BBC Two Drama – or bring in the big guns

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Dear ladies and gents,

let me tell you about last week.

Last Sunday in my infinite blond wisdom (read stupidity) I have decided to paint the bathroom. Sure, I knew it will take a while and I could only do it after work and lets ignore the fact I don’t even paint my nails let alone any walls all that often but surely it was doable. I can do this. I can.

So let me tell you how it went:

On Sunday I was a bit sickly and headachey from the fumes but it was nothing some ibruprofen couldn’t help.

On Monday it took me like an hour to cover everything and then about 3 hours to do the base paint.

On Monday night/Tuesday morning I woke up because my arm hurt – pardon my French – like a bitch.

On Tuesday evening I wanted to curl up in a fetal position and die because it was that point when a) you cannot understand what on Earth possessed you to actually do this and b) it seemed like there is no end in sight.

On Wednesday I was cursing like a fisherman’s wife and bitterly regretted the fact I wasn’t born in a parallel Harry Potter universe where I could just use my wand, cast a spell and have the bathroom done (although knowing my luck even in this parallel universe I would have been born a muggle). Also I managed to tip over about half of pot of paint all over myself.

On Thursday I almost fell off the ladder. But the end was near.

On Friday when the time arrived to clean up and mop up and put everything in place I was ready to weep the tears of joy because I was so happy I could toss the roller and just clean. Because cleaning? Easy. Painting? Ugh. And if you want to scare me? Just show me a roller. I will run away screaming.

But it’s done and it looks fine. Just fine.

What does this have to do with television?

At some point last week I saw a trailer for new BBC Two dramas and it featured Cumberbatch. He stars in Parade’s End (based on the novels by Ford Madox Ford), some World War I costume drama and he plays some buttoned up Englishman with a bitch of a wife or whathaveyou (you can check the trailer below).

Ladies and gents – the moral of this story is:

1. Hire a painter if you can and spare yourself.
2. There is nothing Cumberbatch won’t make marginally better. Me thinks it’s the odd face. Watching Leverage made me feel a bit better too.

So you know, these are my recommendations if you find yourself in your own DIY hell.

Who knew?

Dear ladies and gents,

have you watched the Olympics Opening Ceremony?

I freaking loved it so. much. I thought it was spectacular. And funny. And diverse. And moving. And poignant. And fun. And did I mention funny?

Obvs the one moment that had everyone talking was the Queen parachuting to the stadium with Mr. Bond in tow. To Bond theme of all things. That had me howling with laughter. What can I say, I’m easily amused?

So a few observations if you will:

- who knew Queen had a sense of humour?

- also not only did she make her acting debut during one of most watched TV events in history she chose Daniel Craig as her partner. Cheeky, cheeky! Then again if I had the same choice, I don’t know if I’d do it any differently (apart from the peach ensemble, I look something awful in peach).

- London porn was spectacular, I love that city!

- obvs corgis stole the show. Obvs.

In case you have missed the whole thing, the clip is down below. Anyone had any other favorite moments? On a side note and for people familiar with Rowan Atkinson and his Mr. Bean – did anyone else think he was going to wipe his nose in his pocket again?

I was like, they wouldn’t…


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Sorry can’t stop using this gif. As I said, easily amused, don’t hold it against me.

Anyhow Queen and Mr. Bond below.

What I’m watching at the moment…

Dear ladies and gents,

first and foremost do you know that Leverage started? Are you watching? And if not, why not?


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Two new shows that I watched and really enjoyed are a) the Newsroom and b) Perception.

Perception

Perception stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a brilliant but troubled neuroscience professor. And when I say troubled I really mean troubled – Daniel sees invisible people. Yup, it’s like A Beautiful Mind but a) on television and b) without Russell Crowe.

Who would have thought they would come up with a police procedural featuring invisible people?

Anyhow Daniel gets recruited by his former student and now FBI agent Kate Moretti (played by Rachael Leigh Cook) to help FBI solve more complicated cases. And while Daniel is rather brilliant, the disruption to his routine triggers his “episodes” and it gets progressively difficult to hide his condition from Kate. So if you don’t mind the invisible people I think you will quite like Perception, I know I do.

The Newsroom

I like the Newsroom. I like it a lot. That is not to say it’s perfect, it’s patently not, but even with its flaws it is still smarter than at least 80% of stuff you can see on television.

The Newsroom is about a cable channel news program headed by Will McAvoy (played by the ever brilliant Jeff Daniels) who is labeled as Jay Leno of the news anchors. That means he is as mainstream as they get in a bid to hold on to his ratings. But after a bit of a meltdown, the departure of his co-anchor and the arrival of his new producer (who also happens to be his ex girlfriend) Will decides (after a bit of cunning manipulation natch) that it is time he goes back to doing the proper news. The script is good, obvs, it is Sorkin after all (although he still can’t write female characters properly). And the cast – Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Dev Patel, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr. – love them all. Well worth the watch in my opinion.

So tell me dear readers – what have you been watching?

British shows to check out in July

Dear ladies and gents,

here is a short list of some of the UK shows that you can check out in July. Slim pickings I know, but something is better than nothing, right?


Blackout


New political thriller starring Christopher Eccleston as a corrupt council official, who is also an alcoholic suffering from blackouts. After one of his drinking binges and consequent blackout he wakes up and realizes he might have committed a murder. I can watch Eccleston in just about anything and this looks promising, but I have to catch up on Line of Duty first.



Line of Duty


Line of Duty is a new police drama for BBC Two and stars Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott, an officer who refuses to participate in a cover-up after an innocent man gets killed during counter-terrorist attack. He gets transferred to AC-12, an anti-corruption unit which is currently investigating DCI Tony Gates (played by Lennie James of Jericho fame). Gates is an officer with best crime rates who he comes under scrutiny and is accused of laddering (process that involves taking on only easy cases and then adding additional charges to get better statistics or somesuch) but then his mistress gets into a spot of bother of her own and… things take off from there. I have seen two episodes of Line of Duty so far and while not Earth shattering it is a solid police drama that I’m sure crime lovers will enjoy.




The Hollow Crown


The Hollow Crown is a part of Shakespeare Unlocked season on BBC Two. It will feature Shakespeare’s four history plays including Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 & 2 and Henry V. Now I know this might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But the cast is truly stellar and includes Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston (Loki!), who all portray kings in their respective plays while supporting cast includes Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, David Morrissey, Julie Walters, Maxine Peake and John Hurt.



Dead Boss


Dead Boss is a comedy about a woman named Helen (played by Sharon Horgan) who get falsely accused of murdering her boss and ends up in prison. She is trying to prove her innocence because she believes her boss’s murderer is still at large.



Jamie’s Summer Food Rave Up


I’m including Jamie’s new show because obviously it’s Jamie Oliver and I am so making this as soon as the heat lets up and I can face the stove without sweating buckets. On a side-note – Channel 4 should really get with the program and starting uploading their trailers on YouTube without geo restrictions.


Gordon Behind Bars


Gordon Ramsay in prison? With his charming disposition? And inmates who have access to sharp objects? Ha! I’m so watching this. Obviously I like the premise (not of Gordon in jail, although that is amusing as well) but the idea to teach inmates new skills in a bid to get them job ready once they leave the prison. So worth a watch in my book.