Category: Television Programs

Oriental Drama Queens

I have to say that I now have more than enough experience to give recommendations of Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Filipino and Thai dramas as I have been solidly and shamelessly ūüôā watching them for so many hours each days, seven days a week. ¬†So tired.

I have developed favourites and below are the queens of them all. Some of the ladies are included in my list of the most beautiful Oriental actress and some are not but they have so much charisma and personality that are equally admirable that come across on tv.

Films, movies and tv dramas by these ladies are watchable and became firm favourites of mine. And if you want to try watching Oriental dramas I can recommend to start with any work from these queens.

Oriental Drama Queens

Park Shin Hye


Park Shin Hye (Korean) was a child actress, who grew up to be a much sought after actress.  She is multi-awarded and must admit, thoroughly deserved, being such a good actress.  She starred in dramas which are amongst my favourites.

Films & Dramas:


The Heirs


You’re Beautiful

Flower Boys next door


Hwang Jung-Eum



Hwang Jung-Eum is a South Korean actress and singer but I have come to know her for her acting in KDrama.  She is in this list because she is of course one of my favourite actresses.  She is a versatile actress with a tremendous range.  She can do comedy and the most tear-jerking acting.

Recommended dramas & Films:

She Was Pretty

Secret Love

Kill Me, Heal Me

Lucky Romance


Gong Hyo Jin

Gong Hyo Jin is in my opinion one of Koreas real Kdrama gems.  She is not one of the traditional stunningly gorgeous Korean actresses, which they industry is known for.  In fact Gong Hyo Jin can be rather plain in some scenes in her dramas.  What she has is a megawatt smile.  When she smiles, she is breathtakingly beautiful.  WOW.  She has an endearing and contagious glint in her smile which reaches up to her eyes.  Definitely one of my favourite actress.  Most dramas that was in were enjoyable and watchable.  Love her.

Films & Dramas (my recommendations)

The Greatest Love *****

Master’s Sun *****

It’s Okay, That’s Love *****

Jealousy Incarnate *****

Missing Child *****

Joe Chen


Joe Chen is a Taiwanese actress who has managed to break through the mainstream Chinese dramas.

I am rather partial to Joe Chen. ¬†She is a good actress but not the greatest. ¬†But she has tonnes of charisma and the cutest toothy smile. ¬†Watching her dramas and movies is like watching Doris Day’s old films.

Films & Dramas (my recommendations)

Fated to love *****

Destined to love you *****

Cruel Romance ***

The Queen of SOP***

The Prince Prince who turns into a frog ***

Easy Fortune Happy Life

Stay with Me****

Jang Nara

Ha Ji Won

Eun Yoon Hye

Eun Yoon Hye is a Korean actress.  She starred in one of my most favourite kdramas with the gorgeous Gong Yoo calle Coffee Prince.

Mirei Kiritani


Song Ji Hyo

Song Ji Hyo is a Korean actress.  Another reliable actress, who you know will deliver the goods by starring in decently scripted dramas.

Films & Dramas (my recommendations)

A Frozen Flower (rather a daring role. lots of tasteful nudity) *****

Codename: Jackal (cute action comedy)

Goong aka Princess Hours

Emergency Couple


Kim Ha Neul

Choi Ji Woo

Kimberley Anne Voltemas

Song Hye Kho


Kim Yoo Jung

Kim Yoo Jung is a Korean actress.  She was a talented child actress who is growing better in her craft.

Films & TV dramas:

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, this drama shows that she has outgrown her child roles.









Mint Chalida Vijitvongthong

Mint is a Thai actress.

Film & Dramas (my recommendations)

Cubic ******

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds – Daebak


Moonlight Drawn by Clouds – Daebak

Korean dramas have conquered Asia and are now busy spreading its awesomeness throughout the world, greatly helped by Netflix.

If you have not tried it and wanted to find out about Korean dramas, there is no better one to start with than Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, which is also known as Love in the Moonlight.

It is an epic historical cross-dressing love story, beautifully made with an overload of cuteness and sweetness.  Total kawaii.

