Hello my fellow goggle-boxes, I hope you are all well. With only a little easing of restrictions from lockdown, here in the UK, during the month of June, there has still been a lot more time for watching telly! Here’s all the adapted goodies I managed to watch:
Killing Eve (S3) *** – First, I finished watching the third season of this quirky, spy thriller, based on Luke Jennings’ novella series, on the BBC iPlayer. Another rollercoaster ride with former MI5 officer, Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and the deadly female assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), as they leave a wake of destruction behind them. Again this had me gripped, repulsed and laughing in equal measure, as these two strong women try to move on after last season’s disastrous climax.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) ** – One Friday night, with a Dominos’ pizza, we settled down to watch Sky’s premiere of this fantasy adventure sequel, inspired by Charles Perrault’s fairy tale and Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1959), which sees Angelina Jolie return as the infamous, dark fey. This time to protect the faeries from Aurora’s devious, mother-in-law-to-be, Queen Ingrith, played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Not quite as good as the first film, but still jolly-good, magical fun.
True Blood (S5) ** – Next, I watched season five of this supernatural drama, based on Charlaine Harris’ The Southern Vampire Mysteries, in Sky boxsets on Now TV. This continues to follow the misadventures of Sookie Stackhouse, as a vigilante group begins attacking ‘supernaturals’ and the vampire Authority responds with a Holy Blood War. Still a little too much sex for my taste, but good vampire fun, that is a great distraction in these crazy times!
The Witcher (S1) *** – Finally, I watched season one of this epic fantasy, adventure, based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels, on Netflix. Which stars the beefy Henry Cavill as the legendary monster-slayer, Geralt of Rivia and the young Princess Ciri, as they find their destinies entwined. There is the tricky, triple time narrative to get your head round, but after that I thought this was a rollickingly, good, fun, fantasy adventure. Warning: contains scary-ass monsters, so you might want a pillow to hide behind like me! 😏
Altogether that is four new-to-me adaptations watched. I also enjoyed comforting re-watches of three of the Twilight Saga films and three of the Harry Potter films. Which brings my grand total up to the super impressive ten adaptations watched in June. My pick of the month has to go to Killing Eve, with The Witcher coming in a very close second. 😁
As for non-adaptions, I worked my way through Jamie Oliver’s new cooking show, Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On, and I binge-watched the gripping, four-part documentary, Murder in the Outback, about the Falconio and Lees mystery; both on All4. Then, on Netflix, I sped through season one and two of the historical documentary series, Secrets of Great British Castles, presented by historian Dan Jones. And finally, I enjoyed another of Sky’s premiere’s: the nostalgic, historical-drama, Downton Abbey (2019); a big hug of a film! 😊
Phew, what a lot I watched?! Now over to you: I’d love to hear what you think. Have you watched any of these? Are you tempted by any of these? What did you watch last month? Any recommendations?