I've spent most of this weekend playing catch up. I think I've actually managed to burn my remote out with all TV I've watched. There is so much on at the moment and I know I've mentioned it before but I am hopeless at staying awake in the week. I have this switch that just shuts my eyelids at 9pm prompt. All the good dramas start at 9pm so I'm stuffed.
I don't mind at this time of the year as it's a bit cold and to be honest it's nice to get cosy and watch all my favourite tv shows. I'm still following McMafia which is great. Vera is fabulous and I actually managed to stick some matchsticks under my eyelids for that and watch it all the way through. Yay!!
Silent Witness was fabulous and I got all teary when Jack gave Nikki a big hug this week, she had been waiting for that hadn't she? They needed to make their peace and move on. I'm also loving Clarissa's hubby Max who helped with the case this week, oh he's so geeky and adorable, a great couple and very cheeky - Max ya on loud speaker!! ha ha brilliant!
I'm actually getting more into Girlfriends which is the new comedy drama from Kay Mellor. I didn't know whether it was great at the beginning but I do love it now. Class as always from Kay and a great cast, one to watch.
I'm having a laugh with the guys from The Grand Tour, this just gets funnier and I kind of love that they can break the barriers on Amazon. They can be a bit cheeky, rude and throw in the odd swear word which is ok for them. I find James May the funniest when he swears because it's usually out of frustration with Jeremy Clarkson. They do a very amusing demonstration of a mobile fuel filling station which is definitely worth a watch and is in fact making me laugh now just thinking about it.
I'm keeping up the memento with Dancing on Ice, well just about. I want to love it again but there is just something that is not as it used to be apart from the format being changed. I'm all for change but in all honesty there was nothing wrong with the original format. If it ain't broke - don't fix it. They seemed to think just because it was re launching that they had to make all these changes and I don't think they did. I get the feeling everyone just wanted the old show back. Maybe I'm wrong and I will get used to it but we'll see.
I'm enjoying the tv at present and I'm really looking forward to the new series of Call the Midwife which starts tonight. Yes another to add to my list. What a dilemma though, a battle between BBC and ITV. Yep I'll be catching up again.
Thanks for reading tonight, let me know what you are enjoying and feel free to comment about any of the shows I mention.
Join me tomorrow for Music Monday but for now - take care.
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.......
You can tell that Autumn is here with the return of annual classics such as Strictly and X Factor, frightening too as these programmes usually take us up to Christmas now, arrrrrrrrhhhhh I mentioned the 'C' word!!!!
We also saw the return of Doctor Foster this week. The first series was just brilliant when GP Gemma Foster played by Suranne Jones got revenge on her cheating husband, oh it was good wasn't it? Thrilling drama right to the end. I'm a bit confused about this new series, doesn't take much I can tell you and I do sometimes start these things off not quite getting it then it clicks into place.
In the first one we were all behind her as she had no idea hubby was having an affair and we wanted her to sort it all out but now she's kind of looking like she's maybe not over it? I suppose two years isn't a lot of time to recover and her ex has now announced his return to the neighbourhood with new wife in tow and a massive new house. In a perfect world she should just leave him to it and get on with her life but then that wouldn't make a good drama would it?
I may not be understanding very well and after the last series I should know there is probably a bit more to it. I know I'm going to get to the end of it and think 'oh yeah ya right'. I couldn't help thinking what the heck she was doing snooping around his new home, it was obvious he was going to find her there. It's going to be great with more deception to unfurl, just stop looking like a bunny boiler for me Gemma! It continues on Tuesday 9pm on BBC1.
Another great classic to return was Cold Feet. Now if you haven't seen this you have to go and watch the whole box set and then the last series which saw the pals all reunite after a huge big break. I'm not disappointed again with the second series, well so far. I love all of the actors and their characters are so lovable, yes even David who I think just absorbs bad luck quite naturally. It's such a feel good programme and over the years they have touched on some delicate issues, so brilliantly written. If you haven't got Cold Feet in your life, what is wrong with you? You need it - Sue from the Brew insists. I still to this day will never get over what happened to Rachel, gutted!!!. Never mind life goes on and it is going on really well. After you've caught up you can watch it on Friday evenings 9pm ITV.
I will even help you on your way. Click on the following Amazon link (affiliated) and order the dvd's of the complete series.
Now I'm not a big Strictly fan usually but I did watch the launch show last night and I actually got quite into it and a little excited by it all. I may try and stick at it and see what all the fuss is about. When I saw the Rev Richard Coles was taking part I thought it may be worth a watch. I will never forget that man being the keyboard player in The Communards, (80's pop for those who weren't around then). If he doesn't dance to one of their songs, there's no justice in this world.
