What I’ve been watching

On the screen

What I watched during March & April

Just for some light entertainment I thought I’d list a few of the shows I’ve been watching lately.

A Man Called Otto (movie) – this 2022 movie was based on the excellent book A Man Called Ove and starred Tom Hanks. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie as I was prepared not to like it. It was emotional, sensitive and Hanks did a wonderful job of portraying the character of Ove. I had a few tears I must admit.

Alone Australia (SBS TV) Ten Australians are dropped off alone in separate areas of the Tasmanian wilderness where they must deal with the forces of nature, hunger, and loneliness.

I haven’t seen any of the other Alone shows from around the world but may have to go back and find them as it’s quite addictive! It also turns out that the parents of one of the competitors (Gina Chick) taught at my high school and there’s also another family connection to my father, who was taught by her grandfather. It’s a real eye opener of a show and I don’t know how they manage to survive at times!

Reflections on the Gordon River in Tasmania
Reflections on the Gordon River in Tasmania

Wellmania (Netflix) Liv, a human tornado, is forced to rethink her live fast die young philosophy after a major health scare. She throws herself into a wellness journey, trying everything she can to reclaim her old life. I’ve started watching a few episodes as I was quite keen to see this show, but I’m not convinced it’s for me. Celeste Barber is very funny, as are her co-stars, but I’ll reserve my judgement until I finish the series.

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here (Australia) Channel 10 – I’ll admit that I dip in and out of this celebrity reality show and really don’t know most of the celebrities, but it can be quite entertaining on occasions.

Survivor Australia (Channel 10) – this series has since finished and was interesting for the power plays between the contestants.

Taskmaster Australia (Channel 10) – I really like the UK version of this show so was a bit worried about how the Australian version would go but it’s been fabulous so far. The mix of contestants was fun and the activities they get to do are often hilarious.

Sandhamn Murders (SBS TV) – we’ve recently found these books on Kindle and when I saw they were made into a TV series we started watching. They’re quite good, although different from the books in some ways, We are enjoying them when there’s nothing much on.

These are just a few of the shows I’ve been watching lately, I’m not a huge TV watcher. Let me know what you’ve been watching and if you have any recommendations for me?

Photo by Photography Maghradze PH on Pexels.com

Watching the autumn colours

As it’s autumn here I’ve made sure I’ve been watching the colours changing – nature outdoes itself with the beautiful displays of colours.

My favourite colours – photo by me

Tell me what you’ve been watching and enjoying.

Debbie 🙂

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27 Replies to “What I’ve been watching”

  1. How good was A Man Called Otto?! I highly recommend the book if you haven’t read it already. There’s also an original Swedish version of the film – it’s just fabulous! I have also been watching Wellmania and just don’t get the hype. It’s a stellar cast but I can’t help but feel the programme is just trying too hard. We’ve been loving Shrinking on Apple TV.

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    1. Yes I’ve read the A Man Called Ove book, just long enough to have forgotten all the nitty gritty so the movie was really good. I’d like to see the original Swedish version now. I’m glad it’s not just me with Wellmania, as you say the cast is great but I’m a bit underwhelmed too.


  2. Hi Deb – I watched the shorts to Wellmania because I thought it would be funny – but it wasn’t my cup of tea. I got sucked down the Married At First Sight rabbithole, but I watch it on catch up TV so I can fast forward some of the boring bits. I tell myself I won’t watch it and every year I get lured back (it’s my guilty treat).

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    1. Hi Leanne, you know I’ve never watched MAFS, but have heard a lot about it! Good idea to fast forward the boring bits :). It’s good to have a guilty treat!


  3. Hi Deb, we tend towards British Crime TV series so I would be interested in Sandham Murders (not sure if it is British but the title is our genre). We recently watched Living with Bill Nighy and although I’m a fan of his I was disappointed in the movie. It promised much but seemed to fizzle and was a bit slow. Thanks for sharing what you’ve been watching – I can see you on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! x

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    1. Yes we also watch a lot of British Crime shows too and I’m sure you’d enjoy the Sadham murders. I like Bill Nighy too so won’t go looking for that show now thanks! Haha I wouldn’t last five minutes on I’m a Celebrity but thanks for your belief in me 🙂


  4. Hi Deb. I have watched some of Alone. I love it but life has got in the way a bit so will need to catch up. As for Wellmania. I could possibly write a whole post about my thoughts, and may just do that. Have you read the book? I’ve read it and met the author at our Writers Festival when it first came out. I’m also a fan of Celeste so was doubly excited to see it. But it was a huge disappointment. It only has a very vague similarity to the book. The book is about the authors experience, and she is nothing like the Netflix character. I found it very disappointing

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    1. That’s really interesting Jen, I didn’t realise Wellmania was based (loosely by the sounds of things) on a book by the same name. I’ll look out for it now. It has been quite disappointing to me so far and I’m not expecting it to get much better! Thanks for your great comment and please write a post about it!


  5. I’m a TV shows watcher via Iview, Netflix and Apple. So, I keep an eye on some of the commercial channels via social media. I am coming to the end of Ted Lasso, they made 3 series in the end, and I can see the wrap ups occurring. I use IView for some of my fave ABC TV shows and Netflix occasionally. Right now, and probably since 2017 …I have a part of an episode of Downton Abbey…I cannot recall how many times I have watched the series & movies, but it is my transition from my day into my night in bed…with a cuppa and treats! So good to read your post and see it in the link up for Wednesday’s Words and Pics. Thank you! Hope to see you next week too. Denyse.

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