Man-size Tissues at the Ready

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CRYING SHAME: BBC1´s The Cry came to an end on Sunday evening. Credit: BBC

OR should that be ‘non gender specific, large tissues at the ready’, well, whatever you call them, we needed them on Sunday evening when BBC1´s drama The Cry came to an end. It seems to have been running for much longer than four weeks and what a journey Joanna and Alistair have been on.

Do you remember the scenes on the flight to Australia and the harrowing intrusion of the Press? I won’t give away the ending, just in case you were doing something else on Sunday, you know, like trying to save your finca from a Biblical storm, but enough to say Stella Gonet (Alistair’s Mum, Elizabeth) steals the show. You can binge watch The Cry on BBC iPlayer.

Whilst BBC1 were concluding things down under, ITV were ensuring that Monday’s chat at the water cooler wouldn’t be dull, by showing the second instalment of Butterfly.

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Max is now Maxine and all Hell is breaking out. Two scenes stood out on Sunday, the brilliant Alison Steadman (granny) declaring that Maxine is no grandson of hers – quite right granny, Maxine is now your granddaughter and secondly, Dad Stephen calling out the school bullies by reminding them that knocking someone out in order to protect a loved one from a hate crime is all right in his book.

This is hard hitting stuff, tackling a subject most of us know little about, whilst pushing some TV boundaries too. Episodes one and two are available on the ITV Hub, episode three is on ITV next Sunday.

Strictly not mentioning THAT kiss, Come Dancing continued over the weekend. Bruno was off doing something else, so Alfonso Ribeiro joined the judges and made a big impression.

As much as we love Bruno, Alfonso was a hit, so I hope that whatever Mr T was doing was worth it because the Fresh Prince star looked really comfortable in the fourth judge’s chair.

Vicki and Graziano left the show on Sunday. Let’s hope Bruno is allowed back this weekend for the Halloween special.

I’m not much of a fan of breakfast shows on TV, Radio 4 does it for me, but ITVs Good Morning Britain rattled a few cages last week and this time it wasn’t Piers Morgan who had the masses screaming at their TV over the cornflakes (or wheatgerm toast with honey, depending on your post code) no, this time it was Ben and Charlotte who ignited the blue touch paper and then failed to retire to a safe distance.

Ben and Charlotte were discussing Disney movies being banned or rewritten to reflect ‘modern women’ with two experts (where do they find these people?) both of whom liked the sound of their own voices way too much. We didn’t reach a conclusion, Twitter went crazy and I have reported Prince Charming to the Guardia Civil for being a non-feminist.

I know where I stand on this topic, but I don’t want to risk overloading the postal service by saying any more.

Looking ahead (I haven’t forgotten, Caroline) The Great Model Railway Challenge continues on Channel 5 on Friday – no more info needed really, Channel 4 is Standing up to Cancer, again on Friday and if you are in the mood for a late night movie, Deepwater Horizon is on CH4 on Sunday night.

 

Happy Viewing

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