Oh what an end to Our Girl ( I always type My Girl, greedy eh?) She's not mine she's our's well until she got under the covers with James, woah steamy stuff, definitely Jame's Girl now. It was a sensational finish to the series I thought and what an ending. Oh I hope they all make that jump, probably be a big splash but hey thanks to Special Forces for nipping off on their hols and leaving them with their boats hundreds of feet below a big cliff. They weren't to know I suppose but it certainly made a very entertaining and tense finale. Can't wait for it to return again.
I'm a bit obsessed with Eat Well For Less, it's just fabulous to see lives turned around just by the food they buy. If you haven't seen it Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin get hold of a family (not literally) and seek out their shopping habits and tot up their budget. We at home firstly gasp at how much these people spend then congratulate them when they cut their weekly shopping budget down by quite a considerable amount. There are families buying zillion bottles of cola to takeaway meals most nights and the savings are unbelievable.
I noticed a difference when I started doing my bulk shop at Aldi as it's just amazing how much the prices vary. It's also surprising how much rubbish we chuck in our trolley's, things we really don't need. I hate throwing food out so I take a lot of tips from this on how to buy well and it is so much healthier to cook nutritional meals from scratch. Yes convenience meals are quick and easy but it really doesn't take much effort to cook a nice meal. A slow cooker is the best thing for having a cheap healthy meal ready at the end of the day......wouldn't be without mine. Love this programme, good educational, tip grabbing telly..
I've had a pretty free weekend this weekend. I did have lots of plans to get some paperwork done, some other writing projects but guess what I did in the end? Well I procrastinated in a big way but I binge watched a load of Sex And The City. Now I've seen the whole lot of this over and over before so it's not as if I haven't seen it and I'm not sure what made me start. Oh that's it I caught a re run of one episode on tv and thought it may be good to watch some more. So I have totally wasted this weekend with four girls from New York and their dating antics.
I kept asking myself, are you happy though Sue from the Brew? and I can honestly say I was. It's been a long time since I've just relaxed and not done anything. A while since I had time to chill by myself so I think I will catch up with the other stuff this week but hurray to a bit of relaxation. The thing is I almost feel guilty for it, but why? Stuff it.......I'm not gonna feel bad. It rained anyway so my gardening wasn't happening and that's my excuse as if I need one.
This week we see the last in the series of Poldark and a new drama starting on Tuesday called Age Before Beauty which looks good. I will also be reviewing Nadiya's Family Favourites next week which is fabulous. If you've not seen it it's on Monday BBC2 8pm. Very funny and be prepared for very tasty recipes.
So my conclusion this week is that binge watching box sets does have a lot to answer for but sometimes you just have to do it, recharge the old body batteries ready for more mayhem that life brings us. Thank you so much for reading today. Please pop back tomorrow fro Music Monday but for now..........
Yes it's over and congratulations to France for winning the World Cup and after Wimbledon too we can get back to some sort of TV normality again. There will be something else I'm sure, as I sit here the BBC are trying to flog me a watch at the Tour De France but I think I'll leave that for now.
Our Girl got bumped out of the way this week with football and a marathon tennis session. I believe it will be re scheduled so just keep an eye on your TV guides on that. I think that was a bit rude to keep cancelling and I don't think anyone should be playing tennis till 11pm. The fit sports people can probably manage it but I need my cuppa and night-shirt on way before then. I also find my neighbours get a bit miffed with the balls going over the fence so late. They don't have that problem on Centre Court do they?
Poldark saw a death again.....they are knocking a few cast members out of this aren't they? I don't wish anything awful on anyone but I did want the Rev Ossie to get some sort of tick off for being a bit of a rotter. Watch out for his mum Lady Whitworth as I think she will want justice for the murder of her son. Played by the fabulous Rebecca Front I think she may pick up where Ossie left off but obviously not with the sexy bits.
It was great to see Keeping Faith on BBC 1 this week after it aired on BBC Wales. Due to the massive popularity of this series shown on BBC iplayer too it got his well deserved air on prime time tv and so it should. I binge watched it on BBC iplayer and really enjoyed it in fact I have posted about it quite a bit here and also on my Music Monday feature as the soundtrack is amazing. So get a watch of this, I'm not going to give anything away and I am actually watching again. Tune in on BBC1 Thursday's at 9pm. Take a look at my categories for posts relating to this if you want to know more about it but just watch for spoilers as I didn't think it would go to main BBC. A second series has already been commissioned so that's fab news.
Tonight sees a new series of the crime drama Unforgotten with Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar. If you haven't seen this before catch up on the last two series on ITV Hub as it is brilliant. That's my one to watch this coming week
So here's to a rest from sport for the time being and the return of super drama and great entertainment. I have actually loved the World Cup so will miss it, only another four years until the next one.
