TV – a great new season – so far

There have been times fairly recently when I thought I had really fallen out of love with television as I never seemed to bother to watch most of the new things which were being broadcast. I gave up on Downton Abbey because of the greed of ITV which meant that there were more commercials being screened during Downton time than actual Downton Abbey. It put me right off commercial TV altogether.

I’ve always enjoyed watching The Bake Off. I’m not a big fan of Paul Hollywood, I don’t find him objectionable though, I am quite a fan of Mary Berry however, since watching her on a TV cookery programme which was on in the afternoons in the 1970s. It was partly her old-fashioned oh so proper Englishness (but not snooty) which I liked, but now I like her for being so positive and determined to try to say something good about some aspect of the contestants’ efforts. I’ve come to realise that in life one of the most important things is to be kind, or at least not to be vicious, some people seem to think that that’s entertainment, pulling someone’s best efforts apart, but it’s not my idea of comfy viewing.

The Bake Off is the only thing of that sort which I’ve watched. I’ve never seen ‘Strictly’ or any of those jungle/island/Big Brother things, frankly I’d rather do just about anything else. I sometimes feel a bit odd, not quite part of society as all these types of programmes feature so highly in day to day living, but I don’t even recognise most of the names of the people involved in them.

So I was watching very little of ‘new’ TV and was almost always watching re-runs of old programmes if anything at all, but I’ve been drawn into new things this season and really enjoying them, despite sometimes being quite determined not to like them. The programme which comes under that category is Cradle to Grave which is apparently about the teenage years of the DJ/entertainer Danny Baker, never a favourite of mine, but it has been a really nostalgic step back into the 1970s for me, the time when I was a teenager too.

Doctor Foster was well trailed as a must view so I gave it a go, mainly because I really like the actress Suranne Jones, and I’ve not been disappointed although I just have to shout advice at her on screen, she’s not taking any of it though!

The new series of Doctor Who is fab, Missy played by Michelle Gomez is wonderful and I’m warming to Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. I love it when they both start speaking in their normal Scottish accents, but David Tennant will always be my favourite Doctor.

I’ve been enjoying watching Boy Meets Girl which is about a young chap who happens to start dating a transgender woman/man. It’s funny and very well acted, with an actual transgender person acting in it. It’s very brave apparently for the BBC to take on this subject, brave it might be but it’s definitely entertaining.

Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of You is a series about how foetuses develop and what happens when the development goes wrong, fascinating for the science and the people involved who have gone bit wonky in the womb but it hasn’t got them down.

I see that on Wednesday there’s a new Simon Schama series – The Face of Britain which looks like it’ll be interesting. There’s a book to go with the series and you can read the Guardian review of it here.

On Thursday BBC 4 there’s Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor, a year in the life of an oak tree.

On Friday BBC 1 – The Kennedys has been tipped by the Guardian as a pick of the day. The setting is again the 1970s, so I think it’ll be another nostalgia trip.

It looks like I’ll be doing nothing but watching the telly, but I promise you I’m still getting plenty of reading in, just don’t look at the state of my house!

Have you been watching anything good on TV recently?

10 thoughts on “TV – a great new season – so far

      • I wonder how Peggy Ann is able to watch Doctor Foster. Netflix?? Or something other?

        We’re in a bit of a lull tv-wise at the moment. Finished the third series of the fantastic Orange is the New Black, about women in a New York State prison. Incredible acting, writing, directing.

        We are in the midst of Transparent, an Amazon series, which revolves around one southern California family, in which the father of three grown children comes out as a transgender woman. (I hope that will squeak by the politically-correct censors.) I must admit that I give it overall only 3 stars at this point, but I LOVE the transgender father. He is so wonderful, awe-inspiring, so loving and patient with his children and grandchildren. Great.
        We’ve got “Indian Summer” already waiting for us on PBS Masterpiece Classics. Did you see it on BBC? It looks as though it will be great.

        • Judith,
          We saw Indian Summer around this time last year- definitely worth watching. You should email Peggy about her TV, she can see everything on our TV through her computer, costing just a small amount a year, but I think it is strictly speaking illegal, I think it must be a code which makes your TV/computer seem as if it’s in the UK.

  1. I love Dr Who and I’m really warming up to Capaldi. (We get BBCA here.)

    If you enjoy Downton Abbey, can’t you just record it and zip through the commercials? That’s what we do. So much better that way!

    • Pearl,
      I would do that if I was really into Downton and still had a recording machine I suppose, but I started saying the dialogue before the actors did, and there were some supposedly serious bits which had me laughing out loud, it all got a bit silly. I could watch ITV things on catchup and zip through the commercials.

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