It's been a bit of a charity clash this week on our tv's. It was the annual Comic Relief event which had a very successful evening on Friday raising a massive amount of money so well done to everyone involved with that.
It's very much a personal thing with these big charity nights and events, some support more than others and we can't support them all. Comic Relief does help some great projects and more now in the UK so it is a good all round event which gives everyone the chance to help a lot of people, be it here in the UK or overseas.
For me though my heart kind of belongs to Stand Up To Cancer at present on the old box. Yes they have started the Celebrity Bake Off to raise money and it's got off to a great start. There are some excellent celebrities taking part, most of which I have heard of which is good and if you haven't seen the first two episodes then you must go on the iplayer and have a catch up.
I know everyone isn't a fan of Russell Brand but I really like him, he was so funny in the first episode last week and just totally entered into he whole thing. He was really good and looked like a star baker, did he get it though?.....Na not telling ya. I just couldn't get over John Lithgow being there as well, I mean that man is a huge Hollywood movie star and one of the best actors ever and there he is in the Bake Off kitchen!!
This week saw Michelle Keegan and Rylan Clark-Neal battle it out or the top spot and it was quite close there for a moment. I love how they all start to get very competitive. The sports personalities who take part tend to relax and have a bit of fun and it would be them that you would expect to be going for the bake off pinny but no the others get a real battle going. Then there is the celebs who try their hardest but bless them, I think they come along hoping for maybe, for just a pity handshake from Mr Hollywood. It doesn't matter though....it's all for charity.
I'm really looking forward to seeing more and hoping that it will raise so much cash for Stand Up To Cancer. I think we have all been affected in some way by cancer, whether it's been someone you know or has happened to you. Please give the Bake Off's a watch and if you can manage a donation that would be great.
Stand Up To Cancer funds research, which takes developments in the labs and accelerates them into brand new tests and treatments for cancer patients who need them. Taken from the Stand Up to Cancer website - for more information go to www.standuptocancer.org.uk
So that's my pick of the week, the next episode is on Tuesday evening Channel 4 at 8pm so don't forget. One in two of us will be affected by cancer, that is a shocking statistic so we need to do as much as possible.
Right I am off to work through another week, I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday but for now you take care.
Well, I rushed from Casualty to see what was happening in the other department at Holby City. The chaos just continued really didn't it? Oh heck Iain nearly fluffed it and it wasn't looking great for Sacha. Connie and Jac decided to fight out their differences and then ended up operating on each other's patients, now there was a crossover to be seen.
Meanwhile in the scanner room Essie collapsed due to her diabetes while looking after Sacha's daughter and Ric made a valiant attempt to scramble through the roof to reach them. Thank goodness for the power coming back on....phew I was pretty exhausted watching this.
It kept me awake though, there was no time to nap here, too much going on. I kind of want Ric and Elle to get together now we know it was he whom she had a one night stand with at the old medical conference. Not sure whether that works for anyone else but maybe that story will continue. My heart went out to Noel when he went to confess that he may have been responsible for opening a dodgy email leading to all this kafuffle. He is so lovely and it ended up that he wasn't and that he was in the clear.
In fact everyone ended up in the clear and alive which was a good result. I've since been to visit Iain back in Casualty last night and although stable now he is still fighting his demons but with his sister for support now.
Hey what a very dramatic week and well done to all involved, it was a great couple of episodes. I was listening to the Executive Producer being interviewed on Radio 2 last week and he was asked whether there would be more crossovers like this. I felt from what he said it was a bit stressful to actually get these two drama's together and it involved a lot of hard work so we may not see them too often but I did enjoy it.
It is nice to get a taste for another programme in this way if you don't watch it already. I suppose if viewing figures do slide a bit it's a good way of pumping them up again but I'm not saying that's why it was done. I like these to dramas as they just continue on and on. There is never a break unless it's for the odd occasion when there is something else on, usually football, a World Cup or something similar. I like that we don't have to wait for another series in a years time so hats off to those who work so hard to put these programmes together.
I'm going to have a lie down now as this medical lark is hard work. I will be back though tomorrow for Music Monday so join me then but for now, take care everyone!!
