True Blood

Cast of True Blood

Pam in Pink

Leverage is a lot of fun!

Andrew likes Parker (the blonde)


The New Mapp and Lucia series

Farewell to the Original 'Lucia'

Geraldin McEwan as Lucia Geraldine McEwan

"Mapp and Lucia gets BBC makeover"

Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor will take the lead roles in a new BBC One adaptation of Mapp And Lucia.

Anna Chancellor

Anna Chancellor was seen recently in The Hour

Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson is a familiar face to Blackadder fans

'12 Treats of Christmas TV' - 21st November 2014 Daily Mail :

Write up for new Mapp and Lucia

The Rules

Rule #1: Never let suspects stay together.

Rule #1: Never screw over your partner.

Rule #2: Always wear gloves at a crime scene.

Rule #3: Don't believe what you're told. Double check.

Rule #3: Never be unreachable.

Rule #4: The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best.

Rule #5: You don't waste good.

Rule #6: Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness.

Rule #7: Always be specific when you lie.

Rule #8: Never take anything for granted.

Rule #8a: Never assume.

Rule #9: Never go anywhere without a knife.

Rule #10: Never get personally involved in a case.

Rule #11: When the job is done, walk away.

Rule #12: Never date a co-worker.

Rule #13: Never, ever involve a lawyer.

Rule #14: Bend the Line, do not ever Break It

Rule #15: Always work as a team.

Rule #16: If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it.

Rule #18: It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission.

Rule #20: Always look under.

Rule #22: Never, ever bother Gibbs in interrogation.

Rule #23: Never mess with a Marine's coffee... if you want to live.

Rule #27: There are two ways to follow someone. First way, they never notice you. Second way, they only notice you.

Rule #28: You need help, ask.

Rule #35: Always watch the watchers.

Rule #36: If you feel like you are being played, you probably are.

Rule #38: Your case, your lead.

Rule #39: There is no such thing as coincidence.

Rule #39a There is no such thing as a small world.

Rule #40: If it seems someone is out to get you, they are.

Rule #42: Never accept an apology from someone who just sucker punched you.

Rule #44: First things first, hide the women and children.

Rule #45: Clean up the mess that you make.

Rule #51: Sometimes - you're wrong.

Rule #62: Always give people space when they get off the elevator.

Rule #69: Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man.

Source : ncis.wikia

Who doesn't love television?

We have our own preferences which will be featured on our individual pages - it may be some time before they are populated - but that's the fun of creating a web-site like this.

There is also a special link which will be devoted to the BBCs Television Centre, Wood Lane, London which was purpose built in the 1960s and is now up for sale. I have fond memories of working in this building.


What a joyful couple - Ross (Robin Ellis) and Demelza (Angharad Rees) Poldark in the original 1975 BBC TV dramatisation from Drama Serials - image courtesy of Twitter

Comparison images of the original cast members and the 2015 re-make starring Aiden Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson - image sourced from frockflicks with thanks

We gave the re-make a go and watched all the episodes comprising the new adaptation. Neither of the central characters appealed to us and in truth we looked out for the scenes featuring Robin Ellis as we knew he had taken a cameo role. Sadly Angharad Rees had died many years ago but being the mischievous woman she was she would have enjoyed reeking some sort of havoc if only to brighten up the re-make. We didn't find it a worthy successor or an enjoyable re-make, it lost much of the original and the interaction between the characters was wooden. So, the original wins hands down and luckily we have the DVDs to be able to re-live the series that made churches alter their Sunday evening services to accommodate the viewers! Nice touch!

