Monday 27 April 2020

Sticky Lemon & Blueberry Loaf Cake Recipe

Okay when I shared photos of this sticky lemon and blueberry cake on my Twitter yesterday, my phone went mad! SO many people asking for the recipe, more than I've ever had before so I wanted to get it written up as quickly as possible. I'm sharing a LOT of recipes on my blog at the moment but I'm loving it. I'm cooking and baking more than usual (there's not much else to do is there?) and I'm just using this time to try and improve where I can whilst also trying out new things too. If you've seen any of my baking recipes in the past, I'm sure you'll know I'm usually about anything chocolatey but one of my fave flavour combinations is lemon and blueberry so over the weekend I finally gave something a try with the ingredients myself. After seeing many variations of lemon and blueberry cakes, cupcakes and traybakes on Pinterest, I decided on a loaf cake, something I don't make very often and I just hope you enjoy if you decide to give it a go too. I was so, so happy with how it turned out.
sticky lemon and blueberry loaf cake on wooden chopping board next to gold mirrored tray and white candle
170g butter
130g caster sugar
3 eggs
115g natural or greek yoghurt
200g self-raising flour
Zest & juice of 1 lemon
4 tbsp of lemon curd
Small punnet of blueberries (around 125g)
Icing sugar

1. Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees/140 fan and grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper
2. Roll your blueberries lightly in flour (this stops them from sinking in the cake) and set aside
3. Cream together your butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric whisk if possible, until smooth
4. Whisk in your eggs one at a time
5. Add in your yoghurt and mix with a spoon
6. Fold through your self-raising flour gently
7. Stir in the zest and juice of 1 lemon and mix until everything is combined
8. Pour half of the cake batter into your loaf tin then spoon over 2 tbsp of lemon curd and swirl it around with a sharp knife or skewer. Scatter half of the blueberries on top
9. Add your remaining cake batter on top then repeat the process with the remaining 2 tbsp of lemon curd and the rest of the blueberries
10. Bake in the oven for at least 1hr 10 minutes. It will take between 1hr 10 and 1hr 30. I found mine took 1hr 30 and I think this is because I used a really large lemon and got out as much of the juice as I could making it a bit of a looser mixture. Just keep checking with a skewer after 1hr 10. If it comes out clean then the cake is done
11. Cool the cake in the tin for a least 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
12. When cool, drizzle with yoghurt or icing sugar (just made with a little bit of water) then enjoy!
closeup of cake without icing sugar on top on wooden chopping board next to gold mirrored tray
closeup of cake with icing sugar on top on wooden chopping board next to gold mirrored tray with white candle
This was just amazing in so many ways. It's such a soft sponge but the top goes a little bit crisp and the icing sugar on top just makes it. It reminds me a lot of a blueberry muffin just with added lemon which is always a winner in a bake I find. The pools of lemon curd throughout aswell are just heavenly.

I never expected this to get the response it did so I hope if you like the look of it that you give it a go. It takes a bit of time but it's so worth it and it's one of those cakes that actually gets better over time, if you somehow manage to not eat it all in one day!

Have you done much baking recently?

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Monday 20 April 2020

Easy Garlic & Herb Flatbreads Recipe

We're entering our fourth week of lockdown now in the UK so whilst it was all a bit crazy at the beginning, I'm weirdly getting used to this new normal. I mean, I can't wait for the day I can leave my home for something other than a walk with Bear but this is life now for at least a few more weeks so I'm just trying to find the positives where I can. I think we can all agree that the panic buying that went on when lockdown was first a rumour was a little bit ridiculous and even now some supermarkets still seem to be trying to get back on top. It meant so many things were out of stocks for weeks - I've only just been able to get pasta again and I really had to try and make the most out of the things we had in. Having more time at home aswell has meant I've been spending many days cooking and baking, more than ever before and one thing I've been loving making is flatbreads!
flatbreads on a plate
For some reason everyone turned into Paul Hollywood when the panic buying started and I'm still yet to find bread flour on the shelves. Of course with a cupboard full of baking ingredients, the one thing I never have is bread flour and the time I want it, there's absolutely none around. So that's where these easy garlic and herb flatbreads came into my life. I love a flatbread but I've always assumed they'd be difficult to make or require loads of ingredients. Well that's far from the case. I've tried a few different variations now but the recipe I'm about to share is adapted from one I saw on Amy Sheppard's Instagram and doesn't require bread flour! Every single thing she shares looks insanely delicious so make sure you head over to her page if you need some meal inspiration. Now here's how to make tasty garlic and herb flatbreads which can be used as a side for an array of meals.

