• @bluesqueakpip

    Hang in there. Some old faces are going to start to appear, and the new, dark universe of Picard is going to connect with the optimism of The Next Generation.


  • @nerys, @winston,

    Where we live there are a number of neighbours who can probably afford a cottage, and their houses seem strangely unoccupied. But at least those who remain are very responsible. They wear masks inside shops, and we all keep our distance when walking to the shops, but we still manage to say hello to each other–even if it is from…[Read more]

  • @nerys and @winston

    Things are indeed difficult at the moment, which is why we sometimes need a shot of humour. To that end (and something that will only make sense to Canadians):

    Restrictions remain in place for Ontarians who can’t afford cottages


  • @missrori,

    This might sound corny, but you have got us.

    One of the great things about this site is that it is populated by people who are attracted to a show where the central tenant is “to be kind”.

    Some of us, like the Old Syzygy, are coping with stuff I cannot possibly imagine, yet she can share an incredible knowledge and love of music;…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the tip, @craig.

    And, after finding the National Theatre website, I see that next week they are offering “Antony and Cleopatra” with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo.

    Mind you, we don’t actually dress for the theatre before viewing.

  • Yesterday, Mrs Blenkinsop discovered ( via the Guardian) that a filmed performance of “Frankenstein”, the National Theatre Company production, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Monster, Johnny Lee Miller as Frankenstein, and Naomi Harris as Elizabeth, was screening for one day on YouTube. Naturally, we watched it. And it was excellent.

    If you are…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)


    Just wanted to say that I am really enjoying your reflections (and your son’s) on the episodes.

    And the quotes..!

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Dalek


    Sven is my new hero! That clip was brilliant.


  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)


    Is this it?



  • Have been thinking more about the 2-part story. While I thought it worked really well in all sorts of interesting ways, it was not perfect. For me, there was one thing that did not work: David Tennant. I felt his interpretation of a School master c.1913 just did not ring true. (Whereas Pip Torrens as the headmaster worked really very well, I…[Read more]

  • Watched them both last night. I have been trying to isolate what it was about these two episodes that made them so special. I think it was how deeply emotional everything was–John Smith’s torment as he slowly realises he is not who he thinks he is; the relationship between him and the school matron; the relationship between the two boys that…[Read more]

  • @craig

    Thanks for posting those. I am looking forward to re-watching both parts of what I think was one of the best 2-parters in AG Who.

    Having just finished watching Mackenzie Crook’s take on “Worzel Gummidge” my recent TV viewing seems to be strangely full of scarecrows…

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)


    That was pretty great, to see all the Doctors doing something so…well, what the Doctor would do.

    And seeing all the Doctors without make-up made me feel much better about looking at myself in the bathroom mirror!

  • Have just finished watching the new version of “Worzel Gummidge”. Loved it. Many here will remember the 1970s show with Pertwee. This version, by comparison, is very much in accord with “The Detectorists”, written, directed by, and starring–Mackenzie Crook. Both shows are about the wonder and mystery of nature. This one is a children-focused…[Read more]

  • @nerys

    We have visited Nova Scotia on three occasions; the first time was about 12 years ago (I think). I recall that we arrived in Halifax the day after the hurricane had flattened large swathes of trees downtown and knocked out much of the power. I remember our B&B had no power or water(!) but we were lucky enough to get the last room in the…[Read more]

  • @craig

    There’s another one…this time called Leigh.

  • Picard. I figure anough time has passed since the final episode to be able to talk about it spoiler free (I am talking especially to @whisht and @nerys).

    Well, I thought this was one of the finest recent tv shows I have seen. For me, it is up there with the first series of Sherlock, and the first Moffat series of Who. No…it is better than…[Read more]

  • @craig


    I read the news each morning, and aside from the informative news items–which seem to struggle for attention these days–so much is from the perspective of the unaffected (i.e., demands that the lockdown end so they can exercise their god-given right to shop in Walmart) and so little expressing thoughts about the lost, that your…[Read more]

  • @janetteb

    That is very sad about Tim Brooke Taylor. I have just been watching clips of The Goodies, probably for the first time in 30 years. At the time, they had to compete for my attention with Monty Python, but re-watching them now, I don’t think I properly appreciated back then the anarchic theatre of the absurd that they…[Read more]

  • OK, I know this is outrageously wet of me, but:


    Actually, if this was on Who it would not be wet, it would be Who.


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