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A Very Little Television

I am super happy because one of the very few television shows I actually am willing to watch because I enjoy it (usually) is back! The first episode was last night. For the next few weeks I will be watching “Death In Paradise” on BBC1 on Thursday evenings when i come home from work. I wrote the post below two years ago – and I have to laugh, my television viewing preferences don’t seem to have changed at all!

I don’t particularly enjoy television. I mean yes, I am a sucker for a great period drama, but I can’t stand all these soap operas, reality shows, entertainment competitions. I did not have a television for ten years when I left home, so it all seems rather strange how much shows have changed.

There is so much I don’t like. However…

…there are a few things that I can enjoy on an evening when I am in on my own. I normally do my ironing at the same time as watching them out of the corner of my eye. At the moment, I have a heavy heart and to stop me from dwelling on sadness, it is kind of healthy to watch something light hearted to absorb my attention and distract me.

One show is Masterchef (the British version only – the emotional hype in the American version is bizarre. It’s supposed to be a food show, what is with all the emotional drama and tears?  It’s also very disconcerting that in the Australian version every contestant is so beautiful! There are a lot of beautiful people in Australia). Masterchef is very interesting although it does make me feel rather inadequate in the kitchen. There are also a couple of detective shows I like as long as they are not too scary.

A show that I have been watching is the new series of the BBC’s “Death In Paradise”. I missed the last episode in the current series on Thursday night because I was with a friend. But I can catch up sometime over the weekend.

Now I do not want to tell you what has happened so far in this series in case you are planning on watching it, but I hope it does not ruin it for anyone to say that we have seen more of the character Florence, played by actress Joséphine Jobert. I have been pleased to see more story line developed around her character, because there were some points when I could not detect much personality in the character.

Now…I know you should not compare, but I really really like the first female lead who starred in the first three series of “Death In Paradise”, the character Camille, played by Sara Martins. I thought Sara Martins was superb. But one thing I will say is that I like Joséphine Jobert. I do not rate her as highly as I rated Sara Martins, but I really like Joséphine Jobert, there is something very sweet about her that makes more than happy to overlook times when I have felt there is a lack of character in her character Florence.

The reason I like this show is that it is so pleasant and affable and merry – and I know it is essentially about a heinous crime and deceitful criminals, but in this show, nothing is frightening! It is all so tame.

I absolutely love the male star of the show at the moment. I loved Ardal O’Hanlon being in the show right from the first episode and he seems to get better and better as he has settled into the role. I have decided he is the perfect man for me! I mean the character he plays, Detective Inspector Jack Mooney! Adorable and brilliant and people loving and fun! With the perfect male shape (to make me feel like I am the hot one in the relationship)!

Goldfinch was most definitely the hot one when it came to our relationship!

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

tvJim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: A SONG FROM A TV SHOW

I think most of the songs I know from television shows are from the children’s shows I watched as a child. But I have posted some of those in other posts.

chhersSo, instead I have chosen a theme tune, or more an anthem, of a show that I was too young to watch when it was broadcast really. “Cheers”…which I am sure is one of the most popular television shows to have aired had a phenomenal theme tune that must have struck a chord with many. Despite not watching the show, I knew the theme tune, and the sentiment in the lyrics is something I often feel and I find myself singing this song to myself. Surely everyone wants to feel that way.

I have seen some episodes and loved them. I have to admit, the last place I would go to find a group of people I feel at ease with is a typical London pub! But, there are other places I love to go, knowing everyone knows my name, and they are always glad I came!

Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.

Wouldn’t you like to get away?

All those nights when you’ve got no lights, the cheque is in the mail.
And your little angel hung the cat up by it’s tail, 

And your third fiance didn’t show!

Sometimes you wanna go…

Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
The troubles are all the same.
You wanna be where everybody knows your name

You roll out of bed, Mr. Coffee is dead, the morning’s looking bright
And your shrink ran off to Europe, and didn’t even write, 

And your husband wants to be a girl!

Be glad there’s one place in the world

Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came.
You wanna go where people know,
People are all the same.
You wanna go where everybody knows your name.

Where everybody knows your name.
And they’re always glad you came. 

Written by: Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo


Adventures Every Day

Today’s non-fiction prompt from Teresa, aka The Haunted Wordsmith, has brought back some fond memories:

What is one television show or episode from your childhood

that you still remember today?


television watching.jpgI remember several shows from childhood. My childhood memories seem very sharp, unlike the memories from my twenties (since my head injuries). But one show comes to mind as one of our all time favourites. My brother watched it, and my two younger sisters and I loved it.

c of goldIt called The Mysterious Cities Of Gold. It was truly epic! It was about three children and a whole bunch of adults with their own self-interest at heart who are traipsing around South America in search for “The Cities Of Gold”. Adventures every day!!!

