A House Through Time

A four-part BBC 2 programme written and presented by David Olusoga, “A House Through Time” charts the history of 62 Falkner Street, Liverpool.

Starting from 1840 (where the house was actually numbered 58) and finishing in the present day, we learn about the residents of the 4 storey Georgian house and their lives whilst they were living in Falkner Street.   Their tale is interlaced with events happening in Liverpool at that time, including the effects of cholera, World Wars 1 and 2, The Great Depression, Toxteth Riots and the HIV epidemic.

Each episode deals with a different period in time:-

  • episode 1 – 1840s – 1850s
  • episode 2 – 1850s – 1890s
  • episode 3 – 1891 – 1945 and
  • episode 4 – 1945 to the present day

Using historical documents and, in the last episode, testimony from those that lived there, we end up with a picture of the life of 62 Faulkner Street so far.

David Olusogo presents this series with passion and I really believed he cares about each residents story.  I was completely fascinated by each episode and I do hope there is another series.

If you missed any of the episodes, they are currently on the BBC iPlayer.

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman is possibly the best film I have seen for a very long time – it left me with an uplifting feeling that lasted for days.  I know it is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it.  I’m still listening to the soundtrack weeks later and I’m not sick of it.

Telling the tale of how P T Barnum came to form his circus and the obstacles he had to overcome, we watch how the performers cope with the prejudices that being different comes with, and how Barnum realises what’s important in his life.

An all star cast including Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron really bring the film to life and I defy you not to leave the cinema smiling, or singing……!

The Greatest Showman is a fantastic film that everyone should go and see at least once!

RATING:

This year I am going to be rating each film but, instead of using a traditional “out of 5” mark, I will be using an “out of Jason Stathams”.   With the best being 5 Jason Stathams and the worst only 1 Jason Statham.

Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 is a dark comedy television programme written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.  Each series, of which there have been four, has six episodes.  All the episodes are completely different but they have one thing in common – the number “9”.

The episodes are all half an hour long, very cleverly written and thought-provoking.  Some are very funny, some are dark but all of the episodes are marvellous.  I thought I would share my three favourites so far.

Once Removed – this was the most recent episode and it was absolutely brilliant.  Den Of Geek have written a review which is far better that I could ever do so I have linked it here.  Be warned it does contain spoilers!

A Quiet Night In – Two burglars attempt to break into a house to steal a painting but once they are in, they find that the house is not empty.  The couple that live there are having an argument and are completely oblivious to the fact that they have been broken into.  Hilarity ensues as we watch the burglars trying to avoid the couple – this episode is genius as there is no absolutely dialogue.  From series 1, but I can still remember Steve & Reece as the burglars crawling along the floor trying to avoid the couple!

The 12 Days of Christine – a series 2 episode starring Sheridan Smith as Christine.  We follow her life over a period of 12 years, through the ups and downs and key events.  When the final scene is played out I was in absolute floods of tears*.

I hope we have many more series of Inside No. 9.  Have you watched any of the episodes?  What did you think?

* please note this is not a spoiler, I cry at anything – happy or sad!!

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Starring Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, this is the story of how “A Christmas Carol” was written. It is based on the book by Les Standiford.

Charles Dickens has failed to impress his publishers with the last three books he has written (this was after the success of Oliver Twist) so he needs to make sure that the next book is a success.  His deadline of Christmas is only six weeks away.

As he tries to overcome his writers block, the characters he is writing about start to come to life and he begins to interact with them.  We watch as he finally completes the story but to what cost?

I really enjoyed this film – I left the cinema with a huge smile on my face.  Hubby and I went to see The Man Who Invented Christmas at the beginning of December and it is possibly best only seen at this time of year – not sure it would be the same in the summer!

It wasn’t at the cinema for long as Star Wars was out at around the same time.  Did you manage to get to see it?  What did you think?

Hazel xx