It is that funny time again when a lot of good tv has finished and it's all change with the telly routine. There seemed to be a gap this week as we ease into the Christmas viewing. I saw some cooking going on, we all need to be reminded how to cook a Christmas dinner. Quiz's are popular as well this time of the year as well as pantomime type programmes, and then there is Mariah Carey if you get a bit lost for something to watch.
I caught up on a drama which I wasn't sure whether to watch or not. It was Death and Nightingales. It starred Jamie Dornan as Liam Ward who only got naked once with no ropes involved although he did catch the eye of lovely Beth Winters while pulling a cow out of a ditch, that's romance in the 1800's.
It was a story set in 1885 in the Irish countryside of Fermanagh and told a deep tale of love, deception and revenge. Beth plans to escape her present life and run off leaving her stepfather to start a new life with her new love. I was totally gripped by this story and although a bit slow at times it did have me hooked. It was one of those really classic deep period drama's so if you are looking for light entertainment and a happy ever after you better give this a miss. The only thing is that the ending was kind of abrupt and left me a bit surprised.
I was expecting a bit more to be honest but then the credits rolled and I felt a bit cheated. I'm probably sulking as I didn't get the end I wanted but then I didn't write the book so I can't moan too much. It is only in three parts so I only felt as if I'd wasted three hours but those three hours where quite drawn out and probably felt like the longest three hours ever only to be cut off at the end. The acting is great I do have to say and I did enjoy the plot but I always feel a bit disappointed when I imagine a different ending, it really felt as if they had run out of cash while filming and said 'right that's it, that will have to do'. Anyway you have a watch and see what you think, I have spoke to some people who share my views but I would be interested in any other views.
If you didn't watch last weeks Michael McIntyre's Big Show then you have to watch it especially the Midnight Gameshow feature with Gino D'Acampo as it was so funny. I'm not sure how much of this is made up and scripted as it seems to be the same bedroom every time so it's probably all a bit false but it gave me a few giggles. Even when pretending Gino is such a delight to watch. I quite like Michael's show but I feel I go along with it all a bit, I mean text to all doesn't seem real and I can't believe they get a person to perform that well at the end of the show in that small amount of time so it is one of those magic show scenarios isn't it? You know it isn't real but you follow it through anyway.
Blimey I sound as though I may have talked my way out of that show but I do end up watching it. I did tune in to watch Jamie Oliver who showed me how to cook a festive meal with only five ingredients. I watched his other series with the same theme but this one had all lovely Christmas delights and included his advice on the old turkey. Nice and easy Jamie that's what I like, I felt as though I could do all that but lost my enthusiasm slightly and it made me all hungry. There are now not many chocolates left in the tin.....well a girls got to eat and I have no turkey in.
I enjoyed how he got his kids involved in the cooking and one of them didn't moan when he gave them the washing up. He looked at his dad as if to say 'yeah dad, when we are not on the telly it all goes in the dishwasher'. They all look as though they know what they are doing in the kitchen though, I feel some young people may be going to follow in their dads footsteps maybe?
Oh the tv needs a bit of cooking and pantomime 'oh no it doesn't.....oh yes it does' (see what I did there)? I think I need to make my exit by stage right and tell you I will return tomorrow with Music Monday but for now you take care.
Pass the Remote
Every Sunday I will review the TV for the week.