This is how I've felt most of this week with the tv. The tv drama Trauma was enough to make me wonder what that was all about? I understood that the dad was very angry about his son's death and I suppose grief materialises in many different ways and maybe he did need someone to blame so blamed the surgeon. I felt he did his best to save Alex's life and wasn't to blame but I don't really know, I felt as if I was trying to understand but not quite getting it.
It was a drama with brilliant actors and I feel the script may have let this one down a bit. His grief did absorb him and I can't imagine how it would feel in his situation but I'd feel I would want to blame the person who stabbed him first I think, who knows. It didn't really shake my boots and I suppose we can't like everything that comes on the box but from the trailers it looked as though it was going to be really good. Oh well.
Another drama I wasn't getting my head around was Requiem but then I decided to just binge watch the rest of the episodes and ended up quite liking it. It was very spooky and scary at times. It even had an edge of Hammer House of Horror at times with the scary music. Very supernatural spooks and I thought Tara Fitzgerald was brilliant, I was scared of her. I won't spoil it as it has the rest of the series to run if you are watching it in real time but stick with it as it's definitely watchable.
OHHHHHHHH the final of McMafia happened.......amazing!! In fact the best thing on tv so far I think. Woah he got into trouble and then got out of it in style. Brilliant drama and I sooooooo would love another series. James Norton is just awesome, he gets away at first with lovely innocent soft good boy Alex and then boom!! Hard faced, 'I'm going to sort you proper' Alex. Talk about kicking ass and owning it. Love him. Well done BBC a great drama and such good acting, was on the edge of my seat the whole time which is good for me as it means I didn't nap in the middle.
Shetland returned this week and you just get used to being amazed by the scenery and beauty of the Shetland Islands and then someone gets murdered and ruins the view. You wouldn't believe there would be this much action there would you? I'm sure it's really quiet and the crime figures are really low until Jimmy Perez and his team get there. This new series sees Thomas Malone released after being in prison for the murder of Lizzie Kilmuir, it seems though he didn't commit it but how will the community react? Then what happens? Only another murder which has similarities to the murder of Lizzie's so the finger points inevitably to Thomas again. The story continues on Tuesday BBC1 at 9pm.
Onto another week and Marcella is back on Monday 19th Feb ITV at 9pm for a second series so I'm looking forward to that. Join me back for more tv talk next Sunday but before then I am back tomorrow for Music Monday.
Take care for now.
Oh what did you think to the end of Hard Sun? I had to rewatch the ending again as I had watched it six weeks ago after the first one. The whole series was available to watch straight away on iplayer so I took advantage. I quite glad I had another watch as I was a bit muddled the first time after feeling that some things didn't get answered in the end for me.
For example what did Butler do exactly to give Hicks the excuse to kill him? We got a hint of him seeing something on a laptop in a reflection in that bedroom but what was it? So I need another series which some people say cannot happen as that's it, the end of the world happened a bit earlier than expected. Apparently though there's rumoured to be another five series planned, this could give me the answers I require.
I loved it, I thought the sub plots were a good addition and I thought Renko played by Agyness Deyn was just brilliant. She kicked ass didn't she? Woah!! I kind of liked the love hate thing they had going on as it made it so unpredictable as to what was going to happen. Some have been disappointed but I want more, quick before the sun burns out.
Silent Witness came to an end this week and the first part on Monday left me a bit bewildered. Why's that Sue from the Brew? Well I found it hard to believe Nikki would be running back into a house where there was gunman free and that the armed response unit would let her. It was all a bit far fetched for me. I was forever shouting at the telly, no wonder Nikki got herself buried underground in the last series she just won't do as she's told. maybe it would be boring if she did. The second part was better and I felt all warm and fluffy when her chap surprised her for Christmas......ahhhhhhh.
I binge watched Next of Kin after my brother recommended it and so glad I did, blimey nearly missed out on this one. It was packed solid with tense, edge of your seat drama. Mona Harcourt becomes wrapped up in a tale of radicalisation and terroism after her brother is murdered whilst working overseas. It was a brilliant series and I was glued to it. I can recommend it if you haven't seen it. Well done to all involved a big hit from me.
Call the Midwife made me cry last week, it was so hard to see those children taken away from their parents - my heart just broke as I think as a parent the first thing you do is put yourself in that situation and that's what got me in tears. I just couldn't imagine it. I'm so worried about Trixie. She's back on the booze and has also split with Christopher so we'll have to see what happens this week. Lets hope she gets some help because we love her don't we? Well we love them all, it's such a heart warming drama - I look forward to watching.
