I haven't actually watched a lot of tv this week I must admit. I've been too busy but I did catch a good chunk of The Chelsea Flower Show. It is one of my favourite times of the year and although I've never been to Chelsea I am kind of happy to skip the crowds and watch it on the telly.
As a florist myself I was pleased to see Mary Berry there picking up tips from Royal Wedding florist Philippa Craddock. I also liked the information she gave out on different flowers for wedding anniversaries. It was a great show, the Queen managed to hot foot it from the wedding to appear there and there were some very beautiful and inspirational gardens. I now look at mine and feel ashamed....happens every year. One year I feel I may have to go to Chelsea and then kidnap a great gardener to come and turn mine into something amazing.
My other great watch this week was A Very English Scandal. This is a drama starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw and follows the Jeremy Thorpe scandal in which the MP was tried and acquitted for conspiring to murder his former lover Norman Scott. Poor Norman is not going to be silenced is he? He will not go quietly and that's a huge problem for Mr Thorpe. This is written by Russell T Davies who is also responsible for Doctor Who and Torchwood amongst many others and this has started off as a great drama. I'm looking forward to following the story further tonight at 9pm on BBC 1.
The Split continues to be one of the best dramas around at the moment. If you haven't watched it then go and play catch up on the BBC iplayer as it is brilliant. Nicola Walker is amazing and manages to put her talents to so many successful tv dramas and all with very different characters. Stephen Mangan is naughty liar in this and every relationship here is going through the mill but then it is a drama about family lawyers so what do we expect? Oh Hannah you may have to just fall into the arms of your dutch colleague......will she won't she? We'll have to wait and see.
Well that's it this week......I am catching up with Innocent on iplayer so I will review that next week. Be good to yourselves and have a great week. feel free to join me tomorrow for Music Monday.
Ahhhh what did we all think to the Royal Wedding? Too much or was it just right? Well I'm going to talk about as the rest of the world is and why not it was a lovely day.
The weather was perfect, the setting of Windsor Castle was just excellent and it all went to plan. Even the little bridesmaids and page boys were on their best behaviour although I think they may have been treated to a Disney film as an alternative to sitting through Bishop Michael Curry's sermon. He got people talking didn't he? He also got people giggling and I had to laugh at some of the facial expressions going around the chapel.
For those that don't know Michael Curry is quite an amazing man, he is an ambassador for equal rights and a champion for inclusivity of the LGBTQ community within the Christian church. Before you do criticise him for how 'he went on' a bit well just have a read up on him first. I am not a religious person myself so some parts of any religious services tend to pass me by a little but I loved his passion and his speech. I think it will be remembered for a long time....maybe not in it's entirety by some but for others he will be an inspiration.
The bride looked beautiful in a simple but elegant gown with a huge train, bet she didn't boogie the night away in that. I honesty thought the pageboys would go for a ride on it at some point. Harry and William looked very smart and their mum would have been very proud of them. I did love how Charles met Meghan half way and walked her for the rest of the way to the altar and to her husband to be. He did chat to her all the way and I did admire him for giving Meghan's mum some attention too.
The celebrities were out in full force. The Cluney's, Mr and Mrs James Corden, The Beckham's, lots of sporting personalities as well as more from stage and screen. I always like to see Eugenie and Beatrice but wish Andrew and Sarah could just sit together, they are still friends so why not.....pobably not Royal protocol. I felt so sorry for Meghan's mum being on her own and the only family member there from her side of the family but she seemed to be looked after quite well.
The gospel choir were my favourite part of the service. I love a choir as you well know but this one, wow they were just great and a superb song choice of Stand By Me. I did enter into it all, I sang the hymns and said the Lord's Prayer....I did well for a non believer I just enjoy a get together.
A very successful day and surely you cannot knock a bit of happiness for Harry, his girl and for the lift it gives the country. I'm not a huge royalist, I do like these boys as they have a lot of their mother in them and I was a Diana fan so I felt happy and glad to have joined in with their day. You can criticise it all you like but we need a bit of a happy event now and again......and us brits do it so well.
Well done to both BBC and ITV for the fantastic coverage. It is the telly moment of this week so I am dedicating my Pass the Remote this week to the happy couple.
Congratulations to Harry and Meghan
the Duke and Duchess of Sussex....
Thanks for reading, catch me tomorrow for my Music Monday feature but for now take care.
Last week I raved about the new series Home From Home showing on BBC One 9.30 Friday evenings. While watching this weeks episode I suddenly realised that Mercy Hackett (Neil's mum) is only played by Elaine Paige. Am I the only one that thinks that's really funny? I'm so used to hearing her telling me about the musicals on Radio 2 and hearing her giggle today when listening just made me giggle along with her. I was partly laughing at what she was but I had the image of her in my head as Mercy too.
She plays this character so well and is at present hiding her little 'friendship' with her sons neighbour Fieldhouse played by Paul Barber. For a reminder about Paul, he has been in loads of film and television series but most famously for Denzil in Only Fools and Horses and he was also in The Full Monty. Oh they are the couple you would not necessarily have put together or is it the actors I wouldn't have paired but it works perfectly. I do love this....it's a nice light comedy and has some class moments. Well done BBC.
