The other night, myself and my furry little friends sat down and watched the last ever episode of The Affair and there wasn’t a dry eye in the Jammy Toast Centre. The series started out as a story about novelist Noah Solloway’s affair with waitress Alison Bailey. It ended with Noah caught up in the #MeToo scandal as he is slapped with sexual misconduct allegations similar to Harvey Weinstein in a Vanity Fair exposé. Daughter Whitney is so mad at Noah that she bans him from attending her wedding. However, during the reception, she learns that he was greatly involved in the planning of the entire ceremony. He even trained the whole family to dance to The Waterboys 1985 hit, “The Whole of the Moon.”
Around forty-five years ago, I sat down one Saturday afternoon at my grandparents’ house to watch the sport. In those days we only had three TV channels in the UK; BBC-1 and ITV had their sports programmes on Saturday afternoons – Grandstand and World of Sport – while BBC-2 usually showed a film. Although I really tuned in to hear the football results which came in via a teleprompter in those days – they didn’t come through until 4:45pm. The rest of the afternoon was set aside for other sports like wrestling, stock car racing, horse racing, athletics, swimming or whatever else they decided to dish up. Some I found entertaining and would watch, others I found boring so would have a look at the film on BBC-2 to eke out the afternoon until it was time for the football results. This particular afternoon I decided to give the film a try.
Some of our non-Scouse readers may be unaware but people from Kirkby – like Andreaa – are known locally as sock robbers. The story goes that burglars from Kirkby used to steal socks from the washing lines of the houses they were about to burglarise and wear them on their hands to prevent them leaving their finger-prints behind. I may be wrong, but I don’t think the origins of the story are based on fact or, if it is, then the sock robbers appear to have moved to Southport.
There will never be another episode of Only Fools And Horses after Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Rodney, has said the only time he sees former co-star David Jason these days is at funerals. He added that too many of the original cast members have died for there to be any new episodes. Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger, and Roy Heather, who played cafe owner Sid, both passed away in 2014. The show’s revered writer John Sullivan died in 2011. Publican Mike, played by Kenneth MacDonald, died in 2001. Buster Merryfield, who portrayed Uncle Albert, dying in 1999 and Lennard Pearce, who played Grandad, died in 1984.
Everyone at Jammy Toast – except for Razzi – was heartbroken to hear of the death of actor Rutger Hauer the other day. The actor died in the Netherlands on Friday after a short illness. Hauer most famously played the murderous replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, alongside Harrison Ford, but at Jammy Toast we will always remember him for the role of serial killer John Ryder in The Hitcher. In the film a young man escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker only to subsequently be stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes. Whenever he is in a car since, Razzi always checks the mirror to make sure Rutger isn’t following us.
If you have been passing The Jammy Toast Rescue Centre on Friday evenings these days, you will have no doubt heard the uncontrollable laughter of a bunch of bears. Shaun Ryder and Bez from The Happy Mondays have been an absolute revelation on Gogglebox. So much so that here at Jammy Toast we have come to the conclusion that the pair deserve their own show on the tellybox. We are not the only ones saying this, many fans of the show have turned to Twitter saying they wanted them to get their own show. One viewer tweeted that “Whoever cast Shaun Ryder and Bez on #Gogglebox is a f***king genius.”
Acouple of weeks ago, my good friend Erik featured Chernobyl as one of our Telly Favourites. The miniseries was based on the real-life events surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear disaster from 1986 – but just how much of it is true and how many liberties were taken with the story? We have to confess that the miniseries did give us a few sleepless nights here at Jammy Toast, thinking about what could have been. The initial explosion, the cloud of nuclear fallout sent around Europe and the danger of the core melting through the concrete base of the reactor and leaking radioactive material into the water table and onward into rivers and oceans. It could have been the end of the world – but just how close were we to destroying our planet?