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Dear ladies and gents,

it has been so hot here the only thing I feel remotely capable of doing in the evening is to sit on the balcony, read a book and (if I’m lucky) enjoy the breeze.

So first order of business – if any of you ladies and gents would kindly like to share some book recommendations that would be much appreciated.

I finished with Nesbo’s Headhunters and Veronica Roth’s Insurgent a while back and I have been re-reading Stephen King for some reason (Under the Dome, The Tommyknockers and I’m currently on It). If it is not obvious it’s blood and gore galore.

Telly watching has been on the back burner.

Random bits and bobs I have watched include True Blood and not even Alexander Skarsgard being back to his hot self can hold my attention. The show is meh at best.

Also I started watching The Big Bang Theory and a) I am enjoying it immensely and b) for the life of me I cannot understand that it is written and produced by the same guy who is doing Two and a Half Men *shudder*

Things that look promising – Newsroom (obviously because it’s written by Sorkin and stars Jeff Daniels) and Line of Duty (new show by BBC Two about corruption in the police force; Jericho fans might appreciate it because it stars Lennie James).

Prometheus – a review

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Dear ladies and gents,

I loved Prometheus. Well… I loved the first hour. If you haven’t had the chance to see Prometheus, this review will be spoiler-ish so you might want to steer clear until you have seen the movie.

I’ll preface this by saying I’m not a Sci-Fi nut. I enjoy it but I’m not crazy about it. I will admit I expected more. Oh please – this movie was teased like nobody’s business, it was difficult to go in and have no expectations whatsoever.

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British shows to watch in June

Dear ladies and gents,

as I have pointed out previously there isn’t much to watch these days. However here are a couple of new and returning UK shows that you might want to check out in June.


Hit & Miss


Created by Paul Abbott (Shameless) Hit & Miss is a new drama for Sky 1 starring ChloĆ« Sevigny as Mia, a contract killer with a secret – she is a pre-op transsexual who was born a male. To further complicate matters Mia learns she had a child with a former lover and that same former lover (now on her death bed) names as her the legal guardian of the child. Complicated, no?


Starlings


Starlings is a new comedy series for Sky 1 and it stars Brendan Coyle (you might know him as the long suffering Mr. Bates of Downton Abbey) and Lesley Sharp (you might know her as DC Scott on Scott & Bailey) as Terry and Jan, middle class couple living with their three kids in Derbyshire. With all of these generations under the same roof matters get even more complicated when Terry’s dad moves in with the family and Bell, one of their children, gives birth.


Returning shows

Silk


I quite liked Silk the first time around and this season is proving to be equally interesting. Starring Maxine Peake as Martha Costello, freshly appointed Queen’s Counsel, still faces plenty of ethical dilemmas and doing everything she can to help her clients. Give it a watch if you like legal dramas and Rupert Penry-Jones (and his naked bottom).


Vera


Based on the books written by Ann Cleeves Vera is another returning series, this time for ITV. It features Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope, a workaholic with a complicated past who gets a tad bit obsessive about her cases. After seeing a few episodes I would recommend seeing this one, especially if you are a fan of British crime series. It does not disappoint.