Phew what a busy week, I've been out most of this week so have had to watch everything on catch up. I think I've seen all I want to see now. There is a lot going on not only on TV but life in general. I'm beginning to think I could probably write my own little series.
Were we all happy with the Masterchef finalist? It was a bit close at the end which I didn't think would be the case. I really though Becky had it in the bag until she had such bad luck and became a little bit over ambitious. Angelica did deserve the crown though and I was really pleased for her. They all did well and what a great series this has been.
The trouble with all these cooking programmes is that they don't half make me hungry. I'm sure I'm putting on pounds just watching them. I've been craving loads of caramel since watching Bake Off, my diet has been well and truly ditched this week. I get all inspired and want to bake and make food with proper oil and fat rather than Fry Light and rabbit food. I will get back on track but might leave rabbit food to the rabbit.
I'm trying to stick with Doctor Foster although she is getting on my nerves a bit. What she doing having hanky panky with her ex! Noooooooooooo. I cannot seem to get my head around this series and do struggle with the whole storyline but I am going to keep watching because I'm wondering whether there is a twist to it all. Let's see eh? I'll probably be ranting in a couple of weeks about it and saying 'was that it?' That's how it feels at the moment but I'm hoping to be surprised and shocked.
I watched the new comedy Bad Move with Jack Dee which was a bit of a relief from all the drama. It was funny and the characters are brilliant. basically Steve (Jack Dee) and his wife Sarah move to the country for a fresh start and get away from the hustle and bustle of Leeds. They do their best to get into work with Sarah as a landscape gardener but finding her first customer can only pay her in cake and Steve who is a web designer unable to get any internet installed into their cottage. They are quickly running out of cash and stuck in a home which they cannot afford to renovate or resell.
Having been inspired by Escape to the Country and similar programmes Jack thought that it couldn't be all plain sailing when it came to these big moves so when he co wrote this comedy he included some great pitfalls that you may think people would come across when taking the plunge. There is an element of the Good Life in this with neighbours Matt and his family who are trying to live self sufficiently cutting out sugar and making yogurt, jams and bread. They are searching for the perfect country life, well you can imagine Jack dee's face already can't you. A bit of light entertainment so well worth giving it a watch.
Are you watching Rellik? Well here's another one I'm trying to stick with to see what happens. I do quite like it but I get really confused with the 'rewinding the clock' bit. An original idea which is effective but I guess we are all just used to watching it forwards and not backwards. Saying that I still tend to nod off sometimes in the middle of a drama and then have to rewind it to see what happened so I suppose you could say thats the same thing. It's a good storyline though so I'll persevere and see if I get used to it.
Let me know what you think and tell me about anything else you are watching that I've not mentioned. I'm still into Strictly and enjoyed the first show. Love the Rev Richard Coles for a laugh and I'm siding with team Joe McFadden, he's just so lovely and smiley....love him. That will be interesting as it continues. I also look forward to Sunday nights with Victoria. That's not my new friend it's the series about Queen Victoria silly. I went to see the film 'Victoria and Abdul' this week. It's a great, very emotional film but with a lot of laughs too so if you get chance give it a watch. Judi Dench is such a fine actress and plays Victoria so well. It a beautiful story which is supposedly based on true events which I found really interesting.
Oh so going to miss Strike now, loved that but it will turn apparently next year. There is one more book in the series which I thought they may have done all three but no we've got to wait. JK Rowling please write more because I don't think I want that to end.
So that's it for this week, thank you for reading and I will be back with Music Monday tomorrow so join me then.
For now though take care.......
Ohhh did you watch that this week, the new series Liar? I was torn between the two, and what is going on there with Laura's sister, nurse Katy? Is she copping off with her sisters ex? It's a conundrum (that's a big word eh?).
