In a year filled (by pre-pandemic standards) with obstacles, fear and trials, the entertainment industry has been there to save us. And there were quite a few things Iâ€™ve seen this year! They werenâ€™t necessarily made this year]
The Masked Dancer.
If youâ€™ve read my little review of 2020 entertainment, youâ€™ll know I love â€˜The Masked Singerâ€™ so when they announced â€˜The Masked Dancerâ€™ last spring I was all over it! And I wasnâ€™t disappointed. I love the cute costumes and admire all the work that has gone into creating them; I love trawling the clues and the panelâ€™s wild guesses (because Hollywood stars are just queuing up to appear on our little island’s tv 🙄) and I love that moment when I get it right. Mostly Iâ€™m wrong but I found this one easier. Craig Revel Horwood was so distinctive it couldnâ€™t have been anyone else and how they didnâ€™t guess it from the first kick Iâ€™ll never know. And of course, Bonnie Langford was awesome. And mistaken for a 20 year old too!!
The Great Pottery Throwdown
If this is new to you, itâ€™s a gem of a show. Built on the Bake Off style best amateurs competition it pits non-pro potters against in each other in some crazy difficult challenges â€” like creating identical items on a wheel while blindfolded! Or building toilets. And Potters are all so lovely. But the star of this is judge Keith, who cries at the beauty of the potters work. Itâ€™s just a wonderful show.
Speaking of The Masked Singer, I rediscovered my youthful love of Anastasia thanks to Australiaâ€™s version last autumn. The voice was unmistakable but the artistry is something I donâ€™t remember hitting me so hard. It blew me away. I want an album of her just playing with her voice.
My all time favourites, The Muppets were back with a spooky Halloween Special called â€˜The Muppets Haunted Houseâ€™. I bought Disney+ specifically to watch this. Only to find there were two whole series (!) I hadnâ€™t. The first, where Miss a piggy has a late night talk show was just so right. Although I donâ€™t like quite how the bullied Fozzy, seeing the gang in new situations brought back some major nostalgia! It even brought back manamana for a cameo! The next was from 2020, so was very lockdown specific and internet focused. And, as much as it pains me to say this. I didnâ€™t like it. I hated where they took the characters; the lack of Kermit (WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?) and the 2011 vibe.
But back to the spooktacular. Iâ€™m glad they moved away from format and back to a more normal Muppet style, it their best outing? No. Have I watched it multiple times and been quoting it at everyone? Yes. Itâ€™s still Muppetational!
I loved this. Iâ€™ve not seen â€˜Stranger Thingsâ€™ so the lead was new to me and, I thought, brilliant. I style is vibrant, love the breaking the fourth wall and all round, itâ€™s fab. Iâ€™ll be rewatching.
Ma Raineyâ€™s Black Bottom
O-M-G! This is stunning. How have I not seen or read the plays itâ€™s based on?! The end was beyond infuriating â€¦ in the injustice sense, not the movie – that was flawless. I went straight back to watch the first in the series and canâ€™t wait for the next one. Come on Washington, get a move onâ€¦ the rest are needed!
In Other Happy Things (because we need them):
Seeing Emma Raducanu win the U.S. Open, launching my first digital product & growing my business, all made me grin broadly.
What about you? What were you’re best entertainment moments of 2021