I cannot believe another Great British Bake Off has come to an end, I do have to say congratulations to Rahul on his win. Were we all happy with Paul and Prue's choice? I was, in fact I liked all the finalists and any one of them deserved to win but apart from a couple of wobbly's Rahul remained the most consistent.
It was a great series and I particularly liked the shock feature of not using the oven, no cooking at the benches and having to go outside and cook, what a surprise. I think I would have panicked slightly if I had to go and cook my pitta bread outside and with added dips. The British public were shocked and disillusioned by it all as well with people tweeting that they were 'going outside', (cue some dramatic music). They survived though although I do love how some charred bits had to be scraped off the odd pitta, I do that after cooking them in a conventional oven.
I wasn't too impressed by the showstoppers, they didn't stop the show for me at all. They all looked a bit dreary and dismal. I like something stunning, like a magnificent cake with thirty layers of sponge and loads of icing that looks proper posh but hey maybe that's me asking for too much. Maybe Atlantis and a rock garden are suitable for the final, who ya kidding Paul and Prue......I don't need to tell you your jobs but come on demand more!!!
It was a great series I really enjoyed it and what a lovely choice of contestants. I don't even miss Mary, Mel and Sue at all....sorry girls I am fond of you but we do get to see you on other shows so all is not lost.
What else happened this week? Oh Strangers came to it's conclusion didn't it? That was good, I have enjoyed that. I think they could have wrapped it all up last week but it did have a good twist at the end.
I am trying to get to grips with The Little Drummer Girl. It is one of those dramas that you need to concentrate on in case you miss something. I did enjoy the first one and I think I know what is happening but I need to catch up now with the second one. I was watching it but there was too much going off so I thought I would leave it until I get some quiet time. Oh that makes me chuckle slightly......quiet time??? What is that exactly? I have heard it's when everything around you falls silent, you have achieved all your chores and one can sit down with a brew and chill......oh did I mention brew?
Right I'm off for one now and try and explore this quiet time. Wish me luck! Thank you so much for reading, you may go and make a brew too but join me again tomorrow for Music Monday........
Take care for now.
Well I've been keeping my eye on the usuals and there will be a couple of finales this week. We see the Bake Off final and the end of Strangers which I'm looking forward to seeing. Who really was behind Megan's murder? The plot thickens and this series has had a lot of revelations and twists, anything could happen. I squealed slightly at the end of the last weeks programme, wasn't expecting that really and I won't say in case you want to catch up.
I'm busting to know who will win The Great British Bake Off, it's so hard to call. Ruby looks like a great contender which I didn't think I would say as she looked like a goner at one point. Rahul was a favourite from the start but even he has had a wobbly now. Kim Joy is just so lovely, I've got to the stage where she's such a little emotional hippy I don't care how she bakes I just want her to win. Briony has been fab throughout and I don't mind seeing her win either so if you are looking to me for a prediction then, frankly I can't decide. Let them all win but will someone make sure Prue is not near a phone texting before Tuesday evening......we don't want to know the result too early eh?
If you haven't seen the series Butterfly then go and catch up right now! It has been on ITV Sunday evenings and it did clash with The Cry so now that has finished you can go and watch it. There are just three programmes in the series and it stars Anna Friel as Vicky, a mum who fights for the happiness of her child. Max played by Callum Booth Ford is an eleven year old boy who wants to live life as a girl and to be accepted as Maxine. There are those dramas that get you sitting on the edge of your seat because they are edgy and thrilling and then there is this drama which just tears at your heart strings. It is wonderfully acted by all the cast and the feelings of all parties involved really came over.
You could sympathise with everyone within this family unit whom really only wanted the best for this child. The passion involved sometimes led to drastic actions being taken and therefore the family faced the worst so prepare yourself as things do get heated. Take a look anyway to see if they do work it out.
I wasn't going to watch it but after watching the first one I was hooked. There were some lovely moments such as the support Maxine gets from her older sister and also after seeing so much pain and agony, hurt and unrest, there was a ray of sunshine and hope, just a lovely drama. It is one of those dramas that if you are a parent, you feel all those feelings and it questions what you would do in that situation. I like that because it gets you thinking not only about life but what other people go through, a thinking drama.
Now I'm thinking I should pop off and get some sleep.......I'll catch you again tomorrow for Music Monday but for now.......
Blimey that was a heck of a finale of the drama series Bodyguard. I think I stopped breathing at one point, which is not good as I had to last fifteen minutes more than I thought.
It got to ten o' clock and I thought that it just wasn't wrapping up then realised it was in extra time, great I'm nearing hyperventilating now. What a great ending though, even if Sgt Budd was using a radio with a bomb around his middle. I'm no expert and not even sure whether that's a risk, I know they tell me not to use my mobile phone at the petrol station but exactly how risky is it to use a radio so close to a bomb? I don't want to find out.