The television series was made of 18 episodes.  It was so entertaining and gripping at the same time that it was so addictive.  Two episodes were shown each week, leaving viewers wanting more; sadly it ended this week.


Moonlight Drawn by Clouds’ popularity is made possible by the right choice of actors portraying each role. Each of the cast did a fantastic job. ¬†It might be historical in nature but it is fresh with a modern twist, which will delight anyone.

Viewers can’t helped but be drawn by the lead actor’s, Park Bo Gum, unbelievable handsomeness and perfect of stature and charisma. Being tall and slender he looks spectacular wearing the colourful hanbok. ¬†My favourite was the purple hanbok which was pleated at the waist. ūüôā ¬†I have never seen a handsomer person walking, being stationary and flying on air while¬†sword fighting in a long gown. ¬†Park Bo Gum has the most beautiful smile with his perfectly white even teeth. ¬†His orthodontist must be commended.

I watched the series via Kissasian which post each of the episodes between 7-10pm UK time still in a raw stage (unsubtitled) Because it is so good, I would watch it, not understanding a word said and yet enjoyed it tremendously.  I would often stay up until 2am when the subtitles were ready and applied at 1am. (I have such a sad life LOL)

I did a quick research on Lee Yeong, who the character of Park Bo Gum’s Crown Prince was based. I was rather adamant to continue watching the series because I found out that the real crown prince Lee Yeong died at the very young age of 20. ¬†I did not want to invest emotion and time for a sad ending!

Anyway, Moonlight Drawn By Cloud is about the love story of the Lee Yeong and a eunuch Hong Sam Nong.

Before you become rather uncomfortable with the idea of boy on boy, lol, the eunuch was really a girl, who was pretending to be a boy, a rather beautiful boy.  The prince fell in love with the eunuch after he secretly found out that he was really a she.

The ending was bittersweet as one of the three handsome heroes (the crown prince, the scholar and the bodyguard) died in battle.  It was heartbreaking but I think, it was some sort of closure.

There was a sweet ending for the Crown Prince and Hong Ra On.

The drama was produced by KBS, which is now apparently involved in a bit of a drama themselves.  Some complaints were received about them for allowing Kim Yoo Jung, the actress of the series to be shown binding her bosoms to make herself flat-chested as a boy (it was a fleeting glimpse and not much skin shown) and also having had some kissing scenes with the gorgeous Park Bo Gum when in reality she is only 16 years and 10 months old.  She is still an underage girl.

To watch the complete series, below is a good link:

BBC Plans to Shame the Elderly into paying TV Licence


BBC celebrates the year of the whores rather the horses an ironic mistranslation

BBC Plans to Shame the Elderly into paying TV Licence

There was a news item purporting that the esteemed British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is planning to use the silver haired celebrities to persuade the 75 and over to forego their free tv licence and voluntarily pay up from their pensions. These celebrities, most probably  extremely well off and awarded titles by HM govt will proffer  heart-rending pleas of poverty for the Beeb (BBC)

How much are the BBC be paying these celebrities?!!!

Shame on you BBC senior managers. You mismanaged a great institution and now passing the financial buck to the elderly and the vulnerable.

You obviously ignored the news today, where supposedly respectable charities are using their data gathered information to pressurise, almost abuse, the elderly and the vulnerable into donating.  You are adding to the woes of these people.

But then again Jimmy Saville, et al, allegedly got away with abusing whoever they fancy in your ‘backyard’.

I remember that there was a puppet show called ‘Mongrels’, which was more an adult comedy program than for children.¬† They shot a 3-minute stint in front of our office at Holders Hill Parade, North West London.¬† We thought it was a wasteful stunt.¬† There were about 20 people. Three were in the cast and the rest crew members.¬† Someone doing the clapper, a camera person, sound person, umbrella, and the rest standing around.¬† What a waste of lIcence fee payer’s money.¬† I would like to know how many people actually watched this adult puppet show, which was made at a great expense?!!!

If you need to shame the 75 and over to pay for licence fee, you should start at the heart of the BBC.  Do you really need the most highly paid stars to present something inane, bearing in mind that viewers are no longer focused into their televisions.

