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      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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What Are You Watching Now? - 2019

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In this topic we can talk about TV shows, TV series, documentaries, YouTube videos, etc. ... we've seen in 2019.

 

We're on season 4 of Star Trek: Voyager, but I expect we might watch some (recently bought) movies first before we return to watching more Voyager.

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I've started watching Black Mirror Season 1 yesterday after seeing the Bandersnatch special with my friends. I have to allot time for myself to catch up till the latest season because I am literally missing out. 

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5 hours ago, antiteasis said:

I've started watching Black Mirror Season 1 yesterday after seeing the Bandersnatch special with my friends. I have to allot time for myself to catch up till the latest season because I am literally missing out. 

 

Excellent! I'm a huge Black Mirror fan. I watched Bandersnatch as soon as it came out. I've gone back and started rewatching the last season because I've only seen those episodes once so far. :)

 

I've also been watching One Tree Hill, a teen show I missed back in the day and always meant to check out. Up to seaosn 8.

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I'm re-watching Friends and finished Grimm. Hubby and I have also started a japanese drama, but I can't remember the title at the moment.

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I recently read the Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin, without knowing that a television series had been made based on the first book. Last night was it's first episode, so I watched it.

 

For a first episode it wasn't bad! The two main characters are really good, the young actress Saniyya Sydney especially so. The adjustments to the story they have made so far have been understandable and well done too. I will be really interested to see how they preoceed. 

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The Durrells in Corfu series 2. Although it doesn't stick strictly to the books, still a very enjoyable and funny series.

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We've finished watching Star Trek: Voyager and we also finished Death in Paradise S8.

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We re-watched Himouto Umaru-chan. We've also watched Rick & Morty (S1-S3) and Final Space (S1).

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Extreme Cake Makers. Clever people who make amazing cakes. 

Watching it confirms that I LOVE cake, and that I would be blooming useless at attempting to make anything beyond a basic one! :giggle2:

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Gentleman Jack. Some excellent actors involved but particularly impressed by Suranne Jones playing Anne Lister. Based on her diaries which were found hidden after her death.

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10 hours ago, poppy said:

Gentleman Jack. Some excellent actors involved but particularly impressed by Suranne Jones playing Anne Lister. Based on her diaries which were found hidden after her death.

 

Me too!  What a fantastic series.  (And I want a greatcoat like Anne's; I'd swish it like nobody's business, and probably take an eye out.)

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4 hours ago, Onion Budgie said:

 

Me too!  What a fantastic series.  (And I want a greatcoat like Anne's; I'd swish it like nobody's business, and probably take an eye out.)

 

Lol. She must have been an amazing character. Just love how she takes on the misogynist males and gets the better of them. I love long coats too :D

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BBC quiz show 'Impossible'. Quite good fun, and easy watching.

 

We finally got around to watching the second series of 'Fleabag' over the weekend. Super sharp writing, and great acting. Certainly not for everybody, but for some reason husband and I really enjoyed it. 

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The excellent Chernobyl. I really liked the fact that a podcast series was created alongside each episode to expand on certain things and to explain why they deviated from the true story on the odd occasion that they did.

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I'm watching some episodes from the american version of Kitchen Nightmares, in which a famous chef tests and tries to improve different restaurants, and it's making me appreciate even more the restaurants in my area. In the two italian restaurants near my grandparents home, you can see the cookers making the meals in real time, whereas in the show the kitchens are closed from the customer's view and they use the microwave a lot.

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Really enjoying Outlander, it's filling the Poldark sized gap left now that Poldark has finished, actually I thought the last series was disappointing, but Outlander is very strong at the moment, possible the best series so far?

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Good Omens, repeatedly.  It's spectacularly good.  It's only on Amazon Prime at the moment, but will make it to BBC2 by the end of the year.  Don't miss it, whatever you do!  Michael Sheen and David Tennant are just so charismatically perfect in their roles as the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley.  Also -- how did I make it to this point in my life without watching EVERYTHING that Michael Sheen has ever been in?!?  He's such a good actor.  Currently remedying this ghastly faux pas.

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Just finished the last episode of the first series of Beecham House. Felt it was over dramatised and romanticised.

 

Have watched two episodes of the latest adaptation of Agatha Christies The ABC Murders.

Much darker and suspenseful than the earlier one featuring David Suchet and there are some major divergences from the book. But putting that aside, the cast and acting is outstanding.

Spine-chilling stuff.

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10 hours ago, poppy said:

Have watched two episodes of the latest adaptation of Agatha Christies The ABC Murders.

Much darker and suspenseful than the earlier one featuring David Suchet and there are some major divergences from the book. But putting that aside, the cast and acting is outstanding.

Spine-chilling stuff.

 

I liked it too!  I enjoyed Malkovich's take on Poirot.  I couldn't quite believe that twist in his personal history, though.  (Have you got to that bit yet?)

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Yep Beecham House was a bit wishy-washy, OK for Sunday nights but makes Downton Abbey look like Chekhov!  And the dialogue was atrocious.

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The Blu-ray for Avengers: Endgame came out here just a couple of days ago, and we watched it that same day (having waited some time before we could see it, because I don't do well with cinemas). It was really good :D.

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