Requiem, Episode One ~ Review

Well, I’ve only just come out from behind the sofa and been able to look at the television again! Have BBC One got one creepy ghost story on their hands or what? It wouldn’t have been out of place throughout October, in fact! Halloween eat your heart out, pardon the ‘pun’ of sorts!

What a gripping, harrowing and visually disturbing drama. However, I am hooked and although I don’t want to look at the television screen, in fact as soon as I hear that incidental music I don’t want to look – but then I do, of course.

Here’s the facts so far: 

Matilda Grey (Lydia Wilson) is a rather brilliant cellist and she’s living a bohemian lifestyle with music obviously at the centre of her world. She plays in a duo with her pianist friend Hal (Joel Fry) and they’ve got a concert looming.

Before we’re introduced to Matilda we see a gentleman in a stately home driven to jump off the roof by a force of what could only be described as ‘evil’ from a mixture of mirrors and ghostly sounds.

So, then we meet Matilda’s mum, Janice (Joanna Scanlan) and I was quite delighted because I think she’s awesome. There’s an arrangement for mum and daughter to meet for lunch the next day, but that’s not gonna happen!

The concert rehearsal’s underway but before curtain up mum’s gone weird after a series of events while she was getting ready for the big night. The upshot? Mum appears in a half made-up state looking pretty scary and daughter follows her to a car park where mum brutally commits suicide with a knife.

*** Pause for looks and gasps of horror *** 

Papers and cuttings in mum’s home send Matilda and Hal to Wales and Matilda is keen to pursue the case of a missing girl called Carys whom she believes has a connection to her mum’s sudden suicide.

Once in Penllynith they seek out Carys’s parents and it’s not long until Matilda is experiencing disturbing supernatural connections.  Especially when she spends the night in the house of the gentleman who jumped off the roof, for he is the late Uncle of an Australian character called Nick (James Frecheville) and Nick extends an invitation for Matilda and Hal to stay in the house which he’s inherited.

Verdict: Wow! What a cast (still sorry to have only seen Joanna Scanlan for such a short time), I can’t wait to see more of Claire Rushbrook as Carys’s mum, and I gather Clare Calbraith will also be making an appearance (they were both in ITV’s Home Fires and I LOVED that). There is a cast de force in this hauntingly shot piece of drama. I was on the edge of my seat and fully expect every episode to have me in the same unstable state. Kris Mrksa, what a writer!

Catch up with it here

…but be warned!! 

Photo credits: BBC Pictures


Requiem, Episode Two ~ Review

Having just about managed to emerge from behind the sofa following BBC One’s Requiem’s premiere last week, I find myself back behind it again! Although various facts are revealing themselves with is slightly deterring from the supernatural elements and causing my curious mind to wonder if there’s more of a psychological illusion happening here. Regardless, I was as gripped as I was during week one and I have a feeling it’s set to have me fleeing to hide again before the series finale. Here’s an update from episode two:


Carys’ s mother Rose becomes more of a focal point in this instalment and we see the post traumatic stress disorder associated with the trauma of losing her daughter. From standing on the edge of a cliff having a crafty cigarette – to fighting with her husband, informing him he can break her arm. As I said last week, Claire Rushbrook has been well cast in this role, if anyone knows how to tug at the heartstrings it’s her. I can’t wait to see how she handles the reality of the situation as it unfolds. This storyline is in very capable hands. Exciting!

School Flashback

We had a glimpse of Matilda as a child (played by Bella Ramsey) at a well-to-do school (with her cello at her feet) and she’s no angel by the look of the situation. In fact her mum (Joanna Scanlan – I was overjoyed to see her again after her short-lived appearance last week) is not only displeased with her, she’s also fending off questions about Matilda’s father. I hope there’s more flashbacks to come, not only to see the phenomenal Joanna Scanlan, but also because in this series they’re building the back-story beautifully.

Booty call

It was only a matter of time before Matilda (Lydia Wilson) and the Aussie, Nick (James Frecheville) are tumbling into bed together! the chemistry was there from the start, however I was left wondering if this development would throw Nick into the path of whoever/whatever is getting into the heads of those close to Matilda. Time will tell…

Musical mayhem

Matilda hasn’t played her cello since the concert of doom, and let’s face it – who would? The last thing on anyone’s mind would be to practice the cello after their mother has sliced her own throat open in front of you! Lightening the mood aside, as soon as Matilda is reunited with the instrument a chain of events is unearthed. From a dead bird crashing against the window to finding more symbols like the one that was seemingly drawn by an invisible someone while she was in the shower, which was one of many moments that had me jumping out of my seat and seeking solace behind the sofa again! Plus the man in the woods also made himself known which added more mystery to the story.


