Watching, listening, reading: August

Here we are again at the end of the month and the end of winter for us in the Southern Hemisphere.  This means it’s time once again for a round up of this month’s media consumption.


The best thing we’ve seen on the small screen this month is the Swedish drama, Jordskott. It’s a thriller, a mystery with a strong dash of fantasy/sci-fi.  I highly recommend it so do keep your eyes open for it.  A second series is in the pipeline.

At the end of the New Zealand International Film Festival, we picked up 20th Century Women.  Starring Annette Benning and Greta Gerwig (star of one of my favourite films, Frances Ha), it tells the story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him in 1979 Southern California.  I really enjoyed this film and the characters as they evolved.  I also saw Restless Creature a film about the dancer Wendy Whelan that I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago.

This Sunday we went to see The Trip to Spain. This is the third in The Trip series, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, where they travel and sample different beautiful looking restaurants (the first trip was in Cumbria in the north of England and the second in Italy).  It was great fun, and all the things we are familiar from the previous series, such as the impersonations, were present.

Back to the small screen, we also enjoyed Hitlåtens historia on Swedish television, featuring the Swedish musician Laleh and her song Some Die Young, that became an anthem after the massacre at Utøya in Norway.  It was a really interesting programme (and so good for my Swedish practice!).


Podcasts this month…still enjoying The Moth, the mustards and The Food Chain.  I also hear an interesting interview with Joe Gebbia, the founder of Airbnb on How I Built This with Guy Raz.  Over on BBC Radio 4 Extra, it has been fun to catch up on the 1957 radio series A Case for Dr Morelle.  I love the clear enunciation and posh voices!  Oh and of course The Archers, my first podcast on arriving at work.


It was a good month for reading, starting with Mina Holland’s Mamma Reflections on the food that makes us. Part memoir, part a series of interviews, part recipe book, it was a fun read with some good anecdotes (and recipes) along the way.  The latest edition of Cherry Bombe finally arrived (it was published in May….), and Dish also popped into the letter box.

Detective novels were a feature of August, with the very light hearted and easy reading Date with Death by Julia Chapman, a rather more gloomy than usual Donna Leon, Earth Remains, and another in the daft and funny series by Lillian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare.

A very light and fun read to go with a cup of tea

Always interested to know what others have been watching, listening to and reading, so let me know if you found anything good this month.

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