Thursday, February 18, 2016

Five on Friday - TV Time

Okay.  I'll admit it.  I've been watching way more TV in the last 6 months or so then I ever have before!  Why, you might ask?  As I've written here on earlier occasions, I have had a particularly rough year at work  and I find in the evenings, once I complete all the necessary "at home" tasks and the kids are settled in for the night, my energy is completely zapped and all I can do is knit and watch TV.  And then I only last til about 9:30 before I have to hit the pillows.  
Ugh.  I'm such a party girl!
So what have I been watching?  Probably some of the same things you do.  But, maybe you might like to learn about something new - a new show that might peak your interest and glue you to the TV, too! So as part of my Five on Friday post (hosted by Amy at Love Made My Home), I am going to share my current top five favourite TV shows. 
So here they are, in no particular order.   :)

Number One:  Call the Midwife
I've loved this show for years.  The cast has changed over time, but good old Trixie makes me smile every week.  I love how they are dealing with up-to-date issues like homosexuality and  women's rights.  And really - aren't the 1950's outfits beautiful?  Dresses, hairbows and pearls.  I wish I lived back then.....

Number Two:  Father Brown
 For those who are unaware of this darling show, Father Brown is a fictional Roman Catholic priest and amateur sleuth who
 solves mysteries and crimes using his intuition and keen understanding of human nature. 
Again, this is set in 1950's England and features a variety of catchy characters.   

Number Three: Crossing Lines
My in-laws recommended this one to my husband and I and since we started watching 3 weeks ago, we haven't had an evening when we haven't watched at least one episode!
This show is about a modern day  police force formed to work on unsolved cases that cross over country borders in the EU.  So-  there might be a murder in Paris, but the killer might be Slovak and he dumps the body in Belgium. The regular police forces in each country don't have  jurisdiction to cross borders to look for eveidence so this team of highly-trained investigators, who hail from a variety of EU, countries move in to solve the case.   There are two seasons on Netflix and a third season is available now online on other viewing "sources."  Check this one out!!

Number Four:  X Company
"X COMPANY is an emotionally-driven character drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits - Canadian, American and British - torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. These agents parachute behind enemy lines, where they're fair game for torture and execution. From elegant hotels to hellholes in the field, it's one risky operation after another, masterminded by the brains of Camp X."
Excerpt from the IMDb website
Sounds exciting, doesn't it?  And Canadian, too.  Woot, woot!

Number Five:  The Mysteries of Laura
This is another one from Netflix.  I happened to fall upon it one day when I was home sick form school.  I needed something light and entertaining as I convalesced on the couch.  And this show hit the spot.  I loved Debra Messing in Will and Grace and hoped this show would be just as funny.  And it is.  Laura is a NYC cop who has to balance her gun-wielding, criminal-chasing career with raising two young  sons with a jerk of a husband.  It is cleverly put together with humour, exciting story lines and interesting guest stars.  Perfect viewing if you ask me!

I hope I've lead you to something new.  I love it when friends can recommend something worthwhile.  It saves me having to search for it.  Who has the time and energy for that??
Have a lovely weekend everyone.  We're hoping to hit a farmer's market on Saturday and I plan on trying a new recipe from my newest baking book.  Pics to follow!


  1. I'm totally with you on the first two - but the last three are all new to me. I think I'll have to check them out. Is that Donald Sutherland in Crossing Lines? I like him!

  2. I haven't heard of some of your five, but I usually watch Call the Midwife even when the most awful things are happening!! :-)

  3. Your first two favourites are mine too and I like the sound of The Mysteries of Laura. Have a great weekend. :)

  4. Call the Midwife is one of my favourites and the latest series is on right now. The funny thing is that the author was a midwife in Poplar, London when my Grandma was pregnant with my mum. Imagine our surprise when my mum bought the book and in the middle there were photos. One being of my Grandma back in the day having some classes. I've just got into Father Brown which is on in the afternoons here. I'll miss that one when I go back to work next week :) Have a wonderful weekend xx

  5. I only know the first two, and I adore Call the Midwife! I do cry quite a bit though when I watch it!! The other three all sound good too, I think I would like the last one especially. Hope you are all better now! Thank you so much for joining in the anniversary of Five On Friday, I really do appreciate it so much! Have a good weekend! xx

  6. Not much a tv watcher, I've heard of most of these, but haven't seen them.

  7. Wow! The only one I knew was call the midwife, which I love for all its insights into social history. Need to check out some of the others...

  8. At the moment we've been watching Father Brown as it's on in an afternoon when we take time from the chores and relax. It's light entertainment, amusing, but with some thought-provoking aspects as Father Brown gets involved with criminals and moral dilemmas. Hope your weekend is going well.

  9. At the moment we've been watching Father Brown as it's on in an afternoon when we take time from the chores and relax. It's light entertainment, amusing, but with some thought-provoking aspects as Father Brown gets involved with criminals and moral dilemmas. Hope your weekend is going well.

  10. Hello Bronwyn, I might have to check out Crossing Lines. We enjoy Father Brown and Call the Midwife. Homefront was another series I enjoyed and of course Doc Martin. I'm hoping that they put out another season of Endeavor, too, the young Inspector Morse. Hope you have a nice week ahead. thanks for your visit to my five...

  11. There's a couple of new-to-me series there which I'll need to check out, thanks for the info #fiveonfriday

  12. I know this: after exhausting day I'm glad nothing more to do and sit in the chair and watch TV, I had such times too. These series aren't in German TV, but Father Brown we have too, with German artists. I very like it!
    Have a nice new week

  13. Hello Bronwyn, I don't know all of these, but I do love Father Brown. I imagine you are seeing the fourth season now. I hope that it will soon arrive here... and that the series hasn't changed too much. Nancy Carroll's style alone would be a reason good enough for seeing this series. :)
    Have a lovely new week!

  14. I am a notorious binge watcher.... but I haven't seen any of your favourites. Yet. Thanks for the suggestions. x

  15. Sorry i'm late Bronwyn - but I was gone on a trip last week so playing catch up and still wanted to link up. ;) Love your 5 - and I'm like you that I LOVE Call the Midwife!! Especially with Downton ending, I'm so happy to have this show. I also like Mysteries of Laura - although haven't watched it regularly. Your other shows sounds so fun and intriguing and I will need to check out! ;)
    Blessings. xoxo

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  17. I'm always interested to see what other TV shows people recommend. Some of these are new to me, so thank you. I tend to binge-watch series on Netflix or Amazon Prime like House of Cards, Bosch...if it's got dead bodies or politics in it then I'm interested. If it's a Scandinavian crime drama and subtitled then I'll definitely watch it! :-)

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