When Matilda took it upon herself to see David Morgan (Brochan Evans) at school and announce herself as his sister, unsurprisingly his father (Richard Harrington) was unimpressed and tried to stop the interaction. However, this one isn’t going to lie.

Requiem, Episode Three ~ Review

Requiem is one of my favourite television dramas at the moment – such a stellar cast with an ever-deepening and intriguing storyline. I only hope the finale won’t leave me disappointed and questioning like so many television programmes have done during 2018 so far. Here are a few of my personal highlights from this week’s exceptional and revealing instalment:


Trudy’s (Sian Reese-Williams) part in the story is made clearer this week as it becomes apparent through a flashback that she was supposed to be sitting with Carys in the park while her child-minder mother was in a call box. Carys disappeared at about the time that Trudy ran over to get up to no good with some local boys. Her offer to take Matilda (Lydia Wilson) to Carys’s home in order to find out if it prompted memories showed that she has some acceptance that Matilda could indeed be Carys. Although it’s still not definite, there’s also a birth certificate in the mix, now – but we don’t know what it says!

Another death

Meredith (Jane Thorne) knows more than she has let on, I’m sure of it – and she had the capability of filling Matilda in on her insights. However, coincidentally, it isn’t long after Matilda’s latest visit to see Meredith that the elderly lady passes away having suffered a Stroke. I can’t help but wonder if it really was that straight forward.


Hal (Joel Fry) hears music in his mind in a rather uncomfortable scene and he’s quick to put it all down on paper. Was I on my own in thinking he was going to be ‘infiltrated’ and led to take his own life when that rather haunting music was playing? I’m intrigued to see how the score he’s written will fit in.

Ghostly encounter

Matilda’s been digging around and now she’s found out what her birth certificate says, so that was a cue for the ghost of her mother (Joanna Scanlan) to appear and basically give her a dressing down for interfering. However, I might say this lightly, but I’d want to know what possessed someone to kill themselves in such a horrific way. Regardless, I’m sure ‘mum’ is right at the hub of this.

The plot thickens

Rose (Claire Rushbrook) is next to attempt to take her own life as Aron (Richard Harrington) leaves their home and takes their son with him. It’s for her own good apparently, except it really wasn’t the best way forward given what the grieving mother has already been though. Hence Matilda finding her face down in the bath.

Rose is OK, or so we think, so that leads me to comment on Trudy’s dad and what part he’s played in the sorry tale. My mind’s working overtime and yet he could well be a red herring…

Striking Out ~ Review

“Starring the stand out talents of Amy Huberman and Neil Morrissey comes a gripping new legal drama Striking Out.

Following its run on new channel 5Select, Striking Out Series One and Two are set to arrive on DVD both separately and as Striking Out One and Two Box Set, thanks to Acorn Media International.

Tara Rafferty (Amy Huberman Cold Feet) is a high-flying solicitor at a prestigious Dublin law firm, but when she discovers her fiancé and fellow solicitor Eric (Rory KeenanWar and Peace), has been cheating on her with a colleague, she decides to make some big life changes. Dumping her unfaithful partner, she quits her job and sets up on her own practice in a makeshift office, at the back of a café.

With the help of her friends and associates, including her streetwise ex-client turned assistant Ray (Emmet ByrneRed Rock), private detective Meg Riley (Fiona O’ShaughnessyUtopia), and friend and mentor Senior Counsel Vincent Pike (Neil MorrisseyLine of Duty), Tara becomes a force to be reckoned with. Soon she is taking on high profile cases, some of which pit Tara against her former colleagues and major legal establishment players. Can she ever truly escape her past and make it on her own?”

Star rating: *****

The stand-out features of the first series, which aired on Channel Five, was how quickly the scene was set from the off and each character felt relatable, believable and drew me into their back-story. Whether they were a central role or an ‘incidental’ part of the plot, the writing on this series has to be one of the biggest strengths the series has to offer. There isn’t a weak link amongst the perfectly selected cast and it’s my first introduction to the talents of Amy Huberman, who can exhibit a meltdown like no other!