If you've not caught up with it yet, Laura is a teacher who gets asked out on a date by her sisters work colleague Andrew who is a surgeon. She invites him into her house to call a taxi and one thing leads to another. This is not the time to discuss the 'birds and the bees' but you get my drift. Seriously though, the end of the evening is cast into confusion as Laura claims Andrew raped her. Andrew states they had an amazing evening and it ended wonderful and he hoped to see her again. So that's the dilemma and the story that is gong to unfold. Who is telling the truth? I've got to keep watching now as I feel it's going to be like watching tennis. I'm going to believe one person then believe the other and just keep switching between till the truth is confirmed. You can catch this on Monday ITV at 9pm.
It's like being a detective I suppose, two sides to a story and you have to find the truth which leads me very nicely into the second story in the Strike series. The Silkworm was a bit gruesome this week wasn't it? Owen and his controversial novel has led him to a grizzly end so now Strike and Robin have to filter out the characters to see if the murderer lies somewhere in the manuscript. Robin is living her dream of becoming an investigator but also falling for Strike me thinks. Awwww I so want them to get together. Loving this series and can't wait for the next episode on Sunday BBC1 9pm.
If you like to binge watch on Netflix you need to watch Orphan Black. It has five seasons and if you like drama, mixed with a little science and a good plot then you will love this. It starts with Sarah Manning who witnesses an incident at a train station and from there on unwinds a network of human cloning. Together her and her 'sisters' find the truth behind the experiment which brought them altogether and discover just how many of them there are. Tatiana Maslany does a great job of acting all the clones, they are all so different in character and sometimes you forget it's the same actress. It is very gripping and definitely one of those that you will want to watch just one more of until you realise you've come to the end. It does end at the end of Season 5 so no more after that, yes I am now very sad and need to find something else to watch.
There's plenty to keep me going on tv to be honest. Great tv like Cold Feet which I'm loving, Masterchef will come to an end soon, can't wait to see who wins that, I'm still loving the Bake off and Strictly to come next weekend. Woah! So keep coming back for a chat about it all and do tell me what you think, what's your favourite?
You take care for now and thank you for reading today. I'll be back tomorrow for a bit of Music Monday.
You can tell that Autumn is here with the return of annual classics such as Strictly and X Factor, frightening too as these programmes usually take us up to Christmas now, arrrrrrrrhhhhh I mentioned the 'C' word!!!!
We also saw the return of Doctor Foster this week. The first series was just brilliant when GP Gemma Foster played by Suranne Jones got revenge on her cheating husband, oh it was good wasn't it? Thrilling drama right to the end. I'm a bit confused about this new series, doesn't take much I can tell you and I do sometimes start these things off not quite getting it then it clicks into place.
In the first one we were all behind her as she had no idea hubby was having an affair and we wanted her to sort it all out but now she's kind of looking like she's maybe not over it? I suppose two years isn't a lot of time to recover and her ex has now announced his return to the neighbourhood with new wife in tow and a massive new house. In a perfect world she should just leave him to it and get on with her life but then that wouldn't make a good drama would it?
I may not be understanding very well and after the last series I should know there is probably a bit more to it. I know I'm going to get to the end of it and think 'oh yeah ya right'. I couldn't help thinking what the heck she was doing snooping around his new home, it was obvious he was going to find her there. It's going to be great with more deception to unfurl, just stop looking like a bunny boiler for me Gemma! It continues on Tuesday 9pm on BBC1.
Another great classic to return was Cold Feet. Now if you haven't seen this you have to go and watch the whole box set and then the last series which saw the pals all reunite after a huge big break. I'm not disappointed again with the second series, well so far. I love all of the actors and their characters are so lovable, yes even David who I think just absorbs bad luck quite naturally. It's such a feel good programme and over the years they have touched on some delicate issues, so brilliantly written. If you haven't got Cold Feet in your life, what is wrong with you? You need it - Sue from the Brew insists. I still to this day will never get over what happened to Rachel, gutted!!!. Never mind life goes on and it is going on really well. After you've caught up you can watch it on Friday evenings 9pm ITV.
