It's been a bit of a charity clash this week on our tv's. It was the annual Comic Relief event which had a very successful evening on Friday raising a massive amount of money so well done to everyone involved with that.
It's very much a personal thing with these big charity nights and events, some support more than others and we can't support them all. Comic Relief does help some great projects and more now in the UK so it is a good all round event which gives everyone the chance to help a lot of people, be it here in the UK or overseas.
For me though my heart kind of belongs to Stand Up To Cancer at present on the old box. Yes they have started the Celebrity Bake Off to raise money and it's got off to a great start. There are some excellent celebrities taking part, most of which I have heard of which is good and if you haven't seen the first two episodes then you must go on the iplayer and have a catch up.
I know everyone isn't a fan of Russell Brand but I really like him, he was so funny in the first episode last week and just totally entered into he whole thing. He was really good and looked like a star baker, did he get it though?.....Na not telling ya. I just couldn't get over John Lithgow being there as well, I mean that man is a huge Hollywood movie star and one of the best actors ever and there he is in the Bake Off kitchen!!
This week saw Michelle Keegan and Rylan Clark-Neal battle it out or the top spot and it was quite close there for a moment. I love how they all start to get very competitive. The sports personalities who take part tend to relax and have a bit of fun and it would be them that you would expect to be going for the bake off pinny but no the others get a real battle going. Then there is the celebs who try their hardest but bless them, I think they come along hoping for maybe, for just a pity handshake from Mr Hollywood. It doesn't matter though....it's all for charity.
I'm really looking forward to seeing more and hoping that it will raise so much cash for Stand Up To Cancer. I think we have all been affected in some way by cancer, whether it's been someone you know or has happened to you. Please give the Bake Off's a watch and if you can manage a donation that would be great.
Stand Up To Cancer funds research, which takes developments in the labs and accelerates them into brand new tests and treatments for cancer patients who need them. Taken from the Stand Up to Cancer website - for more information go to www.standuptocancer.org.uk
So that's my pick of the week, the next episode is on Tuesday evening Channel 4 at 8pm so don't forget. One in two of us will be affected by cancer, that is a shocking statistic so we need to do as much as possible.
Right I am off to work through another week, I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday but for now you take care.
A big congratulations to Jake Quickenden for becoming the Dancing on Ice winner last week. I said he was going to win but I think he was favourite anyway as he was so consistent throughout. I was pleased, I thought he was the best amongst them but I did think the final would be between him and Max Evans to be honest as I rated Max better than Brooke but hey you never know how these things are going to pan out.
It was good to see Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean back on the ice in a wonderful routine and also great to see them choreographing a routine for the final contestants. Now you see that made such a difference as they did coach the celebs in the past series and it definitely shows. I'm not knocking any of the professionals but Jane and Chris know how to bring out the best in the celebrities and give them better content. it was almost like watching the old series again. I had almost lost my DOI mojo thinking whether it was the change in set or the judges but no it's the choreography and the lack of input from Torvill and Dean.
I know they wanted to step back a bit and take it more steady, I can't actually believe they still do what they do going into their sixties but you could see the frustration in Chris some weeks when he couldn't get his hands on some of the skating pairs. He so wants to be a part of it really, it must be hard to stop when it's taken up a big chunk of your life. Go on Chris get stuck in again we know you love it!!
If you haven't tuned in to the Celebrity Bake offs so far then go and catch up as they are really worth a watch. The Great British Bake Off is running with different celebrities every week and raising money for Stand Up to Cancer. It really is very funny and they have chosen a good selection of celebs for this. Last week saw Martin Kemp struggle with his cupcakes, something that I would never ever see but it really didn't matter as he can smile his way out of any predicament I feel. The lovely Bill Turnbull took part and you will need a mascara warning as they have filmed him talking about his own diagnosis of cancer since the filming of Bake Off.
This week was hilarious with Stacey Solomon, Ricky Wilson, Perri Kiely and Nick Hewer. Perri is so lovely and has grown into such a fine young man, I still think of him as the little lad in Diversity. Nick struggled throughout and I'm sure every single contestant from The Apprentice was having a moment seeing him under the strain of being completely out of his comfort zone. A huge well done to him though as he entered into it and after all it was all for charity. Stacey was the star for me, she shooed Mr Hollywood out of her kitchen and just made me laugh from beginning to end. Please watch it and give a little donation for a good cause.
Yes I joined the nation at Barbara's funeral last weekend in Call the Midwife. But it wasn't the funeral that got me it was the lovely film that they had put together for Sister Monica Jones's birthday at the end. Filled with joy and sadness it was just beautiful, and the narration always sends me off to grab the Kleenex too. A great series again by everyone, we will miss you Barbara!
Well that's another week over with again. I'm really looking forward to the return tonight of The Durrells and The Good Karma Hospital. Two of my absolute favourites so I shall give them a mention next week. For now though take care and join me again tomorrow if ya fancy for Music Monday.
Pass the Remote
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