Tag: TV

What I’ve Been Watching – June, July & August

Blimey. It’s been a while since I wrote a TV roundup. Partly because I kept forgetting and partly because there’s not been a whole lot on the box. Summer is always a slow time on TV, mainly because you’re meant to be out enjoying the sunshine. But I’ve still found a few gems over the last few months.


I completely missed this when it was on (a drawback of watching TV online), but thank goodness for iPlayer! I’m not a massive Sarah Lancashire fan, but she is brilliant in this. The storyline is quite gritty and Lancashire makes for a flawed heroine at times, but it’s well worth a watch if dark dramas are your thing, like they are mine. Ah, Utopia. My OH suggested I watch series one in advance of series two airing on Channel 4. And I’m really glad he did. It’s an epic show, which covers a very  unusual topic. It’s refreshing to watch another great British Drama, something that this summer hasn’t been lacking. Yay!
When I saw this advertised, I knew it would be a great series to watch. I was right. Maggie Gyllenhaal is brilliant, dealing with an always very difficult and very poignant topic of Israel/Palestine. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, there’s a twist and everything is up in the air. If you haven’t been watching – get it on iPlayer. In every TV viewing, some light relief must fall. I was a huge fan of Seinfeld so thought I’d give Veep a go. I wasn’t disappointed. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is hilarious in this. It’s very Arrested Development in my view, which is another great comedy. I’ve only seen the first series, but I can’t wait to watch the second and third. Fab viewing.
I know I’ve mentioned the Good Wife before, but I’ve been rewatching it with my OH from the very beginning. I’d forgotten how great it was. It’s one of the best dramas on TV right now. I pretty much love every character, though Eli Gold is my favourite because he just shouts at people. (I love a good shout!) If you’ve not watched it, it’s worth signing up to Netflix for. This was recommended on Twitter and I’ve been aware of it for a while but not watched it until recently. It’s bloody brilliant! Again, it feels a bit like Arrested Development and I can’t decide who my favourite character is, Ron Swanson or Ted Haverford. It makes me laugh out loud and want a job in the Parks & Recreation department. Watch it!


I love Joaquin Phoenix. I think he’s a great actor. He can play such a wide range of characters. Her is no exception. It’s a brilliantly imaginative film, sadly a rarity in Hollywood these days. Her shows a very scary reality of what our future could be like, should Apple ever really get Siri to work properly. I kind of hope they don’t! Matthew McConaughey can do no wrong at the moment. Everything he touches turns to gold and Dallas Buyers Club is no exception. This is a really moving, scary and insightful look at the Aids epidemic when it first began and the lack of understanding/medicines available. It’s well worth a watch if you haven’t already. There’s no surprise that it did well at the Oscars – well deserved if you ask me.
I saw a load of fuss about this on Twitter, but didn’t really pay it much attention. Then, when we had a dog free day, we decided to go and watch it in the cinema. I love a good comic book film, so was quite content. But it was much better than I thought it would be and I totally understood the hype after watching it. It’s got a much fresher feel than a lot of the other Marvel films & Chris Pratt is great in it. Roll on the sequel. I remember watching the trailer for this a while back and not really getting it. When we decided to watch it on the weekend, we decided that it’s kind of like the Hunger Games (though not as good) and while it does have that post-apocalyptic vibe and a strong female lead, it’s still really good. Like the Hunger Games, it’s Divergent is part of a trilogy and I can’t wait for the next installment.

If you have any recommendations of what to watch, I’d love to know. I realise it’s not long until lots of great TV starts again in the autumn (The Walking Dead, I’m looking at you), but there’s got to be a few gems I’ve missed!

What I’ve Been Watching – April

April saw the return of the amazing Game of Thrones, as well as the continuation of my favourites, such as Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Wife.


Game of Thrones

I honestly didn’t know how Season 4 could possibly improve on what’s gone before, but boy, it’s really started with a bang. There’s really no telling which characters will make it through to the next episode, so it can be quite a tense watch. At the moment, I feel that there’s lots of stuff going on and its difficult to keep track. Needless to say I cannot wait for each new episode!



