It might be set among a bomb disposal team in Helmand province, but this new sitcom is very much a workplace comedy, complete with standard-issue annoying bosses, office jokers and sense of vague claustrophobia. The USP, of course, is the nature of the job – the languor, aimlessness and fruity banter can, at any moment, be interrupted by carnage. It’s a decent set-up, but tonight’s opener struggles to get beyond the realm of cliché.
Oliver Chris’s Captain Nick Medhurst is the squadron’s David Brent – despite the death of a CIA operative embedded with the team, Medhurst is more interested in the possibility of a bunk-up with the attractive new padre. Elsewhere, there are cookie-cutter Scots Quinn and Hoatson (defining characteristic? Being Scottish) and Lynda Bird, a full-blown, beer-swigging, belching ladette. Perhaps this will improve as the characters bed in. But it had better get its skates on.
This East Dulwich café and kitchen was the brainchild of two local residents: one is an accountant and the other an actor. If we defer to stereotypes, it should be a complementary combo. Breakfasts and lunches prove popular. Expect dishes such as garlic Portobello mushrooms with truffle oil on toast and smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill on a poppy seed roll on the breakfast menu and club sandwiches, huevos rancheros, toasties and a salad of roasted butternut squash with goat's cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, pomegranate and pine nuts. Bar nights and supper clubs also feature.
Venue says: “Enjoy food and drink with friends and family in a clean, fresh space.”