Girlfriends ended this week and what an ending. Those girls just kept getting themselves deeper and deeper in trouble. I cringed with what they were planning next but hey did that leave this series with a possible hint for a second? I hope so as I need to know whether Micky survives the suitcase. I actually looked at one while out shopping today and gave it a shake just to see if he's ended up in the middle of Dunelm in some sort of twist to the plot. Along way from where he was left drifting away though eh? You never know with Kay Mellor. I really enjoyed this, it was funny, easy to watch and I think I needed something light to watch after all these intense dramas.
I'm looking forward to the last of McMafia, well I'm not as I want it to carry on forever but not sure my nerves can take it. What an ending to the last episode. He's in trouble now. I do feel that all the action happens in the last five minutes but that's ok, I enjoy the build up and now come to expect that my jaw will lock into the OMG position. I'll come back and fully review this next week after the finale. Please don't let it be a disappointing ending!!!
Phew.....that's it for this week so onto another. New dramas to come and the return of Shetland which I'm looking forward to. Be good and I'll catch you again tomorrow for Music Monday if you fancy it.
For now though, take care.
What are the BBC doing to me? This McMafia business nearly cost me the contents of my bowels and I think I may have actually stopped breathing at the end of the last programme. I think the whole country must have fell silent in anticipation of what was going to happen in the Alex vs Vadim showdown in the departure lounge. If you've not been watching it what you playing at? If you love good drama then this one is one you need to watch.
Now it takes a bit of watching and for some (like me) a little backtracking to understand what's going on but stick with it as it does become clear. It is one of those that you can't take your eyes of the screen or have a quick conversation and hope you can just pick it up, no! You have to glue yourself to the screen with no distractions. Just a warning, wear good underwear though and remember to breathe.
What is happening to Dylan in Casualty? My heart just goes out to him as he seems to be plighted by an alcohol addiction. This will be a tough storyline, I love Dylan he's such a great character and I do love his honesty and the fact he's so straight forward, no messing with this man. I don't want to see him go through this but it looks as though he is going to get help. Phew.
The midwives are back in Call the Midwife! Hurrah! This is such a great series and blimey it's a cold winter there. They have a new nurse starting and some heart wrenching stories. Although cold on screen this programmes does warm you heart. Great acting and looking forward to seeing more tonight.
Is it me or are there lots of talent shows on at the moment? The Voice continues to be really good although watching it last night there seemed to be a shortage of men. All the contestants seem to be sixteen year old females, and even Tom said his team included four girls so far and only one male. Maybe it was just this week but come on guys, where are you?
I did watch the new series All Together Now last night, now I wasn't going to as it looked complete rubbish but I actually got into it. It involves singers performing in front of one hundred music experts in a celebrity squares type fashion (if you are old enough to remember that). The experts then have to light their light and just boogie along with the song if they are impressed and basically it is the contestant who scores the highest score that goes through to the final. Comedian Rob Beckett presents this show along with some support from Geri Horner (Ginger Spice). It's ok, a bit of fun and they do have a good mix of singers so I may keep watching to see what happens.
That's it for this week, tell me what you're watching and your likes and dislikes. This week sees the last of Vera and the finale of Kiri if you've been watching that so I will review those next week. For now though take care and come back tomorrow for Music Monday.
Thanks for reading!
I've spent most of this weekend playing catch up. I think I've actually managed to burn my remote out with all TV I've watched. There is so much on at the moment and I know I've mentioned it before but I am hopeless at staying awake in the week. I have this switch that just shuts my eyelids at 9pm prompt. All the good dramas start at 9pm so I'm stuffed.
I don't mind at this time of the year as it's a bit cold and to be honest it's nice to get cosy and watch all my favourite tv shows. I'm still following McMafia which is great. Vera is fabulous and I actually managed to stick some matchsticks under my eyelids for that and watch it all the way through. Yay!!
Silent Witness was fabulous and I got all teary when Jack gave Nikki a big hug this week, she had been waiting for that hadn't she? They needed to make their peace and move on. I'm also loving Clarissa's hubby Max who helped with the case this week, oh he's so geeky and adorable, a great couple and very cheeky - Max ya on loud speaker!! ha ha brilliant!
I'm actually getting more into Girlfriends which is the new comedy drama from Kay Mellor. I didn't know whether it was great at the beginning but I do love it now. Class as always from Kay and a great cast, one to watch.
I'm having a laugh with the guys from The Grand Tour, this just gets funnier and I kind of love that they can break the barriers on Amazon. They can be a bit cheeky, rude and throw in the odd swear word which is ok for them. I find James May the funniest when he swears because it's usually out of frustration with Jeremy Clarkson. They do a very amusing demonstration of a mobile fuel filling station which is definitely worth a watch and is in fact making me laugh now just thinking about it.
