Do you find yourself religiously researching all the latest tele hear-say? You know, the upcoming shows, films that are soon to be released and all the time trying to decide what you can fall in love with, become addicted to and make your staple show? I’m afraid all these warning signs tell you that you’re on the verge (if not already) of being a tele-addict. Guilty!
But how can you resist when television companies are now offering crisper, brighter and clearer displays for our screens in order to tantalize our senses and enhance our viewing pleasures, such as the latest release from Panasonic which is their high dynamic range television Ultra HD Premium which guarantees a full-featured 4K Ultra-HD in-home experience.
If you’re captivated by all these high-tech specifications then don’t worry you’re not alone. You’re amongst the 61.6% of the world’s population who enjoy relaxing in their comfy settings and indulging in their favourite Shows, whilst also indulging in Blogs, Vlogs, Online streams, Facebook, Playback, Live Tv, Youtube etc..
The possibilities are endless.
Though, It’s safe to say that our television viewing has indeed evolved.
A far cry from the days when my dad used to say “I came from a world where it was a luxury to own the 3 channels we had on our 19″ black and white television, then the next innovative change arrived, COLOUR! Which wasn’t affordable to most, but WHAT a difference it made! And it didn’t stop there. The early 80’s came and there was a huge announcement that our teles were going to be blessed with a whole new channel, Channel 4. Not only did this mean more entertainment but also variety. It was an event, we had the whole family gathered around and soon as five o’clock chimed, Countdown was aired and television life as we knew it had changed forever.“
Of course, with a variety of devices to now stream from there is no longer an excuse to miss your favourite tv shows and films, and nowadays you can stream any media source from any device. However, when you can have a stunning viewing experience consisting of a sharp, crisp and bright display from your beloved tele then why would you bother squinting at any other device?
Here are a few which have been my favourites in 2017. However, I don’t favouritise one genre, I love them all, so my tastes will be quite varied, so hopefully you’ll be able to relate to a few or simply find some new hidden gems to include in your bucket watch lists and tv guides;
What I’ve enjoyed watching in 2017
Game of Thrones – Become enthralled in a parallel universe where dragons were born and white walkers (Undead) were created. Known as a ‘medieval fantasy epic’ this is a story about kings, queens, knights and renegades and two powerful families who play a very deadly game in order to take control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in a bid to sit upon the Iron Throne.
Peaky Blinders – Dating back to 1919 and set in the aftermath of the Great War. Revolutions and criminal gangs fight it out for survival in a bid to climb up the economic ladder. The most powerful gang goes by the name ‘Peaky Blinders’ and is led by the war hero Thomas Shelby and his relations. Running the streets is an everyday task for Thomas. He decides to take matters into his own hands when Thomas becomes aware of an arising opportunity which he can take advantage of, unfortunately so do others.
Dr. Foster – Suranne Jones stars in a mystery-drama as a respected GP called Gemma, who seems to have it all. Friends, family, love. Which soon becomes a big blur when she notices her husband acting suspiciously towards her. Determined to investigate why she seeks the help of those closest to her, only to discover that the secret is much darker than she thought.
Baby Driver – Ansel Elgort stars in a Crime fighting/Thriller as a beat-lover named Baby, who depends on the love and rhythm of his music to function in a normal everyday life. Coerced into working a life of crime, a silver lining is soon revealed when his ideal dream girl crosses his path. Seizing an opportunity to ditch his past lifestyle and break from the sinister card he’s been dealt, Baby must now walk down a path that will test his love, life, and freedom.
Wonder – You know I had to put this gem in here! Based on New York Times best-selling book. Wonder is an inspiring story of how a boy with facial deformities named August Pullman, who has been homeschooled all his life, now faces the task of getting through mainstream elementary school. Definitely heartwarming, tearjerking and one to watch.
IT – Based on the 1986 novel and belated film by Stephen King. Seven youngsters in Derry are soon to face their worse nightmare when a shape-shifting evil emerges from the sewers as it has done before every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Only by banding together will they summon the strength to overcome their own personal fears to take on the bloodthirsty, murderous clown known as Pennywise.
What I am looking forward to watching in 2018
Peter Rabbit – It’s no surprise that I’m a big kid when it comes to animated films. So the feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic is a definite must and just had to make my list. (Peter Rabbit and his three sisters — Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-Tail — enjoy spending their days in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. When one of McGregor’s relatives suddenly moves in, he’s less than thrilled to discover a family of rabbits in his new home. A battle of wills soon breaks out as the new owner hatches scheme after scheme to get rid of Peter — a resourceful rabbit who proves to be a worthy and wily opponent.) One to enjoy with the whole family.
Deadpool 2 – A sequel to the previous film, and based on the Marvel epic character Deadpool and his new adventure. Admittedly, I’ve not heard too much with regards to the plot but judged by the previous movie, it is not set to disappoint. Also any excuse to see the hunk as come on ladies, who doesn’t love a bit of Ryan Reynolds?
Tombraider – If you were lucky enough to be born in the 90’s then you will remember this iconic woman. She was everyone’s inspiration and a woman who was a hero and capable of anything. Guys wanted to date her and everyone else wanted to be her. In the latest story, Lara Croft hopes to solve the mystery of her father’s sudden disappearance. As the daughter of the eccentric adventurer, she has to embark on dangerous quests and a lengthy journey to discover his unknown whereabouts.
Altered Carbon – As a slight sci-fi fanatic I had to add this one in here. “Altered Carbon” is based on Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk noir novel of the same name. Set more than 300 years in the future, society transformed by new technology, which led to human bodies being interchangeable and death no longer being permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the only surviving soldier of a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned for centuries until impossibly wealthy businessman Laurens Bancroft offers him the chance to live again. Kovacs will have to do something for Bancroft, though, if he wants to be resurrected.
Gotham – Based on the DC Comics related to the Batman Franchise – In a world ruled by crime and violence, someone familiar emerges from the criminal landscape of Gotham. Season 4 promises us more suspense, action, and murder. If you have watched the previous seasons then you’ll know that this is definitely NOT to be missed.
In my opinion, a tele cannot properly be enjoyed without the perfect mood. My idyllic setting starts with a cup of your favourite drink, donning those fluffy PJs, socks, and then if you’re feeling really naughty and self-indulgent then a little bit of chocolate is always nice to go on the side, with the final ingredient, family.
Again, this is purely the confessions of a tele-addict!
What is your watch list for 2018? Let me know!