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.
Phew what a busy week, I've been out most of this week so have had to watch everything on catch up. I think I've seen all I want to see now. There is a lot going on not only on TV but life in general. I'm beginning to think I could probably write my own little series.
Were we all happy with the Masterchef finalist? It was a bit close at the end which I didn't think would be the case. I really though Becky had it in the bag until she had such bad luck and became a little bit over ambitious. Angelica did deserve the crown though and I was really pleased for her. They all did well and what a great series this has been.
The trouble with all these cooking programmes is that they don't half make me hungry. I'm sure I'm putting on pounds just watching them. I've been craving loads of caramel since watching Bake Off, my diet has been well and truly ditched this week. I get all inspired and want to bake and make food with proper oil and fat rather than Fry Light and rabbit food. I will get back on track but might leave rabbit food to the rabbit.
I'm trying to stick with Doctor Foster although she is getting on my nerves a bit. What she doing having hanky panky with her ex! Noooooooooooo. I cannot seem to get my head around this series and do struggle with the whole storyline but I am going to keep watching because I'm wondering whether there is a twist to it all. Let's see eh? I'll probably be ranting in a couple of weeks about it and saying 'was that it?' That's how it feels at the moment but I'm hoping to be surprised and shocked.
I watched the new comedy Bad Move with Jack Dee which was a bit of a relief from all the drama. It was funny and the characters are brilliant. basically Steve (Jack Dee) and his wife Sarah move to the country for a fresh start and get away from the hustle and bustle of Leeds. They do their best to get into work with Sarah as a landscape gardener but finding her first customer can only pay her in cake and Steve who is a web designer unable to get any internet installed into their cottage. They are quickly running out of cash and stuck in a home which they cannot afford to renovate or resell.
Having been inspired by Escape to the Country and similar programmes Jack thought that it couldn't be all plain sailing when it came to these big moves so when he co wrote this comedy he included some great pitfalls that you may think people would come across when taking the plunge. There is an element of the Good Life in this with neighbours Matt and his family who are trying to live self sufficiently cutting out sugar and making yogurt, jams and bread. They are searching for the perfect country life, well you can imagine Jack dee's face already can't you. A bit of light entertainment so well worth giving it a watch.
Are you watching Rellik? Well here's another one I'm trying to stick with to see what happens. I do quite like it but I get really confused with the 'rewinding the clock' bit. An original idea which is effective but I guess we are all just used to watching it forwards and not backwards. Saying that I still tend to nod off sometimes in the middle of a drama and then have to rewind it to see what happened so I suppose you could say thats the same thing. It's a good storyline though so I'll persevere and see if I get used to it.
Let me know what you think and tell me about anything else you are watching that I've not mentioned. I'm still into Strictly and enjoyed the first show. Love the Rev Richard Coles for a laugh and I'm siding with team Joe McFadden, he's just so lovely and smiley....love him. That will be interesting as it continues. I also look forward to Sunday nights with Victoria. That's not my new friend it's the series about Queen Victoria silly. I went to see the film 'Victoria and Abdul' this week. It's a great, very emotional film but with a lot of laughs too so if you get chance give it a watch. Judi Dench is such a fine actress and plays Victoria so well. It a beautiful story which is supposedly based on true events which I found really interesting.
Oh so going to miss Strike now, loved that but it will turn apparently next year. There is one more book in the series which I thought they may have done all three but no we've got to wait. JK Rowling please write more because I don't think I want that to end.
So that's it for this week, thank you for reading and I will be back with Music Monday tomorrow so join me then.
For now though take care.......
Ohhh did you watch that this week, the new series Liar? I was torn between the two, and what is going on there with Laura's sister, nurse Katy? Is she copping off with her sisters ex? It's a conundrum (that's a big word eh?).
If you've not caught up with it yet, Laura is a teacher who gets asked out on a date by her sisters work colleague Andrew who is a surgeon. She invites him into her house to call a taxi and one thing leads to another. This is not the time to discuss the 'birds and the bees' but you get my drift. Seriously though, the end of the evening is cast into confusion as Laura claims Andrew raped her. Andrew states they had an amazing evening and it ended wonderful and he hoped to see her again. So that's the dilemma and the story that is gong to unfold. Who is telling the truth? I've got to keep watching now as I feel it's going to be like watching tennis. I'm going to believe one person then believe the other and just keep switching between till the truth is confirmed. You can catch this on Monday ITV at 9pm.
