It was a bit of Royal past and future this week on the old box. I watched Elizabeth I which was a great drama but then I'm a bit obsessed with the whole Tudor era. This series of three programmes will look at Elizabeth's life from birth to death and her 44 year reign as Queen. She had some near misses on the chopping block, locked in the tower at least once but saved at the last minute. It seemed everyone was out to get her and finish her off, even her half sister Mary. I felt quite sorry for her really. I think girl power goes back even further back as she stands tough and has to watch her own back. It's worth a watch if you are interested in history, not sure what my fascination is, it may be the fact that I just can't believe how brutal those times were. It's full of treason and treachery, deceit and adultery, better than any soap opera so can't wait to see the rest.
Talk about treason and treachery, it seemed to carry on into the future of the Royal Family too. The one off drama King Charles III was quite interesting and completely not what I was expecting. I thought it would be a series for a start but only the one programme and what a programme. I don't quite know what to say about this. I wouldn't recommend catching up with it if you didn't catch it as it won't put any excitement into your life, I think Question Time would be more enlightening.
The story starts with the Queen's death an the point at which Charles takes over the role of King. The script was in rhyme, almost like a modern day Shakespeare play which was quite interesting but my goodness they just completely ripped each other apart. There was Charles, his final chance of getting on the thrown and because he didn't agree with passing a bill he got knocked off his perch by the Prime Minister and William. It was like all those things you think in your head about the Royal Family, well someone actually went and wrote a drama about it. Some think that William should be the next King and by pass Charles as he would be more popular but what shocked me was that they actually mentioned the Harry 'and his father' subject. Ok just pop it out there. I thought while watching, wow can they actually do that but hey they did! It was a bit disappointing for me and I was a bit sad that it was some of the last work from Tim Piggot-Smith with his death announced last month. He was a fine actor and to be honest he did play the part of Charles really well, probably the best part. Just a shame, maybe I just had the idea it was going to be something else and it wasn't.
A bit of a break from the Royals as I tuned in to the final of Masterchef. Don't worry I'm not going to reveal the winner just in case you still have to catch up. All the finalists have been brilliant, I found it hard to choose between them all. Stunning food and it always makes me hungry when watching and now when I cook anything I just want to make it look posh. I've even taken to chopping my meat up in slices to make it look like a fancy Michelin meal. So I struggled with a favourite to win, I did have someone in mind and was a little disappointed when they didn't win but hey the winner deserved their place and well done to them all. A very entertaining show. Now could you all come around in turn to cook for me? That would be fabulous. I was thinking while watching, it must be hell for the winner as they would have filmed it a while ago so they are sitting at home just wishing it be done so they can got out and celebrate. Phew that's a huge secret to keep. I'd have to be locked away somewhere where there was no people or wifi, like some deserted tropical island with loads of cocktails and food. My chances of being a Masterchef finalist though are very slim, I think I can say.
I finished my week with a movie on the Virgin On Demand service. I don't do this an awful lot but as I had a weekend to myself and had no plans I thought I'd catch a film. One I had wanted to see for a while was 'Sully: Miracle on the Hudson'. This is story of Chesley 'Sully' Sullenburger who has to make an emergency landing on New York's Hudson River after a bird strike which knocks out the engines of the Airbus A320 he was flying. It is a brilliant film, directed by Clint Eastwood and features a great cast with Tom Hanks in the lead role. I couldn't actually believe that he was investigated after his decision and the action he took ended up saving all 155 people on board. He has to go through all that stress not only at a time when he should be recovering from a major trauma but having to go into a investigation and prove that what he did that day was the right decision and that there was no other alternative. It is definitely worth a watch if you haven't seen it.
Well onto another week, be good and I will catch you for Music Monday tomorrow....thanks for reading.
Pass the Remote
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