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What I’m Watching…

I’ve been watching a lot of television recently.  It’s because I have cross-stitch goals…not necessarily that I’m in love with television.  For the most part, it’s noise in the background as I’m stitching along.

Kalissa recommended that I watch The Last Czar.  It was on Netflix.

The Last Czars (TV Mini-Series 2019– ) - IMDb
I loved the show.  It was a great balance between actors showing what was happening and historians and actual historical clips.  I think this would be a great show to watch with a partner…one who liked the story and one who liked the history aspect.  I know when Kramer was living we often found it hard to find shows we both liked.  This one, I think, we both would have liked.

This is what Wikipedia said, “The Last Czars is a six-part English-language docudrama TV-series that premiered on Netflix on July 3, 2019. The plot revolves around the Romanov family, the last royal family of Russia, which ruled until the Russian Revolution finally deposed the last czar, Nicholas II, in 1917. It is part documentary, part drama that starts with Nicholas II’s accession to the throne, the outbreak of the Russian revolution and ends with Nicholas II’s eventual ejection from the throne”.

I really liked it.  Kalissa and Craig were obsessed.

Here is the trailer…

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What I’m Watching….

I’ve been trying hard to cross stitch every night.  I’m really into the piece I am working on right now and really want to keep working on it.  So…in the evenings by 8pm, I am typically in front of the television.  Here are a few of the shows that have kept me busy.

I watched The Nest.  It’s on Acorn.  It was really good.

The Nest

There were five episodes.  I’d like to warn you that the accents are pretty thick and for the first episode were hard to understand.  With closed caption on, it was much easier to watch and enjoy.

Here’s a synopsis:  “Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Sophie Rundle (Bodyguard) star in this suspenseful Scottish drama about a wealthy couple who would do anything to have a baby. After a chance encounter, they recruit a down-on-her-luck 18-year-old (Mirren Mack, Sex Education) to be a surrogate, but secrets emerge about the girl’s past that could make them regret their deal“.

I was nervous about watching this at first as the main male character, Martin Compston, also played in Line of Duty which is one of my all-time favorite shows.  Sometimes it’s hard to see a character I so loved move to a different show.  I can’t always leave their old character behind.  This time I totally could.  He’s such a good actor that I had no problem with that at all.  I highly recommend the show.

Here is the trailer for the show….

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What I’m Watching….

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Now onto tonight’s post:

Cross stitch for me, equals watching television…so I’ve been cross stitching so I’ve been television watching.

Here’s what I found that’s kept my interest.

On Amazon Prime…  The Mill.  This is a historical drama and me being a “historical girl” loved it.  This is set in England at cotton mill.  The time period is late 1830-early 1840s when laborers were fighting for better working conditions. The Mill - Series One: Jamie Draven, Kerrie Hayes ...
It was easy for me to fall in love with the characters and be cheering them on from the seat of my 2020 living room couch.  I recommend this tremendously.

There are only two seasons.  I seriously could have watched several more.

As I was writing this post, I see that full episodes are on Youtube.  I don’t know if full episodes of the entire series…but it would be worth checking out if you don’t have Amazon Prime.

I watched Hidden.  I think I told you about this before…I watched season 1 then and season 2 now.  I watched on Acorn but if you don’t have that, I see that season 1 is available on Prime.

This is a Welsh police show.  I really like it.  Cady the main character is good. Watch Hidden - Series 1 | Prime Video

I will warn you that part of the show is spoken in Welsh.  Not a lot.  At first this frustrated me as I wanted to cross stitch and not look up and read the screen.  Well, I got into the show and then I didn’t mind a bit.

Here’s a trailer for it….

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What I’m Reading/Watching: Defending Jacob

Do you ever read a book and it sticks with you?  Back in 2012 I read a book Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landy.

It was a really good book.  It’s a courtroom drama and I tend to like them…yep, there’s a twist at the end too.

Andy Barber and his wife Laurie are well respected people in their community.  Andy a District Attorney and Laurie a school teacher are blindsided when their son Jacob is charged with killing a school classmate.  As the trial goes on the book outlines the change in relationships with community members and within the family unit.

The story is told by Andy and through Andy’s eyes.  He wants to believe the best about it his son so sometimes the reader is forced to step back from Andy’s perspective and judge for themselves on how to interpret evidence.  I listened to this as an audiobook and very much enjoyed this.  Some reviewers on Amazon suggest that the book is a little slow as some of the courtroom testimony tells about things the reader already learns from earlier reading.  For me, that was not true and was part of character building….do we believe the testimony of the cop who was Andy’s best friend?  Do we believe the testimony of Jacob’s best friend?  Who is telling the truth…who is distorting it and is anyone lying?  How will these changes in testimony affect the ultimate verdict?  Will the truth ever be told?

The story brings out what they call a “murder gene”.  Are people capable of passing down a “murder gene” to their children through DNA? Certainly we can pass on high blood pressure, cholesterol issues and the like, why not a “murder gene”?  If this “murder gene” can be passed on, then how do you as a parent feel if you are the one who passed it down?  All of this is brought to the reader’s attention for consideration.

Anyway….I loved the book.  The book has over 9000 reviews on Amazon and it’s given 4.3 stars.

Well…I was extra excited when 8 years after reading the book Apple TV decided to do a series on the book.  Well I don’t have Apple TV and had no idea how it works.  But…I was interested enough in seeing this book in television series form to figure it out.

It turns out I can get Apple TV as a subscription channel with my Roku.  You can download the app HERE.  The good news is that I could watch the first two episodes free.  I thought that was awesome.  If I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to pay to subscribe.  But you can guess what happened.  I loved it.  I subscribed.  Apple TV is $4.99 a month.  I cancelled my Acorn TV for a month and will be using Apple TV for the month…then I’ll likely go back to Brit Box for a month.  I really like rotating the subscriptions around.  Then I’m only paying $4.99 for added viewing options.

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