llywela: (DW-blink)
Thoroughly enjoyed the Beeb's three-part mini-series The Secret of Crickley Hall, which came to an end last night - very creepy, with an excellent cast. But rather than attempt to write any kind of review myself, let me simply refer anyone interested to reviews of the three episodes at the SFX website, here, which pretty much sum up what I wanted to say!
llywela: (DW-11Tardis)
1. There was a funeral held today for a chap that I worked with here at the university, who died quite suddenly last week after a short illness. Nat had been confined to a wheelchair since having a tumour removed from his spine two years ago but had otherwise recovered well from his illness and raised loads of money for cancer research, taking part in wheelchair races and the like. But then he was taken ill again about a month ago and was given just six months to live - but only lasted about three weeks, he went downhill scarily fast. He was 31 years old. I didn't know him well, but I really liked what I knew of him - always brave and always smiling. RIP, Nat.

2. I find I'm rather enjoying ITV's new Sunday evening cop show, Scott and Bailey, starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones. Two episodes in, and although the cases are so far fairly simple, that comes as quite a refreshing change to the protracted whodunnits we get with most police dramas, with the focus instead placed on the characters, both the main cast and the guests involved with the case-of-the-week. So far, I'm liking the characters and their different situations, the way they relate to one another and the way the police team they work for is presented - plus the strength of the cast is another plus. Where the majority of police dramas are male dominated, it makes a refreshing change to have one focusing on well-drawn female characters in a believable setting and partnership with convincing dialogue. It's well written, witty and interesting - I'm looking forward to finding out if the remainder of the series is as strong as the first two outings!

3. I'm also rather enjoying the mini-series Injustice that ITV are airing every night this week, with James Purefoy (a world away from Mark Antony!) and Dervla Kirwan. It's dark, it's gritty, the characters are believable and intriguing (albeit not always pleasant - some of them not at all!) and the slowly unfolding story has got me gripped.

4. Speaking of TV, which sadly I rarely do these days, I thoroughly enjoyed the little half-season of Doctor Who that's just come to an end. I enjoyed Matt Smith's first season, as well, but not in the same kind of way - it was entertaining, but felt kind of lightweight and insubstantial. This latest half-season, in comparison, was just as entertaining but felt more substantial, somehow - I felt a lot more invested. Maybe the writing was stronger and the plotting tighter, maybe it made a difference that we know the characters better now - maybe the characters were given stronger characterisation, making me care about them a bit more. Whatever it was, it worked for me. I'm now looking forward to the second half of the season, in the autumn!

5. And, speaking of Doctor Who, remember back last winter when I spotted Arthur Darvill hanging around out back of Cardiff Castle one bitterly cold morning? Time and the aired half-season have revealed that it was the two-part story about the Gangers they were filming at the time! According to Confidential, that story was filmed in about 6 different castles around South Wales, which would explain why they kept running from corridors I recognised well into rooms that I didn't know at all... Ah, the magic of TV!
llywela: (DW-11Tardis)
1. There was a funeral held today for a chap that I worked with here at the university, who died quite suddenly last week after a short illness. Nat had been confined to a wheelchair since having a tumour removed from his spine two years ago but had otherwise recovered well from his illness and raised loads of money for cancer research, taking part in wheelchair races and the like. But then he was taken ill again about a month ago and was given just six months to live - but only lasted about three weeks, he went downhill scarily fast. He was 31 years old. I didn't know him well, but I really liked what I knew of him - always brave and always smiling. RIP, Nat.

2. I find I'm rather enjoying ITV's new Sunday evening cop show, Scott and Bailey, starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones. Two episodes in, and although the cases are so far fairly simple, that comes as quite a refreshing change to the protracted whodunnits we get with most police dramas, with the focus instead placed on the characters, both the main cast and the guests involved with the case-of-the-week. So far, I'm liking the characters and their different situations, the way they relate to one another and the way the police team they work for is presented - plus the strength of the cast is another plus. Where the majority of police dramas are male dominated, it makes a refreshing change to have one focusing on well-drawn female characters in a believable setting and partnership with convincing dialogue. It's well written, witty and interesting - I'm looking forward to finding out if the remainder of the series is as strong as the first two outings!

3. I'm also rather enjoying the mini-series Injustice that ITV are airing every night this week, with James Purefoy (a world away from Mark Antony!) and Dervla Kirwan. It's dark, it's gritty, the characters are believable and intriguing (albeit not always pleasant - some of them not at all!) and the slowly unfolding story has got me gripped.