It's like being a detective I suppose, two sides to a story and you have to find the truth which leads me very nicely into the second story in the Strike series. The Silkworm was a bit gruesome this week wasn't it? Owen and his controversial novel has led him to a grizzly end so now Strike and Robin have to filter out the characters to see if the murderer lies somewhere in the manuscript. Robin is living her dream of becoming an investigator but also falling for Strike me thinks. Awwww I so want them to get together. Loving this series and can't wait for the next episode on Sunday BBC1 9pm.
If you like to binge watch on Netflix you need to watch Orphan Black. It has five seasons and if you like drama, mixed with a little science and a good plot then you will love this. It starts with Sarah Manning who witnesses an incident at a train station and from there on unwinds a network of human cloning. Together her and her 'sisters' find the truth behind the experiment which brought them altogether and discover just how many of them there are. Tatiana Maslany does a great job of acting all the clones, they are all so different in character and sometimes you forget it's the same actress. It is very gripping and definitely one of those that you will want to watch just one more of until you realise you've come to the end. It does end at the end of Season 5 so no more after that, yes I am now very sad and need to find something else to watch.
There's plenty to keep me going on tv to be honest. Great tv like Cold Feet which I'm loving, Masterchef will come to an end soon, can't wait to see who wins that, I'm still loving the Bake off and Strictly to come next weekend. Woah! So keep coming back for a chat about it all and do tell me what you think, what's your favourite?
You take care for now and thank you for reading today. I'll be back tomorrow for a bit of Music Monday.
Yes! Victoria returns for another series. I loved the first series and Jenna Coleman plays the Queen so brilliantly. She's got some girl power hasn't she? I knew she had a reputation for being a strong determined Queen but my goodness she certainly sorts everyone out including Albert. The birth of their child hasn't stopped her as she soon wanted to be off performing her duties again. Very much in love with Albert but struggling a little with the balance of motherhood and also Albert is trying to find his place too. Sounds like normal family life to me. It's a great series and nice to see new characters coming in such as Diana Ring who plays the Duchess of Buccleuch. She tells it like it is and this could be a fascinating relationship to watch between this two powerful and outspoken women. You can watch it continue on Sunday evenings ITV 9.05pm.
A complete new starter this week which was excellent. I really got into Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling. Penned by Harry Potter author JK Rowling under the name Robert Galbraith it tells story of war veteran Cormoran Strike who turns private investigator. His first case is to investigate what happened to model Lula Landry who was found dead outside her luxury apartment.
Was she murdered? If so who by? There are some very shifty characters and great actors drafted in for this programme such as Martin Shaw, Tara Fitzgerald and the smouldering Tom Burke who plays Strike. He looks a bit rough at first as his relationship has broken down and is confined to the sofa in his office but he gets to grips around his new case with the help of new employee Robin. I think she has a soft spot for him and the job. This could be a pair to watch. Tom delighted us with a fantastic performance in The Musketeers and doesn't disappoint in this. There are three books in the Strike series. You can see the last one of this story on Sunday BBC1 9pm and then the next one titled 'The Silkworm starts next week. If you have missed any go to BBC iplayer it's worth a watch.
Well what did you think to the new Great British Bake Off?
Personally I loved it!! I was a bit dubious as I'm sure the whole country was, wondering what it was going to be like and if the new presenters would be any good. Would Prue be as good a judge as Mary? Oh it did cause a bit a a faff as some people felt their loyalties belonged to the original team but in all fairness it seemed just the same to me. I'm a big fan so I didn't want it half baked or ruined.
I saw a fresh new start on a different channel, no I wasn't bothered about the adverts either, honestly you'd think no one had seen adverts before. Yes it's moved from the BBC but it's not the end of the world. Great humour and I loved Prue joining the judging panel. I didn't feel I had to compare any of the newbies to any of the oldies (sorry Mary that wasn't directed at you). I just felt it has needed a change for a while, we got it, it worked.
A great combination of contestants this time, great personalities too. I love to see their background and what drives them bake. I get very tense when they are creating their showstoppers and will them on their way. Never like to see anyone go but it's the general idea of the show I suppose. So here we go, embrace it and see how it goes. A winner for me and I'm going to carry on watching.
A new series of Doctor Foster starts this week so I will be reviewing that next Sunday but for now thanks for reading and if you like your music, pop by again tomorrow for 'Music Monday'.
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