There is some great drama going on at the moment, no that's not a reference to our household at about 7.55am on a weekday when everyone is trying get out of the house and someone is still trying to find socks and a tie for school.
I'm talking about proper drama, on the. telly, Fearless being one example. How many people is that woman going to keep allowing to just come and live in her home which she shares with her boyfriend played by John Bishop. He doesn't batter an eyelid does he? So chilled out. She has a woman who's being investigated into connections with terrorism living there, the chap she's trying to prove his innocence who she's had to take in and they have been accepted to foster a young boy which may look risky now after a major police raid on her property. It is a really good drama though as she battles with being spied on herself while trying to challenge her clients conviction of the murder of a schoolgirl he is said to have committed 14 previously. Lots to unfold I think with this, it's one of those programmes you have to watch otherwise you'll miss something so it's quite intense but I'm enjoying it.
Broken was also very hard to watch this week as Sean Bean's character battled to try and talk Roz from taking her own life. She was quite adamant though and I just felt myself pleading with her the whole way through to just go and get some help and not to leave those children. It was a realistic insight into how difficult it is to understand suicide unless you are feeling those feelings inside. For those not in that mindset it can almost seem like quite a selfish act as the realism of what that person is going to leave behind. He did try and help her as much as he could but the man is also fighting his own demons as well. Brilliant acting and I suppose if a drama gets to you the way this episode did then the people behind Broken are doing a pretty good job as that is the idea of a hard hitting drama such as this.
The tissues came out for Nashville this week and oh I did sob. Thanks to the spoilers from over the pond I kind of knew this event was coming but not how. That's my own fault for following associated twitter accounts and not thinking that they are a little further ahead in the US so it's all out there and very difficult to avoid. So I'm not going to say what happened but you need a good supply of tissues and waterproof mascara though at 9pm on a Friday night I've usually taken mine off and popped my Pj's on. Oh how times change. Fridays nights used to be a blur especially after trying to remember what I'd drank and where. Now I'm tucked up on the sofa sobbing into tissues, it's a funny old life.
Doctor Who is nearing the end of the series and the Doctor is tingling in the old regeneration areas. He's working up to it isn't he? We are all asking the same question are we not? Who will be the next one? It's gone very quiet regarding speculation, last time it was Kris Marshall who was popular but who knows, I'm liking the anticipation of not really knowing. I hope it is Kris Marshall as I think he would be brilliant so we will just have to wait. It's a fabulous finale with Missy and the Master coming together although being the same person but hey it's time travel, anything can happen. The Cybermen are back in Mondasian form, early Cybermen who look more menacing with cloth faces and whatever has he let happen to Bill. All will be revealed next time.
So have a good week, I will however be back tomorrow for Music Monday so please come back for that.
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I leave Inverness for a couple of months and look what happens, there's a dead body floating around in Loch Ness, human remains found on the shores and a murdered piano teacher with a piece of his brain missing. It was quite peaceful when I left, there's even talk of Johnny Depp wanting to set up home there. May have to go back and sort things out.
I think the cast of The Loch seem to be sorting it all out, not the Johnny Depp situation, I'll sort that myself but the random body parts all over the place. I really enjoyed the first in the series and looking forward to another. Great actors and I'm doing that thing where I shout out 'oooooh been there, oh I know where that is'. I bet the highland locals are not even doing that. they are all cool as cucumbers and seem to take everything in their stride. As much as I love Siobhan Finneran and her character DCI Lauren Quigley who has been sent from Glasgow to sort this mess out I kind of want the local DS Annie Redford to be the hero and sort everything because these are her people and I think she will get to the bottom of it. DS Annie sees the DCI as the person she wants to be so I think this could be interesting to see how their working relationship turns out. It is on Sunday's ITV 9pm, same time as Poldark but you can catch up after you've finished with the shimmering squire.
BBC 1 saw a new music show start with Pitch Battle on Saturday night, the battle of the choirs. I was compelled to watch the first of these programmes as my Rock Choir leader was taking part with a few other Rock Choir leaders and friends as part of Vocally Bespoke. They were of course robbed of going any further in the competition but it was so good to see them and I felt very proud of 'our Jennie' from Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire Rock Choir. The competition was tough and they were all actually really good. I won't say anymore about the result if you haven't seen it but well done to the choir who went through. It is inspired by the film 2012 Pitch Perfect and a total of 30 choirs from all over the country will battle each other with rounds including a showstopper, a riff off, and solo opportunities. Judged by a panel including Mr Choir himself Gareth Malone, singer Kelis and a guest judge will feature each week, this week welcomed Will Young. Great entertainment. I do love a choir, oh is that because I'm part of one?
I found myself watching The Real Full Monty, not really a male stripper kind of girl but loved the movie, can you believe that was 20 years ago? It was very good and you don't realise sometimes how men also suffer from body confidence too. I think we tend to think men are ok and don't have any worries so it was interesting to see how, at first they all dealt with their slight insecurities. The whole point of the programme was to raise awareness of male cancers. Matthew Wolfenden was one of the celebs taking part and if you watched Emmerdale you will know that he played a character who developed testicular cancer and so this was a chance to promote awareness of testicular and prostate cancer, both cancers that men find difficult to see a doctor about. Matthew was joined by dancer Wayne Sleep, actor Danny John Jules, McFly's drummer Harry Judd, olympic swimmer Mark Foster, TOWIE star Elliot Wright, presenter Dom Littlewood and Pointless host Alexander Armstrong. All these guys figured if they could get naked in front of 2,500 people they could get get their bits and bobs out in front of a doctor. A great programme with such an important message but they had, and I'm going to say it, they had 'balls'. A lot of fun, well done guys!!!
