So much tv to watch this New Year my eyes are popping out of their sockets with pure enjoyment. That may have made the staff at Specsavers a bit freaked out the other day. Yes I've had to have new specs and no it was not due to watching too much tv over the holidays, apparently it's my age. Cheeky monkey's, should have gone to Specsavers to be told I'm getting on in years, well it seems I did.
I'm not having a go, I'm getting mature but rather like a fine wine, maturing nicely and happy with it. Bring on those varifocals lets see if I can read close up and watch telly at the same time, that will be fun.
So we were treated to a reunion between the new doctor and the daleks in Doctor Who. I wonder if before they said exterminate they actually said 'a female doctor, the universe has made big changes whilst we have been resting'. It was good though wasn't it? Great storyline and oh heck I did think Ryan's dad was going to take a dramatic entrance from the Tardis but no phew, he was saved from plummeting into the depths of a super nova glued to a dalek squid. I'm going to miss it now and it seems so long until we see it again but hey we'll wait.
Luther returned for another series and blimey what a good one it was. Now I'm not going to go into it too much because I know there are a few people who may have been away over the holiday period and I don't want to spoil it but I loved it. It was it's normal scary and gory self and I actually find myself hiding behind the sofa watching this more than Doctor Who. What is the world coming to when a bloke in a light up mask is more frightening than a dalek? Well one thing is for sure I am not taking a night bus or selling anything on ebay pretty soon. I did get on a bus the other day, in pure daylight, but I couldn't help looking towards the back of the bus, just in case.
I do not know what the police would do down there in London without so many derelict buildings. Can you imagine if all buildings were finished and there were no buildings to be completed at all, where would Luther go to have his bust ups with his criminals? The contractors must start to have a clause in their contracts to say 'we will build here but if I get one whiff of Luther around I'm out'. A great series and very tense, action packed complete with a few surprises in there so do have a watch if you like full on drama. I'm so glad it was on four consecutive nights as I don't think I could of waiting a week in between episodes. Well done BBC and all involved....absolutely loved it!
I watched Billy Connolly in his new series Made in Scotland and he is just such a lovely man. It was brilliant to see him on the telly again talking about the past and reminiscing on his early years. Oh there were some cracking moments, performances and gags that are just complete classics. I love this man and he has always been an inspiration. You come away from seeing Billy not only aching with laughing but he gives you a good sense of seeing the good in people and appreciating life. I particularly loved the part when he was talking about giving up drinking and now he just drinks tea. He loves tea!!! He says it's the best substance and all he needs. He is my Make a Brew hero - Billy from the Brew, sounds good eh?
Jeremy Clarkson returned with a new series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and it's the last in the series tonight. This has been continuing all this week and there have been a different selection of contestants. Now I know I'm at home in the comfort of my living room curled up on the sofa with no pressure at all but I do find myself shouting at the tv a bit (sorry tv nothing personal). The first lady that got through on the very first programme was excellent. I think it's a combination of good knowledge but also casting those little doubts aside and taking a risk.
I couldn't do it by all means but I just got frustrated by the contestants who seemed to eat up all their lifelines in one go especially when they've asked the audience and come up with quite a high percentage. I'm like 'what did you do that for?' Then there was a question that the audience did get wrong so I suppose it does pay to be cautious especially when there is a bit of cash involved. I know what you're thinking my brewsters.....well you do it Sue from the Brew! Ermm nope, I would probably slip up before I got to the one thousand pound mark. I do enjoy it and glad it's back even in special chunk size pieces. Still think Jezza is good presenting it so well done ITV and good luck to the last contestant tonight.
If you are a Netflix fan then you will have sen a lot of fuss about a new film called Bird Box starring Sandra Bullock. This is a brilliant film and if you watch some of the slightly stranger offerings on Netflix then this will grab you. It's a post apocalyptic thriller and follows the character played by Sandra Bullock trying to get to safety, away from a supernatural force which if looked at seems to drive everyone to suicide. It's not for the faint hearted but it is a great thriller so do give it a watch if you are a fan of these kind of dramas. Some have said they've enjoyed it, some not at all so it has come under mixed views and opinions but I always say make your own mind up.
I've enjoyed a restful holiday eating too much chocolate and binge watching a few programmes but back to reality now. I hope you have enjoyed your own Christmas and New Year viewing too. I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday so until then.....
Last week I raved about the new series Home From Home showing on BBC One 9.30 Friday evenings. While watching this weeks episode I suddenly realised that Mercy Hackett (Neil's mum) is only played by Elaine Paige. Am I the only one that thinks that's really funny? I'm so used to hearing her telling me about the musicals on Radio 2 and hearing her giggle today when listening just made me giggle along with her. I was partly laughing at what she was but I had the image of her in my head as Mercy too.
She plays this character so well and is at present hiding her little 'friendship' with her sons neighbour Fieldhouse played by Paul Barber. For a reminder about Paul, he has been in loads of film and television series but most famously for Denzil in Only Fools and Horses and he was also in The Full Monty. Oh they are the couple you would not necessarily have put together or is it the actors I wouldn't have paired but it works perfectly. I do love this....it's a nice light comedy and has some class moments. Well done BBC.
