Trust Me S1 E4: Cathy is at breaking point and everything is too close to call! Will she make it out unscaved? (Spoiler alert)

This episode was the finale (episode 4) and I was expecting shards to fly. But I must say I was surprised as they didn’t fly as thought they would.

It was fast paced and I do applaud Jodie Whittaker for such a passionate performance. Unfortunately my praises end there. There are and having been many flaws in this episode.

I will be going into a lot more detail about the episode now and what I thought! If you have not seen it, don’t read on past this point – it will take away the need to watch the episode and I frankly I want you to watch it and let me know what you think.

I find it is often easier to watch it one after another as it is more like real time. Here is a good opportunity – have a watch and let me know 🙂

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The Great British Bake Off was a success but left us missing the BBCs no advert rule (spoiler alert)

This is a review of the newly launched GBBO on channel 4.  We moved to a channel with new contestants, new judges (except Paul) and new presenters.

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Left to right: Paul Hollywood (original judge), Sandi Toksvig (new presenter), Noel Fielding (new presenter) and Prue Leith (new judge)

My Thoughts

I liked the bake off – I was worried that I would miss Mel and Sue (and I did) but I found Noel and Sandi rather funny and I settled in. Their opening to the show was entertaining and their one liners bounced off each other like table tennis.

All the main components and challenges were the same, but I was in more anticipation as I was unsure if Prue would play nice or not. She was tough and I liked that. Mary was always lovely about it and found the positive side to it, but something about Prue’s straight to the point judging made it really good.
The challenges were harder and the pressure was higher and as usual we had a few lagging behind. Forgetting to put ovens on, cakes falling apart… it was the bake off we know and love.
The challenges were brilliant and the illusion cake show stopper was a toughy, but boy, did they pull through. I was sure that they were real blueberry pancakes (and I would love to go to Liam’s house for breakfast). I have never really liked tomato, but Stephens BLT looked better than any sandwich I had ever had.  And wow… Flo could have fooled me with her watermelon if I hadn’t seen her cooking it!

Congrats to Stephen for Star Baked!

I hate to see Mel, Sue and Mary go, but this breath of fresh air actually grew on me.

All is well and good, but if there is one thing we British hate as much a queuing.. it’s adverts. The number of food related adverts was beyond anything and the fact that there was an advert break before the last two minutes was absolutely pointless. We never really appreciate something until it’s gone and now we wish that we could just watch it all in one and not lose our place or forget who baked what.

Netherleless, I would watch it again and try not to get hungry when I see the cake baking challenge with Stork.

Overall

A better than expected opening episode. I had my doubts about its popularity without Mel, Sue and Mary however Noel and Sandi eased my worries.

Star Rating

4 stars!  1 off for the adverts…

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Trust Me S1 E3 recap review: Cathy witnessed a hard truth at the hospital that could expose her once and for all (spoiler alert)

This is a review of the BBC series Trust Me,  series 1 episode 3, featuring Jodie Whittaker as Cathy/Alison.

The Plot

Part of the reason, Cath pursued her position as a doctor was to uncover why so many patient deaths have occurred in the hospital, labelled as accidents. She was finally exposed to a harsh insight and saw one for herself, only to cover it up. It is then that she realised how there was more to these incidents, and that is not just the altering of reports. Her involvement in the case has leave her out to dry for all to see. It is about time that they would come asking about it.

Her week had really not been good, and with the recent passing of her father, she was rather distracted. So a trip to Andy’s countryside home was nice and could allow her to relax – but oh wait.. he had an agenda and he knew about her Cathy/Alison cover up. Only he wanted to help her because she was the best doctor they had.

Sweet of him.. but would his decision come back to bite him and was it genuine?

My Thoughts

The episode progressed rather quickly – on a spectrum from sympathy and anger to shock and complete horror. I was on an emotional rollercoaster.

I was glad that Andy helped her when he confronted her about her secret, but it is a big thing to keep and I have this feeling that he may not stick to his word. He has the power to make or break her and going into the final episode, the truth will come out one way or another.

There was a horrific case during Cathy’s busy shift. It was the blood and the needles. I was close to looking away, it was not for the faint hearted.

What’s coming up…

A dramatic episode!

  • Will they find out her true identity?
  • Will Andy keep his word?
  • Will she publicise the conspiracy or will she stick up for the team?

This is the final episode and I am excited!

Star Rating

This episode gets 3 stars and a good recommendation! Despite some unplausible points that I mentioned in previous  episode reviews, this series is entertaining and watchable.
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Will Andy keep his word?

Will her time as Alison be over?

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Trust Me S1E2 recap: Things get tense as Cathy gets a little too deep and risks everything she holds dear! #docotrincrisis

Episode 2 of Trust Me was a little more dramatic and I liked it! Who doesn’t like a little of drama…

The Plot

Cathy is deep in her lies and the longer she works there, the more trouble she will get into. She has such a burden on her shoulders, and feels under pressure from her undercover secret! She would do anything to keep it, like acquiring a fake passport.

