I seem to be sponsored by Kleenex this week (other tissues are available). My goodness, everything I watched left me in an emotional mess. Now I don't normally watch something that I know will make me cry such as DIY SOS as I feel it's just punishment. I don't want to cry but sometimes you just have join in with everyone's moment and most of the time they are tears of joy.
So I started with 'Diana, our Mother: Her Life and Legacy' on ITV which was just a lovely documentary featuring Prince William and Harry talking about their mum. They spoke of her with such love and happiness it just set me off straight away. She was such a beautiful person, yes a bit controversial and a rogue but blimey I loved that about her. She would have been so proud of those boys as they have never forgotten her, this programme was a heartfelt tribute from their prospective and it was good to get an idea of how they felt especially when she died. We all remember where we were when we lost this lady, it was a very sad time and so devastating for her sons. A must watch so it is worth a catch up if you haven't seen it.
I then thought it would be a good idea to watch 'Long Lost Family' on ITV. Now I kind of expected major tears at this as of the programmes nature but blimey I blubbed and blubbed. Here again like DIY SOS it is just immense feelings of joy at people being presented with a a solution to make life better or an answer to something that has been missing. Davina and Nicky are so good with these families, so sympathetic and gentle. It's them that set me off with the 'you can tell them as we've found your son' or 'You're daughter is waiting to meet you'. Arrrrrrrrrghhhhh my heart just beats an extra beat for them all. It must be so hard to have had to give children up for adoption years ago as there just wasn't the support as there is today. It is amazing to see these people reunited, having a second chance as you only get one so peace is being made, it's a sight to see.
My next emotional moment was watching 'Inside the London Fire Brigade' also on ITV. This is a three part series in which the London firefighters were filmed over the past year but obviously this last year has included the worst fire in Britain since World War 2. This is the first time we have seen the firefighters talking about that fateful night at Grenfell Tower and the effect it had on them. You have not idea until you listen to their accounts, just what went on that night and how, even though a lot of people didn't get out they should still consider themselves to be heroes. What would we do without them? These programmes certainly make you think that we should never take these hard working individuals for granted and support them in every way we can.
Nashville has made me cry every week so far especially after recent tragic events (no spoilers in case you are binge watching). I get my tissues ready at 9pm on a Friday night as I just now I'm going to be balling by five past. Great show and I know I keep saying it but if you haven't seen it you need to as it's brilliant. Brilliantly filmed, brilliantly acted and apart from recent tears and tragedy it has been fun too. You can find it on Sky Living, I binge watched it through NOW TV and the Entertainment Package. You don't have to be a massive country music fan but the music is, yep BRILLIANT too.
Well that's it for this week, I'm hoping the coming week may have less tears but hey we'll see. It's good to have a cry now and again. I just need someone to donate tissues now though. It's costing me a fortune especially as someone in our house has had a cold as well.
I will be back for Music Monday tomorrow but for now take care.
Is it it me or does there seem just a massive influx of drama on television at the moment? Everywhere I look in my tv guide or on the telly there is a new one which has popped up or someone will say 'are you watching that new programme?' I reply by saying 'which one?' or 'nooooooo, tell me more'.
It's seems all good but I can't keep up, I am literally on a constant loop of catch up tv, binge watching episodes I've not had time to watch. I feel so overdosed on drama I'm beginning to confuse tv world with reality. My Poldark accent is coming on nicely but I do get strange looks and there are mysterious going's on in next doors pond. Not as mysterious as the going's on in The Loch though, wow what a finale. I didn't guess the murderer in that did you? I've loved it, it was great how they highlighted different characters and their motives. a true 'who done it'. I must have gone through everyone and suspected them but the end did come as a bit of a surprise. very good and well done ITV.
Fearless was the other drama to end this week and I thought it was a great finale, enjoyed it very much. It was a bit deep and you had to follow it properly but overall I thought it was a good series. I have seen some reviews saying they were disappointed by the ending but I think it had a reasonable conclusion and everything seemed to fit into place.
I hadn't initially watched In the Dark so I caught up with the first two programmes and I really enjoyed it. Here again I was playing armchair detective and failed miserably when it came to sorting out the killer. It's a good job I am not in the police force. The murderer would be staring me in the face wearing a sign saying 'It's me' and I still wouldn't get it. I am one of those people who just get a very big surprise when all is revealed. This is a four part drama and the next two programmes seem to be following a different story so now I've got to get my head around another case, no wonder I nod off in the middle of all these drama's, I'm exhausted by all my hopeless detective work.