We’ve been watching Suits on Netflix from the beginning and love it. It’s got such a great witty banter, as well as great characters. We’ve since bought series 3 and pretty much devoured that while on holiday! If you like The Good Wife and Grey’s Anatomy, then this one is definitely for you.

I’m still enjoying the current series of The Good Wife and Nashville on Channel 4 and we’ve also been watching The Good Wife on Netflix from the beginning too. Even better the second time round.


 The Hobbit

Now I’m not a massive Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fan and this did nothing to improve that. Long, drawn out, a bit dull, it really wasn’t for me. I can’t believe there’s still another one to go. Needless to say I got plenty of knitting done while watching it.

Thor: The Dark World

I really enjoyed the first Thor. What’s not to like? Decent storyline, a bit of adventure, great cast. This one, however, wasn’t as good. It felt a bit like pulling teeth, like it didn’t really get going. Some of the fight scenes really drag, like, we know you’re powerful and can destroy everything, but can you just get on with it? Part of me really hopes they don’t bother with a third, but then I thought that with Iron Man, and look how that turned out.

I don’t seem to have watched much in April, either that or I can’t remember them! If you’ve discovered anything worth watching, let me know!

What I’ve been Watching ~ March

I know, I know, I’m very late with this post. I’ve just realised that it’s May next week. Next week! Where is this year going?! Crazy. As the Winter season comes to a close in TV land, a lot of my favourite shows end, with a only a few to replace them. This is where Netflix and such like come into their own, as you find new little gems when there’s nothing on.


The Vikings

Both I and my OH had seen this advertised somewhere so thought we’d give it a go. Have to say, am pleased we did. There’s blood, violence, sex and lots of eating, but it’s got a great storyline and the characters are really interesting. Season 1 and most of season 2 is available to stream via Amazon Instant stream, which is how we watch it. It’s had one or two slowish episodes, but it’s definitely worth a watch.


I’ve been a fan of Silk since day 1 and was really pleased to see another series. It’s really good British drama, with a great cast and intriguing storylines, though I’m not fussed over the will they/won’t they thing with Martha & Clive. She’s way too good for him. Fact. If you like The Good Wife and Suits, this will definitely hit the spot.

The Walking Dead

I’ve written about my love of The Walking Dead many times and for me, this series didn’t disappoint. Walkers: check. Tension: check. The possibility of your favourite character dying at any given moment: check. (No spoilers tho!) There were certainly a few episodes where I held my breath, waiting for the inevitable to happen and there were lots of things that I didn’t see coming. For me, October & the release of Season 5 cannot come soon enough! This boxset is definitely going on my birthday list!

Apart from these, I’ve been continuing on with The Good Wife, Southland, Girls, The Vampire Diaries and Nashville. Plenty to keep my going.


The Butler

Not sure I can say any more than has already been said about this film. It’s pretty epic with an amazing cast. The story gets you from the moment the film starts and it’s quite emotional at times. The journey of the main character from a cotton farm worker to White House butler is amazing, as well as the journey of his family. Definitely well worth a watch.


Unlike most other people, I didn’t see this at the cinema. (Probably a good thing, as I get motion sickness and I still can’t watch Cloverfield) It was worth the wait. It is brilliant. Hugely stressful, terrifying, beautiful and breathtaking all in one go. If you haven’t seen it yet, you won’t be disappointed when you do. A great Saturday night film.

Saving Mr Banks

When my OH suggested we watch this, I wasn’t overly keen, thought it sounded a bit boring. I was wrong – it’s not. It’s ace, if for no other reason than an insight into the making of Mary Poppins! It’s a bit of a tear jerker, especially when Mrs Travers has an emotional breakthrough about her father. I totally blubbed at the end! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

A few other films that I watched, which were bitterly disappointing include Enders Game and The Machine. Both looked good on iTunes, with a mixture of good actors and reviews. However both were far too long and left me looking forward to them being over. Avoid!

What’s the best thing you’ve seen on TV recently? Any good films out?

