Celebrity Big Brother 2018 so far (05/01/18)…

Kicking off the new year with a bit of drama, hosted by Emma Willis and the sister show ‘Bit on the side: hosted by Rylan Clarke, Celebrity Big Brother is back!
I have to say well done to Big Brother for choosing a strong theme, it is the year of the woman. As Beyoncé asked “who runs the world?” “GIRLS.”
CBB decided to celebrate the centenary of woman being allowed to vote from 1918 in the UK, kicking it off by sending in 8 women into the house, to stay a few days before the men were allowed in.

I have been watching Big Brother for years but I would say, over the past few years since it’s been airing on Channel 5, I’ve been watching it here and there, especially the celebrity version.
Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) happens twice a year, once during the winter (now) and another during the summer, so I thought to myself lets see who the contestants are and that will determine if I watch it or not.
These are the celebrity housemates in the order they went into the house:

  • Anne Widecombe:  a retired Tory (Conservative) British Politician. I would she is fairly well known in the UK amongst all ages, especially since appearing in Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, and she has appeared in many other game shows as a panelist over the years since retiring. Anne is considered to be controversial mainly because of her political views, and just being a straight talking person when it comes to voicing her opinion, whether you like it or not.

Anne

  • Malika Haqq: as many people may recognise as being 1/2 of the twins on Keeping Up with the Kardashians (KUWTK), and being mainly seen around her best friend Khloe Kardashian. She’s appeared in other shows across the pond, but like me I’m sure most people just know of her from KUWTK.

Malika

  • Rachel Johnson: another Johnson on a reality game show. She’s an editor, journalist, author and a tv presenter, so she has many skills under her belt. After her dad Stanley Johnson was fans favourite in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2017 (personal favourite show ever!), here’s hoping his daughter and sister of Boris Johnson (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth affairs) can win the audiences’ votes.

Rachel

  • Ashley James: she’s a DJ, model and a social media personality (which has a broad meaning nowadays, I’m guessing it means she’s fairly known by the youth?).

Ashley

  • India Willoughby: she is a newsreader and the first transgender woman to enter the Big Brother house. India who was born Jonathan Willoughby underwent gender reassignment surgery only 2 years ago in 2015.

India

  • Maggie Oliver: was a Detective Constable in a serious case here in the UK, where she revealed about the grooming scandal in Rochdale. She also had a tv programme based on her real-life situation called ‘Three Girls’. She was assigned as witness protection and encouraged the vulnerable victims to give statements in order to bring their abusers to justice.

Maggie

  • Jess Impiazzi – is a glamour model and I think is more known for appearing on the MTV reality show Ex on the Beach.

Jess

  • Amanda Barrie: is a soap star who some British fans who watch Coronation Street will recognise as Alma, who she’s being playing for over two decades. At aged 82 she is the oldest constant to appear on CBB. She came out about her sexuality much later in life, and is married to former journalist and novelist Hilary Bonner.

Amanda

In the first three days we saw the ladies start the first night off by doing a live task. They were split into teams of 2, where the quickest couple to set up a made up a large electricity board got immunity from the first live eviction. Amanda and Jess won, so they were given power to choose one other housemate they wanted to save from eviction. BB gave them some time to speak to all the housemates (without them knowing about this secret power) and both unanimously chose to save Maggie.

Over the first few days Big Brother have given them opportunities to save themselves from live eviction. The second task was to debunk the “stereotypical typewriter.” This task was to prove women can throw. They each threw 4 axes at a target board, where Malika got the highest score of nine and saved herself from eviction.
The third task was to see if they could change a tire. They were split into two teams, Anne and India and Ashley and Rachel. They had to beat the time of 4 minutes and 30 seconds, which they couldn’t beat so four of them are nominated (for now).

I can only pick out a few memorable moments in the first few days between the ladies, and some important topics of discussion between women who have hardly/never met. They’re getting to know each other and actually speak very openly about their personal life, from India talking about her transition, Amanda talking about coming out, Jess explaining what she wants to get out of appearing in the CBB house about the misconceptions about glamour models and generally seeing how these women who come from all walks of life interact. That’s really the only reason to watch Big Brother, as it is a social experiment.

We’ve started to see a bit of friction between India and some of the housemates like Anne, Amanda and Rachel, who have misgendered India a couple of times while in groups of conversations.
They have all apologised immediately as I’m sure like most people who meet a transgender person will take time to call them by the correct pronouns, but we can see India is starting to get really annoyed. I don’t really blame her for the her reactions as there’s only so many times you can correct someone, but she also has to understand it’s probably the first time many of them have probably met a transgender, like give them a break. Amanda even went up to her in the garden and said sorry again but India refused to accept her apology.

