Oh it's getting a bit heated now in Gunpowder. tensions are rising now and it's all go for the blow up of Parliament. Wonder if they succeed? Oh of course we all know the end but I'm not going to spoil it as I have binge watched all three episodes. I know, I couldn't help it, I can never wait, patience isn't my thing. I will do a full review of that next week when we've all watched it. It is a great drama and you have to watch it till the end.
All that history though did get me thinking about those times and I'm really glad that the BBC put on an additional programme called Elizabeth 1's Secret Agents. This started on Monday at 9pm and it opens up the Elizabethan era, how the network of spies and coding took it's form back then. This was I suppose the first experience of a secret service and it was intriguing to find out how they broke the codes, exposed people, convicting them of treason. This ended in a very violent death for those people which we see in Gunpowder if you are not hiding behind a cushion and can stick with the gore.
I love these history documentaries and have come to realise that although we do know about some major historic moments we don't always know what led to them or what happened afterwards. If you like a bit of history then this is definitely for you. It is a three part series so I can recommend it.
A new series of Piers Morgan's Life Stories started this week. I like this as it is the nearest thing to This Is Your Life which I loved when I was younger. It was so exciting to see who it was going to be and if they would fly that special person over from Australia to be there on the night. Would they fit everyone on the stage? Oh it was great, an insight into someones life which we only seem to do nowadays when they've died.
Yes Piers is like marmite, again you either love him or hate him but I'm a little in between. He's like an annoying lover who gets on your nerves one minute but there's a part you love so you'll hang onto them. I like him when he does this series, I think he asks the right questions and doesn't dominate it so I'll stick with it. This week it was the turn of Kim Cattrall which I looked forward to knowing more about as I am a big Sex and the City fan.
She was really lovely and you know I think she's right about another film, I think you can go too far with it when maybe it's best left where it is. I know her reasons were that she felt she was older and it was time to leave Samantha behind. So why don't they start the new film with her funeral? That's what I'd do, kill her off or get someone else in but for me I don't think that will work. I wonder if she would compromise on a quick death seen at the beginning? Oh get me - I'm no director but seems I've started a plot for Sex and the City 3.
Lovely show and good for her for being positive but she didn't hold back on the truth about her co stars. It's never like it is in the movies you know. I like the fact you learn something new about someone with this programme and get to know the real person. They have been quite emotional to watch in the past as people do expose some sensitive parts of their lives. I think Piers handles those situations well so love him or hate him he does a good job here.
I did watch The Good Doctor which was on Sky Living - Friday at 9pm but because it is based around a character with Autism I am going to watch another one and review that on the next Autism Support Saturday feature. It has got off to a great start and I do love the first episode but I'm always a bit cautious now of reviewing some programmes having only seen one, especially on this subject so have a catch up then see what you think.
Well that's it for this week, we go into the Bake Off final next week and progress further with Strictly. I think Simon will go tonight but hey lets see. There is definitely a strong bunch pushing through but I want someone to win that wasn't a dancer before. I feel Alexandra, Mollie and Aston have all had quite a bit of dance experience so I've got my eye on Joe McFadden, think he's been my fav from the start. I do love Debbie McGee as well, I know she has had dance training but blimey I just want to as bendy as her when I get to her age which is only ten years away so better get cracking.
I will see you again for Music Monday tomorrow if you fancy it. For now though.......
Well the finale of Liar was a bit like marmite, you either loved or hated it. It was a great drama and storyline but couldn't help that it was so drawn out and I'm sorry but I wanted more of a conclusion after six weeks.
I think it could have been done in half the time and I really didn't think it needed a second series. There have been a lot of dramas that I've hoped would come back with more but I didn't feel it with this one. It didn't wow me and I got a bit bored. So now it's turned into a 'whodunnit' and there are a lot of suspects which will make a good plot for it to continue. I was left a bit deflated and wanted an ending, my reaction was 'well that was that?' Who did they think they were - Broadchurch?'. Nowhere near as good!! I think it will be lost slightly waiting for the next series, it may lose it's momentum but I may be wrong. I hope the second series is better.
Another finale was that of Cold Feet. I'm glad to say this was loads better, but then I'm a long time fan. My son came down and caught me blubbing at the end. He said 'didn't this used to be on years ago?' I explained that yes it had made it's comeback but I could tell he wasn't as enthusiastic as I was, teenagers eh?
Ohhhh I'm glad it worked out for Pete and Jenny again and will look forward to seeing Karen and David's new romances flourish, mind you this is Cold Feet, they could eventually head for disaster. Talking of that we still haven't seen Adam settled, we did shortly but you see as much as I did want him and Tina to get together at first I now think they are too different. I don't think he genuinely wants a baby but would go through with it anyway for her which is so wrong. Sarah is totally in love with him and I think he loves her too so hopefully we'll get to see him go and get his girl in the next series. There is one isn't there? If Liar has go another series then Cold Feet better have otherwise they'll be a rumble in the telly world.