The plot choices are particularly and in some cases hauntingly current, episode one wreaks of Operation Yewtree as Huberman’s character, Tara Rafferty investigates a TV personality who is being targeted with threats to leak a sex tape which in which they star. I felt Rory Keenan who plays Eric really came into his own in the second episode, where Tara is in a quandary over whether she should forgive (although forgetting is never going to be an option). I felt episode three gave Neil Morrissey an opportunity to shine as his character, Vincent – it was an intense storyline with bigamy, death and a battle for next of kin at the heart of the instalment. Episode four offered a rollercoaster of turmoil which almost had me off the sofa in anticipation at times. Everything around Tara seems to be at risk and paranoia is likely to be warranted, but who’s at the bottom of it? If indeed that is the case and it’s not just down to coincidence.

Although each episode tells its own tale, by episode four, I felt that the style and quality of filming was reminiscent of a gripping movie. So much so that I feel compelled to binge-watch the box-set of series 1 and 2, which is available on DVD on 23 April 2018 (series two by itself is also available from this date to purchase). If you can’t wait for the box-set, series one is available to purchase now! Highly recommended as one of the best television legal dramas I’ve had the pleasure of viewing.

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Photo Credits: Channel Five


Call The Midwife, Series Seven Finale ~ Review

It’s taken me a week and a second viewing of the series finale of Call The Midwife in order for me to be able to compile my thoughts. The series itself has been a minefield of ups and downs, highs and lows and there hasn’t been one episode that hasn’t left me in tears – at some point. The writers on Call The Midwife are so consistent and they certainly know how to tug at the heart strings. The departure of Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) is still ricocheting about in my mind as I ponder on the brilliance of the episode that I’ll have to cling onto until Christmas! Here are my highlights from yet another dream of an instalment of one of my favourite television programmes.


If you haven’t watched the episode yet then tissues will not only be necessary – they will be VITAL! Barbara’s funeral was one of the saddest scenes on television I’ve ever seen and when Phyllis (the mighty Linda Bassett) appeared to give her reading, I was in need of a life jacket, I was literally drowning in tears. Barbara will be so missed and much as I understand that it was time for the glorious Ms Ritchie to move on to pastures new, I can’t believe she’s been written out!

Happy Birthday Angela

I was in tears again when Shelagh (Laura Main) broke down in Dr Turner’s (Stephen McGann) arms as she tried to move on from the funeral and prepare for Angela’s (Alice Brown) birthday party. The fact that she was keeping busy to occupy her mind resonated. It was a pretty fabulous party though, mummy did good.


Let’s just take another moment to appreciate the talent of Linda Bassett who has excelled herself as Phyllis, this series. The character has grown on me and her relationship with Barbara was precious. I hope we see romance blossom in the next series – or maybe at Christmas? A wee kiss under the mistletoe with a certain copper?

Happy Birthday Sister Monica Joan

Sister Monica Joan’s (Judy Parfitt) birthday celebrations were stunning. The video footage used which included Barbara was such a moving, beautiful tribute and it was great to see Trixie (Helen George) looking good! A more fitting close to the episode and series I couldn’t imagine. Re-visiting that carousel ride will stay with me for a long time to come.

…until Christmas!

It’s hard to believe that the next time we check in on our favourite characters will be after some turkey and Christmas pud – until then, let’s binge-watch series seven, and maybe the rest of the series before it too! Thanks for reading my episode reviews, I’ll aim to be back with my next Call The Midwife review as soon after Christmas Day as I possibly can.

Why not re-watch series 7 by purchasing it here:

Lady Bird ~ Malvern Cinemas

Star rating: *****

The notably Academy Award and BAFTA nominated movie offered such a fantastic and intriguing trailer that I could barely contain my excitement at finally sitting down to watch it. It didn’t disappoint, in fact the only bafflement is why it failed to collect the awards is was up for, perhaps in a different place and time it would sweep the board.

Seventeen year old Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) has given herself the name Lady Bird and she’s keen to ensure that her chosen given name appears on all relevant lists and documentation. The plot examines the typical relationship between teenage daughter and over-protective, over-worked and opinionated mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf). There are a myriad of exceptionally moving and highly observational moments between the pair, from the opening scenes where Lady Bird throws herself out of their moving car whilst attempting to make a stand, to a shopping trip to search for a dress.

