For most of the year I'm thinking it's so quiet on the Shetland Islands, I imagine it to be so serene, the scenery is stunning, population not huge and a low crime rate. Well that is until someone goes and upsets that for a tv series and suddenly the place comes alive, not with the sound of music but with murder!!!
Did you see the surprise on everyone's faces when they were told not to get too comfortable as there had been a body discovered on the beach? It was like, woah we're on tv, let's go. Following the pattern of other crime drama programmes this year so far the body wasn't complete, yes there have been more chopped up bodies this year than I have ever seen before.
I bet when strangers turn up on Shetland they are closely watched because there is a slim chance they may be murdered or found dismembered somewhere especially if being followed by a tv crew. To be fair though it has started out to be a brilliant series once again. Douglas Henshall is giving that moody look again, I think I've seen him smile a few times but not often. I'm sure when Christmas comes around he does crack a smile when opening his pressies and at the surprise of an amazing treat from a Christmas cracker.
I quite like his character as he fits the storylines well, I can't imagine a jolly, happy go lucky crime solver with too much energy....that's for other crime dramas. Don't be mislead as it's never the person you think it is that's the culprit so keep an open mind if you have never watched it before. Where have you been if you've not seen Shetland before? Helping solve crime on the busy mainland? No Shetland is where all the action is, take a catch up and you'll see, it's never boring on these beautiful Scottish islands.
Hey we saw the end of Cold Feet then this week. Blimey all the way through I just kept shouting 'for goodness sake everyone stop being so miserable and be happy for them'. I thought for a minute they were going to bin their relationship because of everyone not liking it but thank goodness they didn't. Yes it was a lot to get everyones heads around but they are both single and not doing any harm. I am of course talking about Adam and Karen getting together and I know it's not real but in Cold Feet world it's totally as real as real life.
A brilliant end to the series and I will miss it so much, just hope it comes back again. It has to surely, we need to know how this relationship is going to go on and we need to see how Jenny goes on with her treatment. Please important people at ITV, bring it back.
I need a strong brew to prepare for more tv this week especially another episode of Shetland. Just as you think you are about to watch a nice travel programme showing you around Shetland.....No don't be fooled, there's murder in them hills, mountains, ship yards and factory places.
Have a great week and if you love music I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday so join me then.
Take care for now.
Oh if you've not watched Cold Feet this week turn away now because I have mega spoilers..........
It's happening....it really is! I thought they might drag this out a little more but I couldn't believe it when Karen returned to Adam. I was so willing her to turn back from the vicar....''no don't go with him' I shouted, 'it's Adam you really have feelings for' and darn me there she was. I cheered as she got out the taxi and that kiss, well it's sealed now.
How is this all going to pan out though, with family? David? Yikes it's going to be a great final episode. Yes it's the last in the series this coming Monday, my nights will never be the same. I just hope it makes another return as I do think it is actually my favourite TV show of all time.
I got my other wish too, gosh maybe I should have done the lottery this week. The GC went out of Dancing on Ice and about bloomin' time though she did accept it was her time to go. Now we can get down to some serious competition stuff. The strong celebs will start to shine through now and it's looking good for a few of them. I loved Saara Aalto's skate this week and I think she was really underscored there. I thought it was beautiful but I suppose I'm not a professional and not looking at it from a technical point of view but still I think it was a bit unfair. Who do I think will go this week? Well I think it will be Ryan Sidebottom this week as he has been in the skate off a few times and isn't as strong as the others but I think Jane Danson and Brian McFadden may be in trouble too. Let's see eh?
I wish Brian could just muster up that confidence a bit as I think he could push through. It's a shame to see him struggle because when he takes it seriously he seems to do really well but I do think his nerves let him down. Blimey mine would too.....I would be a nervous wreck having to do what they do every week, respect to all of them even for Gemma for giving it a go. See I can be nice.
Well onto a new week and we will lose some programmes as they finish but gain new ones too so more to watch and I'm sure there will be a few films this week on tv as we go into half term. Yes the kids are off school, time to veg in front of a classic like Toy Story. I did watch that yesterday and funnily enough found myself on my own watching it. My sixteen year old came down and said 'Mum you do realise you're watching Toy Story?' I must have watched it a million times and was hooked like it was the first time but it is such a good movie you can watch it over and over again.....even us adults.
You all take care now and I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday.
Bye for now and enjoy your viewing.
Ok the blood around my body boils now and again but it tends to do it more while watching Dancing on Ice. Someone literally needs to put their glasses on and see that Gemma Collins is not really skating. She spent most of her last routine standing still. She may be a big personality and a lovely girl, I'm not disputing that but when it comes to being realistic she shouldn't really be going through any further in this competition.
The trouble is she has so much support and there are some people who will vote her through just to protest against the show. Frankly if you don't like Dancing on Ice then go and watch something else, and of course there will be people voting the GC through just to get on the nerves of people like me who want to see it all done properly. This isn't a personality contest it's a skating competition and there are other celebs who are working much harder. Doubt she's win a personality contest either but I'll stop now.
