TDH people doing nice things

Lemme start with Richard Armitage. I loved this video posted to Facebook today on the release of Ken Follet’s new book. Richard’s enthusiasm is so sweet! And he’s looking good too (oh man, I love that hair!)…

The only Ken Follett book I have ever read is Pillars of the Earth which I loved when I read it a long time ago. As this is a prequel to that, I think I may want to give this book a go too. I think Mr Esther will be intrigued as well. I’m also curious about which Follet book Richard is interested in adapting for the screen. Don’t think it would be Pillars as that was done a couple of years ago. I wonder how close that, whatever it is, is to becoming realized!

But Richard is not the only tall dark handsome (TDH) person that holds my attention. In recent weeks I have become more obsessed with Lucifer than I ever thought I could be and there are two TDH actors in there that preoccupy me. First of all, especially DB Woodside has stolen my heart, even more so after that ‘Blackfolx’ interview he did that I referred to in this post. And this picture below from when his now 11 year old daughter was a baby completely sealed the deal. He’s been separated from the mother for a long time but they seem to be co-parenting their daughter very nicely together. I love that.

I’ve been rewatching some of him on Suits and have been collecting pictures for my screen saver… He looks big and fierce but there’s just such a warmth, soulfulness and kindness there, it fills my heart.

Next to that, Tom Ellis also still holds my attention. The second part of Lucifer season 5 is yet to be released and apparently there is a musical episode coming up. Last weekend a sneak peak of one musical number from that episode was released and it looked fun!

And apparently this little moment within that number was improvised. Totally cracked me up!

And there’s also a new season 4 blooper reel that includes my two TDH Lucifer men…

The cast (and for me most notably Tom and D.B.) are very outspoken anti-Trump on social media which is what I’m loving as well. Bring on season 5B of Lucifer!

Of course, Tom Ellis also brings me back to Miranda. I have been re-watching all episodes and man, I still love that series (yes, even more than Lucifer). I also loved the ending of the show which can still bring me to tears and I still miss it and hope for more. Tom and Miranda have both hinted over the years that there possibly could be more one day where maybe they could delve into Gary’s (played by Tom) and Miranda’s married life, but as yet there are no fixed plans and Miranda hasn’t written anything yet. In the meantime, we Miranda fans must make do with occasional small Miranda and Gary reunions…

… and best of all, enjoy the 10 year Miranda celebration that was held in a theatre in London at the end of 2019…

Looking at all that makes me really long for even more (even though Tom Ellis right now looks more like Lucifer than Gary here)!

As Miranda too is TDH, I figured I could fit her into this post as well. I ordered two books by Miranda Hart yesterday evening and finally subscribed to Miranda’s mailing list after watching the whole show again. The welcome message I received in my inbox after signing up made me feel a little emotional (this quarantine is getting to me, I think)…

Miranda very much tries to be there for people with mental health issues, she especially tries to reach out to people who are lonely, and the warmth she exudes is just such a beautiful thing to me. Let there be more Mirandas in this world, please. Yes, I love my TDH people. 🙂

Water

I’ve been catching up on all sorts of blogposts that I missed while I was in Lucifer bingewatch mode and I came across Herba’s reminder for the Mach’ Was challenge. This time the theme is water.

I have very little inspiration, but there is a nice Tom Ellis getting out of a swimming pool image I came across during my current Lucifer internet surfing…

… and DB Woodside at the beach.

I’m starting to develop a real crush on him, looking at all sorts of YouTube interviews with him and last night I watched a 50 minute interview with him on #BlackLivesMatter where he openly discussed his experiences with racism. Tom Ellis, awesome man with a huge platform of 7.8 million followers, is hosting a friend of his on his Instagram to talk about #BlackLivesMatter. There’s just something about DB that is touching my soul right now.

Anyway, I’m going off topic here. Back to water. Of course, I have no real inspiration on what to do with water but on my phone I did have a clip of hail falling from the sky a week ago in our little back garden. The cups we had left outside were quickly filling with water.

Today, after watching my daughter’s soccer match, I spontaneously decided to go on a little bike ride (Mr Esther was a little tired, so I went alone). There’s lots of water near where I live and I took this picture…

I got off my bike for a bit to look at the pretty water and the pretty sky. These are very trying times so a little water as restoration for the soul is not a bad thing…

Lucifer – so devilish

I have been binge-watching Lucifer these past ten days or so. And when I say binge-watching, I mean it. Literally every free second I had went into it and some very late nights (and not enough sleep).

I had watched Lucifer a few years ago and then a second season hiatus came (I checked Wikipedia, that was in 2017) and I never continued watching after that. I started watching at the time because of Tom Ellis, whom I had loved in Miranda

Lucifer is about the devil who is sick of running hell and ditches it all for a life in Los Angeles as a nightclub owner with a faithful demon (his head torturer), who came with him, by his side. In L.A. he encounters detective Chloe Decker and starts helping her solve murders, along the way developing a special kind of relationship with her. He tells everyone very openly that he is the devil and speaks of God as “dad” but naturally no one really believes that he actually is who he says he is. His brother Amenadiel also comes to earth and tries to make him go back to guarding hell. As the series progresses more celestial beings come and go and complicate matters for Lucifer in the ‘real’ world. In a very funny twist Lucifer starts going into therapy, with other celestials following his lead, but this also helps the viewer understand him better and it helps him grow. The series has some high drama but also some great comedy as these celestial beings try to adjust to human life and humans wonder what the hell is going on (pun intended).

