Broadchurch is back.

And I didn’t even realize (bad, bad TV blogger!)

Be as it may – I watched the first three episodes because I couldn’t quite fathom what the what are they going to do with it. To me Broadchurch made sense as a mini-series. But do you know, it’s interesting.

Without giving much away – David Tennant is back (in case you were wondering about that. As one would :) ITV also added some stellar performers to the cast (Charlotte Rampling, Eve Myles and Marianne Jean-Baptiste!). PLUS there IS a new crime mystery AND (what I find the most fascinating of it all) they are touching upon the aftermath of the crime?

You know how in “regular” crime series it’s always: a crime happens, the police investigates the crime, they catch the culprit, they get a confession, the end. Sometimes (but rarely) the trial is also covered.

See, with Broadchurch they went a step further. We get to see what actually happened to the people and the community impacted by the crime. And it’s heart wrenching really. And kinda overwrought. And it might be too schmaltzy and whathaveyou for some.

BUT yes, I will keep at it with Broadchurch. Because that freaking Sandbrook? I need to know what happened.

UK shows to watch in January

Dear ladies and gents,

this holiday season has been a bit of a blur. It started with a pre-holiday mad cleaning and baking frenzy (4 cakes this time, I’m proud of myself for toning it down *cough*) and ended up with eating loads, vegging out, seeing friends, reading like a maniac and watching tons of movies. Hm hello – I forgot how freaking GREAT Ghostbusters are!

I hope your holidays were lovely and as stress free as possible.

HOWEVER. If by any chance you just want to get back under the duvet (it’s January after all, UGH), here is a short selection of a few UK shows that might get you through.

Still Open All Hours

I will warn you in advance – Still Open All Hours is a bit naff. And corny. But a) good for a laugh, b) it has David Jason in it and c) I kinda missed these old school UK sitcoms (one can watch Only Fools and Horses and Keeping Up Appearances only so many times. Not that they are any less funny. But still).

Birds of a Feather

Speaking of old sitcoms – have you watched Birds of a Feather the first time around? If not, do, it’s funny. And after 15 years, ITV just started airing a new season.

Broadchurch

Broadchurch is back! I started writing about this, then got an attack of a verbal diarrhea (as one does), so a separate post will have to do. But yes, Broadchurch is back!

Mapp and Lucia

Mapp and Lucia aired during the holiday season. It is based on the novels written by E. F. Benson. But more importantly it was adapted for screen by Steve Pemberton. They guy who did Psychoville. The League of Gentlemen. And Inside No. 9. If you still don’t have a clue who this guy is, in Whitechapel he plays that bumbling Ripperologist* Edward Buchan.

ANYHOW. Mapp and Lucia is about two ladies (played by Anna Chancellor and Miranda Richardson) who are kinda like Hyacinth Bucket (spelt bouquet) on steroids? But 1930s setting? Yes, that would be an apt description. Enjoyed that one quite a bit.

Crims

A new sitcom on BBC Three. It is about a dude named Luke (played by Elis James), who ends up at the Sunnybank Young Offenders Institution because he was the getaway driver for his girlfriend’s brother. And he wastes no time in making enemies. With a guy who is not only one of the big bosses in prison, but also a Twihard. No words.

But anyway. Crims is more laddish type of humour, so definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. I personally thought it wasn’t so bad.

Silent Witness

Silent Witness returns for the 18th season. 18th!!! BUT. If you like a solid crime drama, it’s always worth a watch.


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*On a side-note – if you are looking for an interesting tour of London, I cannot recommend Sandeman’s Grim Reaper Tour enough. Obvs this too will not be to everyone’s taste. But if you like the macabre, or watching Whitechapel, or if you would like to know for example where the first asylum was located in London, do this tour. It’s informative, but most importantly it’s fun. This is not an affiliate link btw, got a ticket for a friend as a birthday gift last year and it was a hit!

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.