Also the corporation has layers of bureaucracy that would even make local councils look better ūüėČ

To cut cost, why not cancel subscription to Eurovision?

Possibly the BBC should be like  ITV; put on commercials in between shows or have adverts on some radio stations.

Product placement during tv programs, Show someone from Eastenders watching on their Samsung tv, drinking coca cola, surfing in their Macbook pro or iPad, I am sure no one would mind.

The only shows that I usually watch on¬† BBC are the excellent documetaries,¬† Dr Who, which has not been great the last two years and Sherlock Holmes.¬† The latest single Christmas episode was too pretentious, it was incomprehensible and bored me to tears.¬† The writer was running away with his personal take on Sherlock, completely ignoring Arthur Conan Doyle’s vision.¬† What next, Sherlock having it off with Watson?!!! ūüôĀ

Farewell Alan Rickman

Farewell Alan Rickman



After the sad passing of David Bowie, we mourn too fast and say farewell Alan Rickman.

He was one of my favourite actors, truly!

He was born 69 years ago in Acton, North London not far from where I live.

I remember in 1982,  first seeing him brilliantly playing the slippery unctious almost creepy  Reverend Obadiah Slope in the excellent BBC drama series Barchester Chronicles, based on the novels of Anthony Trollope. Even then he was a standout.

Such role type would follow Alan Rickman throughout his long and varied career.

He appeared in many TV programes, theatre plays and movies. He was a theatre director as well as a consummate actor.

You could see in his eyes that he had a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ (not take seriously), some of his roles although he always gave a brilliant performance.

In movies as a co star, he often out-acted the lead actors/movie stars.

Sometimes underated and indeed he should have been the lead in many more movies.

Rickman was deliciously over the top, sardonically as the Sheriff of Nottingham to Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

Alan Rickman Sheriff of Notthingham

This was followed  by playing another baddie, Hans Gruber winning the battle of wit and acting  with Bruce Willis in Die Hard with a Vengeance.

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The movie that for me showed Rickman was a brilliant actor and playing a non baddie role. was in the excellent humourous and moving 1990 movie Truly, Madly Deeply.

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Alan plays the ‘ghost’ of a recently deceased husband who returns to his desperately grieving wife to try and lessen her grief by showing what he was really like.

To younger generations, he was famous by reverting to type but playing the ultimately heroic character sneering  Severus Snape in the immensely successful and popular Harry Potter movies.

Alan Rickman Harry Potter

For me, he would have made a superb Dr Who, He had all the attributes, eccentricity of Snape, humour (as he  showed in the funny sci fi comedy Galaxy Quest) and commanding voice of reason essential to the good Doctor.

Added to that,¬† Alan Rickman¬† could also have been a flamboyant USS Enterprise starship captain in Star Trek¬† ūüôā

Spock Who?

Spock Who?


Alan Rickman had a  wonderfully mefluous baritone voice and could supebly deliver & convey dry humour, sarcasic and sardonic undertones to his lines with a twinkle in his eyes.

As noted, he had a marvellous  range of expressions. Sneers, dry humour & poignancy  would play across his face.

English & British acting has lost one of it’s crown jewels.

Requiescat in Pace  Alan Rickman



Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE

AgathaDame Agatha Christie is a popular British author; Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the bestselling author of all times.  She had written 66 detective novels, 14 short stories, and even had time to write 6 romantic novels under the pseudonym of Mary Westmacott.  I think she would probably be best known for her creation of the brilliant but rather busy-body Jane Marple and the Belgian Hercule Poirot.

Agatha Christie’s play called The Mousetrap is the longest running show of the modern age. ¬†It opened in the West End in 1952 and it had continued to run eversince.

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE

I learned that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back Рthat the essence of life is going forward.  Life is really a one Рway street.


Farewell Leonard Nimoy


One of our Star Trek Commemorative Plates of the man or should I say Spock himself

Being an avid Science Fiction (sci fi)  fan, I have read many novels seen moves and TV and radios  series of the genre.

I prefer to read, watch or listen to sci fi that has potential to become science fact and indeed has happened!