What I’ve Been Watching ~ February

February saw a number of TV shows returning to our screens. To that end, my OH and I needed to upgrade our TV package so we could enjoy them. We subscribed to Now TV so we could watch Girls, True Detective and Game of Thrones when it comes out. We also rejoined Netflix so we could bingewatch House of Cards (and be ready for Orange is the New Black in June). Let the viewing commence!


House of Cards

I’ve never seen the original House of Cards, but this version is epic! I am a huge fan of political dramas and House of Cards doesn’t disappoint. The things Frank Underwood will do to gain political success is unbelievable, yet completely believable. My OH felt that there was something lacking from this series, but there’s plenty of action and tension throughout. It’s a bit like a dark West Wing and is totally worth your time. Can’t wait for season 3!


This is a show that’s been on my radar for some time, but didn’t get around to watching it for ages. Series 1 & 2 are available on Now TV so we decided to give it a go. I can’t decide if it’s genius, hilarious or just weird. Either way, I’m enjoying watching most of it. Some episodes seem to be about nothing in particular, while others are hilarious. Adam is my favourite character because he is so unpredictable and hilarious. Definitely worth exploring.

Line of Duty

My OH & I stumbled across this by accident on BBC2 and we are loving it. I’m a huge fan of police dramas and this does not disappoint. I didn’t watch the first series and only discovered there was one recently, but you can watch this as a standalone series. Keeley Hawes is brilliant in it. I’m still not sure if she’s innocent or guilty, but I am hooked! Can’t wait to see how the series pans out.


I was very pleased to discover the fifth (and final) series of Southland on More4 last week. We’ve been watching Southland since it started and have loved every series. Every single episode has plenty of action and manages to keep you gripped from the opening credits to the closing ones. The characters are really enjoyable too. Each one loveable but flawed in some way. I’ll be sad when this series is over!

The Good Wife

I’ve also been enjoying the return of The Good Wife, which is one of my favourite shows. Not only are the cases that the lawyers deal with entertaining in themselves, the relationships between the main characters are really well written. This series has already had a few massive developments so I can’t wait to see how the rest of it turns out. If you enjoy Grey’s Anatomy then give it a watch.


Nashville is my guilty pleasure. I wasn’t overly keen about watching it, but once I started, I was addicted! It’s like an upmarket soap opera and I gasp ‘No way!’ at least once an episode when I can’t believe how devious one of the characters has been! It’s also got a great soundtrack to boot. The last episode of series 1 ended on quite a knife edge so the opening of series 2 was not to be missed. It’s only a few episodes in, but there’s lots of shock and awe still to be had!



I was very much looking forward to watch after seeing the trailer. I’m a massive fan of Hugh Jackman and will pretty much watch anything with him in. (Yep, even that last Wolverine film). I liked this film because both Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal play someone very different. It was completely gripping from beginning to end, with twists and turns that you really didn’t see coming. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, then this is definitely worth seeing.

Captain Phillips

I wasn’t overly fussed on seeing this originally but it had me gripped from the start. It’s pretty action packed, but it also made me feel quite claustrophobic. Because it’s all at sea, there’s no escaping the pirates and as a viewer, you really feel it! It’s very tense, so if you’re looking for something that’s quite easy to watch, this isn’t it. But it does show how real and very terrifying the piracy issue is.

Enough Said

I am a huge fan of James Gandolfini. I like how he plays such a variety of characters and I really enjoyed this film. It’s the perfect Sunday afternoon film, as it’s quite light and easygoing. Enough Said is really heartwarming and funny, all about dating after divorce and sharing the bits of you that you thought no one would ever see again.


As a huge F1 fan, I was really keen to see this. F1 isn’t that big in America so I was interested to see what how they’d interpreted it. The film encapsulates the different types of drivers, as well as the enjoyment people get from seeing cars go really, really fast. It highlights the fact that motorsport is incredibly dangerous, even if accidents don’t happen that much these days, there were times when death was a regular occurrence. I liked this because I’m an F1 fan. I’m not sure if you would if you weren’t interested in motorsports!

What have you been watching lately? Any recommendations?