TV: Eurovision 2014 Live Commentary

“Eurovision! Eurovision! Eurovision! Are you ready?!”

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20:00

Eurovision begins.

20:02

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Featuring a short video by Emily, the previous winner. Showing different ways of travelling to the Eurovision set.

20:04

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Dancing with the competing flags.

20:07

Introduction of all the eurovision entrants.

20:11

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Introduction of the hosts. More than 18 million people are watching this show, including those outside Europe.

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TV: “Children of the Universe” Molly Smitten-Downes Official Video

“As I am awakened with fire in my bones”

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(“Yes, I am fabulous!”)

Rather excitingly, the official video for Molly Smitten-Downes entry into Eurovision 2014 has been uploaded in the past few days. The video, available on her official youtube channel, shows Molly amongst her band lounging around on plush furniture and standing in front of flowers.

The official video has clearer audio than the studio version that was uploaded earlier in the year. The song is actually pretty good, and even incredible considering this is a UK entry. Personally, I didn’t need any more reasons to love Molly’s creation, but the luxurious official video does help.

However, as good as the song is, it all depends on the actual night. Eurovision semi-finals will take place on the 6th and 8th of May, and the UK has automatic entry into the finals, taking place on 10th of May 2014.

See the video below:

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TV: Eurovision 2014 UK Entry “Children of the Universe” Molly Smitten-Downes

“Power to the people”

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The UK entry for Eurovision 2014 was shown a few days ago. The BBC version is the most publicised, featuring Molly Smitten-Downes singing a live version of her song “Children of the Universe”.

Described as cool and contemporary, Molly brings a different and modern style to the UK entry for Eurovision. Think 2010 winner Lena and her song “Satelitte“, but with an actual British accent. Molly stomps across the stage, reaches achingly beautiful notes with her voice, and oozes casualness with her henna tattoos.

Last year, Bonnie Tyler represented the UK. and although her fanbase was prominent in the audience, the song didn’t do well in the UK charts or in the competition. Bonnie Tyler crooned “Believe in Me“, and reached 19th place, scoring a mere 23 points.

Although British citizens like to scoff at Eurovion, and the “political voting” between countries, there is always that spark of hope that the UK will place in the Top 10 in the competition. I personally think that Molly Smitten-Downes offers the best chance of getting a high ranking (and dare I say, even winning) since Blue with “I Can“, back in 2011.

Eurovision Finals will be broadcast on the 10th of May 2014, following Semi-Finals on the 6th and 8th of May 2014. As one of the major countries backing the competition, the UK has an automatic entry into the Finals.

I will be aiming to do a live commentary on the competition.

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TV: A Young Doctor’s Notebook – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“A journey to the middle of nowhere”

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(“My name isn’t Oliver”)

Airing on: Sky Arts

Genre: Drama, Medical, Dark Comedy Age: 15+

Aired: 6th December 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

These are the struggles of a young doctor, Dr Vladimir Bomgard, arriving in remote Russia, from a “long and arduous journey”. The small doctor’s practice, which is staffed by zany medical professionals, is a far cry from the bright lights, and washed people of Russia.

The young doctor is watched by his older self, who looks on at the turn of events from the past. This is a semi-autobiographic drama looking at the author Mikhail Bulgakov’s own experiences working at a country hospital.

When Dr Vladimir arrives at the doors of the country hospital, his youth is a surprise to the staff. His predecessor had been a great and respected doctor, and the young doctor cannot hope to live up to these high expectations.

Warning! Not suitable for younger viewers! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 13 Series Finale Summary + Review

“The end of a magical adventure…”

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(Look over there! Is it a bird? Is it a plane?)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Mordred and Arthur meet on the battleground for Camelot. Mordred doesn’t hesitate to use magic, and Arthur is sent reeling from his former friend.

Both men want to win this battle, but only one can survive.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 12 Summary + Review

“Surprise attacks”

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(Giving Morgana styling tips are not well received)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, finally Morgana has Mordred as an ally, and knows the identity of her fated nemesis, Emrys. She launches a plan to relieve Merlin of his magic, and bring her army to Camelot.

The magical showdown is about to begin.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 11 Summary + Review

“Run and hide in the name of love”

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(She totally looks like one of those evil, brutal Saxons.)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, the Knights of Camelot hunt a group of Saxons. One of the members is attempting to get away, and Mordred is quick to chase after them. It turns out to be his childhood love, Kara, who he lets slip away.

The only witness to his actions is Merlin, who is watching with the belief that Mordred may show his true side any day now.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 10 Summary + Review

“Things get tortured a lot”

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(Merlin is imagining a fair magical lady, walking through the woods)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Merlin finds a magical token in the forest. Suspicious of its origins, and wondering why anyone would leave a powerful artifact in the middle of nowhere, he decides to investigate.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 9 Summary + Review

“Why, hello there stranger…”

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(“I wasn’t sneaking around. This is… how I walk.”)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Gwen is falling under suspicion when she decides to wander through Camelot at odd hours. The truth of her nature comes to light when she is spotted meeting Morgana, by Arthur and Merlin who had followed her.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 8 Summary + Review

“Merlin… is out at the tavern…”

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(“My sister is inside a well, in the middle of forest, far, far away…”)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, a young boy caught by Guinevere is wandering the streets of Camelot late at night. Daegal has come to find Merlin, who he believes can save his sister. He claims to be of a druid nature, and Merlin quickly gathers his wits and supplies for a trip with this stranger.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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