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The Musical. The Series. The Music.

Published June 28, 2020

The Musical. The Series. The Music.

When Disney Plus first launched, my only focus was on watching episodes of The Simpsons and devouring The Mandalorian as quickly as possible. Hearing of a TV show based on the High School Musical franchise, though, my interest was piqued. And when I heard that it was a docu-drama style show about teenagers who go to the actual school where the movies were filmed and then decide to put on a production of the musical based off said movies and all of this called High School Musical: The Musical: The Series?

The Last Five Years (and the next?)

Published June 27, 2020

The Last Five Years (and the next?)

Theatre is one of the biggest things I’m missing in this lockdown, and although the country is (rightly or wrongly) easing out of lockdown status, theatres aren’t looking set to open anytime soon. And if they did, would we be comfortable enough to go to them? In the meantime, and because there is zero support from the government, theatres and artists are having to find their own ways to keep busy and hopefully make a little money to keep going a bit longer.

Learning from the best

Published May 25, 2020

Learning from the best

The ongoing lockdown continues to evolve and I have found it fascinating to see how the creative types have been trying to keep themselves entertained. Plenty are trying to keep doing what they usually do just in a different way. Some are providing distraction for others, and there’s another subset who are using their time to try and impart wisdom to others. I missed this at the time, but Radio 1 have been getting artists to give music lessons, sharing an insight into how to play one of their songs.

More Mastermind - Shaken and a little bit stirred

Published May 17, 2020

More Mastermind - Shaken and a little bit stirred

I’ve seen a couple more Mastermind editions that have caught my attention but this one came via a slightly different route. I wasn’t expecting to see a James Bond quiz on the BBC Sport site but there it was. Darren Bent, footballer, chose the super spy as his specialist subject but didn’t do as well as he might have hoped. The poor guy only managed to get one of his questions right, but having seen them, I’m not sure I would have done much better.

From stage to TV and back again

Published May 13, 2020

From stage to TV and back again

I’ve talked before about loving the Fleabag TV show, I came to it late and binge-watched both series in as small amount as time as possible. I hadn’t seen the original stage play, obviously, and missed out on the brief return to the stage that the lovely Phoebe Waller-Bridge completed earlier in the year. (Was it this year? I’ve lost all sense of time.) Anyway, that meant I was first in line to rent the play when it became available on Amazon Prime.

This is the way

Published May 11, 2020

This is the way

It’s felt like a really long time since there was a new Star Wars thing coming out that people were really excited about and then when it came out, they actually liked it. Usually all you seem to get is moans from the hardcore fanbase about how it doesn’t work or doesn’t fit the canon. I feel like that’s not the case with The Mandolorian, and all I have heard about it is good.

Never not wrong

Published May 9, 2020

Never not wrong

I’m officially obsessed with Mischief Theatre and their unique brand of comedy that is essentially messing things up on purpose. I’ve talked about them a couple of times before, but the joy of their Goes Wrong shows is how meticulously crafted it is to make it look so bad. The TV series that aired earlier in the year was a real highlight over Christmas and January, every episode had me in stitches.

Still deciding on a quiz team name

Published April 12, 2020

Still deciding on a quiz team name

Going into this lockdown, I wasn’t particularly worried about staying entertained as there’s enough content out there to last a lifetime. I am super impressed with some of the things people are coming up with though, to help bring a bit of joy into everyone’s life, and if we’re honest, also to keep themselves busy as well. I wanted to give a shout out to Jimmy Carr’s Little Tiny Quiz of the Lockdown - a daily ten question quiz that is a lot of fun and a significant highlight of the day.

More Mastermind - Back to the Future trilogy

Published April 5, 2020

More Mastermind - Back to the Future trilogy

One of the things keeping everyone going during lockdown is bonus quizzing from a variety of sources, and that has reminded me that I have been meaning to do a Mastermind update. I rarely pay attention to the quiz show, as good as it is, but just occasionally they pop up with a subject I love and then I can’t help but share the questions. Previously celebrities have taken on Back to the Future, Friends and The Archers.

Window of opportunity

Published March 29, 2020

Window of opportunity

When it was announced that we should all lock ourselves away and keep ourselves entertained within the four walls of our house, I didn’t get too carried away thinking of all the things I could achieve. It’s not like that. But I did think I might be able to blog a bit more than I have so far (read: no blogging at all). Unfortunately, marshalling the mind towards cohesive paragraphs isn’t that easy when there’s a global apocalypse happening outside the window.