Birth. Maternity. / murders. Spiral Midsomer Barnaby.

WHAT HAVE I WATCHED ON TV THIS WEEK?

An antidote to Euro 2012.


Midsomer murders.

I thought John Nettles as Inspector Tom Barnaby WAS Midsomer murders, but they  successfully replaced him when he retired by  his “cousin” DCI John Barnaby, brilliantly played by Neil Dudgeon.  The old joke about there being “so many murders in the county of Midsomer, you wouldn’t want to live there”!, is a bit to close to home when  there have been no less than four murders in my very local area in the last two weeks and another three or four this year!
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Spiral is back!

(Engrenages)
4th Series


Saturday night at 2100h is our night to settle back and watch the latest subtitled “Nordic Noir” type series.
We have had  Swedish series Wallander, the Danish series, Killing,  the Danish Borgen, about a Woman Prime minister, The Italian Inspector whose name I forget and recently the Danish series. The Bridge. …and now the fourth series of Spiral.  A French police series, showing the grittier side of the city I love, Paris.
The cast all seem to have lost weight and become more polished, Caroline Proust,  who plays the the lead detective Police Captain Laure Berthaud has a new sexy short haircut and a bit of subtle make up.,  The delicious Gregory Fitoussi who plays prosecutor, Pierre Clement has lost weight and seems fitter. Even Phillip Duclos, who plays the Judge, seems to have gained weight, making him look a bit less emaciated.
Unfortunately the series has not improved my French, they speak too fast and in too much slang,  but following the subtitles makes it compulsive viewing. Really we should be multilingial!
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One born every minute.


One Born Every Minute


Health professionals hate it,  mothers love it, but this fly on the wall hit documentary about daily life (and death) in a maternity unit has been the best parent craft educator, for showing women what having a baby is REALLY like.

Escaping from the football, I caught the beginning of a rerun of  an episode from the first series,  Like you cannot hep looking at a car crash on the opposite caraigeway,  I got  hooked because I speculated who would end up having a caesarian section.

I think the programme makers in the first series, chose men and women who were a bit unconventional and would make good telly.  The more recent series from Leeds was much better
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Sure enough we saw the partner who, showed us how it should not be done. He  played on his Nintendo, whilst his woman rolled around in agony.  “look babe I have just shot a queen!” later he brought in fish and chips and proceeded to eat  with his fingers, whilst she paced the floor and moaned in pain. ( he did generously  offer her a chip!)

At the opposite end  there was the lovely supportive man  who’s wife had had had four miscarriages.  They both described their pain and grief, and now their anxiety about having a live birth.

I have to admit to a tear in my eye when their dreams come true.

Denise
Love from Bolton


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6 thoughts on “WHAT HAVE I WATCHED ON TV THIS WEEK?

  1. I wish that the BBC television channels were available in Paris. It's a bit odd because they are in Switzerland. Come to think of it, maybe it's a good thing because I would get absorbed by the maternity ward program! I'm not sure how I would have reacted if Stephane was munching on fish and chips while I was in labor…but it wouldn't have been a pleasant!As for the Eurocup, my daughter told me that I must write a blog about where everyone is watching it in Paris. The England-France game drew large crowds of Brits to the English pubs in Montreux. Stephane's a big soccer fan so I'm fairly sure that we'll be tuned in to the games for the foreseeable future.

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  2. I love Spiral! Where are you watching it on? I think it's on pay TV in France (I don't have a TV)? It doesn't seem to be on BBC, although I see they're showing season 2, maybe as a warm-up. (There are, ahem, ways and means to watch it in France, not that I would condone such things…)

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  3. Gwan I watch Spiral on BBC 4 on Saturday at 2100h. The series is new in 2012 I think.I think I have watched two or three previous series. The first was the butcher of la Villette about just one serial killer. The second and third were different cases every week. As I type this England are drawing to Switzerland 2-2. I am visiting my son and have retired to the nearbye Travelodge, where I sleep, to escape, but all the pubs in the village are full of football fans. Help!Love Denise

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  4. hi testing out how to add comments I was signed in to my google account it sent me to sign in to my google account after I had compose the message. Then my comment was not posted to the blogSo now that I am signed in I am reposting to see if this will work – if it works I will then add my comment let's see how this works

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  5. so that worked. this is was my comment that did not get published first time around.We have been watching Midsomer Murders for year and was wondering how the show would turn out when Tom Barnaby was replaced by his cousin. We found that the show is as good and sometimes even better because of the little dog which steals the show. We do not get the most recent shows in Canada. I try to refrain from looking at trailers on the internet as that would spoil the mystery. cheersConradjust noticed my first post should have said "I was NOT signed in to my google account…."

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