200g plain flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
A sprinkle of pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
130ml milk
50g butter
2 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
1 tsp Mixed herbs

1. First of all place 50g of butter in a small saucepan with your two crushed garlic gloves and a teaspoon of mixed herbs. Heat gently until the butter melts. Set aside
2. For your flatbreads, mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, a sprinkle of pepper, olive oil and milk in a bowl until it's combined and formed a dough
3. Gently knead your dough on a floured surface for 1 minute then divide into 6 equal sized pieces
4. Form each piece of dough into a ball then roll out on the floured surface until they are roughly the same size as a side plate
5. Heat a frying pan or griddle pan without any oil until hot. Use a pastry brush to brush both sides of the rolled out dough with the butter mix and then fry for around 2 minutes on each side (I found it easier to brush one side, put that side down on the hot pan and then brush the other side before flipping)
6. Once cooked and out of the pan, brush again with the butter mix on one side and enjoy!
flatbreads on the griddle pan cooking
diet coke chicken with rice and flatbreads
The great thing about these flatbreads is they go with so many meals and can be used in a variety of ways. They could replace naan bread with a curry or something like Diet Coke chicken which is the meal above. You could have them instead of garlic bread with meals like spaghetti and pasta bake or you could even use them for breakfast and create your own fakeaway style McDonald's cheesy bacon flatbread. You also don't have to add the garlic to your butter if you'd prefer them a bit plainer too. 

These are brilliant if you run out of bread or just want something different with a meal one night and they really don't take much time at all. This recipe makes 6 flatbreads so I usually make 4 at the time and leave the remaining dough covered in the fridge for the next day.

 I hope this has been useful if you're wanting to bake something new that you haven't tried before or if you've been looking for ways to replace items that aren't always as readily available in the shops anymore. Trust me, they are absolutely delicious.

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Friday 17 April 2020

10 Of My Current Disney+ Picks

Last month DisneyPlus arrived and I think it's fair to say we've all gone a little bit mad for it. Pretty much everyone I know has become obsessed with it and I definitely have too, there's just so much! If you somehow haven't heard about DisneyPlus, well it's basically a new streaming service just like Netflix but obviously it's all Disney. Whilst I do love Disney, I was a little on the fence about subscribing just because at the time we already had Netflix, Amazon Prime and NowTV, not that we were using them all really so I didn't want to get it for the sake of it but we gave it a go and now I can't stop using it. Over the last few weeks I've been watching loads of films that take me back to being a teenager aswell as some of the brand new shows that have been made especially for DisneyPlus so I really wanted to share some of my recommendations. I've whittled it down to 10 of my current picks so I hope there's something for everyone.
Disney+ homepage on phone held up in front of bookshelf

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

One of the first things I watched was the High School Musical films which I obviously recommend. They're so cheesy but I love them! I then had to start High School Musical: The Musical: The Series which has quickly become something I look forward to watching each week. It's an American mockumentary musical drama that follows a group of high school kids at the fictional East High School, who are taking part in the school's production of High School Musical: The Musical. Of course the students taking part all have their own relationships and dramas going on much like Troy and Gabriella in the films so it's all very familiar but just so good. A new episode is released every Friday so it's been something nice and lighthearted to watch each week.
High School Musical The Musical The Series poster

