Comfort Television

With all the sad news in the media this week, it’s been good to have some quality ‘comfort television’ to retreat to.

In Australia, we’ve just had the new series of Midsomer Murders featuring Neil Dudgeon as cousin Barnaby. I watched the first show, Death In The Slow Lane, with some trepidation, not knowing if I’d like the character. So far, I have to say he is very good and appealing and in particular I love the scenes with his dog Sykes.

Here’s some more information on the little dog here.

David said, ‘oh the dog’s just the smoother for people like you who can’t bear to see Tom leave.’  Probably true but it worked! I also liked the schoolgirl characters (the scholarship girls) who were fun. The script was very confused and a bit muddling and I didn’t really get to understand why the murderer killed certain people but logic always has to be left behind when viewing Midsomer.

The other show I’m really enjoying is on ABC and is a British show called Marshlands.

This eerie tale with three different time periods (1960s, 80s and the present) woven together to show how a house absorbs the energy of its inhabitants in a lovely big house in Yorkshire, is my cup of tea, totally. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens as the story unfolds. Highly recommended for those who love past/present, mysteries and a good supernatural thriller. It also has a link to Midsomer Murders with the casting of Daniel Casey (Sergeant Troy) who plays Scott Maynard. What is your idea of comfort television? Leave me a note, I’d love to know. 

 Enjoy your weekend. I’m going to celebrate the Spring with my Spiritual Women’s group, attend a lingerie party (my first) and hope to do some more work in my garden writing shed.

And here’s a photo of Johnny Depp just because it’s Friday. xx

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4 Responses

  1. pinry July 29, 2011 / 11:59 am

    i don’t get to watch much television, so am not up with the recent shows. my idea of comfort tv is old movies, preferably musicals with good frocks. i recently enjoyed seeing high society again. jxxx

  2. Suzy's Vintage Attic July 31, 2011 / 12:55 pm

    Hi Josephine.

    How did the lingerie party go? Did you treat yourself?
    You may be surprised to know that I have only watched a handful of Midsommer Murders, I didn’t even know that there was a replacement now. I have to look at some of the new one to see if I get hooked. I have very limited TV time and when I do watch it, it is usually with Alan so we watch things we both like. When I occasionally watch TV on my own and seek comfort viewing, I like to watch cookery programmes, gardening, Miss Marple, old films, period dramas. Have you seen Downton Abbey? I can recommend it. I wasn’t hooked at first but from the 3rd episode onwards I was.

    I have just looked up Marshlands and may enjoy it although I’m not sure about the supernatural part of it, especially when children are involved….

    I am intrigued by your Women’s spiritual group. You do lead an interesting life!

    I hope that inspiration has been flowing in the writing shed 🙂

    Take care
    Isabelle xxx

  3. jen storer August 1, 2011 / 9:53 am

    I must check out Marshlands, it sounds perfect! There really is some amazing writing out there in telly land these days. I love Being Human, too. jxx

  4. Tracy September 16, 2011 / 6:21 pm

    Bizarre! Midsomer Murders is one of the things I miss about the UK! It is comfort telly. I was sad to miss Marshlands too, I would love to see it. I find some things uploaded to youtube and found a series called ‘Love Soup’,which was on tv in the UK a few years ago. I really loved it. The female lead, Tamsin Greig, is really great and I find her character very touching. The first series is about a writer who is writing a tv series. It is all on youtube if you ever want to look for it.

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