I think it is a good sign of a good police drama if you haven't guessed the culprit. It would be very boring if we just knew who it was straight away, it needs to adventurous and unpredictable otherwise we wouldn't want to carry on watching it until the end. You just have to remember to stay off any social media if you are in a catch up situation as the spoilers will have great delight in spreading the word. I try not to do that here, if I do I would give you a warning.
And so on to 'Love Island'........no not really. I'm not watching that at all and can't understand why it is as big as it is. It's just Big Brother in the sun. I did catch about five minutes of it and frankly that's five minutes I am never going to get back. Each to their own though, we all like different things, I don't watch the soaps and have never watched Game of Thrones so you may say I'm not at all in a position to be writing about tv but I just write about what is on my tv at present. In my house I own the remote control!! Ha ha ha ha ha (evil laugh). Well it mainly ends up getting very lost and to be honest, it has seen better days. It doesn't look like the photo above anymore, it has a lot of sellotape keeping it together.
Let's hope it stays together and keeps working for another week so that I can watch some more super TV. Thank you very much for reading and please do feel free to tell me all about Love Island and Game of Thrones, I would be interested to hear about what I may be missing.
Take care for now but come back tomorrow for Music Monday.
Well what do we think? I bet you're fed up with seeing it plastered all over your TV and social media but if you have nipped to another planet over the last few hours, the 13th Doctor has been announced.
Jodie Whittaker has been presented with the key to the Tardis and will take over from Peter Capaldi on Christmas Day. For me? I can't wait!! I was very surprised as I had my imaginary money on Kris Marshall being the one but there was a part of me that thought it may be too obvious. Previously the new Doctor has always been a surprise and someone you really didn't think of. I had never heard of Matt Smith when he took over and I hadn't seen a lot of Peter Capaldi before.
There are mixed views about the choice, there always are. Jodie will be the first woman to play the Doctor which has also shaken things up slightly. It was rumoured that it may be a woman but I must admit I tended to shake that one off thinking they wouldn't go for it. We should know though that anything is possible in Whosville. I don't personally see how we can criticise the decision at the moment, especially as we haven't seen her in action yet. The time to make your mind up as to whether you continue to support Doctor Who is after a few episodes, give the girl a break.
I think people are worried she may get in there and just sort everything out in the first series, like women do really. We tend to multi task and I don't see the Cybermen and Daleks putting her off in a rush. Us strong women tend to just get the job done don't we? Just as long as she can park that Tardis we will be ok eh?
Just remember before tearing this girl apart that she will be nervous, I think as far as I've seen from her reaction to being revealed, she is excited and honoured to be taking this role on. She will know how much it means to hard fast Whovians and the BBC wouldn't have cast her if they didn't think this was going to work. I don't think they would have taken a massive risk without seeing something great in Jodie. So shall we wait and see?
There will also be a change in head writer and executive producer as Chris Chibnall will replace Steven Moffat in the new series. His work includes Torchwood, Broadchurch and Life on Mars so pretty good I would say. I'm really looking forward to these new changes, I think a long running series like Doctor Who needs a new direction to stay fresh and current. I welcome a female Doctor, it wasn't what I initially had chosen in my mind but it could be really interesting.
Time will tell (see what I did there?). I hope they put a lot of humour in and make her a top trendy woman that everyone wants to be. I want to be her already. I'd love that gig! Maybe not, too much pressure I'd end up eating far too much cake and probably crash the Tardis. Catch the Christmas special, funnily enough on Christmas Day and lets join together after that to review again.
For now though take care and join me back here tomorrow for Music Monday.
Now I don't normally watch the tennis, I am one those those annoying people who tends to dip in and out of the Wimbledon coverage when I feel like it or when it gets exciting. I'm not the dedicated fan which my mum is, she will watch it religiously for the whole two weeks. In fact my mum is sport mad, she knows all about the football and likes a game of cricket too. She doesn't play so much now (ha ha), but hey I'm beginning to think she would make a good manager for a football team if anyone is looking for one.
I did find myself watching a tennis match in the week and it was good to be fair. I was enjoying it immensely but not because of the game, I was mesmerised by the umpire. Yep you caught him too didn't you? Kader Nouni the French Barry White. I giggled like a immature teenage girl every time he announced the score. He took over social media as the man of the moment, someone even tweeted that 'he was making their ovaries twitch' and every radio playlist was suddenly inundated with Barry White classics. A real delight, very amusing and the talk of Wimbledon 2017.
Talking of tennis if you missed Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon you missed a treat. Go to BBC iplayer and catch up as it's worth a watch. If there is anyone who could produce a programme on the history of Wimbledon and conduct great interviews with past sporting stars it is Sue. She is the Queen of tennis and the tennis world have such a respect for her. It's been her dream to be able to interview not only her past competitors but players who influenced her and inspirational players at present such as Andy Murray. It was great to see past Wimbledon winners then and now and how their careers have panned out. Great show!