Friday night we saw the male housemates enter the house and they were:

  • John Barnes: a former Liverpool and England footballer and manager in the 1980s and 1990s, now turned football pundit.

John

  • Shane Jeneck (AKA Courtney Act): is an Australian Drag Queen famously known for appearing in Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

Courtney

  • Shane Lynch: from one of the biggest boybands, Boyzone. Boyzone was before my era of boybands but my older sister’s used to listen to them. He’s following the footsteps of his sister Edele Lynch who appeared in CBB in 2014 and also a member of the girlband B*Witched, who’s music I listened to growing up.

Shane

  • Jonny Mitchell: from the ITV reality show Love Island (which I’ve never watched) and he also used to date Stephanie Pratt.

Jonny

  • Daniel O’Reilly: also known as his “comedian” stage name ‘Dapper Laughs’. He became popular on Facebook and Vine. He’s probably one of the most controversial member to enter the house because of his outside reputation. In 2014 he was accused of degrading women via his ITV show, and what furthered his downward spiral is when he claimed that a female member in the audience of one of his live shows was “gagging for a rape”, which led his ITV show and comedy tour cancelled.

Daniel

  • Wayne Sleep: is a former Royal Ballet dancer. Since retiring he has appeared in many tv shows including Celebrity Masterchef, BBC’s and ‘The Real Marigold Hotel’. He’s openly bisexual and married to husband José Bergera.

Wayne

  • Andrew Brady: rose to fame from being in last year’s The Apprentice 2017. I personally don’t understand why he’s in this show, I’m not a huge fan of his personality he comes aeross as misogynistic and just a prick in my eyes.

Andrew

  • Genuwine: who I’m sure will recognise as the RnB singer known for the single ‘Pony’. He was very popular in the 1990s, and was 1/3 of the group TGT along with Tank and Tyrese. I was surprised to see him go in but every year an American singer enters the house.

Genuwine

So these are all of the 16 housemates of Celebrity Big Brother 2018.
Emma also announced another twist for the men once they all entered the house. Until further notice  only the men in the house will be carrying out household chores and the women aren’t allowed to lift a finger. The women had assigned jobs to the men before they went in, but they can obviously change their minds, which means the men have to be in their best behaviour if they want to be let off easy.

I’m looking forward to watching as the days go on and see if we get to see some unlikely friendships, which I’m hoping for. Also lets see how long I keep watching…

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How To Get Away With Murder Season 1 Finale

I have been meaning to do a weekly round up of the shows I have been watching but I get so engrossed in them and talk about it with fellow fans that I forget to actually write about it.

The last time I mentioned How To Get Away With Murder was back in October when it had just started. Not only has Viola Davis won The People’s Choice Award for Favourite Actress In A New TV Series, as well as Best Actress (Television Series Drama) at the Golden Globes. The show has also won Outstanding Drama Series at the Image Awards so with many accolades associated with this show you can tell how popular it has been.

Now onto the season finale, I watched it a day after it aired because I’m in the UK, so I can’t really tell how many people tuned in but I’m assuming a lot. It was near enough an hour and half long and it was really about concluding who really killed Lila Stangard (Megan West). In the previous episode we are left to think maybe Rebecca (Katie Findlay) may actually be twisted and have possibly killed her.
Wes (Alfred Enoch) suspects Rebecca had a hand in Lila’s murder, so Connor (Jack Falahee), Michaela (Aja Naomi King) and Laurel (Karla Souza) decide to the only way to get the truth from Rebecca is tying her up, it goes to far so Annalise has to interject. They end up taking Rebecca to Annalise’s house where they have to present a case about why they think Rebecca killed Lila like how they would present it in a trial.
There are their personal lives woven into this season finale as well like Connor and his partner Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) getting themselves tested for STD so that they can start their relationship properly, Michaela meeting her mother-in-law where she finally decides she doesn’t want to get married. We see Bonnie (Liza Weil) and Asher (Matt McGorry) sort of announce they’re a couple to Frank (Charlie Weber), lastly Annalise has kept her word and got Nate (Billy Brown) released on bail.

So as you can tell the writers had a lot of information and detail to show in an hour and half. For me there wasn’t a single bit that I felt they missed out on even right till the end when we find out that Lila’s real killer is **SPOILER** Frank!! He always looked dodgy to me but we see that he owed Sam (Tom Verica) a favour so he strangled Lila and dumped her body in the water tank. Which would make sense because if Rebecca had really killed her (like we were made to believe) then how is she supposed to carry a girl up the ladders, someone else would have to be involved which would complicate it even more.