One such TV series is Star Trek. I grew up in the 1960s and there was not much sci fi on TV. I listened with my parents to some sci fi plays such as ¬†the classic ‘Quatermass’ on BBC radio every Sunday evening. When ‘Dr Who’ came along on BBC TV in 1963 ¬†(now the longest running continuous sci fi tv series in the world). I was so happy and despite the black & white viewing ¬†and sometimes wobbly stage sets and ¬†minimal primitive special effects (sfx), the excellent actors and stories ultimately enchanted millions of viewers.

With the advent of colour viewing TV in the mid 1960s, more  sci fi  Tv series were produced, many from the USA.

One such was, ¬†of course ‘Star Trek’. Created by Gene Rodenberry, it introduced the crew & their weekly adventures in a faster-than-light travel space ship called the ‘USS Enterprise’. ¬†There were ¬†British sailing ships called HMS Enterprise AKA Enterprize) ¬†in the 1700s and one in 1800s.

In the pilot episode (1964) of Star Trek, one of the crew was referred to as a ‘Vulcanian’ a humanoid from from the Planet Vulcan orbiting the star 40 Eridani ¬†. about 16 light years from earth, Vulcan could reached in a few days in the warp speed Enterprise class star ships. The Vulcanian was called ‘Mr Spock’, as apparently his Vulcan name was unpronounceable to humans!

A new to the scene actor named Leonard Nimoy was chosen to play Spock.

The Vulcan race looked human except for pointed ears, arched eyebrows, distinctive hairstyles, a slight green skin pallor due to green blood.

Vulcans were stronger and faster than humans, due the higher gravity less oxygen rich atmosphere and heat on Vulcan. Vulcans were extremely long lived too 300 years. They exercise extreme control over their emotions as taught by  a venerated philosopher named Surak. as early in their history Vulcans were prone to violence.

My Spock was later described  as being  half human with his father the renowned, statesman like ambassador Sarek (well played by actor Mark Leonard) and human mother Amanda Grayson.

This early Mr Spock looked rather harsh and shouted a lot!

Spock Pilot Star Trek 1964

Spock Pilot Star Trek 1964


After the pilot show, Gene Rodenberry was not satisfied and made big cast changes for the series proper in 1966. A new captain of the Enterprise was brought in ( William Shatner as Capt Kirk), A new ships doctor, actor Deforest Kelly as Dr (Bones) McCoy.

Leonard and his distinctive appearance as Spock now known as a Vulcan, was retained and he became the second in command to Kirk.

Spock’s appearance was softened, as was his voice and manner, becoming calmer and most logical as befits a Vulcan.

Spock’s ¬†‘bantering’ and put downs with Dr McCoy with Kirk as referee were brilliant, but their underlying loyalty and friendship to each other shone through as the series progressed; His Vulcan catchphrase and hand gesture became legendary too!

Off course,  this crew became legendary in TV sci fi  & the motion picture history.

Leonard Nimoy was also known to us in early ¬†‘Mission Impossible’ TV show fans as ‘Paris’, a master of disguise brought in to the ‘Impossible Mission Force’ 1969-1971. ¬†Mission Impossible was made at the same studios at the classic Star Trek series and so Leonard could swap pointy ears for various disguises!

Leonard was also a guest star in one my favourite detective series ‘Columbo’. ¬†Spock’s logic was no match for Columbo’s detective ability

Mr Spock appeared in the various Star Trek sequels  and movies including the excellent  reboot of the franchise under JJ Abrams

Zachary Quinto’s likeness as the young Spock although in a different time line captures that essence of Nimoy.

Spock and then other characters live on in the Star Trek novels I enjoy reading.

Leonard  Nimoy crafted and evolved Spock into one of the most popular, recognisable & iconic characters in entertainment.

Where ever you are now in that ‘undiscovered country’ Leonard ¬†“Live Long And Prosper“…

Spock LLAP


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Spock in his second Century                             A young Spock (Zachary Quinto)

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Paris in Mission Impossible                 A baddie in Columbo

Farewell Leonard Nimoy


The Unmaking of Lucy Beale – EastEnders Special


The Unmaking of Lucy Beale – EastEnders Special

Yes, I am afraid, I surrendered. I watched Eastenders after a hiatus of 3 years.  I made a decision three years ago not to watch EastEnders anymore as it was making me uncomfortable with all the nasty shenanigans and wheeling and dealing of horrible characters.  I know it was not for real, it was only a tv soap but it did get me down!  

