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.

UK shows to check out in February

Dear ladies and gents,

here is a short selection of some of the shows that premiered in February (also returning this week is Silk. And I hope you started watching Moone Boy)*.

The Smoke

The Smoke is produced by Sky. It stars Jamie Bamber as Kev, a fire fighter with a fire station in East London. He gets badly (and I mean BADLY) injured on the job. Fast forward 9 months later and Kev is back to work. But… but… he is off to a wobbly start. Anyhow, don’t want to give too much away.

I loved the Smoke. It was almost visceral. And I cannot for the life of me explain why. It’s a good show, great even, but definitely not the best I have ever seen. I like Jamie Bamber. To get the shallow out of the way – he is pretty to look at. And I do have a soft spot for him because of Battlestar Galatica. But I am by no means a die hard fan. So yeah, I cannot explain it. Just watch the first episode and if you hate it, come back here and call me a silly cow.

Uncle

Uncle is a sitcom for BBC Three staring Nick Helm as an out-of-work musician Andy. Andy is not only unemployed, he is a bit of mess. Depressed, suicidal mess. Then his sister ropes him into taking care of his 12-year old nephew Errol (played by Elliot Speller-Gillott). The two develop an unlikely friendship. This is not a straight up sitcom, me thinks it’s a bit dark and twisty for that? But anyhow, I enjoyed it. And second season has already been commissioned.

Edge of Heaven

Oh Edge Of Heaven. Well. It’s about an 80s themed B&B in Margate run by Judy and her husband Tandeep. Then there is her daughter Ann-Marie and her son Alfie who still live at home. Now Alfie gets jilted at the alter by his fiance. Which obvs sucks. And Alfie is all woe is me and whathaveyou. Anyhow, I wanted to like Edge of Heaven. I did. God knows I’m a sucker for a good UK sitcom. Or even a mediocre one. But this was just… flat.

Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 was created by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (they did Psychoville if that helps any). It is about creepy/funny/odd stuff that happens to different people who all share one thing in common – their residence is a number 9. It is anthology series so the episodes are not connect. Second season has already been commissioned.

Suspects

Suspects is the latest show for Channel 5 and if you are a fan of police procedurals you might want to take note. The series stars Clare-Hope Ashitey, Fay Ripley and Damien Molony. The episodes are not connected and what is unique about Suspects is that it is not a scripted series (it is filmed as fly-on-the-wall documentary). The cast is given a detailed plot description and they take it from there. Now you know David Caruso would never agree to that! But that is what makes it interesting.

*On a side note – I saw the Lego Movie last weekend. Now I can’t get that blasted song out of my head. Also I have taken to shouting Moone Boy as Benny, 1980something space guy. You know how he shouts “SPACESHIP; SPACESHIP” the whole time? Yeah kinda like that. Anyhow. ANYHOW. Feel free to judge me.

BSkyB to let us watch (some) their stuff. For free.

Dear ladies and gents,

y’all know how I love (LOVE!) to complain when various networks/broadcasters geoblock their content. I mean… some even do it for the trailers. I just can’t with that. Seriously.

But in an interesting move BSkyB has decided to make some of their content available to everyone. EVERYONE!

On February 1st BSkyB will launch a brand new YouTube channel called Sky First Episodes where all of us will be able to view some of their programming including The Tunnel, A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Moonfleet. Then there are the new dramas slated for this year (The Smoke and Fleming), and a new comedy series Mr Sloane with Nick Frost.

Not to mention Moone Boy. Because if you still haven’t seen Moone Boy, what the what people? What the what?! It’s excellent! (although a date for the second season would be appreciated. Ta!)

You know, I remember back in the day yonks ago, we got a satellite dish. And Sky had all of my favorite shows. Then stuff got scrambled for the non-subscribers, it all went to shit and now… we have come full circle. Well… sorta. I know it’s only one episode and it’s YouTube but whatever!

Source: Sky via The Next Web