headphonedaydreams – 4th year anniversary

4 years of blogging already. So I’ve been doing this quite a while really. 4 years is enough for one US Presidential term! I might just make it to the big ‘5’.

I just found out that, more importantly, today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harold Wilson, a Labour politician who was Prime Minister of the UK from 1964-1970, and again from 1974-1976. The famous quote “A week is a long time in politics” is attributed to him. He was from Huddersfield originally. I’m not, but I lived and went to college there for some of my late teens, so I saw the statue of him in St. George’s Square very often. I think his governments bought in a lot of great reforms for the UK, and he’s probably my favourite Prime Minister, even though he was before my time.

Anyway, back to blogging about my blog.

Here are the top ten posts written during that time that had the most views.

1) Peter Kay’s Car Share

One of the best new sitcoms in a long time, this has been a hugely popular. Very funny and poignant at times, great soundtrack and you find yourself getting into the “will they, won’t they” storyline. Sian Gibson has been a revelation.

2) Now 90

I thought this compilation was average at the time, but with hindsight, it was quite a good one in the Now! series.

3) The X Factor (Series 12)

Do you reckon they’ll try and retcon this series altogether (other than maybe bringing Reggie n Bollie back to present The Xtra Factor or something?)? It was supposed to be
a big revamp, but with Nick Grimshaw, Olly Murs and Caroline Flack all leaving and it currently being rumoured that Dermot O’Leary and Louis Walsh might be coming back, the show might end up reversing most of the changes made for series 12. That and winner Louisa Johnson’s single only getting to number 9. This series wasn’t even the worst, but surely one of the most forgettable. I loved Lauren Murray though especially her performance of Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’.

4) My Mad Fat Diary (Series 3)

The final series was only three episodes long, so was a bit rushed, it would have been nice for it to have been a full series, but better than nothing I suppose. It concluded things fine and I am very pleased My Mad Fat Diary existed and stopped when it was still good.

5) The Apprentice (Series 11)

This was a very dull series, and The Apprentice, like The X Factor, is another reality TV franchise which has probably had its day.

6) Top Ten Favourite ‘The Key of Awesome’ Pop Song Parodies

Self-explanatory really. My at the time top ten favourite pop song parodies from the online comedy video series The Key of Awesome.

7) Birthday TV List

One way to celebrate 30 years on the planet, 30 TV shows which debuted on every year I’ve been alive, all of which I was a fan of or impacted me in some way.

8) Celebrity Big Brother 17

The longest Celebrity Big Brother UK series ever, it had some very memorable moments, but was a bit up and down.

9) An Inspector Calls

A very good BBC adaptation of the classic J.B. Priestly play where an Inspector comes to an upper class family dinner investigating the suicide of a young working class woman, and secrets begin to unravel.

10) Inside No. 9 – ‘The 12 Days of Christine’

An excellent episode of TV, ‘The 12 Days of Christine’ was part of the anthology series Inside No. 9, written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith and starring Sheridan Smith. It’s very rare I cry at television, but this episode made me cry.

These posts are ones which didn’t quite make the top ten most viewed, but were ‘liked’ by other bloggers.

Doctor Who – series nine

Most of my reviews of this series were liked by other bloggers, so thanks for that!
One of the most sophisticated series of Doctor Who to date. There were some very strong episodes. Peter Capaldi came into his own more as the Doctor, and a sad farewell to Clara, played by the brilliant Jenna Coleman. There was also a return of Michelle Gomez as Missy and a good new addition of Maisie Williams as Ashildr. Overall, a very strong series indeed.

Summertime

An animated cartoon short from 1935 by Ub Iwerks, a very important figure in the early years of Disney cartoons. Despite the title, it’s about winter going into spring. What this cartoon lacked in budget it made up for with ideas.

Cats Vs. Dogs – Which Is Best?

The two popular choice of pet battle it out via scientific experiments to see who is ‘best’.

So overall if there is a theme, I’d say that last year was good for TV drama and comedy, but terrible for reality TV.

Two as a bonus – they were technically part of the third year of the blog, but had more views in the fourth year of the blog.

Animals In Love

Liz Bonnin, who also co-presented the Cats Vs. Dogs programme, here presents an interesting scientific documentary on whether animals feel love.

UK Singles Chart Journey Through the Solar System

I wrote something about how pop songs which have entered the UK Top 100 singles
chart have represented the planets in our solar system. As you do.

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