Who would have thought it? A double winner on The Apprentice last week. I was struggling to make my mind up from the comfort of my sofa so I totally sympathise with Lord Sugar but never did I think he would go with both candidates.
It's never been done before, it broke Apprentice rules and made history within the programme. I felt the whole nation gasp, well some sighed and felt angry but most of us were just flabbergasted. Part of me did feel a bit cheated as I watch the whole series hoping to see one winner and the lucky person who gets to go into business with Lord Sugar himself, I like the anticipation of who he is going to go with and I think we were kind of denied that.
But I don't know whether we were also gasping at the amount of investment as well, I mean I'm not too worried as it's not half a million pounds coming out of my bank and I'm sure he's got the money to cover the cost but wow to just be able make that decision and say 'oh what the hell I'll do both' must be nice. I found it quite amusing how one of the business ideas involved sweets, he has got the perfect name for an investor in sweets.
Good luck to both the candidates and all the others who have, maybe not got the ultimate business partner but have kept us quite entertained for the past few weeks. Yes even Elizabeth who I really didn't know whether to love or hate. She was such a character but I do have to say, Florists are the coolest people around.
It was also the finale of the newbie series Love Lies and Records which I have loved from start to finish. Oh crikey I was on the edge of my seat with the 'will they won't they get together?' That has got to go to a second series now because we were still left on a cliff edge. It's a great watch if you haven't seen it and I'm sure it will be available on the BBC iplayer so go and catch up, you'll love it. How can you go wrong with a Kay Mellor classic? It taps into real life and the drama that can surround our hectic lives. Dilemmas we have and decisions to be made are all here relationships, friendships, work and homelife and more complicated life choices regarding gender and sexuality. It's a 10 out of 10 from me. Please bring it back again.
So into the Christmas viewing we go and I kind of get a bit overwhelmed by the TV guide this week, it always seems hectic as I want to watch everything at the same time but hey, that's why we record stuff or just leave it for catch up isn't it? That's when technology is great. I'm looking forward to all the Christmas specials and so I'll be back next Sunday to review the whole festive period.
Thank you for reading today, join me tomorrow, yes I will be here on Christmas Day for the last Music Monday of 2017, for now though
Well if you've been watching I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here this week you'll know what strawberry gate was all about. Talk about stirring things up and frankly sometimes this show does need a bit of a shake up but my goodness I can't believe that actually happened.
If you didn't see it Amir Khan and Iain Lee were set a Dingo Dollar Challenge which was very funny and they managed to win the dingo dollars. They popped up to Keiths Kiosk and selected strawberries and cream to take back to the camp if the question which Keith asked was answered correctly. They all got the answer correct and back to the camp the two boys went.........until Amir Kahn suggested that they ate all the strawberries and cream between them and when they arrived back at camp they would just say that the question was answered incorrectly!.
Oh I couldn't believe my eyes, I really thought they wouldn't do it, how could you leave everyone so hungry and be so selfish and greedy. They did though, they ate the whole lot. Did you shout nooooooooooooooo like me? I couldn't have done that as I wouldn't have been able to live with myself. They didn't either as after a while of being back at camp and discussing it between the two of them they couldn't keep it from the rest of the camp any longer.
Iain confessed and get this......Amir laid the blame on Iain and said it was his idea, my goodness that man is so naughty. I would take a punch at him but my boxing skills are not very good.....no they really are not. There was mixed reaction, Dennis Wise was fuming saying that he didn't find it at all funny. The boys did agree to forfeit any more rewards and refused to eat dinner that night, they were well and truly confined to the naughty step and so they should be. It made great telly though and will be one of the highlights of this series I think.
Apart from the jungle Love Lies and Records continues to be a great series which I'm really enjoying. Oh that Judy is so bad and she is still on the war path. Rebecca Front who plays Judy is such a fabulous actress though and I do love her but oh blimey she's ruffled enough feathers in that registry office now, surely she will get her just desserts. I'll be honest I want Kate and Rick to get together, he's so lovely and I think she would be better with him. I'm just loving it, classic Kay Mellor and another success I feel. It is on Thursday nights on BBC1 9pm but if you need to catch up it's on the iplayer.