Well The Durrells finished (SPOILER ALERT) with me cheering and happy one minute and in tears at the end. Oh heck I so wanted that woman to be happy with Spiro and it was looking like she was going to get to snog him after all this time then boom.......heartache. I'm sorry if you've not caught up with it yet but I'm very sad. Spiro!!! I know ya Mrs came back but there is a woman there whose heart is breaking because she couldn't be with her man. I cried, I'm not ashamed to say......I just felt her pain. Maybe things will develop again in the next series.....I live in hope. Overall a fantastic series again and will look forward to it's return again.
I watched Peter Kay's Car Share Unscripted and I thought it was very funny. Some folk on social media didn't see the funny side but I don't see why not. Peter and Sian who play the main characters are two of the co writers of the programme so it would be surely a very similar show if they had run with a script for it. It was very clever of them to put that together and they do display a very funny natural partnership which we all surely have been familiar with at some point with a car pal.....I know I have. He never fails for me Peter Kay, I can just look at him and curl up laughing, he has comical facial expressions that automatically show you what he's thinking......brilliant.
I delved into the new series of The Bridge which is the Scandinavian police drama if you didn't know. Now I binge watched this ages ago and forgot which point the series was at by the time this new fourth series had started. I may have to recap to remind me. That's the trouble when there has been a massive break in between a series you just forget what's happened. I did have to get back into reading subtitles again. It didn't bother me before, my eyes kind of trained themselves to read and watch but I had forgotten how quick these subtitles go. I mean you have to read and also watch the characters too don't you? My eyes were aching by the end....I may well just wait until the series has finished and watch it all in one go. I need a constant flow of eye exercise.......I'm sure it's my age.
It is a good series so well worth the watch if you don't mind subtitles. It is the last series so that will be it for regular fans. That Bridge has seen more dead bodies under it than anywhere else in the world. I think everyone in Scandinavia must say 'now where can I put this dead body, oh I know under that big bridge' after all it is bound to create great tv.
No one won the million in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire but I enjoyed watching it every evening and I liked Jeremy Clarkson in the hot seat. brilliant......bring it back ITV.
Have a great evening, I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday.....take care for now.
It's been twenty years since the first Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, well it will be officially on the 4th September. This week ITV have decided to run a seven day special anniversary edition of the programme with new host Jeremy Clarkson. Yes Jezza has taken over the reigns from Chris Tarrant who presented the show from it's beginning until 11th February 2014.
He did an ok job really, I am one of those people who doesn't mind Mr Clarkson but there will be a lot people that will moan about him being selected. There are loads of people who could do the job and not sure why Chris didn't comeback to it, maybe they wanted a fresh look.
There are a couple of new rules, the first being an extra lifeline 'Ask the Host'. Yes the poor contestant can ask Jeremy what he thinks the answer is. I suppose if it's anything about cars you can trust him but I'm sure he knows more than he lets on. He did help the very first contestant out with a question on cricket and got it right so there is hope. The other rule is that the contestant can choose their own safety net amount in which, if they decide to go home with the cash they take the amount they agreed on their safety net.
I think it went well and I quite enjoyed watching it, almost like watching it for the first time again. I completely forgot how they selected the contestants so was glad to be reminded of 'fastest finger first' and also I didn't realise the 'phone a friend' was kept an eye on by an adjudicator at their home. Apparently they are there to make sure the 'friend' doesn't use Google but I thought you could.....I mean there isn't that much time but I did think they could just look it up.
I would have been a rubbish phone a friend and totally cheated but I never would have coughed in the audience.....remember that controversy? Knowing my luck I'd be in the audience with the worst chest infection and get carted off for rigging the answers with my genuine bad cough. I liked Jeremy Clarkson at the helm as I think he puts the right amount of sarcasm in there which I don't think anyone else can do so thumbs up from me and I will watch again tonight.
Another fabulous watch this week was Home From Home starring Johnny Vegas and Emilia Fox. This is a 'class divide' comedy where Neil played by Johnny and his family have a slightly run down holiday lodge and Penny Dillon and her hubby have a very posh upgraded lodge across from them complete with hot tub. Penny is so snobby and clashes with Neil in a big way, the rivalry is just so amusing and they are brilliant acting opposite each other. My favourite characters though have to be Thistlewaite (Pearce Quigley) and Lorraine Sykes (Susan Calman), they are so funny and had me in stitches. Thistlewaite is the park manager and winds Neil up big time but he has such a funny personality, someone did a lot of holidaying on a good many sites to research him when writing this. Lorraine is conspiracy mad, she is that one neighbour who 'busy bodies' around but always turns the conversation to some bizarre combinations of conspiracy theories.
It is worth watching. It airs on BBC Friday at 9.30 but catch up on the iplayer, it really is hilarious.
Well we say goodbye to The Durrells tonight but we say hello to a new series of The Bridge on Friday. BBC 2 9pm. Now if you have not watched this before you do need your reading glasses on as it is subtitled. Its is a Scandinavian crime drama series and it is really good. This will be the last series but you can binge watch all of the other seasons on the BBC iplayer. What we do without that iplayer eh? I use it a lot, I very rarely watch programmes 'live' anymore. Great invention.
Enjoy your week, I hope you are having a very nice Bank Holiday weekend. If you fancy reading more posts by me then pop back for Music Monday tomorrow but for now........
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