Comfort Watch – End of 2016.

Dear ladies and gents,

can we all agree that 2016 sucked? On a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 would be mildly unpleasant and 10 would be rocking in the corner popping xanax, I’d say 2016 was an 11?

John Oliver is right.

I cry/laughed through this episode. Enough said.

If this year taught us anything it’s that things can always get worse. But let’s hope 2017 is kinder to us all. In the meantime let’s huddle up and try to make it through these last weeks of 2016. And we all know what that means – comfort TV. It’s very big in my house, together with comfort food and comfort cakes.

Grand Designs

OMG Grand Designs! It hosted by Kevin McCloud and airs on Channel 4. It’s about rich people who have a bit too much time and money on their hands. So they decide that they want to build these huge ass tree houses, rebuild castles, live in water towers or whathaveyou. A few months down the road they are usually gazillion pounds in debt and living in a manky trailer on the property (and sometimes the wife is also pregnant). Then once Grand Designs do a follow up, the husband is all – oh we did it and he’s showing off the house and the wife is standing next to him, guzzling down wine, giving him the side eye being all bish please. At any rate – you get the gist, rich people doing silly things.

The Great British Bake Off

This year’s Bake Off was the last year of the Bake Off as we know it. As you are probably aware the show was sold to Channel 4 (as they said on Popbitch – Channel 4 paid Ł25 million for a tent and a few ovens. Which you know boggles the mind). Marry Berry, Sue and Mel are staying with the BBC and Paul Hollywood isn’t. But if you are new to the Bake Off, there are 7 seasons to enjoy. Warm, cozy, funny and with tons of cake. What could be better?

Planet Earth

Well technically it’s Planet Earth II. But you know, whatever. Hosted by sir David Attenborough it is everyone’s favorite nature documentary series. Visually it’s stunning. Simply stunning. High definition and all that jazz. Plus you learn tons. It’s not all smooth sailing though, it’s nature after all. So there might be some scenes of animals being horrible to each other. Like someone gets eaten. Or strangled. Or something. Just a warning in advance (I’m thinking of your stress levels). Other than that – well worth the watch.

Gogglebox

It’s people watching TV and talking sh*t. I know. I KNOW! But watch one episode, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. If not, you can come here and call me a silly cow.

Supernatural

I have watched Supernatural for 12 years now. 12 years!!! And despite the blood and the gore, it has become a comfort watch for me. See, in Supernatural you know who the bad guys are. And the Winchesters are trying to save the world. Time and time again. Even when the odds are stacked against them. Which is all the freaking time. They just don’t give up. And you have to admire that.

Sitcoms

Good sitcoms are hard to fine. So hard to fine. How else can we explain the success of Two and a Half Men? Jesus. It’s like wherever you go in the world, if you switch the TV on, one of the channels will have Two and a Half Men on. Like CSI: Miami. Only CSI: Miami is funnier. At any rate, the sitcoms I have watched and enjoyed of late – Fresh Off The Boat. Black-ish. The Goldbergs. Almost any old UK sitcom will do nicely too.

So tell me – what is you go-to comfort watch?

Fall TV – Quick Judgement

Dear ladies and gents,

can we talk about how there was nothing to watch this summer? And when I say nothing, I do mean nothing. Well apart from Stranger Things. I LOVED Stranger Things. Even with all the bad men and creepiness factor, it was one of the most delightful things I’ve seen.

At any rate – no TV means I could read more. And read I did. I went through 10 out of 13 Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne novels (among other things).

As much as I enjoy reading (and I do, a lot) by mid-September I was itching for something interesting to watch. Thank heavens for the Great British Bake Off.

So like a gluttonous cow I wanted to watch EVERYTHING. Here are my first impressions (I can also be a judgemental cow, so bare with):

BullLie To Me knock off. Without Tim Roth. No offense to Michael Weatherly, but he is not Tim Roth. I prefer Tim Roth in all of his twitchy glory.

The Good Place – tries too hard to be quirky. And I normally like Kristen Bell.

Designated Survivor – Jack Bauer on Prozac.

Timeless – created by Kripke. I thought I’d be ALL OVER that. It’s like Stargate Atlantis and Back to the Future mated. A bit meh if I’m honest.

ConvictionHayley Atwell is in it. And she is supposed to be this bad-ass lawyer who is also a bit of a mess. Yeah, not really buying it. Viola Davis knocked that one out of the park.

Westworld – obviously this was hyped like crazy. I get it, the cast list is stellar. First time around I switched it off after the opening credits. I saw it was long and there was no way I’d make it through the end without falling sleep (it was late, ok?). Gave it another go and it was a bit touch and go in the beginning. I thought it’d be some rape-y sh*t and I don’t have time for that. In the end, it was fine. But I’m reserving my judgement until I’ve seen at least one more episode.

Luke Cage – now I love me some Marvel. Jessica Jones is one of the best things I’ve seen in years. I love Daredevil. I *thought* I’d be all over Luke Cage. ALL OVER IT. I saw 4 episodes so far. I managed to fall asleep 3 times. Yeah, I’m all

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It’s LUKE CAGE.

So tell me dear ladies and gents, have you seen anything interesting of late?

What’s new in Scandinavian noir?

Dear ladies and gents,

it’s been a while since I last checked what is new in Scandi noir. So here is a list of new-ish noir series you might want to check out. By all means feel free to let us all know in the comments in case I have missed anything interesting.

Bedrag (Follow The Money)

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Bedrag (Follow The Money) is a Danish series that centers on 3 protagonists – a CFO of a renewable energy company who will stop at nothing to gain the monopoly on the market, a police officer that investigates the case and a car mechanic who gets involved in the conspiracy by accident. In the UK the series aired on BBC Four.

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Okkupert (Occupied)

If you love Jo Nesbø, you will probably love this (as the series is based on his idea). The series is set in not-too-distant future and the Green Party is in power in Norway. The government decides to stop all oil and gas production in the North Sea. As a consequence Norway gets occupied by the EU with the help of Russia. In the UK the series aired on Sky Arts, while in the US the series is available on Netflix.

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Modus

Modus is a Swedish series based on the book Frukta inte written by Anne Holt. It follows the story of Inger Johanne Vik (played by Melinda Kinnaman), a criminal psychologist and a mother of two daughters. Inger returns to Sweden after a stint with the FBI in order to work in the academic community. But after her autistic daughter is the sole witness to a murder, she gets involved in the investigation. It soon turns out that a serial killer is on the loose.

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Jordskott

Jordskott is a Swedish crime series that follows the story of Detective Inspector Eva Thörnblad (played by Moa Gammel). She returns to her hometown seven years after her daughter has disappeared at the nearby lake. Her daughter’s body was never recovered. During her visit another boy goes missing and Eva starts to look for similarities between the two disappearances and soon finds out there is a pattern.

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Øyevitne (Eyewitness)

Written by Jarl Emsell Larsen Øyevitne is a Norwegian crime mini-series. It follows the story of two 15 year old boys who are attracted to each other and secretly meet in the forest. While there they witness a showdown between four men. The criminals see them, but they manage to escape. They live in fear that not only they will be discovered by the criminals, but also that their secret will be revealed.

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Arvingerne (The Legacy)

Arvingerne (The Legacy) is a Danish family drama created by Maya Ilsøe. It follows the story of four siblings who come together after their mother Veronica dies in order to divide the estate. But matters become much more complicated when it turns out that their mother left the manor to her daughter Signe who she gave up for adoption. The series aired two season, while third (and final) season will air in 2017.