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  • #74687
    TELEVISION

    Here’s a new topic – television – what you watch and what do you think about it?

    I recorded a one-off drama over the Christmas/New Year period and watched it on Sunday evening. It was called “The Making of a Lady” – a dramatisation of a story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I really enjoyed it and thought the acting, photography, script and story were well done. The next day I looked on the internet to find out when it was written [1901 apparently] and came across a couple of reviews which absolutely slated it. One newspaper said “this sorry adaptation”, and another said “unsubtle melodrama that falls somewhere between diverting twaddle and humourless hoopla”.

    Sometimes I wonder if I’m living in a parallel universe! :? I’d be interested to know what other people thought of it so if you watched it, do reply!

    Sybylla

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    #87624
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    Just what we needed Sybylla – New Threads and New Ideas.

    No I did not see it but I wish I had.

    I did enjoy “Call The Midwife”. A Christmas special followed by a new series.

    Great social history showing what our lot would have been if we were born just a couple of
    generations ago.

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    #87626
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    I tend to only switch on my telly for something specific. lately i have been toying with the idea of cancelling my TV Licence.

    If i only watch a few programmes a week, wouldn’t it be as well to get rid of the telly and watch these programmes on the internet at a later date?

    There is no need to actually throw out my telly, i could keep it and only use it to watch DVDs. (have to get a dvd player first) ;)

    Do any of you guys think you could live without tv?

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    #87622
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    @ranald wrote:

    I tend to only switch on my telly for something specific. lately i have been toying with the idea of cancelling my TV Licence.

    If i only watch a few programmes a week, wouldn’t it be as well to get rid of the telly and watch these programmes on the internet at a later date?

    There is no need to actually throw out my telly, i could keep it and only use it to watch DVDs. (have to get a dvd player first) ;)

    Do any of you guys think you could live without tv?

    Legal grey area with cancelling tv licence … think there is now small print about needing a licence to watch bbc channels on the internet, also I think you still need a tv licence if you listen to bbc radio in any format [which is hilarious as thousands listen overseas online].

    Found some useful info here ….. TV Licence Fee Briefing

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    #87623
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    What am I enjoying watching on TV?

    Well more often than not I am scrolling through the tv guide for something of interest and then there will be three things at the same time.

    I am enjoying Ken Folletts “World Without End” in C4 Saturday 9pm. Set way back in history [1327] around the town of Kingsbridge [real place, eventhough it is a historical fiction genre] dealing with the manipulations and power struggles between the Queen Isabella and her son King Edward III, local squires and noblemen, Monastic medicine and herbalism, the Church versus everyone and indeed the monks versus the Nuns to some degree.

    Recorded “Spies of Warsaw” – am yet to watch this.

    Of an afternoon on BBC1 there are the “Father Brown” stories set in the early 1950’s, excellent casting Mark Brown as the mild mannered Catholic Priest and Sorcha Cusack as the busying Parish Secretary who defends him from everyone and make sure he eats, usually her prize winning strawberry scones, in the small village. Think Midsomer Murders meets Agatha Christie. Beautiful 45 minutes of gentle adventure.

    “Blandings” on BBC1 6.30pm Sunday, PG Wodehouse drama, if that is how you can describe Wodehouse, not written as comedy but is delightfully silly.

    “Mrs Browns Boys” complete other end of the spectrum – gives my chuckle muscles a workout.

    “Big Bang Theory” – how to describe the geeky sit-com, it is sweey, silly, amusing, daft. And once you’ve heard “Soft Kitty” sung you will be too and ‘Bazinga’ will become our new ta-da!

    Utterly fed up with Channel 5 and their ‘mid-season breaks’ they did it with the previous series of The Mentalist [because of the crap that is Big Brother] and never showed the rest of that series on 5 but on 5*, they did the same with the series of Castle. They hyped Person Of Interest and stopped that half way through to start Body of Proof which they have now stopped mid series to start Dallas next week. I am having to keep a note of which series and episode i am upto and double check the tv listings.

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    #87619
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    @taungfox wrote:

    Just what we needed Sybylla – New Threads and New Ideas.

    No I did not see it but I wish I had.

    I did enjoy “Call The Midwife”. A Christmas special followed by a new series.

    Great social history showing what our lot would have been if we were born just a couple of
    generations ago.

