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What Am I Watching On TV? The Crossing, The Bodyguard, Jack Ryan, Stictly Come Dancing, X-Factor

What am I watching on TV at the moment? Well, let me tell you it’s been a struggle. We don’t get a lot of time to sit and enjoy a TV series. Mostly, we use on-demand services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub. We rarely watch anything “real-time” these days since we cancelled Sky TV.

So here are a few things I’ve been watching on TV lately and why…

The Crossing

The Crossing ABC TV Program

This was a series that popped up prominently on Amazon Prime. Unlike many TV series on Prime this one came out with a new episode each week, so there was no binge watching. Billed as a bit of a thriller drama involving time travel and mystery, it was right up my street. Another thing going for it was the “from the makers of Lost” tagline – can’t go wrong there.

The lead character is Sheriff Jude Elli – played by Steve Zahn. Parents out there may recognise Zahn as the dad from the Diary of a Whimpy Kid movies. He’s the sheriff of a small town where dozens of people mysteriously appear on a beach one night. Without giving too much away, they are from the future and they are running from something. But what?

I really enjoyed this series. It ended with some closure to the story but with many questions left unanswered. This led me to believe there would be an inevitable second series. Alas, ABC cancelled it and there will be no more.

Fear The Walking Dead

Yes, this is technically not a break from The Walking Dead. But this is a different take on the story. I am watching this, patiently waiting until season 8 of its parent series becomes free on Prime. I’m currently on season 3 which has recently become included with Prime membership.

It’s strange watching this show because it’s essentially the same story told from other people experiences. I’m not as keen on it as the original but it’s a good alternative if you fancy getting your zombie fix!

Fear The Walking Dead

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard BBC TV Drama
(Source: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-09-07/bodyguard-bbc1-final-episode-extended-special-running-time-75-minutes/)

When the BBC do a drama series right they really do it right. I was gripped from the very first moment of the series. You could just tell it was going to be good. 

I am a fan of Keeley Hawes from her Spooks days, although in these she’s playing the Home Secretary. She is protected by her PPO, Sgnt David Budd, of the Met. Again, I don’t want to give anything away but essentially we’re dealing with attempts on the Home Secretaries life and the story unfolds from there.

I’ve not finished this series yet so even I don’t know where all the twists and turns in the story are going. It’s sure to be a good second half of the series over the next couple of weeks though. Well done BBC, nice to know the licence fee is going somewhere good.

Strictly Come Dancing

Yes, I love a bit of strictly. But, having a house full of dance mad girls means I couldn’t avoid it if I tried. We’ve only just had the launch show for 2018 so no idea who the good, the band and the downright two-left-footed are but it will be a great run I’m sure.

(Source: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-09-08/strictly-come-dancing-2018-contestants-line-up-rumours-bbc/)

X-Factor

Every year I say I’m not watching it anymore. Every year I watch it. My excuse this year, Robbie Williams. I tuned in to see how he would be as a judge and was sucked in. It is a shame that the show is more about the judges that the artists and that they’ve gone back to arena auditions. But, it’s still good light entertainment, isn’t it? Well, if you ignore the fact it’s actually meant to be a singing competition!

x-factor
(Source: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-09-10/the-x-factor-2018-start-date-time-judges-confirmed-itv/)

 

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