What was going on in my teenage brain is unfathomable to me now.  I was driven by the overwhelming desire to be expelled so I could spend more time with my dog and my horse.The only teacher that had any control over me was my English teacher, but only from the day, he asked us to write a poem.  I wrote hundreds, then moved on to short stories which he helped me get published and I became more focused and a little less defiant.

Unforgotten – Season 3 Finale

A fine performance by Alex Jennings as evil Tim Finch, who had me quaking in my pyjamas with that stare.  Overall, a great cast which including some of my favourite actors who made a great piece of TV drama really come alive, as in Seasons 1 and 2.

The Two Minute Grab Zone​

I was reading Lorenzo Carcaterra’s Sleepers and I couldn’t put it down, taking it into the Indian Ocean and reading it floating on my back, standing up and sitting in the warm, briny sea, until I finished it.  More recently, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt – The Diaries of a Junior Doctor, had the same effect, only I read most of it on a sun lounger.

Keeping Faith for a Season Two

Matthew Hall you’ve got to keep this going.  I need Evan (Ev-ahn) to go under the cosh.  

Stunning Welsh TV Drama – Keeping Faith

Lovely the woods, waters, meadows, combes, vales, Gerard Manley Hopkins My step-father’s family came from Wales and were living in bucolic Anglesey when he was born. I have always been drawn to the country, spending many holidays enjoying the breathtaking beaches of the Pembrokeshire coast, as well as returning to Continue Reading

Smouldering Strike

The gorgeous Tom Burke as Strike and Holliday Grainger as his equally gorgeous partner-in-solving-crimes, Robin Ellacott.  They smolder so well on-screen together you can see virtual steam coming out the TV.

Channel 4’s Live Debate 29th May 2017 – Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn v Jeremy Paxman

Paxman tried to completely out speak Jeremy Corbyn who took it all in his stride, even if an exasperated Corbyn had to say ‘Let me finish!’ too many times. Paxman seemed to tone it down a little for Theresa May, but managed to descend to the murky depth of name calling. Blowhard was well out of order. So, whilst I am on the subject of name calling Mr Paxman, boorish and windbag have just sprung to mind.

We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere

Imagine a sisterhood—across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best …

Gillian Anderson

 12/02/2017 – Jonny Labey and Chrissy Brooke win ITV’s Dance, Dance, Dance

Chrissy’s solo last week dancing to Sia’s Chandelier, bought tears to my eyes … such passion. Jonny’s Smooth Criminal routine did not disappoint either.

12/02/2017 – Jersey Boy Jonny Labey in finals of ITV’s Dance, Dance, Dance Tonight

Chrissy’s solo last week dancing to Sia’s Chandelier, bought tears to my eyes … such passion. Jonny’s Smooth Criminal routine did not disappoint either.

Sleepless Night after BBC’s Awakening

It has been a week of catching up on iplayer or hub.  Unforgotten (hooked), Apple Tree Yard (confused) and finally catching up with the last episode of  Silent Witness during the early hours of this morning  – Awakening Part 2 . It was bad enough watching our much-loved pathologist, Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox), being Continue Reading

The “I wasn’t expecting that” BGT Moment

The moment Nicholas Byrant’s audition takes judges by surprise. Don’t stop me, don’t stop me, don’t stop me, hey, hey, hey

The New Cold Feet is Hot Stuff

They are back.  Finally … after 13 years.  I am not sure how us die hard fans have managed to wait so long. The Manchester-based comedy drama evolving around the lives of 3 couples.  Pete (John Thomson) and Jenny (Fay Ripley); David (Robert Bathurst) and  Karen (Hermione Norris), with Adam Continue Reading

Internal Rumpus at BGT!

The moment Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon gets greedy with the buzzers and presses Amanda’s and David’s buzzers as well as her own! Dec Donnelly, one half of the presenting team Ant and Dec had something to say! “We should say that, if that is that’s your opinion, that’s Continue Reading

Remember Seasoned Professionals … Sarcasm is the lowest form of Wit

Well, it is not very professional is it?  Why on earth would you feel compelled to have a pop at someone who has clearly stolen the hearts of millions of people since they switched on the brilliant TV programme Gogglebox? What ever happened to the old age adage of if you can’t say anything nice, Continue Reading

To be, or not to be

Meanwhile, to mark the 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, the BBC treated us to a 2 hour special Shakespeare Live! hosted by David Tennant which included this hilarious sketch featuring some of the RSC’s elete including Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Judi Dench giving their individual performances of Continue Reading

Guilty Pleasure #1 – April 2016

Binge watching Lost … I surprise myself sometimes, in terms of what TV programmes I get hooked on and Lost has to be at the top of the titillating TV series tree.  I may never know exactly what happened after 6 seasons but for sure, it will have me repeat watching Continue Reading

What’s Hot On TV? RIVER – a big story which flows at a fast pace

Sad, but true, it is not very often I get addicted to anything on TV these days, but I am totally hooked on this one. A far cry from Mama Mia but Stellan Skarsgård is currently excelling as a brooding, emotionally complex veteran detective in the BBC’s six part drama series, River. Continue Reading

BBC 2015 Young Dancer of the Year Final – Tonight – Don’t Miss It!

For those of you who are not in the know, the BBC launched the first Young Dancer of the Year award this year. This brand new award showcases the very best of young British dance talent between the ages of 16-20. The programmes have certainly highlighted that the UK can boast Continue Reading

UK TV Series Wolf Hall – Slow Progress

As you know, I have been totally absorbed with 6 seasons worth of Lost and since then I have found it very difficult to find myself … an alternative viewing pleasure. The thing is that I love period dramas, so I thought getting into Wolf  Hall which is set in Continue Reading

#BandAid30 – World Premier this Sunday on X Factor

Bob Geldof’s iconic song  Do They Know It’s  Christmas? is about to be re-recorded with slight changes to the lyrics and preformed by around 30 artists including  Emili Sande, One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora who will be adding their vocals to the track today. For those of you Continue Reading

X Factor – Will You Be Watching Tomorrow?

Well, we are getting in to this now and it is Big Band night tomorrow @ 20.15hrs. So, who will be singing what? This is is the line up …   Andrea Faustini – Summertime (by Ella Fitzgerald) … Go for it Caro … Lauren Platt – Smile (by Nat Continue Reading

X Factor – You Are So Not Funny Lee Nelson!

It can only happen on the X-Factor! You never know what is going to happen next and that is what makes it compulsive viewing. We haven’t been great fans of the Stereo Kicks, mostly because eight is an unwieldy number for a boy band and even though they may be Continue Reading

X Factor – Queen and Michael Jackson Tonight

We may still be smarting about the departure of Chloe Jasmine and Lola Saunders but the show must go on and tonight the nine remaining artists will sing either a Queen or Michael Jackson number. Two of our all time favourite artists and here is a list of the songs Continue Reading

Eat Me Anaconda!

Naturalist Paul Rosolie is planning to be eaten by an anaconda and the gruesome event will be filmed for a Discovery Channel special to air on 7th December 2014. Although Paul will be wearing a specially designed suit for this feat of madness one cannot help but think this is Continue Reading

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