Also I want to say that this first season for a new drama had the best cliff hanger I have ever seen in a drama. It was a total mindf***, I was left open mouthed thinking huh? what just happened? I had to go over the last 5 minutes again just in case I missed something. The ending shows Annalise announcing to rest of the students that Rebecca has escaped and asking who let her free (she was tied up in the basement) so while the students think she’s runaway and going to tell the police, in the meantime Wes has a mental breakdown and Annalise mothers him until he leaves asking what they will do about Rebecca where she says they will find her THEN it closes with Annalise going to the basement and we see Rebecca’s lifeless body behind/underneath the stairs. She asks Frank if he did it, and he says he suspected she did it.

So ladies and gentleman season 2 is going to be who killed Rebecca Stutter. I REALLY hope it isn’t Wes since he’s already killed Sam, Frank has killed Lila. I’m guessing it was Michaela or Laurel they seemed the most tensed to me.
So that concludes the first season of How To Get Away With Murder, what did you think of it?

Revenge WHAT IS GOING ON?!

So after watching the 6th episode of Season 4 ‘Damage’ I don’t know what’s happening with this show!

All I can think of right now is how dare David (James Tupper) make Nolan (Gabriel Mann) cry! Not the lovely Nolan Ross who’s been by Emily AKA Amanda’s side from day one but to make him cry on national TV is going too far, and bless Nolan for proving yet again what loyalty to a friend means, who didn’t just blurt out that Amanda is alive!!

It’s frustrating to watch at times, what is David’s game? Obviously he said getting revenge for the death of Amanda, but it took him 3 episodes (in show terms probably just a few days) for him to actually visit Nolan, when really isn’t he the first person you would see, to find out what happened to your daughter? Instead of going for the woman who helped put you in prison, and make the nation label you a terrorist?

One thing I’m glad about at the end of this episode is Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) leaving for “rehab” again. She was seriously just driving me crazy, a bit pointless and doesn’t really fit in with the storyline, thought she would be spending more time with her back from the dead dad. But for me she hasn’t been the same since Declan died. She’s just trying to fit in somewhere.

Also right at the end when Jack’s (Nick Wechsler) partner Ben (Brian Hallisay) goes snooping because really he wants to be a detective instead of being a police officer, we discover another side of David’s mystery life. I mean if you’re trying to hide your whereabouts so no one knows where you’re hiding, WHY would you mark the place you’re hiding in? It was quick thinking from Jack’s part to say he’s joining the murder mystery, so Ben doesn’t become suspicious. But Ben has been to Emily’s beach house,  I’m sure he will put 2 + 2 together in no time.

Also what’s the deal with Louise Ellis (Elena Satine) why is she after a mother figure from Victoria? Is it her power and arrogance aura she likes to present to people? Did she really think Victoria would just accept her as one of her kids just because she’s rich? I really want to know her back story.

Lastly how long is Emily going to hide she’s Amanda! Surely the quicker she tells her dad the quicker they can BOTH get revenge on Victoria. Rumour has it that this is the last season of Revenge. But after this episode I can see it dragging for another season at least.

Shows I’m Watching At The Moment

With a new season comes some new dramas, and some seasons of the old dramas.
Luckily I have the SideReel app (if you watch a lot of TV shows then I highly recommend it) which makes it easier for me to keep track of what episodes I’ve seen and what I need to catch up on. Although I mainly use it for the American shows.

So lets first start off with new seasons! I admit although some started a couple of weeks ago, I’m glad to see a few of my favourite shows back.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Source: IMDB

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2 started September 28th, and I’m so glad to see Detective Jake Peralta and gang back on our screens.
I wouldn’t say this new season started off strong, but it quickly picked up from where it left off, although I would’ve liked to see more of Jake being undercover, I mean he was gone for 6 months. To fit it all into 12 seconds when telling his colleagues, wasn’t as funny as probably seeing him trying to blend in with the Mafia. I’m still waiting for some more laugh out loud moments.
The highlight of  the first episode was the exchange between Jake (Andy Samberg) and Charles (Jo Lo Truglio) in the car. I’m still holding onto more one liners and sharp sarcasm from Gina (Chelsea Peretti) she was my favourite character last season.

