Read, Watch and Listen (June)

After a week off from work, I should feel refreshed but I feel unusually worn out. Home renovations take a lot of energy. However, I am pleased to have made time to watch some TV, listen to a few podcasts and do some reading.

If you missed last month’s recommendations, check them out below:

Read, Watch and Listen (May)

Now here are my thoughts on a great book, satisfying TV show and informative podcast.

Read – The Fell by Sarah Moss

I may have mentioned this book before, back when I first bought it. It intrigued me because it focused on Covid times when lockdowns were happening.

The lead character wanted to explore the hilly countryside around her home but she stayed later than the curfew and her teenage son realised she was missing.

Despite being a practised hill walker, Kate was caught up in a blizzard and injured herself. Matt was worried and emergency services were called in.

Including viewpoints from an elderly neighbour and a rescue worker, this narrative is well told.

With short chapters and great storytelling techniques, this book is thought-provoking and satisfying to read.

Watch – The Idea Of You (Prime Video)

OK this isn’t a TV show but it is a movie available on Amazon Prime and not in cinemas, so it still counts.

Lately, the streaming platform has been coming up trumps with both brilliant TV series and self-made films.

‘The Idea Of You’ sees a 40 year old mother fall in love with a 24 year old lead singer of a band called Austin Moon.

Yes this is a Cougar film but I feel women are given a hard time for dating younger men while men date younger women all the time.

Anyway, it follows the development of a love affair which ends in lots of media criticism for Anne Hathaway’s character, Solene. Meanwhile the English singer, Hayes (played by Nicholas Galitzine) is teased by bandmates about his interest in a mother figure.

I was charmed but this production and can see why it got to Number 1 on the Prime Video chart.

Listen to Making The Cut Podcast

After six months away from the microphones, Davina McCall and her partner Michael Douglas are back with another fantastic run. This podcast has always been my favourite because it reviews so many useful things honestly.

For those of you unfamiliar with Davina, she presented Big Brother for eleven years, was originally an MTV host and now reunites long lost family members as well as judging the UK version of The Masked Singer.

Michael was her hair stylist for years and has a successful salon business as well as TV presence on leading shows such as This Morning on ITV.

The banter between these two is funny and captivating. I feel as though I am sat around a kitchen table with them, having a cup of tea and a natter.

And Finally…

Maybe one of my recommendations has grabbed your interest and you will try one of them out. I try my best to take a good example of a TV show (or movie), a book and a podcast (or soundtrack) each month for your consideration.

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Read, Watch and Listen – April/May

As I went away on holiday in April I didn’t get around to my usual Read, Watch and Listen article. Today I want to catch up with a recommendation of something to devour that is bookish, a fantastic TV show and a funny, fresh podcast.

Join me as I outline the reasons why you should consider checking out one of these incredible magnets of entertainment.

Read ‘Diary of a Swedish Shepherd’ by Axel Linden

Have you ever considered leaving the office for a more rural job?

This book is sweet and short but nonetheless leaves you with a better understanding of life as a sheep farmer in Sweden.

As a diary, there are notes each day about what it is like to change careers and start a farm. Sometimes it is frustrating and others just wonderful. Mostly lovely though.

Anecdotal and personal, this book is well worth a read. It touches on tradition, modernity and sustainability. I loved dipping into it a few pages at a time because it always made me reflect and usually made me smile.

Watch ‘Palm Royaleon Apple TV Plus

‘What is this?’ I hear you cry.

Well, it is a stunning new comedy-drama playing on Apple TV Plus which stars Kristin Wig (Bridesmaids) and Laura Dern (Big Little Lies/ Jurassic Park) among others.

A wanna-be hotshot woman trying her luck in a wealthy Californian town is seen bluffing her way into high society. The results are hilarious and satisfying.

Everyone likes to see an underdog doing well – right? Maxine (Kristin) is married to a guy who may well inherit a fortune from his aunt who is currently in a coma. The comatose aunt is played by TV legend Carol Burnett who is on screen in the coma and also seen in funny flashbacks.

Ricky Martin (“She Bangs!”) pops up as a waiter who happens to live in the pool house belonging to coma lady. His involvement is amusing and integral, as he develops a close friendship with Laura’s character, Linda.

Settle in for episodes of fun, frolics and easy-to-watch entertainment.

Listen to ‘Miss Me’ on Spotify or BBC Sounds

As a fan of Lily Allen and Miquita Oliver, I was surprised to know that both were long term best friends. Knowing that Lily lived in New York and Miquita in London I can see why they decided to name their new podcast – ‘Miss me.’

Essentially they post two episodes a week. On Thursday they discuss certain talking points then on Monday they open up the podcast to take questions that listeners left by voice note.

These two are so honest; brutally honest and hilarious.

I have really started to look forward to every new episode of this ‘already top ten’ podcast.

Recent chat has been about the patriarchy, ambition and bosoms.

I absolutely love it and you will too!

In A Nutshell

Hopefully one of these suggestions hit home with you and you will feel the need to check it out.

If you missed my last set of recommendations you can read them here:

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Read, Watch, Listen – March

It has been a while since I did one of my monthly roundups of entertainment suggestions. This feature samples a book, a TV show and a podcast that I am currently enjoying.

Check out my reviews and see whether any take your fancy. This month I mention a drama set in Asia, a fanciful story about The Queen and a really funny podcast about death.

Read – The Uncommon Reader – By Alan Bennett

Thinking about the Queen in her prime, this story imagines her becoming a bookworm.

If the monarch started neglecting her duties due to a bookish obsession what might happen?

Alan Bennett explores this subject cleverly with gentle narrative and witty skill. It is a rather short book but nonetheless satisfying. With a book stuffed behind the seat of her state event carriage and a constant desire to quiz guests about their reading, it makes for an entertaining read.

Watch – Expats – on Amazon Prime Video

Nicole Kidman plays Margaret, an American lady who came over to Hong Kong with her husband and ended up staying longer than expected.

The reason for this was tragic. Their youngest son went missing during a visit to the well known Hong Kong night market. The six episodes follow various characters, including the young nanny, the housekeeper and various wealthy Expat friends.

Listen to – Where There’s A Will, There’s A Wake

Kathy Burke hosts this hilarious podcast which interviews stars about their ideal deaths, funerals and wakes.

Kathy is well known for her funny roles in ‘Kevin and Perry,’ ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’ and ‘Absolutely Fabulous.’ I have even seen her direct an Oscar Wilde theatre play.

She is clever and scathing, known for her no-nonsense honesty and potty mouth.

The first interview she did involved Jennifer Saunders and she had me laughing my head off.

And Finally

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my recommendations. Hopefully something grabbed your interest.

Feel free to share your thoughts on one of these in the comments.

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