Lady and the Tramp

This was one of the films I was most looking forward to and it didn't disappoint. Who doesn't love Lady and the Tramp? In this live action remake, a pampered spaniel and a tough but lovable stray go on an unexpected adventure and it's just absolutely adorable. It will make you smile, it might make you a bit emotional and if you have a pet yourself, I can guarantee it will make you want to go and give them a big cuddle afterwards. A must for any dog lovers.
Lady and the Tramp live action remake poster

Mary Poppins Returns

Actually the first film I watched on DisneyPlus because it's just become such a favourite of mine since it was first released. I just think it was made so well - the effects are brilliant, the casting is spot on and the music is beautiful. I have the songs stuck in my head for days after watching this, every single time. It's just a feel good film isn't it?
the cast of Mary Poppins returns

Freaky Friday

This is one of those films that takes me right back to being a teenager. I remember watching this so much when I was younger and to be honest I still love it just as much now. If you somehow haven't heard of Freaky Friday before, this was released in 2003 and it stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as a mother and daughter who just aren't getting along at all. One night while out for dinner at a Chinese restaurant, a magical fortune cookie makes them switch bodies meaning they're forced to live each others lives. It's just really funny and it has Chad Michael Murray in it so if you weren't convinced before, you might be now.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday


Ahh this film just makes me so happy. I don't feel it's ever had as much praise as films like Frozen but it totally deserves it! I think it's one of the best Disney have released and I always put it on when I'm in need of something that's going to cheer me up. Mandy Moore voices Rapunzel and she has the most gorgeous singing voice. Donna Murphy is brilliant as Mother Gothel aswell. 'When Will My Life Begin' and 'I See The Light' are some of the best songs from a Disney film too. I adore them.
Tangled poster

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

First of all I'm so disappointed the Lizzie McGuire re-boot hasn't come to fruition. I'm not exactly sure what's happening with it but it doesn't seem to be going ahead with DisneyPlus anymore unfortunately so I just hope someone else picks it up. It would have been amazing to follow Lizzie's life now! Whilst I'm re-watching the original episodes now as they are available, the Lizzie McGuire movie is one of my all time faves. I remember so many of the lines and 'What Dreams Are Made Of' gets stuck in my head at least once a week. The film follows Lizzie and her friends in Italy as they celebrate graduation but while she's there she gets mistaken for an Italian pop diva which completely changes her trip. There's something weirdly comforting about it, I just love it.
Lizzie McGuire movie

The World According To Jeff Goldblum 

I'm not going to lie, I haven't watched every episode of this yet but what I have seen so far has been great and I'm really looking forward to watching more. If you want something a little different to your throwback TV shows and the classic Disney films, well The World According To Jeff Goldblum is definitely that. In the 12 part series, each episode focuses on something people love, like trainers, tattoos or ice cream and Jeff basically explores more about them all. He chats with influencers and experts on each of these subjects and it's genuinely a fascinating watch. It's such a strange concept but it works.
Jeff Goldblum

Camp Rock

Another film I remember very clearly from my teenage years! If you want a cheesy musical film then the Camp Rock films are the perfect choice. Demi Lovato plays Mitchie, a girl desperate to spend her summer at a rock camp but the only way for her to do that is for her and her mother to work in the kitchen. Whilst there, a teen pop star Shane Gray (Joe Jonas) overhears her singing and he makes it his mission to find the girl behind the voice. I mean, it has the Jonas Brothers in, why wouldn't you want to watch it? Anyone else just loving them at the moment? I definitely prefer the first film to the second but both are available on DisneyPlus and there are some really catchy songs in them both.
Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato in Camp Rock