4. Speaking of TV, which sadly I rarely do these days, I thoroughly enjoyed the little half-season of Doctor Who that's just come to an end. I enjoyed Matt Smith's first season, as well, but not in the same kind of way - it was entertaining, but felt kind of lightweight and insubstantial. This latest half-season, in comparison, was just as entertaining but felt more substantial, somehow - I felt a lot more invested. Maybe the writing was stronger and the plotting tighter, maybe it made a difference that we know the characters better now - maybe the characters were given stronger characterisation, making me care about them a bit more. Whatever it was, it worked for me. I'm now looking forward to the second half of the season, in the autumn!

5. And, speaking of Doctor Who, remember back last winter when I spotted Arthur Darvill hanging around out back of Cardiff Castle one bitterly cold morning? Time and the aired half-season have revealed that it was the two-part story about the Gangers they were filming at the time! According to Confidential, that story was filmed in about 6 different castles around South Wales, which would explain why they kept running from corridors I recognised well into rooms that I didn't know at all... Ah, the magic of TV!
llywela: (Cranford-boating)
1. This has been another crazy busy week in work, building up to a migraine last night, which has left me feeling rather fragile this morning. Am now very much looking forward to the weekend, when I will be meeting up with the always lovely [livejournal.com profile] bagpuss1966 and [livejournal.com profile] welshdreamer for an outing I believe we first talked about something silly like 18 months ago, when we met up at the Gower. Life has got very much in the way since then, but we've finally got ourselves organised.

2. The news from Japan remains awful to watch. My cousin Stephen, who lives near Tokyo, has been keeping in touch and sounds pretty upbeat, under the circumstances. There isn't much physical damage in the small town where he lives, although he says that the aftershocks haven't been much fun, everyone is pretty shaken, panic buying has caused shortages, and trains and the like aren't running. According to the Beeb, the government is urging ex-pats living in the area to leave because of the nuclear crisis and its knock-on effects, but I can't see Stephen wanting to uproot his family. He has lived there for nearly 15 years now. His wife is Japanese and their whole life is in Japan - Yuki and the boys barely speak English, Yuki and Pip (the 8 year old) have only ever been to the UK once, and little Marcus (age 4) never. I imagine that unless things get really bad, they will stick it out where they are. It is worrying, though. Here's a pic of Stephen's boys, posing for the New Year cards they sent out last year.


3. I've finished watching both seasons of New Street Law now. It was a nice little show. I can see why it didn't attract a large enough audience to justify a third season, but it had a really strong cast and I found the storylines interesting and the characters engaging and would have liked to see more of them. Ah well, such is life.

4. So, Being Human's third season certainly ended on an I can't believe they actually went there note! I know there's been a lot of mixed feeling about it in the fandom, but I enjoyed the season and wasn't as devastated by the shock ending as I might have expected (or as so many others seem to be). This review pretty much sums up how I felt about it (albeit in rather more flowery and enthusiastic language than I'd have used), thereby saving me the trouble of having to collect and compose any thoughts of my own.

5. Sister Mine, plus Bro-in-Law and Niece are coming to stay with me for the weekend in just over a week - they arrive on the Friday, which is D's birthday, but are actually coming to celebrate Mum's 60th which is the following week. I had a text from D the other day, however, mentioning that they are also going to have to bring her own birthday present from R with them...because it has four legs and a tail. He's bought her a dog - a staffy. Her name is Amber, she is three years old and had to be rehomed because her owner had terminal cancer. D is in love. Me, I'm wondering a) how they are managing to fit a large dog into their already crowded little house, b) how their four cats have taken to the new arrival, and c) what my own cats will make of it when they bring Amber to stay for the weekend!
llywela: (Cranford-boating)
1. This has been another crazy busy week in work, building up to a migraine last night, which has left me feeling rather fragile this morning. Am now very much looking forward to the weekend, when I will be meeting up with the always lovely [livejournal.com profile] bagpuss1966 and [livejournal.com profile] welshdreamer for an outing I believe we first talked about something silly like 18 months ago, when we met up at the Gower. Life has got very much in the way since then, but we've finally got ourselves organised.

2. The news from Japan remains awful to watch. My cousin Stephen, who lives near Tokyo, has been keeping in touch and sounds pretty upbeat, under the circumstances. There isn't much physical damage in the small town where he lives, although he says that the aftershocks haven't been much fun, everyone is pretty shaken, panic buying has caused shortages, and trains and the like aren't running. According to the Beeb, the government is urging ex-pats living in the area to leave because of the nuclear crisis and its knock-on effects, but I can't see Stephen wanting to uproot his family. He has lived there for nearly 15 years now. His wife is Japanese and their whole life is in Japan - Yuki and the boys barely speak English, Yuki and Pip (the 8 year old) have only ever been to the UK once, and little Marcus (age 4) never. I imagine that unless things get really bad, they will stick it out where they are. It is worrying, though. Here's a pic of Stephen's boys, posing for the New Year cards they sent out last year.