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project Source: IMDB

The Mindy Project: Season 3 started September 16th, and I can’t explain the countdown I was doing to see my favourite Asian female comedian. Admittedly she’s the only female Asian comedian I know but she’s funny!
The love life of Dr Mindy Lahiri is not only funny but entertaining to watch. Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) are FINALLY a couple! From the get go the sexual tension between had the audience gripped, with it being some peoples OTP, from fantasy to reality (in the storyline sense) they are together.
Although the show is named after Mindy and she should have majority of the air time, I still want to see more of the side characters. I like how Morgan (Ike Barinhholtz) is still being the commentary between both doctors. But what happened to Jeremy? (Ed Weeks) he needs a storyline, I mean I thought he was going to get with Betsy (Zoe Jarman), has she left? She hasn’t been in this season at all but we didn’t really see much of a departure considering she was in it for 2 seasons.
I want to see more of Tamra’s (Xosha Roquemore) and Morgan’s relationship.

Revenge

Revenge Source: IMDB

Revenge: Season 4 started yesterday September 28th,  and Emily Thorne AKA Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp) is back with a different style of vengeance. It’s sort of like this show never left our screens but I’m liking this new storyline.
Just to recap… Emily put Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) in a mental hospital after hitting her with a shovel, for killing her love Aiden Mathis (Barry Sloane), this is the same hospital Victoria put Emily’s mother in when she was small, saying she was mentally unstable.
Emily bought Grayson Manor and has redecorated it but still keeps a watch on her old house.
Daniel Grayson (Joshua Bowman) and Emily are separated and he’s lost the plot. He doesn’t have a job but is trying to sell his assets to still be seen as the rich Grayson, that is his surname.
Charlotte Grayson/Clarke (Christa B. Allen) is mixing with the newest addition to the Revenge family, Gideon (Daniel Zovatto) who is trouble for her addiction to substance use.
Margaux LeMarchal (Karine Vanasse) now own’s her father’s company after Conrad killed him, but she’s also managing her own magazine company.
Jask Porter (Nick Wechsler) is now a police officer and has a new partner/cop friend to work with.
Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann) is still Nolan being the tech wizard and socialite he is, ready at Emily’s call to do whatever he needs to.
Lastly the biggest cliff hanger of the season finale, Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) was killed by the one man we all thought the whole show was based on revenging the killing of, but nope he’s alive and on a mission of revenge himself, David Clarke (James Tupper).
Last season had its highs and lows with most of the fans disappointed with the mid season episodes, but it slowly picked up nearer to the end. With two deaths and a huge revelation this season is already better in my eyes, although I’m not liking the whole David Clarke and Victoria getting back together again. I mean if you come back from the dead the first thing you would want to know is where is his child? Not where is the woman who helped put me in jail? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

Now to some new shows to watch!

Black-ish

Black-ish Source: IMDB

Black-ish: A new comedy based around a wealthy black family and the father’s determination to not only fit in with the elite but also establish a sense of cultural identity that honours their roots. The head of the family and the first voice commentary of each episode is by Dre (Anthony Anderson) who has a beautiful wife who is also a doctor Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), their four kids and Dre’s father Pops (Lawrence Fishbourne).
This show is still fairly new it started September 24th so there really hasn’t been many episodes but apparently it’s a show to watch a give it a chance, which I am. I have found some parts funny but I think they can utilise the kids more into each story rather than the struggle of a father trying to turn his children, especially his son more black. I know there will be comparisons to previous comedy shows in the 90s like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and My Wife and Kids but this is different. I personally don’t think Anthony Anderson can pull off being the lead of the show, he’s good at it so far but I think I’m so used to seeing him being one of the supporting casts like in Guys with Kids which i found him to be hilarious in but this is, still growing on me, lets see if I’m still bothered to carry on watching it or take it off my planner.