I'm keeping up the memento with Dancing on Ice, well just about. I want to love it again but there is just something that is not as it used to be apart from the format being changed. I'm all for change but in all honesty there was nothing wrong with the original format. If it ain't broke - don't fix it. They seemed to think just because it was re launching that they had to make all these changes and I don't think they did. I get the feeling everyone just wanted the old show back. Maybe I'm wrong and I will get used to it but we'll see.
I'm enjoying the tv at present and I'm really looking forward to the new series of Call the Midwife which starts tonight. Yes another to add to my list. What a dilemma though, a battle between BBC and ITV. Yep I'll be catching up again.
Thanks for reading tonight, let me know what you are enjoying and feel free to comment about any of the shows I mention.
Join me tomorrow for Music Monday but for now - take care.
I wasn't passing the remote anywhere this week only changing channels to what I wanted to watch. I wasn't ready to give up my viewing to anyone and what a busy week.
I must admit I have been Netflixing as well so I binge watched all of Black Mirror and just hit it right too as a new season started last week so I had even more to watch. This is not for the faint hearted and at times a bit odd. From the very first episode in season one you are drawn into the kind of tv you're not sure you should watch but you do because you're curious. It is a great mix of dilemmas and scenarios where you end up asking yourself what you would have done in the same situation. There are episodes which take you too a futuristic dimension, will life get that weird? Its a science fiction anthology created by Charlie Brooker and featuring some well known actors and one episode directed by Jodie Foster. Every programme has a different story and different cast so it becomes intriguing as to what the next tale will be. Like I said it's a bit dark in places and you really do need to process an open mind with it but it is worth a watch.
I became lost when I'd finished watching that and yearned for something else to watch so watched Season One of Big Little Lies and loved this too. completely different from Black Mirror it follows a group of couples with different backgrounds whose lives come under scrutiny. The cast involves Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley as the the main female characters but their lives get turned over when one of them is murdered. There is cattiness and envy, jealously and heartache. There are beautiful rich people and a sunny beach location so what could go wrong?Well there is always something. I loved it and can't wait for another season.
I moved away from Netflix and went to Sky One for a new series of Delicious. Now if you haven't seen this it is really good. It includes a great cast again with Dawn French, Emilia Fox, Sheila Hancock and Iain Glen. The two wives of chef Leo (Iain Glen) are now left to run the hotel business after his death and the story continues around their relationship and how they cope with extended family and new relationships. It really is good drama and light comedy too. You can watch it on Friday evenings Sky One at 9pm, you can also catch up with the whole lot on Now TV if you have the Entertainment Package.
A new Kay Mellor drama started last week called Girlfriends. Blimey that woman has been busy after the recent finale of Love Lies and Records which was brilliant. I wasn't too sure about this one at first as it didn't seem to have the same buzz as her previous shows. I was probably still a bit cloudy brained from the new year or maybe it needs to settle in a bit so I won't give up. I did enjoy it more as it went on. It has a good group of girls including Miranda Richardson and Zoe Wanamaker who have been friends for many years and become reunited after the disappearance of Linda's husband. There are many giggles and I'm sure it's going to turn out to be a great series, Kay never usually goes wrong. It is on ITV Wednesday evenings at 9pm.
Woah! Have you been watching McMafia? That is a brilliant drama. I thought I had got a bit lost after the first episode but when someone on Twitter went through it all in one tweet I realised I was on the right track. It is that intense so you do have to watch it with no interruptions. It follows an English born son of a Russian mafia boss played by James Norton and how he tries to protect his family and business from any corruption but gets drawn into a life he wanted to avoid. It is brilliant so I can't wait for the next episode which is tonight BBC1 at 9pm. You can catch up on the BBC iplayer if you haven't seen it.
Hard Sun was another new starter last night and I think this was the best tv so far. I was gripped with the first episode which follows two very mismatched cops who come across a government leak which tells the end of the world in five years time. This is absolutely packed with action and takes you down different ally's with the main theme of impending apocalypse but of the impact of the story as it is seen as a hoax when made public. It can be a bit confusing but it is amazing. It is on BBC1 Saturday evenings at 9.35pm but you can watch all six episodes on BBC iplayer. I have watched them all and it is worth the watch. I'm not giving anything away but may revisit this when it finishes. I know some people like to watch it weekly and in fact I may need to watch some of it again as it is a bit busy shall we say.
Phew! I'm shattered with this amount of telly this week and we've got even more to look forward to. The return of Dancing on Ice, Silent Witness and Vera. I'll be back for more next Sunday but please join me for a bit of music chat tomorrow on Music Monday.
Take care till then.
Pass the Remote
Every Sunday is about TV, Film, and well anything that may crop up on the old box (that's the tv for younger readers).