Thank you for reading today, join me again tomorrow for Music Monday where I will be telling you all about Rock Choir Live our summer concert which took place last night. Eeeek it was amazing!
Take care till then.
Oh crikey that was a sad one of Poldark last week. Poor Dwight and Caroline losing their little baby daughter Sarah to a rare heart defect. Oh if anyone deserved to be happy with their family they did. I know Caroline wasn't keen on having children but she fell in love and was bonding so well with her. Oh I cried, and then had to hold my breath again as there was a huge flood in the mine. We are a bit busy this week with people being stuck in underwater mines this week.
Yes all the best to the young lads and their football coach in Thailand who are at present being rescued from an underground cave. Four out so far so lets hope all 13 people get out safely.
It all happened in Our Girl as well this week. Bones didn't half put the guys and gals through their paces with even the threat of sending Georgie home. She wasn't going anywhere was she? How could she? That would be the end of the series......silly. I wasn't expecting to see Bossy Bones go out though. Blimey I was a bit annoyed at him, I know he was trying to get the best out of everyone but woah I wasn't expecting him to get blown to pieces. He spotted a suspect package left at a dinner party and.......well took it upon him selves to take the detonation.
After all I said the other week about him and Georgie maybe becoming an item, how wrong was I? It's Captain James we've got to be watching. he's taken quite a shine to Georgie in a big way, but who didn't see that coming? Now James is married to Molly who was played by Lacey Turner in the early days so it's a bit like nooooooooooo you can't do this to Molly. I don't think Georgie will let it happen but who knows....will they succumb to a bit of passion? Keep watching.
I watched The Big NHS Singalong this week which was a programme following the NHS Choir and how they put together the song 'With A Little help From My Friends'. They recorded it at Abbey Road Studios with a few celebrity friends and then the programme aired this week was a live link up around the country of more NHS workers as they attempted to break the record for the biggest singalong.
This is all to celebrate 70 years of the NHS and it was a lovely moving adventure. I love being part of a choir as you know if you read my Music Monday posts and I love seeing the joy it brings to others in their choirs too. I was great to see how it all comes together and I also enjoyed seeing them get excited about recording at the famous Abbey Road Studios as I know how it feels to record there. So a big well done to the NHS Choir and you can download their song now.
Well another busy week of football again and haven't we done well so far?Semi Finals on Wednesday, I think most of us will be watching that surely?? It's been a fantastic tournament and I will miss it when it finishes. One week to go and who will be playing the final next Sunday? Ohhhhhh we will have to wait and see......fingers crossed!!
Thank you so much for reading today......please come back tomorrow for Music Monday but for now you all take care and stay cool folks.
Well welcome back Poldark but chuffin eck my nerves were shattered by the end of this week of tv with this and Our Girl. It was drama at it's best and what a start to the new series on Sunday. Ross and Demelza are making a go of it and patching up their differences after they have both experienced a little bit of loving in the arms of someone else.
Well they are very sexy attractive people and they are bound to attract some attention but the drama really lay with other family members this week. Oh I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see whether Demelza's brothers were actually going to be executed. I thought to myself this can't surely happen as there is a bit of an unfinished love interest going on with Drake and Morwenna. We have got to see that woman get away from the Reverend and get together with Drake......for that reason alone he couldn't hang. I held my breath waiting for that decision and that nasty George Warleggan would sooner lie and see injustice on Demelza as a way to get at Ross. Someone needs to wipe that smirk of his face.
Oh sorry my fellow brewsters I was getting a bit carried away then but that man does annoy me. I'm sure Jack Farthing who plays him is lovely and he is playing him so well but blimey I do want Ross to get one over on him......again. The story follows later tonight at 9pm on BBC1. Please let me breath a bit easier tonight. Phew.
Another tense moment was with Our Girl. Oh heck they went off piste and got themselves captured. Mr Big Boots Captain 'Bones' McClyde waded in and saved the day and a few lives there which we all thank him for but he is so cocky isn't he? I know it's early days but do you think he may be her new love interest? Eventually when they've stopped rubbing each other the wrong way. Who knows but I like Bones.....he's a bit naughty and brash but he will be interesting to watch.
The tv has been taken over by some sort of football tournament.....yes its the 2018 World Cup. I do like it and I am watching it, although I must admit I'm not a massive football fan but I do like these big tournaments. It just means there is less of the other stuff to watch though. I suppose it is summer so no one is staying in and watching telly.....you're all outside barbecuing eh?
One drama I have stumbled on is another BBC Wales series. It's called Hidden and is available on the BBC iplayer. It is a good crime drama about a girl who goes missing and a body is discovered. It basically follows the story of this girls murder and the investigation of others that may have gone missing in the same way. There has only been two episodes so far so that may be one to watch if you need a crime drama fix.
Well enjoy the summery evenings and the World Cup.....there are plenty of games to come along. Englands first game is tomorrow evening at 7pm on BBC1 so fingers crossed for a good result.