Oh wow how exciting was Casualty last night? I was so gripped I felt an enormous bout of disappointment when the credits rolled. It was like an action packed blockbuster movie, I could have carried on watching it for at least another hour and that's not like me. I'm usually ready to nod off as I relax on my sofa but no, how could anyone have nodded off in the middle of this chaos.
Just as I thought one problem had settled there was another cropping up. Oh heck I don't envy any of the staff at Holby, they have got their work cut out here. If you are not a Holby City Hospital follower then you are probably wondering 'what the blinking heck are you on about Sue from the Brew?'
Well this week sees a crossover between Casualty and Holby City which always makes sense to me as these are two programmes involving the same hospital so I tend to get a bit excited when the two come together. Saying that though I am a big Casualty watcher but not so much a Holby viewer so I'm thinking will I know what's going on when I crossover to Holby City on Tuesday evening?
Now this is where me and Mum from the Brew make a good team as she is an avid Holby City watcher but not so much Casualty so we can swap notes here. It's great, it is genuinely like me and my mum work in different departments in the hospital, no don't tell me I'm taking it too seriously, let me just pretend.
So lots of things going off in this hospital, basically there is a virus of the techno kind which has got into the computer system and the whole hospital is experiencing problems with monitors, equipment, lights and lifts. Yes we now have Connie Beauchamp and crew stuck in a lift with poor Iain the paramedic who is in a serious life threatening situation.
We also have a car crash involving some of the Holby lot and Sacha's daughter is in a bad way, right mum? I think the people behind the scenes of both drama's will take into account that some people follow one programme and not the other but it is a good way of teasing you into watching the other option. I'm now left thinking whether I should be watching Holby City, mmm yes very clever.
Basically it's all kicking off and I'm just wondering when someone is going to suggest that some patients may need to go to another hospital but then that's probably not possible. Also was that car really going fast enough to do all that spinning over and over? Great action shot though, me feels that they maybe going for a BAFTA here.
The clash of the titans has started with these two (pictured), Connie and Jac Naylor going head to head. I think this is one of the best parts of the crossover. I am familiar with both of these ladies history and my goodness they are so good together. This is not just a crossover but a clash of two of the biggest personalities in Holby history. Let the bitch fest begin!
Well I will be crossing over to Holby City on Tuesday night and continuing the action there. Let me know.....do you like the crossover of these two drama's? Do you prefer one to the other? Go on be a bit devilish and enjoy the other side of the hospital, you may enjoy it.
I can't wait for the next week of tv.....you take care and have a great week too. I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday, join me then.
For most of the year I'm thinking it's so quiet on the Shetland Islands, I imagine it to be so serene, the scenery is stunning, population not huge and a low crime rate. Well that is until someone goes and upsets that for a tv series and suddenly the place comes alive, not with the sound of music but with murder!!!
Did you see the surprise on everyone's faces when they were told not to get too comfortable as there had been a body discovered on the beach? It was like, woah we're on tv, let's go. Following the pattern of other crime drama programmes this year so far the body wasn't complete, yes there have been more chopped up bodies this year than I have ever seen before.
I bet when strangers turn up on Shetland they are closely watched because there is a slim chance they may be murdered or found dismembered somewhere especially if being followed by a tv crew. To be fair though it has started out to be a brilliant series once again. Douglas Henshall is giving that moody look again, I think I've seen him smile a few times but not often. I'm sure when Christmas comes around he does crack a smile when opening his pressies and at the surprise of an amazing treat from a Christmas cracker.
I quite like his character as he fits the storylines well, I can't imagine a jolly, happy go lucky crime solver with too much energy....that's for other crime dramas. Don't be mislead as it's never the person you think it is that's the culprit so keep an open mind if you have never watched it before. Where have you been if you've not seen Shetland before? Helping solve crime on the busy mainland? No Shetland is where all the action is, take a catch up and you'll see, it's never boring on these beautiful Scottish islands.
Hey we saw the end of Cold Feet then this week. Blimey all the way through I just kept shouting 'for goodness sake everyone stop being so miserable and be happy for them'. I thought for a minute they were going to bin their relationship because of everyone not liking it but thank goodness they didn't. Yes it was a lot to get everyones heads around but they are both single and not doing any harm. I am of course talking about Adam and Karen getting together and I know it's not real but in Cold Feet world it's totally as real as real life.