3. I've finished watching both seasons of New Street Law now. It was a nice little show. I can see why it didn't attract a large enough audience to justify a third season, but it had a really strong cast and I found the storylines interesting and the characters engaging and would have liked to see more of them. Ah well, such is life.

4. So, Being Human's third season certainly ended on an I can't believe they actually went there note! I know there's been a lot of mixed feeling about it in the fandom, but I enjoyed the season and wasn't as devastated by the shock ending as I might have expected (or as so many others seem to be). This review pretty much sums up how I felt about it (albeit in rather more flowery and enthusiastic language than I'd have used), thereby saving me the trouble of having to collect and compose any thoughts of my own.

5. Sister Mine, plus Bro-in-Law and Niece are coming to stay with me for the weekend in just over a week - they arrive on the Friday, which is D's birthday, but are actually coming to celebrate Mum's 60th which is the following week. I had a text from D the other day, however, mentioning that they are also going to have to bring her own birthday present from R with them...because it has four legs and a tail. He's bought her a dog - a staffy. Her name is Amber, she is three years old and had to be rehomed because her owner had terminal cancer. D is in love. Me, I'm wondering a) how they are managing to fit a large dog into their already crowded little house, b) how their four cats have taken to the new arrival, and c) what my own cats will make of it when they bring Amber to stay for the weekend!
llywela: (Pros-magnificentbloodypatriots)
1. Had a fab day in London on Saturday, meeting up first with a few random relatives for lunch and then with a group of very lovely non-LJ Pros people who are among my very oldest fandom friends. :)

2. Well, Baker Boys ended on a total no, you can't stop there! moment - thank goodness there's going to be another series!

3. The new season of Being Human (the real one, not the US remake) is completely awesome so far.

4. The new season of Primeval is over already! I'm so glad I decided to start watching again. I drifted out of the show after the first couple of seasons, but the writing in this new season is so much stronger than it was back then - I'm eager to find out what happens in the 5th and possibly final season, when it airs.

5. I can't quite believe that this weekend's Lark Rise to Candleford is going to be the last ever. :( It's a bubblegum show compared to other costume dramas and irritates me at times with how modern and plot-driven the writing can be, but I love it nonetheless and am going to miss it enormously.

6. Hustle ends its seasonal run next week, as well. It's another show that I've tended to drift in and out of over the years, but have been watching more consistently lately - the addition of Emma and Sean in place of Danny and Stacey a season or two ago has really reinvigorated the show and reawakened my interest in the team.

7. And Supernatural is finally back off winter hiatus! I'm really enjoying season six, on the whole, even though I'm not writing about the show any more. After being so bogged down by the apocalypse over the last couple of seasons, the show has moved in a new direction now, which has proved wonderfully intriguing to watch, and the first half of the season was impressively strong. Hopefully this standard can be maintained!

8. As if I didn't have enough live TV to be going on with at the moment, I've started watching a couple of older shows on rental from lovefilm - The Fixer and New Street Law each had a couple of seasons a few years back. I've seen a couple of episodes of each now, and really enjoyed them both, so look forward to working my way through the rest of each of their runs.

9. I've been strangely addicted to Coronation Street lately. I'm not sure where that came from - I mean, I've always drifted in and out of it, over the years, as it has always been my home-grown soap of choice. But lately it seems to have turned into must-see TV for me! We'll see how long that lasts...
llywela: (Pros-magnificentbloodypatriots)
1. Had a fab day in London on Saturday, meeting up first with a few random relatives for lunch and then with a group of very lovely non-LJ Pros people who are among my very oldest fandom friends. :)

2. Well, Baker Boys ended on a total no, you can't stop there! moment - thank goodness there's going to be another series!

3. The new season of Being Human (the real one, not the US remake) is completely awesome so far.

4. The new season of Primeval is over already! I'm so glad I decided to start watching again. I drifted out of the show after the first couple of seasons, but the writing in this new season is so much stronger than it was back then - I'm eager to find out what happens in the 5th and possibly final season, when it airs.

5. I can't quite believe that this weekend's Lark Rise to Candleford is going to be the last ever. :( It's a bubblegum show compared to other costume dramas and irritates me at times with how modern and plot-driven the writing can be, but I love it nonetheless and am going to miss it enormously.