    Yes, I too enjoyed “Call the Midwife” on Christmas Day. It was the first time I’d seen it and thought it was so good, I bought the first series on DVD and am recording the second series. It’s nice to have something worth seeing on evenings where there’s nothing I want to watch.

    Actually, according to my sister, the nursing is not too different from what it was like when she trained as a nurse in Whitechapel, East London, in the early 1980s. And I was born in 1958 so the current series is “my era”!

    Sybylla

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    #87621
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    @amgmod wrote:

    Of an afternoon on BBC1 there are the “Father Brown” stories set in the early 1950’s, excellent casting Mark Brown as the mild mannered Catholic Priest and Sorcha Cusack as the busying Parish Secretary who defends him from everyone and make sure he eats, usually her prize winning strawberry scones, in the small village. Think Midsomer Murders meets Agatha Christie. Beautiful 45 minutes of gentle adventure.

    This is a lovely series! It’s a shame it’s on during the afternoon as it’s as good as Foyles War or Poirot, and deserves a wider audience I think. Father Brown doesn’t seem to have much time for his priestly duties with all the time he spends solving crimes!

    Sybylla

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    #87620
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    Currently have three series on the go:

    Ripper Street, BBC1 Sunday evenings. Good Victorian fun though a tad ridiculous.

    Southland, fourth series currently showing on More4. Brilliant US police series set in LA. Probably best to start from the beginning, though.

    Africa. Of course. Stunning stuff.

    Waiting for the box set of the last series of Game of Thrones, as we won’t subscribe to Mr Murdoch’s Sky.

    But the trouble is, really still missing The Wire. Nothing has quite been as good since.

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    #87617
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    I am watching Ripper Street, Call the Midwife and Mr Selfridge – thank goodness I can record things! Another series I love is The Good Wife, I see a new series starts on Thurs :D

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    #87615
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    @sar78 wrote:

    I am watching Ripper Street, Call the Midwife and Mr Selfridge – thank goodness I can record things! Another series I love is The Good Wife, I see a new series starts on Thurs :D

    Yes, I watch all those too … :oops: …. starting to sound telly fixated, but I ain’t really, not that much.

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    #87616
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    I watch a lot of TV!! The catch up apps are great for the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.

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    #87612
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    I’m a bit if a soap addict, Corrie, Emmerdale, Neighbours and Home and Away. I find Eastenders too depressing so I don’t watch it anymore. Love Lewis, NCIS and the Big Bang Theory. But I must be the only female that does not like period drama.

    Then there is The Mentalist, Castle and Body of Proof.

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    #87618
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    I tend to dip in out of the Soaps, used to watch all of ’em but have tried to wean myself off them lately. I live quiz shows and cookery progs – the Great British Bake Off until this Comic Relief version had eluded me. Does anyone else watch this and find themselves a bit hypnotised by the male judge?!

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    #87625
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    Loved the recent programme with Trevor McDonald visiting Death Row prisoners
    in the USA, especially the aspect that they were allowed to have pet cats in their cells.

    Great to see those hard prisoners falling in love with the cats and suddenly becoming human again.

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    #87628
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    i wonder what happens to the cats, if the prisoner is topped?

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    #87629
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    @littlestef wrote:

    i wonder what happens to the cats, if the prisoner is topped?

    Exactly, just my worry !!

    When someone transgressed and the whole wing was put on “Lockdown”, the cats were confined
    to the cells for 24 hours a day as well. How unfair.

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    #87631
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    Call the midwife and ripper street is the best 2 hours on tv all week! top gear back tonight tho yessss! In the week i have to admit i have to have a pointless fix daily and usually countdown too!

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    #87630
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    I went through the daily Pointless fix and now I find myself drawn to the Tipping Point which I really shouldn’t watch as its dreadful but I do!! The two from Pointless are brilliant aren’t they?

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    #87627
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    ive been watching utopia. its a brilliant drama, with lots of darkness thrown in :!:

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    #87613
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    @sar78 wrote:

    I went through the daily Pointless fix and now I find myself drawn to the Tipping Point which I really shouldn’t watch as its dreadful but I do!! The two from Pointless are brilliant aren’t they?

    I agree … i too have found mysel draw to Tipping Point and end up shouting obscenities at the numpty who answers wrong or goes and drops the counter down the wrong column.

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