The rising star versus the ageing legend has been a dramatic staple for years, and Hayden Panettiere (‘Heroes’) and Connie Britton (‘Friday Night Lights’) thoroughly enjoy their first hour of spitting poison at each other in this new US series. And, as with ‘All About Eve’ and its ilk, you’ll find your sympathies shifting throughout.
C&W icon Rayna James (Britton) is dismayed when her record company, concerned at her ailing profile, push her into touring with ambitious diva Juliette Barnes (Panettiere). As is customary, the pair’s lives mirror each other: Rayna’s problems with her overbearing father are reflected by Juliette’s issues with her junkie mum, and there’s also a dash of local politics through Rayna’s useless husband, who is considering a run for the mayoralty.
Just like the finest country songs, ‘Nashville’ transcends its apparent limitations thanks to enthusiastic delivery and good old-fashioned story-telling (the latter courtesy of ‘Thelma and Louise’ scribe Callie Khouri). Rather unexpectedly, an early contender for best new American import of 2013.
‘Beauty first’ is the philosophy at Saco. Which means whatever ideas (or ego) your stylist has, they’ll put them aside if they won't make you look and feel beautiful. It’s a refreshing approach, one that means you won’t end up with an asymmetrical bob and a blunt-cut fringe – unless, of course, that’s a look you can totally rock. Having moved away from the tourist trade at its former Covent Garden branch, Saco’s latest salon is nestled on a quiet Fitzrovia road off Goodge Street, and is perfectly geared to its local clientele: busy office types after a fuss-free, high-end service. The narrow salon is sleek and simple, and there’s not even a whiff of pretension among the talented cutters and colourists. In fact, even a session with Richard Ashforth, one of the founders, is an entirely laidback affair which includes a reassuring consultation and plenty of chat about face shape, hair length and ‘beauty enhancing’ styles. Cuts start at a very reasonable (for central London, at least) £48, a blow dry comes in at £25, and colour services start at £95.
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