A brilliant end to the series and I will miss it so much, just hope it comes back again. It has to surely, we need to know how this relationship is going to go on and we need to see how Jenny goes on with her treatment. Please important people at ITV, bring it back.
I need a strong brew to prepare for more tv this week especially another episode of Shetland. Just as you think you are about to watch a nice travel programme showing you around Shetland.....No don't be fooled, there's murder in them hills, mountains, ship yards and factory places.
Have a great week and if you love music I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday so join me then.
Take care for now.
Oh if you've not watched Cold Feet this week turn away now because I have mega spoilers..........
It's happening....it really is! I thought they might drag this out a little more but I couldn't believe it when Karen returned to Adam. I was so willing her to turn back from the vicar....''no don't go with him' I shouted, 'it's Adam you really have feelings for' and darn me there she was. I cheered as she got out the taxi and that kiss, well it's sealed now.
How is this all going to pan out though, with family? David? Yikes it's going to be a great final episode. Yes it's the last in the series this coming Monday, my nights will never be the same. I just hope it makes another return as I do think it is actually my favourite TV show of all time.
I got my other wish too, gosh maybe I should have done the lottery this week. The GC went out of Dancing on Ice and about bloomin' time though she did accept it was her time to go. Now we can get down to some serious competition stuff. The strong celebs will start to shine through now and it's looking good for a few of them. I loved Saara Aalto's skate this week and I think she was really underscored there. I thought it was beautiful but I suppose I'm not a professional and not looking at it from a technical point of view but still I think it was a bit unfair. Who do I think will go this week? Well I think it will be Ryan Sidebottom this week as he has been in the skate off a few times and isn't as strong as the others but I think Jane Danson and Brian McFadden may be in trouble too. Let's see eh?
I wish Brian could just muster up that confidence a bit as I think he could push through. It's a shame to see him struggle because when he takes it seriously he seems to do really well but I do think his nerves let him down. Blimey mine would too.....I would be a nervous wreck having to do what they do every week, respect to all of them even for Gemma for giving it a go. See I can be nice.
Well onto a new week and we will lose some programmes as they finish but gain new ones too so more to watch and I'm sure there will be a few films this week on tv as we go into half term. Yes the kids are off school, time to veg in front of a classic like Toy Story. I did watch that yesterday and funnily enough found myself on my own watching it. My sixteen year old came down and said 'Mum you do realise you're watching Toy Story?' I must have watched it a million times and was hooked like it was the first time but it is such a good movie you can watch it over and over again.....even us adults.
You all take care now and I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday.
Bye for now and enjoy your viewing.
Ok the blood around my body boils now and again but it tends to do it more while watching Dancing on Ice. Someone literally needs to put their glasses on and see that Gemma Collins is not really skating. She spent most of her last routine standing still. She may be a big personality and a lovely girl, I'm not disputing that but when it comes to being realistic she shouldn't really be going through any further in this competition.
The trouble is she has so much support and there are some people who will vote her through just to protest against the show. Frankly if you don't like Dancing on Ice then go and watch something else, and of course there will be people voting the GC through just to get on the nerves of people like me who want to see it all done properly. This isn't a personality contest it's a skating competition and there are other celebs who are working much harder. Doubt she's win a personality contest either but I'll stop now.
Phew....blimey Sue from the Brew calm down......it's only a tv programme.....I know but take away that public vote ha that will do it. Ok so what else happened this week? Well I've had to work hard to catch on some tv as I've been a busy girl and frankly been so tired and zonked out as soon as hit the sofa. I've also had a cold the week, I know ahhhhh but I've carried on like a trooper.
Silent Witness has finished now and so nearly did The Lyle, I thought for a minute there that Dr Alexander was going to have to resign and the old place would shut down but no she came back fighting. Fancy someone swapping your heart around in the mortuary, that was not good. It started to dawn on me that it was the new girl, you almost do that thing of wanting to shout at the telly just to make them aware, ok that's just me but it becomes like a pantomime......'she's right at the side of you printing your reports off!!!' A great series and looks like there will be more but for now I just need a rest from the deceased for a while.
