Nothing is quite what it seems in this latest Charlie Brooker drama. At the very least, it’s a bravura feat of sustained rug pulling. At various points, you’ll feel like you’re watching a shoddy ‘28 Days Later’ knock-off, a heavy-handed treatise on our increasing capacity to observe and be controlled, an experiment in perspective and audience sympathy or something else entirely. Ambitious, even audacious, then.
Lenora Crichlow is superb as terrified, traumatised Victoria, a girl who awakes in distress to find she can remember nothing of her life. When she leaves the house, her day gets worse. Anyone who isn’t physically attacking her is cheerfully filming her plight on their smartphones. But then salvation arrives. Or does it? Saying too much more would spoil the fun. But suffice to say, this is a black mirror indeed.
Rose Garden Restaurant
A restaurant and bar located at the four-star London Elizabeth Hotel. Expect Persian and Mediterranean dishes alongside afternoon tea and cocktails. Dishes range from dolme, mezze platters, taftoun bread baked-to-order and kashke bademjan (baked aubergine with yoghurt, crushed walnuts, sauteed mint and kashk) to ghormez sabzi (lamb stew with Persian herbs, kidney beans and sun-dried lime), fillet of sea bass with mixed veg and new potatoes, and joojeh – breast of chicken marinated in garlic saffron and fresh lemon juice, cooked on the grill and served with saffron rice and salad. Seasonal menus feature, too.