Red Band Society Source: Google Images

Red Band Society
Source: Google Images

Red Band Society: The picture is a bit pix-elated but it’s the best descriptive poster I could find, which will cut down a huge chunk of trying to describe each character, as you can just see it on the poster! It started September 17th so it’s still fairly new and I’m really liking this show. Red Band is basically the name tag each patient is given when they are admitted to the hospital, which they have made a society of because not many people leave, so it keeps them close together when they think they’re on their own.
So the main doctor is Dr. McAndrew (Dave Annable), main nurse is Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer) who sees all the children as her own, and believes in the tough love approach. Dash (Astro) who has a lungs condition, Emma (Ciara Bravo) who has an eating disorder, Leo (Charlie Rowe) who had cancer and had to have his leg amputated to remove the tumour. Kara (Zoe Levin) who has a weak heart, Charlie (Griffin Gluck) who has been in coma for a couple of months after an accident, but can feel and hear everything around him, just can’t speak so his commentary is in third person. Lastly the newbie Jordi (Nolan Sotillo) who admitted himself into the hospital although being a minor, where he believed himself to have cancer but turns out to be bigger than expected. There’s also Nurse Dobler (Rebecca Rittenhouse) who is more of a friend to everyone compared to Nurse Jackson.
This show is my favourite show this season so far, mainly because I can relate to it on a personal level. Having a medical history myself, although not terminally ill, I can understand the symbolism a name tag has when you’re admitted into hospital. The struggle of being at the adolescent age of these characters, where they are still young (meaning still in school) but old enough to stay on their own, which can make them feel isolated from rest of the world. Rather than seeing this show in the arc sense, or script, I see it as a show I can relate to to in my personal life.

How To Get Away With Murder Source: IMDB

How To Get Away With Murder
Source: IMDB

How To Get Away With Murder: This is probably one of the most talked about shows at the moment, and the only one where I have heard people around me mention it, compared to rest of the shows above. It started on September 25th so yet again it’s still fairly new. It revolves around a group of hand selected law students, who follow the cases of their criminal defence professor, and become involved in a twisted murder plot that changes their lives.
Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) leads this show with her stubborn, shrewd and hard personality of maintaining her professional appearance as a lawyer, as well as a teacher, but is really a lost woman within herself, when it comes to her personal life and relationship with her husband Sam (Tom Verica) who is also a professor.
The hand picked students are Wes Gibbins  (Alfred Enoch) who joined unprepared and is seen as the underdog of the show, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) who can charm his way into getting any evidence he can, Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) who wants to be the teacher’s pet. Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) who tries to compete with the others (may also recognise from Orange Is The New Black), Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) the laid back one of the group; also including Wes’s neighbour Rebecca Sutter (Katie Findlay) who is seen as being secretive and mysterious, and lastly Keating’s personal helpers Frank Delfino (Charlier Weber) who has a history of sleeping with the students and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil) who has a soft spot for Sam.
Not only is there a lot of faces to remember but this show is pretty unconventional, in the sense it has a lot of parallel stories running in each episode, as well as each characters’ personal drama, and to top it off it’s a non-linear storyline, so it constantly goes back and forth. Each episode has a specific case they’re working on as a group, but it also features the big murder twist in-between which can get confusing if you’re not paying attention.
I’m really liking this show mainly because I enjoy watching law dramas like Suits and Reckless, but mixed with crime and murder mystery it keeps you interested.

Koffee With Karan Language Barrier

I started watching an episode with my mum, she wanted to see the one with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, because it kept advertising on TV, and I realised that most, if not all the episodes, the guests as well as Karan are speaking in English. (They probably have been from Season 1 but I’ve never picked up on it).

My mum understands English but doesn’t really speak it, so most of the time she just gets the gist of what they’re saying. I know sometimes she doesn’t understand what they’re talking about because of their words, like when Ranveer called Karan a “needler”, she would understand it better in Hindi. Sometimes she even asks me what does this mean, which I think as an Asian TV Show (even if it is a chat show) isn’t right.
It’s harder to explain the private jokes they make amongst themselves, which doesn’t come out the same when you translate it. Some words can’t be translated which will be the same from Hindi to English.

Considering the channel it airs on (Star TV in India, Star Plus in the UK), the primary audiences’ first language, their background, their education. Unless they have been in further education or communicate in English, these audiences wouldn’t understand half of the stuff the guests say.

A few days days ago I watched ‘The Roundtable with Rajeev Masand’ I watched the one with the Actors first, with Aamir, Ranbir, Irrfan and Nawazuddin before I saw the one with the actresses.
While Rajeev was asking them questions in English, the other three didn’t have a problem in replying back in English, but Nawazuddin was the only one who replied back in Hindi with the odd English word here and there. Even Rajeev translated the questions, when he was asking Nawazuddin, which I think helped him and didn’t make him feel like the odd one out, because he was replying back in Hindi.
I don’t know if anyone noticed that or they were just mostly listening to the answers, not how they were saying it.
I know slowly but surely he will pick it up as well but for some reason it’s just become normal for them to always speak in English.

If they can do movies in Hindi, why not chat shows? I’m not saying they should all be in Hindi but good amount of it should be.

While it might be great for international audiences, for the people who have grown up watching Hindi cinema, they should be able to understand them better.

Don’t you think?

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