WHAT I WATCHED ONLINE IN SECOND QUARTER OF 2019

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I watched all of my television shows online now. As I am ill in bed. I stream most of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, I also watch shows on both Amazon and Netflix. And this is a record of what I managed to watch in the second quarter of 2019

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I started this month watching part two of The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina and I loved it. I can not wait for parts three and four to come probably next year.

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Heartland season twelve I found in mid April. This show makes me want to return to Canada. I just enjoy it so much. This was the twelfth season and I was surprised that it was only eleven episodes as they normally do eighteen.

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I came across the documentary Knockdown The House. It chronicles the campaigns of four women vying to become U.S. Representatives in the Democratic Party in the 2018 elections. The candidates are Paula Jean Swearingen, running for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia, Cori Bush, running for Congress in Missouri, Amy Vilela, running for Congress in Nevada, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, running for Congress in New York. Of the four candidates, Ocasio-Cortez was the only won to win her election and be elected as a U.S. Representative.

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Van Helsing returned with a third season. In this re-imagining of the classic Dracula story, the world is dominated by vampires, requiring humans to work together to survive. The series centers on Vanessa Helsing, daughter of famed vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, who wakes up after a five-year coma to discover a vampire-controlled world. I had watched the previous seasons but for some reason I could not get back into this one. And I ended up giving up after episode two.

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Always be my maybe I found when I was resting up. Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco. Although the old sparks are still there, the couple live in different worlds.

I then watched the limited series When They See Us This is a dramatised account of how the five young boys came to be arrested, convicted and sentenced for raping and beating almost to death, “the Central Park jogger” a young white woman whose poor, battered body was found that same night in 1989. Another injustice true story that shows how wrong the American justice system can be at times. The story is told in four parts, spanning decades. Five Harlem teens were convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape. In 2002, Matias Reyes, a convicted murderer and serial rapist in prison, confessed to raping the jogger. DNA evidence confirmed his guilt, and he knew facts about the crime that only the offender could have known. When the boys saw their names finally cleared. Having been vilified by New Yorkers back in the late 80’s and forced to spend years in jail each, the five sued New York City and settled for just over $40 million about four years ago. Before you take another breath, take into account that sum that works out to around $1 million for every year they collectively spent tossed behind bars for a terrible crime they never committed. This was hard to watch for me, especially as one of my favourite authors is the district attorney who got these poor men convicted. It shows the American justice system does not work for so many people. This show I would recommend to anyone !

High Seas a Spanish series looked right up my street. Mysterious deaths on a luxurious ship travelling from Spain to Rio de Janeiro in the 1940’s uncover secrets surrounding two sisters who are travelling together. It reminded me of a Agatha Christie. But the ending was really like a soap opera. I would watch the second season which has been ordered. But is not for everyone.

I watched the three episodes of Black Mirror season five. The first one, Striking Vipers, I was a little bored.

I watched the first Arabic produced series for Netflix called Jinn. This follows the story of a group of teenagers, whose lives are disrupted when a spiritual figure appears in front of them in the ancient city of Petra. They must try and stop Jinn from destroying the world. This is the beauty of Netflix, you get to see some many things from around the world.

Queen Of The South season 3 came out in May but I managed to watch this in June while suffering with another illness. While living in the barrio of Jalisco, Mexico, poor Teresa Mendoza falls in love with a member of a successful drug cartel, hoping the love will help her rise above the hopelessness she feels in her life. When it doesn’t happen, she is forced to flee the country after her boyfriend is murdered. She seeks refuge in America, where she teams up with an unlikely person from her past to take down the leader of the drug ring that is after her. Teresa ends up starting her own drug empire, becoming one of the world’s wealthiest women in the process. With her success, she discovers that money doesn’t fix all of her problems, and she can only depend on herself if she wants to stay one step ahead of others and stay alive. I do like this series a lot. And a fourth series is already showing in the USA.

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Murder Mystery was something that my husband told me not to bother with. A New York cop and his wife go on a European vacation to reinvigorate the spark in their marriage. A chance encounter leads to them being framed for the murder of an elderly billionaire. It did make me laugh in the first ten minutes  but it was just terrible and I would not watch another one.

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Strangers Things season 3 was not going to be missed. I watched most of it on the day it was released. And again it was another good series. I hope we do not have a two year wait for the next one !