I ADORE ZOOTROPOLIS. I've watched this several times already and I'm tempted to put it on again whilst writing this. I only watched this for the first time last year but it's probably one my top Disney films now so I was obviously thrilled to see this when I subscribed. If you've not watched it before, I'd recommend adding it to the top of your list. Ginnifer Goodwin voices Judy Hopp, a bunny who is determined to make it as a police officer and she is just SO sweet. After years of training and finally in her dream job, she makes it her mission to uncover a criminal conspiracy involving the disappearance of predators but she may have to team up with red fox con artist to do so. Judy Hopps is just such a cool character, I want to be her.
Judy Hopps in Zootropolis

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

I couldn't pick just one Marvel film so I thought I'd mention the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe which includes films like Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers:Endgame, Captain Marvel and many more. We're actually working our way through them all the moment after starting with Iron Man and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. It's something to look forward to each evening whilst there isn't much else at the moment! Some of the films are absolutely brilliant and even if you think they're not your thing, give them a try! So far I've really enjoyed the first Thor, Iron Man and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe poster
So that wraps up my 10 Disney+ picks and I really hope it's given you a few ideas if you've been in need of something to watch whilst we're in this weird time at the moment! I was a little dubious at first and wondered if it was going to be worth the money but now I can 100% say it is, there are honestly hundreds of films, shows and documentaries so you're completely spoilt for choice. It's just fantastic.

Have you got Disney+? If so what have you been watching?

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Friday 10 April 2020

How To Update Your Home For Spring and Summer*

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I never really need much of an excuse to change up the decor in my home but when a new season starts, I always find that's the perfect time for it. I go from wanting darker tones and all the cosy blankets in Autumn and Winter to wanting things like fresh flowers and brighter colours in our home as soon as Spring starts. As we're fully in the midst of Spring now, though we may not be able to go out and enjoy it, I thought this would be a good time to share a few of my tips on how to brighten up your home for the warmer months, leading us into Summer.
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De-Clutter Each Room & Spring Clean

First of all a de-clutter of each room always helps, especially the one you spend the most time in. For us that's the living room so once Winter is out of the way I like to have a real sort through of everything ready for a fresh start for Spring. Just a few weeks ago we cleared out loads of DVD's and books that were taking up space on the shelves and now they look so much neater. I've also switched out a lot of my Autumn candles that I'd got through for some more seasonal appropriate scents and I just generally gave everything a really good clean. Whilst cleaning may not be fun, it can do so much good, not just to how your home looks but to how your mind feels afterwards too. I genuinely feel far calmer if our home is clean and tidy so that's something I always try to keep on top of.

New Windows

Changing the windows in your home is of course a very big job so not one to take on lightly but if it's something you've wanted to change anyway, now is the perfect time to get planning. With the help of Tuffx Glass, Infinity fixed roof lights can help with natural light which is ideal for this time of year when we want to let in as much light as possible for as long as we can. Tuffx Glass have over 25 years manufacturing experience, supplying places we all know and love such as M&S and Next but even places like Edinburgh Zoo! They have everything you could possibly need so definitely one to consider if you're keen on changing the windows on your home or adding in something new and unique.

Bring In Lighter Colours

A pop of colour can totally change a room and during Spring and Summer you can do so much to brighten up the space. Just re-painting the walls can make a huge difference but you can also switch the covers on your cushions to something a little lighter, take away any fluffy blankets from Autumn which we're sure not to need in the warmer months and maybe add in things that are pastel coloured for something a little different. I personally love the grey and light pink theme at the moment but yellow is of course a go to colour for Spring too.

Add In New Accessories

Aswell as adding in some colour from items like cushions and blankets, you can also add in a few new accessories to change up each room. As I've already mentioned I switched out my Autumnal scents for more fruity and floral candles instead and they just fill our whole home with a fresh and Spring-like feel. A personal favourite of mine at the moment is the Sweet Apple candle from M&S and it's a total bargain. I've also recently added in things like a gold mirrored tray to the coffee table which is ideal for candles and I'm so happy with it. You don't have to spend loads though. Just a fresh bunch of flowers makes such a difference to a room!

I hope this has given you a few ideas if you want to change up your home for the next few months of Spring and Summer. Do you like to change your decor with the seasons too?

