I’ve decided to drop the streaming page and integrate it all into the same feed. Saves me some mucking about and everything comes up as a new post rather than a continuous one. Here now, forever.
Murder in Successville – BBC iPlayer
Another one I missed the first time around but I’m catching up on, fast.
Really funny, with an odd setup. Each week a different celebrity is brought into Successville to solve a murder under the tutilage of DI Sleet played by Tom Davis. I’m not normally one to binge-watch, I prefer a few options on the go at the same time, but I’m all over this at the moment. I started watching because of a podcast. Tom Davis was a guest on Romesh Ranganathan’s ‘Hip Hop Saved My Life’ and they discussed the show which drove me to check it out. I’m glad I did, it’s very good, my favourite episode is in series 1 with Deborah Meaden.
What We Do In The Shadows – BBC iPlayer
Another one on the iPlayer. Because of the lockdown, I’m re-watching some of my favourites of the last 20 years and filling in a few gaps. This one is an absolute belter. Big fan of Matt Berry (especially Toast of London), so this was definitely something I was going to try. Love the premise, love the comedy.
This Country – BBC iPlayer
Sooo good. Cousins, Kerry and Kurtain (real life brother and sister Daisy and Charlie Cooper), absolutely smashing it out of the park. Watch it if you haven’t, you’re missing out.
PODCASTS – A few of what I’ve been listening to recently.
The Missing Crypto Queen
Very interesting BBC Sounds series about crypto currency and the biggest Global scam in years. Well worth a checkout.
Still the funniest thing across all forms of media at the moment. Supposed to be about football but isn’t really. You sort of need some understanding of who the characters they lampoon really are but, for instance, it’s hardly the end of the world if you don’t actually know who Peter Beardsley really is, you’ll get the idea as you go along.
Hip Hop Saved My life
Not the funniest or most informing podcast in the world but I really like it. As I’m attempting to typeset a paperback, I can have this on and enjoy the ramblings
Killing Eve – BBC and BBC iPlayer
…is back and I love it. The dark humour of the total psycho Villanelle as she assassinates more and more people in outrageous ways is a joy to watch. The little smile, or look, just before the deed is truly delicious. So well played bu Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh. The show deserves all the plaudits it has had and surely will have in the future. Excellent.
The English Game – Netflix Drama
OK, so anything but historically accurate. A huge re-write of the history of the birth of the professional game in England, and therefore the world. But if you can leave that to one side, then you can still watch a rather fun drama about football and The Toffs Vs The Working Class. Some of the ‘stiff upper lip’ can get a bit tiring and some of the dialogue, in general, is jarring but I watched it all so I can only really be splitting hairs.
Better Call Saul – Netflix Drama
One of the reasons I originally decided to take on Netflix was because I loved Breaking Bad which I watched on DVD and I knew the prequel “Better Call Saul” was available on the platform.
I’d had Amazon Prime for a while and although I liked some of the series on there, it didn’t really sell streaming to me. We also had a pretty decent Sky package with movies and sport, so I was relatively late onto Netflix.
Better Call Saul is really good. Watching the story of Jimmy/Saul reveal itself is a joy. He’s such a law unto himself you really don’t know what’s going to happen next plus the development of the backstory for Mike adds the Breaking Bad element of danger that Jimmy’s story alone could never provide.
Now I’m up to date and pretty much, so is the story. We can’t be too far away from the point when the protagonists from each series meet, which will mean the end. It’s been very enjoyable and fantastically well put together, maybe not ‘the ride’ you get from Breaking Bad but definitely strong enough to stand up on its own.
Tiger King – Netflix Documentary
Basically wasted an hour of my life watching this, I know it’s polarising. May work for some but really not for me. Couldn’t find anything to like about any of the characters involved and wasn’t engaged enough to find out any further about what went on between them to lead them all to where they will eventually get to.
I am not okay with this – Netflix Drama
Just watched ‘I am not okay with this’ on Netflix. It’s got a similar feel to it as ‘The end of the xxxxing world’ which is also on Netflix but instead of modern-day Bonnie and Clyde it’s got a girl discovering her superpowers. I really liked it, have not read the comics it’s based on. Clearly has got somewhere to go in the next series and beyond. Looking forward to it.
Cheer – Netflix Documentary.
Almost can’t believe I’m watching this but I am. Cheerleading in the US. Not just the girls that bounce up and down at pitchside during football games. This stuff is way more HARDCORE! This is competitive college cheering whereby troupes compete each year at Daytona to become the best in the US.
A mix of incredible gymnastic ability, strength, endurance, agility and teamwork. Three of the girls were dropped/fell and were concussed or crocked by episode three – it’s tough. There’s no football on and I’m missing my sport. Anything would do but this is good.