Oh heck the poor Queen has hit hard times. Yes Victoria returned for the start of a third series last Sunday and what a start. She's taken everyone in to the palace and then there's a revolution kicking off outside in the front garden.
The King of France, Louis Philippe turned up needing a bed after being turfed out of his country and then to add to that Victoria's half sister, Princess Feodora pops up out of nowhere and borrows all her frocks. The public are protesting for change as the start of the chartist movement becomes apparent. This came in very handy as I was studying the Chartist's in my recent essay for The Open University so I watched this with an added interest. All this happening to Victoria as well as being heavily pregnant with her sixth child.
I moan some days that things are not going my way or about silly stuff that isn't worth complaining about but blimey I think I will think again after watching this. I was wondering how much she could take as the situation with the Chartist's really puts her and her family's life in danger.
I felt quite exhausted watching it but glad for it's return. Jenna Coleman plays the monarch so well and we see the introduction of the cheeky Lord Palmerston played by Laurence Fox, wasn't he just brilliant? I don't think anyone else could have played that part as well as him. It was like pantomime, I wanted to boo at the telly and get saying 'oh you naughty naughty man'.
There were dark times back then and you do get a good history lesson if you were not already familiar with the story of Queen Victoria so it's an education as well as watching brilliant drama. looking forward to seeing more tonight.
A bit of a conflict tonight though as we see the return Line of Duty which I am so excited about but it will clash with Victoria at the same time of 9pm. I've decided my mum's day treat tonight is a glass of wine after a day's work and watch the team at AC-12 sort out the corrupted coppers, love it. So I may have to catch up with Victoria later on.
Don't tell me what happens, no spoilers. I will probably end up catching up with both of them after snoozing on the sofa but we'll see. However you watch your telly and whatever you watch enjoy and I will be back tomorrow with Music Monday......but for now.......
Well I had to leave the quiet isles of Shetland this week as the series ended in true style. I love Shetland, it's just brilliant, it follows one story and I didn't realise so much could happen on these islands. The plot goes so many different ways and you end up suspecting everyone before realising the one person who you didn't suspect is in fact the culprit.
I've been all around the island, even jumped off for a while as Perez had to go and fetch his daughter from university to keep her safe. We have seen a few locals and visitors knocked off and bodies floating in the sea so it's all happened up there. You can never guess though with all the twists and turns but I do like how they come to a conclusion in the end and everything makes sense. I'm never left too confused with his programme and it usually gets a happy ending.
If you have never watched Shetland, well give it a go as I think it's one of the best crime drama's around. You can catch up on the BBC iplayer and besides all the blood and murder there is some absolutely stunning scenery. All quiet on the Scottish isles, well it seems not. Everyone can rest now though as Perez and his team have brought order to Shetland and it's safe now but for how long?
I went from Shetland over to Morecambe Bay to see what was happening in the first of a new police drama series called The Bay. I wasn't quite sure about this to be honest, I was left feeling a bit flat and not very impressed. Some people are comparing this to Broadchurch probably because of the storyline involving two missing children and it has that same feel but I don't think it will be as good.
The first programme has caused a bit of a stir with the public and the main character DS Lisa Armstrong played my Morven Christie has already come under some criticism. She's driven with a hangover so possibly still over the limit, used her mobile phone while driving and deleted crucial evidence.
The thing that people need to remember though is that it isn't real and she isn't a real police woman. The writers are just building up the story so you get an idea to the background of her character and yes she isn't a great copper at the moment but will she be? Don't take it too seriously is my advice, it's not a true story!. A good plot though with the storyline and although I wasn't grabbed entirely by the first one I may stick it out and watch another just to give it a chance.
It may be one of those dramas that has an iffy start and turns out to be brilliant and also I kind of need to know where these kids have gone, no spoilers but we know about one but who is responsible for the mess that is emerging. I think it's going to be another one of those 'it's not who you think' cases again. If you want to give it and try you need to be watching ITV on Wednesday evenings at 9pm or go to the ITV Hub and catch up.
You could say DS Armstrong is such a bad police woman that she would need to be investigated by the Line of Duty team well that series returns next Sunday (31st) and I can't wait. I love Line of Duty and what a great treat for Mother's Day. We will see The Durrells return soon for the final series which I am also looking forward and I will be perched by the box this evening for another series of Victoria.
For now though I am going to grab a brew and calm down after trying to solve so many murders. We'll chill out tomorrow with a bit of music natter on Music Monday but for now you grab your brew too and take care.
It's been a bit of a charity clash this week on our tv's. It was the annual Comic Relief event which had a very successful evening on Friday raising a massive amount of money so well done to everyone involved with that.
It's very much a personal thing with these big charity nights and events, some support more than others and we can't support them all. Comic Relief does help some great projects and more now in the UK so it is a good all round event which gives everyone the chance to help a lot of people, be it here in the UK or overseas.
For me though my heart kind of belongs to Stand Up To Cancer at present on the old box. Yes they have started the Celebrity Bake Off to raise money and it's got off to a great start. There are some excellent celebrities taking part, most of which I have heard of which is good and if you haven't seen the first two episodes then you must go on the iplayer and have a catch up.
I know everyone isn't a fan of Russell Brand but I really like him, he was so funny in the first episode last week and just totally entered into he whole thing. He was really good and looked like a star baker, did he get it though?.....Na not telling ya. I just couldn't get over John Lithgow being there as well, I mean that man is a huge Hollywood movie star and one of the best actors ever and there he is in the Bake Off kitchen!!