Anyway, lately there was such a buzz regarding one of the show’s major character’s demise. ¬†I sort of saw the character ¬†‘grow up’ (though several actresses had played the role over the years). ¬†I was, therefore, suitably intrigued with all the hoopla about the murder of Lucy Beal.

It seemed I was not the only one.  William Hill, the betting shop, had to close  the wagers that was started to guess the killer of Lucy Beale as they were inundated with so much bets, so many risk takers, more  than what William Hill can handle! LOL  I wonder who was the final winner and how much was won?!!!

Lucy Beale was killed last year and it took a long time to give her the closure she deserved. Everyone, every character in the soap was shown as the potential murderer and my goodness, they milked every scenario, every story line for all its worth.

EastEnders is a long running UK television soap which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. ¬†The Lucy Beale murder closure was the pinnacle, the highlight for the anniversary. ¬†And as a special treat to fans, followers and licence payers, Eastenders was shown as a ‘live’ action. ¬†For me this was not really a treat as most of the scenes were so stilted and the acting so wooden, you can use the actors to fence off the studio. ¬†ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā ¬†Many of the scenes were so dull and could have been easily written out completely.

The ending was tense and really unexpected and sorry to say a bit of a cop-out. ¬†Probably, they didn’t want any of their leading actors to go so they used the story line that Lucy’s youngest brother, Bobby, killed her.

The final outcome will be shown tomorrow. ¬†Probably Lucy will not going to be laid to rest just yet. ¬†Perhaps Ian will be blaming Jane for the murder and Jane would willingly go to prison as she adores Bobby and will do anything for him including cover for him……

la la la la la………..

Television Series Best Theme Tunes

There are some theme tunes that even with the first few notes, you know immediately where or what television program they came from. Over the years I have come to love the theme tunes as much as the tv shows themselves. In fact in some cases, I remember the theme tune but no longer the shows it represents.

Anyway for now I shall be posting my favourite ones. Let me know yours.


This one is of course from Inspector Morse composed by Barrington Phelong. Apparently in each episode of Morse the beginning morse code of the theme tune is varied to incorporate the name of the baddie or the antihero or in other words, the murderer.
This one of course is Dr Who’s. Classic at its best and in my opinion the best version of them all. It seems each series the theme tune is altered a little.
I love this theme tune of Star Trek as much as I love William Shatner’s Captain Kirk.
Apparently this is Peter’s favourite theme tune of all.
This tune makes me want to watch Hawaii 5.0, the original all over again. I love it. It is very bright and energetic tune.
Of course, the list can’t be complete without A-Team

This is Ma and Pa

The Persuaders Theme
Batman, Batman


Closing A Deal The Harvey Specter Way

Closing a deal The Harvey Specter Way


Harvey the sharp suited and sharp minded Lawyer

Harvey the sharp suited and sharp minded Lawyer in ‘Suits’


One of ¬†our favourite TV series is ¬†“Suits”.

Closing a deal, ¬†the series ¬† is about a firm of ¬†tough top US lawyers. ¬†One of the ¬†main character’s is named Harvey Specter, played excellently by Gabriel Macht, who is a no nonsense sometimes ruthless closer of legal cases before they get to court. He does have a heart but wont let it generally ¬†interfere with his work . Whilst he can be ambitious, ¬†rough & tough and pitiless at times, occasionally he will chill and be mellow.
The other main character called Mike (played by Patrick J Adams) was hired as a junior lawyer by Harvey because of his photographic (eidetic) memory. However Mike did not go to any law school despite his legal skills and ability to memorise complex law documents. Harvey keeps Mike’s secret

However, my favourite character is the eccentric a senior law partner called Lewis (played so well by Rick Hoffman), who has  wonderful expressive face and eyes, conveying anger, sadness and  happiness in well measured scenes.


