When author Heidi Rice takes time out from writing she usually does one of three things, goes travelling, goes to the movies or watches TV... As she's already recently blogged about her travels with Abby Green on PHS, and she's always banging on about her favourite movies, today she's going to be talking about her top three favourite TV addictions du jour!
Diana Gabaldon's time-travel historical romance mash-up with it's epic love story between a 1940s English nurse and an 18th century Highland warrior is easily my favourite book ever. So far only the first 8 episodes of Ron D Moore's TV adaptation have aired on Starz in the US, but so far, so totally AMAZE-BALLS!
Moore is a huge fan of the books, so he and his writers have respected what the fans love about this story, while at the same time offering their own unique vision — with episode seven rewriting the rule book on the way female sexuality is conveyed on mainstream TV (ie: finally some sex scenes that cater for the female gaze... Hallelujah).
The show's production values are also top notch (ie: it looks freaking gorgeous) and the casting is superb. Not only Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe who are spot on as Jamie and Claire, but also the fabulous cast of supporting characters. Special shout outs must go to Graham McTavish as Dougal and Tobias Menzies as Frank/Black Jack Randall. Now if some UK TV company could just buy it already, I'd be a happy bunny.
Game of Thrones
With it's star-studded cast, it's insane plotting and it's gloriously mad structure, HBO's huge sprawling multi-stranded TV show is now in its fifth season and has somehow managed to bring the magnificence of George RR Martin's labyrinthine tale of the Battle for the Iron Throne to scintillating life.
Particularly brilliant is the show's cast. My favourite characters have to be Peter Dinklage's fabulously conflicted Tyrion, Lena Headley's deliciously devious Cersei, Jack Gleeson's diabolical Joffrey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's Jamie but frankly they's all superb. My only criticism is that my head is going to explode soon if they don't start pulling some of the different story strands together now.
Starting in 1961 and now edging to 1969 as it reaches it's conclusion after 7 seasons, this bespoke tale of a New York Advertising agency trying to weather the storms of troubled times in an era when gender politics in the workplace experienced a massive upheaval is a total gem of style, substance and deliciously character led storytelling.
To top it all we have Jon Hamm's Don Draper, surely the most tortured and complex anti-hero currently on TV, a hard-drinking, hard-living ad exec going through the mid life crisis from hell as he struggles to mainline the ever-changing zeitgeist so he can write compelling ad copy and not let his own personal demons destroy him (the jury's still out on that one btw). Oh and there's a brilliant backing track of sixties tunes too.
Heidi's 2nd Cosmo Red Hot Reads, 10 Rules to Sex Up a Blind Date, is out now:
After a nasty breakup, Tally Gladstone has no interest in anything serious. But she's dipped her wary toe back into dating with a few blind dates—all bad…or worse. The only good thing to come out of it is a sizable following on social media. Her latest date is doomed from the get-go—he isn't even straight. But at least he knows someone who meets her every very exacting wiish.
American-in-London Brent O'Neill is everything she wants—on paper. He's hot, sexy and emotionally off-limits. Tally can play all she likes without getting burned. He's so good in bed he's addictive. But her millions of social media followers want disaster, not boring-ever-after. They might get their way yet—how is she going to walk away before her heart is in tatters?