Roswell High

Atmospheric image of the Roswell High students

l to r Isabel, Max, Liz, Michael and Maria - image sourced from Netflix

Roswell Hight Graduates

The 'Roswell High' Graduates - image sourced from

The cast of Roswell New Mexico

The 2019 re-make 'Roswell, New Mexico' may have had superior graphics but nothing much else! - image sourced from

So why have we, once again, decided that we prefer the original 'Roswell High' as opposed to the updated 'Roswell New Mexico' which it has to be said is slicker and obviously more technologically advanced than the original series which mainly featured angsty teenagers? Doh! The answer is in the question isn't it? The original series, as we are finding out now, is true to the books written by Melinda Metz which we are both currently reading one at a time to savour and prolong the fun!. (At the time of writing Andrew is ahead of me, but I did get to read one of them and thoroughly enjoyed it whilst in hospital!). Apparently the makers of the original series cut it short, giving it a conclusion of sorts, reacted to a perceived 'turn off' by viewers because the episodes were becoming too sci-fi! How can you have a series set in Roswell about aliens if it doesn't include sci-fi which is overt from the very beginning when we witness Liz, Max, a bottle of ketchup (thank goodness it wasn't the Tabasco) and a silver handprint? But, so be it, the producers know where the money comes from and need to massage the souls of the sponsors to keep them sweet. By the sounds of that Andrew and I may still have some surprises to come whilst reading the books (and re-watching the series on DVD) if indeed the story was curtailed. We decided to give the new show a try and have watched the first two series through to the end so it's not as if we haven't given it every opportunity to engage us! The first scene after the credits have rolled features - guess what? Yes, you've got it - Liz, Max, a bottle of ketchup (thank goodness it wasn't the Tabasco) and a silver handprint! The intro (pre-credits) was a little different, it showed Liz returning to Roswell after several years away, we wondered if this was going to be a sequel showing us what had happened to the five major characters : Isabel, Max, Liz, Michael and Maria - it soon became apparent that one of the five was missing - there is no sign of Maria! Her replacement is Liz's long-dead drug-addict sister. The price of the resurrection is the near destruction of Max who becomes a sort of wraith-like figure. The action borrows much from the original storyline and tries to pad it out with flashbacks to the fate of the original 'visitors'. We thought we might enjoy the appearance of the original 'Max' (portrayed by Jason Behr) who was to take a cameo part in the new series. He appears in the 'flashback' scenes and seems at first to be a bad guy who wants to eradicate the aliens at all costs; the character then becomes ever more mysterious and by the end of series two has become 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.' If series 3 materialises we may watch it and I will then add to this review.

Foyle's War & Downton Abbey

Andrew and I have managed to 'share' two of the most popular tv shows (as voted for by the public) without shedding blood. I have opted for Foyle's War and he has a slight preference for Downton Abbey. We also managed not to shed further blood by sharing a joint appreciation of three more of the named programmes Home Fires, Life on Mars and Spooks.

The Programme we miss most of all

World War II police drama Foyle's War tops list of 21st Century TV shows that Britons want to see back on screen, ahead of Downton Abbey, Life on Mars, and Spooks*

By Alisha Rouse Showbusiness Correspondent for The Daily Mail | Published: 30th July 2019 | Updated: 30th July 2019

Confronted with murder and profiteering on the Home Front, TV viewers could rely on DCS Foyle to put matters right. Now they have voted Foyle's War the 21st century show they would most like to return to our screens. The ITV Second World War detective drama starred Michael Kitchen as Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle and Honeysuckle Weeks as his resourceful driver Samantha. Written by Anthony Horowitz, it was first broadcast in 2002 and ran until 2007 as a spiritual successor to the Inspector Morse series. It returned for a further three series between 2010 and 2015, taking the story beyond the end of the war to Cold War-era criminal intrigue. In a poll for Radio Times, it was named as the show from this century which viewers would most like to see again, followed by police drama The Bill, which ran from 1984 to 2010, and comedy Count Arthur Strong (2013 to 2017). Other shows that made the top ten include Spooks, Home Fires, Life On Mars, Detectorists, Downton Abbey, Phoenix Nights and Happy Valley.

