Stuff I'm liking lately
by Daphne du Maurier
The only Daphne Du Maurier I've read before is Rebecca, but I'd loved the TV adaptation of the Scapegoat (starring Michael Rhys and Sheridan Smith) that was on a few years ago, and thought I'd give the book a try. It's about a man who meets his doppelganger and finds himself living the unknown man's life, when the guy steals his clothes and car, leaving his double to face up to his responsibilities . This was a quick read, an unsettling thriller and en-grossingly written - but I much preferred the (very different) ending of the adaptation.
I met up with some of the girls from my old uni house the other weekend for a little reunion, which was lovely. It's been a while since there's been four of us together and Emma moved to London a while back so we thought we'd make a weekend trip of it. We went for lunch in Covent garden and for drinks by the river near the London eye. We did some shopping in Oxford Street and went to the National Portrait gallery. I loved the Tudor bit - with the real portraits of Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I and Richard III. But the nicest thing was just to catch up. I need to go and do the proper touristy stuff there soon though, I'd not really realised how easy it was to get there and back on the train.
This is my favourite thing on telly at the moment by a long way. A comedy series set in Northern Ireland in the 1990's, it follows four teenage girls at a Catholic school (plus a male English cousin - who goes to the all girls school because he's likely to get beaten up at the boys' one.) Sounds like a weird idea for a comedy, but it's based on the writer's own teenage years and it's not really about the troubles - that's just the backdrop. It makes me laugh every week, and it's great to see more female led comedy on TV.
All the Small Things
Back in 2007, I watched a BBC series about two church choirs who battle it out when the choirmaster of one leaves his wife for a soprano and she inadvertently starts a breakaway group who sing lots of Blink 182 songs. It had Sarah Lancashire as the leading lady and Richard Fleeshman as her autistic son. It sounds bizarre, but I remembered it fondly. And when my sister gave me access to her BOB account (a 'learning tool' they get at universities now where you can basically watch anything that's been on terrestrial telly since 2006 - I know, amazing) it was one of the first things on my list. And I enjoyed it just as much (and hated the husband just as intensely) as the first time around. Oh, and I love seeing the fashions - I'd forgotten about the wearing scarves indoors thing...
What are you loving at the moment?