It’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, aiming higher. Using DNA mapping, Eddie Izzard isn’t just looking for old relatives. He’s looking to prove that he – like everyone – is related to the entire human race. This two-parter (concluding tomorrow) will take us ‘from our shared origins in Africa – all the way to Eddie Izzard’. This statement feels just a tad grandiose – Eddie’s an amusing and likeable man, but this seems to posit him as some sort of culmination of all human possibility. Happily, the reality is more prosaic.
Eddie’s in Namibia, Djibouti, Turkey and Denmark, finding Viking blood, turning hunter-gatherer, shocking the locals with his varnished nails and learning about the origins of his mother’s blue eyes. It’s essentially a cheerful, entry-level guide to the science of genetics – bad news for racists and creationists, but reasonably positive for the rest of us.
Vintage Vauxhall Monthly Market
Based in the former HQ of the London Fire Brigade in Vauxhall, this vintage market fills the cavernous space on the second Sunday of every month. Up to 60 traders set up shop with a variety of retro furniture, fashion, lighting, textiles, jewellery, vinyl, accessories, kitchenware, silverware, toys, artwork and more. Get kitsch bits for outdoors from Abbey Garden Furniture, beautfiul books from Simon Ellis, and pick up some ever-so-popular midcentury pieces from Mid Century Modern Collection.