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TV Recommendations – June

How fast is this year going? Here we are, in June, half way through the year! Did life always fly by at break neck speed? Recently, we’ve been recovering from finishing decorating the bedroom and enjoying some decent TV, though we are facing quite a dry spell. If you’ve seen anything good lately, let me know!

TV Recommendations_June

[Togetherness – NOW TV || Bosch – Amazon Prime ||
Orphan Black – Netflix || Grace & Frankie – Netflix]

I stumbled across Togetherness on NOW TV one day and recognized a couple of actors in it so thought I’d give it a go. I hadn’t heard anyone talking about it, either in person or online, so wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved it from the very beginning. It focuses on quite a normal young family and their friends and how they live their lives. I thought it was hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. There are two series available, though only series one is currently on NOW. It hasn’t been renewed for a third series, which I was quite sad about because I wanted to see how things progressed from the tumultuous second series. Still worth watching if you want something quick and easy to watch.

I had seen Bosch advertised on Amazon Prime for some time, but honestly thought that it looked awful. Plus I find the way that Amazon advertises its shows so forcefully on their websites so offensively that I was kind of determined never to watch it. However, out of sheer desperation of nothing else to watch (seriously people, make some more TV!) Oh my god, I was hooked so much so that one afternoon when I was at work, I caught myself thinking I couldn’t wait to get home to watch some more Bosch! It’s so good! It’s police drama set in LA and it has a number of ongoing stories woven throughout each series. There are some great characters in it, many of watch you’ll be able to spot from other series, and some shocking twists and turns. There are currently two series on Amazon Prime and if you’re missing Line of Duty then Bosch is a pretty good substitute.

When we first watched Orphan Black I thought it was awful. Cheesy, over the top and unrealistic. By the end of the first series, Phil had given up on it but I was hooked. I watched the rest of the series on my own and I think it has gone from strength to strength. I don’t know how much longer it can keep going, or how many more clones are going to appear out of the woodwork, but so far it has been imaginative and gripping. My favourite clone is Alison and her husband, Donnie. They are hilarious and will stop at nothing to keep their perfect Stepford world in one piece, even if that means burying a dead body in their garage floor or dealing some drugs! Netflix has the first three series and is in the process of showing series four, one episode a week, which frustrates me no end! I do love me some binge watching!

While I love dark and disturbing TV shows, every now and then, even I need a break from walkers and the apocalypse. Step in Grace and Frankie, which is one of the most light hearted and hilarious TV shows I’ve ever seen! When I first saw it advertised on Netflix, I wasn’t particularly interested, but I saw quite a few good thing about it on Twitter so thought I’d give it a go and watched series one over the Christmas holidays. Series two is not on Netflix and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s hilarious! Grace and Frankie are up to their usual antics, including arguing over lube, drinking too much and arguing with pretty much everyone they come into contact with. I am envious of their retired lives and their beach house, which is pretty awesome! If you need a bit of cheering up or some feel-good TV, then check out Grace and Frankie. It won’t disappoint!

What I’ve Been Watching – September

As Autumn really gets underway, TV series new and old start appearing on our screens. A few gems I’m looking forward to are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story (though lets hope it’s an improvement on last series) and The Fall. While I wait for those, here’s what I watched in September

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I haven’t heard anyone talking about this series at all, but I was really interested in watching it. It’s Tom Selleck in it for crying out loud, how back can it be?! Well, not great. At least, not the first series. It’s obvious, a little dry and so incredibly ridiculous, I couldn’t quite believe it. However, we persevered with it and it has got better, though it does very much feel like Tom’s family are single handedly fighting crime in New York! It’s easy on the brain, so if you want something on in the background, this is a good one to go for. I will admit that I never really got into the original UK version of the Office, but this was on Netflix and I had some stuff to do in my study so popped it on for some background noise. Soon enough I was laughing along to it and was completely distracted by the show. I love Steve Carrell. I think the man is a comedic genius, just watch 40 year old virgin and you’ll know what I mean. This show is brilliant. Thank you Netflix for bringing it into my world!
This is another show that I keep seeing advertised on Netflix, you know how it does that ‘You might like this because you watched a tv show once’ thing? This was what they suggested. It’s got Glenn Close in it so how bad can it be? Well, like Blue Bloods, it takes a little warming up and it has a definite formula that gets really old, really fast. Series 3 was the best in my opinion and I wasn’t disappointed to see it ended after series 5. Most TV shows shouldn’t last beyond 5 seasons (The Walking Dead is exempt from this!) It’s an okay series, but not worth staying in for. I very nearly didn’t persevere with this. I thought the first episode was so awful, with terrible over acting and bad fake British accents, that I nearly didn’t carry on. However, my OH wanted to see how it went so we continued on. I’m really glad we did. I really like the unique storyline, and find the idea of human cloning so terrifying but so inevitable that I continue to watch it. Plus the characters have grown on me and I kind of want to see what happens. I’ve only watched the first series, so have a little catching up to do but am very happy to keep going .

Film

I’m not a huge fan of war films, because I hate war, but wanted to see this film as it was a true story. It’s worth while to remember that, because the violence in it is incredibly brutal, but what does unfold is truly amazing and shows that humanity still exists, even when you’ve given up hope. I don’t want to give away what happens, but its worth a watch. I had such high hopes for this film. I loved Michael Pitt in Boardwalk Empire and really wanted this film to be great (especially as the other offerings were not). While it started really well, and was full of action and intrigue, after a while, it just got a bit tedious. So much so, I was looking forward to the end. Fine if there’s absolutely nothing else to watch.
I loved, loved, loved this film. Tilda Swinton can do no wrong in my eyes and both she and Tom Hiddleston are brilliant in this, as age old vampires. It’s an incredibly eccentric and unique film. Watch it immediately! This film was awful and I was so disappointed because I love a good comic book film & I’m a huge fan of Samuel L Jackson. I didn’t care if Captain America lived or died. Marvel needs to do something different or just stop.