especially thinking of 'I can't believe it's not butter'. The jokes at the end of Vicar of Dibley along with Dawn French were just class and I will remember them for as long as I live.
RIP you gorgeous woman, fly high and make those angels giggle.
I dedicate this weeks 'Pass the Remote' to you xx
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