What We’re Watching

Attention span waning at all? It is strange, isn’t it? All this extra time I was going to use. (Apologies for those working as normal or working full time from home – this kind of talk must be very annoying). I am working from home but can start very early in the morning so I do have extra time. Yet, I am finding reading in any great depth difficult and I certainly don’t seem to have the mental wherewithal for any kind of film that involves shielding my eyes or investing more than two hours of said precious extra time in one go. So, in the spirit of me “being good enough as I am” or any other self-help-quotes you would like to insert, this is what I have been watching and liking. Please note there will be no reference to “Normal People” – watched half an hour – blimey, they seem to make each other miserable or Tiger King – I am a crotchety old woman but I found it cruel – both to big cats and young men with their teeth missing who would do anything (literally anything) for a square meal. We did watch quite a few episodes but didn’t feel good about ourselves after. Also – no Killing Eve – if you have to ask why, you are probably new here.

So, if you have been living on the Planet Zog, you may not know that the photo above is The Child or Baby Yoda from Star Wars “The Mandelorian.” It’s very good, it’s in little half-hour chunks and I don’t think you need to know a lot about Star Wars to like it. Although to my shame, I do know quite a lot about Star Wars and there are lots of little extra joys to be had when you recognise the references. Unfortunately, it’s only on Disney+ which costs money. I would like to say though, that despite there bring no children or adolescents locking down with us, the amount of Disney cartoons that have been watched in here since we signed up have meant it has been value for money and then some. (Not bothered)

Ignoring everything I just said about simple entertainment being the order of the day – may I present DEVS on the BBC. I suppose you want me to explain whats going on, don’t you? Well, I don’t really have the slightest idea. It’s Science Fiction so I don’t think you always have to know. I had to watch Blade Runner three times before I began to get any sort of inkling. AND read the original paperback and that didn’t help at all. But I couldn’t stop watching this. Basically a girl is trying to find out what happened to her boyfriend after he went missing after starting work for a mysterious tech company. All sorts of nonsense is afoot and there are a few disturbing bits and pieces but it’s like a Lee Child novel – it doesn’t let you stop turning the pages.

Lastly – Dinnerladies. It’s new to Netflix but you can probably find it somewhere. We have it on DVD because we are old. On April 20th it was four years since Victoria Wood’s death. Remember when we thought 2016 was the worst year in world history? Anyway, in these confusing times, I cannot express in any eloquent way how much comfort I have taken from Dinnerladies. It doesn’t matter how many times we watch them – and I can never watch just one, we still laugh like drains at scripts that are actual bone-fide genius. This is the best sitcom ever made and I will fight you about it. With slapping if necessary. It’s up to you.



  1. April 29, 2020 / 6:59 am

    I keep recording programmes to watch later and then realise that they are not worth bothering with. Bob is into DEVS. I gave up on Lilyhammer. I’m working my way through Spooks. I didn’t realise Dinnerladies was available. VW brings so much joy. I cannot take up the challenge to learn Italian, read Proust or do other worthy forms of self improvement. Healthy laughter is probably better for my mental state right now. My grandson hasn’t arrived yet, and I’m not sure I shall properly relax till I know he has been born safely….hoping the birth doesn’t have to be induced. Perhaps I should suggest my daughter watches Dinnerladies. Some good belly laughs might help the process along…

    • lesleyps91
      April 29, 2020 / 10:18 pm

      I think you could all do with that little boy being out to meet the world. In my praying

  2. April 29, 2020 / 11:13 am

    We must be so out of the loop as we dont see any of those, having a very old fashioned Freeview only. Gardeners World is about as exciting as it gets. And The Sewing Bee. So no great laughter, unless you count shrieks when someone sews a bit of dress the wrong way up.

    • lesleyps91
      April 29, 2020 / 10:11 pm

      I love Sewing Bee. I think it is exactly what the nation needs at this time. And the skills! (Except for that chap who keeps winning the Transformation Challenge by just draping a bit of cloth over the mannequin’s shoulder)

  3. kirsten
    May 3, 2020 / 1:47 pm

    Sewing Bee
    The Repair Shop
    Pie in the Sky
    Richard Osman’s House of Games

    That’s what we are watching.. and those endless railway journeys across another somewhere or other

    • lesleyps91
      May 5, 2020 / 8:54 am

      What is House of Games like? I keep seeing snippets but then not getting round to it and I know of people who really love it

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