Big Brother’s Best Shows Ever (Part 2)

The second week of Big Brother’s Best Shows Ever opened with a second episode from Celebrity Big Brother 4.

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Big Brother’s Best Shows Ever (Part 1)

It was a shame for Big Brother UK fans knowing that there wouldn’t be a series in 2020, which would mark the 20th anniversary. This, for once in 2020, would have been nothing to do with COVID-19, but because Channel 5 axed the show. But it’s original home, Channel 4, apparently was planning to do a programme to mark the anniversary, and it turned out to be quite fitting to broadcast old episodes, as that’s what a lot of TV has been doing, taking advantage of their archives due to literally not being able to make new programmes. I don’t know about anyone else, but old TV shows have definitely been a huge part of my lockdown experience!

There have also been a lot of people saying online and elsewhere that they can relate to Big Brother contestants a bit more now, being trapped indoors for months! The Circle contestants too, but we’ll stick to Big Brother.

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Eurovision 2020: Europe Shine A Light

The cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest for this year wasn’t really unexpected due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it was the correct and sensible descision, but obviously it was a pity, especially for the artists who were due to compete in it and the Netherlands who were to host it. The decision for next year is that it will be held in the Netherlands, and the artists that were supposed to take part in 2020 can return. However, they have to sing different songs from what they were going to sing this year. Personally, I don’t see why, but apparently it would be against the rules of the competition if they entered the songs due for 2020 again.

Instead of the contest, they broadcast this programme Europe Shine A Light, where we would get to hear all 41 songs (normally, some would be culled in the semi-finals). But we’d only get 30 seconds of each one! I listened to all of them before this programme, so for what it’s worth here’s what I thought of them, and Europe Shine A Light itself:

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Classic Coronation Street

As with the Classic Emmerdale post, I have also been watching Classic Coronation Street on ITV3, and I’ve watched even more of it due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown.¬† Here are some random thoughts about Classic Corrie. This is covering a slightly longer area, I think I started watching Corrie earlier, but vaguely late ’80s to mid-1995.

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Classic Emmerdale

I have caught the repeats of classic episodes of Emmerdale and Coronation Street now and again on ITV3. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, I have been able to see more of them than I otherwise might. Here are some of my general thoughts on Classic Emmerdale, mainly the years 1993, 1994 and 1995, as that’s when I started
watching first time round.

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Red Dwarf: ‘The Promised Land’

CONTAINS SPOILERS

For Easter, rather than a thirteenth series, Red Dwarf has given us a feature length special!

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Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators (Series 3)

The daytime detective drama returned for series 3, and series 4 is already commissioned for next year!

For Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) and Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner), they are just where we left them, continuing to solve crimes in Stratford-Upon-Avon assisted by
Sebastian Brudenell (Patrick Walshe McBride). Though Frank has a nice new haircut, given to him by former hairdresser Luella!

There is a change this series – Christina Marlowe (Amber Agar) isn’t in. She’s been promoted to special task force, and Joe Keeler (Tomos Eames) has got her old job!
This gives a different dynamic, as while Frank and Christina had a close, if awkward, bond, Frank and Joe just don’t much care for one another, so Joe is a lot less keen on helping out than Christina was.

However, while Joe has taken Christina’s place in one sense, the space left for a new regular character has been taken by, well, a new regular character. P.C Viola Deacon (Yasmin Kaur Barn) who is friends with Sebastian.

But other than that, the series continues as it has done. Expect lots of Shakespeare references!

The rest of this post CONTAINS SPOILERS and revelations!

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Doctor Who – ‘The Timeless Children’

Series Twelve, Episode Ten

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The Master and the Cybermen’s goals merge in more ways than one, and the Doctor finds out secrets about her past and that of the Timelords.

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Doctor Who – ‘Ascension of the Cybermen’

Series Twelve, Episode Nine

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It’s the far future, and the human race has almost been wiped out by the Cybermen. There are only seven known humans left, and all are at a settlement which is being¬† invaded by Cybershuttles. The Doctor and her friends arrive to even the odds up a little.

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Doctor Who – ‘The Haunting Of Villa Diodati’

Series Twelve, Episode Eight

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On a stormy night in 1816 in the mansion Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva, Mary Shelley was inspired to write her masterpiece Frankenstein. So the Doctor and her friends think it might to be fun to drop in for a visit to witness this. But they aren’t the only uninvited guests…

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