Here are some of Harvey’s memorable quotes from the series:-

1. Don’t point out your coinage. Use it.


2. You always have more bargaining power than you think.


3. ¬†I’m against having emotions, not using them.


4)  I don’t pave the way for people. People pave the wave for me.


5)¬† I¬† don’t play the odds, I play the man.


6)  Sometimes good guys gotta do bad things to make bad guys pay.


7) ¬†Don’t send a puppy to clean up it’s own mess.


8) ¬†It’s not bragging if it’s true.


9)¬† Those would all be¬† shades of¬† I don’t give a¬† ‘Sh*t.


Caste System In The Philippines

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Caste System In The Philippines

As you have probably gathered from the amount of recipes, dining experiences, photos and blogs posted on GlobalGranary.Org, that we are very partial to food. So I thought I should watch a lifestyle program with a cooking segment from the Philippines. With my trusted MacBook Pro, I trawled youtube for some cooking programs. I came upon Regine Velasques’s Sarap Diva.

I settled down to watch, contentedly chomping on my breakfast in bed, courtesy of my sweet, darling husband and, hoping to enjoy the show especially as Regine said that it would be a homage to the 80s, a throwback 80s if you like.

There were songs and reminiscence which I thought was really nostalgic of the period but I almost choked on my toast with growing anger, shock and disbelief when some of the guests became ABUSIVE and disparaging towards a black transvestite, who acted as Regine’s sidekick. The most sickening and abhorrent part was Regine, herself. ¬†Instead of chastising her guests, she joined ¬†in with the MALTREATMENT AND DEHUMINISING of the sidekick!

They made it very clear that the sidekick/maid was just so lucky to be there breathing the same hot air with Regine and guests in the studio.

A prat of a guest, to get a laugh, commented that “Sigurado ka hindi nangangagat yan?” (Are you sure it won’t bite?)

To which Regine replied “Hindi naman at saka may injection! (No, and it has its injections)

By implication, the black maid was reduced to a dog, rabid or otherwise!

They should be laughing with the maid rather than laughing at her.

Regine did make me laugh when she tried to remonstrate her sidekick (not really sure of his name), who came in with some tin-foil wrapped hotdogs. ¬†Regine said “Ilagay mo lang dyan, wag mo munang pagtripan yan! (Just put them there, don’t start on them yet), completely ignoring that fact that Regine, herself, looked like she’s been the one eating all the donuts or hotdogs.

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It is so sad that Philippines is not joining in with the rest of the world in ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and rightly.  It is even sadder to think that there are now more than 100 million Filipinos and most of them live in poverty in the motherland.  There is a great chasm between the rich and the poor and programs like SarapDiva are not doing their bit to make sure that the poor, the gay, the black and disable are not dehumanised.

Another show that makes me wince because of latent denigration of others is KrisTV. Kris Aquino comes out as all benevolent, and extremely generous to her minions but she does make them pay or work for it. Time and again, Kris would treat Darla, her ‘assistant’ more of a servant or a favoured pet. Many a time, Darla becomes the butt of Kris’s often cruel jives. ¬†Darla, the human waste disposal or vacu√ľm cleaner gets to eat all the leftovers!!!

This treatment of the less fortunate is very telling of our Filipino ways and traits. This is the very reason, I think, that we do not progress as people. Our colonial mentality, the remnants of which still exists whilst the rest of the civilised world has moved away from it, is alive and kicking, sadly.

Our sense of focus is concentrated on the wrong point!  We Filipinos seem to  love nothing better than kicking  or make those who we think have less in life, largely through no fault of their own,  to feel small, to convince  and make ourselves better and superior and climb a higher echelon in life.

Contrarily we give too much leeway and importance to those who have risen into the elite part of our society through corruption.  Yes we are talking about you, Napoles, Enrile, Reyes, Revilla, Ejercito and your likes!  Why do these corrupt people continue to get preferential treatment in jail when others are accepting humiliation just to survive?!!!

Caste system is still in place in the Philippines.  And we enthusiastically allow it to embrace our future generation.

Filipinos give big business to places like Belos.  Being Kayumanggi (brown race) has something to be ashamed off.  White rocks!

There is something wrong with this.