Well The Durrells finished (SPOILER ALERT) with me cheering and happy one minute and in tears at the end. Oh heck I so wanted that woman to be happy with Spiro and it was looking like she was going to get to snog him after all this time then boom.......heartache. I'm sorry if you've not caught up with it yet but I'm very sad. Spiro!!! I know ya Mrs came back but there is a woman there whose heart is breaking because she couldn't be with her man. I cried, I'm not ashamed to say......I just felt her pain. Maybe things will develop again in the next series.....I live in hope. Overall a fantastic series again and will look forward to it's return again.
I watched Peter Kay's Car Share Unscripted and I thought it was very funny. Some folk on social media didn't see the funny side but I don't see why not. Peter and Sian who play the main characters are two of the co writers of the programme so it would be surely a very similar show if they had run with a script for it. It was very clever of them to put that together and they do display a very funny natural partnership which we all surely have been familiar with at some point with a car pal.....I know I have. He never fails for me Peter Kay, I can just look at him and curl up laughing, he has comical facial expressions that automatically show you what he's thinking......brilliant.
I delved into the new series of The Bridge which is the Scandinavian police drama if you didn't know. Now I binge watched this ages ago and forgot which point the series was at by the time this new fourth series had started. I may have to recap to remind me. That's the trouble when there has been a massive break in between a series you just forget what's happened. I did have to get back into reading subtitles again. It didn't bother me before, my eyes kind of trained themselves to read and watch but I had forgotten how quick these subtitles go. I mean you have to read and also watch the characters too don't you? My eyes were aching by the end....I may well just wait until the series has finished and watch it all in one go. I need a constant flow of eye exercise.......I'm sure it's my age.
It is a good series so well worth the watch if you don't mind subtitles. It is the last series so that will be it for regular fans. That Bridge has seen more dead bodies under it than anywhere else in the world. I think everyone in Scandinavia must say 'now where can I put this dead body, oh I know under that big bridge' after all it is bound to create great tv.
No one won the million in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire but I enjoyed watching it every evening and I liked Jeremy Clarkson in the hot seat. brilliant......bring it back ITV.
Have a great evening, I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday.....take care for now.
It's been twenty years since the first Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, well it will be officially on the 4th September. This week ITV have decided to run a seven day special anniversary edition of the programme with new host Jeremy Clarkson. Yes Jezza has taken over the reigns from Chris Tarrant who presented the show from it's beginning until 11th February 2014.
He did an ok job really, I am one of those people who doesn't mind Mr Clarkson but there will be a lot people that will moan about him being selected. There are loads of people who could do the job and not sure why Chris didn't comeback to it, maybe they wanted a fresh look.
There are a couple of new rules, the first being an extra lifeline 'Ask the Host'. Yes the poor contestant can ask Jeremy what he thinks the answer is. I suppose if it's anything about cars you can trust him but I'm sure he knows more than he lets on. He did help the very first contestant out with a question on cricket and got it right so there is hope. The other rule is that the contestant can choose their own safety net amount in which, if they decide to go home with the cash they take the amount they agreed on their safety net.
I think it went well and I quite enjoyed watching it, almost like watching it for the first time again. I completely forgot how they selected the contestants so was glad to be reminded of 'fastest finger first' and also I didn't realise the 'phone a friend' was kept an eye on by an adjudicator at their home. Apparently they are there to make sure the 'friend' doesn't use Google but I thought you could.....I mean there isn't that much time but I did think they could just look it up.
I would have been a rubbish phone a friend and totally cheated but I never would have coughed in the audience.....remember that controversy? Knowing my luck I'd be in the audience with the worst chest infection and get carted off for rigging the answers with my genuine bad cough. I liked Jeremy Clarkson at the helm as I think he puts the right amount of sarcasm in there which I don't think anyone else can do so thumbs up from me and I will watch again tonight.
Another fabulous watch this week was Home From Home starring Johnny Vegas and Emilia Fox. This is a 'class divide' comedy where Neil played by Johnny and his family have a slightly run down holiday lodge and Penny Dillon and her hubby have a very posh upgraded lodge across from them complete with hot tub. Penny is so snobby and clashes with Neil in a big way, the rivalry is just so amusing and they are brilliant acting opposite each other. My favourite characters though have to be Thistlewaite (Pearce Quigley) and Lorraine Sykes (Susan Calman), they are so funny and had me in stitches. Thistlewaite is the park manager and winds Neil up big time but he has such a funny personality, someone did a lot of holidaying on a good many sites to research him when writing this. Lorraine is conspiracy mad, she is that one neighbour who 'busy bodies' around but always turns the conversation to some bizarre combinations of conspiracy theories.
It is worth watching. It airs on BBC Friday at 9.30 but catch up on the iplayer, it really is hilarious.
Well we say goodbye to The Durrells tonight but we say hello to a new series of The Bridge on Friday. BBC 2 9pm. Now if you have not watched this before you do need your reading glasses on as it is subtitled. Its is a Scandinavian crime drama series and it is really good. This will be the last series but you can binge watch all of the other seasons on the BBC iplayer. What we do without that iplayer eh? I use it a lot, I very rarely watch programmes 'live' anymore. Great invention.
Enjoy your week, I hope you are having a very nice Bank Holiday weekend. If you fancy reading more posts by me then pop back for Music Monday tomorrow but for now........
Pass the Remote
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