This week saw Michelle Keegan and Rylan Clark-Neal battle it out or the top spot and it was quite close there for a moment. I love how they all start to get very competitive. The sports personalities who take part tend to relax and have a bit of fun and it would be them that you would expect to be going for the bake off pinny but no the others get a real battle going. Then there is the celebs who try their hardest but bless them, I think they come along hoping for maybe, for just a pity handshake from Mr Hollywood. It doesn't matter though....it's all for charity.
I'm really looking forward to seeing more and hoping that it will raise so much cash for Stand Up To Cancer. I think we have all been affected in some way by cancer, whether it's been someone you know or has happened to you. Please give the Bake Off's a watch and if you can manage a donation that would be great.
Stand Up To Cancer funds research, which takes developments in the labs and accelerates them into brand new tests and treatments for cancer patients who need them. Taken from the Stand Up to Cancer website - for more information go to www.standuptocancer.org.uk
So that's my pick of the week, the next episode is on Tuesday evening Channel 4 at 8pm so don't forget. One in two of us will be affected by cancer, that is a shocking statistic so we need to do as much as possible.
Right I am off to work through another week, I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday but for now you take care.
Well, I rushed from Casualty to see what was happening in the other department at Holby City. The chaos just continued really didn't it? Oh heck Iain nearly fluffed it and it wasn't looking great for Sacha. Connie and Jac decided to fight out their differences and then ended up operating on each other's patients, now there was a crossover to be seen.
Meanwhile in the scanner room Essie collapsed due to her diabetes while looking after Sacha's daughter and Ric made a valiant attempt to scramble through the roof to reach them. Thank goodness for the power coming back on....phew I was pretty exhausted watching this.
It kept me awake though, there was no time to nap here, too much going on. I kind of want Ric and Elle to get together now we know it was he whom she had a one night stand with at the old medical conference. Not sure whether that works for anyone else but maybe that story will continue. My heart went out to Noel when he went to confess that he may have been responsible for opening a dodgy email leading to all this kafuffle. He is so lovely and it ended up that he wasn't and that he was in the clear.
In fact everyone ended up in the clear and alive which was a good result. I've since been to visit Iain back in Casualty last night and although stable now he is still fighting his demons but with his sister for support now.
Hey what a very dramatic week and well done to all involved, it was a great couple of episodes. I was listening to the Executive Producer being interviewed on Radio 2 last week and he was asked whether there would be more crossovers like this. I felt from what he said it was a bit stressful to actually get these two drama's together and it involved a lot of hard work so we may not see them too often but I did enjoy it.
It is nice to get a taste for another programme in this way if you don't watch it already. I suppose if viewing figures do slide a bit it's a good way of pumping them up again but I'm not saying that's why it was done. I like these to dramas as they just continue on and on. There is never a break unless it's for the odd occasion when there is something else on, usually football, a World Cup or something similar. I like that we don't have to wait for another series in a years time so hats off to those who work so hard to put these programmes together.
I'm going to have a lie down now as this medical lark is hard work. I will be back though tomorrow for Music Monday so join me then but for now, take care everyone!!
Oh wow how exciting was Casualty last night? I was so gripped I felt an enormous bout of disappointment when the credits rolled. It was like an action packed blockbuster movie, I could have carried on watching it for at least another hour and that's not like me. I'm usually ready to nod off as I relax on my sofa but no, how could anyone have nodded off in the middle of this chaos.
Just as I thought one problem had settled there was another cropping up. Oh heck I don't envy any of the staff at Holby, they have got their work cut out here. If you are not a Holby City Hospital follower then you are probably wondering 'what the blinking heck are you on about Sue from the Brew?'
Well this week sees a crossover between Casualty and Holby City which always makes sense to me as these are two programmes involving the same hospital so I tend to get a bit excited when the two come together. Saying that though I am a big Casualty watcher but not so much a Holby viewer so I'm thinking will I know what's going on when I crossover to Holby City on Tuesday evening?
Now this is where me and Mum from the Brew make a good team as she is an avid Holby City watcher but not so much Casualty so we can swap notes here. It's great, it is genuinely like me and my mum work in different departments in the hospital, no don't tell me I'm taking it too seriously, let me just pretend.
So lots of things going off in this hospital, basically there is a virus of the techno kind which has got into the computer system and the whole hospital is experiencing problems with monitors, equipment, lights and lifts. Yes we now have Connie Beauchamp and crew stuck in a lift with poor Iain the paramedic who is in a serious life threatening situation.
We also have a car crash involving some of the Holby lot and Sacha's daughter is in a bad way, right mum? I think the people behind the scenes of both drama's will take into account that some people follow one programme and not the other but it is a good way of teasing you into watching the other option. I'm now left thinking whether I should be watching Holby City, mmm yes very clever.
Basically it's all kicking off and I'm just wondering when someone is going to suggest that some patients may need to go to another hospital but then that's probably not possible. Also was that car really going fast enough to do all that spinning over and over? Great action shot though, me feels that they maybe going for a BAFTA here.
The clash of the titans has started with these two (pictured), Connie and Jac Naylor going head to head. I think this is one of the best parts of the crossover. I am familiar with both of these ladies history and my goodness they are so good together. This is not just a crossover but a clash of two of the biggest personalities in Holby history. Let the bitch fest begin!
Well I will be crossing over to Holby City on Tuesday night and continuing the action there. Let me know.....do you like the crossover of these two drama's? Do you prefer one to the other? Go on be a bit devilish and enjoy the other side of the hospital, you may enjoy it.
I can't wait for the next week of tv.....you take care and have a great week too. I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday, join me then.
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