So, Tom Ellis is in Lucifer and I had really enjoyed him in the role when I first saw it, but I was not so sure about the female lead and I think that was one of the reasons for me to not stick with it when it returned after that second season hiatus; my attention was on other shows instead. In the intervening years since 2017 my son has started watching Lucifer and has been urging me to continue my watch as well. Then the other week Herba briefly mentioned Lucifer on her blog and as I was just in between projects, I figured the time had come to return to Lucifer. I didn’t regret it, it’s been a lot of fun! And not just because of Tom…

And yes, he does have a bit of a Richard Armitage vibe about him, but showier. Speaking of showier, there is quite some singing and piano playing done by Lucifer and I just adore this season 3 scene, have watched it countless times already…

Anyway, it’s not only Tom Ellis I am loving in this. I also fell in love with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), Lucifer’s older brother, with his soulful, beautifully shaped eyes and the occasional smile that completely lights up his face…

I’d forgotten about D.B. Woodside, who was also in Suits for a season or so and whom I had really liked there as well. Even when looking fierce (which he does very well), there is a warmth and hidden depth in his eyes and the expressions on his face compleley draw me in. Yes, I’ve become a fan!

I also fell in love with Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), the demon who is Lucifer’s right hand woman. Maze is a tough misfit, a fish out of water amongst humans and she really cracks me up.

I am also invested in the whole Lucifer – Chloe relationship. Lauren German as Chloe is fine but somehow her look is a little too Hollywood for me.

Therapist to the devil, Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris) is awesome in her bewildered but still very effective counselling sessions. I loved Harris in Suits as well, she’s really good at the quirky characters that have depth.

And I love forensic scientist Ella Lopez, smart, quirky and loves to hug, so warmly portrated by Aimee Garcia. She is my son’s favourite.

I also really liked Tricia Helfer who was on for two seasons as Charlotte, a woman whose body gets taken over by Lucifer’s mother who has also escaped hell…

The murder cases are very much like murder cases on other shows, but the drama and humour in having celestial beings find their places amongst humans is what makes this show extra fun.

The show was cancelled after three seasons but after a huge online fan protest it was brought back and is now produced by Netflix (I am still hoping for the same kind of outcome for Anne with an E). Now that I am all caught up, I am really grateful that those fans (“Lucifans”) made the effort and that the show has been so successfully renewed. I’m not in full on fangirl mode but I do really enjoy the show and the casting. It’s such fun (as Miranda would say) to watch.

Let me just end by sharing this really cool and fun Lucifer fan video, I think my fave so far that I have seen. I wish I could make them like this.

The second half of season 5 is yet to air and a season 6 is already planned. More Lucifer to enjoy and I am very much looking forward to it!

What made me smile today…

This really cracked me up this morning!

Wikipedia also mentions this. Oh man, I’m just trying to visualize this in my mind and it ain’t good as my ass is pretty wide… 😂

I’m also still smiling at Paul Campbells’s homophobe takedowns over on his Twitter feed. He rightfully got really angry the other day at a homophobic slur (the tweeter has I think gone private since then, her message is no longer visible to me)…

I still sit down with a cup of tea every day to see what his latest replies are and they’re still good…

I already liked Paul Campbell but for that alone, I am so going to watch this movie.

And this morning as I scrolled through my BBC news app, the picture that accompanied the headline on Trump wanting other shower rules made me laugh and then the fact that he even mentioned this as an issue had me shake my head in disbelief. Miranda Hart worded that very nicely…

I so hope Biden/Harris can put us out of the misery of this Trump presidency in the upcoming US elections in November.

This fervent hope I feel when thinking about #BidenHarris2020 makes me smile a little bit as well. Fingers crossed for US voters showing some sense!

Paul Campbell rocks!

I think most of my readers won’t know who Paul Campbell is. He is (to me) one of the best actors in those Hallmark movies I like to watch on occasion. He is relaxed, real, not overly soppy and funny too in the movies I have seen him in. He has made two or three Hallmark movies I really like and when he makes a new one, I’m always ready to tune in.

So, I follow him on Twitter and thus know that in a week he has a new Hallmark movie coming up called Wedding Every Weekend. It co-stars Kimberley Sustad, another no nonsense Hallmark actor I like. They had great chemistry in a Hallmark movie they did together that I really liked a while ago (A Godwink Christmas, picture above on the right), so I already thought this might be fun.

Now it turns out that one of the weddings these two will be attending within this new movie is a gay wedding, which is really out there for a Hallmark movie and already I am liking the sound of this even more!

Over on Twitter, Paul Campbell has been getting encouragement for starring in a movie which features a gay marriage but he has also been getting flak from conservative Christians. His stance has been one of patient opposition to homophobic views and I’m loving it. Read for yourself (clicking on the screencapped images will take you to the Twitter messages themselves), he started with tweeting this…

And this is what unfolded…

And this…

And this…

And this…

And then this…

And finally this…

That ‘wonderful lifestyle’ tweet has now been deleted, I see. Anyway, I love how calmly Paul is replying to these homophobic comments. He’s friendly, tries to inject some humour, but is very clear in his view that love is love 🏳️‍🌈. Kudos to him for doing this with class and respect! And great that Hallmark is slowly trying to take some steps towards more diversity.