Join me again for Music Monday tomorrow, for now though take care.
Yes two great programmes back for another series. Our Girl is back and ready for action again after her sad loss and our sad loss of Elvis in the last series. Ohhh it's sad that he's not here but she feels ready to get back to work again and my goodness what a start. What will happen to her now as she seems to have been taken hostage on this new Nigeria mission? Oh it keeps me on the edge of my seat this one, well I guess we will find out on Tuesday at 9pm.
Ackley Bridge also returned this week for it's second series. I loved the first one and it's got off to a great start. I thought I would have lost track too much and not remember what happened before but it all came flooding back. It's a good school drama, some say it's much the same as Waterloo Road but I think it's stands well on it's own. It's full of drama and a few funny bits too so a great all rounder.
A Very English Scandal finished this week and I enjoyed this. It told the Jeremy Thorpe story really well and Hugh Grant was brilliant in the role of Jeremy himself. I feel a few awards coming on for him surely? The original case has been dug up again and it may look as if it may be investigated again, although Jeremy Thorpe is no longer with us now, apparently Norman Scott is still wanting justice. A great drama, if you missed it go and catch up as it is worth a watch.
I made the mistake of watching Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury. Well I say mistake it wasn't really as it was so interesting learning about a little company that originally sold cocoa drinking chocolate and now 200 years later is one of the most famous chocolate producers in the world. It just made me want to eat loads of chocolate. Oh it showed you the original Flake adverts (love Flakes), the Milk Tray Man (love Milk Tray) and also the lady who has the one of the best jobs ever and that's chocolate taster for Cadbury.....if she ever resigns I will take her place!!
It is a really interesting programme so if you didn't see it then go watch it. If on a diet you may need to hide behind a cushion, there is major obscene scenes of chocolate. Dairy Milk is my sons favourite and I actually cannot believe I shouted up to him to see if he wanted to watch it......his name is Charlie so you can guess how that sounded. We have a battle in our house as he loves Dairy Milk and I actually (don't tell Cadbury's) prefer Galaxy chocolate. Yikes! But to be honest it isn't a big issue if there is just Dairy Milk in the house......I'm not that loyal to Galaxy.
Well guess who's back tonight........only Poldark!! Cannot wait!! Enjoy if you too are a Poldark fan and have a great week.
Join me tomorrow for Music Monday but until then take care.
(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.
It's been a busy week again and to be fair I did a bit of catching up with the tv as I've been tripping the light fantastic at a Charity Ball over the weekend. Yes I spruced myself up and Cindersue went out after midnight!! Sadly no posh carriage or glass slippers but hey slipper socks never looked so inviting at the end of the evening.
When I did manage to play catch up imagine what I saw on Casualty. I said last week didn't I that Connie would sooner operate on herself rather than let anyone else reach for their scalpel. Obviously she couldn't actually operate on herself so she recruited poor Ethan to do it for her. Yes he did suss out the illness was hers and not some fictional patient and he did as he was told and got on with the job. I fear he could do little else as Connie just has to look at you with that stare, you know like the one your parents would give you when you were younger? Even I would be too scared to resist her 'do it and do it now' look.
Would that really happen? I know it's all drama but how many rules were broken? I thought someone was going to come in did you? Yikes, caught in the act of intricate tendon type surgery. It all goes on in Holby City. She's so tough and stubborn but she's got the feeling back for now. Ethan will receive the death stare and face her blackmailing him for weeks to come I'm sure.
It was nice to see Our Girl back. She's got her work cut out with that cheeky Maisie, oh tough Georgie has to come out now but she's so in love with Elvis isn't she? The chemistry between those two is electrifying although they cover it up with sarcastic comments and pretending to dislike each other, yeah right you two. We all want you to get it on again, but can we forget him for jilting her at the alter? Gorgeous though isn't he that Luke Pasqualino? He made a great Musketeer but wow he makes an even better soldier.
So now she's stuck under a building, yes under a load of rubble after another earthquake in Nepal. What is to happen to her? Will someone rescue her? I blooming hope so as there are a few more episodes in the series and it wouldn't be Our Girl without her. Come on Elvis, be the hero and rescue her, a bit of mouth to mouth and make it up for goodness sake!!!.
I like Michelle Keegan in this role, I think it really suits her. If you remember the first series you will know that Lacey Turner played another character and I wasn't sure if the passover between the two actresses and their characters would work but it has. Fabulous series and really enjoying it so far.
Well as I catch up with Strictly and watch Molly bending in places I can only dream of darling, I will look on to another week. Don't these weeks go so quick? It doesn't seem five minutes since last Sunday. We have the finale of Liar coming up this week and the end of Victoria this Sunday night.
Have a great week and if you fancy a chat about music then join me again tomorrow for Music Monday.
For now though take care......
Pass the Remote
Every Sunday I will review the TV for the week.