A small selection of my favourite Television Programmes of recent years (2008-Present)

Hi everyone! 🙂

This week I wanted to talk a few of my favourite television programmes of recent years i.e. from 2008 till present day (2012). To be honest there are so many but here is a small selection of them which I’ve really enjoyed. But before that here is a small update about next week’s blog post:


I  haven’t been feeling too well so this is just a normal blog post. However, I will be releasing a Vlog next Sunday (28/10/2012) and this will be something about the environment and wildlife. This is because I haven’t done something related to either topic since the Florida Vlog Series which were released during late August and September 2012. I hope you have enjoyed my other blog posts and Vlogs. Also I hope you all have had a chance to look at my Student Radio Podcasts too (or even my demo) 🙂

I have also been told that some of the links from some posts are broken so I’ll be fixing them asap.

Now onto the main post! 🙂


So here we go!

First recent favourite has to be the American comedy-drama programme called Castle which is set in New York.

Here is a summary of the programme:

“Castle follows Nathan Fillion (Firefly) as Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who has killed off the main character in his book series and has writer’s block. He is brought in by the N.Y.P.D. for questioning regarding a copy-cat murder based on one of his novels. He is intrigued by this new window into crime and murder, and uses his connection with the Mayor to charm his way into shadowing the captivating Detective Kate Beckett, played by Stana Katic. Castle decides to use Beckett as the model for the main character of his next book series starring “Nikki Heat”. Beckett, an avid reader of Castle’s books, initially disapproves of having Castle shadow her on her cases, but later warms up and recognizes Castle as a useful resource in her team’s investigations,” (Wikipedia, 2012).

I have managed to watch Seasons 1 to 3 and currently watching season 4. In America they are currently showing season 5 and cannot wait for it to come here in the UK on Alibi. The reason why I enjoy this programme is because I love reading Crime-drama novels. I have also managed to watch Life on Mars, Inspector Frost and New Tricks (All UK Crime-Drama Programmes) which influenced me to watch Castle whilst on holiday in India.

Here is a short clip of the programme from Season 1:

My next favourite is another American programme called Suits. This came to the UK early 2012 and has been a hit with many viewers. The programme is a law drama and is also set in New York.

Here is a summary of the programme:

“One of Manhattan’s top corporate lawyers (Gabriel Macht) sets out to recruit a new hotshot associate and hires the only guy that impresses him – a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout (Patrick J. Adams). Though he isn’t actually a lawyer, this legal prodigy has the book smarts of a Harvard law grad and the street smarts of a hustler. However, in order to serve justice and save their jobs, both these unconventional thinkers must continue the charade,” (TVRage, 2012).

I have watched all of the first Season and waiting for the second Season to come here on Dave. The reason why I enjoy watching this programme is because of the clever storyline and watching the characters develop as the season moves along. Also I have always had an interest in law and this programme keeps me interested even though it is a work of fiction.

Here is a trailer from Season 1:

Finally, this programme really needs no introduction but it has been a huge hit across the globe. I am still baffled why the BBC would not show this programme and Doctor Who at the same time this year but it may be for a good reason. Now into their fifth series and it could be their final one (I hope not!), let me introduce Merlin.

Here is a summary of the programme:

“Merlin is a young wizard who arrives in the kingdom of Camelot after his mother arranges for him to stay with the court physician, Gaius. He discovers that the king, Uther Pendragon, has outlawed magic and imprisoned the last great dragon deep under the kingdom. The dragon tells Merlin that he plays an important role: to protect Uther’s son, Arthur, who will bring forth a great kingdom. When Merlin meets Arthur, he believes that he is an arrogant bully and Arthur, likewise, has a less than stellar opinion of Merlin. But when Uther’s actions cause his ward Morgana to turn against Camelot, Merlin must ally himself with the Once and Future King to save the kingdom,” (Wikipedia, 2012).

The reason why I enjoy this programme because it is all about the legend of King Arthur and the beginnings of the wizard Merlin. I have been bought up with the tales of these two and have always been fascinated by it. These have influenced the likes of the Lord of the Rings and other fantasy based novels, films and programmes.

I also have enjoyed a different view point to the legend and currently watching the latest series with much interest.

Here is a trailer of the first Series:

Also a bonus of the funniest moments so far (Series 4):

Finally, feel free to comment your favourite programmes because it’s nice to have a discussion of what readers  like. Plus thank you for all the support so far, it’s really keeping me going and helping with my confidence.

See you all next week! 🙂




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