Telly Favourites #48

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Today we are continuing our series of posts featuring our favourite telly shows. We all love our telly and there is nothing we love more than finding a character we can love to love… or even love to hate. Here at Jammy Toast, we don’t usually go for the clean-cut, heroic types; we are more likely to identify with the slackers of society, people like Frank Gallagher, Jim Royle or Homer Simpson. We like programmes which are “off the wall” although occasionally we enjoy serious drama if it is interesting and well written. Today, we are featuring

The Queen’s Gambit

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Every Christmas we usually find something on the telly to watch that keeps us thoroughly entertained. Often it is watching something over that we have seen before and enjoyed. This year we watched Marchella and I thought that was going to be the highlight of this year’s festive telly. Then we decided to give The Queen’s Gambit a try. The coming-of-age period drama follows the life of an orphan chess prodigy, Beth Harmon, during her quest to become the world’s greatest chess player. She attempts this while struggling with emotional problems and drug and alcohol dependency. The story begins in the mid-1950s and proceeds through into the 1960s.

Ivor The Engine To Become Film

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Here at Jammy Toast, we came across some excellent news today. One of our favourite 1970s cartoons; Ivor The Engine, is to be made into a live action feature film. Ivor the Engine was a firm favourite with a whole generation of 1970s schoolchildren. Now the son of co-creator Oliver Postgate is planning to turn the classic series about a friendly Welsh steam train into a live action feature film – after being inspired by the success of Paddington. Already stars including Rhys Ifans, Rob Brydon, Eddie Izzard and Cerys Matthews have narrated Ivor stories for a charity audiobook to be released this week. Now Daniel Postgate has revealed big plans to involve them in a family-friendly movie made by his new production company Quintet Pictures.

The Workshop Of Dreams

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Aprogramme that is quickly becoming one of our all-time favourites is The Repair Shop. It is the gentle TV show that has become a massive hit, with millions of viewers tuning in each week to get their fix [sic]. If you have not seen it, we can tell you it involves members of the public bringing in family heirlooms that have seen much better days but, nonetheless, hold great sentimental value. The experts at the workshop then restore the item to its former glory while also reducing viewers to tears with the story behind the treasures. They have experts in furniture, clocks, upholstery, pottery, clock-work toys, metal-work, wood-work but, needless to say, our favourite are the two bear ladies; Julie and Amanda, and the stories they unveil…

The Return Of Desmond’s Barber Shop

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One morning back in 1988, Trix Worrell sat on the top-deck of the number 36 bus going from Peckham to Central London. The young St Lucia-born writer was a worried man. He had just won Channel 4’s debut writing competition and had been invited to meet distinguished TV producer Humphrey Barclay and talk about making a new black sitcom. He had no idea what he was going to pitch to the producer and had never even written comedy before. As the bus stopped at the traffic lights on the Queens Road, he noticed a West Indian Barber shop.

Telly Favourites #47

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Today we are continuing our series of posts featuring our favourite telly shows. We all love our telly and there is nothing we love more than finding a character we can love to love… or even love to hate. Here at Jammy Toast, we don’t usually go for the clean-cut, heroic types; we are more likely to identify with the slackers of society, people like Frank Gallagher, Jim Royle or Homer Simpson. We like programmes which are “off the wall” although occasionally we enjoy serious drama if it is interesting and well written. Today, we are featuring

Favourite Films #40

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Today, we continue our series of posts featuring our favourite films. There is nothing we love more than settling around the telly to watch one of our favourite films. Here at Jammy Toast, some of those films have been watched over and over and we would like nothing better than sharing them with you. Our tastes are many and varied as we enjoy films from some of our favourite directors and actors, some of whom we just love everything they do. So today, we continue our tour of some of our favourite movies of all time with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.