What I've Watched Lately

April 19, 2018

We recently ditched cable, so most of these can be watched without it. In fact only one was on and not even really on cable... we had HBO for about 10 minutes before we divorced Cox. 

Great Canal Journeys

This show follows Timothy West and his wife down several canals in the UK as well as Europe. I put off watching it for weeks and it kept popping up in my recommended shows on YouTube. If you like BBC docs than look up the Allthemed Docs channel on YouTube, they post all the shows we can't get in the US. Well, that we are supposed to have access to in the US. Anyway, this show is so good. The series begins on their 50th wedding anniversary year and they travel several canals in the UK. They brings their kids on board once and basically talk about their life while giving history of where they are. They are incredibly sweet and seeing an 83 year old woman work locks is crazy interesting for some reason.

Call the Midwife

The new season recently came back on PBS. When we cancelled cable I made sure we purchased a subscription to PBS, there are too many shows I really love on there. I've watched this show from the beginning and honestly it's just as good, no matter who has left or been killed off. This season has me crying just as much as the others, and I'm A) not a crier and B) not into those kinds of shows.

Side note: I think the blonde was pregnant during filming + they just sent her away because of an alcohol issue. Also known as "you're showing too much" which makes me think she's pregnant.

Also, I feel like there was along pause before they got this season going, like they skipped a year or something.

The Jinx

This is the HBO documentary (hence watched it pre ditching cable) but if you can get your hands on it definitely watch. I love a good murder and this guy has seemingly gotten out of several by the skin of his teeth. Supposedly killed his wife. Supposedly killed a neighbor. HBO did a great job on this one, it's definitely worth the watch.

The Crown

This is a wildly popular Netflix series, almost a docu series. I've been meaning to look into some of the details they give because the books I've read over the years didn't go into detail about some of the things Phillip did.

Which, if you know anything about Charles you'd know that he was famous for telling Diana that he wouldn't be the first Prince of Wales to not have a mistress. Not that Phillip was a POW, but they aren't known for being that loyal. Except Albert, he might have been the last. But Albert was also a moral nut because his father was so awful... his actual father was supposedly his uncle. But that kind of leads me to the next show and possibly my favorite.


PBS really filled the hole that was left when Downton ended with this series. If you like royalty, anything 1800s, or Masterpiece Classic in general you'll love this. It's so well made and covers topics about Victoria that you don't typically see in the run-of-the-mill BBC documentaries. I could watch and re-watch this because it's just that good. The way I would re-watch Downton before the new season started... this is exactly the same. This portrays Victoria and Albert's relationship so well, I wish it went more in depth with her as a mother because she historically hated babies, but it's still great.

There might be a common thread here. I'm clearly an 80 year old.