Would be good wouldn't it? Yes he's probably going to be the novelty contestant, there is always one but he will be a lot of fun. I love his 'Pause for Thought's' on Radio 2 and I would never have imagined him being a big Strictly fan but yes apparently he's been waiting for the call for a good many years now. There was a lovely touching tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth who presented the show for a long time before his death a few weeks ago. He will be sadly missed but I'm sure he's looking down and tapping those legendary feet. The contestants all have their partners now so we await the start of glittery costumes and sequinned frocks, I'm quite looking forward to it - who would have thought.
Have a great week and I will be back for more tv chat next Sunday but if you can't wait until then and would miss me far too much I return for Music Monday tomorrow, so join me for that.
Take for now.........
Oh its all happening in the hospital drama Trust Me. I thought he was taking her away to do something dreadful to her because the 'doctor of lurv' had sussed her out. I'm forever shouting at the telly 'what you gonna do now?' Just give yourself up. She did in a way didn't she? Had no choice but to tell him and he wanted to help her, hurrah!!!. Love prevails and life can go on. He really must love her (awwww) to make that sacrifice, after all he loses his job as well if they are rumbled. I can't wait to find out how it all ends, which will be this coming Tuesday.
I've caught sight this week of a couple of career type programmes. I love these as you don't have any idea what the process is to become an astronaut or a pilot. Astronauts: Do you have what it takes? Well this made me realise, no, in fact I don't think I have what it takes. Apart from not having a helicopter to try and hover I goofed out at the maths section. Crikey I can't even remember a phone number let alone repeat it back to anyone while doing step aerobics. That's what they have to do, this programme shows you the kind of demanding exercises these twelve candidates have to complete to get anywhere near to being an astronaut. Those who don't make the grade get knocked out. It's like Love Island, Big Brother, Bake off and Masterchef but Space stuff instead. They don't bitch on each other or cook so probably completely different but you get the idea. Worth a watch. (Sunday BBC2 9pm).
I also realised being a pilot is pretty tricky too, although I have had a flying lesson and really enjoyed it. It's the flying solo that I'd find the hardest I think, oh and flying hundreds of people about. That's more than my road trip to Scotland where I just drove five people up the length of the UK. A bit more responsibility taking a hen party, a whole load of stags and a family or two to the Costa Del Sol for a week. What I did love and found quite liberating was the amount of ladies that were flying. So good to see. This week featured an all female cockpit and they made it look so easy. I suppose they always have to put up with jokes about female drivers and the parking but hey us women can take it.. I hold my breath as the Easyjet cadets are set free from the flight simulation and have to complete the take off and landing procedure for real. There are some wobbly landings but no one has missed the runway yet. Easyjet: Inside the Cockpit is on Mondays ITV 9pm.
Thursday nights also shed light on another career with the start of Ambulance. An eight part series following the work of the West Midlands Ambulance Service. You don't realise what the emergency services do and I touched on this before with the Fire Service. I didn't realise just how many ambulances there are and how they have to juggle the logistics around to make sure the public get vital help. It is an eye opener and really worth watching even if it's to make you realise what actually goes on behind the scenes. The reactions from the crews were heart felt especially with the death of an elderly man and then the joy of a baby born by one crew. I loved the lady at the end who just oozed with pride at delivering a baby, she made me smile.
I'm not ready to be a chef yet but I am being a bit more experimental in the kitchen especially with Jamie Oliver's new series. This is brilliant as he only uses five ingredients, just five! I know how can you go wrong with five ingredients? I've even bought extra virgin olive oil!! This is quick easy food (as the title suggests) on your plate with no complicated fiddly bits. Boom, the best programme yet and haven't seen Jamie for a while so this was refreshing. Could never make me mind up whether I liked him but I do and love him for the simple fact that he's getting me cooking. I like him too for the fact he doesn't fart about, this is what you need and this is how you do it. Go watch it, it's great - Jamie's Quick and Easy Food (Monday's Ch4 8pm). The book to accompany the series is out now too, yes I've even bought a recipe book, well I had the Kindle edition which is priced at £9.99. I'll leave an Amazon link (affiliated) at the end of this post.
A great week but I'm thinking that there is even more good stuff to come as there are a lot of great drama and comedy coming back this Autumn so watch this space.
Thank you for reading and join me back here tomorrow for Music Monday......Take care.
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