6. Hustle ends its seasonal run next week, as well. It's another show that I've tended to drift in and out of over the years, but have been watching more consistently lately - the addition of Emma and Sean in place of Danny and Stacey a season or two ago has really reinvigorated the show and reawakened my interest in the team.

7. And Supernatural is finally back off winter hiatus! I'm really enjoying season six, on the whole, even though I'm not writing about the show any more. After being so bogged down by the apocalypse over the last couple of seasons, the show has moved in a new direction now, which has proved wonderfully intriguing to watch, and the first half of the season was impressively strong. Hopefully this standard can be maintained!

8. As if I didn't have enough live TV to be going on with at the moment, I've started watching a couple of older shows on rental from lovefilm - The Fixer and New Street Law each had a couple of seasons a few years back. I've seen a couple of episodes of each now, and really enjoyed them both, so look forward to working my way through the rest of each of their runs.

9. I've been strangely addicted to Coronation Street lately. I'm not sure where that came from - I mean, I've always drifted in and out of it, over the years, as it has always been my home-grown soap of choice. But lately it seems to have turned into must-see TV for me! We'll see how long that lasts...
llywela: (CS - hat)
Hey, so some of you might remember that ages ago now, I was walking to work and saw a period scene being filmed outside the museum - the front of the building was all dressed up with banners for Oswald Mosely's Fascist Party, there were vintage cars parked out front and a whole gang of actors in 1930s costume clustered around the door, plus of course cameras, lighting rigs, and a catering station off to one side. At the time we speculated that it might have been a scene for Doctor Who, as the only production that I knew for sure was filming at the time, plus with a show featuring time travel, a trip to the 1930s didn't seem out of the question.

Turns out it wasn't Doctor Who. It was a scene from episode two of the new Upstairs Downstairs, which aired this week - the scene where rebellious young Lady Persie follows Spargo the chauffeur to a Mosely rally and they stand at the back of the crowd clustered around the door and cheer. Recognised both the location and the scene immediately!

Funny how they went to so much trouble to dress the front of the building and then never showed it even once!

I've only seen two of the three episodes of the new Upstairs Downstairs so far, thanks to my house guests, but I'm really enjoying it - cracking costume drama, as you'd expect from the Beeb. Of course, it may help that I don't really remember the original...

In Other News, it is so nice to be able to see my garden and the pavement again. Long may the thaw last!
llywela: (CS - hat)
Hey, so some of you might remember that ages ago now, I was walking to work and saw a period scene being filmed outside the museum - the front of the building was all dressed up with banners for Oswald Mosely's Fascist Party, there were vintage cars parked out front and a whole gang of actors in 1930s costume clustered around the door, plus of course cameras, lighting rigs, and a catering station off to one side. At the time we speculated that it might have been a scene for Doctor Who, as the only production that I knew for sure was filming at the time, plus with a show featuring time travel, a trip to the 1930s didn't seem out of the question.

Turns out it wasn't Doctor Who. It was a scene from episode two of the new Upstairs Downstairs, which aired this week - the scene where rebellious young Lady Persie follows Spargo the chauffeur to a Mosely rally and they stand at the back of the crowd clustered around the door and cheer. Recognised both the location and the scene immediately!

Funny how they went to so much trouble to dress the front of the building and then never showed it even once!

I've only seen two of the three episodes of the new Upstairs Downstairs so far, thanks to my house guests, but I'm really enjoying it - cracking costume drama, as you'd expect from the Beeb. Of course, it may help that I don't really remember the original...

In Other News, it is so nice to be able to see my garden and the pavement again. Long may the thaw last!
llywela: (Pros-wheresmybed)
Wow, it feels like I've barely been online in forever! I barely went near the computer over this last week or so, it's been so manic. So I am very behind on my flist - hope everyone had a lovely Christmas full of fun and festivity.

My very family Christmas )

Christmas TV )

Now for some piccies! First of all, here are a couple of shots of the gorsedd stones in Bute Park, behind the castle, looking very frosty in the ice we had last week.

More behind cut )

And finally, a kitty (and doggy) spam under the cut. )
llywela: (Pros-wheresmybed)
Wow, it feels like I've barely been online in forever! I barely went near the computer over this last week or so, it's been so manic. So I am very behind on my flist - hope everyone had a lovely Christmas full of fun and festivity.

My very family Christmas )

Christmas TV )

Now for some piccies! First of all, here are a couple of shots of the gorsedd stones in Bute Park, behind the castle, looking very frosty in the ice we had last week.

More behind cut )

And finally, a kitty (and doggy) spam under the cut. )

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