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Then I watched the Last Czar. This is a chronicled look at the fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia. A part of history that has always interested me. It was a doc drama series. Okay but nothing special.

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Secret Obsession, a thriller that was a little predictable.  When Jennifer wakes up with amnesia after a traumatic attack, her doting husband cares for her. But she soon realizes the danger is far from over.

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Descendants Of The Sun I found one Saturday afternoon. I was hooked from the first episode. From 2016 this sixteen part series. This is a love story between Captain Yoo Shi Jin, Korean Special Forces, and Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, surgeon at Haesung Hospital. Together they face danger in a war-torn country. And I really enjoyed this. And researching this, this was so popular in Asia in 2016. This has put only with some other reasons, South Korea top of my Asia list.

The Red Sea Diving Resort I had been looking forward too. International agents and brave Ethiopians use a deserted retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel in the early 1980’s. I think I was always watch most things with Chris Evans in. I am ready knew this story.

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Amazon

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I watched the fifth season of Bosch in one day. I just wish that there was more than ten episodes. This season is based on book twenty of the Bosch novels, Two Kinds Of Truth. I had read this and there was not much Bosch in the book as this was more a different character Mickey Haller story. However, this series involves an old murder conviction, from a case Bosch worked, being brought into question and possibly affecting other past convictions and endangering his career. A former girlfriend, who blames him for stalling her police career, now working for the district attorney, accuses Bosch of planting evidence and accepts at face value a claim of new DNA evidence purporting to tie another criminal to the crime. Bosch hires Honey Chandler to represent him for his battle against freeing the murderer. Concurrently, Bosch and Jerry try to expose an opioid ring implicated in the murder of a struggling pharmacist and his compromised son. Bosch’s daughter Maddie, while interning in the office of the district attorney, becomes anxious about the investigation into her father’s old case and the coming anniversary of her mother’s murder. Chief Irving, meanwhile, ponders a serious bid to enlist him as a mayoral candidate.

New Amsterdam, the second part of the first season was released. Dr. Max Goodwin is brilliant, charming and the new medical director at America’s oldest public hospital. While he’s set on tearing down the bureaucracy to provide exceptional care, the doctors and staff are not so sure. They’ve heard this before, and no one else has delivered on those promises. Not taking no for an answer, Max disrupts the status quo and proves he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital, the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers Island and the president of the United States all under one roof  and return it to the glory that put it on the map. Inspired by Bellevue in New York City. And I do enjoy this, and would recommend.

BBC I Player

What can I say about Line of Duty. There is not enough episodes for sure. This is a police drama that started on BBC 2 and was so popular it was moved to a prime slot on a Sunday night on BBC 1. It is all about police corruption and it written by one of my favourite television writers, Jed Mercurio. The twists and turns this series has taken over the last four seasons. It really is that good.

BBC News I watch daily. And I have noticed a lot more biased in favour of political parties who want to stay in the EU.  This was very prevalent during the 2019 European Elections results and days after. This is making me turn it off and watch Sky News. I would why I have to pay for a TV license to have this produced.

I came across the Secrets Of Sugar Baby Dating. A sugar baby is the name of younger women whose lavish lifestyles are paid for by rich, older men.  A pretty scary world that was not nice to watch.

4 OD

Four OD is a video on demand service from the Channel Four Television Corporation in the UK. The service offers a variety of programmes recently shown on Channel 4, E4, More4, Film4 and 4Music and shorts. I watch a lot of this, The Good Fight, Derry Girls, the final season of The Big Bang Theory. The only thing I dislike is having to wait through the adverts, you can not move off the page as they freeze them.

ITV Hub

Victoria season 3 is on the ITV Hub. I do enjoy this show a lot. It chronicles the life of Queen Victoria.  Season three will see Victoria under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety, amid fears of revolution and unrest in London, while in her private life the Queen is also facing pressure within the royal marriage. I do enjoy this series a lot.

Love Island is my summer guilty pleasure. I always watch this and I know it is a terrible programme. It is a British reality dating show. Caroline Flack hosts the show with the cast of hot young singles who have come looking for a summer of love and romance in Majorca. The winning couple will leave the island with £50,000.  The best thing for me is the narration from Iain Sterling, a Scottish comedian who makes it is so funny and does not take it seriously.

This is what I have watched in three months. I think I have not watched much as I have reading a lot more than normal and still resting up. Some things I have enjoyed, some not but that is life.

 

 

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