The Legacy left me sitting on the edge of my seat
I DO love a bit of Scandi Noir - that whole dark humour and lack of sentimentality, the polar opposite to us gregarious, over-emotional Irish. So it was with huge expectation I sat down to watch
The Legacy on Sky Arts last Wednesday night. This is the latest offering from the makers of The Killing and Borgen and is a family drama laced with intrigue, death and sibling rivalries.
I wasn’t disappointed. After only one episode I was left sitting on the edge of my seat and counting down the minutes until the next one. It was absolutely gripping from the start with the opening scene showing one of the central characters, renowned artist, Veronika Groonengaard standing outside an oncology ward smoking a fag and looking heavenward. You know instantly it’s not going to end well.
Veronika is the Matriarch of the family, an eccentric artist working from a dilapidated manor. It’s the run up to Christmas and we see how dysfunctional the family are. Veronika has a fraught relationship with her daughter Gro, her son Frederik doesn’t talk to her, another son, Emil is over in Thailand spending all her money and then the real shocker, a secret love child who is only revealed to the others when Veronika keels over and dies. Signe, the secret love child is bequeathed the entire family estate much to the shock and horror of the others.
The story was brilliantly played out and within seconds like all good Scandi noir, you forget the subtitles and become absorbed in the story. Having said that you really cannot look away from the screen for a second, or you’ll be lost and have to do what I do on a regular basis - pause and rewind!
The Late Late Toy Show for me is a chance to see Christmas through the eyes of a child and this years for me anyway, was the best yet. I give out about Ryan Tubridy on a regular basis because I think at times he comes across as taking himself too seriously and can be a bit patronising to boot but on the Toy Show he is his very best self and I suspect the Real Tubs comes out. You can see he has a great affinity with children - he gets down to their level and has no problem being silly or making himself look like a fool.
The Theme this year was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the opening sequence was simply magical. How could you not love all those really cute children dressed up and singing their hearts out? 269 kids took part in the show, singing, dancing and road testing hundreds of toys. In keeping with other years, there was major speculation about Ryan’s Christmas jumper but this time round he decided to wear four different ones all knitted by members of the public.
It was Ed Sheeran however who stole the show surprising fan Aimee Keogh as she was singing along to his song, Lego House. On seeing her idol she screamed, “I’m hysterical”. Sure you couldn’t buy that kind of TV moment.
Tubs engaged in an egg fight with a little girl, donning a granny plastic mac and scarf, he had a nerf gun fight where he targeted the audience and he lost control of a go kart, managing to say s*** twice in the space of a few minutes.
It was good clean fun and everything that we needed to get us into the Christmas spirit.
This week on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, we learnt that Edwina Curry is a tough old bird, (well we all kind of knew that), Jimmy Bullard is a bit of a bully, Nadia Forde isn’t just a pretty face Kendra Wilkinson is a Whinge and Jake Quikenden is a Dope.
Here was I thinking this year’s contestants were the nicest, most sincere bunch to date and then hunger set in and it all started to kick off. The first major row in camp erupted between Edwina and Kendra when Edwina challenged Kendra over something she’d said. It was uncomfortable viewing. Edwina is a highly intelligent, educated woman and her attack was passive aggressive and aimed at undermining and goading Kendra. Which she did, resulting in Kendra blowing her top in spectacular fashion.
Meanwhile things have turned sour for best buddies Jake and Jimmy after Jimmy launched a vitriolic attack on Jake for no particular reason calling him weak and untalented. It’s obvious Jake isn’t the sharpest knife in the cutlery drawer and I suspect Jimmy picked on him for exactly that reason. Later he excused his behaviour by saying it was only banter. If he bantered with me like that I’d box the head off him!
Nadia Forde has surprised many by coming across as a very down to earth, easy going, placid girl with a great sense of humour. Unlike Kendra who spends her whole time moaning, “I don’t like it, I don’t like it” Nadia just gets on with the job at hand, despite her obvious fears. You’d have to wonder did Kendra go round the Playboy mansion whining, “I don’t like it” when Heff summoned her to his room!!
It’s still the best Reality TV show on telly and will get my vote every time.
ONES TO WATCH
Bressie’s Teenage Kicks, Tuesday, RTE 2, 10 pm
I must admit, part of the reason I’m recommending this is because I never get tired at looking at Bressie! He is so easy on the eye! But he also is a natural on television and I really like the concept of this show. This week Bressie heads to Limerick to take on the challenge of creating and nurturing a teenage pop band. he begins by holding auditions and is helped by drummer Ronan Nolan and May Kay from punk band, “Fight Like Apes.” Of course it doesn’t all run smoothly as you can imagine and Bressie has his work cut out for him!
The High Hopes Choir, Thursday, RTE 1, 10.15 pm
This moving series follows former RTE Concert Orchestra conductor David Brophy as he sets up Ireland’s first ever homeless choir. The three part documentary revolves around Brophy’s efforts to form the ensemble. During the first episode we learn that he aims to establish two regional branches, one in Dublin and one in Waterford and during the course of the programme contacts charities such as Focus Ireland and St Vincent de Paul to try to recruit members.
Top: The Legacy on Sky Arts is a family drama laced with intrigue, death and sibling rivalries. Left: The Late Late Toy Show for me is a chance to see Christmas through the eyes of a child and this years for me anyway, was the best yet. and Lastly don’t miss Bressie in Bressie’s Teenage kicks on Tuesday RTE 2 at 10 p.m.