The A Word continues to be one of the best things on tv at the moment, I will leave my review till the end of the series but it's just a great mix of humour and drama. They have just got it so right and I couldn't rave about it enough. I'm a mum of someone with Autism and I honestly cannot find one thing wrong with it. Well done BBC.
Right I'm off to get ready for the Strictly results, it's getting tougher now. I'm still cheering for Team Joe. been with him since the very start and he's my prediction to win or at least to reach the final. I've loved musical week though, it's just so fabulous darling!! A 10 from me. Who will go? Arrrrgh can't even choose now. It's going to get harder as the weeks go on.
Not long till the countdown to the Christmas tv, how exciting.........if they don't put the Sound of Music on I'm going to throw my turkey at the telly. It's just not Christmas without it. Although I do have the dvd so I can watch it anytime I like.
Take care of yourselves and wrap up warm.......come back tomorrow for Music Monday if you fancy it. Bye for now.
I love a new drama and especially one written by Kay Mellor. She has produced some of the best tv dramas such as Band of Gold, Fat Friends and The Syndicate. Her new series is Love Lies and Records which is based around a Registry Office in Leeds. Ashley Jensen plays the main character Kate Dickenson who is busy juggling being a mum and working as a registrar. Her life is packed with meeting work commitments and keeping her family happy which includes her two children and boyfriend Rob.
Kate gained a promotion to Superintendent Registrar which pushed her colleagues nose out slight as Judy played by Rebecca Front had been acting Superintendent but missed the promotion. Woah, she turned bitter though and made it clear she knew about Kate's rumble in the records department with fellow colleague Rick on a Christmas do. Yikes I didn't know there was so much technicalities about having a bit of rumpy pumpy so close to confidential information. Was it the sex that was wrong or the fact that they may have creased someones birth certificate? Both probably.
I love that Kay Mellor writes about real life and situations in which at some point we can all relate. She makes the characters familiar but takes then one step further, exaggerating their personalities sometimes to make pure classic drama. I did expect this to be a comedy at first, maybe because Ashley Jensen has done comedy in the past but I loved it, a great storyline, fabulous actors and some interesting characters to watch.
Will Kate marry her long term boyfriend or will she give into Rick who adores her? We all know Kay Mellor and that she will have more up her sleeve regarding this story, in the past we learn about all the the characters backgrounds so I feel there is going to more that unfolds.
You can catch Love, Lies and Records on Thursday's BBC1 9pm.
Children in Need dominated Friday night's viewing this week and a staggering amount was raised on the night. My favourite part is always the One Show's Rickshaw Challenge. All those that take part are just amazing and Matt Baker is so good at not only supporting them but taking part himself. He really enters into it 100% and he's enthusiasm when they finished was so captivating. I'm a bit biased with that part of the show as well as the finish line always features Rock Choir singing them in. Well done to all the Rockies who took part and well done to all of Team Rickshaw.
I've finally finished binge watch Stranger Things on Netflix. I spent ages wondering whether to watch it and didn't know whether it was really 'my thing' but it was really good. I got nagged my my son to watch it as he raved about it. It's a sci fi epic and very gripping. The story is centred in the 80's and follows a mum's fight to find her boy who goes missing. It's a mission which also involves his friends too as they all battle with strange 'goings on' in a parallel universe. I know! there's monsters and a dark side here too, makes you jump in places so grab a cushion.
It was quite amusing how the series had little hints of other classic 80's movies such as Poltergeist, Stand by Me, ET and I'm sure you can spot more if you watch it.. A cult series which I hope continues, there have only been two seasons so it's possible to catch up quite quickly. You'll want to join the club, it's geeky but it's great.
That's another week over, phew.....not sure where the time goes but I will be back for some music talk tomorrow if you fancy it. Till then........
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