Cold Feet continues to take me happy but obviously a little sad too with the storyline at present. Fay Ripley plays her part so well and it is a story which has touched or is touching a lot of peoples lives and I think this is where this programme is so good. It tends to take a lot of life events and important topics and put them out there in such a dramatic but dignified manner. It is really my favourite time of the week as not only are we crying at times there is also laughter too and that's life.
Will someone please help David though, it's breaking my heart to see him in trouble. He could reach out to anyone and they would help, I would even have him at mine if I had room. Is Adam holding a flame for Karen and just hiding behind a little fling with the Welsh stunner Eve Myles. I am not sure what is going on there but I'm sure we'll find out. Wow...would never have put Adam and Karen together but now I thinking hey maybe. I think he loves her.....but she's getting close to the vicar.......oh heck.
I won't have long wait till the next episode but I bet they do that thing where they leave me in suspense on the last show of the series and I have to wait for a whole year to see what happens next. Oh please don't do that to me!!
Right then I am off to do some more busy stuff on a Sunday, enjoy your week of tv and I will be back to Pass the Remote again next Sunday. If you want to read more before that though I am back tomorrow for Music Monday so join me then.
Take care for now.
We all love a game show or a tv quiz don't we? It keeps the brain active and tests us on our knowledge or maybe lack of it. I love them I do, my ultimate favourite has to be The Chase....yeah your either a Chase or Pointless fan as they are on tv at the same time.
I just like the whole format of The Chase and Bradley Walsh is a great presenter. I can never answer the questions quick enough though in the cash builder. I would probably only answer one and get £1000 because I would be still thinking about the answers to the other questions.
One thing I cannot stand about this show though is when a contestant is offered a bit of an easy way out and the Chaser offers a minus amount of cash to get through. I shout at the tv as that money comes off the team amount so if you have a team of four and the previous three members have built up say £10,000 and the last contestant takes a minus figure of £2000 then thats someone else's cash you're losing. No sorry I do not like that, though in some instances it has helped a team and they have gone onto win the money in the final chase so it can be a good tactic.
Love the Chasers too, I like it when the contestants are faced with them, oooooh the pressure. I also like that this part of the quiz is multiple choice, now I've always liked the multiple choice option even in my exams at school. Well the answer is there, staring at you, bit tricky though if you have no idea but hey give it your best guess. If you haven't watched The Chase you need to be around at 5pm and tuned into ITV or grab it on catch up.
I do like a bit of Mastermind as well. I feel this tests me a bit further, it's the step before moving onto University Challenge but I'm not ready to go there yet. I get a bit stuck on the first round, I feel I can't join in with that one too much as it's the specialised subject and unless you've revised the subject as much as they have then it's a bit tricky. The general knowledge round though....woah, love a go at that and I like the 'I've started so I'll finish' the question because I like to finish it off properly. So many quiz shows just finish the round with an unanswered question and that just frustrates me, especially if they don't tell you what the answer would have been.
There are so many game shows on tv now, new ones pop up like BBC's The Time It Takes which is presented by Joe Lycett, not sure I can get into that in a big way but it is quite entertaining. Then there are ones which were newbies and have now earned quite a big regular favourite spot such as Tipping Point which I do like too. it's the old classic penny machine from the arcades but with questions, brilliant idea!!
It is good when these shows also have celebrity specials, they play for charities which I think is nice but I just like to see how brainy they are. You also learn a little more about people when you see them quizzing which I think is nice. You kind of build up support for people and want them to get through and win, not that I'm at all competitive but I do cheer a little when the team out runs The Chaser, woo hoo!!
Well I'm off to swat up and get ready for the next game show. I'll be ready for University Challenge one day but for now I'll just stick to taking on my own personal battle with The Chaser, come and have a go if you think you're clever enough.
Thanks for being here today, join me again tomorrow for Music Monday but for now......
I'm a bit concerned this week with the amount of bodies being found in landfill sites just recently on tv. It all started with Vera's lot didn't it? There I was watching them pluck out a lady in amongst the rubbish but hey at least that body was complete.
