APRIL TV+FILM PICKS

Each month I try to recommend some film + tv picks. some are past viewings that I have loved and some I am currently watching. what are your picks this month?

FILM

It’s almost hard to believe this film is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the love child of British naval officer Sir John Lindsay who brought her back to England. Set in the 18th century, Amma Asante perfectly directs this film, capturing the racial undertones of British aristocracy towards Belle, just because of her skin colour.

Despite this, she maintains etiquette and a strong head, where we see Belle (played by the amazing, beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw) fall in love with John Davinier (Sam Reid; Prime Suspect 1973, The Riot Club), whilst facing the scrutiny of bigot Tom Felton (Malfoy in Harry Potter) as she is to be engaged to his brother, Oliver Ashford (James Norton; Happy Valley, McMafia, War & Peace)

The cast is exceptional, featuring Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, A Discovery of Witches), and Emily Watson (Chernobyl, Apple Tree Yard).

Can she make her way through society? Will she finally get with her charming Mr Davinier?

the riot club (2014)

the riot club is based on Laura Wade’s popular stage play, ‘Posh‘. Set in Oxford, the viewer follows Miles (Max Irons) find himself as a member of The Riot Club (or spoilt brat club) which many undergrads would only dream of being selected. There is the underlying love story between Miles and working-class student Lauren (Holliday Grainger) – but is it too good to be true to become anything?

Over the course of an evening, we see the club having a dinner in a pub, learning that that they have been banned from nearby venues for undisclosed reasons. Yet, the antics of some will change the lives of many as a fight stirs and Lauren is placed in danger…

The cast features a plethora of well known faces which no doubt contributes to its entrancing viewing:

Olly Alexander (It’s a Sin, lead singer of Years&Years), Sam Claflin (Love, Rosie, Me Before You, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Snow White and the Huntsman), Douglas Booth (Romeo + Juliet, Loving Vincent), Max Irons (The Host, The White Queen), Freddie Fox (White House Farm, Cucumber), Josh O’Connor (The Durrells, The Crown), Holliday Grainger (The Capture, Cinderella, Strike, Lady Chatterley’s Lover), Natalie Dormer (The Tudors, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Sam Reid (Prime Suspect 1973 itv), Jack Farthing (Poldark), Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean, Us, The Night Manager), Harry Lloyd (Robin Hood, Game of Thrones, The Theory of Everything)

TV

it’s a sin – channel 4

I’m still making my way through this series along with other series I’m watching (and many books im reading!), but from within the first 10 mins of somewhat graphic, nudey scenes, I was hooked! it was hilarious and I knew this was the programme for me. (take from that what you will…)

the series has been a hit as it has raised more awareness of the AIDS issue in the 1980s, following the story of Ritchie (Olly Alexander), Colin and Roscoe who are making their way through being gay in England. however, there are soon many ups and downs which the viewer sees and feels throughout each episode. very heartfelt watching.

it features Kelley Hawes (one of my fave actresses) and Shaun Dooley as Olly Alexander’s parents, as well as a few new talented faces we should no doubt look out for in the future.

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C – Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off is always penciled into my diary in the Summer. The same goes for the SU2C Bake Off!

I love it! Not only is it easy viewing, but I love baking. It is fun seeing celebrities (attempt to) take part, all the while raising awareness for a great cause.

My favourite has to be an episode featuring Joe Lycett back in March 2019, where he quite simply summarised his bake as:

started making it, had a breakdown… bon appetite.‘ a statement a few of us will perhaps use in our lifetime.

It seems the producers have gone all out in seeking a plethora of celebs for the most recent season, including comedian John Bishop, YouTube KSI, Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley, singer Anne-Marie and actor James McAvoy.

Line of Duty – BBC

like Bake Off, another series that I mark in my diary! I also remind my family who are fans of the show too. It seems the news are just as interested, as previous series have featured in the news and in newspapers!

It follows AC-12, the internal anti-corruption police force making sure officers are acting lawfully. DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS/DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintendent Ted Hastings act as the 3 musketeers trying to find the ‘bad cops’, yet for the latest series, Kate has moved over to catching ‘real criminals’ instead of police officers.

Over the past 3-ish seasons, there has been the subplot of the mysterious ‘H’ leading a corrupt inside organisation, which seems to involve the mysterious DCI Jo Davidson and a few other coppers.

Who are they protecting? Why are they working for H?

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