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Wednesday 8 April 2020

My Cheesy Veggie Filled Conchiglioni Recipe

With having to spend far more time at home than usual over the last couple of weeks, I've been cooking a lot. By the amount of recipes I've shared on my blog since the very beginning you can probably tell I enjoy cooking but I definitely have times where I fall out of love with it. Up until recently it had become far too easy to grab a takeaway or when I did cook to just repeat the same old meals and whilst there's nothing wrong with that, I missed getting creative and trying something new. With us all having to stay at home now it's forced me to get back into cooking and I've actually quite enjoyed having to come up with meals based on the basics we have in because of those that chose to stockpile pretty much everything! Luckily things seem to be getting back to some normality in that department but it's really made me re-think some of the habits I'd slipped into and I'm determined now not to let anything go to waste.
finished pasta dish
Today's recipe is for a cheesy veggie filled conchiglioni and it's certainly something fancier than what I'm used to making. Conchiglioni is a shell shaped pasta and ideally you want the larger shells for this recipe which I managed to find in Morrisons. I got the inspiration for this from the lovely Manon Lagreve on Instagram. You might remember her from The Great British Bake Off a few years ago if you're a fan. I actually met her at Borough Market when we were in London for my birthday in January and she was incredibly sweet. She shares a few different recipes each week usually so she's definitely someone to follow if you're after new meal ideas or baking recipes. The thing with this recipe is that it does take time and it does require some effort but the results are so worth it. It does have quite a few ingredients and they're not all the cheapest things in the world so it's not one I'll be making every week but for special occasions or when you want to try something new, it's a top choice. What can beat a hearty bowl of pasta?
filled pasta on top of tomato sauce
Ingredients: Tomato sauce
2 gloves of garlic
1 onion, finely diced
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
Mixed herbs
Salt & pepper

Ingredients: Spinach filling
Large pasta shells
2 gloves of garlic
250g fresh spinach
250g of mascarpone
100g of grated Parmesan
Juice of half a lemon
Salt & pepper
1 ball of mozzarella

1. First of all you'll need to start with your tomato sauce. For this just start by frying off your diced onion with 2 crushed garlic cloves
2. When the onion has softened, add in your tins of chopped tomatoes and simmer for about half an hour on a medium heat. Season with salt, pepper and mixed herbs
3. While your tomato sauce is simmering, you can make your spinach filling. First of all in a separate frying fan, add your crushed garlic and fry in a little olive oil or Frylight
4. Then add in your fresh spinach and cook until it's all started to wilt. It will look like loads at first but it reduces to such a small amount. Remove any excess water
5. Tip onto a chopping board and chop thinly before putting it into a large bowl
6. Add your mascarpone, grated Parmesan, salt & pepper and the juice of half a lemon to the bowl of spinach
7. Fill a large piping bag with your mixture and fill your large pasta shells (these do not need to be cooked beforehand) and set aside
8. After your sauce has simmered for half an hour, pour into a large dish and add the filled pasta on top
9. Cover your pasta with sliced mozzarella and any extra grated Parmesan you may have left then cover with tin foil
10. Cook in a 180 degree pre-heated oven for 40 minutes then remove the foil and return to the oven for 20 minutes
collage - basic tomato sauce, filled pasta on top of sauce, mozzarella on top of pasta, finished dish
As I said, there are quite a few ingredients and quite a few steps you need to follow but if you've got the spare time, stick a film on in the background or some music and just have fun with it. The tomato sauce is beautiful, the cheesy spinach filling is gooey and the pasta with the mozzarella on top goes a little crisp so it's just the most amazing combination of flavours and textures. This recipe is enough for two people but we did have leftovers for lunch the next day so it can stretch to more.

Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I'd love to see the result! 