Not the case in Silent Witness though eh? They had bits and pieces of human body everywhere and not just the one. It was probably a good job they were tattooed as it made it a lot easier putting the pieces together, like some sort of human jigsaw. I bet everyone going to work at a landfill now will be a bit nervous of what they may find.
There was me thinking I'm glad we hadn't got 'aroma vision' when watching Vera and then I was back in a stinky rubbish tip again looking for various bits and bob hiding in pizza boxes. It's funny how the director and camera operators seem to find them out, it is as if they know the plot, weird that. Lovely close ups as well, I think I was playing catch up on one episode and was actually eating. Not eating pizza though thank goodness but it didn't spoil my dinner, it's only telly and the blood is only tomato sauce......oh nooooooo!!!!.
I did enjoy this storyline and the pieces literally (pardon the pun) all came together nicely to unravel a bit of a sad tale really. I keep thinking that there can't be any more murders in Silent Witness world as they have all the staff on one murder and no one seems to be working on anything else. Maybe it's exclusive and they only take on big murders. Who knows.....but it's not real Sue from the Brew!!!!
Whoah what happened on Dancing on Ice last Sunday? Phew I thought the ice was actually going to defrost and the GC was going to go plummeting into ice cold water. She was getting very heated with panel judge Jason Gardiner. Apparently she had been upset by many stories in the media that week and basically blamed Jason for selling some stories about her but we don't really know what went on and do we care?
I just want to watch the dancing but I knew as soon as they had signed Gemma up there was bound to be some controversy. She does have a moan but I can't help she brings a lot of trouble on herself. That's her though isn't it and the way she's been for years, drama!!!!! Get on the ice love and stick to what the show is about or come away from it if it's too stressful. It's a shame if people start to keep her in the competition because the good skaters will go. I don't think Richard Blackwood should have gone at all last week but maybe that's how it's going to be.
Who knows, Jason and GC could end up the best of friends......mmmm miracles do happen. It could all be for the telly and to keep you tuned into to watching. Well we will see what happens later this evening. Hopefully they will have cooled down a bit and the ice will be safe to skate on. I am really looking forward to Torvill and Dean skating on tonight's show, it's one of my favourite moments. That's when the pressure starts and after they skate it's like 'well follow that celebs'. They will be amazing I'm sure.
So I'm off to watch some more tv this week and I will be back to chat about it but if you like a bit of music then join me tomorrow for Music Monday.
Take care for now though.
It's my favourite time of the year, the return of Cold Feet. It is like meeting up with old friends that you care about. I've watched this programme from the very beginning so I feel as though we've been through a lot. I always think what they will do next, have they not exhausted all the storylines they can do but no there is always more.
It's sad to see Adam all lonely and trying to chat up younger women, that's just not him at all.....the right one will come along eventually Adam. It doesn't help the the younger woman he was chatting up was his son's girlfriend, oops. They will get through it I'm sure, it's one of those situations where you think 'well yes that happened, later we will just laugh about it' but not just yet. I think he's hit mid life crisis and now he has to find himself. Can't wait for that.
Oh poor Jenny was getting mixed up with her symptoms which first led her to think pregnancy then menopause but now it seems we are going to see her go through a cancer scare. This is going to be a toughy but she will get so much support. Please don't make me cry yet again Cold Feet people. I can't think how many times I have sobbed with this lot....better get tissues ready again just in case. You can see Cold Feet on Monday's ITV at 9pm.
Vera made her return too last Sunday and she doesn't mess around. Well it did get quite messy finding a body in a land fill site, eww not good. I'm glad we don't have a smelly telly function yet although while watching Bake Off that could be good but then that may make me eat. I'm just not going to spend time inventing that yet.
I still have to get used to the two hour thing with Vera, I love it but I find I do end up closing my eyes for a second, well probably more then having to catch up with the rest of it later. Sometimes I wish it was split into hour long epsisodes or maybe I have just got to get a big mug of caffeinated brew down me before it starts. Come on Sue from the Brew you can do it. Great storyline and brilliant acting again form this lot. You need to be watching this on Sunday's ITV at 9pm.