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Now I'm not a big Strictly fan usually but I did watch the launch show last night and I actually got quite into it and a little excited by it all. I may try and stick at it and see what all the fuss is about. When I saw the Rev Richard Coles was taking part I thought it may be worth a watch. I will never forget that man being the keyboard player in The Communards, (80's pop for those who weren't around then). If he doesn't dance to one of their songs, there's no justice in this world.
Would be good wouldn't it? Yes he's probably going to be the novelty contestant, there is always one but he will be a lot of fun. I love his 'Pause for Thought's' on Radio 2 and I would never have imagined him being a big Strictly fan but yes apparently he's been waiting for the call for a good many years now. There was a lovely touching tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth who presented the show for a long time before his death a few weeks ago. He will be sadly missed but I'm sure he's looking down and tapping those legendary feet. The contestants all have their partners now so we await the start of glittery costumes and sequinned frocks, I'm quite looking forward to it - who would have thought.
Have a great week and I will be back for more tv chat next Sunday but if you can't wait until then and would miss me far too much I return for Music Monday tomorrow, so join me for that.
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Yes! Victoria returns for another series. I loved the first series and Jenna Coleman plays the Queen so brilliantly. She's got some girl power hasn't she? I knew she had a reputation for being a strong determined Queen but my goodness she certainly sorts everyone out including Albert. The birth of their child hasn't stopped her as she soon wanted to be off performing her duties again. Very much in love with Albert but struggling a little with the balance of motherhood and also Albert is trying to find his place too. Sounds like normal family life to me. It's a great series and nice to see new characters coming in such as Diana Ring who plays the Duchess of Buccleuch. She tells it like it is and this could be a fascinating relationship to watch between this two powerful and outspoken women. You can watch it continue on Sunday evenings ITV 9.05pm.
A complete new starter this week which was excellent. I really got into Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling. Penned by Harry Potter author JK Rowling under the name Robert Galbraith it tells story of war veteran Cormoran Strike who turns private investigator. His first case is to investigate what happened to model Lula Landry who was found dead outside her luxury apartment.
Was she murdered? If so who by? There are some very shifty characters and great actors drafted in for this programme such as Martin Shaw, Tara Fitzgerald and the smouldering Tom Burke who plays Strike. He looks a bit rough at first as his relationship has broken down and is confined to the sofa in his office but he gets to grips around his new case with the help of new employee Robin. I think she has a soft spot for him and the job. This could be a pair to watch. Tom delighted us with a fantastic performance in The Musketeers and doesn't disappoint in this. There are three books in the Strike series. You can see the last one of this story on Sunday BBC1 9pm and then the next one titled 'The Silkworm starts next week. If you have missed any go to BBC iplayer it's worth a watch.
Well what did you think to the new Great British Bake Off?
Personally I loved it!! I was a bit dubious as I'm sure the whole country was, wondering what it was going to be like and if the new presenters would be any good. Would Prue be as good a judge as Mary? Oh it did cause a bit a a faff as some people felt their loyalties belonged to the original team but in all fairness it seemed just the same to me. I'm a big fan so I didn't want it half baked or ruined.
I saw a fresh new start on a different channel, no I wasn't bothered about the adverts either, honestly you'd think no one had seen adverts before. Yes it's moved from the BBC but it's not the end of the world. Great humour and I loved Prue joining the judging panel. I didn't feel I had to compare any of the newbies to any of the oldies (sorry Mary that wasn't directed at you). I just felt it has needed a change for a while, we got it, it worked.
A great combination of contestants this time, great personalities too. I love to see their background and what drives them bake. I get very tense when they are creating their showstoppers and will them on their way. Never like to see anyone go but it's the general idea of the show I suppose. So here we go, embrace it and see how it goes. A winner for me and I'm going to carry on watching.
A new series of Doctor Foster starts this week so I will be reviewing that next Sunday but for now thanks for reading and if you like your music, pop by again tomorrow for 'Music Monday'.
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