So called “Alison” has found her place in the hospital and she has made an great impression amongst her colleagues, especially Dr Andrew Brenner who is completely into her. Their secret relationship is rather controversial, especially if it is eventually unearthed by her husband?

Despite fitting in, it has not been easy. It has been full of mistakes – mostly basic tell tale procedures and even providing her passport was a little difficult – because, of course she was not Alison.  I don’t understand why someone has not caught on to it .

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Broken S1 E6: A finale full of heartbreak, forgiveness and grief!

Today I am reviewing the finale of Broken, a series running on BBC 1. It has taken 5 episodes to get to this point and boy was it worth it!

The Plot

The plot of this episode followed the struggles of local residents and finally injected some  well needed hope. The plot was sad and had scenes of loss, which got me a bit.

Father Micheal had lived with guilt for some time. While he blessed and forgave others on a daily basis, he give himself the same respect. His guilt over Vernon’s death and his doubt in his ability to be a priest was hard to see. I have always been fond of Father Micheal’s character.

Andrew, the peer pressured police officer joined his colleagues in a hearing over Vernon’s death and did what he should have done earlier. I was so proud that he found the strength to tell the truth and get the best outcome for Vernon. Helena found peace over the hearing, yet she was less fond of Father Micheal by the end of it.

We remember the horrible tragedy in the Carmicheal family and understandably Chloe and the family were finding it hard to adjust. The gambling machines had caused grief in many families and revenge looked quite appealing. Seeing Chloe without her mother was heartbreaking, as I can not imagine the pain she was going through!

The Ending

With all the trouble in their lives, the residents found some peace by the end of the episode. It was especially nice to see the local residents and friends show their support for Father Micheal. The “wonderful priest” surely has more in him yet!

Last Note

What a series. I adored the acting to Sean Bean and I felt a little teary

Star Rating

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No doubt 4 stars!

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S1, E3: Conspiracies emerged and truths backfired in the series, Broken! (spoiler alert)

I am reviewing S1 E3 of the BBC series Broken. This episode was especially tense and we got an insight into Father Micheal’s flashbacks.

My Thoughts

He had a troubled education – he was mallestered by his english teacher, Father Matthews. He has had trouble in his past taking advantage of girls and it makes me wonder if it was because of his teacher?

It seemed like those who ran the church and took of advantage failed Micheal, yet he still went to God as a priest. He had to face Father Matthew’s sooner or later and when he did, Father Matthew’s was very dismissive of the claims and stated “you enjoyed it”. I felt very sorry for Father Micheal as he didn’t get the apology that he deserved.

Father Micheal was also fighting with his guilt over Vernon’s message. It was like a song in his head that he could not get out – one with a memorable addictive tune like crazy frog.

We also were introduced to a police man who was at the scene when Vernon was shot. He was advised to tell the truth by father Micheal. However the female coworker Dawn, who sprayed on a young boy and lead to his death threatened the police officer to lie. His story did not match up with the other officers and he was angry that she got away with killing a young boy.

All of his family and friends were put against him – peer pressuring him to change his account of the death. He was understandably angry and infuriated that he, the truthful one, was shot down by those who lied. I just wished that he could help and be the officer to allow his mother to know the truth.

Last Note

It was tense, gripping and I had my heart in my chest and I just hoped that Dawn would admit really happened to Vernon. It was so sad to think that someone telling the truth was grated down to the point of lying.

We saw a vulnerable side to Father Micheal in this episode and relived his childhood memories of his unsavoury education. How is he support to help others when he is struggling himself?

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give the episode 4 stars!

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S1 E2: Broken introduced new cracks to the plot as Michael Kerrigan’s past was revealed! (Spoiler Alert)

In this second episode, we saw more emphasis on Priest Micheal Kerrigan (played by Sean Bean), than the young struggling mother, Christina Fitzsimmons (played by Anna Friel).

My Thoughts

As a priest, he has not had the most innocent past. During a woman’s confession, he revealed that he abused women and used for sex. It is not everyday that you find out that your priest had those shocking intentions. As he explained, he was very young and took advantage of them because he could.

Priest Micheal Kerrigan did not have the best time in this episode. Alongside his confession to the woman, he unintentionally contributed to the death of a young man. When he could have gone and helped him, he decided to ignore the phone call, only to find out the horrible news in the sermon the next morning.

He found the guilt extremely overwhelming, however he had to make a choice: Should he tell the boys mother of his guilt or be the priest that she needs for her grief and support her? I also tried to imagine what I would do in that situation – if I would have the guts to tell her that he may still be alive if I picked up the phone. I don’t think I would be able to.

Final Note

The episode was gripping but not in a thriller way. It made me think about my morals and regrets. It showed that guilt could be very overpowering, and that even so, a man can turn his life around and get forgiveness from God.

I could not look away from start to finish and I am eager to see what the next episode has holds. With so much in the priests past, I have no doubt that there are many more shocks and revelations to come.

