It's a bit late and I've just got back from my holidays in Scotland so it may be. bit of a short post today. I have watched a bit of tv on the odd evening and couldn't resist watching the start of new drama 'Bodyguard'.
It started last Sunday with the second programme continuing on Bank Holiday Monday, I haven't actually caught up with the third episode yet so you may know more than me at this point.....no spoilers! It got off to a great start though I thought. What a great mind player. Would he stay professional and put side his personal views aside to do his job or would his personal situation take over? I was completely glued to this as it could go either way and we just don't know how it's all going to go, complete mystery. A great drama with the potential of being a smash hit. Great acting and a very original script. I will be watching and recapping soon.
Another new starter this week was the return of The Great British Bake Off. We started with biscuits this week and what a great selection of classics including the making of the great 'Wagon Wheel'. I get so hungry watching this and feel the need to start baking too which is good because I'm sure that's part of the reason for this show, to try and get the nation baking. A great mix of contestants including the lovely Star Baker this week, Manon Lagreve who was born and raised in France and despite not knowing what a Wagon Wheel was she baked them to perfection. She is going to be one to watch me thinks.
I going to be ten stone heavier from not only eating my way around Scotland but watching Bake Off and celebrity Master Chef too. I'm loving John Partridge on Masterchef, you can tell it means a lot to him but Spencer Matthews maybe one to watch, he progressed massively and I think may go all the way. Love it thought, great new series and I love the new feature of them cooking with 'the wall' between the two team members, great idea!!
So I'm going to come back to all these programmes again soon and recap. Sorry it's been a quickie but I need to catch up not just the tv but with myself too so I will love you all and leave you for now and be back refreshed for Music Monday tomorrow, until then.......
(I am going announce the Bake Off winner - always late to the party eh? Also discussing Our Girl and I will tell you if Guy Fawkes dies).
Oh heck it all kicked off this week with the Bake Off winner being leaked out a bit early, no soggy bottom just soggy pride for Prue. Oh bless her, leave her alone!! She's been absolutely brilliant in this new series and everyone makes mistakes, unfortunately now they get made very publicly thanks to social media. It can be so great this Twitbook stuff but it can also be a pain in the arse to be honest.
I did stumble over 'that tweet' and wasn't phased by it at all. Yes it would have upset the die hard live show watchers who enjoy that tense moment of 'and the winner is...........' but if you don't watch it live you're stuffed anyway because it goes out on social media minutes after the show finishes. I had imagined Sophie would win but the important thing was to see HOW she came to win in the end.
For those who said Mary Berry wouldn't have done that well she did actually leak out star baker a couple of years ago so you see the programme has had its controversy before and no one's perfect. I hope we can just forget about it and move on. I don't want to see her being sacked or anything stupid like that. We'll forget who won the show anyway in a few weeks. Well done though to Sophie and all the other contestants and a big congratulations to everyone on Bake Off, it came back as a success and I will look forward to the next one.
Did you watch Our Girl????? Oh my goodness, I missed it but caught up not long after and was gutted!!! I couldn't believe Elvis stuck around when he knew it was a bomb, shouldn't he have just got out the way or is that just what we wanted because we didn't want him to die. I was an emotional wreck and finished off a box of Kleenex. I had no idea he was going out so well done for everyone keeping that under wraps, you just need to let Prue Leith in on your secret. So Elvis and Georgie were going to live happily ever after and I was so happy then I thought to myself they really wouldn't be so cruel to let a main character die, but they did and out with a bang too. Oh I had my hat ready for the wedding and a happy ending but only tragedy and sadness. Thanks BBC very much, no seriously it was a fantastic series, really enjoyed it. Sniff Sniff.
The other series to end with a bang and quite literally was Gunpowder. Nicely timed by the BBC that it would finish on the eve of Bonfire Night. it was quite eerie listening to the fireworks and watching Guy Fawkes being hung drawn and quartered. Yes he dies in the end, I know disappointing eh? Or is it? Very troubled times and apart from being a bit gory I learnt more about the gunpowder plot watching this than from any history lesson. A brilliant drama and if you can stand a few executions than you'll be ok, not pretty but then I don't suppose it was back then. I'm now wondering whether we should have been asking for a 'Penny for Robert' instead of Guy, I'll have old neighbours demanding a refund back from my pocket money for mistaken identity when all the time is was that pesky Robert Catesby!!