There's a new series of Hotel Inspector which I love. I now become Alex Polizzi when I enter a hotel room, it's just there in your head isn't it? She naturally installs this want to check that there is a mattress protector on the bed and pillow protectors. I do a sweep of the room including it's facilities and review it in my head, thinking 'what would Alex say about this?' I do love her though, she would make me so nervous having her to stay and I don't even own a hotel. I wonder if she started showing signs of her future career when having sleepovers as a child. Checking out the sleeping arrangements and quality of midnight feasts. I adore the impact she has on the people she visits, she certainly knows her stuff and some people like to defy her and then you get people who submit to all her advances. I would definitely take any advice from her regarding business or otherwise, I'd wait for her to give me a look of disbelief at whatever I was planning and then just give in totally. Hotel Inspector is on Tuesday 9pm Channel 5.
We said goodbye to the very successful drama Broken and what a brilliant ending. Well written and great acting by all the cast. Father Michael found his peace at last and hopefully will carry on to be a 'wonderful priest'. It has included heartbreak, sadness, turmoil but also managed to include some small light entertaining moments too. A lot of dilemmas which you question yourself as to what you would do in those peoples shoes and a sense of what would the consequences be of not answering that phone call or whether or not to act on someone else's issues especially when it comes to their mental health. Life leads us down so many different paths, we are forever learning and sometimes with devastating results but at the same time we have moments when things do work out and there is a greatness and positivity in our lives. It can just take time to find it.
So into another week we go, have great one, remember to comment on anything you are watching at the moment. I will be back for Music Monday tomorrow but in the mean time take care and thanks for reading.
What's that all about? I found myself watching the last ever episode of Mount Pleasant. I love this series since I completely binge watched to catch up and now it is no more. Oh dear Sky I'm not too happy. It was a great mix of drama and comedy and I love all the characters, they just worked together. It is a one off episode to complete the series and it is a good one to have gone out on.
It's Dan and Lisa's 25th wedding anniversary and they get treated to a weekend away, of course Lisa is expecting Paris or Venice but no they are heading to Blackpool. Poor Lisa gets denied the big posh white hotel down the road and has to put up with a budget B&B with single beds so Dan has to do a bit of bringing her down a notch or two when she gets carried away. He's always been good at that, but while away they have no idea the antics that are going on at home. It's been great and if you haven't watched it you need to as it is very funny. It is available on Sky One, I binge watched through Now TV on the entertainment package.
I'm loving Ackley Bridge, oh poor Nanna and a bit of a heart wrenching episode this week. I'm really settled into life here in this community and just think Sunetra Sarker's role as Kaneez Paracha (Nasreen's mum) is so funny, she's bloody this bloody that and after watching her in such a straight role in Casualty as Zoe Hanna it just goes to show the diversity in acting and how these brilliant actors can adapt to different roles. I'm glad to know that Channel 4 has commissioned a second series so we will see it return in 2018.
Father Michael is still sorting everyone's life's out in Broken. It does deal with some very controversial story lines. This week we saw Helen desperate to be able to lay her son to rest but also having to deal with her brother Daniel coming to blows with her gay neighbour Carl. This launches a dilemma for father Michael played by Sean Bean as he deals with homophobic accusations and tries to unite the two men with his positive outlook regarding sexuality and faith. I did like the light hearted comedy that sneaked in there when Michael was talking with Carl, the phone box scene was very amusing and I think the whole series has dealt with some very sensitive issues and done very well in my opinion.
So the last in the series of Doctor Who and what an episode. I loved it! You will have to wait until Christmas Day to see the new Doctor which we all knew, but wow and looking towards a multi Doctor episode bringing the programme back to the first Doctor. Very well written by Steven Moffat who also leaves Doctor Who along with Peter Capaldi so it will be interesting to see what the future holds (see what I did there? time travel? future?). I was listening to Steven Moffat being interviewed by Chris Evans and he did kind of give the impression that it will be Kris Marshall taking over so I'm excited about that as I think he will be great. Not long now until Christmas.
Lastly I've just started watching a series on Netflix called Gypsy which seems to be very good. Therapist Jean Halloway gets involved in intimate relationships with people connected to her clients. It's a good psychological thriller and it is one of those drama's where you are just waiting of her to get caught out, so close but surely she will at some point. It's good, can recommend it if you are looking for something to watch. The theme music is Fleetwood Macs 'Gypsy' so that's cool for me. It got off to a good start.
Well that's it for now. Have a great week with your telly box and don't forget to tell me what you are watching too. Feel free to leave a comment. I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday but for now take care.
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