Well I had to leave the quiet isles of Shetland this week as the series ended in true style. I love Shetland, it's just brilliant, it follows one story and I didn't realise so much could happen on these islands. The plot goes so many different ways and you end up suspecting everyone before realising the one person who you didn't suspect is in fact the culprit.
I've been all around the island, even jumped off for a while as Perez had to go and fetch his daughter from university to keep her safe. We have seen a few locals and visitors knocked off and bodies floating in the sea so it's all happened up there. You can never guess though with all the twists and turns but I do like how they come to a conclusion in the end and everything makes sense. I'm never left too confused with his programme and it usually gets a happy ending.
If you have never watched Shetland, well give it a go as I think it's one of the best crime drama's around. You can catch up on the BBC iplayer and besides all the blood and murder there is some absolutely stunning scenery. All quiet on the Scottish isles, well it seems not. Everyone can rest now though as Perez and his team have brought order to Shetland and it's safe now but for how long?
I went from Shetland over to Morecambe Bay to see what was happening in the first of a new police drama series called The Bay. I wasn't quite sure about this to be honest, I was left feeling a bit flat and not very impressed. Some people are comparing this to Broadchurch probably because of the storyline involving two missing children and it has that same feel but I don't think it will be as good.
The first programme has caused a bit of a stir with the public and the main character DS Lisa Armstrong played my Morven Christie has already come under some criticism. She's driven with a hangover so possibly still over the limit, used her mobile phone while driving and deleted crucial evidence.
The thing that people need to remember though is that it isn't real and she isn't a real police woman. The writers are just building up the story so you get an idea to the background of her character and yes she isn't a great copper at the moment but will she be? Don't take it too seriously is my advice, it's not a true story!. A good plot though with the storyline and although I wasn't grabbed entirely by the first one I may stick it out and watch another just to give it a chance.
It may be one of those dramas that has an iffy start and turns out to be brilliant and also I kind of need to know where these kids have gone, no spoilers but we know about one but who is responsible for the mess that is emerging. I think it's going to be another one of those 'it's not who you think' cases again. If you want to give it and try you need to be watching ITV on Wednesday evenings at 9pm or go to the ITV Hub and catch up.
You could say DS Armstrong is such a bad police woman that she would need to be investigated by the Line of Duty team well that series returns next Sunday (31st) and I can't wait. I love Line of Duty and what a great treat for Mother's Day. We will see The Durrells return soon for the final series which I am also looking forward and I will be perched by the box this evening for another series of Victoria.
For now though I am going to grab a brew and calm down after trying to solve so many murders. We'll chill out tomorrow with a bit of music natter on Music Monday but for now you grab your brew too and take care.
For most of the year I'm thinking it's so quiet on the Shetland Islands, I imagine it to be so serene, the scenery is stunning, population not huge and a low crime rate. Well that is until someone goes and upsets that for a tv series and suddenly the place comes alive, not with the sound of music but with murder!!!
Did you see the surprise on everyone's faces when they were told not to get too comfortable as there had been a body discovered on the beach? It was like, woah we're on tv, let's go. Following the pattern of other crime drama programmes this year so far the body wasn't complete, yes there have been more chopped up bodies this year than I have ever seen before.
I bet when strangers turn up on Shetland they are closely watched because there is a slim chance they may be murdered or found dismembered somewhere especially if being followed by a tv crew. To be fair though it has started out to be a brilliant series once again. Douglas Henshall is giving that moody look again, I think I've seen him smile a few times but not often. I'm sure when Christmas comes around he does crack a smile when opening his pressies and at the surprise of an amazing treat from a Christmas cracker.
I quite like his character as he fits the storylines well, I can't imagine a jolly, happy go lucky crime solver with too much energy....that's for other crime dramas. Don't be mislead as it's never the person you think it is that's the culprit so keep an open mind if you have never watched it before. Where have you been if you've not seen Shetland before? Helping solve crime on the busy mainland? No Shetland is where all the action is, take a catch up and you'll see, it's never boring on these beautiful Scottish islands.
Hey we saw the end of Cold Feet then this week. Blimey all the way through I just kept shouting 'for goodness sake everyone stop being so miserable and be happy for them'. I thought for a minute they were going to bin their relationship because of everyone not liking it but thank goodness they didn't. Yes it was a lot to get everyones heads around but they are both single and not doing any harm. I am of course talking about Adam and Karen getting together and I know it's not real but in Cold Feet world it's totally as real as real life.
A brilliant end to the series and I will miss it so much, just hope it comes back again. It has to surely, we need to know how this relationship is going to go on and we need to see how Jenny goes on with her treatment. Please important people at ITV, bring it back.
I need a strong brew to prepare for more tv this week especially another episode of Shetland. Just as you think you are about to watch a nice travel programme showing you around Shetland.....No don't be fooled, there's murder in them hills, mountains, ship yards and factory places.
Have a great week and if you love music I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday so join me then.
Take care for now.
I love The Durrells and I'm glad to see them all back. It looks so idilic where they live and such a relaxed lifestyle but they all have a lot going on. Well Leslie does with his three girlfriends. Mrs Durrell she had to interfere eh? Well she is a mum after all and I like how she does care so much it gets her into so much trouble. I can't wait to see what happens tonight. I think this has come back even funnier, not that it wasn't before but I laughed my socks off at this first episode.
Another great drama to return was The Good Karma Hospital. It was Ruby's turn to go solo on the night shift. She did hit some minor problems but got through. Oh the sexual tension between her and Dr Varma is unbelievable, will they won't they? I think they may do eventually but hey we need a bit of a build up first. Well I do. This continues tonight on ITV at 9pm.
Shetland came to an end this week and I have to say that I think this has been one of the best things on the BBC. It's brilliantly written and the acting is superb. This episode sent me around more houses than I'm sure the Shetland Islands have. Woah so many different ways that it went and I still didn't work it out in the end, that was quite a surprise. It ended with style and I'm so glad that I wasn't confused or disappointed. Well done to everyone involved.....can't wait until the next one.
Oh my goodness did you see Casualty? I won't say too much in case you haven't caught up but I'm just going to say it's lovely and romantic, all fluffy and then 'Boom' tragedy strikes in the last seconds. Now I always have this little worry about these things happening in programmes. What if I don't make it to the next episode for some reason, such as the Grim Reaper decides to pay me a visit. I'll not know what happened to Robyn and Glen so please feel free to pray a lot or see a psychic for me if this should be the case, thank you.
Now I'm sorry to hear that Ant Mcpartlin was in the news this week for all the wrong reasons. I wish him all the best and hope he gets the help he needs to make a full recovery. I know I did comment that I thought Saturday Night Takeaway was becoming a bit tiresome but blimey I didn't want it to finish in this way. I was actually warming to this new series and enjoying it once more so I eat my words. I admire Dec for carrying on with the last two episodes and this will be hard for him as I don't think he's been without Ant. So I wish them both well and I do hope to see them back together very soon.
Have a great week watching the tv, please leave a comment and tell me what you like watching at the moment, I'm interested to know if everyone is out there and watching the kind of things I am or if there is anything else I've not featured and you would like me too.
Thank you for reading, please feel free to join me for Music Monday tomorrow but for now......take care.
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.
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