An extraordinary Mother/Daughter Relationship (credit: Vue Cinema)

Ronan and Metcalf’s on-screen relationship is extraordinary and one of the most believable fictional mother/daughter pairings I’ve seen. Lady Bird’s father, Larry (Tracy Letts) appears easier going than her mother, on the surface at least – she’s coercing him into helping her to apply for colleges in New York and they’re keeping the secret from Marion. The fact that it is later revealed that Larry has been battling with depression for many years comes as an interesting plot twist, not least because Marion works in a Psychiatric Unit. It’s also refreshing to see depression in men explored. Larry’s lost his job, meanwhile the son (Miguel – played by Jordan Rodrigues) that he and Marion adopted before they miraculously ‘made’ Lady Bird, is also in need of a better job than at the supermarket checkout. This makes for an awkward yet heart-warming moment later in the film when father and son go for the same job.

Outside of the family circle we meet Lady Bird’s best friend, Julie (Beanie Feldstein) – she’s a bit half-soaked and mooning after the Maths teacher, whilst simultaneously more fragile than her friend would believe. The girl who everyone wants to be friends with (including Lady Bird when the occasion concerns a ‘boy’) is Jenna (Odeya Rush). Julie and Jenna are polar opposites which makes for a fascinating insight into Lady Bird’s life choices when it comes to the friends in her world. First boyfriend, Danny (Lucas Hedges) isn’t as straight forward as he seems and the next one in line, Kyle (Timothee Chalamet) likes to be ironic, although he is actually quite a slippery character full of his own self importance.

Kyle is a complex character (Photo Credit: Vue Cinema)

The subtleties of the story are definitely a few of the films many strengths, the audience are left to make their own assumption about Miguel’s place in the family – his racial orientation making it fairly obvious that he might not be biologically related. So many issues are dealt with in quick succession, too – from homosexuality, to school girl crushes to virginity and there’s a marathon of untruths running alongside. It’s a study of life at it’s most chaotic, most ugly and most beautiful. Lady Bird’s college plans are the tip of the iceberg in a rough sea of torment, revelation and realisation.

With a cast who guide the audience seamlessly through the mire, each of whom embrace their characters as if they were offering a window into real lives – this is a movie not to be missed and one that I’ll be watching again and again. It certainly gets my award for Best Picture.


Weekend Watch List – 10th & 11th March

My weekend television watch list is ever growing and the amount of programmes backed up on the planner is ridiculous (I’m fighting for space on the Sky box! First world problems!!). So here’s my must-see shows from last weekend which made it past the catch-up stage:

Pointless…Picture shows: Alexander Armstrong

Pointless Celebrities

I love Pointless because I’m a quiz-a-holic – and Pointless Celebrities always ticks the box for me, not least because some of the contestants they pull out the bag have often been missing form our screens for a while. Although one of the finalists last week included recent Strictly Come Dancing revelation, the lovely Debbie McGee. I’ve not yet found myself a pointless answer, but the time will come!

The Voice UK

The final week of battles and it was a tense week. The fact there were no steals left throughout most of the episode was quite a feat to face for the contestants. I agreed with each of the judges’ choices though and thought had a fantastic steal. I can’t wait for the knock outs now, I have no idea who might win it. J Hud does seem to have one of the best teams though.


The mystery blogger has been at the hub of recent goings on in Holby and Jac (Rosie Marcel) was soon on the warpath on behalf of Serena (Catherine Russell), kicking Ethan (George Rainsford) up the backside to try and get a result. Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) is rather like a rabbit in the headlights when Ethan asks her outright, although she denies it. However, it’s not long before she’s confessing and Ethan is unimpressed. I foresee more trouble ahead!

Dancing on Ice

Torvill and Dean back on the ice together? Glorious! Max Evans not making it to the final? disappointing (he had all my votes). Brooke Vincent in the final? A remarkable journey for that girl and she deserved to be there. Jake Quickenden winning? Amazing! The right choice and he really has had an incredible journey. I’ve loved Dancing on Ice!


Hold the Sunset

I’ve enjoyed this, more so for the supporting characters though – and of course the mighty Alison Steadman. Although I feel the central storyline is flimsy and whimsical, it’s Queenie (Anne Reid) and Roger (Jason Watkins) that are holding my attention. It’s an easy-viewing comedy though and definitely belongs on a Sunday evening.

Do The Right Thing, Channel Five ~ Review

A brand new Channel Five television show which is part chat show, part magazine show and part ‘Watchdog’ – plus there’s Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford at the hub, what’s not to love? Also joining my favourite presenting duo was the formidable and opinionated Ann Widdecombe, together with Michael Underwood and Roman Kemp. A great line-up who dealt with the issues of the day and various other fascinating (some eye-popping!) articles which really captured my attention.

