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........
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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.
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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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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.
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