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