Phew....blimey Sue from the Brew calm down......it's only a tv programme.....I know but take away that public vote ha that will do it. Ok so what else happened this week? Well I've had to work hard to catch on some tv as I've been a busy girl and frankly been so tired and zonked out as soon as hit the sofa. I've also had a cold the week, I know ahhhhh but I've carried on like a trooper.
Silent Witness has finished now and so nearly did The Lyle, I thought for a minute there that Dr Alexander was going to have to resign and the old place would shut down but no she came back fighting. Fancy someone swapping your heart around in the mortuary, that was not good. It started to dawn on me that it was the new girl, you almost do that thing of wanting to shout at the telly just to make them aware, ok that's just me but it becomes like a pantomime......'she's right at the side of you printing your reports off!!!' A great series and looks like there will be more but for now I just need a rest from the deceased for a while.
Cold Feet continues to take me happy but obviously a little sad too with the storyline at present. Fay Ripley plays her part so well and it is a story which has touched or is touching a lot of peoples lives and I think this is where this programme is so good. It tends to take a lot of life events and important topics and put them out there in such a dramatic but dignified manner. It is really my favourite time of the week as not only are we crying at times there is also laughter too and that's life.
Will someone please help David though, it's breaking my heart to see him in trouble. He could reach out to anyone and they would help, I would even have him at mine if I had room. Is Adam holding a flame for Karen and just hiding behind a little fling with the Welsh stunner Eve Myles. I am not sure what is going on there but I'm sure we'll find out. Wow...would never have put Adam and Karen together but now I thinking hey maybe. I think he loves her.....but she's getting close to the vicar.......oh heck.
I won't have long wait till the next episode but I bet they do that thing where they leave me in suspense on the last show of the series and I have to wait for a whole year to see what happens next. Oh please don't do that to me!!
Right then I am off to do some more busy stuff on a Sunday, enjoy your week of tv and I will be back to Pass the Remote again next Sunday. If you want to read more before that though I am back tomorrow for Music Monday so join me then.
Take care for now.
It's my favourite time of the year, the return of Cold Feet. It is like meeting up with old friends that you care about. I've watched this programme from the very beginning so I feel as though we've been through a lot. I always think what they will do next, have they not exhausted all the storylines they can do but no there is always more.
It's sad to see Adam all lonely and trying to chat up younger women, that's just not him at all.....the right one will come along eventually Adam. It doesn't help the the younger woman he was chatting up was his son's girlfriend, oops. They will get through it I'm sure, it's one of those situations where you think 'well yes that happened, later we will just laugh about it' but not just yet. I think he's hit mid life crisis and now he has to find himself. Can't wait for that.
Oh poor Jenny was getting mixed up with her symptoms which first led her to think pregnancy then menopause but now it seems we are going to see her go through a cancer scare. This is going to be a toughy but she will get so much support. Please don't make me cry yet again Cold Feet people. I can't think how many times I have sobbed with this lot....better get tissues ready again just in case. You can see Cold Feet on Monday's ITV at 9pm.
Vera made her return too last Sunday and she doesn't mess around. Well it did get quite messy finding a body in a land fill site, eww not good. I'm glad we don't have a smelly telly function yet although while watching Bake Off that could be good but then that may make me eat. I'm just not going to spend time inventing that yet.
I still have to get used to the two hour thing with Vera, I love it but I find I do end up closing my eyes for a second, well probably more then having to catch up with the rest of it later. Sometimes I wish it was split into hour long epsisodes or maybe I have just got to get a big mug of caffeinated brew down me before it starts. Come on Sue from the Brew you can do it. Great storyline and brilliant acting again form this lot. You need to be watching this on Sunday's ITV at 9pm.
Now I catch up with Call the Midwife at a later date as I'm busy solving crime with Vera, so I have to leave the baby delivering shift till a little later but what a great start to another series. This is another programme like Cold Feet that gives me a lovely warm feeling inside. It just makes your heart all warm and loving. Phew fancy realising you are having twins and then they say there is another one on it's way. I really felt that tiredness from that mum and held my breathe slightly, hoping everything would go ok and glad to say it did but they really had their hands full, quite literally there.
Great to see it back again, another long serving drama but I couldn't imagine not seeing this, it makes the cold winter evenings much warmer with it's reflection at the end. Love it. Get your warm towels and hot water ready for Sunday evenings, BBC1 at 8pm.
That's me done for this week, let me know what you are watching and what you enjoy. I'm going to catch up with the new series of The Grand Tour on Amazon so I will review that next week. Just one thing before I go the great series Delicious finished this week, I have spoke about it before but if you haven't seen it please go and catch up with it as it's brilliant. It stars Dawn French and Emilia Fox and was on Sky One, I watched it through NOW TV where the other two series are available to view but it really is one to watch - not to be missed.
Thanks for reading today, join me again tomorrow for Music Monday but for now, share that remote nicely and take care.
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........
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.
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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.
I will even help you on your way. Click on the following Amazon link (affiliated) and order the dvd's of the complete series.
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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