June: watching, listening, reading

It’s been ages since I have done one of these posts, summarising what I have watched, listened to and read in the past month, so I thought I would give it a go again. Doing it slightly differently this time, just picking three things I enjoyed watching, listening to and reading. Here goes!

Three top things I’ve watched:

The Looming Tower – the drama about how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan. Really well acted, strong characterisation and good story telling.

Years and Years – set in the near future, we follow a family in Manchester over a number of years. It was quite scary in parts as you realise how close the UK could be to these events happening. Written by Russel T Davies of Dr Who fame, there is also a fair amount of humour in it and great use made of possible technologies that might appear in the next 5 years. Highly recommended.

Black Mirror, Series 6 – no real hide-behind-the-sofa moments in this series. It is still a polished and well made futuristic drama though (and Miley Cyrus is so much better than you might think in episode 3).

We are also rewatching The Thick of It from series 1. Still as funny and relevant today.

What are you watching, Charlie?

Three top podcasts I have listened to:

I binged listened to restaurant critic Jay Raynor’s podcast Out to Lunch, a series of interviews with a diverse group of people, (from Mel C to Grayson Perry to an hilarious episode with Tracey Ullman), that takes place over delicious sounding lunches.

Another food and interview podcast I love is Table Manners with Jessie Ware, not just for the interviews and discussions about food, but also for the hilarious mother/daughter interchanges. Highly recommended.

I make no apologies for a third food and interview podcast featuring this month. For a calming and soothing voice talking to interesting people, try Julia Turshen’s Keep Calm and Cook On. I love her recipes, and now her podcast too.

Cook, read, listen

Finally, reading, and the top three from June are:

Ali Smith’s Winter – a stunning piece of writing, and the second in her quartet of books set in each of the four seasons.

Sophie Hansen A Basket by the Door – such a lovely blend of ideas and recipes, including barley water, that my mother used to make when I was a child and which I haven’t made or had for years.

I loved the third book in the trilogy by Kevin Kwan Rich People Problems, especially the reference to Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire novels. The ending was good too, and quite final to end the series.

What did you enjoy watching, listening to or reading in June?

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  1. I really enjoyed reading about what you had watched and read. I’ll be adding “The Thick of It” to my list and will refer back to this post for other suggestions. Many thanks!

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  2. P.S. We are finishing season two of “The Good Fight,” a show about lawyers in this time of Trump. This show is smart and compelling. Every character, even the most minor ones, has nuance. Highly recommend it.

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