Here’s the first of a new regular television review feature – highlights of my television viewing from over the weekend. I’m quite spoiled for choice at the weekends at the moment and I love that. It means my eyes are squarer than ever but also provides opportunities for sharing all my favourites with you lovely lot! Here’s a few of my must-sees from last weekend:
Pointless Celebrities ~ I love Pointless! It’s one of my top quiz shows and Pointless Celebrities combines two of my best loved things, quiz + celebs! I think Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman are a great team. In this instalment I was delighted to see Liz Kershaw, one of my all-time favourite DJs.
All Together Now ~ I was dubious, but I gave it a go and I have to admit that I thought it was a pretty cool concept. My son and I were up dancing and singing along with the contestants and it really cheered up a wintery Saturday night. Rob Beckett was brilliant on Wedding Day Winners and I think he fist this show well, too. Kudos to all who stood in front of the panel of 100, I can’t wait to see what else is in store.
Casualty ~ Casualty is always a go-to for me on a Saturday night, it’s as vital as having a take-away and a cheeky glass of vino or two. Connie (Amanda Mealing) has been at the hub of the show since she joined and to see her with vulnerabilities laid so bare that she was actually being a friend to a fellow Cancer sufferer was a real change. Lin Blakley played the friend in question and it was fantastic to see her back n our screens again. I adored her as Pam in EastEnders and long for the to bring that character back. With or without Les, I’m not fussed. Anyway, side-tracked, yes, amazing episode and exceptional guest stars!
Dancing on Ice ~ I was delighted when I knew this show was returning, it takes the place of Strictly in my viewing calendar and you can’t beat Torvill and Dean on a Sunday evening – or at any other time in fact. ITV have done the right thing in bringing it back this year and I am over the moon that it’s back again next year too. I’m backing Alex Beresford, however I love also think Brooke Vincent pulled off a routine full of attitude and she definitely has the capacity to improve. I will also take a moment to welcome back Jason Gardiner, he may be the baddie of the Ice Panel but if you watched him on Loose Women you’ll know he’s a real character and is extremely his knowledge is tremendous.
Vera ~ I’ve been a fan of Brenda Blethyn for years. I first noticed her as Miriam in ITV’s Outside Edge and she’s gone on to perform some amazing roles. Vera fits her like a glove. This final episode of the series (which was too short a series for my liking, by the way!) had twists and turns in abundance and I was guessing right until the end. In fact I accused everyone bar Vera herself I think. Great writing, stunning locations and a fine cast of actors – bring us more, please!
Photo credits: BBC and ITV