Now I catch up with Call the Midwife at a later date as I'm busy solving crime with Vera, so I have to leave the baby delivering shift till a little later but what a great start to another series. This is another programme like Cold Feet that gives me a lovely warm feeling inside. It just makes your heart all warm and loving. Phew fancy realising you are having twins and then they say there is another one on it's way. I really felt that tiredness from that mum and held my breathe slightly, hoping everything would go ok and glad to say it did but they really had their hands full, quite literally there.
Great to see it back again, another long serving drama but I couldn't imagine not seeing this, it makes the cold winter evenings much warmer with it's reflection at the end. Love it. Get your warm towels and hot water ready for Sunday evenings, BBC1 at 8pm.
That's me done for this week, let me know what you are watching and what you enjoy. I'm going to catch up with the new series of The Grand Tour on Amazon so I will review that next week. Just one thing before I go the great series Delicious finished this week, I have spoke about it before but if you haven't seen it please go and catch up with it as it's brilliant. It stars Dawn French and Emilia Fox and was on Sky One, I watched it through NOW TV where the other two series are available to view but it really is one to watch - not to be missed.
Thanks for reading today, join me again tomorrow for Music Monday but for now, share that remote nicely and take care.
It's back for another series and we all love it don't we? Watching celebs wobble about on the ice, oops I mean Dancing on Ice. Well there were a few wobbles but hey I'm not going to criticise anyone here because I can't skate and I am literally terrible if I step outside on a frosty morning so hats off to them all.
We've got some corkers of celebrities eh? There are twelve to skate but the first programme featured the first six contestants. I wasn't sure who Saara Aalto was but then I don't watch X factor so I suppose I wouldn't. Jane Danson was fabulous from Coronation Street and how good was it to see Didi Conn (Frenchie from Grease), wow she looks amazing and still like Frenchie. I'm never sure what to say about Gemma Collins, I suppose she is great entertainment and very bubbly but I can only take her in small doses.
James Jordan from Strictly was the best skater of the evening I think and get this, shock horror, I am not going to go on about how he is bound to be good as he is a dancer darling!!! Even though he is great dancing on the floor I think going on the ice is a different ball game altogether. He genuinely looked as though he couldn't skate at all at first so he did well.
Unfortunately Mark Little has made it through to dance off in these early stages so we will find out tonight who he is up against. We also get to meet the other skaters this week so bring it on!! Great to see the judges back, oh Jason you bad boy!! Phil and Holly are reunited after her spell in the jungle and Torvill and Dean loving as fresh as always, looks like we will get to see them skate this series, woo!!! If you don't like to watch this programme for the celebs then tune in just for the performance from the professionals as it was just amazing last Sunday, how do they do all that and stay upright? I am in awe of you all.
What else was there on tv? Yes there is more......I did tune into watch the three part drama Manhunt starring Martin Clunes which told the real life story of the search for serial killer Levi Bellfield. It was a good drama and such a tragic chain of events but I felt it could have been told in a one part documentary type programme. I suppose it told the story and Martin was brilliant so it was ok but not overly impressed.
Silent Witness I did absolutely love. I'm so pleased to see this back every time and the first two programmes last week were just drama at it's best. I have begun to feel a bit confused about some of the storylines in the past but this was was clear and easy to follow, so tense and yes there was the classic Silent Witness twist so look out for that.
Another newbie was Cleaning Up starring Sheridan Smith and I was totally hooked on this. Sam played by Sheridan is struggling for cash, she's a single mum with a cleaning job, two kids to support and also has a gambling habit. Through her work she gains access to information on the stock market and sees a way out of her debt but through some serious illegal activity. I love this woman, she is such a fine actress and just rocks everything she's does whether it be serious drama or comedy, sings pretty well too. She can do no wrong, a good all round entertainer and lovely person. A bit naughty in this though but she does show the lengths at which people will go to in desperation. Brilliant, go catch up if you haven't seen it. It is a six parter on Wednesday's ITV at 9pm.
Well my lovely people, lots of new things to watch and looking forward to Call the Midwife returning tonight too. Phew.....I'm off to get some rest (that'll be the day). Thanks for reading, please come back tomorrow for Music Monday but for now......
Pass the Remote
Every Sunday is about TV, Film, and well anything that may crop up on the old box (that's the tv for younger readers).