Oh heck the poor Queen has hit hard times. Yes Victoria returned for the start of a third series last Sunday and what a start. She's taken everyone in to the palace and then there's a revolution kicking off outside in the front garden.
The King of France, Louis Philippe turned up needing a bed after being turfed out of his country and then to add to that Victoria's half sister, Princess Feodora pops up out of nowhere and borrows all her frocks. The public are protesting for change as the start of the chartist movement becomes apparent. This came in very handy as I was studying the Chartist's in my recent essay for The Open University so I watched this with an added interest. All this happening to Victoria as well as being heavily pregnant with her sixth child.
I moan some days that things are not going my way or about silly stuff that isn't worth complaining about but blimey I think I will think again after watching this. I was wondering how much she could take as the situation with the Chartist's really puts her and her family's life in danger.
I felt quite exhausted watching it but glad for it's return. Jenna Coleman plays the monarch so well and we see the introduction of the cheeky Lord Palmerston played by Laurence Fox, wasn't he just brilliant? I don't think anyone else could have played that part as well as him. It was like pantomime, I wanted to boo at the telly and get saying 'oh you naughty naughty man'.
There were dark times back then and you do get a good history lesson if you were not already familiar with the story of Queen Victoria so it's an education as well as watching brilliant drama. looking forward to seeing more tonight.
A bit of a conflict tonight though as we see the return Line of Duty which I am so excited about but it will clash with Victoria at the same time of 9pm. I've decided my mum's day treat tonight is a glass of wine after a day's work and watch the team at AC-12 sort out the corrupted coppers, love it. So I may have to catch up with Victoria later on.
Don't tell me what happens, no spoilers. I will probably end up catching up with both of them after snoozing on the sofa but we'll see. However you watch your telly and whatever you watch enjoy and I will be back tomorrow with Music Monday......but for now.......
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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