What I really found interesting about this series is that Kit Harington who played Catesby is actually his living ancestor so that must have been quite a job to not only get a feel for how this character would have lived and died but knowing that he was related to him. I now want to see Kit on 'Who Do You Think You Are' tracing his family tree right back, I think that would be a little added bonus.
Well with all that drama this week we'll see what next week has in stall. It is The Last Post tonight, no it is the last one in the series. I might tweet Prue to see if she knows what's going to happen in the end, not telling you though.
Have a good week and if you fancy something musical, pop by tomorrow for Music Monday.
Take care for now.
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'.
It's started! The battle of the cooking programmes this week with the start of the new BBC cooking series 'The Big Family Showdown' and also Celebrity Masterchef. I quite like the concept of the 'Showdown' and how it involves a family rather than one individual as sometimes cooking does involve the whole family. We do it don't we? We pass precious recipes down generations and the way granny used to cook was always the best with her special culinary secrets. I need to watch some more though of the series to make my mind up. I feel it's trying to work off the back of the loss of 'Bake off' and I'm still not sure. I love Zoe and Nadia presenting but not sure about Rosemary Shrager. Maybe it just needs time to settle in, we'll see.
I did love the start of Celebrity Masterchef, please do not read any further until you've caught up as I am going to mention results. I like the selection of celebrities taking part and enjoyed the first round which saw Stephen Henry, Julia Somerville, Angelica Bell, Henri Leconte and Jim Moir compete against each other for a place in the semi finals. I completely forgot comedian Jim Moir was Jim and not Vic Reeves who I always refer to him. I Just cannot get used to calling him Jim.
Tennis ace Henri annoyed me at first as he tended to faff a lot but then I would probably do the same if I took part, he has really made great progress getting straight through to the semi's which to be honest at the start I never thought he would. Julia Somerville also lacked a bit of confidence and seemed a bit weak, she cooked as if to say 'yeah that will do', very chilled but I think she needed a bit more 'oomph' to get through and unfortunately she didn't. So a good couple of contestants through and well deserved to Henri and tv presenter Angelica, I wanted Jim (Vic) to go through because I just liked him but not to be.
They amaze me by just looking at random ingredients and making something up in their heads to cook. I suppose that's the point of earning Masterchef status but I'd have to make an excuse to go out for some reason and google up a recipe. I am a nightmare cook though and not at all very enthusiastic. I like quick stuff to shove in the oven so this programme does make me think that maybe I should experiment more and not to be afraid of the food. I'm looking forward to the next round of this, should be good. It will be interesting how it compares to the new look 'Bake off' when it starts soon. They are already planning to move the schedule of this one to Thursdays in the near future as it was due to clash with Bake off which is set to start on a Tuesday. Move over Showdown eh?
I look forward to 'The Great British Bake Off' coming back as that was my favourite cooking show so I will be very interested to see what changes there are and whether it works. They start to bake on Tuesday 29th August on Channel 4 at 8pm. Channel 4, the first change, also new presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding and Prue Leith joins Paul Hollywood as a judge. I never thought Paul would part ways with Mary Berry but I suppose things change and we should just welcome it. Good luck to all involved.
All these cooking shows just make me hungry and quite inferior in the kitchen. They do give you inspiration. Well I start off well and then want instant food back again. Ahhhh one day I may be a cook, dream, dream, dream. I don't think I could cope with a top chef standing there, watching and waiting for my soufflé to collapse, they would laugh and I'd be like 'I'm outta here'. I would make great tv with my cooking. I have no concept of timing or organisation and would cry if if a chef shouted at me in the big professional kitchens. That is a lot of pressure right there. Phewwwwww.
I'm off to make a brew, I can make a cuppa and that's as far as I go. Well for now anyway. Thanks for reading today, do come back tomorrow for Music Monday.
Take care for now........
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