Well I must have had something big in my eye this week as I literally balled my eyes out last Sunday as poor Barbara left us in Call the Midwife. It was so sad, as at one point they seemed to give the impression she was going to be fine and everything was going to be ok. But no, there was no happy ever after as the nasty meningococcal septicaemia got to her in the end.
My son was treated for the same infection some years ago and I'm so glad they've moved on with treatment but to be honest sometimes there is no controlling this horrible infection, you do have to wait for the antibiotics to do their best and it becomes a waiting game as you saw here. I'm going to miss her as she was so lovely as they all are in this series. How will Tom cope? Well we will see more tonight as the series comes to an end, gone quick hasn't it? RIP Barbara.
It was also the finale of Collateral this week and I don't know what it is about some dramas just lately but they start off really good but then they end abruptly as if someone go bored of writing anymore and finished it off quickly. I wasn't ready for this to end, it seemed as though it needed to go a little further but maybe it's just me. I did like it but a bit disappointing, kind of expected more from this.
Strike finished as well and I love this, to be honest the storyline could be about anything and yes it had me gripped but I am a bit addicted to know whether Robin and Strike will ever get together. I was really thinking they might when she fell out with her boyfriend Matthew but no alas it was not to be. I am destined to be disappointed as she only went and married her fella, ohhhh and Cormoran was there, he made it to the church. Why didn't he shout 'noooooo it should be me', he wouldn't though would he? He's in that denial place and he wouldn't want to hurt her. Get your notebook and pen out JK Rowling as we need more of these.
Plenty of finishers eh? We see the end of Dancing on Ice tonight and the finale will see Torvill and Dean take to the ice which frankly is going to be the best part of the series so far. I've had mixed feelings about this, one part of me is glad it's come back but not sure of the new format. I think Jake Quickenden has been consistent throughout this series and I think he will win it. I hope so, as he skates the best out of them all. Good luck to him and yes please bring it back again but bring it back like the old days.
I've watched my last Shakespeare and Hathaway as well this week after ten episodes altogether. I raved about this last week and it was brilliant again this week. I did that thing where I'm binge watching and I take it really slowly watching the last couple of episodes as I didn't want it to end. Please make some more of these!!!!
Oh a returner!! Yes Nashville was back on Friday night. The beginning of series six and for those of you who don't know this is the last one...boooooooo hoooooooo. Not sure how I'm going to cope as I love this programme. It kicked off really well but poor Juliette is still fighting her demons bless her, hope she does get through, it would be nice to see her happy and settled at the end Come on gal we are behind you, even if you are a bit of a baddy sometimes but then it would be boring without her being a meany sometimes.
So there I will leave you this week. I'd like to wish all you mummy brewers a lovely Mother's Day here in the UK and I hope you have been made lots of tea or coffee or drank a bit of wine but most of all been spoilt rotten as you deserve it.
Kick your feet up and relax, all of you that is and buckle down for another week of telly. I will catch you for more Pass the Remote next Sunday or if you can't wait till then join me tomorrow for Music Monday.
Take care for now.
Oh I've just fell in love with a new detective series this week. It's Shakespeare & Hathaway being screened on BBC1 every weekday afternoon at 2.15pm. It stars Joy Joyner as Luella Shakespeare and Mark Benton as Frank Hathaway who have partnered up together to fight crime around Stratford upon Avon.
It has a great combination of murder, mystery and a comedy factor that just lightens your life that little bit, enough to lift us out of this wintery weather at present. Patrick Walshe McBride as Sebastian Brudenell adds to the team as assistant, tea maker and struggling actor, he is just brilliant and is the icing on the cake to thou detective agency (see what I did there?That's about as far as my Shakespeare goes).
If you've missed this you can catch up with it on the iplayer and I recommend you do if you like a bit of light entertainment as you will really love it. Why it isn't on prime time tv I don't know as it's as good as anything else. Go have a look and see what you think even if it's to also see the beautiful scenery around Stratford, one of my favourite places.
I also got. a bit hooked on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as well this week. I'm finding it interesting to learn more about what happened, I remember him being shot but I don't remember too much about the background of his murder. I thought initially that it was to be a one off drama, film documentary type thing but no it's a nine part series.
There are some familiar faces such as Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz and quite a bit of controversy about the accents. People on the social media places seem to think Penelope is using a Spanish accent rather than an Italian one in her role as Donatella Versace but it's not bothering me much. She was straight into business wan't she? He had only been dead for a few hours but I suppose things had to be sorted. Also I couldn't believe how many people just trampled all over the crime scene. There were people arriving at the villa and press holding press conferences and nobody attempted to clean up or keep people away. Have they no police tape in Miami?
Apart from that I thought it was a acceptable drama, and as I said I just want to know the story so that's what it's all about. I don't need it to be anything BAFTA award winning, I just want the story to be told and for it to be reasonably watchable. I'm not sure how true the story is either. I suppose there may be some family members and friends of Versace who may disagree with some elements of this series and there may be better ways of learning about the truth of this event but I'll start here and see how it goes. It is on BBC2 on Wednesday evening at 9pm.
I'm sure you'll all join in wishing poor Barbara in Call the Midwife the best and a speedy recovery. She isn't looking well at all is she? Oh please BBC, don't make me have to grab the tissue box again.....not Barbara!!! We'll see what happens later on this evening at 8pm on BBC1
I was also very sad to hear of the death of the lovely and very funny Emma Chambers. She was most famous for her roles as Alice in The Vicar of Dibley and as Honey Thacker in Notting Hill. A true delight and she was a real talent starring in many other roles too. Emma made me laugh on many occasions and I don't think anyone could have played Alice as well as her. Too many classic moments to mention, I would be here all day and I honestly wouldn't be able to type as I would cry with laughter just recalling them. I'm laughing now especially thinking of 'I can't believe it's not butter'. The jokes at the end of Vicar of Dibley along with Dawn French were just class and I will remember them for as long as I live.
RIP you gorgeous woman, fly high and make those angels giggle.
I dedicate this weeks 'Pass the Remote' to you xx
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