Ready to be scared sh*tless? Watch Remember Me

Dear ladies and gents,

the other day I was looking for stuff to watch. I can be a bit of a hoarder* when it comes to TV shows (especially around Christmas time since there is nothing to watch).

So I came across a new BBC series with Michael Palin. Remember Me it’s called. First of all – this is Palin’s first acting role in two decades. So I was like YAY – Michael Palin! I DID see that the articles mentioned scary, horror, supernatural etc, but I was so YAY Michael Palin, I didn’t pay much attention. I mean – it’s Michael Palin, funny and warm and cuddly, how bad can it be?

Very, VERY bad!

So much so in fact it scared the living bejesus out of me.

There were a few moment where I was

And afterwards I was like

I kid you not, it’s scary freaking creepy stuff.

Michael Palin plays an elderly Yorkshireman Tom Parfitt who doesn’t want to stay in his home any more. So he stages a fake accident that sees him get placed into a nursing home. But soon after he is in situ at the nursing home a murder happens and he is the only witness. That’s kinda the gist of the first episode. I am still working up the nerve to watch the second episode if I’m honest.

Apart from the creepiness, the series is very visually arresting (apart from ALL the scary stuff, there are some beautiful shots of Yorkshire countryside). Also there is a scene with Palin (there is a bit of it in the trailer below) that is so joyous, it is difficult not so smile.

If you are a fan of horror, you will LOVE this. If you are not and you are curious, do proceed with caution. As I mentioned – freaking scary.

*Not to worry, I don’t have a problem that would qualify me for Hoarders. Only possibly when it comes to the skincare stuff. But I am getting better with that too.

The curious case of Gregg Wallace

Dear ladies and gents,

a couple of weeks ago I was in the UK. As we were snacking on Ben and Jerry’s All or Nut-ting (so delish!) and Sainsbury’s Pavlova (OMG SO freaking GOOD!)

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…we watched some TV. For research purposes obvs *cough*

ANYHOW.

We started watching MasterChef: Professionals. I’ll be honest – I’m not a huge fan. Sure they create some wonderful stuff and it’s all fine and dandy, but it just gets a bit repetitive after a while. Oh let’s smear some sauce on the plate! Oh let’s make some chutney/puree (from parsnip of all things! Blech!) Oh let’s stuff something in a blast chiller! Bah.

But what I don’t understand is this guy:

That ladies and gents is Gregg Wallace. He is introduced as a professional diner. Hm ok. I missed that first bit of the episode so I kept asking but who is this guy? Is he a food critic? A cook book writer? If it’s not obvious I am blonde.

So we asked our British friend (waves at Jo :) what the what with this Wallace guy? Who is he? So she patiently explained he was a green grocer and he also hosted Veg Talk. In case you are wondering – it’s a radio show where they talk about vegetables.

Hmm okay.

So this is the sum of his duties:

- makes faces
- calls time
- asks daft questions
- says something is delicious
- says something “doesn’t work for him” (which roughly translates it tastes like sh*t)

Icannoteven.

Anyway – if he decides to leave MasterChef at some point, I swear I will pitch myself to BBC.

I have already started practicing (much to annoyance of my friends).

I keep shouting 20 minutes left at random. Also surely you can say something different than just oh this is delicious or this doesn’t work for me. I thought something along the lines oh this tastes divine or this will give me the poops? Obvs am still working on that. Also – I have hair? A cheap shot? Yes. But also true.

But seriously. SERIOUSLY.

13 things we learned watching the Great British Bake Off

  • It can sometimes happen that yeast can’t reach it’s full potential. Who knew? Obvs it goes without saying – you might be in trouble if it doesn’t.
  • No matter how pissed off you might get do not (I repeat DO NOT!) bin your cake. No matter how messy it might be.
  • Having said that – never ever leave your frozen baked alaska unattended.
  • Also – never ever leave your custard unattended.
  • It is possible to cry over an éclair. And any other baked good for that matter.
  • Make double and triple sure you haven’t mixed up your salt and pepper.
  • That said – the terror of soggy bottom can keep you up at night.
  • Your baked goods might look like a total mess and still taste good (am guilty of that one).
  • That brown stuff? It means your baked goods are burning and you might want to take them out of the oven. Just saying.
  • Look you might want to avoid – the Mary Berry death stare. That said – scrummy, scrumptious, yummy – all good things when coming from Mary Berry.

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UK shows I love at the mo.

Dear ladies and gents,

UK shows are oddly comforting and soothing to watch. Maybe because I grew up on the stuff and it reminds me of childhood. Maybe it’s because when we are in the UK and we get back to the hotel, there is always something interesting on. Yes, I’m the idiot that finds shows like Dickinson’s Real Deal interesting.

Be as it may… UK shows I’m watching at the moment.

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows is produced by ITV and it stars Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone. I don’t know what’s ailing Stone, but it’s one of those he’s-brilliant-but-awkward-with-people type of conditions? Anyhow. Stone gets demoted and transferred to the Missing Persons Bureau where he works with Ruth Hattersley (played by Alex Kingston. Who, if you are old enough, you might remember from ER. Anyone?) So Stone sees patterns (will ignore the obvious Sherlock rip off here, don’t let that put you off) and decides one missing girl was in fact abducted by a serial killer. And so it goes… solid crime drama.

Great British Bake Off

Please. It’s Mary Berry (sweet baby Jesus, that lady! I wish I was half as cool when I get to that age. Or even now?). And Paul Hollywood (to get the shallow out of the way, kinda foxy, no? Also stuff that dude can do with dough. Pffffft). And all the tarts, sponges, rolls, cakes and breads you can take. Yes, gimme more of that. Word of caution – you might want to watch it AFTER you’ve eaten. Otherwise you’ll eat everything and the kitchen sink.

Scott and Bailey

In third season now and still good. Another solid crime drama with two strong female leads.

The Trip

Because OMG how come I didn’t watch this before?

So ladies and gents, anyone have any additional recommendations? It would be much obliged.