Anyone keeping busy with current and recent UK television shows? I've been enjoying a bumper crop of programming, thanks largely to my VPN as well as Netflix and certain websites I should not mention. When I say "enjoying," that may be a bit generous. Some of these shows are plain daft, but I watch anyway - which is daft in itself. Speaking of which, I just finished the third season of Marcella (I don't care for the UK use of "series" instead of "season). The crime drama made little sense, but it was fun watching undercover cop Anna Friel wander about Northern Ireland in a blonde wig and scanty clothing. It's on Netflix and ITV. I also like Keeley Hawes, perhaps best known for Spooks (aka MI5). She just wrapped a six-parter, Finding Alice (ITV), playing a widow left high and dry by her dead husband. It was equal parts sad/funny/ridiculous - and ended on a bizarre note with none of the multitude of complications resolved. I guess she (as a co-creator) is hoping for a renewal. Happily Bloodlands (BBC), a cop drama set in Northern Ireland is off to a great start this week. I've been watching with subtitles, more out of laziness than necessity. I believe a new season of Line of Fire is being filmed there. I can't wait to drop everything when that one returns. Ditto if The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson, should ever get revived. Slightly gentler, femme-driven cop shows that I recommend include The Bay, a mommy cop drama, in its second season on ITV. And I see Unforgotten (ITV) - with Spooks alum Nicola Walker - is back for a new season, so I will get started on that today. Returning to subtitles, Scottish cop shows now on Netflix include Shetland. And there's so much Welsh "Cymru noir" out there, including Hinterland and Hidden. Hopefully we'll have fresh episodes of all these sometime soon. I gave up on Keeping Faith because there seemed to be a screaming baby in every scene. Any contemporary comedy recommendations? I think this genre has a harder time crossing borders even though I grew up on shows like the Two Ronnies and Morecambe & Wise. Dad's Army reruns on the BBC iPlayer are fine with me for now. P.S. Can't forget the Springwatch nature series, and my daily serving of the quizzers The Chase and Tipping Point, where there no music questions that predate 2018 and don't include "grime."