Horowitz told the latest issue of the magazine: 'It really cheers me up to think that Radio Times readers still hold it in such high regard. 'It reminds me that years ago, ITV decided to axe the show – we missed the whole of 1944 as a result – and it was only thanks to pressure from viewers that they were persuaded to change their minds. 'The repeats still get high viewing figures. I'd certainly be up for a Christmas special or two. There's still that missing year to cover! Foyle's War was a passion project for me and I miss it to this day.' Another ITV drama, the long-running police soap The Bill, came second in the poll. Originally broadcast in 1984, the Sun Hill set drama ran for 26 years before coming to an end in 2010. BBC1 spy drama Spooks, broadcast between 2002 and 2011, came fourth in the poll.


No, we didn't love the world's most successful and favourite show when it first appeared in 'JAG' in series 8 episodes 20 'Ice Queen' and 21 'Meltdown' when three of the main characters 'Leroy Jethro Gibbs, 'very special agent' Tony diNozzo and Donald 'Duckie' Mallard were introduced to us together with 'Agent Blackadder' who didn't migrate to the forthcoming stand alone series. Gibbs had the effrontery not to treat 'Harm' and 'Bud' in an appropriate manner - we resisted watching the first two series for a very long time .....

Gibbs Rules on a Mug

This can of course be interpreted as 'Gibbs is the Boss' or that he has a set of rules! But along with many thousands of others we know that Gibbs and his team 'Rock!'


Leverage Cast

New Dad's Army

The new Dad's Army Cast

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Mapp and Lucia TV Series x 2

Mapp and Lucia - the end

Confirmation now announced that there will not be any further series of the new version of 'Mapp and Lucia' - it is a shame as it was very enjoyable, but the original, really was classier!

New version getting ever closer! From the Daily Mail

New Mapp and Lucia cast New cast of Mapp and Lucia for 2014

Rivals: Steve Pemberton (as Georgie Pillson) separates actresses Anna Chancellor (left, as Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas) and Miranda Richardson (right, as Elizabeth Mapp), socialite rivals in new TV show Lucia and Mapp

Mapp And Lucia are back... with Duck Face and Queenie starring as waspish social rivals in an eagerly awaited BBC adaptation of the E F Benson comic novels.

The Original

Video Cover for Mapp and Lucia

DVD cover for the television series starring Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales and the late Nigel Hawthorne

The original television series was brought to our screens by my first Drama Plays Producer, Gerald Savory, with whom I worked on all 26 episodes of the ill-fated 'Churchill's People' based on the volume of books of the same name which were Winston's oeuvre. My love of the original and follow-on books is chronicled in the Books Preferences section. I'm also delighted to have discovered a recent news update which announces that a new television (this time BBC) version is soon to be produced. Steve Pemberton is to adapt the books.

New Mapp and Lucia

Chancellor (right) was seen recently in The Hour while Richardson is a familiar face to Blackadder fans

To understand the English, slip away to Tilling

No one captured small-town snobbery quite like EF Benson in his Mapp and Lucia novels - from the Daily Telegraph

Original Mapp and Lucia

Sparkling: Prunella Scales and Geraldine McEwan in 'Mapp and Lucia'  Photo: REX FEATURES

Lamb House, in the exquisite town of Rye in East Sussex, is a fine early Georgian property belonging to the National Trust. Henry James once lived there, as did E F Benson. It was also home, at different times, to two fictional characters: the title pair in Benson’s six Mapp and Lucia novels, written between 1920 and 1939. Miss Elizabeth Mapp, the original mistress of Mallards – as it is called in the books – rents it out for a summer to the widowed Mrs Emmeline ''Lucia’’ Lucas. Later Lucia buys the house from Miss Mapp.

The funniest joke of all is the central, ongoing paradox, wherein incidents of utter pointlessness – such as whether Mapp can acquire Lucia’s recipe to “Lobster à la Riseholme” – spiral into an ever more deadly significance. Benson is a poet of triviality. But his people are real; and they are dazzlingly alive, because of the joy in their creation.

“I lingered at the window of the garden room from which Miss Mapp so often and so ominously looked forth,” wrote Benson from Lamb House, as if in hope of seeing them, bustling merrily about Tilling.

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