This is the theme tune, shown at the start of each episode, which I still sing thirty years after watching that show.

I don’t have the time today to tell you all about it, maybe I should try another post with more detail about it. There was so much going on. We learnt all sorts about the history of the Americas. We loved those three children.

If you are curious, then there is the link at the bottom of this post so you can read what Wikipedia has to say about the show. But the best way to enjoy it, is to go back to being seven years old and be riding around on your bike and then to realize is is almost time for your favourite show. Then come running into the house and lollop onto the sofa with your siblings all ready to sing along at the top of your voices to the theme tune and twirl around with your arms outstretched like a giant condor.

What a show!



Go Nadiya!

family TVI think I have mentioned that I did not have a television for about ten years. After a ten year break from television, most of what seemed to be broadcast seemed astoundingly awful. After I left hospital, I went up north to stay with family to recover from my injuries and the trauma of what had happened to me. When I was with my family I saw some television programmes they recommended including “The Great British Bake-Off”. I did like that.

nadiya.jpgI watched some of the series which was eventually won by Nadiya Hussain. When I was watching the episodes, I liked all of the contestants. But since she won the contest, I have loved the cooking programmes I have seen Nadiya involved in.

I found an episode on BBC i-player of a show where she visited Bangladesh, where her family are from. I love love loved it! I really like watching her, she has such an appealing personality. But it was just fascinating to see the people she met along her journey and have glimpses of their way of life. In all honesty I completely lost interest in the food part of the show, because it was the scenery and the people that caught my attention.

nadiya travellingI love our human family so much. I am grateful that the Beeb sent Nadiya and a television crew out to Bangladesh to show us more about our family. Our beautiful fascinating human family. Go Nadiya! Your cooking and travelling programmes are the best of television as far as I am concerned.

I don’t have a lot of spare time at the moment, but if I do have chance to relax on the sofa, I shall be searching through BBC i-payer for more Nadiya shows.

Switching On The TV… And Seeing One Of Your School Friends Staring At You

leon presenting

I guess this post is rather self-explanatory if you have looked at the title.  I think I need to shorten my titles.  They seem to be growing longer and longer.

I did not have a television for over ten years after I left home.  So I am rather out of touch with current actors and presenters.  I have one here in my current accommodation. Everyone is a new face to me….except the face you see above.

It was a nice surprise… but definitely a surprise to see Leon on the screen this morning on the BBC Breakfast Show as I was eating my Weetabix and drying my hair.  I went to high school with Leon.  We were in different forms but we were in the same classes for a lot of subjects.  Definitely English, probably Maths and Science too.  It is an awful long time ago!

I am pretty certain that when we went to High School Leon was already playing for the junior or youth team for one of the major football teams in the region.  (Everton I believe.)  I think he also played for the junior England team as a teenager.  I seem to remember a school trip to watch him represent England.

leon playingAfter that….well, after school I was busy.  I did not really follow football, but my Dad has definitely mentioned over the years that Leon was playing professionally.  I asked Google earlier and I found an outline of Leon’s football career.  He has been busy.

Now it seems he is involved with presenting shows in connection with football.  He was talking about the teams playing in the World Cup when I saw him today.

Seeing him brought back into my head a million memories of school.  I have not kept in touch with many school friends simply because life as a volunteer meant travelling so much.  I met thousands of people and made life-long friendships with some of those I worked with.  Well a handful of school friends I have kept in touch with and I went to their weddings and wrote to them for years.  But when I moved down south, regrettably, we have not kept in touch as often.  Sigh!

The years have flown by.  So much life… so many stories to share with you of people I have met… which has just reminded me.  I have to tell you about Lucy.  I will tell you soon.

But for now… this post is all about how strange it is to switch on the TV and see a school friend who you hung around with everyday for several years… staring back at you while you munch your Weetabix.  I could tell you lots of stories, but I won’t.  Leon might not like that.  That is the thing about publishing on-line.  You have to be so careful that anyone else you write about could not be remotely upset.

Apparently the English football team won their first match. Sorry world cupif I have ruined that for you.  No idea who they beat.  I have no idea what the score was.  Or the names of any of the men who played.  Oh dear.  Nope!  Definitely not remotely interested who wins the World Cup.  Fortunately for me, neither is Goldfinch.  (I am going to visit him this weekend.)

I love playing football… but I not intersted in watching professional footballers I am afraid.  Sorry football fans.  Still, it would be nice to see more of Leon on the TV… brings back so many memories.