Star Review

I would give the review 4 stars as it was morally gripping from start to finish! The series is different to other BBC dramas and I like it!

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S1, E2: Troubled Paula faced more drama in an overly packed episode!

This is a review of Paula, episode 2, series 1. on BBC 2, normally shown on Thursday night.

My Feelings

I found this episode quite farfetched and filled with unnecessary drama – fights galore that added nothing to the story line, just a way to lengthen out the episode! I would prefer two episodes to three as it would be easier to watch.

Paula has that marmite feeling to her – you either love her or hate her, and in this episode, I found her very eerie. Yes she had lost Phillip and her brother in suppose suicides, however I found her hard to watch. Her constant frown and vulgar language was very off putting. I do not understand why James and the detective would suddenly be so fixed on her – were we suppose to be scared of her and not James?

We know that James is not mentally stable and has had increasing illusions of a young child. It was very creepy. but brings up the question: Does he have any skeletons in his closet?

To be honest, Paula isn’t any better. Death and stress do bad things to people and her mental capacity has got a little less predictable since her one night stand with James.

Her weird thoughts have also given us a bit of a chill – the fact that she liked being the prisoner in games when she was younger and explained how she visited another family while she was unconscious, after asking her brother to strangle her. It was all a bit disturbing really.

 Final Note

Dramatic? yes but a little too dramatic and predictable! You could just tell what was going to happen to her alcoholic brother. It was inevitable.

Star Rating

I would give it 3 stars as the plot was a bit too ambitious!

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Ahh well. Let’s see if next week is better!

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Late review of Paula S1 E1: Prepare to be glued to your seat and mesmerised by all the drama!

So I watched the first episode of Paula this week. I have not really had chance to publish my thoughts about it and I will try and keep these brief.

My Thoughts

We were introduced to Paula ( Denise Gough), a quiet chemistry teacher and then later met Handyman James (Tom Hughes). At first looks, he was professional and had charm and handled Paula’s rat problem with ease.  Paula was in pursuit from Philip, at PE teacher at the same school. He seemed eager to spend weekends with her behind his wife’s back.

It all seemed normal, but then things got weird and a one night stand became something more sinister and dark.

I saw James’s character change and we saw him in a more violent and stressful light. Not only that, he was acting rather odd and with visions and nightmares, he looked a little unstable. This seemed incredibly evident when he started to investigate into Paula’s life and finally learned about Phillip and their secret one time affair.

He became rather creepy, and it showed no bounds as he blackmailed Philip and lured him to a dark rubbish site, only to kill him with his bare hands.

I have seen many films which have resulted in a one night stand, and nothing this dramatic has come of it.

Final Note

It was unpredictable and tense. My opinions of these characters went up and down like yoyo – sometimes sympathy for James state and then awe at his audacity to deliver violence. The death of Philip made me shudder and the ghostly girl sighting in James van was chilling.

The director made it very clear in this episode that nothing was as it seems and some problems are skin deep. Paula’s comment of “You could be anyone” after their one night stand was now more relevant.

Star Rating

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The opening episode deserves 4 stars, without a doubt!

If you like the Fall or the Replacement, than you will love this!

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Jack Whitehall has got us going up not down in Evelyn Waugh’s adaption of Decline and Fall!

This review is discussing Decline and fall, a three episode series based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, shown on BBC 1.

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The novel that this series is adapted from

My Thoughts

I was unsure of what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed the series. Jack Whitehall is often seen as just a comedian, however he definetly showed us his wider acting skills in this new role.

Mr Paul Pennyfeather was a young man studying Theology at Oxford. He was content until he was expelled for something of his undoing. He seemed to go from place to place and not feel like it was where he wanted to be and on the way, he got pulled in by a seductive women named Margot Beste-Chetwynde (played by Eva Longoria), who under the surface was not as nice as she seemed. I must say that she did a very good job in portraying an upperclass attitude and rich aura. It was clear that Paul was constantly suffering for things that other people had done, and it was slowly getting to him.

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Eva Longoria as Margot Beste-Chetwynde, a rich, beautiful and highly regarded women

I found the script to this very engaging and it had aspects of love, crime, punishment and gore…. practically everything. A quote from the script that really stood out was a bit of advice from Solomon Philbrick (Played by Stephen Graham) who told him that “life is like a ferris wheel. It goes up and down, around and around. Or you could just sit on the grass and watch it go by”. I interpreted quote this as people living their life too fast and not slowing down. Mr Pennyfeather, learned that it is often better to watch by than go on the ride.I was captivated by each episode, each one was better than the last. It had a certain humour which was both serious and enjoyable to watch.

Final Note

Overall the three episode series exceeded my expectations and I just wish that it is not the end for Jack Whitehall and that they come back for another series. I would like to find out if Paul finally had a clean slate and started again without being pursued for his past.

You have time to view this series on BBC Iplayer, with the first episode expiring in a week. You can watch them all back to back, saving any confusion!

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