This week’s episode of Broadchurch

To sum it up:

Meanwhile the Daily Fail, the bastion of all that is decent and moral and upstanding (written with heavy irony), is outraged at the lesbian kiss. (To be clear I’m outraged at the shoddy plot lines and what the what with that Eve Myles character?)

Although I am still not sure what caused more outrage a) that the ladies are lesbians b) that they are middle-aged or c) a combination of both?

To be fair – even the Daily Fail comments section* is like – are you serious with this sh*t?

I never EVER thought I’d see the day I would see eye to eye on anything (ANYTHING!) with any random Daily Fail commentator.

But there you go.

* Or rather the first 10 comments. I cannot read too much of Daily Fail comments section. It gives me the urge to stick a fork in my eye and makes me lose the will the live.

Fortitude

What it is labeled as: a psychological thriller. Me thinks however they were aiming for a Scandi noir.

What I like to call it: Broadchurch on ice. Yes, I am aware how that sounds like, but it was my first association.

Reasons to watch: Stanley freaking Tucci! Michael Gambon. Sofie Gråbøl. Also? Fuzzy sweaters! So many fuzzy freaking sweaters!

The down side: I’ll be honest – I don’t have a clue what the what is going on at the moment (3 episodes in).

A dude was killed with a potato peeler (yes, a freaking potato peeler of all things! They peeled him to death. Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). Everyone is sleeping with everyone else. It seems to be a normal thing?

Also everyone walks around with riffles because polar bears? BUT if a polar bear attacks someone you kill the human rather than the bear? I thought that was odd, but what do I know, Bear Grylls I am not.

Why it shows promise: So did you know that in permafrost nothing can decay? As in corpses and stuff? So they still have people buried there with the plague. BUT plague aside there is this mammoth, yes? And they showed it a number of times already. So am thinking ancient virus/bacteria? Or wait – that would be more SyFy’s jam, right? I KNOW, I’m facepalming myself. See?

Where to watch: Sky in the UK. Pivot in the US.

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!