Hello my fellow goggle-boxes, I hope you are all well. Sorry this post comes to you really late, but life has been rather chaotic and tiring over the last couple of weeks: with my isolation, return to work and anxiety spike, and now a new lockdown! 🙁 As you can see a rather up and down month has passed, and now it is time to reflect back on what we’ve been watching in October.
~ Adaptations ~
📺 Des (2020) – After hearing amazing things about it, in one night, I binge watched this new three-part miniseries on ITV, which is based on Killing for Company by Brian Masters, in which Masters shares the disturbing conversations he had with Scottish serial-killer Dennis Nilsen, after his arrest in 1983. Nilsen is played creepily well by the brilliant David Tennant, Masters by Jason Watkins and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay by Daniel Mays. Excellent cast, gripping drama and all round great watch! ⭐⭐⭐
📺 Project Blue Book (S2) – Then, at a more leisurely pace, I worked my way through the second season of this American historical-drama, shown here in the UK on the SYFY channel, which is based on the real-life Project Blue Book: a series of studies by Dr J. Allen Hynek into UFOs for the US Air Force. Sadly it was announced in May this year that the show won’t be renewed, which I think is a real shame, as with its nostalgic 1950s setting, good cast and interesting stories, this makes for a good, escapist watch. ⭐⭐
📺 The Durrells (S2) – Next, I swiftly worked my way through the second season of this much beloved British comedy-drama, on Netflix, which is inspired by Gerald Durrell’s three autobiographical books about the wacky misadventures of his eccentric family in their new home on the Greek island of Corfu, from 1935 to 1939. With its beautiful settings; a colourful cast headed by the brilliant Keeley Hawes; and bags of nostalgic fun, this was another good, escapist watch. ⭐⭐
Altogether that is three new-to-me adaptations watched and no re-watches.
~ Other Viewing ~
As for non-adaptations, I worked my way through season 14 and 15 of one of my favourites TV shows: the British archaeological series Time Team; and then on Netflix I binge watched season 1 and 2 of the British police drama, Criminal: UK and the true-crime documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door.
Finally, I re-watched the science-fiction, action adventure, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), I also indulged in a fair bit of comfort Halloween re-viewing, which included childhood film favourites: Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), as well as some very old episodes from the first season of the British paranormal reality show, Most Haunted (2002). 👻
Phew, what a lot I watched?! Now over to you as I’d love to hear what you’ve been watching? What are your picks of the month?