I did watch Aspergers and Me with Chris Packham which I reviewed through my Autism Support Saturday yesterday and if you didn't read it it is here chris-packham-aspergers-and-me.html
I also watched the George Michael's film Freedom which I will review on Music Monday tomorrow.
I watched the very explosive (see what I did there) Gunpowder last night. If you didn't watch it just brace yourself as the first half hour is pure tension and scenes of a violent nature. You know that warning that comes up at the beginning of the programme and you think 'aye it won't be that bad', well this isn't for the faint hearted. You do have to witness these scenes though if you are going to get a grip of the reason behind the gunpowder plot. These were very violent times and you can understand the anger built up by these people who thought the only way to stop all this was to assassinate the King. Kit Harington (yep the eye candy himself) plays his actual descendent Robert Catesby who lead the plotters through this plight.
I can't actually believe there had never been a drama set around this story as it is one of the biggest moments in British history. The cast is packed with stars such as Liv Tyler, Mark Gatiss and Shaun Dooley and it is a great production. People will complain about the violence I will imagine but you have to see what made Catesby go to this extreme, nobody likes someone who tortures your family.
You can actually wait to see all three episodes on Saturday evening or they are all available to binge watch on BBC iplayer now so enjoy but remember remember the 5th of November........
Thanks for reading and I will be back for more tomorrow with Music Monday, for now though........
It's been a busy week again and to be fair I did a bit of catching up with the tv as I've been tripping the light fantastic at a Charity Ball over the weekend. Yes I spruced myself up and Cindersue went out after midnight!! Sadly no posh carriage or glass slippers but hey slipper socks never looked so inviting at the end of the evening.
When I did manage to play catch up imagine what I saw on Casualty. I said last week didn't I that Connie would sooner operate on herself rather than let anyone else reach for their scalpel. Obviously she couldn't actually operate on herself so she recruited poor Ethan to do it for her. Yes he did suss out the illness was hers and not some fictional patient and he did as he was told and got on with the job. I fear he could do little else as Connie just has to look at you with that stare, you know like the one your parents would give you when you were younger? Even I would be too scared to resist her 'do it and do it now' look.
Would that really happen? I know it's all drama but how many rules were broken? I thought someone was going to come in did you? Yikes, caught in the act of intricate tendon type surgery. It all goes on in Holby City. She's so tough and stubborn but she's got the feeling back for now. Ethan will receive the death stare and face her blackmailing him for weeks to come I'm sure.
It was nice to see Our Girl back. She's got her work cut out with that cheeky Maisie, oh tough Georgie has to come out now but she's so in love with Elvis isn't she? The chemistry between those two is electrifying although they cover it up with sarcastic comments and pretending to dislike each other, yeah right you two. We all want you to get it on again, but can we forget him for jilting her at the alter? Gorgeous though isn't he that Luke Pasqualino? He made a great Musketeer but wow he makes an even better soldier.
So now she's stuck under a building, yes under a load of rubble after another earthquake in Nepal. What is to happen to her? Will someone rescue her? I blooming hope so as there are a few more episodes in the series and it wouldn't be Our Girl without her. Come on Elvis, be the hero and rescue her, a bit of mouth to mouth and make it up for goodness sake!!!.
I like Michelle Keegan in this role, I think it really suits her. If you remember the first series you will know that Lacey Turner played another character and I wasn't sure if the passover between the two actresses and their characters would work but it has. Fabulous series and really enjoying it so far.
Well as I catch up with Strictly and watch Molly bending in places I can only dream of darling, I will look on to another week. Don't these weeks go so quick? It doesn't seem five minutes since last Sunday. We have the finale of Liar coming up this week and the end of Victoria this Sunday night.
Have a great week and if you fancy a chat about music then join me again tomorrow for Music Monday.
For now though take care......
Well my goodness it was a bit like marmite wasn't it? The ending of Doctor Foster, you either loved it or hated it. there was tears, some felt sorry for her, some for him but you have to have felt sorry for poor Tom. He's been flung from side to side, used as a weapon and frankly I'm not surprised he up'd and left. I think his patience for them both had run out. I do think it could have been done in a two parter rather than drawing out this long but that may be just me. Personally I thought it wasn't as good as the first series, it was an appealing deep drama but not sure whether it went over the top.. We all stood beside her before as she quite rightly wanted justice for being cheated on but with this it didn't quite stand up to anything plausible. That poor lad was so vulnerable in all that and they didn't once think about his feelings so it left a bit of a sour taste for me, saying that I do love marmite though.
What was that man doing in Liar!! Oh gosh that just took a twist this week. It caused a fuss on social media as most people were shocked at Andrew's behaviour. I can't actually believe he did that!!! Creeping into her house and planting drugs in her drink, oh and what did he actually do to her, doesn't bear thinking about. This is 'edge of the sofa' drama and completely watchable. I can't wait for the next one to see what happens. Yikes!!! Can't help thinking there there is more that is going to untangle with this man.