I thought it was really good, don't get me wrong there are other dramas just as good but this seemed to dominate the viewing figures. I'm not sure if I had any idea of how it would end as there were so many twists and turns but the end made sense and was even left open for maybe another series. I'll need to prepare my poor beating heart but yes I think it could be interesting to see another series.
I think Strangers is another twisty sort of drama and really grabbing me at the moment. Can we trust anyone in this?....David the husband in Hong Kong or the Police seem all corrupt as well so not sure where this is going to go. I like that....a bit of mystery and I always like to gasp at the end, a good sign so cannot wait to see how this turns out. I'm now wondering if John Simm may turn out not be as he seems but am I just going a bit overboard with the plot. I do sometimes get to the end of some dramas and get slightly disappointed as I would have finished them differently but that doesn't mean it's right just that I may get a bit carried away.
I'm really enjoying Press at the moment too. I love Ben Chaplin in this, he is such a naughty editor but just love the way he portrays Duncan the editor of The Post. Now Holly is jumping ship from The Herald and going to the dark side, yikes! Is she doing the right thing? I'm not sure but I'm really looking forward to see her go for it. I think she will be a good challenge with Duncan. Great drama though, loving it.
The winner of Celebrity Masterchef was just who I wanted it to be. I have loved watching John Partridge and did think he was a winner from the start. I love how he showed his emotions and that he felt so passionate about the food he cooked, it actually meant something to him which I think added to the reason he deserved to be the winner. Well done John and I hope we see you cooking more on the tv. A great series this time and a big well done to everyone else who took part.
So who is going to leave Strictly tonight? I think it will be Susannah Constantine, she lacks the confidence and I think she'll get left behind with the others making a lot of progress. I feel sorry for her partner Anton Du Beke, he always gets put with he celebrity who you know will go out early. I would love the BBC to put him with someone who stands a better chance of winning.....always early doors for him and he makes me laugh. Oh well, we'll see anyway.
Well I didn't win the big rollover lottery but did win a lucky dip for next week so maybe my winnings are yet to come. I'll keep you posted. Have a good week and if you want to read more then join me tomorrow for Music Monday but for now take care.
Wow what a week of new drama. and it all started with Strangers last Monday evening. The brilliant John Simm stars as Jonah Mulray who is a Professor going along his normal daily life when tragedy hits and his wife, played by Dervla Kirwan is killed in a car crash in Hong Kong. He flies out there to identify her body and unravels a secret double life which his wife has been living, unbeknown to him.
Sally Porter played by Emilia Fox, the British Second Secretary based at the British Embassy in Hong Kong becomes his only contact and friend. He soon comes to depend on her to grab information and try and understand the shocking truth about his wife. It was fantastic and I was glued to this. Not only has it got a brilliant cast, it got you on the edge of your seat. I wasn't expecting this plot at all as I hadn't read too much about the series before it started. I said a lot of 'omg's' and 'woah's' and honestly cannot wait until the next one on Monday.
The next drama started on BBC2 on Wednesday night called Trust. This is a drama based on real events following the Getty family. Blimey I never knew much about the Getty's at all really, they were very wealthy but not happy eh? In fact they didn't like each other much at all, the only people who did get on were all John Paul Getty Seniors girlfriends. Donald Sutherland did play him well though I thought. Best not to ask grandad for money though as you never know when you might get kidnapped and no one believe it all. Yikes! You can carry on watching all 10 episodes on iplayer but I may just wait and watch it week by week. Interesting drama, really liked it and I like learning more about people. Certainly very colourful in the Getty household.
One drama I couldn't wait to see more of was Killing Eve. Oh my goodness, this is one to watch!! After the first episode last night I just couldn't stand the suspense and I've just binge watched it all today. It is absolutely brilliant. Am I raving enough about it yet? I may never shut up.
Eve played by Sandra Oh is a MI5 security officer and bored with her job until she starts to investigate Villanelle a complete psychopathic killer and professional assassin. They take on a cat and mouse type of trip, both having an obsession about each others movements and lives. This leads to threats to friends and family along the way and a lot of dead bodies. This is one of those series that when you get to the end of one episode you just need to carry on to see what happens next. It's fast moving, keeps you interested and just great drama. Jodie Comer is Villianelle and you may recognise her from being the other woman in Doctor Foster. She is joined by stars such as Fiona Shaw from The Harry Potter movies and Kim Bodnia who starred in The Bridge if you watched that.
The series originally aired in America and was so popular there, people raved about it and I can see why. The end is left for a possible second series which would be so good!! Give it a watch......it's so addictive.
So a lot to keep tabs on and keep watching. Bodyguard carries on tonight and we will see Strictly start properly next Saturday so get your glitter out and and get ready to dance around your living room. This is the countdown to Christmas (oops had to mention it).
Thank you for reading today, join me again tomorrow for Music Monday but for now take care.
Pass the Remote
Every Sunday I will review the TV for the week.