I caught up with the last one of Paula and my goodness that woman wanted revenge. I won't give it away if you've not seen but you do need to see it as I couldn't believe it. What an ending. A dark but very dramatic series. Worth the watch if you didn't catch it. You'll be shocked. I think I just sat open mouthed watching the credits rolled thinking 'did she really do that?'.
Well onto another week and have a good one, I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday.
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I watched the second programme of Broken and at first I thought that it wasn't as good as the first one, so initially I was a bit deflated until I realised where this is really going. I was under the impression it was just going to be about Sean Bean's role and Anna Friel's character but it is actually different members of his community or his 'flock' and their different stories of despair, hardship and the impact on his own life too so I'm a little bit more settled now that I'm following it properly. It has to be good as it's written by Jimmy McGovern who has written some great stories for film and tv. A little dark yes but really good drama and great acting by some great names.
A new series started on Channel 4 called Ackley Bridge this week which reminded me a lot of Waterloo Road.. It concentrates on an merger not only between two schools but two communities. I found it quite entertaining and I think it is going to be a good insight into relationships and cultures, how they collide with great drama but a comedy element too so will be interesting to see how this goes. Love the cast, great to see some actors from other shows returning again. Worth a watch.
One to catch up on if you didn't see was Suzi Perry's Queens of the Road on BBC1. Suzi spoke to three women who were competing in the Cookstown 100 motorcycle road race. This was so fascinating watching these women of different ages and backgrounds following their love of racing motorbikes. They were so passionate and had completely different stories of how they started in this tough and still male dominated sport. If you want to see courage and determination it's all here in a half hour show. I was amazed especially seeing Yvonne Montgomery who had never been on a bike until she was 47. Her marriage broke down after many years, she felt alone and lost but within a year she had passed her bike test and started racing. She celebrates her 60th birthday in August. Just a very positive story of how life can start again, doing something completely different. It's never too late! All these women needed a medal just for attempting this race, it was scary. Please watch it if you can because it really is worth a look.
Poldark returned tonight! Yes I can hear a million women cheering for the shirtless Adonis back on our screens. He's not popular with the mrs though is he? In the doghouse with the fiery redhead Demelza. Action packed start to the new series with lots going on, can't wait for more. Welcome back!
I didn't even watch the Big Brother launch show and to be honest I'm not missing it at all. This is a big one for me as I have always watched it but I have finally lost interest in it. Some may say I should have lost interest a long time ago but I do like the whole psychology side of it but no I'm just not feeling it this year. It also makes it a late night if you watch Rylan's follow on show as well and I need my beauty sleep now in my late years.
Talking of sleep it's late now so I'm off to the land of nod. I will be back tomorrow for Music. Monday.
Take care for now........
Wow did you watch the new drama series called Broken which started on BBC1 on Tuesday? It was actually supposed to start the week before but was postponed due to the Manchester terrorist attack. It really is very good and stars Sean Bean as a very concerned priest, Father Michael who is very worried for single mum Christina played by Anna Friel. She is desperately trying to make ends meet with devastating repercussions for her and Father Michael trying to give her the support she needs. Looking forward to the next episode to see how she can possibly dig herself out of the hole she is in and will the priest be drawn into a bit of trouble and strife. Oh it's proper drama and well worth a watch so catch up if you can.
I'm carrying on with the other new drama Paula and that is getting more intriguing. Blimey though, she is a bit of a bed magnet for all the men she gets involved with and even had a fling with the detective who's working on the case of her fellow teacher Philip. Major drama and it is gripping to watch. It makes you jump in places, well it did me but then I'm a bit of a scaredy cat. The last one in the series is on this Thursday BBC2 at 9pm so it will be interesting to see how it all fits together.
The last one in the series of The Durrells was last Sunday and what a great programme this is. A feel good, comedy drama which is what we just need at present. It's one of those programmes you can just forget the world and lose yourself in. I love the Durrell family and they had a busy time with babies being born all over the place and a love triangle to sort out. I didn't want her to get together with Hugh really or 'Huge' as he gets called. I want her to be with Spiro, yes I know he's married but they are so well suited. It's all left open really to see if I get my wish. Going to miss it on a Sunday but hopefully we will get it back for more soon.
I've been keeping up with Nashville as well. A bit of country music and drama but I need to keep up as I get to see the artists live on Friday in Birmingham so to say I'm excited is an understatement. I have to keep away from social media regarding this programme as the peeps in the U.S are ahead and there are so many spoiler alerts. One big whammy which I now know of but I don't want to know anymore. ssssshhhhh don't tell me!!
Loads more to come in the next week with Poldark returning, Big Brother season if you are into that, and I have just started binge watching Sense 8. I am aware this may be coming to an end after only two seasons. I saw that people were in an uproar as apparently it was quite popular. So I took a look and it involves a group of people who have a common connection with telepathy so I was quite hooked with that. I'll try and get through all two seasons and let you know how it goes.
The election will dominate the tv next week as well....will be interesting but glad to get it over and done with. I'm sick of the politicians all shouting at each other on my telly but it does come in handy if you are not sure where your vote is heading
Anyway have a great week and I will catch you for Music Monday tomorrow.
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