Summer UK TV Shows

Dear ladies and gents,

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while. Down below is a short selection of some of the TV shows airing in the UK at the moment.

The Interceptor

I quite liked the Interceptor. It is a crime drama type of series that BBC does so well. Written by Tony Saint, it is about super secret Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team that hunts down the UK’s most wanted criminals. It stars O. T. Fagbenle and Trevor Eve (of Waking the Dead fame).

Not Safe For Work

Not Safe For Work is a black comedy starring Zawe Ashton as a civil servant who works on the immigration issues. Due to the budget cuts she gets transferred to the office in Northampton. Once she gets there, it turns out her new boss is her former protege. And the department hasn’t done any work at all over the past 2 years.

Humans

Jointly produced by Channel 4 and AMC Humans is based on the Swedish series Äkta människor (Real Humans). It is about a future where the latest gadget is a Synth. Which is an android robot you need around the house to do stuff for you. Obvs people wouldn’t be people if they didn’t use the synths for all sorts of nefarious reasons. And obvs it wouldn’t be a tv show if the synths didn’t start feeling things/rebelling. Saw the first episode and it’s not bad. It stars William Hurt and Katherine Parkinson (Jen off the IT Crowd).

No Offence

No Offence is a crime/drama/comedy hybrid series about the officers working for the Manchester Metropolitan Police. The team is led by D.I. Viv Deering (played by Joanna Scanlan) and they are investigating a serial murder who is killing girls with the Down syndrome in Manchester.

Returning shows

Strike Back

Strike Back is well.. back for it’s fifth and final season. Based on the novel written by former SAS soldier Chris Ryan, it follows the members of Section 20 on their super secret mission around the globe. A solid choice for all the thriller/military/spy buffs who enjoy this type of thing.

Vicious

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi are back. You need to know more? They play a bickering gay couple who have been together for 48 years. Like you care – it’s Ian McKellen!

Man Down

Greg Davies stars as Dan, a man who loathes his job as a teacher. Unfortunately Rik Mayall (who played Dan’s dad) passed away and he was supposed to have a more prominent role in the second season.

My Mad Fat Diary

My Mad Fat Diary is based on the book written by Rae Earl. It follows the story of a 16-year old Rae Earl who is trying to adjust to her everyday life after spending 4 months at a psychiatric hospital. The series was a breakthrough hit for Channel 4 and this will be the show’s last season. Also – the American version is already in the works (facepalm)

Last but not least…

I know, it’s a TV show about cars, but who the hell cares – it’s Idris freaking Elba!

Idris Elba No Limits

Best British TV shows – revisited

Dear ladies and gents,

a while back I wrote this post about the best British shows.

Since this was written back in 2008, I wanted to the revisit the post and see what has aired in the meantime and deserves a mention.

So.

Luther. Obvs. OBVS.

The IT Crowd. Now that one did air prior to the original post. However I haven’t seen it at the time. I have rectified that mistake and yes, it is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Someone actually called me a moron for leaving that one out. (shrug)

Sherlock.

Gavin and Stacey.

Misfits.

Black Mirror.

The Fall.

Gogglebox. Yes, I know. It’s a TV show about people watching TV. But it’s really, really funny.

The Thick of It.

Rev.

Any other suggestions? I’m sure I have forgotten plenty.

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!

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.

Image via Adam the Fish