Naked ambition

If you’ve a burning ambition to burn the fat, then allegedly the best way to get fit is to bare all in your local gym. Although, you’d actually be better off attending a gym which embraces this new craze rather than wandering into a well known fitness franchise only to be arrested for rocking up in the altogether. Good for Ruth, she managed to report from one such gym and kept a relatively straight face throughout – although I’m not so sure it was her face that anyone was looking at when she ‘joined in’!

Parking fine

I’m not telling you your parking is fine, although it might be – what the programme drew attention to was the liberal distribution of parking fines and the Citizens Advice Bureau are inundated with panicked recipients of unfair fines. It’s worth pursuing if you receive a fine you feel could be contested. Also watch out for aggressive demands for payment.


A superb initiative to help those in need of essential items, they help the homeless who are on the streets and in shelters. They’ve only been up and running since December last year and their progress has been astonishing. Financial backing from a Millionaire was revealed on the show which was an amazing gesture – long may this initiative reign.

Contact the Elderly

I’ve long been a champion of the elderly and the issue of loneliness is such a prominent one which needs to be brought to the fore. I had no idea that Contact the Elderly existed, but they do and they offer comfort, support and friendship to those who are isolated and don’t see a face or hear a voice for days on end. Tea parties are the charity’s way of getting people together and you can volunteer as a driver to transport a elderly person to their nearest tea party or you can host a tea party yourself. Entertainment Views are delighted to be supporting the cause and you can find a quick link to sign up to volunteer on our home page: Entertainment Views Home Page

For information on everything that was covered on the show, check out this link: Do the Right Thing

Tune in again on Thursday at 9.00pm on Channel 5. 


Two Doors Down, Series Three, Episode Six ~ Review

New neighbours! Just the ticket to round off what has been a phenomenal series of the hit television comedy. The highlight of my Monday evening which will be much missed. If you haven’t watched this third series of Two Doors Down, you have missed a treat. Surely a fourth series will be on the horizon. Here’s the low-down from Eric, Beth, Colin, Cathy, Christine and the people who’s moved in across the road…

Alan & Michelle

Two new characters are introduced into the street and they’re soon being welcome into Beth (Arabella Weir) and Eric’s (Alex Norton) home. They’re invited there by Christine (Elaine C Smith). Alan (Graeme Stavely) and Michelle (Joy McAvoy) seem to be a fairly ‘normal’ couple, Michelle’s worried about making a good impression – Alan doesn’t seem bothered either way! Not too long into the episode, we discover that Alan likes his food (eating three twixes one after the other is one example!) and thinks he’s scored when Beth says he can have a hot drink and a Fanta! Michelle, meanwhile is clearly embarrassed by his ‘devil may care’ attitude and also has her hands full when Cathy (Doon Mackichan) arrives on the scene.

Meeting Cathy…

Colin (Jonathan Watson) knocks on the door in his usual neighbourly fashion, on his way to the dump and checking in to see if he can take anything for Beth and Eric. Of course once he spies the new neighbours in the lounge, he’s sitting down with them and inviting Cathy over to meet them. Cathy waltzes in expecting applause, I think! She compliments Michelle on her jeans just to incite a compliment in return, which doesn’t come. However, things soon start to go wrong when Michelle is frog-marched to Cathy and Colin’s house to see what they’ve done to the place. The kitchen in particular causes ructions.

One of the lads

It was amusing to see Christine staying behind with the lads while the tour of Cathy and Colin’s house took place. Even cracking open a Fosters while she indulged in the out of date banana loaf that she’d bought as an offering for Beth (it was only 19p!).

Having a dig

Cathy and Michelle are certainly not the best of friends and our favourite neighbourhood alcoholic is getting ore and more riled by the new couple o the block. Alan and Michelle have been talking about removing the porch from their house and they’ve got the equipment there to do it – so guess who decides they’re off to help remove said porch there and then….? What makes the scene all the funnier is Colin offering to take the remnants to the dump! That’ll certainly teach Michelle for insinuating that Cathy’s kitchen is impractical…

So long, farewell, f**k off!

Meant in the nicest possible way (have you seen the outtakes featuring Elaine C Smith? Clip is in the link below) – I will be so sorry to see this series go. There’s definitely an open door for another hundred episodes if you ask me!

Bloopers and Outtakes


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