(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.
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........
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