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Tuesday 7 April 2020

My April To-Do List

Well April certainly isn't set to be the month that I thought it would be. George and I should be heading to London in a few weeks to see Dear Evan Hansen and & Juliet, something I had looked forward to for so long, we should have booked an anniversary trip we'd been planning but travel is off the cards and we also had a few other plans closer to home that we wanted to do with Bear which are now obviously not possible. It's fine, everything can be re-arranged but it's still disappointing. Generally I've been dealing with things far better than I thought I would though. I definitely have days where the seriousness of what's going on in the world hits me but I'm just trying to stay positive and hoping that if everyone PLEASE just does the right thing for now that we can all get back to normality in the not too distant future. Despite spending pretty much all my time at home now, there are still things I want to get sorted this month so here's April to-do list!
Bridlington beach

Continue Cooking New Meals

One of the positives of the situation we're in at the moment is that I've been cooking far more than usual. I cook most nights of the week anyway but recently it's been far too easy to grab a takeaway or just chuck something in the oven and whilst that's perfectly okay, I'd lost creativity when it came to cooking and over the last few weeks, that's been coming back. I've been trying out new ideas and I've sort of been forced to make something of what we've got in due to the lack of basics in the supermarkets. I feel like my cooking skills are improving and I'm loving perfecting certain dishes now so I just want to keep that up.

Try and Get Back To A Blogging Schedule

I said in one of my recent posts - how I'm keeping sane whilst social distancing, that I'd not had the motivation for blogging recently which I think is understandable but it feels like it's coming back. I'm getting that urge again to just sit and type and I want to get back to sharing regularly, it's what's made me happy for so long so it feels good to feel like that again. I don't think I'll necessarily go back to posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday but maybe twice a week would be a good start.

Take Blog Photos

I'm in desperate need of some photos for my blog and my Instagram! I tend to take loads in bulk so that they're just ready to go whenever but I've got through most from the last time I did that so I need to just shut myself away in the office for an hour! I find taking photos the most stressful part of blogging just because I don't find I'm that creative and never really know how to switch it up but I'm gonna give it a go this month.

Daily Walks

I had a bit of a wobble last week and got really paranoid about going out for a walk each day with Bear so I really want to get back to doing that this month. I'd been watching the news A LOT and I think I'd let everything just build up and I'd scared myself that if I went out to the park and touched something by accident that I was going to get ill. I mean, I'll still be careful and make sure I'm keeping safe but I do need that bit of fresh air back. 

Read 2 Books

I've really slowed down again with my reading challenge over the last few weeks so this month I'm determined to read two books. It took me ages to get through my latest read, The Chocolate Lovers Club by Carole Matthews, for no reason other than I just didn't feel that urge to pick up a book and I'd got too sucked into DisneyPlus! I'm currently reading The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon and then I have a few thrillers lined up which I'm excited to get stuck into.

So whilst this isn't the April to-do list I was hoping to share and my content will be a little different than I'd planned, I'm just going to stay positive and hope for the best. That's all we can do really isn't it? It's definitely strange spending so much time at home but in a way I do think one day I'll look back on this time and be grateful that I got this extra time with my family. I know I'll appreciate so much more afterwards aswell. 

Anyway, how are you hoping to spend this month? How are you finding things at the moment?

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Wednesday 1 April 2020

5 TV Shows I've Binge-Watched Recently That You Might Like Too

I speak a lot about TV on my blog but I watch a lot of it so I apologise if it gets a little repetitive sometimes! To be fair we are all spending A LOT of time indoors now so I imagine we're all getting through a boxset or two at the moment. I've recently shared my latest Netflix recommendations but today I'm talking about a few shows that I've binge-watched over the last few months and I think you might like them too! I've written a post like this before but it was quite a while ago so I thought a few new suggestions might be useful. There's a real mix from comedy to drama and everything else in between. Let me know if you've watched any of these too!
collage - Safe poster, Save Me poster, Intelligence poster, The Split poster, Last Tango In Halifax poster

