Monday 4 February 2013

Babies or cars?

Which would you rather, a baby or a car? Vagina or penis? This is what Sunday night television has come down to. Couples up and down the country will be having serious debates about whether 1950s babies or 50 year old men in cars should be watched of an evening.

I choose babies (well, I am a women after all)... and then cars (sorry).

Call the Midwife

"It's like Downton Abbey with Nuns".  I've always thought starting reviews with a quote (albeit a made up one) makes it seem more respectable and it helps to start a discussion. The problem is I've never seen Downton Abbey (ok fine, I watched it once, but I had no idea who anyone was, they all seemed to look the same) so I can't tell you if it is anything like Call the Midwife. I will admit that the only reason I wanted to watch Call the Midwife was because Miranda Hart was going to be in it. Miranda plays Chummy or Camilla Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne but she is not the main character. The series revolves around Jenny Lee's life as a midwife. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth a midwife in the 1950s, the series is heartwarming and endearing. It's not trying to bite off more than it can chew, it is exactly what it says in the tin.  There are some heartbreaking moments, but the sheer joy that the programme brings far outweighs the sadness. In it's second series, it is definitely worth a watch.

Top gear

If you lost the toss you may have ended up watching 3 [fat] old men be a little bit silly on the telly instead. Top gear baffles me. I really shouldn't like it but I do. I went through a phase during my A-levels when all I watched was Top gear. It was constantly on Dave and there was never anything else on. I learned a lot about cars and I fell in love with Richard Hammond (we all love him don't we?). After a while I got bored of watching the same old episodes over and over and over again so I moved on to other things. I still however get excited when I new series comes on. I'm not that fussed about the cars anymore, I just enjoy watching the three men piss around on a track (sometimes literally*). If I was to get psychological on it, I would say I enjoyed it because it reminded me of my three older brothers mucking around, and maybe I'm right. I think it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt and a sprinkling of pepper. If you don't like it, or if it doesn't have enough gritty car content in it, then don't watch it. It's a simple as that. It really bugs me when people say, "I watched top gear last night. It was awful, I hate top gear. I hate Jeremy Clarkson". THEN WHY DID YOU WATCH IT?! There is no point watching a programme you hate just to complain about it. I understand that Jeremy may seem annoying, but if it bothers you enough to complain then simply change the channel and for those of you that don't like Jeremy you need to take him with a pinch of salt. Most of what he says is done to get a reaction, and more fool you, it works every time.  He's joking 98% of the time and if you can't see that, stay away!

Anyway, enough of my rant. So far this series of Top Gear has been pretty good, a few cars, a few laughs. Let's hope it stays this way. And for those of you who keep complaining, it won't be around forever, so prehaps you should find another programme you hate to watch instead. In the meantime, whoever wins the toss next Sunday is in for a treat. They are both truly great programmes.

Katie :)

*ok maybe not literally.

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