The Apprentice returned this week or should we call it The 'Yes Lord Sugar, No Lord Sugar' Show. I don't know about you but when I first look at the candidates I think they may have been cast on the wrong show and belong to some other reality or unrealistic programme. They are a lively bunch with many different personalities, non that I can see working with Lord Sugar at the moment. The other thing is that some of these people actually run business's which gives me hope as the possibilities are endless. I just keep thinking 'how do you actually run a business' or do they have to shake it up a bit for tv?
I'm always a bit sceptical about these shows as I think they get told to be a bit daft to make it entertaining or maybe they are really are like they are. I've got my eye on a couple that seem to stand out but it is the only the first show. Poor Danny, I think if there is one lesson to be learnt from The Apprentice by now it is not to volunteer yourself for project manager on the first show, looking back they are the first to go. I do like it though and will keep watching.
I also enjoyed the start of the new six part drama The Last Post on Sunday night. It's about the Royal Military Police Unit based in the Middle East during the 60's and sees Jessica Raine from 'Call the Midwife' fame take on a different roll. She goes from good midwife to slightly drunk and disgruntled wife who not only feels unhappy to be stationed out there with her husband she is also entangled with another officer. A great start and I loved the different characters, got a feeling this will be a great one to carry on watching.
Next week Our Girl returns which I love so looking forward to that. I just wish Connie in Casualty would tell someone about her health condition, I can't bear that she's keeping it to herself. I keep thinking she'll tell Ethan or he will work it out that she's in fact talking about her own heart and not that of her patient. So frustrating but she is a tough cookie. Made me giggle when her specialist recommended Jac Naylor to perform her surgery, 'she's the best' he said, yes we all know she is as Connie trained her! Connie would do the bloomin' surgery herself if she could, I don't think she'll feel that anyone can do it right, is that why she's refused it do you think? It must be hard to put yourself in someone else hands in her situation, she's scared but they would all look after her, it what she needs......I know - it's not real.
Well thats me wrapped up for this week, I'll carry on dancing with Strictly and will catch you back here next week for more Pass the Remote.
If you like your music pass by tomorrow for my Music Monday feature but for now.......
Well what can I say about Liar this week. My goodness I was so trying to keep an open mind and I actually thought that there may have been a third person involved. I thought by some of the visual shots that someone was sneaking around the house and Andrew was getting the blame when it was another person who raped Laura. Oh I fell for his lies, the sneaky man!! There I was believing his poor little puppy face and innocent looks. Grrrrrrrrrrr.
See, that's the sign of good drama. I want to feel exactly like that when watching it. So uncertain and a bit confused but shock and horror too. Such brilliant writing and cannot wait to see the next episode. This leads me to another drama which I actually thought may not have been as good as the first series. Doctor Foster took a massive turn this week and brought me around and made me believe in it again. I am bit sorry I lost faith in this and doubted it but my goodness it just exploded into a great show again.
Like everyone else I think I was questioning Gemma's character and I think it's fair in saying we thought she had become a bit of a bunny boiler but maybe that's what the creators wanted us to believe. All the time she had been trying to prove that Simon was still obsessed with her. He was rumbled by Kate and dumped by her family, crikey he lost everything all in one go, just like that. I now can't wait to see what happens next in the last one of this series.
I'm loving the dancing on Strictly, this is quite amazing as I have never wanted to watch it before. Never liked it and didn't see the point in it all but wow how things change. It just goes to show that as well as sticking with drama that is waiting to unfurl there is always a chance you can fall in love with sequins and the odd quick step.
You can tell they changed from a two week tuition to learning their dances in a week. They all did really well and we do have to remember that it is only week two. There are some real front runners though such as Alexandra, Debbie and Davood. I feel for Charlotte though unless she can lose that stiff body and relax a bit. Oh look at me, I'd be just as nervous if I did it and would have trouble looking graceful, not sure I'd get into a frock, I'm not that girly. I write this before the results show this evening so we'll see who goes, yes I'm actually bothered to see the results!!!
Cold Feet continues to be brilliant as always, absolutely love this show and so glad they decided to bring it back. The characters are all as good as they were before and the storylines are fresh and relevant so carry on and never stop Cold Feet peeps. I don't know who makes me laugh more, David with his naivety, Adam and his green eyed monster but trying to do the right thing or Pete trying to find his cowboy hat for work. It truly is great and long may it continue.
A new week to look forward to with a new drama starting called The Last Post and the return of The Apprentice which I do like so be prepared for me dissecting these new people who seem to think they may have a chance to become Lord Sugars business partner although if he's looking at them like I am well I'm wishing him a lot of luck.
Take care everyone and please pop back tomorrow for Music Monday.
Thanks for reading......
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