The Split

I was absolutely thrilled when the BBC revealed that The Split was coming back for a second series. The Split first aired in 2018 - I actually remember catching a random episode of it when we were in Paris and then when we got home, binge watching it all in one day! They didn't announce they were doing more episodes until a few weeks before the second series so up until that point I thought it was done. If you've not seen The Split before, it has a brilliant cast including Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan, Annabel Scholey and Barry Atsma just to name a few and it follows the lives of the Defoe family, who the majority of all work for the family firm in divorce law. Whilst each family member has their own story, a lot of it is focused on Hannah played by the amazing Nicola Walker. Married to Nathan and with a family of her own, she looks like she has it all but when an old flame, Christie come back on the scene, she's left with some big decisions to make. Both series 1 and 2 are brilliant and I really hope they do a third.
The Split cast, BBC


After being obsessed with The Stranger on Netflix a few months ago, we watched Safe recently which is by the same crime author, Harlan Coben and it was incredible. I already can't wait to see what Harlan Coben and Netflix do next as both of these have been so impressive! Starring Michael C.Hall (who you might recognise from Dexter) it's about Englishman Tom Delaney who is recently widowed and struggling to connect with his daughters after their loss. One day his teenage daughter goes missing and on his search to find her, he uncovers a web of secrets about the people around him. Whilst I think I did prefer The Stranger to this, there is no denying Safe is a fantastic drama. It's so tense and leaves you guessing right up until the last episode. Michael C.Hall does an amazing British accent too, who knew?!
Michael C.Hall in Safe, Netflix

Last Tango In Halifax

Ahh this show just makes me so happy. The first series actually aired in 2012 so I'm definitely late to the party with this one but it's meant I've had loads to catch up on over the last few months! Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi play Celia and Alan, both in their seventies and widowed who after being persuaded to join Facebook by their respective grandchildren, reconnect with one another. Whilst they liked each other when they were younger, they never got together so after meeting up all those years later, they find they still feel the same as they did before. Whilst thrilled to have found one another again, it's not all plain sailing. Both have grown up daughters, Gillian played by Nicola Walker and Caroline played by Sarah Lancashire and they are complete opposites. I suppose it's quite a realistic portrayal of family life and it's easy to love each of the characters despite their flaws. There's just something really comforting about it. Series 5 has just finished on BBC so there's plenty to catch up on if you want something to fill your time.
Last Tango In Halifax cast


IT'S ROSS. Ross was always my fave in Friends and I've loved David Schwimmer in everything I've seen him in since so it's no surprise I thoroughly enjoyed Intelligence. New to Sky, Intelligence also stars Nick Mohammed and it's a workplace comedy set in the UK's Government Communications Headquarters which is a weirder and geekier version of MI5 where they tackle international and domestic Cyber Crime. David plays a pompous NSA agent from the US who joins the team in the UK and basically causes mayhem. I personally found this absolutely hilarious. It's full of dry humour and it's so nice to have David Schwimmer back on our screens. There's only 6 episodes and they're half an hour long each so a really easy series to binge-watch. I can't wait for series 2.
David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed in Intelligence on Sky

Save Me 

If you're after a gritty drama to get stuck into then Save Me is a show you need to watch! It's from the makers of Line Of Duty so it was always going to be good and it stars Lennie James as Nelly Rowe, a man that has to go on the hunt for his missing daughter Jody. With no clue where to find her, Nelly finds he will go to any length to get her back and in doing that he uncovers many secrets of the people around him, including closest friends. There was really no way of knowing what was going to happen in this, I feel like it just stepped up another level in each episode and the series overall was just everything you want from a drama. It's incredibly tense and the cast are just brilliant, Suranne Jones especially. We've just watched the first series on NowTV ready for series 2 this week which I can't wait for!
Save Me, Sky. Poster of Lennie James and Suranne Jones
So I hope that has given you a few ideas if you're in need of something new to watch. I'm definitely getting through far too much on Netflix and Disney+ at the moment so if you also have any suggestions, please let me know!

Have you seen any of these TV shows?

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